Buy a New Apartment at Embassy Gardens in London

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Who cares about Brexit? Despite widespread uncertainty regarding the UK’s future departure from the European Union, London’s luxury property market has remained resilient, with prices continuing to rise and new high-end developments opening all over the British capital. London’s most ambitious and exciting property development of the moment is none other than Embassy Gardens, an expansive 15-acre riverside project on the South Bank of the River Thames that’s anchored by the new U.S. Embassy. 

Located in the fast-transforming Nine Elms district, home to the iconic Battersea Power Station, Embassy Gardens is a landmark development which, when completed, will include nearly 2,000 new homes, stunningly landscaped gardens, offices and flexible work spaces, leisure facilities, and 130,000 square feet of bar, restaurant and retail space, including a new Waitrose supermarket. In addition to being the final chapter in the remarkable story of the South Bank’s revitalisation, Nine Elms will also become better connected to the rest of the city with the extension of the London Underground’s Nothern line to include stations at Nine Elms and Battersea.

Opening in three phases, Embassy Gardens has just completed its second phase (also known as the Legacy Buildings), which means that developer EcoWorld Ballymore is set to release a new collection of 2-bedroom apartments in Legacy 1 and Legacy 3, two buildings that overlook the US Embassy and the meticulously landscaped gardens in Embassy Square. Fortunately for Hong Kong buyers, the launch of these new apartments will take place during a two-day exhibition (16 and 17 November 2019) held at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. 

Both standing 22 storeys tall, Legacy 1 and Legacy have an architectural feature you won’t find anywhere else: the Sky Pool, a world-first in swimming pool design that connects the two buildings on the 10th storey. The interiors are just as impressive, having been designed by Benningen Lloyd and Luis Bustamente to offer residents the best in contemporary luxury living. 

Inspired by Soho lofts, the new 2-bedroom apartments coming to market feature an open-plan design that maximises space and makes the most of the natural that light that comes in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Light-coloured oak, marble worktops, black granite, luxurious leather, richly woven fabrics, polished steel and handcrafted Spanish porcelain tiles and amongst the beautiful materials used throughout each apartment. 

Being a 21st-century luxury development, Embassy Gardens offers residents a dazzling assortment of amenities: the Eg:le Club, a private residents’ club for work, relaxation and entertaining; a rooftop bar with breathtaking views; a private gym with a yoga studio, boxing ring, and top-tier equipment; a business centre with two dedicated meeting rooms; a full-service health spa; a private cinema and more. Robin Gill, Good Food Guide Chef of the Year, is behind not one but two restaurants here: Darby’s, a ground-floor eatery focussed on immersive Irish cuisine; and a forthcoming 10-floor restaurant exclusively open to residents.

All this is in addition to Embassy Gardens’ ample dining, shopping and entertainment options, proving that this development is fast becoming a dynamic hub of London and a community in its own right. With its combination of great design, incredible amenities, beautiful green spaces and so much more, this wonderfully rejuvenated district is shaping up to be one of the most desirable places to live in London, one that’s worthy of your consideration whether you’re seeking a pied-a-terre or a permanent relocation.

If you’re interested to learn more about Embassy Gardens, be sure to attend the upcoming exhibition on 16 & 17 November 2019 from 11am-7pm at Edinburgh Room, 2/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong. If you’re curious to learn more about this burgeoning district of London, don’t miss the “Transforming London-Nine Elms Regeneration” presentation, which will be held Friday, 15 November at 7pm; Saturday, 16 November and Sunday, 17 November at 2pm.

For further information, or to register your interest, please contact Cushman & Wakefield at +852 2507 0578 or ipm.hk@cushwake.com.

Michael Alan Connelly
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.

What to Know Before You Buy Property in Kuala Lumpur

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If buying property in Kuala Lumpur isn’t something to which you’ve given any thought, you really should reconsider. After all, Malaysia’s property market is open to foreign investment, and recent changes to the law will soon make it easier than ever to add a home in Kuala Lumpur — or Johor Bahru, Penang, or Melaka — to your portfolio. 

