The Whale Bar for St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, recently won the International Design Award for the most beautifully designed space. A creation of Singapore and London-based design group, WOW Architects l Warner Wong Design Group, the bar was designed to resemble the distinct shape of a giant whale shark. The interiors portray a cosy yet relaxed atmosphere with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. Light-oak materials used in abundance soften the ambiance, in sync with the soft neutral palette that further complements the natural light throughout the venue. The SBID International Design Awards 2017 witnessed participation from some of the world’s best-known hotel chains, retail and automotive brands. Other winners include the Wanda Reign Chengdu Hotel in China in the category of Hotel Public Space Design, and the Barcelona restaurant Alkimia. The Penny Drop in Melbourne won The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards for being the most beautiful restaurant of 2017.