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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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