6 Ultra-luxe Homes to Buy in Asia this July

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Whether you’re looking for a holiday home or an investment opportunity, we’ve scouted out all the best ultra-luxe homes to buy in Asia this month.

Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok, Thailand

Enjoy sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River with this three-bedroom freehold apartment at the Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok. The 2,669 sq.ft. unit features a large open-plan kitchen, a living area with double-aspect floor-to-ceiling windows and three-metre high ceilings, which brings a light and airy feel throughout the entire apartment.

Other facilities include a full-length swimming pool, river-view jacuzzi, large children’s play room, barbecue area, a professional gymnasium and a spa room. On top of that, occupants will also be able to benefit from the five-star Banyan Tree Hotel, including housekeeping and private chef service, spa treatments and more.

This property is currently listed for THB 88.5 million (approx. HK$22 million).

Four Seasons Residence, Kyoto, Japan

Situated in Kyoto’s scenic district of ancient temples, Four Seasons Hotel Residences Kyoto is a sanctuary of tranquillity. It offers a unique collection of 57 artfully designed residences, bringing together a fascinating combination of old-world charm and contemporary design. Residents can enjoy access to the hotel’s outstanding amenities from the brasserie to the Michelin-starred Suchi Wakon, as well as the lounge, indoor swimming pool, full-service spa, fitness centre, its concierge services, along with 24-hour in-room dining service. Price upon request.

Kenne Mansion, Midlevels, Central, Hong Kong

Situated on Kennedy Road in Mid-levels, Central, Kenne Mansion is a three-bedroom home spanning 2,560 sq.ft., boasting a magnificent view over Hong Kong Park and the dynamic Central skyline. The property features a modern interior with an Art Deco-inspired flair. At the price of HK$68 million, the house also includes an accompanying parking space for your vehicle.

The affluent residential area is popular amongst middle class and expat professionals for its walking distance to the CBD, Hong Kong Park and Botanical Gardens.

Thai Style Estate, Thailand

Inspired by the Amanpuri Resort in Phuket and landscaped by world-famous architect Bill Bensley, this unique Thai-style residential project features two large elevated Thai villas, a multipurpose clubhouse and a lovely Thai sala. The 24 by 7-metre swimming pool and the rock-granite barbecue terrace are beautifully surrounded by tropical gardens with mature coconut trees, brass statues, chedis and shallow ponds, along with gently flowing fountains and water features. The entire plot spans close to 69,000 sq.ft., and is illuminated by breathtaking lighting in the evenings to offer residents with a true oasis of peace, calm and privacy, all simply 25 minutes’ drive from bustling downtown Bangkok.

House of Reflection, Taiwan

One of the five completed Jim Olson houses located in an exclusive gated community in Great Taipei New Town, the House of Reflection is conveniently located at just 30 minutes from the centre of Taipei City, and 40 minutes from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. 

Just like the rest of Olson’s creations, the 7,486-sq.ft. property brilliantly masters the use of space and light, featuring a stately, 2.9-metre-high entrance, large floor-to-ceiling windows framing the magnificent mountain views, a 7.5-metre-high living room adorned with a hanging art installation. The luxury space is completed with an outdoor pool, minimalistic wooden furniture, all contributing to a sense of understated luxury aimed at home owners with discerning tastes. The house is now available on the market at the asking price of HK$61.81 million.

Grandview Mansions, Midlevels East, Hong Kong

Located in a quiet location on Wang Fung Terrace off Tai Hang Road, this stylish colonial low-rise apartment is rare on the market for its unique outlook, open view and efficient usable area. The typical unit of 1,364 sq.ft. feels much larger, comprising of two bedrooms including one ensuite and two balconies, a separate room for the domestic helper, as well as a parking space for your vehicle.

This article is written with aid from Christie’s Real Estate. 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.

Cindie Chan

9 Ultra-luxe Homes to Buy in Asia this May

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Incredible investment and home buying opportunities abound in Asia this month: You have the luxury of choice to settle in a rare Portuguese-style manor, a super-luxe sky villa at the tip of Bangkok’s new skyline, a private seafront detached home in Hong Kong’s Clearwater Bay, and more.

