Tag Archives: infinity pool

5 Reasons To Visit Sri Panwa, Phuket

When a travel destination attracts guests the likes of Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, members of the Thai Royal family, and entertainment bigwigs, you know there’s something exceptional about it. In 2013, Snoop Dog and Rita Ora shot the music video of their hit Torn Apart there, catapulting the resort to the top of Most Beautiful Hotel lists the world over (we actually covered it on Luxuo way back in 2008). This year, a new enclave of 30 pool suites and penthouses (each with its own infinity pool), collectively called The Habita, was added to the lush 40-acre development. ultra-friendly service and accommodating staff aside, we reckon it is the following five reasons that draw royalty and celeb A-listers to Sri Panwa like moths to a flame.

1) The Habita (pictured above)

The 30 expansive pool suites and penthouses in this new enclave are the epitome of luxury living. Our three-night stay in the luxurious and contemporarily minimalist 140 sqm penthouse was accompanied by a stunning ocean view (made even more incredible when surveyed from the edge of the unit’s enormous infinity pool) and a soundtrack of avian chirrups.

2) Cool Spa

Sri Panwa_Cool Spa

Another new addition to Sri Panwa, besides The Habita, is this modestly-named spa and wellness center. The soothing ultramarine walls, constant gush of waterfalls, and positively soporific massage treatments – we fell asleep both times we visited – make this the perfect respite for your skin from the blistering Phuket sun.

3) Baba Nest

Sri Panwa_Baba Nest

This is probably the reason guests flock to Sri Panwa. After surviving a petrifying tuk tuk ride up a winding and vertiginous slope, I was dumbstruck upon emerging from an elevator that brought me to this rooftop lounge. The venue is leveled and devoid of chairs – beanbags and low tables are scattered throughout, instead – to maximize your appreciation of the sunset and the unbeatable panoramic view of the Andaman Sea, arguably the best that Phuket has to offer.

4) Baba Chino, Baba Iki and Baba Hot Box

Sri Panwa_Mixed Yakitori

I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a gourmand, but I know good food when I partake of it – and the gastronomic offerings in Sri Panwa are truly sensational. While the Chinese cuisine served up at Baba Chino is excellent, the delightful Japanese dishes at Baba Iki are uber-fresh and the chargrilled items at Baba Hot Box are extremely flavorsome. I found absolutely no reason to head out of the resort in search of grub.

5) Free Willy

Sri Panwa_Free Willy

You’ve got to give it to the Thais to come up with the most facetious names. This 47 ft luxury speedboat might not have anything to do with releasing orcas, but you could very well spot schools of dolphins if you chartered it for a cruise around the Phuket archipelago and spend a day with up to 24 others, just living it up.

Indulge in These: 5 Luxury Residences for Summer

There are holiday rentals, and then there are luxury holiday rentals. If you’re planning that well-deserved break, might as well do so in absolute class and opulence. With rental services companies such as Airbnb on the rise, travelers have been shifting their preferences for hotels to these more homely options.  Whether you’re in the exotic Seychelles, or perched atop the French Alps, make yourself right at home with these five dream properties.

At the summit

Lease of Luxury_LO_Courchevel

Name: Le Hameau de la Volière.

Where: Courchevel 1850, in the French Alps. Amid the lush vegetation of the Chenus, at an altitude of 1,850m (which gives the town its name) and a stone’s throw away from the centre of Courchevel 1850. Right by the skiing pistes, with unblocked views of the valley.

What: A trio of ultra-luxurious chalets in pale wood. Exotically named Les Bastidons, Cryst’aile and Nanuq, each comes with five rooms bathed in natural light over three or four levels, all designed by Christophe Tollemer in an exquisite, contemporary style.

Capacity: 12 persons per chalet.

Services: Evok Hôtels Collection, managers of this property, have provided everything, and more: indoor pool, spa (with Clarins products, no less), gym, wine cellar, and a home cinema.

Extras: Personal chef, butler, fitness instructor on demand.

Price: €40,000 (S$62,000) per week for 12, or €3,300 per person.

www.voliere-courchevel.com

Private island

Lease of Luxury_LO_

Name: Cousine Island.

Where: The Seychelles; 6 km south-west of Praslin Island.

What: A little private tropical paradise caressed by the waves of the Indian Ocean, Cousine Island had until recently only had four pretty villas decorated in a graceful colonial style. A new presidential villa was launched in April this year. Nestled amid the luxuriant vegetation, but at only 30 m from the beach, the 625 sqm villa contains two spacious suites with bathrooms, a study, living room, dining room, gym and spa. To get around, guests use the electric golf carts.

Capacity: 16 to 20 persons for the five villas.

Services: For the presidential villa: A butler, a chef and a chambermaid.

Extras: The Guest Conservation Ambassador, an ambitious eco-system sustainability program that encourages guests to participate in the conservation of this exceptional natural environment.

Price: On request.

www.cousineisland.com

Blue sky

Lease of Luxury_LO_Paros Villa Lavinia 1

Name: Villa Lavinia.

Where: Paros, in the Cyclades islands, a 30-minute flight from Athens. On a hill overlooking the port of Naoussa.

What: A large, all-white and recently built villa, with an adjoining two-bedroom guesthouse. The main villa contains five double rooms on two levels (with verandahs on the upper floor) and a bright, sun-lit interior, blending perfectly with the modern décor. The guesthouse has direct access to the charming garden featuring olive tress and aromatic herbs. Day beds next to the pool and a large outdoor reception area ideal for barbecues.

Capacity: 14 persons.

Services: Daily cleaning, cooked breakfasts and concierge services.

Extras: The magnificent Kolymbithres beach with its beautiful sand and enormous granite formations is just a few minutes away on foot.

Price: €15,000 per week.

www.brightbluevillas.com

Barefoot

Lease of Luxury_LO_

Name: Villas Stylia

Where: In the village of Trou d’Eau Douce, on the east coast of Mauritius. In a pretty garden at the edge of one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. A 10-minute boat ride from l’Ile aux Cerfs.

What: Six modern, comfortable villas recently opened by Patrice Hardy (ex CEO of the Naïade Group) and his son Alexandre. Four villas with a garden view, and two villas with direct access to the lagoon. The beach is a mere 50m from the garden. Each villa contains three bedrooms (including one for kids with bunk beds) and three bathrooms, as well as a vast open concept living-cum-dining room that give on to the private pool.

Capacity: Up to nine persons per villa.

Services: Service staff including villa manager, concierge, gardeners. On demand: massages, airport transfers, personal chauffeur, guide, baby-sitter, car or scooter rentals.

