Eclectic, baroque and maximalist these are the hallmarks of the extravagant residences and resorts crafted by Bensley Design Studios all of them conceived and directed by the flamboyant and übercreative design maestro himself. Set amidst resplendent tropical gardens, the 24 distrinctive paradises in this book spread all across Asia from China to India to Bali. The Bensley trademark is his focus on the unconventional and the sensual, with a special reverence for tropical climes and plants. No stranger to controversy, Bensley s design motto is: The odder the better. All of the projects showcased here are enlivened by Bensley s playful, exuberant style and the multifaceted talents of his design teams in Bangkok and Bali. A new phase in Bensley s career designing the buildings as well as the gardens has resulted in high-profile commissions like the Art Deco-inspired Hotel de la Paix in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Complementing the resorts are several visionary private home projects, including his own, which teem with lush foliage and elaborate special effects.