Add to that a resilient economy, the ease of doing business, affordable property prices, low buying costs, financing options, and a lack of restrictions on the free flow of capital, and buying in Kuala Lumpur starts to seem like a no-brainer. Below, we’ve compiled the most important facts and figures you should know before you think about making any purchase. As always, be sure to seek professional legal advice as laws are subject to change, and to engage an experienced attorney to handle the paperwork.

What type of property can you purchase?

Unlike other, more restrictive economies, Malaysia allows foreign buyers to own unlimited freehold (full, permanent ownership) and leasehold (typically 99-year ownership) properties of any type, from apartments to single-family homes and so on — there are more than a dozen property categories in total. That being said, any acquisition of property by non-citizens or foreign companies requires prior approval from the relevant State Authority before it can be completed.

What’s the easiest way to finance the home?

There’s no limit on how much money foreign citizens can hold in accounts at Malaysian banks, so the easiest way to finance your new home purchase would be to arrange the funds in your home country and then transfer them. Alternatively, banks such as CIMB and UOB offer home loans designed for foreign buyers, so they’re a great place to start your search. Generally speaking, mortgage loans in Malaysia have average interest rates of 4-5%. Buying costs usually fall in the same range.

What’s the minimum purchase price?

Responding to an oversupply of properties on the market, the government recently announced that, for a one-year period starting from 1 January 2020, the minimum purchase price for property in urban high rises will be lowered from RM1 million (approx HK$1.89 million) to RM600,000 (approx. HK$1.14 million) for foreign buyers. There’s plenty of property to snatch up, too: Kuala Lumpur currently has RM2.05 billion worth of unsold units priced at RM600,000 and above, according to the Finance Ministry.

What else do I need to know?

If residing or retiring in Malaysia is something you’re considering, it’s best to apply for the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) Programme, which grants foreigners a 10-year visa plus access to more favourable financing rates as well as lower minimums on property purchases, though the actual figures vary from state to state. MM2H visa holders enjoy a host of other benefits as well, such as tax-free remittance of foreign income, ability to import a car, ability to bring a domestic helper, and more.

Michael Alan Connelly
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.

10 Hong Kong-Based Interior Designers and Design Firms You Should Know

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You can buy the perfect urban penthouse or three-storey villa by the beach, but until you find the right interior designer to properly outfit your abode, it’s never going to feel like the home of your dreams. Fortunately, Hong Kong has no shortage of independent designers and firms who can turn your space into something spectacular, whether you’re looking to furnish a new property or give your current residence a much-needed contemporary refresh. We’ve surveyed the landscape to handpick 10 interior designers and design firms that deserve to be on your radar. With impressive portfolios and a wide range of creative talents, there’s an option for every type of homeowner on this list.

AB Concept

AB Concept

Founded in 1999 by the designer/architect duo of Ed Ng and Terence Ngan, AB Concept has spent two decades building an ever-expanding global portfolio of luxury design projects for residential and commercial properties, not to mention the worlds of hospitality, wellness and F&B. In Hong Kong, you’ll have seen their work at Central’s New World Tower, the new Victoria Dockside, and The Chinese Library at Tai Kwun. On the residential front, meanwhile, they’ve designed three-level penthouses dripping with understated luxury in both Kau To Shan and Homantin Hill, as well as a glittering private home in Repulse Bay.

AFSO

The name André Fu will be familiar to fans of high-end hotels in Asia: He’s the man responsible for the much-praised design at The Upper House, The St. Regis, and Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong; and the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. Though he and his firm, AFSO, bear a strong association with the hospitality industry, their portfolio also includes art, retail, and restaurant projects. On the residential front, Fu and his team have brought contemporary elegance to a luxury condo in the Jean Nouvel-designed 52 W 53 tower in Manhattan, as well as 237 serviced residences at K11 Artus in Tsim Sha Shui.