Extras: A shared kitchen with a chef who will cook breakfast and delectable meals at reasonable prices. The chef can also prepare dinners or barbecues by the beach.

Price: From €200 per villa per night.

www.myvillasmauritius.com

TRANSPARENCY

Lease of Luxury_LO_Rua Iposeira 150-11

Name: Villa Iposeira.

Where: Rio de Janeiro. In the São Corado neighbourhood, within 10 minutes of Ipanema.

What: A futuristic architect’s villa. Completely see-through, the house is the centrepiece of a four-hectare park with lovely palm trees and a fountain. No walls can be found here, just immense bay windows that give incomparable views of the ocean and nature. There are even three majestic trees taking pride of place in the large drawing room… The 900 sqm of the villa boast not only elegant reception rooms with tasteful contemporary art pieces, but also four luxurious en-suite rooms. The dining room with its imposing table can accommodate up to 20 lucky guests.

Capacity: Eight persons.

Services: On demand.

Extras: A huge infinity pool.

Price: From €700 a night.

www.whereinrio.com

 

This story first appeared in a slightly different form in L’Officiel Singapore.

Shaddai: All-Powerful Mega Yacht

The concept of power varies with each individual. In the case of Gabriele Teruzzi, this translated into his design of the mega yacht concept called Shaddai. The name translates to “Omnipotence”, meaning all-powerful. History is full of structures that were conceived with this in mind — from the Pyramids of Egypt to modern skyscrapers.Shaddai-three-levels

Measuring 150 meters, the mega yacht brings you closer to both the sea and sky. The upper deck provides you with a space to relax by the pool. It happens to be an infinity pool, which certainly doesn’t hurt. It drops off like a waterfall, to the main deck below it, which houses a second scenic infinity pool — one can never have too many on a mega yacht.

Main Deck of the Shaddai.

Main Deck of the Shaddai.

This being a creation packed with luxury, it is no surprise that the infinity pools are not the main highlights. Situated below the main deck, is the Beach Club, which at 300 sqm, not only houses an aquarium in the middle of the room but also calls the infinity pool “ceiling.” This helps to create a spacious feeling while serving as a vantage point for those on board.

The Beach Club of the Shaddai.

The Beach Club of the Shaddai.

While the various amenities may spell luxury, the star of the mega yacht is the Owner’s Cabin suspended 38m above the two decks and Beach Club. We wouldn’t blame you if you started quoting the Lion King in the presence of company since the cabin offers you a view of the ocean as far as the eye can see. Bringing the owner privacy is yet another infinity pool that gives a wonderful sensation of being in paradise. Face it: if you are kicking back on this yacht, you probably already are in paradise.

The Suspended Cabin of the Shaddai.

The Suspended Cabin of the Shaddai.

Of course, having luxurious one-of-a-kind amenities is not the only draw of the mega yacht. It will be decked out with materials and textures that are inspired by some of the finest fashion houses in Italy.

Most Beautiful Island in the World Revealed

Not all islands are created equal, it seems. This year, Maui edges out thousands of the planet’s other islands to claim top spot on TripAdvisor’s annual list. An island in the mid-Pacific and part of the Hawaiian island chain, Maui is beyond paradise with its stunning azure waters and stretches of powder-white sand.

TripAdvisor determines its award winners based on an algorithm that takes into account the traffic and quality of reviews and ratings for the attractions, restaurants and hotels there throughout the year. This year’s award winners are largely contenders in Europe, the Caribbean and Asia.

This year, Santorini clinches top spot for most beautiful island in Europe while Jamaica and Bali top the category in the Caribbean and Asia respectively. Here, we bring you the rest that made the list, with some accommodation ideas that will have you booking that long-awaited holiday, pronto.

Warning: these images will give you serious vacation envy.

 

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Islands:

1) Maui, Hawaii

2) Santorini, Greece

3) Jamaica

4) Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

5) Bali, Indonesia

6) Majorca, Spain

7) Mauritius

8) Phuket, Thailand

9) Bora Bora, French Polynesia

10) Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui

MontageKalaluaBay_Maui

This sprawling 24-acre beach-front hotel is set atop the picturesque Kapalua Bay, with sweeping views of Maui’s northwest coast and neighboring islands. The resort’s many activities range from spectacular helicopter tours of the island to lounging by the Kapalua Beach so there’s something for everyone. Each of the subdued residential-style accommodations feature contemporary island-inspired décor, complete with private lanais so you can experience the spirit of aloha in true luxury.

Andronis Luxury Suites, Santorini, Greece

Nestled within the jigsaw of houses in Oia, Andronis Luxury Suites boasts an unrivalled view of the Aegean Sea and volcanic islets of Santorini. Inside, the Cycladic-style villa promises unrivalled luxury, with amenities ranging from private waterfalls to a heated infinity pool with incredible views of the Caldera.

Uma by COMO, Ubud, Bali

Surrounded by Tjampuhan Valley’s lush greenery, Uma by COMO exudes the charm of a traditional Indonesian village despite its contemporary interior and modern conveniences. The 46-room estate sees narrow paths defined by tall planted walls, private tropical gardens and plenty of light-filled spaces for an authentic Balinese escapade. With holistic, Asian-inspired treatments at the COMO Shambhala Retreat and nutritionally rich menus at Uma Cucina, this resort is a dream for the health-conscious jetsetter.

Focus: MontAzure Private Estate, Phuket

On a site which boasts a unique natural setting, MontAzure will be sensitively developed to offer unique private luxury estates, low-rise beachside condominium residences, as well as luxurious hospitality components such as a lifestyle retail centre, retirement and wellness facilities, sophisticated beachside dining and low-key entertainment venues.

The first phase of the development offers 13 expansive luxury estates, each set on generous land plots ranging from 4,900m2 (52,700 sq. ft.) to over 10,000m2 (107,600 sq. ft.) in size.

The Estates at MontAzure (Bedroom)

A trinity of design talent was engaged to craft these exceptional homes — the doyen of modern Thai architecture, Lek Bunnag, Indonesian interior design legend, Jaya Ibrahim, and Tierra Design’s Martin Palleros who also master planned the entire development. Each estate will feature a private swimming pool, complemented with a children’s pool and Jacuzzi. Residents can also relax in privacy with private outdoor bath tubs and shower areas on the master bedroom pavilions’ wide verandahs. The roofs feature decks with lawns and covered dining spaces are accessible via a private lift and buyers can customize the interiors of the villas to suit their preferences. A wide variety of indigenous and planted tropical plants and trees decorate the beautifully landscaped gardens, coupled with the breathtaking views of Kamala Bay, making the development a safe haven away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist centres.

