Villa Sapi was designed and concepted as a family and friends vacation retreat by Canadian designer David Lombardi on Lombok Island, Indonesia. Secluded on a 3 hectare beachfront property, the villa is nestled in and amongst hundreds of original coconut and palm trees. Lombardi’s bauhaus philosophy of “Function Over Form” are evident in his design approach, always leaving the viewer with a sense of discovery and surprise as the journey through their home. The villa is comprised of two modern freestanding buildings, surrounded by decorative fishponds and gardens flowing all the way down to a pristine white beach.
The main house acts as a sort of vortex, it’s a place to gather, to chill out and enjoy friends and family, but above all it’s a place to explore. The guesthouse is a wonderful modern Inner Sanctum. Independent and uniquely isolated from the main villa, it gives your guests the freedom and independence from others if they so desire.
Although contemporary in architectural style and amenities, Villa Sapi has included some traditional elements such as the various bales (Indonesian huts) sprinkled around the estate, giving each guest the possibility to relax in perfect harmony with nature. The use of wood for the roof, lava stone, sand stone, coconut and bamboos, all reflect Lombardi’s unique vision and his commitment to the use of local materials. Furnishings carry a signature color theme of black, red and lime green, while the walls are adorned with flair – bamboo, water cascades and conceptual artwork. The first clue to the quirky nature of the artwork is a white sculpture in the coconut grove garden which, in huge black letters, suggests that we should ‘Stop Making Sense.
Wish to stay at Villa Sapi? Rates range from $800 – $1,195 per night, from here.
The view from the villa’s open-sided living and dining room, bedrooms and bathrooms is unrivalled; here guests can look forward to a vista that is ever-changing with the moods of the sea, sky, neighboring islands, distant mountains, forests and colorful fishing boats. At night, after a magnificent sunset, the views become even more magical as the moon’s reflection twinkles on the water, presenting a scene of tranquility and unforgettable beauty.
A unique and highly desirable residence of spacious proportions, Azzurra Castle encompasses a 26,500 square foot site set at the end of a peninsula on The Caribbean Sea. The property, owned by international entrepreneur Peter de Savary, is nestled on a peninsula on the south side of the island with stunning coastal panoramas at the end of Lance aux Epines in St. Georges, Grenada on the Caribbean Sea. The castle sits amongst flowering tropical gardens, terraces and two aviaries, leading down to a small private sandy beach and sunbathing deck. The Moorish style home has 9,500 square-feet of interior living space and 7,500 square-feet of exterior living space. The interiors feature bold and bright colors throughout, vaulted ceilings, accents of over-sized, scattered cushions, antique decorations and private nooks filled with ottomans, giving this property a laid-back Moroccan feel. The open living spaces take in natural breezes from the ocean.
Azzurra Castle features two private gated landscaped entrance courtyards with garage and parking. There are several extensive living and dining areas, roof and garden terraces, patios and beautifully managed tropical gardens. There are five dramatic bedrooms with private bathrooms and a self-contained apartment in the turret with its own roof terrace. And of course, no Castle comes without a folly; you’re turreted get-away in the gardens. The Castle also has a dungeon, thoughtfully converted into an air-conditioned luxury cinema and board-room/office/exercise room and numerous reception rooms/areas. Azzurra Castle is the ultimate in private locations, enjoying two small sandy beaches in a serene and secluded bay; alternately enjoy the view from the beachside Jacuzzi or lay out on the terraced decking or sunbathe/stargaze on the vast roof terrace.
Azzura Castle is available as a vacation rental sleeping 12, with rates ranging from $9,500 – $15,000 per week, including live-in housekeeper/cook, from here.
The great room is the home’s main living space, there are no walls or windows here, it is all open to the exterior elements.
Fine dining area.
Each of the bedrooms features an en-suite bath.
The pool area, which is accessed via the great room or the bedrooms, has a large terrace with a beautiful terra cotta tile pattern. The pool is 50 feet long and features a decorative mosaic.
The front side of the castle facing the ocean.
Outdoor private dining terrace.
Walkway leading to a private outdoor sitting area.
A two-story turret.
The turret features a guest bedroom with a kitchen and bathroom.
Photos: Alex Smailes
This absolutely stunning private beach house called ‘Terrapin Residence’ is located on the Turks and Caicos Islands, designed by Denver-based Worth Interiors. Surrounded by tropical blues and greens, this fascinating home picks up on the beach theme and draws in vibrant hues in the fabrics and finishes that really pops off the white walls. Cool, fresh and clean, the home is drenched in glassy Caribbean blues, sandy whites, driftwood grays and coconut brown.