Atelier Lane

After founding interior design firm Atelier Lane in Sydney in 2009, CEO and creative director Ellie Bradley spent two years in Singapore before relocating to Hong Kong in 2018. Since then, she’s been hired to oversee residential projects on Old Peak Road as well as in Jardine’s Lookout and Repulse Bay, where she’s consistently shown an affinity for neutral tones and natural light, creating calming, airy spaces that feel restrained and, ultimately, relaxing. Of particular note is her bold use of bathroom tiling, which wouldn’t look out of place in a hip boutique hotel in London.

Bean Buro

Lorène Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui met in Paris and worked together in London before creating the design studio Bean Buro in Hong Kong in 2013. Given their multicultural backgrounds—Faure is French, Kinugasa-Tsui is half-Chinese, half-Japanese—the notion of cultural exchange is a hallmark of their work. Though their aesthetic leans in a minimalistic direction, the designers aren’t afraid to employ sculptural centrepieces or curving walls for dramatic effect. Highlights from Bean Buro’s residential portfolio include the refurbishment of a 2,500-square-foot apartment at Piccadilly Mansion in Mid-Levels, and a 1,200-square-foot apartment overlooking the racecourse in Happy Valley dubbed “Urban Cocoon” for its calming nature.

Deborah Oppenheimer

South Africa-born designer Deborah Oppenheimer began her career as an art director in the advertising industry, later launched a fashion label, and then opened her interior design business in Hong Kong in 1993. Her residential projects span Asia, the US and the UK; in Hong Kong, her portfolio includes design for homes in Clearwater Bay, Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay. Though she has a professed love for clean lines, open space and symmetry, her designs are anything but boring. Rather, they’re often punctuated with bold artwork and eclectic statement pieces that give each home a unique sense of character.

Grande Design 

Bright, clean, and contemporary are the first words that come to mind when surveying the work of multi-award-winning firm Grande Design, whose services encompass offices, retail spaces, visual merchandising and, most notably, homes. With a focus on maximising space efficiency, increasing storage space and creating customised furniture, this design juggernaut’s expansive portfolio includes residences in just about every corner of Hong Kong, from Park Island to Sha Tin. Recent highlights from Grande Design’s work include a multi-level high-rise apartment with a sky garden in Fo Tan and an apartment filled with plants and pops of colour at the Mount Pavilia development in Clearwater Bay.

hoo

After spending 11 years working in the advertising industry, Hong Kong-raised YC Chen created his own interior design company, hoo, in 2009. As creative director, he operates with the goal of creating one-of-a-kind haute couture homes for clients, adhering to a guiding principle that each person is unique and therefore each home should be equally original. Accordingly, no two hoo projects look the same, with a focus on even the smallest details to define each project’s character. Amongst their recent projects, a stylish 2,600-square-foot flat in Jardine’s Lookout designed for a stylish grandmother stands out with its French-style cupboard doors inlaid with mirrors.

JAAK

A homophone for the Cantonese word for home, JAAK has specialised in minimalist apartment design since it was founded by Calvin Cheng and Chau Wing Chung in 2013. The firm’s clients include cafes and design shops, and that Instagram-friendly aesthetic fortunately bleeds over into their residential projects as well. Rejecting historical notions of luxury design, JAAK takes a less-is-more approach to home design, with an emphasis on geometric forms, plants and, most important of all, comfort. That’s incredibly important if space is a concern, but JAAK has worked on projects as small as 350 square feet and as big as 2,500 square feet, and everything in between.

NCDA

Raised in Hong Kong and Canada, award-winning interior designer Nelson Chow studied men’s tailoring and worked for internationally renowned design firm AvroKO in New York City before establishing NCDA in 2011. It’s perhaps unsurprising, then, that his aesthetic gravitates towards the masculine, though he’s not afraid of whimsical flourishes. NCDA’s best-known work has been the interiors at F&B outlets like Foxglove, PDT, Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour and Mak Mak, but the firm also garnered acclaim for its Treehouse project, which employed a split-level design to cleverly maximise the limited space (370 square feet) of an apartment in Ho Man Tin.

