Eleven architects and designers from Spain to Brazil have come together to design a 10-suite destination in Phuket, Thailand. Iniala Beach House is now open on the shores of the Andaman Sea, with guests able to choose between three villas, each of which contains three suites and their own spa. There is also the option of the Iniala penthouse suite, although guests are able to rent their entire resort should they so wish.
At the core of the complex is a traditional beach hut from the 20th century which has been modernised by Graham Lamb, the British designer who also created three additional villas based on the image of the Thai healing hands. Teak plays a strong role in the design, often intricately carved in reflection of local building practices.
Eggarat Wongcharit is the Thai designer behind the interiors of Villa Siam, the first of the three villas. Inspired by local cultures and Buddhist values, the luxurious rooms are decorated with wicker furnishings suspended from the ceiling. Delicate woodwork patterns snake across the ceilings and slither down the walls while the opulent bathrooms are brightly hued in rich tones of blue and gold.
Of his concept, Wongcharit says: “Rising from the idea of Buddhism’s four natural elements of earth, water, wind and fire, the concept is moulded by the organic forms, lines, colours and textures that harmonise the interior space. I hope that this harmony will bring balance to your stay in Villa Siam.”
Also introducing lavish materials and textures to their design are The Campana Brothers from Brazil, whose Collectors Villa is finished in mother of pearl and bronze. With a private cinema furnished with fur-covered chairs and direct access to a waterfront deck and glass-encased dining room, The Collectors Villa offers optimum luxury for hotel guests.
Completing the trio of villas is Villa Bianca by Spanish practice A-Cero. This ‘emotional’ concept draws on the figure of a Matryoshka, a set of Russian Dolls placed within one another in descending size. Various dolls can be found within the villa complemented with artistic flourishes.
The focus on high-end design is not confined to the villas and suites as Mark Weingard, founder of Iniala, furthers: “Iniala is not just a retreat to relax in by the beach in Phuket - it is also a temple of global design, art and gastronomy. I am delighted that some of the world’s foremost creative leaders are creating Iniala Beach House - the ultimate place to stay in Asia. This is just the start of Iniala around the world as we develop afresh, innovative Residence thatwill be a joy to stay in and dine in.”
The Iniala Beach House is available for private hire from $80,000 per week. Individual villas and the Iniala Penthouse Suite are also available for hire from $21,000 per week. Iniala has a charitable philosophy with 10% of all room revenues, and 5% of other revenues, going to charity.
Villa architect: Graham Lamb
Villa Siam: Eggarat Wongcharit
Villa Bianca: A-Cero
The Collectors Villa: The Campana Brothers
The Iniala Penthouse: Mark Weingard
The Island of Iniala: Chris Jones
Interior designers: Philosophy of Design; Jamie Hayon; Joseph Walsh; Mark Brazier-Jones; Ramon Ubeda