The Estates at MontAzure (family room)

Beyond their luxurious private estate, owners have privileged access to the beach and a range of exclusive amenities and services offered at the MontAzure Residents’ Beach Club. The wider development will also feature a range of integrated hospitality services to ensure that residents’ requests and lifestyle needs are met with efficiently.

Price: The estates range from $7.5 to $15 million. The residences range from $250,000 to $2.5 million.

The Estates at MontAzure Vertical Panorma

 

Story Credits

This article was originally published in PALACE Magazine

Review: Kuala Lumpur Sentral Residences

Sentral Residences is located within the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Central Business District (CBD). An exclusive urban center built around Malaysia’s largest transit hub, it is one of the tallest residences in Kuala Lumpur at 55 storeys and offers connectivity and panoramic views. Five- to six-star hotels such as St Regis Hotel (scheduled to open May 2016) are within close proximity of this freehold development.Epic-Luxe-homes-interior-2

The two towers of signature suites also has five levels of basement car park. There is a total of 752 apartment units—tower A: 376 units; tower B: 376 units; Epic Luxe Homes: 48 units). Epic Luxe Homes comes in four-plus-one bedroom configurations with built-up sizes ranging from 2,949 to 4,058sf and have ceiling heights which extend up to 3.6 meters. Apartments are facing the city and lake garden. Residents are able to access a private lift lobby. There is also a multi-tier security system with residents’ card access to ensure privacy and safety of all residents.

EpicKL5944

Some amenities and features include a gym located at the Sky Club, a saltwater infinity lap pool, green feature wall along driveway, function rooms and business centres at level 45A and 45B, barbeque areas, lounging decks, putting greens and playgrounds.pooltopdeck_color_final3

Buyer Information
Property: Sentral Residences
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Developer: Prema Bonanza Sdn Bhd
Highlights: Facilities include pools at rooftop deck at Level 55, barbeque and party deck with outdoor kitchen, a game room, mini theatre, garden deck, putting green and playground
Price: Price from RM4.7 million ($1.11 million) onwards

Story Credits
Text by Domenica Tan

This article was originally published in PALACE Magazine

Guide: Waterfront Properties, Penang

From Hong Kong and Singapore to Malaysia’s Johor and Penang, waterfront living is fast gaining momentum as the preferred lifestyle for the well heeled. What distinguish Penang from other destinations, however, is its UNESCO World Heritage City status, colorful colonial history and reputation as the region’s foodie capital. CNN recently listed Penang’s Georgetown among the top 10 in their annual roundup of best cities to visit in 2016. Sometime back, Yahoo! Travel called it, “the top 10 islands to explore before you die.”

With just over 1.5 million people – mostly Malays, Chinese, Indians, Thais, Burmese, Eurasians and a growing number of expatriates – the pace in Penang is far more leisurely compared with Hong Kong or Singapore. Driving around the island, it is easy to figure out why folks call this the “Pearl of the Orient”.

In recent years, waterfront developments and high-rise condominiums have sprouted across Penang, especially along its coast, complementing the centuries-old colonial architecture unique to the island.

02-Penang-Waterfront

“Foreign investors and well-heeled locals seem to love waterfront developments,” says Sean Thow, a local resident and investor.

“I know of a foreign investor who sold his sea-facing condominium for RM3.5 million ($910,000) recently, pocketing a RM700,000 ($182,000) profit despite the weaker ringgit,” Thow adds.

Generations of locals on the island have reaped profits from flipping properties on the island and many are cash-rich. It is not unusual to see reasonably priced units in good locations being snapped up quickly. Some locals own not just one or two units but a whole stretch of shophouses.

While there is a slowdown in take-up for some property types, like landed, prices are generally holding steady.

“Tourism may have slowed recently due to the negative publicity about Malaysia reported by foreign media and business at the upmarket cafes and restaurants may be affected. This could dampen demand for pre-war shophouses. But general market sentiment is still positive,” Thow explains.

While landed property prices in popular hotspots around the island will continue to rise due to scarcity of land, the property landscape is seeing a change after the Second Penang Bridge was launched in March 2014.

Aerial view of Quayside Waterpark with Andaman at Quayside towers.

Aerial view of Quayside Waterpark with Andaman at Quayside towers.

The new bridge connects Seberang Perai on the mainland and Batu Kawan (an island just off the coast of Seberang Perai) with Batu Maung on the south east coast of Penang. Developers have taken a renewed interest in property development around the landing sites of the bridge, especially in the Batu Kawan area.

“To date, a major portion of Batu Kawan is still undeveloped, comprising mainly vacant lands cleared from oil palm plantations or kampung land,” according to the 2015 property report by C H Williams Talhar & Wong.

The state government has chosen Batu Kawan as the third satellite town – after Bayan Baru and Seberang Jaya – with plans to build residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure developments. Ecoworld Group, a well-known developer, has already proposed a golf course with mixed residential development and a waterfront city overlooking Penang island. Other interesting projects coming up on Batu Kawan include a theme park, Ikano shopping mall (with anchor store Ikea), Penang Premium Outlet with an international-class hotel, technology park, college and university campuses, among others.

“For foreigners interested to invest in Penang, especially high-end residential units, now is an opportune time as the depreciating Malaysian ringgit has made the selling prices even more attractive, says Peh Seng Yee, Director at C H Williams Talhar & Wong Sdn Bhd. ”The prevailing buyers’ market would also provide prospective buyers with more choices. Penang is one of the few places around the region that offers a combination of ‘sea’, ‘hills’ and ‘city’ – where residents can live on a hill overlooking the sea with city amenities close at hand.”

The Malaysian ringgit is now at a 17-year low against the US dollar and this is possibly a pull factor for foreign investors interested in high-end quality developments at a bargain.

Astute investors will say that there are opportunities even in a slow market. Just recently, a sea-facing 9,326 sq ft penthouse at Tanjung Bungah (northern part of Penang) was put on the market at RM7.9 million ($2.05 million), way below its RM8.5 million ($2.2 million) valuation price.

Peh says buying for investment should be on a long-term basis. “Anytime would be a good time to buy for the purpose of owner occupation as long as it suits the purchaser’s lifestyle. The current ‘slow’ market actually weeds out speculators looking for short-term gains. Buying for capital appreciation on the island should be over a longer-term period as rental returns are even lower compared to similar properties in Kuala Lumpur”.

