Luxury Lifestyle

by Lauren Smith

Luxury Phuket Property Rentals

On an island renowned for it’s multitude of luxurious, high-end properties, it is a joy to come across a villa that truly stands out amongst the crowd – with first rate architectural design and spectacular views from every angle, Laem Son Villa situated on Phuket’s West Coast is a prime example of a new generation of luxury living. Now available to rent, this luxury villa can comfortably accommodate up to four families, all with children.

World-renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy, founder of Denniston International and designer of what is arguably the island’s most exclusive hotel, the Amanpuri, was the brains behind the Laem Son luxury villa concept. Combining the best elements of the East and West, Gathy fused together a villa that is not only pleasing to the eye with its traditional Thai style architecture, but also exceptionally comfortable with its expansive and luxurious living and outdoor areas.

Located just outside of the peaceful Kamala province, the quiet villas are a world away from the more famous beach stretch of Patong. If shopping and nightlife are what you desire however, this bustling neighbourhood is just 10 minutes away. Phuket town and the Laguna complex are also within easy driving distance and Phuket International Airport is only a half hour journey.

The exterior of the property screams richness and indulgence, with it’s towering walls and lotus flowers floating delicately within elegant tropical fish ponds. Part of a seven villa private estate; this quiet compound is situated atop a hilltop rock face. The main living areas, along with the ocean facing swimming pool look out towards the setting sun of the West, while the entertainment area, family and childrens’ rooms face East towards the sandy beaches of Kamala and Surin. Also sharing this Easterly facing beach view is an open dining sala containing a Chinese lazy Susan; perfect for any dining occasion, whether it be an intimate dinner, family meal or social gathering.

Encompassing the very essence of tropical living; this villa for rent boasts an exceptional 42.6 metre long infinity edge swimming pool with close to an unobstructed 180 degree view of the ocean beyond. This stunning pool has over 60 metres of ocean frontage, something relatively rare among the properties on the island and even more uniquely, is privileged to have the evening sun set directly in front of the house. The inviting lap pool is tiled in light blue to reflect the daytime sun from its shimmering tiles, while allowing the moonlight to illuminate it after dark – unlike the black tiles favoured by many other developers.

At night, the villa takes on an entirely different persona, with subtly positioned spotlights working in harmony with natural moonlight to create a magical fairy-tale ambience. All around the villa, lights cast hauntingly beautiful shadows from the dark teak wood and exterior granite walls. A sight that, when coupled with the sounds of the peacefully lapping ocean waves, is truly breathtaking.

Between the dramatic swimming pool and the property is an enormous, multi-level outside patio area. Sun decks and day beds are positioned artistically around various areas of this area and swaying palm trees stand symmetrically on every few steps between the pool and the property, where there are more raised open salas for relaxing, dining or entertaining.

The front interior of the property is comprised of a central living area of 150 square metres and houses a trio of rooms, all traditionally Thai in concept with heavy teak floors and walls. In the centre is a dining sala with a long, elegant table to seat up to 12. On either side of the dining area are living rooms, one formal and one more casual. Both are decorated in earthy tones, with shades of cream, beige, black and brown working together to create a series of colours that naturally compliment each other. Full size antiques and genuine Asian artefacts stand proudly in each of these rooms.

The villa’s four, 72 sq. ft. double bedrooms are incredibly spacious and are all ensuite. Displaying some of the best craftsmanship in Thailand, they are impeccably designed. Air conditioning is internally concealed in pitched, open style roofs, which are modern in configuration and house hidden lights within their beams. High quality tapered doors are framed with a sturdy 8 inches of thick wood.

The ensuite bathrooms have both his and hers vanity areas, each with their own large, built in wooden wardrobe and handmade terrazzo sink bowl, in addition to an impressive terrazzo bathtub and power shower with tropical outlooks.

Separate to the master suites is a children’s area with eight single beds, two bathrooms and generous spaced built in wardrobes for the storage of clothes or toys. Adjacent to this is a nanny’s room with two single beds allowing close access to the children. These rooms share direct access to an outside garden play area separated from the rest of the house to allow both adults and children to relax and enjoy their own space.

For the enjoyment of both children and adults alike, there is an informal dining and entertainment area with a 34" satellite television, DVD and CD players and a games console, as

well as a fax and computer with Internet access. The kitchen is spacious and modern in design and is supplied with all the latest equipment. There are two, four-door double fridges both with water maker, as well as large ovens and a dishwasher.

Rental of this luxurious villa also comes with airport transfers, a drier and the use of two new cars; a Toyota Hilux and a Toyota Fortuner.

It should be noted that smoking is not allowed inside the living areas and the owner kindly requests that pets are not brought into the property.

Rental prices begin at USD 2000 a day during the low season, rising at peak times.

To find out more, please contact Blaauw & Nassau at 3/12 Srisoonthorn Road, Bangtao beach, Phuket. Phone +6676 271 111 or 01-892 94 95 for more details or a reservation.

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