Joatinga Villa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



4 Bedrooms,  5 Baths       

Magnificent 4 bedroom villa with stunning, unique views over the ocean, mountains and city of Rio de Janeiro.

This villa is Rio’s newest addition to the luxury market, and is beautifully designed so that each of the 4 suites have amazing views out over the Atlantic ocean. This villa was recently renovated to the highest international standards by renowned architects and design team. It is within a gated community, so has the utmost in security and safety. The location of this villa is along a winding road which hugs Rio’s ocean side mountains, and has access to a peaceful and secluded private beach. The theme throughout the entire villa is white – from the furniture, to the marble bathrooms to the imported flooring. Each of the 4 luxury suites face the ocean, and two of them have private balconies. The sun rises over the Atlantic and mountains in the distance, so that each morning, whether you are in bed, taking breakfast on your private terrace or enjoying a morning swim in the large infinity pool, you will enjoy the sunrise.

All 4 suites have staircases that lead down to the jewel of this villa – the shared terrace and infinity pool. There is a wooden terrace which surrounds the pool – which is equipped with lounge chairs and has ample space to spread out. This is the perfect spot to have some drinks in the sun or for cooling off from Rio’s heat and going for a swim, or to have dinner or a cocktail party under the night Atlantic sky. The design of the infinity pool makes you feel that you could swim right into the Atlantic from your very own pool, and even with other houses close by in the neighborhood, once you’re in the villa or enjoying the pool, you feel total serenity and privacy.

This luxury villa is set in a great location – the neighborhood of Joatinga is very exclusive in Rio, and very safe, yet you’re only a few minutes away by taxi to the restaurants and beaches of Sao Conrado, or 15 minutes away to Leblon and Ipanema.

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Baan Chirawan – Cape Panwa – Phuket -Thailand

5 Bedrooms,  7 Baths
A luxury villa nestled atop the ultra exclusive Sri Panwa resort, located on a private peninsular on the beautiful southern tip of Phuket. The winner of numerous awards for style and luxury including being voted within the top 5 Thai resorts by Conde Nast. The villa boasts outstanding views over the sea to both the east and west giving you truly unforgettable sunrises and sunsets. Frequented by royalty, movie stars and business leaders Sri Panwa boasts such a full range of facilities you might not leave the resort. Harper’s Bazaar Travel Guide said it has “every amenity you could wish for”. To list a few there is a private beach, 3 world-class restaurants (Gordon Ramsey commented “the chefs in Sri Panwa are a class act and would be a huge success in London”), a luxury spa, easy access to secluded white sand beaches with warm turquoise waters, a beach bar, nightclub, cooking school, tennis courts and fully equipped gym. Two villa staff take care of your housekeeping and general requirements..

All five bedrooms are large and luxurious, fully equipped with both air conditioning and handmade teak ceiling fans. The mattresses are very high quality ensuring a wonderful night’s sleep. The linen is also the finest Egyptian cotton. They all have personal mini bar facilities and spacious marble finished bathrooms furnished with both large showers and double ended baths. In addition, three of the bedrooms also have an private open air bathroom. Four of the bedrooms have private balcony/terrace, two of the bedrooms also have a double sofa bed in addition to the main king-size bed. All have separate seating/sofa.  The bathrooms are designed in a clean and contemporary style. They are all very spacious and light with floor to ceiling opening doors and windows allowing the sun and cool winds to flow through. They are all marble lined, with solid marble sinks carved by hand.

Perched high above the ocean the villa gives you breathtaking sunrise and sunset panoramic views of the Andaman sea and surrounding islands, including Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lon. Located in one of Thailand’s most prestigious and exclusive private estates on the beautiful Cape Panwa peninsula, everything you’ll need is literally at your door.

The estate itself offers you everything you need, from tennis, fitness, spa, world-class dining options including Phukets award-winning Baba, frequented by celebrities such as Gordon Ramsey, and even a private beach.

Leisure activities include, bird watching, jet skiing, climbing, snorkeling, caving, and whitewater rafting.

