What makes the perfect escape retreat?

For some, the impulse to retreat into nature seems to respond to a deep and atavistic need to recognize that they are part of the natural world. “We have drifted away from nature and its wisdom,” says Eduardo Neira, dit Roth, founder of Azulik Uh May, an eco-villa resort rising above the jungle of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula . Villas are uncompromisingly organic in shape, with curved concrete and fiberglass walls and trees growing through the ground. They are connected by walkways made of vine-like native bejuco wood.

“When architectural structures follow the pattern of the surrounding environment in a cohesive and organic way, it helps people reconnect with nature, of which we humans are a part,” says Roth. The project is part of the current trend of biophilic design, which integrates nature – through water, trees, plants, light and natural ventilation – into architecture, with a concern for ecology, biodiversity and well-being.

Biophilia also influences hotbeds of escape. The desire to connect with nature was the main inspiration behind a vacation home in Ibiza, with new interiors designed by architect and designer Natalia Miyar. “My clients, a couple from London, bought a contemporary country house facing the sea as a luxurious retreat from their hectic lives,” she says. “Our mission was to create a stylish, modern villa filled with warmth, anchored by organic shapes and colors in harmony with the Balearic setting. We have softened the modern architecture of the building, using a palette of textures and patterns which combined warm hues with bright color accents, turquoise which references the sea. with crisp, clean lines to achieve a rustic feel that connects the home to the outdoors. The house has retractable bay windows designed to seamlessly connect a terrace to the living room. “Everything we chose helps bring the natural exterior palette indoors,” adds Miyar.

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