Peggy Bels Interior Design

While many of Hong Kong’s interior designers like to keep things looking light and bright, French expat Peggy Bels doesn’t shy away from the darker hues of the colour palette. Black, grey, charcoal and dark blue are commonly seen in her residential projects, as she believes in the ability of dark background to make light colours pop and the way that rough textures lend character to a space. Working in Hong Kong since 2008, many of her wonderfully moody projects tend to be in Central and Sheung Wan, though she has also worked for clients farther afield in Ap Lei Chau and Cheng Chau.

Michael Alan Connelly
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.

8 Statement Chairs to Amp Up Your Home Seating Style

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Science tells us that sitting too much is bad for your health, so when you do take the precious time to sit back and relax, you might as well do it in a special (and stylish) chair. Of course, everyone’s definition of the perfect chair is different, so we’ve selected a variety of styles from some of our favourite furniture makers for your consideration. Whether you’re looking for the most comfortable recliner or a shiny new lounge chair for your sitting room, you’ll find something to spark your imagination below.

André Fu Living

Although it was designed with the dinner table in mind, this minimalistic armchair (HK$16,500) could easily stand on its own in any living room or study. Part of superstar interior designer André Fu’s first home collection, this chair sports a wide silhouette and an oak wood frame with beguiling lines that simultaneously channel both Asian and European influences.

Bo Concept

Clean lines and classic good looks make the Boston armchair as handsomely appealing as it is comfortable, thanks to a thick, soft seat that hugs the body like a cocoon. Shown here in a cognac-colored leather (HK$32,571), the armchair swivels and tilts to become a recliner, making it a versatile piece that could work in any number of rooms.

Dare Studio

Add some darker hues to your living room with the Katakana lounge chair (HK$27,800), sporting a minimalistic frame crafted from American black-walnut wood treated with a hard-wearing wax oil finish. Upholstered in a supple black leather, this is one chair whose style and structure are built to stand the test of time.

Design Within Reach

One of the most significant designs of the 20th century, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman (from HK$41,510) is an enduring classic for a reason. Combining soft leather with moulded wood, the chair is classically seen with black leather, but why not upend tradition by opting for slate, ivory, or even red?

Jonathan Adler

Go for the right mix of understated and flashy with the Goldfinger lounge chair (HK$22,500), which will lend a modernist vibe to any room. The sharp silhouette of the brass-finished frame contrasts with the soft neutrality of the beige cushion, creating the perfect balance that makes this a surprisingly versatile chair that can pair harmoniously with a wide variety of design tastes.

Knoll

With its low profile and bold architectural lines, the D’Urso Residential Lounge Chair (from HK$24,232) effortlessly blends comfort and style. Available in 15 different upholstery options, dozen of colours and with four different types of legs, you can customise the perfect chair to match your style and taste.

Soho Home

Bring Soho House style home with the Baker armchair (approx. HK$26,205), whose luxuriously deep and wide seat invites you to sit and relax for hours on end. Shown here in ochre but available in five other colours, this piece wins us over with its perfect proportions and the turned ball feet fashioned from ash wood.

Tom Dixon

The exaggerated silhouette of Tom Dixon’s Wingback chair (HK$41,900) is just one reason this piece is so eye catching. There’s also the peach-pink upholstery and the copper-tone legs, both signalling a very contemporary look without crossing the line into obnoxiously trendy territory. With an ergonomic design, this might just become your new favorite reading chair — all the more reason to invest in the matching ottoman.

Michael Alan Connelly
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.

What to Know Before You Buy Property in Thailand

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Buying property in Thailand — Bangkok in particular — is an attractive proposition. The luxury-property sector is booming and prices are far cheaper than those you’ll find in Hong Kong. However, there are certain factors, listed below, you need to be aware of before you consider making a purchase. And be sure to consult an attorney — laws change all the time, after all. 