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Sade – Tortola – BVI


5 Bedrooms with ensuite Bathrooms (Sleeps 10)

Located behind groves of tall shady trees, Sade offers wonderful seclusion yet it’s just 200 yards from the white sands of charming Smugglers Cove Beach, one of the prettiest on the island. This lovely property comprises a two-story Main House and a Guest Cottage which are connected by a garden walkway. The fully air-conditioned Main House has by bold accent walls in burnt orange, teal and aqua, original Caribbean art and Asian-influenced furnishings in teak and mahogany. The Main House has four equal-sized master suites, two on each level, that have air-conditioning, cable TV, DVD player and a private balcony furnished with comfy seating and a tiled bathroom en suite. Sliding glass doors in the airy Great Room open to a large covered porch looking out to the sea. An interior staircase leads up to Sade’s upper level which also has a covered porch.

Just next door is the Guest Cottage, a charming structure with an air-conditioned bedroom, which has cable TV, VCR and a living room/kitchen. Two covered porches lead from both the bedroom and the living area. Set between the Main House and Guest Cottage is a curved sun deck and 20’ x 20’ pool furnished with cushioned teak lounge chairs. Privacy at the pool is provided by a screen of mature trees and landscaping.

Although conveniently located 5 minutes walking distance of Smugglers Cove, Sade is tucked into its own private world surrounded by genip, papaya, banana, cassava and coconut trees, and vibrant gardens full of colorful coleus and other tropical flora. This lovely and secluded property is ideal for couples or a group of friends.

Main House
Ground Floor

  • Great Room with living area, dining area seating 10 and a well-equipped, cherry wood kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Sliding glass doors open to a large covered porch.
  • Bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a tub and shower. It’s off one side of the Great Room.
  • Bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a tub and shower. It’s off the other side of the Great Room.

Second Floor

  • Wet bar, home office and sitting area. Sliding glass doors lead open to a covered balcony.
  • Bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower
  • Bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower


Guest Cottage

  • Living room/kitchen with sliding doors opening to a covered porch
  • Bedroom with a king-size bed, bathroom en suite with a Jacuzzi tub and shower and sliding doors opening to a covered porch

Amenities
6 cable TVs with VCRs and DVD players; 2 CD players (one 5-CD player with radio in main house’s sitting area and 1 CD player in cottage); books, games, movie and music collections, A/C in bedrooms, Great Room and upper-level sitting area, computer with DSL line and Wi-Fi, printer/scanner and fax machine, answering machine, safe for valuables, hair dryers, wet bar, gas grill, automatic generator, outside shower and dishwasher

Staff
2 days weekly except holidays

Services Available at an Additional Cost
Extra maid service, cook, laundry service (wash, dry and fold at $20 charge per load), grocery pre-stocking, car rental and airport transfers

Notes

  • Notarized liability waiver required for all children under 15 years
  • Smoking outdoors only

Distances
Smuggler’s Cove Beach is a 5-minute walk and Road Town is about a 10-minute drive

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La Calanque Rouge – Théoulle-sur-Mer – France

View from the Sea


3 Bedrooms with Bathrooms En Suite (Sleeps 6)

L
a Calanque Rouge is situated on the outskirts of the small fishing village of Théoule sur Mer and is just a short 10 minute drive to the center of Cannes. Built on top of a cliff, the house was recently renovated to a very high standard. Its design makes the most of the spectacular views with large windows throughout and large south facing terraces, one of which has a plunge pool with Jacuzzi spa and current controls. All rooms look over the pretty Mediterranean garden and the sea beyond. Making this delightful property even more special are the steps from the garden that lead directly to a secluded and very private beach which is only accessible by land from this house. One can also moor one’s boat within the shelter of the cove. For those who want to be close to the heart of the Cote d`Azur, while enjoying the benefits of a quiet beach front property with wonderful sea views, La Calanque Rouge is a great house in an ideal location.

Top Floor

  • Bedroom with a queen-size bed and bathroom en suite with a shower


Main Floor

  • Large, attractive and comfortable living room with doors opening to a covered terrace with an outdoor dining area
  • Separate indoor dining room
  • Very large fully equipped modern kitchen with both an open fireplace and a dining area
  • Powder room
  • Bedroom with a queen-size bed and bathroom en suite with a tub
  • Bedroom with a queen-size bed and bathroom en suite with a shower

 

Lower Floor

  • Tiled Hamman (steam room) and laundry room


Amenities

Air-conditioning in all bedrooms, WiFi Internet access, Satellite TV with English speaking channels, CD and DVD players, laundry room and a tiled steam room. Electricity is included.