Whether you’re in the market for a new holiday home or an investment opportunity, here are nine ultra-luxe homes to buy in Asia this month.

1. Estrada de Penha, Macau

Not only are you buying a home at one of Macau’s most prestigious addresses (and no, it’s nowhere near the Cotai strip), you’re also getting ownership of one of our sister SAR’s finest properties of yore. On top of Penha Hill — Macau’s answer to Victoria Peak — you’re treated to the most exclusive vistas looking over the bay and up-and-coming Hengqin Island, with the Macau Tower squarely in view. Built in 1991, Estrada da Penha is a magnificent European-style manor replete with colonial-era architecture, located right at the top of Penha Hill. Spanning 12,812 sq.ft. of interior space, the large family home features six bedrooms and six full baths, three partial bathrooms, two basements, private patios as well as a sheltered car park bay fitting four vehicles. It’s on the market with the asking price of HK$490 million.

2. Penthouse at The Sukhothai Residences, Bangkok

This sexy Sathorn penthouse is located at the very top of The Sukhothai Residences, a development completed in 2012 by Hong Kong’s HKR International Group — at the time, it was the the first luxury residential project in Thailand to surpass the THB300,000 per sq.m. bracket (approx. HK$6,710 per sq.ft.), with some of the top floor units priced at about HK$8,200 per sq.ft. Now, this spectacular duplex is on the market, and our guesstimate for the price would be upwards of HK$104 million. Occupying the 36–37th floors, the fully furnished designer penthouse features four large bedrooms and separate maid’s quarters, a private sky pool, garden terrace and dedicated entertainment rooms, just to name a few of its lavish features. Spanning 12,730 sq.ft., the penthouse also comes with fixed parking spaces. 

3. Sky Villa at Tela Thonglor, Bangkok

One of the newest ultra-luxe developments by Bangkok giant Gaysorn Property, Tela Thonglor is considered one of the most desirable residences in the city, just steps away from trendy hotspots such as The Commons. With a square footage of 3,756 sq.ft., the Sky Villa penthouse features designer furniture by Roberto Cavalli, with bespoke interiors across its four-bedroom layout. Its wraparound balcony features stunning views of the Bangkok skyline. Priced at THB255 million (approx. HK$61,482,981), the residence is operated like a serviced unit, complete with fitness centre, pool, security and cleaning staff, as well as private elevator access for every home.

4. Jade Residence, Taipei

Priced at US$6.5 million (approx. HK$50,381,175), the Jade Residence is a surprising enclave of tranquility, reportedly located just 15 minutes’ walking distance away from the city’s icon, Taipei 101. For a slice of breathtaking nature right in the heart of the city, this looks to be exactly where you’ll want to be: the exclusive edgeless pool is the highlight of this residence, with immersive views of Elephant Mountain as the backdrop. Every square foot of the home is artfully appointed, and fit for the stylish buyer in mind: whether it’s a display wall for your favourite decorative vases and ceramics, to ample dining and entertaining space for socialising, and even a home entertainment room.

5. Twin Waterfront Home, Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong

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Spanning a total area of 10,078 sq.ft., this luxurious Clearwater Bay compound is the home you want if you’re looking for that holiday feeling year-round. The grounds consist of two twin buildings: a two-storied main house and a detached guest house, as well as a garden and infinity pool. This seafront residence is fully kitted out with a top-of-the-line kitchen and pantry. The main house features four bedrooms while the guesthouse features two, and both buildings have their own fireplaces. The airy residence is ideal for weekend getaways with friends or equally as a comfortable home for those who love to entertain.

6. Yugawara Hot Spring Estate, Kanagawa, Japan

Built in 2006, the Yugawara Hot Spring Estate is located in Ashigarashimo-Gun, in Japan’s western Kanagawa Prefecture — around two hours’ drive from Tokyo centre. The stately residence is characterised by its elegant design reminiscent of a European chateau and a dramatic foyer that greets you with a sweeping spiral staircase. It’s ideal as a holiday home for onsen lovers, as it’s located in a historic hot spring district that was documented since the time of Japan’s oldest book of poetry, the Manyoshu. The two-storey estate spans some-8,000 sq.ft., with two master bedrooms, two guest rooms, one tatami great room, a generous seven baths including indoors and outdoors, a home theatre, private elevator and private driveway. For the families who love to pamper guests and extended family to a holiday retreat, this is just the ticket.