WATERFRONT PROPERTIES ON THE ISLAND 

At Seri Tanjung Pinang located at the northeastern tip of the island, a waterfront masterplan development is taking shape. 18 East at Andaman, the final tower under the Andaman series, is hailed as the only condominium project in Malaysia with a vast 4.5-acre private waterpark. Priced from RM1,000 ($260) per sq ft upwards, it offers low-density living with only 210 units ranging in size from 877 to 2,824 sq ft. The project also boasts of a 6.9-acre lush green recreational space with world-class facilities, a clubhouse and stunning views of the ocean. Hailed as a lifestyle developer, E&O is renowned for creating luxury developments that would surprise even well heeled and well-travelled investors. For 18 East, the developer engaged award-winning concept and landscape architects to create a project that would rival even five-star resorts in exotic destinations like Mauritius or Bora Bora. Estimated completion date is 2016.

Over at the south-eastern coast, Tropicana Bay Residences has sold about 80 per cent of their 1,343 units with prices starting from RM850 ($220) per sq ft. Comprising six towers of freehold condominium units located at Bayan Indah, it is almost midway between the two Penang bridges which links to the mainland. The well-known Queensbay Mall shopping center is just a stone’s throw away while the airport is just 10 km away. Tropicana Bay is just the first phase of a waterfront masterplan development called Penang WorldCity, a collaborative effort by two developers, Ivory Properties Group Berhad and Tropicana Corporation Berhad (formerly Dijaya Corporation Berhad), coming together to form Tropicana Ivory. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Infinity pool at The Marin overlooking the Andaman Sea

Infinity pool at The Marin overlooking the Andaman Sea

At the northern end of the island is Angsana Teluk Bahang, fronted by one kilometer of pristine white sandy beach and flanked by forest reserves. The flagship project by Senja Aman Development Sdn Bhd is comprised of 102 hotel rooms and 170 serviced two-bedroom suites housed within three tower blocks. The Banyan Tree Group under their Angsana brand will manage the leasehold commercial property as an integrated wellness resort. Out of the 272 units, 150 two-bedroom suites are available for sale with individual strata titles. The fully-furnished suites of 950 sq ft to 1,200 sq ft are priced from RM1,950 ($507) per sq ft. The resort is set to open in early 2017.

On the island’s eastern front, just a short distance from the Penang bridge exit, a large-scale integrated waterfront mixed-use development comprising a shopping mall, residential towers, an office tower, two hotels and a convention centre, is being built. Dubbed The Light Waterfront Penang, some of the earlier phases of the residential component have been completed with subsale prices ranging from RM840,000 ($218,000) to RM1.9 million ($380,000). The Light Collection is now into phases three and four and the developer is IJM Land.

Setia V Residences in the Gurney Drive area offers upscale seafacing condominium units right in the city. The project comprises two massive towers (43 and 48 storeys) with 166 units. During its launch, unit prices for tower A was around RM2 million ($520,000) while for tower B, it was around RM3 million ($780,000). The project developed by SP Setia was clearly targeted at the well heeled and completion date is estimated to be in 2016.

The Marin at Ferringhi is built on elevated land overlooking the sea at the northern tip of the island — along the famous Batu Ferringhi stretch where most of the five-star resorts are located. Developed by Plenitude Group, the freehold condominium project comprises two towers with 149 units, some of them with seaviews and some with forest views. The unit prices range between RM1.8 and RM4 million ($468,000 and $1.04 million) with expected completion is 2018.

Tropicana Bay Residences - the residential component at Penang WorldCity

Tropicana Bay Residences – the residential component at Penang WorldCity

Island Resort is a hillside residential development by Ivory Properties, located at Batu Ferringhi. Units on offer range from villas, bungalows and highrise condominium units (named 10 Island Resort). There are 266 units within the condomiunium block with prices starting from around RM700,000.

The aptly named Hilltop Villas development is comprised of three- and four-storey bungalows located on a hill overlooking the sea at Batu Ferringhi. The villas developed by Penang-based Asia Green Group were completed in 2010 and subsale units may be availabe from RM4.5 to RM9 million ($182,000 to 2.34 million).

Another development at Batu Ferringhi is Ferringhi Residence, a residential masterplan development split into Precincts 1, 2 and 3 by Mah Sing Group. Within the development, there is a wide range of offerings from condo villas to highrise units with launch price starting from RM600 ($156) per sq ft for Precinct 1.

Story Credits

Text by Pete Wong

This article was originally published in Yacht Style Issue 34

Focus: Samujana Villas, Koh Samui

Koh Samui is today a renowned international holiday destination, with visitors and investors from all over the world. The number of visitors from Asian countries is increasing due to improved air links, with direct flights from Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The large increase of high-end resorts between years 2012 to 2014 has repositioned the island as a luxury resort destination. The real estate market has also seen prices increased over the last few years.Palace-Koh-Samui-Samujana-Featured

Boutique luxury villa estate, Samujana, has unveiled its second phase of eight expansive new properties, adding to its existing collection of 25 luxury hillside villas. The project first opened in March 2012 as Koh Samui’s most exclusive and discrete luxury villa estate. Positioned in the most sought-after location on the island, it offers complete privacy, yet is within a few minutes’ drive from Samui International Airport. Set in a prestigious hilltop location which is walking distance from beaches of Choeng Mon and popular Chaweng, the all-pool award-winning villa estate overlooks a coral cove, giving each villa uninterrupted sea views and private beach access.Palace-Koh-Samui-Samujana3

The 25 villas at Samujana have been designed by Asia’s celebrated Gary Fell of GFAB Architects — each sensitively constructed in harmony with the natural rock outcrops and vegetation with a contemporary spacious design. With large en suite bedrooms, living spaces and dining areas, state-of-the-art kitchens, dedicated parking and private infinity edge pools, each property boasts uninterrupted luxury in a home away from home.Palace-Koh-Samui-Samujana4

Villa 30 is known not only as the jewel in the crown of Samujana, but the most impressive villa in Koh Samui, as one of the few places on the island with 360-degree sunrise and sunset views of Chaweng and Lamai, Choengmon and Plai Laem, Big Buddha and the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan. Situated at the very top of the estate, Villa 30 features five en suite bedrooms, a state-of-the-art cinema, private gym and a handcrafted spiral staircase. The villa also offers a breathtaking infinity pool, two fully equipped kitchens and incorporates the use of contemporary Asian art and accents throughout. From rain showers to Nuovo sound systems, a full service bar and rooftop barbecue deck, the villa is suitable for functions such as a soirée or intimate dinner party with friends.Palace-Koh-Samui-Samujana7

Villa 28, which has six bedrooms and extensive gardens, is perched high up on the estate and offers panoramic sea views. This 1,209sf villa is fully equipped with two designer kitchens sufficient to accommodate group functions, a private cinema complemented with a wide selection of films and TV shows, and an infinity pool.Palace-Koh-Samui-Samujana6

