Creating a getaway for the rich and famous was top of late Indonesian designer Jaya Ibrahim’s agenda when he set about creating The Residences by Anantara.
Having recently opened at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, The Residences is perched in the serene setting of the Thai island’s west coast. Comprised of 15 three to seven-bedroom villas, the intimate grounds ooze luxury.
Each of the contemporary spaces, designed to meld modern designs with subtle ai details, comes complete with living and dining rooms, fully-fitted kitchens, deluxe bedrooms, media entertainment and spa rooms, as well as accommodation for live-in butlers and chefs. They are accompanied by a private 21-metre infinity pool and rooftop deck boasting sumptuous 180-degree views overlooking the Andaman Sea.
Making it his mission to curate a modern interpretation of classical Asian space, Ibrahim ensured the design drew on the surrounding cultural and ecological terrain. Calling on his unique talents, he created a modern interpretation of classical Asian design for each villa and the result is a unique concept fusing Thai culture with the contemporary world in an unobtrusive manner; stylish yet minimal.
To ensure the buildings sit naturally within their surroundings, indigenous and natural materials were used, such as Thai travertine, locally-sourced wood and terrazzo flooring. The Residences also features two-tiered at roofs with indented corners, a modern twist on the traditional Thai design element.
Inside also pays testament to Thailand’s rich culture and heritage, with decorations, artwork and artefacts harking back to a bygone era with a hint of the modern injected. All of the furniture and fittings were either designed by Ibrahim, or personally hand-picked with the designer collecting the antiques that embellish the resort.
For example, the lamps were designed to have the same motif as the architecture of the building, where the three-tiered base with indented corners of the rustic bronze lamp stand is an inverse reflection of the roof. Meanwhile, the rugs were handwoven and looped with a combination of silk and wool.
The winner of the Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2015 inaugural Asia Hotel Design Awards, Jaya Ibrahim was listed as one of the “100 best designers in the world” by Architectural Digest, and dubbed an “Indonesian Design Guru” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
Born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Ibrahim was the son of a Sumatran diplomat and a Javanese princess. He lived and studied internationally, including in Singapore and London, and read a degree in economics and sociology at York University.
He went on to work under actress-turned-designer Anouska Hempel in the English capital for 10 years before branching out on his own in Bali. At that time, in the early 1990s, the Indonesian island was on the brink of a tourist boom but most hotels were foreign designed. Jaya wanted to change this and launched his own design studio on Balinese soil.
His first project, The Legian Bali Resort, was a resounding success and he went on to design luxurious projects across the region, including The Club at Capella Singapore, the Residences at The Nam Hai in Hoi An and Amanfayun at Hangzhou’s Aman Resort.
Jaya died at the age of 67 in May after falling at his home in Jakarta.
The Residences by Anantara
Mai Khao, Phuket, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)76 336 100 http://residences-anantara.com firstname.lastname@example.org
15 three-to-seven-bedroom villas with private 21-metre infinity pool. Access to facilities, such as spa, gym and pool at neighbouring Anantara Layan Phuket Resort