7. Duplex at Four Seasons Private Residences, Bangkok

Standing high above the Chao Phraya River, the Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok — Asia’s first waterfront Four Seasons Private Residences — offers a status symbol in the address in itself. The top-floor corner duplex is priced at THB161,190,990 (approx. HK$38,861,068), with amenities and design aimed at the luxury collector in mind. There’s glamour at every turn and the exclusivity, hospitality and service that comes with the Four Seasons name. The sale offered is for a 75 years’ leasehold on the 3,830 sq.ft. estate, featuring four bedrooms and four full bathrooms.

8. Summer Village Home in Sai Kung, Hong Kong  

Hong Kong’s wealthy flock to the outskirts of Sai Kung, Tai Tam and the Southside for their abundance of spacious detached homes far from the city centre, and this sun-drenched home in Sai Kung makes for a charming retreat from the frenetic pace of the day. The drastically converted village home now features five stylishly appointed bedrooms (featuring a fabulous marbled master bath), while the white-washed walls and rustic accents instantly transport you to Bali or Mykonos. The ground floor also opens up seamlessly onto the pool deck, perfect for weekend entertaining.

9. Pollock’s Path Mansion, The Peak, Hong Kong

It goes without saying that a home on The Peak in Hong Kong comes with that million-dollar view of the harbour — but for this HK$880 million home, you’ll find that every room makes the most of this asset. Its most enviable feature is the expansive pool deck, which places you almost at arm’s reach with the Bank of China building in the distance. The living room features high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that face north, directly onto the harbour, while the four bedrooms upstairs also make the most of the location. Initially built in 1978 and well renovated and maintained throughout the years, the 3,649 sq.ft. home has plenty of potential for you to jazz up the interiors.

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.

Evelyn Lok
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. She covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.

10 Ultra-Luxe Homes to Buy in Asia this March

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Looking to invest in the accelerating growth of real estate in the region? Whether it’s a new eco-centred township in Malaysia or the most prestigious address in Singapore, these aspirational homes are on the market right now.

1. Grandezza, Eco Sanctuary, Klang Valley

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First launched in 2015, Eco Sanctuary is a 308-acre township located to the south of Kota Kemuning spanning some 4,000 properties. There are multiple collections of homes in various styles, all surrounded by lush landscaping, commercial hubs, hotels and wellness centres — making it a truly self-sufficient and self-contained, eco-minded gated community. Completed at the end of 2019, Grandezza features a spate of 260 high end bungalows and semi-detached homes that make up Eco Sanctuary’s lowest density and final landed area. A semi-detached, five bedroom home at 3,079 sq. ft. is priced from HK$3,559,510, while a seven-bed bungalow at 6,075 sq. ft. is priced from HK$11,998,995.

2. Serenity Sky Villas, Ho Chi Minh City

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With a starting price of HK$2,875,140, SonKim Land’s luxury condo tower Serenity Sky Villas is a bona fide vertical resort. Located at a prestigious address in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 CBD, Serenity Sky Villas boasts 45 units ranging from one to four bedroom homes, as well as garden villas and penthouses. Alongside double-height ceilings and private pools, there’s also a fine-dining restaurant and a top-floor residents’ infinity pool to enjoy.

3. Hanacreek, Niseko

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Led by Hong Kong-based boutique property developers Apex Property, Hanacreek is the latest in a rush of luxury properties opening at one of the most favoured ski meccas on the planet. Located in the heart of the popular Hanazono ski resort and the town of Kutchan, Hanacreek is the first land subdivision concept in Niseko, where owners can build their own mixed-use developments. Each of the plots of land will have their own onsen connection, making it an ideal blank slate to build your dream home or holiday chalet. Four plots out of 17 in phase one have been designated specifically for single-dwelling ski-in chalets, which can be easily entered into a rental pool to generate income while you are away.