Guests can also enjoy the various amenities offered on the estate — private villa hosts, local and international cuisine from top, private chefs, an all-weather floodlit tennis court and access to water sports. Samujana has also partnered Koh Samui’s leading spa centers and a wide range of beauty and relaxation treatments can be provided in the privacy of villas. There is also exclusive charters of various sailing and motorboats, suitable for activities such as water-skiing, picnics on hidden beaches, snorkeling, sightseeing or sailing.Palace-Koh-Samui-Samujana2

Kurt Berman, General Manager of Samujana says, “we are focused on offering owners the very best return on their lifestyle investment. By operating as a boutique villa retreat with the provision of exemplary hospitality in such a stunning setting, we create an environment where owners and guests can discover a new state of mind”.Palace-Koh-Samui-Samujana

The development has been awarded various accolades, including the ‘Best Villa Development in Southeast Asia’, ‘Best Villa Development in Thailand’ and ‘Best Residential Architectural Design in Southeast Asia’ at the South East Asia Property Awards 2013, and was highly commended for ‘Architecture of Multiple Residences in Thailand’ at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2014, among others.Palace-Koh-Samui-Samujana8

Buyer Information

Property: Samujana

Location: Bontji Moo 4 Koh Samui, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

Architect: Gary Fell of GFAB Architects

Highlights:

Walking distance to nearby beaches

Selected villas offer 360-degree sunrise and sunset views

Some in-villa facilities include large en suite bedrooms, a state-of-the-art cinema, private gym, infinity pool, kitchens, full service bar and rooftop barbecue deck

Spa treatments provided in the privacy of villas

Exclusive charters of various sailing and motorboat

Access to activities such as water-skiing, picnics on hidden beaches, snorkeling and sailing

Price: Price on Application

Date of Completion: Phase Two is complete, all villas are open.

Contact: www.samujana.com

Story Credits

Text by Domenica Tan

This story first appeared in PALACE Magazine.

4 High Rise Condos with Balcony Pools

The idea of swimming hundreds of feet in the air might not appeal to everyone but in recent years and thanks to advances in engineering and increasingly demanding consumers, balcony pools are proliferating in luxury buildings.

In Miami, 116 units at the Porsche Tower will have a private swimming pool, each positioned on the terrace with a panoramic ocean view. In Mumbai, the Bandra Ohm building, designed by Hong Kong-based James Law Cybertecture will include about 100 units with crescent-shaped pools overlooking the ocean. And in the Bahamas, the BIG-designed Honeycomb building will include 34 private pools sunken into terraces.

The blurring of indoor and outdoor living spaces is not new, and many urban condominium projects already feature expansive outdoor terraces and rooftop kitchens, the type of spaces typically found in single-family homes. Private pools appear to be the latest frontier.

Soori High Line is Singapore's SCDA architects' first project in the US. Some units feature heated indoor/outdoor pools and the triplex penthouses have rooftop pools. The concept of balcony pools was previously untried in Manhattan.

Soori High Line is Singapore’s SCDA architects’ first project in the US. Some units feature heated indoor/outdoor pools and the triplex penthouses have rooftop pools. The concept of balcony pools was previously untried in Manhattan.

New international projects have been making headlines for their high-tech balcony pool designs, but developers in Asia have been incorporating pools into condo towers for much of the last decade. In 2005, Bangkok developers Le Raffine completed Sukhumvit 24, a 30-storey tower that has 54 units, many of them duplexes and each with a private plunge pool. The OneKL building in Kuala Lumpur was completed in 2009 and famously boasts “94 Apartments, 95 Swimming Pools”. The 35-storey condominium tower, designed by Singapore’s SCDA architects, set a new benchmark for luxury living in Malaysia when it launched, offering high-tech features such as lifts with fingerprinted access, built-in Miele kitchens and three-bedroom duplexes each with a private swimming pool.

Soo K Chan, founder and lead architect at SCDA has also begun exporting balcony pools outside of the region, as far away as Manhattan, where until recently the concept was untried. Soori High Line is the architect’s first project in the U.S. and is located in West Chelsea overlooking New York’s High Line Park. The building includes 27 units designed with 18-foot ceilings, limestone floors and a palette of woods and luxurious finishes and fixtures from Poliform, Miele and Boffi. On the ground floor, the units back into private courtyards. Further up in the building, some units include heated indoor/outdoor pools. These run from the master suite along the living areas to overlook 29th street and the neighbouring High Line. There will also be triplex penthouses on the uppermost floors, each with a rooftop pool. Three units have been released with prices ranging from $3.7 million to $10.995 millionSoori High Line - EX7_20160625

While some New Yorkers have struggled to understand the concept of a pool in the living room, for Chan, the feature is not a flamboyant building appendage; it is part of how he creates porosity in his designs. Chan is known for displacing apartment units along the building grid creating open spaces and cross-ventilation and turning these voids into sky gardens or lap pools—at the Marq in Singapore, cantilevered 15-meter pools project from the building’s glass façade; at OneKL in Malaysia, large double-volume apartment units feature adjoining terraces and pools and six-meter-high ceilings, which allow maximum natural lighting and cross ventilation.

 

In Manhattan, the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces are more defined, but with Soori High Line, Chan aimed to change this. “I want to bring to New York the concept of the transitioning of spaces, the space between indoors and outdoors,” he says. New York’s climate is not as balmy as that of Southeast Asia, but the pools are climatically controlled with a central boiler heater and there is a heat exchange, so the water temperature is maintained at 84˚F (29.9˚C).

The Marq in Singapore features cantilevered 15-metre pools from the building's glass facade

The Marq in Singapore features cantilevered 15-metre pools from the building’s glass facade

Mexico-city based architecture firm DCPP Arquitectos, which is designing Sky Condos in Lima, Peru, a project with 10 duplexes and cantilevered pools emphasises the importance of outdoor living spaces for urban dwellers. “We believe that an apartment shouldn’t lack exterior spaces,” the architects say. “This is why our main space in each apartment is the exterior public area which contains the pool and a series of terraces that bring dynamism to the whole tower.”

But the futuristic appearance of balcony pools still puts them in the headlines, particularly the more brazen designs. When James Law of James Law Cybertecture unveiled his plans for the Bandra Ohm in Mumbai, 1.2 million hits on his website crashed its servers. According to Law, the 140-meter ohm-shaped building takes its inspiration from water. “The design concept of the tower is inspired by the ripple effect generated by water droplets, which is also known as the capillary wave,” the architect says. In the building design, this ripple effect is created via a continuous shifting of infinity edged pools of each unit.