  1. Foreign citizens are generally forbidden from owning land in Thailand, so many overseas buyers opt for the simplicity of buying a condominium. It’s permitted as long as no less than 51 percent of the total area of all units in a residential project is owned by Thai citizens.
  2. If you wish to buy or build a stand-alone home, you’ll need to obtain a 30-year lease from the landowner. Alternatively, you can form a limited company in Thailand with a combination of foreign and Thai ownership, although no more than 49 percent of the shares can be foreign owned; such a company has the right to own land.
  3. A foreigner is permitted to own land — up to one rai (1,600 square metres) — if he or she provides a minimum of 40 million baht to invest in specified Thai businesses and has received approval from the Ministry of the Interior.
  4. Most buyers from Hong Kong purchase new, off-plan developments, for which the procedure is straightforward: select condo, pay HK$20,000 booking fee, pay a 10 percent deposit within the following two weeks, pay another 10 percent deposit after signing the sales and purchase agreement, then pay the remainder once the property is finished and the transfer of ownership is made by the developer.
  5. If you want to buy a property with cash, you’ll first have to transfer the total amount in Hong Kong or US dollars to a bank account in Thailand before continuing the process. If you wish to get a mortgage, chances are you’ll need to apply for an international bank loan from the likes of UOB, ICBC or Bank of China.
Michael Alan Connelly
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.

3 Penthouse Apartments with Eye-Popping Views in Asia

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In cities where new buildings climb ever higher, the view is always best from the top. Here are three outstanding options on the market for you to snatch up right now.

The Sukhothai Residences, 13/3 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok

High above the Thai capital’s bustling Sathorn district, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom duplex penthouse unit spans a staggering 12,730 square feet. Occupying floors 36-37 of a 41-storey luxury condominium tower, this elegant abode comes fully furnished and features a private sky pool, garden terrace, dedicated entertainment room and separate maid’s quarters. Fixed parking spaces are also provided and included in the title deed. Best of all, you’ll enjoy the legendary Sukhothai hospitality, which means 24-hour concierge service and access to the on-site fitness centre with two tennis courts. Price on request, richmonts.com.

No. 1 Po Shan Road, Hong Kong

Uninterrupted views of the iconic skyline and Victoria Harbour are the main draw at this Mid-Levels West stunner. With 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, the penthouse encompasses a very spacious 4,373 square feet, including a master suite with a large walk-in closet and a luxurious en-suite bathroom with spectacular views and a Jacuzzi tub. For those who love to host, this home is a dream for entertaining, whether for afternoon soirées at the private pool or alfresco dinners on the expansive rooftop terrace. HK$450,000,000, listsothebysrealtyhk.com.

Hilltops, 101 Cairnhill Circle, Singapore

Sir James Dyson may have snapped up the Lion City’s most exclusive penthouse over the summer (for HK$420.4 million), but there are plenty of other options on the market for your consideration. For example, this fully furnished 4-bedroom penthouse set on a hill near Orchard Road, offering its residents panoramic views. Spread over 6,370 square feet, it’s designed for indoor/outdoor living, with a spiral staircase that leads up to a roof terrace complete with a private swimming pool and deck, as well as a terrace that runs the full length of the apartment on the lower level. Price on request, hilltops.com.sg.

As of the publishing date of this article, any aforementioned properties were available for sale. We cannot guarantee that these properties will be available for sale indefinitely, so please check the respective listings for the most up-to-date information.

Michael Alan Connelly
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.