4. Wallich Residence, Singapore

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Considered one of the superlative luxury properties in Singapore at the moment, Wallich Residence stands high above Tanjong Pagar in Singapore’s CBD, located from the 39th to 64th floors of Guoco Tower — Singapore’s tallest building. As the crown jewel of developers GuocoLand, Wallich features a collection of 181 luxury residences of exceptional design, headed up by award-winning studio Wilson Associates. The tower in itself is a self-sustained vertical city of sorts with commercial, retail, residential and urban park amenities, while the five-bedroom ‘super penthouse’ offers homeowner Sir James Dyson (yes, of the vacuum cleaner brand) the best view of the sprawling city directly from up top.

5. The River Thu Thiem, Ho Chi Minh City

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This joint venture between Hongkong Land and CII is situated right on the bend of the Saigon River, in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2. With proximity to international schools and the central business district, it’s the perfect location for expatriates looking to invest in HCMC. You’re getting the best of both worlds with convenience and connectivity while also getting to enjoy the lush greenery and panoramic river views of the area, which is also having its moment in the real estate spotlight. Units range from one to four bedroom apartments and sky villas, all the way up to a pool villa category starting at 2,637 sq. ft.

6. Meyer Mansion, Singapore

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Slated to complete in 2023, Meyer Mansion is situated along one of Singapore’s stretches of shore that historically was the seaside weekend retreat for the city-state’s wealthy, dotted with bungalows that overlook the lush green East Coast. Today, the GuocoLand development is a 25-storey estate featuring 200 units ranging from one to four bedroom apartments. The property offers that storied, million-dollar vista of Singapore’s East Coast and Marina Bay, while other perks include proximity to downtown (just a 7-minute drive away); smart home-enabled amenities, as well as being just steps away from the beach. A 1,765-sq.-ft. four bedroom unit is priced starting at HK$26,507,326.

7. The Ritz-Carlton Residences Bangkok

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If living at Bangkok’s most prestigious address is a no brainer for you, you’ll want to consider the Ritz-Carlton Residences Bangkok, where you’ll be calling the eye catching MahaNakhon tower home. Located in the heart of town, the residences are located in the upper sections of the tower, with prime views overlooking Lumpini Park, the Chao Phraya River and the Gulf of Thailand. With the Ritz-Carlton name you will naturally be pampered as much as any guest at their hotels with their signature attention to detail. Choose from residences ranging from two to five-bedroom apartments in both simplex and duplex layouts. Prices for a two bedroom duplex start at HK$19,431,929.

8. The Lofts Asoke

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Developed by Raimon Land, The Lofts Asoke is the latest in the Thai developer’s streak of The Lofts residential complexes, and it’s now ready for move-in. Located in the highly desirable area of Asok, the recently-completed luxury property does what it says on the tin: a conveniently located, high end condo featuring industrial loft stylings that will satisfy the whims of any hip investor. With one to three-bedroom units available, a three-bedroom duplex is priced at HK$8,085,935.

9. The Kita by Kengo Kuma

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Slated to complete this year, this elegant 12-unit complex in Tokyo’s Kitasando is headed up by Canadian luxury developer Westbank, and features the design of award-winning architect Kengo Kuma. Offered as an antidote to Tokyo’s frenetic pace, the complex features a decidedly warm, tranquil and texture-rich quality championing natural materials. Conceived in 2018, the building is set to unveil at the same time as Kuma’s other headline project of late — the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Stadium. With a hand in both the structure and the interiors, Kuma’s approach features plenty of expansive al fresco spaces, as well as a rooftop infinity pool and terrace offering views over the Shinjuku skyline.

10. Dune Hills Samui

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With the gulf of Thailand at your feet and located just minutes from the Koh Samui airport, Dune Hills Samui is a brand new development of 39 pool villas made for the discerning jetsetter looking for a second home, stylish retirees and second-home owners alike. The property is also fully managed by an on-site team; coupled with the decent rental return (at 6-7.8 percent over four years) and land price appreciation rates (20-24 percent over four years), plus a guaranteed complimentary annual stay, it’s an ideal home to invest in. A roomy, 4,284-sq.-ft. five bedroom pool villa is currently priced at about HK$4,696,335.

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.

Evelyn Lok
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. She covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.