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Project By: [ Trans ] Architecture

Locations: Gir Forest, Sasan

The flagship property of  Ahmedabad based 1000 Island Hotels & Resorts, this eco-friendly resort is set on an eight-acre mango orchard in Sasan, on the edge of Gir Forest National Park, the last remaining home of the Asiatic lion in the wild.

The rooms and villas on the property have been aesthetically designed keeping a close eye on both comfort and sustainability. Members of the local community are hired for mud wall art depicting elements from the ways of life of the Maldhari and Siddi tribes, with block-printing table cloths and furniture-making out of woven rope – all of which add to the local derived authenticity of the property. Local art and culture are promoted through pottery classes, puppet shows, and artefacts all used to decorate the resort.

The material used is reclaimed wood from a nearby dockyard, a nail-and-thread installation on the ceiling at Swadesh; terracotta pots, lanterns and wall planters.Terracotta tiles on the wall near the infinity pool that display various aspects of local life, designed by  artisans in Kutch.