8 Amazing Holiday Homes to Buy in Asia Right Now

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If you close your eyes and imagine your ideal holiday destination, there’s a remarkably high chance you’re picturing palm trees, unspoilt stretches of sand, divine tropical weather and sea breezes. Even more ideal would be owning a home in one of these dreamy locales, so that you always have a fabulous retreat to escape to with friends and family. Purchasing a holiday home is also a smart way to diversify a city-centric real-estate portfolio, and it can easily become a new income source if you’re interested in renting the property out for weddings and other special events. No matter what your motivation may be, here’s a survey of some of the best holiday homes on the market in Southeast Asia right now.

Koh Samui

Thailand’s second-largest island has something to offer everyone, from palm-fringed beaches to mountainous rainforest, humble roadside eateries to posh restaurants at five-star resorts. Fortunately, it’s easy to escape the masses and hide away in the luxury villa of your dreams.

Tucked away in southwestern Samui, Villa Sila Varee (59.4 million baht; about HK$15.25 million) is a tranquil haven for both nature lovers and privacy seekers. At more than 23,000 square feet, the fully furnished property encompasses a two-storey central building and two standalone guest villas for a total of five bedrooms, all of which boast serene views of the sea, neighbouring islands and surrounding nature. Additional amenities include the requisite pool, a back garden with waterfall and outdoor cooking and dining facilities. The property is located inside Santikhiri Estate, an exclusive community comprising 19 homes that has roumnd-the-clock staff and security, so you never have to worry about your home while you’re away.

Koh Samui

For a similar sense of serenity, only with easy access to livelier areas, consider buying a home on laid-back Lamai Beach. Completed in 2012, Baan Hinta (US$3.2 million) is a five-bedroom beachfront villa with ceilings that soar as high as 10 metres and contemporary decor inflected with Thai and Balinese influences. Well suited to groups of friends or families with older children, the property features a multi-storey layout and a structure that’s largely open to the elements, making the most of the sea views and breezes. Naturally, there’s the requisite infinity pool overlooking the water, but this is primarily a holiday home for beach lovers, as the villa is equipped with watersports equipment such as kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.

Sister property Baan Hinyai (US$2.8 million) features the same look and feel, including five lavishly furnished suites equipped with king-size beds, entertainment systems and free-standing bathtubs in dramatic en-suite bathrooms, which are built into the beach’s natural rock formations. The open-plan gourmet kitchen sits next to a 20-seat dining table, though outdoor dining is also an option at the poolside pavilion. Should you desire a serious beachfront compound, you’d be wise to get your hands on both Hinta and Hanyai, for a combined 10 bedrooms and all the space you could ever want, right on the white sand.

Bali

It’s not difficult to understand Bali’s enduring appeal, but given the island’s sheer size, it can be difficult to know where to begin looking if you want to buy property. While the beach clubs, restaurants and bars of Seminyak may be a draw, it’s best to look elsewhere — after all, this is meant to be a holiday home, not a party pad.

Standing near the southern edge of the Bukit Peninsula, just minutes from Pandawa Beach, Villa Dewi Lanjar (HK$13.327 million) is one of just six homes comprising Karang Saujana Estate. Perched on a towering limestone cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, this four-bedroom, five-bathroom villa spans more than 5,000 square feet in Ungasan near the so-called “millionaire’s mile”, one of Bali’s most highly sought-after residential areas. The spacious interiors are furnished in Balinese style with a contemporary spin, and the villa offers several fabulous living and dining areas, both inside the house and outdoors as well.

If that’s not enough, perhaps a 10,700-square-foot compound in Ubud, Bali’s cultural centre and spiritual heart, will suffice? Listed at around HK$32.9 million, the seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom property includes three separate buildings and more than 0.4 of a hectare of land surrounded by lush jungle greenery, making this a peaceful retreat for up to 15 people. The passion project of a furniture designer, the estate’s decor reflects a blend of Indonesian touches and Scandinavian furnishings, with each of the three buildings possessing a unique ambience. There’s ample room for yoga and exercise in the spacious fitness room in the main villa residence, while outside, the 25-metre-long infinity pool is set against the edge of a steep gorge, offering a dramatic viewpoint of the surrounding scenery.