Staff

Maid service 4 hours weekly. The concierge is available for phone questions.

Services Available at an Additional Cost
Extra maid service at €15 an hour. The concierge service can arrange a chef, nanny, car/driver etc.

Distances
The beach a 2 minute walk, Theoule-sur-Mer is a 3 minute drive, Cannes is a 10 minute drive and Nice Airport is a 30 minute drive

Notes

  • There is no telephone.
  • The villa is available throughout the year, including festivals during which time there are special rates.

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Casa Majani – Punta Mita – Mexico

Pool at Night


6 Bedrooms and 8 Bathrooms (Sleeps 12-14)

From world-renowned architects Manolo Mestre and Juan Collignon comes Casa Majani. Their holistic approach to architecture pays homage to the natural while incorporating the contemporary. Native simplicity and warm colors complement modern conveniences resulting in an alluring and meditative experience. Every room is designed with intention. A network of pathways through expansive reflection pools connects each unique structure, creating the illusion this remarkable casa is suspended over the powerful Pacific. Situated on the northern most tip of the Punta Mita peninsula, Casa Majani is inside the gates of the Four Seasons Resort and guests have use of its facilities.

Two connecting pools blend with sea and sky, enhancing undisturbed views of the blue horizon with over 150 ft. of infinity edge. The smaller of the pools encircles the Keili Suite, offering a dynamic and diverse swimming experience. Nearby, the whimsical bar extending unsupported from the wall is a restored vintage surf board. A ground level fire pit for intimate gatherings and fantastic sunsets is situated on the sand beach terrace.

Palapa Living and Dining Areas
At the center of this impressive casa stands the grand palapa. Nested beneath a palm-thatched roof, sits an almost ethereal living and dining terrace. Steadfast ocean breezes and sun-bathed terraces bless this marriage of nature and nurture. Striking ocean vistas surrounds all points in Casa Majani’s central gathering area. A tropical wood dining table for 12, created by local craftsmen, provides an unmatched vantage point for the surf and sunsets.

Indoor Dining and Kitchen
The tropical wood indoor dining table, seating 12, is set under a vaulted ceiling. Surrounded by colorful native art and bordered by a contemplative pool, this comfortable space is a haven from the elements. The graceful kitchen fits both form and function. Amidst ocean-facing windows, everything from delicious simple Mexican fare to lavish haute cuisine is happily prepared. Charming yet modern, the kitchen opens onto an outdoor patio, bordered by a pond, with an intimate breakfast nook seating 12.

Media and Games Room
This air-conditioned room features a Bowers and Wilkins home theater and stereo system with a 63” HDTV, US and Mexican channels, Blu-ray DVD and Apple TV and an array of board games including: dominoes, chess, backgammon as well as cards.

Tucari (Good Energy)
This yoga and fitness room, which has a relaxing Zen feel, has native wood flooring. Floor to ceiling windows offer a view of vast reflection pools and lush native gardens. Light and airy, Tucari can be opened on two sides to take advantage of good weather and closed to provide a sanctuary from the heat.

Bedrooms
Casa Majani’s 6 bedrooms use natural hues and textures to minimize the boundaries between interiors and the landscape. Each is air-conditioned and has motorized blackout and sheer shades, flat screen TV, Blu-ray DVD, Control 4 System Remote Control and an iPod dock.

Aramara (Ocean) Master Suite
King-size bed, ocean view terrace, inside sitting/lounge area, steps to the sand and luxurious bathroom with an ocean view, inside and outside shower and a large, stand alone hand-crafted stone tub


Keili (Tree) Master Suite

  • King-size bed, ocean view, terrace, direct pool access from terrace, inside lounge and bathroom with an ocean view, indoor shower with glass doors opening to an outdoor wooden terrace and a hand-crafted stone tub


Guest Suites

  • Tao (Sun)– King-size bed, garden and partial ocean view, terrace, lounge area and bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower
  • Turi (Children) Two queen-size beds, garden terrace view, inside lounge area and bathroom with an inside and outside shower
  • Wiki (Bird) – King-size bed, garden terrace view, inside lounge area and bathroom with an inside and outside shower
  • Xotu (Flower) – Bedroom and bathroom en suite with a shower. As this room is separate from the main villa and towards the back of the house, it hasn’t a water view.