BIG-designed Honeycomb building in the Bahamas will include 34 private pools sunken into terraces

BIG-designed Honeycomb building in the Bahamas will include 34 private pools sunken into terraces

Although developers have been emboldened by engineering and design advances such as 3D structural analysis, lightweight materials and waterproofing technology, constructing an elevated pool, especially one over a liveable area, remains a challenge. Water is heavy and the building must be able to support the extra load. A single cubic foot of water contains 28.3 liters and weighs more than 28 kilograms. The water in a standard lap pool—75 feet long, 15 feet wide and four feet deep—weighs nearly 127,000 kilograms, and a building such as OneKL carries approximately 2,500m³ of water across its 95 swimming pools.

 

Pools must also be designed to evenly transfer the weight of the water to the supporting walls and columns. At Soori High Line in Manhattan, the pools are cast as part of the continuous floor slab. For the Sky Condos in Lima, architects say walls that run parallel to the main structure will balance the weight of the water. Leakage is also a concern. In backyards, pools are often made of concrete, but the material is prone to cracking and not suitable for balconies. To counteract the risks of leakage, some architects use waterproof concrete to ensure tightness, others choose stainless steel pools, as these are lightweight and easy to assemble. Cutting-edge ceramics and carbon-fibre composite technology from the aerospace and motor sports industries are also sneaking into some pool designs.honeycomb-bahamas-renderings

The balconies at Bandra Ohm are enclosed in acrylic, the material used in aquariums. At the Porsche Tower in Miami, Italian company Piscine Castiglione is building prefab pools using Myrtha® technology, a modular system of stainless steel panels laminated with a layer of high strength PVC. The technology has several advantages, including durability and minimal maintenance requirements, but the design flexibility is particularly suited to balconies that cannot accommodate standard pool dimensions.

 

However, cutting edge pools come at a price. The pools at the Porsche Tower, which include Jacuzzi bubbles and a hydro-massage bench are costing the developer $100,000 each. Plus the extra steel and concrete needed to hold the weight, as well as supply lines that between floors make the pool portion of the Porsche Tower cost about $18 million, says Gil Dezer, the tower’s developer. The residences are on the market for $6.3 million to $32.5 million. The pools are only part of the amenity package at the Porsche Tower. The building also includes glass car elevators that allow residents to remain in their cars on the way up to their apartments.

The pools at the Porsche Tower, which include Jacuzzi bubbles and a hydro-massage bench are costing the developer US$100,000 each

The pools at the Porsche Tower, which include Jacuzzi bubbles and a hydro-massage bench are costing the developer US$100,000 each

The added cost of pools does not appear to be impeding developers or buyers at the top end of the market. Christopher Anand, senior managing director of the Tavistock Group, which is developing Honeycomb, a new project in the Bahamas where each of the 34 units has a 70sf pool says the pools are an attractive amenity “that we have seen as a huge selling point.” Honeycomb’s sales launched in September 2014 and the building is 50 per cent sold.

Honeycomb architect Bjarke Ingels designed the building with a hexagonal-patterned façade that also functionally supports the pools, making them sink into the terrace floor. The thick beams that helped create the exterior motif will support the weight of the water—about five metric tons per pool, Ingels says. The design also maximises privacy for residents while still affording them marina and ocean views. The condominiums at Honeycomb range from 2,500sf to 5,800sf and are priced from $3.5 million to $15 million.piscina-Porsche-Tower-Miami-3

Still not everyone buys the idea of a balcony pool. Some real-estate agents and developers question the idea of absorbing an additional 20 per cent for a high rise where the functionality of pools are limited and meant more for wading. Others remain unconvinced of their safety. For Soo K Chan, who is seasoned at creating luxurious living spaces, private pools are simply another part of today’s luxury residential package. “It functions as an amenity of the higher end market,” he says.

In the building design of Bandra Ohm, ripple effects are created via a continuous shifting of infinity edged pools of each unit.

In the building design of Bandra Ohm, ripple effects are created via a continuous shifting of infinity edged pools of each unit.

On the market

Soori High Line
Design: SCDA Architects
Location: Manhattan, New York, US
Number of units: 27
Number of balcony pools: 16
Pool size: 23 to 26 feet long, 7 to 9 feet wide, 4 feet deep
Average price: $3,047 psf
Completion: 2017
http://soorihighlineny.com

Porsche Design Tower
Location: Miami, Florida, US
Design: Porsche Design Group
Number of units: 132
Number of balcony pools: 116
Pool size: 10 by 15 feet
Price: $6.3 million to $32.5 million
Completion: 2016
www.designtowermiami.com

Bandra Ohm
Location: Mumbai, India
Design: James Law Cybertecture
Number of units: 100
Number of balcony pools: 100
Pool material: High-strength acrylic
www.jameslawcybertecture.com

Honeycomb
Location: Bahamas, North America
Design: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Number of units: 34
Number of pools: 34
Pool size: 70sf
Price: $3.5 million to $15 million
Completion: 2016
www.albanybahamas.com

Story Credits
Text by Sophie Kalkreuth

This article was originally published in PALACE Magazine

Focus: Architect Isay Weinfeld

Arguably Brazil’s best-known architect since Oscar Niemeyer, Isay Weinfeld has been designing private homes, luxury hotels and furniture since he founded his multidisciplinary practice in 1973. From the beginning, the Sao Paolo native has designed projects from the largest to the smallest scale and across a variety of programs; including civic, commercial and residential architecture, as well as interiors. Recently his firm has completed the Fasano Hotel in Uruguay, a private residence for the Royal family of Monaco and a line of office furniture for Herman Miller.

Fasano Las Piedras Exterior

Fasano Las Piedras Exterior

Fond of using concrete and simple shapes, many of Weinfeld’s private residences seem to float above the landscape with boxy, cantilevered living spaces that open to the outdoors. Although the architect has designed a multitude of them over the past 35 years, he still approaches each, with great specificity. “A house should exactly fit its user,” he says, and he signs on only after listening to prospective clients describe how they wish to live. “What do you do when you wake up in the morning?” he’ll ask. “How do you spend your day?”

In 2011, Weinfeld developed a strong rapport with a young couple looking to build a home in Sao Paulo’s Jardins, an area known for its trendy shops and restaurants. The pair wanted an informal, light-filled dwelling where they could live with their three children and Brazilian art collection — something modern, but comfortable. Weinfeld’s design features a series of serene rooms punctuated by diverse textures.

Fasano Las Piedras Bedroom

Fasano Las Piedras Bedroom

While Weinfeld generally dismisses the label of Tropical Modernism, his designs share the movement’s flair for the tactile and a look that is both sensual and stark. At the Jardins Villa his restrained palette features weathered-wood paneling, iron-gray concrete and raw granite steps, while splashes of color come from the art pieces and from the lush green garden. In the living spaces, muted mid-century furniture includes a coatrack by Le Corbusier, Hans J. Wegner dining chairs and leather armchairs by Danish designer Ib Kofod-Larsen.