Phuket

Home to some of Thailand’s most popular beaches and one of the country’s most-visited destinations, Phuket needs no introduction. For some, the large number of travellers to this island in the Andaman Sea will bolster interest in buying property here, while others will choose to seek serenity elsewhere.

It’s easy to escape the crowds in the southern part of the island, where Tree Villa (41.8 million baht; about HK$10.6 million) stands beneath the hills near one of the most desirable beaches in this part of the island: Nai Harn. At almost 20,000 square feet, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home features Thai-Balinese design and handmade furniture, while the location and greenery give residents a great deal of privacy, even within the property, as the three bedrooms are housed in separate buildings.

If you’d prefer to live off the island but still nearby — and you’re in the market for something big  look north to Phang Nga province. Spanning an acre and a half of land on a prime stretch of beachfront, the impressive Villa Shanti (236 million baht; about HK$60.5 million) is made up of five contemporary Thai-style pavilions which collectively house six en-suite bathrooms. At the centre of the property is a 25-metre-long, black-tiled infinity pool surrounded by an expansive, coconut-palm-studded garden that sits next to the beach. Corridors and walkways connecting the pavilions lend the property a resort vibe, while the immense “great room” and kitchen make this the perfect place for hosting large events such as family reunions and weddings.

Bang Saray

You’ve likely never heard of this area on Thailand’s eastern seaboard, but Bang Saray has recently developed into a hot zone for new property developments inside the country’s Eastern Economic Corridor. A 90-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport, this emerging district features the unspoilt beauty of the Gulf of Thailand without any of the drawbacks found elsewhere on the east coast, such as seedy Pattaya. 

If, rather than buying something fully furnished and being forced to make changes, you’d prefer a holiday home designed to your specifications, look no further than Sunplay Bangsaray, where you can acquire one of a handful of expansive bespoke villas (66 million baht; about HK$16.9 million). Spread across nearly 30,000 feet including outdoors space, each four-bedroom, five-bathroom property in The Villa Collection will be designed to the exacting specifications of the owner, while the layout of each resembles a series of elegant pavilions with open walls that blur the boundary between inside and outside. At the heart of the development is the Sunplay Club, akin to an on-site country club with dining, fitness and recreational facilities; meanwhile, a 24/7 concierge team is there to handle all your requests. 

As of the publishing date of this article, any aforementioned properties were available for sale. We cannot guarantee that these properties will be available for sale indefinitely, so please check the respective listings for the most up-to-date information.

Michael Alan Connelly
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.

Editor’s Letter: Introducing Luxe Living Asia

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There’s no denying that these are uncertain times, both in Hong Kong and around the world. And yet, in times of trouble, isn’t the notion of home — a safe, comfortable space for you and your loved ones — more important than ever? With that in mind, we proudly present Luxe Living Asia, your indispensable new guide to the dynamic world of high-end property across the region. 

Naturally, there’s plenty of eye candy for you to enjoy on our newly launched site, as we peek into splashy penthouses in Bangkok and Singapore, ogle picture-perfect holiday homes in Bali and Koh Samui, take inspiration from Hong Kong’s top interior designers, and step inside some rather unique homes in Asia.

But owning property isn’t just about fantasy—it’s also about investment. Aside from their primary residences, enterprising Hongkongers may own condos in Bangkok or beach villas in Phuket. To that end, we’ve culled notable facts and figures from across the region, reviewed the state of the property market in Bangkok (the luxury sector is going strong!), and put together a primer to what you need to know before considering any purchase in Thailand.

I hope you’ll join us regularly for ongoing coverage of news and trends, interior design, hot properties, expert interviews and more. Whether you want to daydream about living in a posh new pad, find the right designer to give your home a new look, or learn more about property investment in Asia (and beyond), you’ll find everything you need on our new site. To ensure you stay up to date, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily inspiration and the latest luxury property news. Happy house hunting!

Michael Alan Connelly
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.