A beautiful accent wall in the dining area separates the space from the rest of the open plan design. Plenty of windows and sliding glass patio doors blurs the boundaries between the indoors and out and draws in ample daylight. The home also features an in-home cinema room and infinity-edge pool that seems to drop right off into the turquoise blue ocean. A spacious outdoor terrace offers plenty of room for entertaining and soaking up the sun.
What do you think of this tropical oasis, would this be your idea of the perfect vacation getaway?
Photos: Steve Passmore
Casa del Santuario is a luxurious villa nestled within the attractive countryside of Tarifa, Spain, not too far from the beaches. Natural beauty, peace and harmony intertwine in this beautiful home that facilitates comfort and rest. It consists of three bedrooms, two bathrooms and several outdoor terraces with magnificent views. This lovely house features 2,690 square feet (250 square meters) of living space with a capacity for six people, built in a Moorish style. As a mean of unifying all the spaces, all the flooring is of polished concrete and the predominance of natural materials such as stone and wooden beams. There are exposed stone walls, whitewashed work benches and solid wood untreated and in harmony with modern sculptures, design lamps and classic seating of the 20th century.
The house is oriented towards the South and is located in the Natural Park of Los Alcornocales one of the largest parks in Europe. The house is surrounded by a tropical garden with a small pond with water lily leaves. In order to enjoy the outside, the villa has three porches with different orientations. The estate is crossed by a Stony River with oleanders and populated by many turtles. Just 10 minutes from the farm, you can swim in a natural pool in a tropical paradise. The organic farm is working with solar panels and a generator. The villa is an idyllic place, privileged, quiet and with no nearby roads. The owners are a pair of Belgians who desired to have a vacation retreat in a warmer climate. The home is also used as a vacation rental for the periods of time when they are not staying at the home.
To stay at this beautiful retreat, prices range from $1,573 – $3,147 per week, from here.
Caressing the crystal-clear waters of the Samana Peninsula, Sublime Samana Hotel & Residence boasts 20 private suites and casitas nestled on the Dominican Republic’s most dazzling, remote beaches. The Samana province of the island’s northeastern coast remains one of the most undiscovered, unspoiled habitats of the Caribbean. Surrounded by lush, tropical mountains, guests can enjoy unparalleled seclusion, while swimming through sparkling turquoise waters and relaxing on luxurious shaded sunbeds.
The casitas and main residential building seamlessly mesh a brilliantly modern architectural scheme with the natural landscape, perfectly framing the property’s spectacular interconnected pools. The spacious architect-designed private suites and casitas offer unwavering luxury with open floor plans that allow for a peaceful immersion with the wondrous sights and sounds of the magically exotic, mountainous ocean setting.
Each of the 16 private suites and four casitas feature floor-to-ceiling windows, a comfortable private balcony or terrace, elegant, inviting furnishings, dining rooms and fully equipped kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances. Sublime Samana spared no detail in ensuring the best of creature comforts for its guests. A gem of the Caribbean, the isolated property gives guests access to six-miles of pristine, palm-fringed beach.
Indulge yourself in this stunning luxury property; rates range from $156 – $699, from here.
The estate is surrounded by tropical mountains and valleys, offering spectacular views in Bali, Indonesia. This home is the perfect hideaway for peace and tranquility. Named after the white-capped waves – views of which can be relished from its upper floor rooms and terraces – five-bedroom Villa Ombak Putih breathes an ocean-inspired theme in every element of its design. This gorgeous villa, which was completed in 2011, presents two enormous master bedrooms with sexy, semi-open-air bathrooms, three stand-alone guest suites, a 30-metres swimming pool and a delightful choice of indoor and outdoor living areas and dining spaces.
This majestic and contemporary-styled property presents crisp white exteriors and cool cream marble floors, while natural Palimanan stone is the material of the villa’s striking bas-relief murals and impressive Balinese statues, which flank the grand entranceway and border the ponds. This pale white stone features abundantly throughout the villa and defines the garden with plump, perfectly placed pebbles and warm textured paving.
Even the flowers in the 3,300-square-meters garden reflect the foamy surf: all are white, from the sweet-scented snowy blossoms on the many frangipani trees to the softly flowering jasmine that borders the lawns. In keeping with the villa’s seaside location, 150 meters from the rugged Cemagi beach, white furnishings are characterized by cheerful cushion fabrics, splashes of blue and turquoise in the ocean-inspired photographic artwork, a dark blue wall, a rustic blue door and tastefully displayed time-worn aquamarine artifacts.
Casa Dos Chicos is nestled on a hill in the small, charming tropical town of Sayulita, overlooking the beautiful coastline of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. This newly renovated 3,000 square foot vacation villa features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room and a wonderful garden with heated pool. It is composed of two three-story structures, each with two one-bedroom suites, featuring en-suite bathroom and indoor and outdoor sitting areas. All of the colorful rooms share views of the walled garden, pool, town, and surrounding hills.