Fasano Las Piedras Pool

Fasano Las Piedras Pool

At a recent hotel project in Uruguay, the architect created a series of concrete bungalows that appear like stones scattered across the area’s rugged landscape.  The project, Hotel Fasano Las Piedras in Punta del Este, combines private houses, hotel bungalows, a golf course, polo fields and a three-kilometer long beach over 480 hectares of arid, rocky land.

After a detailed study of the program, Weinfeld opted for a structure made up of single units designed and distributed as isolated modules almost “landing naturally” on the ground like the rocks themselves. From the outside the bungalows look like low-slung rectangles; on the inside the design features large open spaces, endless unframed glazing’s and pure white surfaces that combine with rustic woods, saddle leather and eclectic furniture pieces.

Jardim Exterior, New York City

Jardim Exterior, New York City

The project is not the first Weinfeld has designed for the Fasano Hotel Group. He designed the original Fasano Hotel, which opened in 2003 in São Paulo and was named one of the “50 Best Hotels of the World” by Condé Nast Traveler. He also designed several subsequent properties under the Fasano brand, including the upcoming Fasano Hotel and Residences at Shore Club in Miami. Developed by HFZ Capital Group, the project is located in South Beach and when complete in 2017 it will include a revamped Shore Club with a 100-room hotel and 75 luxury condominium residences designed by Isay Weinfeld.

The project marks Weinfeld’s first large scale project in Miami. He is also, currently working on his first multifamily project in New York City. Jardim, which means ‘garden’ in Portuguese, will be located in West Chelsea overlooking the High Line Park. The project design features a simple, monolithic structure rendered mostly in brick and concrete with latticed wood screens and a generously planted second-floor terrace that envelops the site.

Jardim Living Room, New York

Jardim Living Room, New York

The apartments themselves are a classy mix of smoked oak, marble, brass and limestone and prices average about US$2,500/sq. ft. (or $2 million for one-bedroom units.) Douglas Elliman Development Marketing is handling the exclusive sales and marketing. Jardim, also incorporates a private driveway and 2,000 sq. ft. of gardens across two levels. On the ground floor, the courtyard is viewed through tall windows that provide a leafy backdrop for the front desk. Glass skylights in the second floor terrace allow natural light to filter through to the residence’s swimming pool and gymnasium below.

The project is a welcome departure from the flamboyant architecture that surrounds it, including the soon to be completed 520 West 28th Street, a spaceship-like condominium by Zaha Hadid Architects. “This isn’t a kind of architecture that shouts, it’s an architecture that speaks low,” Weinfeld said in a recent interview. “What is very important for me is to have a very well-designed plan. For me, the function of a project is very important. It’s not a question of beauty. The building has to work to make sense.”

Fasano Hotel and Residences at Shore Club

Miami has long been a favored destination for well-heeled Brazilian travelers, now Brazil’s top designer and hotelier are teaming for a luxury development in South Beach. Isay Weinfeld is converting The Shore Club, a historic hotel in Miami’s Art Deco district, into a luxury complex with condominiums, hotel rooms and poolside bungalows, while Fasano Hotel Group will operate the hotel and residences.

Fasano Hotel at Shore Club Exterior

Fasano Hotel at Shore Club Exterior

The Art Deco building, which is located on the waterfront in South Beach, was originally built by Miami architect Albert Anis, in 1939. Weinfeld is preserving and transforming the Central Tower, the Shore Club’s original 22-floor structure designed by David Chipperfield and adding external living spaces. New renderings show glass-lined balconies, light-colored materials and lush landscaping. There will also be a converted eight-story North Tower and two-story poolside and beachfront bungalows. The re-design will feature a total of 100 hotel rooms and 75 apartments, many of them offering expansive views of the beach and Atlantic Ocean.

The South Tower will house the main hotel lobby and retain many of the property’s original details while also bridging the indoors with the outdoors via a mix of terrazzo, concrete, steel and lush landscaping. Outside, the new swimming pool, will be the largest in South Beach measuring about 250 feet long and over 9,500 sq. ft.

For the condominium units, Weinfeld is creating a look of quiet, laid-back elegance by combining wood grain with white stone finishes. He has also designed expansive outdoor living areas, some terraces larger than 3,000 sq. ft., and used wide oak floors to transition seamlessly from inside to the outdoor areas.  All residences will have floor-to-ceiling windows and Bulthaup kitchens complemented by a full Gaggenau appliance suite. The condominium units range from one to one to four-bedrooms and 800 sq. ft. to over 4,000 sq. ft. There is also one tri-level penthouse and a selection of two-story bungalows. Buyers enjoy access to the new amenities building that will house a gym, yoga rooms and a spa. Prices start at $2 million.

Story Credits
Text by Sophie Kalkreuth
Images by Douglas Elliman

This article was originally published in PALACE 15

Villa Paradiso Perduto, Los Cabos, Mexico

Top 10 Vacation rentals with the best infinity pools

Villa Paradiso Perduto

TripAdvisor has curated a list of vacation rental sites from around the world that come with their own  for snowbirds who may have begun to shop for their winter escape.

From Florida to Fiji, the  listed not only span the globe, but different budgets as well.

While a one-bedroom cottage in Fiji runs a reasonable $200 a night, those with a bigger budget and bigger entourage may want to consider a 10-bedroom villa in Miami that comes with a price tag of $10,000 a night.

DON’T MISS: TOP 10 MOST STUNNING INFINITY POOLS

Here’s a selection of vacation rentals from TripAdvisor

The Priory, Luberon, France

The Priory, Luberon, France

Set across 40 acres of meadows in the Provence countryside, the 16th-century farmhouse comes with a heated infinity pool and overlooks the rolling Luberon Hills, says TripAdvisor.

The property includes seven suites, a treehouse for the kids, and a floodlit tennis court. The dining area features a piano, stone column fireplace and beamed ceiling – $3,867 a night.

Villa Bayuh Sabbha, Bukit, Bali, Indonesia

Bayuh Sabbha, Bali

Perched 50 meters above the sea, the open-air pavilion-type villa offers sweeping views of the Bali coastline, and tropical gardens and nightly sunsets. The property is particularly popular for wedding groups, with nine separate living spaces and comes fully staffed with a cook and cleaners.

The infinity pool also provides swimmers with sweeping views of the ocean in the distance – $1,875 per night.

Villa Blanca, Miami, Florida

Miami, Villa Blanca

With a distinctly luxurious Mediterranean feel, the 10-bedroom waterfront estate of the Villa Blanca is the priciest on the list, but with good reason.

