Villa Similian, Phuket, Thailand
Located right in the middle of the beauty of the Layan Bay area of Phuket, the Villa Similian the latest masterpiece by Indonesian design guru Jaya Ibrahim. The last masterpiece of the master successfully transports guests to a different world.
William E. Heinecke, locally renowned hotelier and the owner of the property, instructed Jaya to ensure that the views of the lush jungle and ocean panoramas take centre stage. The son of a Sumatran diplomat and a Javanese princess, Jaya successfully made the wishes of Heinecke become a reality.
Located on one level below the rooftop is a 350-square-metre carved main deck and a 22-metre swimming pool with the application of Indonesian Sukabumi stone as the main material.
The subtle fusions of style that Jaya was known for are seen in Villa Similan when compared to other villas on the island. Whereas others were designed to be quintessentially Thai (temple-style roofs, dark wood and tiles), such as the Amanpuri residences – only a short ride down the beach – the Villa Similan rooftops are flat. This contemporary design change helps maximise the spectacular ocean views, keeping them unobstructed and adding more space in the villa for lounging – not a surprising addition, seeing as ‘comfort’ is another of Jaya’s recognised design traits.
Heinecke instructed Jaya and his team to make sure the lush jungle and pristine ocean views would take centre stage, and indeed they have: the site’s natural beauty comes alive in the open-plan design, with clear lines and a light, natural colourscape. Intricately carved wooden claw-foot beds, lattice-decked ceilings and antique Burmese teak doors are all captivating points of Jaya’s signature touch.
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