A Mexican-style open air living area floats above the tree tops, boasting a hot tub, living room, kitchen/dining room and large sofa with lounge chairs and hammocks, dramatically linked by a bridge high above the garden! Open on all sides, it catches gentle breezes and beautiful 360 degree views of ocean and coastline, lust foothills of the Sierra Madre and the energetic town of Sayulita which surrounds it.
The two three-story buildings are set in a lush, walled garden that features a glass mosaic tiled heated pool, a deck composed of inlaid stones in a style typical of the area, an outdoor shower, a fountain, and a barbecue. The shared living space of the house includes two large outdoor rooms covered by palapa roofs and linked by a bridge three stories up. The fully equipped kitchen has a large table for ten and an island with stools. The house and grounds provide a private retreat high above the town and the sea, which at the same time is only a short walk to all the local charm Sayulita has to offer.
This unique vacation home is available year round for weekly rentals from Saturday to Saturday, which prices ranging from $2,150 – $3,550. Daily rates range from $320 – $520, from here.
This incredible retreat in South India has been designed by India-based architecture studio Mancini Design. The 4,000 square meters compound has been turned into an interior world consisting of 3 houses, pool with pavilion, small forest, rock – tropical – and suspended gardens, sunken garden around a deep well, outdoor bathrooms, savanna and water-tank all of it assembled to provide views on the nearby holy mountain and yet creating privacy in its different indoor and outdoor spaces. Sloping roof-gardens provide natural connectivity from the living quarters on the first floors down to the common spaces on the ground-floor and the visitor discovers a new space or a new vista around every corner.
The buildings draw on traditional construction technique combined with large Roof-overhangs and high thermal mass thus ensuring cool interiors in the very hot climate of the south Indian countryside. All architectural and interior elements are custom designed and manufactured by local craftsmen whereas the infrastructural elements rely on technology to ensure environmental sustainability. Via
Photos: Mancini Enterprises
Misool Eco Resort is built on the private island of Batbitim, located in remote southern Raja Ampat, nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands in Indonesia. An exclusive dive resort and conservation center, this tropical hideaway is fringed with powder-white beaches and pristine coral reefs. With a maximum capacity of just 32 guests and a staff-to-guest ratio of 3 to 1, the resort offers exclusive luxury diving holidays, surrounded by the world’s richest reefs. The resort island is leased from the local community, along with 1,120 square meters of surrounding reefs.
All of the resort facilities are built of reclaimed tropical hardwoods; no trees were cut down to build the resort. The main resort area is inside a placid horseshoe-shaped lagoon. There are eight Water Cottages built on stilts over the water, each with a hammock integrated into the veranda and steps leading down into the sea. There are also several Deluxe Villas for those who prefer a more exclusive experience. Accommodations have been meticulously designed for comfort, privacy, and sustainability, featuring Balinese-style open air bathrooms, air-conditioning, fresh hot and cold showers, mini-bars, in-room safes, and handcrafted furniture and fittings.
The resorts Dive Centre is fitted with a massive camera and equipment area, adjoining a comfortable lounge. The restaurant is tucked under the palm trees on the lagoon’s beach, offering a tasty combination of Asian and Western fare. The airy, round-roofed structure is tucked under the coconut palms, offering a perfect respite from the mid-day heat. The restaurant’s terrace is the ideal place to enjoy a sunset cocktail or a bottle of wine while watching the baby sharks and long-toms hunt schools of circling sardines.
To stay at this incredible retreat, prices range from, $4,762 for seven nights to $7,770 for twelve nights per person, from here.
Fustic House, spotted on West Coast Villas, is a luxurious Plantation Estate set in ten acres of beautiful tropical gardens in St. Lucy, Barbados. The property is nestled on a coral ridge with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. The estate is considered by the National Trust to be a ‘Jewel of the Caribbean’. The original Great House dates from 1740 and was transformed in the 1970s by Oliver Messel, the famous theatrical designer. Messel left England at the height of his career to retreat to the lush beauty of the Caribbean. His unique style was to create a series of indoor and outdoor spaces that flowed seamlessly together. Of all the houses he ever designed, Fustic was reputed to be his favorite. The estate features seven luxurious suites, seven reception rooms, home theater, outbuildings and swimming pool. There are four separate wings discreetly dotted through Fustic’s exotic gardens.
Nestled in the tropical garden is a lagoon swimming pool that was designed by Messel. The pool water is treated with an ioniser, which reduces the need for chlorine to almost zero. The result is the sensation of swimming in pure, spring water. At night the pool is lit from below, making it an even more romantic and mysterious place to swim. Beside the pool is a spacious sun deck built over the coral ravine below. The sundeck is an ideal place to relax with a cocktail in between cooling dips in the pool, or to simply bask in the suns rays while taking in the view.