Guests have their run of 12,000 square feet of living space that includes a private, tropical oasis, multi-level pools and a private boat dock for guests who may need, you know, a place to park their yacht – $10,000 a night.

Lomani Cottage, Matei, Fiji

Lomani Cottage

At the other end of the price spectrum, travelers looking for a more modest, intimate seaside retreat may want to consider the Lomani Cottage that offers priceless views for a more reasonable $200 a night.

The one-bedroom private rental includes a natural, outdoor stone shower, and is furnished with traditional, local Fijian furniture. The infinity pool overlooks the waters of Taveuni.

Villa Turquesa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Villa Turquesa

Built on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, this ultra-extravagant property comes with a private movie theater, luxurious furnishings, and a flowing design that sets off its natural setting to its advantage.

The main terrace area includes a large, infinity lap pool, and includes a swim-up bar, lounge chairs and an outdoor dining space.

Oh, for those counting on traveling in mini herds, the nine-bedroom property can sleep 28. $5,000 a night

Villa One and Only, Mykonos, Greece

Villa One and Only

7 Bedrooms From $910 per night

Villa Paradiso Perduto, Los Cabos, Mexico

Villa Paradiso Perduto, Los Cabos, Mexico

8 Bedrooms From $4,800 per night

Villa Voyage, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

Villa Voyage, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

5 Bedrooms From $1,100 per night

Belle Etoile, St. Martin

Belle Etoile, St. Martin

5 Bedrooms from $2,714 per night.

Villa Destiny, Kalkan, Turkey

Villa Destiny, Kalkan, Turkey

4 Bedrooms From $275 per night

Earlier this month, hotelier group Small Luxury Hotels of the World launched a separate collection of independent villas, ski chalets and estates in response to the growing demand for holiday rentals.

The Four Seasons and Relais & Chateaux also offer private vacation rentals for affluent travelers.

Cliff Pool Amanoi vietnam

Pool of the day: making a splash in Vietnam

Cliff Pool Amanoi vietnam

Where are the chicest pools on earth? This summer we’re bringing you the hottest places to cool down, unwind, and take a stylish dip.

Today we’re dreaming of this incredible resort and its contemporary infinity pool in Vietnam.

Name: Amanoi – Location: Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam

Amanoi beach pavilion

What’s the story?

Luxury resort Amanoi opened late last year and is the first Aman resort in the country. Featuring panoramic views of the coastline and surrounding wildlife park, the hotel offers two slick infinity pools with contemporary wooden pavilions, overlooking the Vinh Hy Bay and the South China Sea.

The resort is nestled in the forestland of the Nui Chua National Park, one of Vietnam’s largest conservation areas at around 23,000 ha.

Cliff Pool Amanoi resort

Taking the plunge: Amanoi features the contemporary Clifftop infinity pool and the curvier Beach Club pool alongside a spa and wellness center.

InterContinental Hong Kong infinity pool

TOP 10 most stunning infinity pools around the world

InterContinental Hong Kong infinity pool

They’re designed to create the illusion of vanishing into the horizon, and merging seamlessly with the sea and sky.

And a selection of  by Trivago highlights some of the most impressive design feats, with pools falling dramatically off the rock cliffs of a Mediterranean island or extending into vast and infinite bodies of water.

pool at Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Take an armchair dip in some of the most beautiful hotel infinity pools around the world from Spain, Hong Kong, Greece and Singapore.

Cavo Tagoo, Mykonos, Greece

Cavo Tagoo Mykonos infinity pool

Lefay Resort & Spa, Lake Garda, Italy

Lefay Resort and Spa infinity pool

InterContinental Hotel & Resort, Hong Kong

InterContinental Hong Kong infinity pool

Viceroy, Bali, Indonesia

Viceroy Bali

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands infinity pool

Jade Mountain, Soufriere, Saint Lucia

Jade Mountain infiinity pool

Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza, Spain

Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena

W Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

W Barcelona infinity pool

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives

Encircled by clear blue waters of one of the largest lagoons of the Maldives, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is an eclusive and private retreat.

The resort seamlessly extends the magic of the island’s blessed natural beauty in its design even as it offers the finest in contemporary luxuries and services.

Each of the resort’s luxuriously designed 64 villas boast crisp linens, warm wooden patios, and private infinity pools.
Continue reading

wet deck hong kong

Wet Deck at W Hong Kong

wet deck hong kong

W Hong Kong continues to WOW the town this summer by the launch of its poolside bar Wet Deck on the 76th floor.

With the phenomenal views and sophisticated gourmet palate, Wet Deck refines the art of delights in this bustling city and depicts an explosion of fantasy.

Located on the 76th floor, WET DECK is the highest outdoor poolside bar in Hong Kong, being 211 metres (692 feet) above the sea level.
Continue reading

Steven Spielberg Superyacht

Steven Spielberg Buys $200 Million Superyacht

Steven Spielberg Superyacht

Steven Spielberg was recently spotted in St. Barth’s and St. Maarten aboard his new toy, the 86-metre Oceanco superyacht Seven Seas.

Featuring naval architecture by Azure and an interior design scheme by Nuvolari & Lenard, the ship was launched by the Dutch shipbuilder a few months back.

Said to have cost about $200 million, the yacht features an infinity pool with a 15-ft. glass wall that doubles as a movie screen.
Continue reading

Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Will Have 118th Floor Pool

The new Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong will be the tallest hotel in the world and there will be an infinity-edge pool on the top floor.

The current record for the highest hotel pool is the infinity pool on the edge of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, an open-air pool perched 55 stories up.

Like the Marina Bay Sands, the Ritz-Carlton pool will also be an infinity pool, but it will be located indoors on the 118th floor.
Continue reading

lebua state tower bangkok

The world’s best hotel rooftops

The view from the top of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel has been ranked the best hotel rooftop view in the world by users of price comparison website Trivago.

The luxury Dubai hotel, which offers views of the Persian Gulf from a manmade island accessible via a walkway or from the 24th floor “Uptown Bar” in the main building, topped the list of global hotels that offer impressive views.

In second place was the Lebua hotel at State Tower in Bangkok, which offers sprawling views of the Thai capital from its protruding bar on the 63rd floor.
Continue reading

Ikkar Transforming Yacht

French designer Julien Anglade, has come up with a hybrid yacht concept harking back to the golden days of luxury ocean cruises.

The 150-metre IKKAR accommodates 50 passengers in ultimate luxury along with a crew of 60 to look after them.

the hybrid yacht is capable of changing its shape according to the location as well as comfort of the passengers.
Continue reading