Image – Conrad Rangali, Per Aquum Most designers spend their days creating office blocks, shopping malls, and suburban wastelands – not so for Carl Ettensperger of C&C Studio, the man who pioneered some of the world’s most striking tropical private island resorts, including Maldivian oases like Huvafen Fushi and the spectacular Conrad Rangali Resort. In his illustrious career, he’s also been the driving creative force behind international resort projects for Mandarin Oriental, Hyatt Regency, and now the eagerly anticipated Dellis Cay, soon to be home to the Caribbean’s most stylish residence and resort development. We spoke with him to get his unique perspective on just what it takes to make private island resorts such unforgettable, luxurious places for guests. Image – Huvafen Fushi, Per Aquum PRIVATE ISLANDS: What initially attracted you to resort design – did you start off doing something more traditional, or was it always your ambition? ETTENSPERGER: I actually started doing resorts very early in my career, starting with Golf & Spa related resorts in Palm Springs California, the restoration of the Hotel del Cornado in San Diego, and moved on to doing resorts in the Arizona desert as well as Hawaii.