Amenities
Air-conditioned bedrooms and media room, wireless Internet throughout, Toll-free US calls, fax and scanner, 63-inch Flat screen TV with Bowers and Wilkins home theater system in media room, US, Canadian and Mexican satellite TV. Guests also have access to the facilities at both the St. Regis and Four Seasons Resorts, including golf, tennis and fitness centers. Also included are chauffeured airport transfers.

Staff
English speaking cook and waiter, cook’s assistant, manager, concierge, housekeepers, laundress and onsite night watchman

Location
Located within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit, Punta Mita is a private gated resort offering high-end infrastructure, security, and world-class amenities such as Golf, Tennis, and a private Resident’s Beach Club. The lush natural beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains and the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean border this nine-mile stretch of paradise, making it a unique and privileged location. The Puerto Vallarta airport is 40 minutes south of Punta Mita.

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Sunset Point – Providenciales – Turks & Caicos

Aerial Providenciales Sunset Villa

4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms (Sleeps up to 10)
Located at the tip of prestigious Ocean Point, this substantial house, with its high ceilings and very attractive décor, was built in the early 90′s. Set amid lush and colorful landscaping with coconut palms and masses of bougainvillea, hibiscus and frangipani, Sunset Point appears to be two houses though it is, in fact, only one. Built in two separate sections, which are connected by wrap around decks, this great house was designed for maximum privacy with the master bedroom in one building and the rest of the bedrooms in the other. And everywhere one looks is sublimely colored water.

Sunset Point’s design also incorporates the spectacular surroundings with each room facing the water and opening onto a covered deck. The daytime view of Sapodilla Bay’s beautiful pale turquoise water is rivaled only by the fantastic Caribbean sunsets later. From the large pool area, which has chaises longues and a table and chairs, stairs lead down to a dock on the bay for swimming. Within a three-minute walk is the lovely crescent shaped Taylor Bay Beach with its powdery white sand and shallow water and nearby tennis courts. Sunset Point is a wonderful house for a family or group of friends.

First Section
Lower Level

  • Game room with a ping pong table, large TV, stereo, multi-disk DVD player and DVD library. It also has a full bathroom.
  • Large deck surrounding the pool

Main Level

  • Two-story living room with vaulted beamed ceilings and sliding glass doors opening onto a deck
  • Dining area with a table seating 12 and sliding doors opening onto a deck
  • Finely equipped gourmet kitchen with a breakfast bar. It also opens onto a deck.

Upper Level

  • Large Queen Palm Suite (master) with a king-size bed, bathroom en suite with 2 sinks and doors onto a private deck

Second Section
Main Level

  • Orchid Suite with a queen-size bed, bathroom en suite with 2 sinks and doors onto a deck
  • Hibiscus Suite with a queen-size bed, bathroom en suite with 2 sinks and doors onto a deck

Upper Level

  • Very large King Palm Suite with a king-size bed, sitting area, open sleeping loft with 2 queen-size beds, bathroom en suite with 2 sinks and doors onto a deck

Amenities
WiFi, stereo system with Bose indoor and outdoor speakers, multi-disk CD player, DVD and VCR players and libraries, security system and digital locks, iPod docking station, big screen cable TVs, Internet radio receiver, washer/dryer, ceiling fans, linens, Weber gas grill, beach towels, safe, clock radios, iron/ironing board, pool floats, ocean raft, ping pong table, board games, hairdryers, hammock, highchair, Pack ‘n Play, dishwasher, microwave and covered carport. Guests are met at either the Provo airport or the car rental agency.

The house is also fully air-conditioned, which is available on a metered basis. Guests are given a $100 per week allowance (pro-rated for stays of more than a week). If A/C usage goes above the $100 allowance, guests will be charged at cost (approximately $.50 per kilowatt hour, based on current PPC rates).

Staff
Maid Service is once mid week

Services Available at an Additional Cost
Cook and extra maid service which is $12 hour with a 4 hour minimum

Notes
As a caution for small children, none of the bedrooms open into the interior. Each opens onto an exterior deck for added privacy.

Distances

Taylor Bay Beach and tennis courts are only a few minutes walk away. Sapodilla Bay Beach is within a mile, town is 4 miles and the airport is 5 miles.

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