VILLA MALISA: A PRIVATE ESTATE NESTLED IN THE HILLS OF PHUKET THERE IS, PERHAPS, NO PLACE ON EARTH MORE STRIKING than southern Thailand and the islands scattered throughout the Andaman Sea. Limestone cliffs soar above white sand beaches and turquoise waters that hold vibrant reefs, making this corner of the world a natural phenomenon that has summoned adventurous globetrotters for years. Each island has its own unique character, from five-star resorts to beachside camping, and world-class scuba diving off Ko Tao to rock climbing in Krabi. For those seeking the ultimate place to luxuriate, Phuket is the definitive destination. Nestled in the hills of this enchanting island and overlooking Surin Beach, one of Phuket’s most exclusive enclaves, Villa Malisa is perfectly positioned to showcase panoramic views across the Amanpuri headland and the awe-inspiring beaches of Bang Tao Bay. Fusing the traditional aesthetic and materials of a Thai-style villa with cutting-edge lifestyle amenities, the contemporary design was strongly influenced by the owner, a longtime Phuket resident who had the three-story home constructed in 2010. The vision was a villa offering expansive sea views from every room, while being entirely under one roof, an atypical characteristic of the homes on Surin Hill. The owner had previously lived in Thai villas with a separate building or ‘sala’ (reception hall) for each room, and while the look was elegant, it wasn’t necessarily practical for today’s lifestyle. With this in mind, Villa Malisa was designed to flow from one room to the next without going outside, creating a beautiful and functional open concept. Soon after completion, the Lifestyle TV channel featured Villa Malisa, giving viewers a glimpse of luxury living in Southeast Asia’s high-end resort property destination. Viewers enjoyed the interior finish of the Villa, the ocean views, and the master bedroom with unique his and hers en suite bathrooms and the grand walk-in wardrobe decorated in rich hues of teak and silk panels situated on the entire top floor. Coupled with the master suite, an oversized indoor Jacuzzi bath opens onto magnificent ocean views from the top-floor balcony, ideal for relaxing and watching the sunset over the horizon. “I love the combination of natural hardwood timbers and Thai silk! It creates an ambiance of ‘warmth,’ or as the Thai’s say, ’sabai.’ I will miss waking up in the morning and opening the curtains to reveal the turquoise hue of the Andaman Sea in all its glory,” stated the current owner. Completing the indoor/outdoor living, the second-level living area flows beautifully onto the infinity pool with a covered deck, merging the two tranquil spaces with ease. This level also includes a dining room and fully equipped European kitchen, a chef’s paradise prepared to handle large-scale cooking and entertaining and an ideal spot for cooking the popular Thai dish, Tom Yam Goong hot soup. A powder room, office, and additional bedroom with en suite bathroom and built-in oversized bunk beds complete the floor, an exemplary space for teenagers and children to get away. And speaking of family entertainment, the villa also incorporates a dedicated soundproofed private HD home cinema with projector and curved screen for family movie nights and screenings with guests. This established estate with a gated entry offers the utmost privacy and space and comes tastefully decorated and furnished with Thai antiques, elegant indoor teak floors and teak trim, which enliven the senses. Villa Malisa truly embodies all that Phuket’s island lifestyle offers, with the added benefit of being just minutes from upscale shops and restaurants, world-class beaches, golf courses, resorts, spas and, of course, an exceptional nightlife scene. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON VILLA MALISA, visit luxuryportfolio.com and search Web ID: KYOY88 A WORK OF ART IN CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE FROM FORMER DENVER BRONCOS HEAD COACH, MIKE SHANAHAN BEHIND THE GATES OF CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, arguably Denver’s most prestigious neighborhood, one will find a showstopper estate with more than meets the eye. A meandering driveway leads up to the grand entry with a classic portico and dramatic water feature that sets the stage for the residence of former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan and his wife Peggy. Peggy Shanahan explains that both their goal and joy of living here has been sharing their home with so many people they are close to and love. It’s a home away from home for their adult children, grandchildren and their large extended families and friends who come to visit from all over. Most importantly, they have supported their community and the organizations they so strongly believe in by hosting many events to help improve the lives of others. Poised on approximately four acres, the Shanahans worked closely with developers, Mesa Properties and their team of the finest craftsmen to create a home that truly blends the line between art and real estate. Perhaps one of the best examples of this harmony is the Italian tile inlaid rug in the gathering room, envisioned by the homeowners who provided a sketch to Italian artisans who then brought it to life. The rug defines the space, makes a bold statement and brings warmth and texture into the room. At the same time the rug was being created, glass designers in London were tasked with fulfilling the homeowners vision for a sparkling skylight featuring shades of blue hues that create dramatic intensity which changes throughout each day and the time of year. This special skylight serves to give the home its own sense of life. As you further explore this gathering room, your eyes will be drawn to walls of windows overlooking colorful gardens, terraces and fountains, which contribute approximately 6,000 square feet of outdoor space suitable for year-round use and big enough for a casual game of touch football. The sunsets that reign from the elevated wine terrace will take your breath away, along with the meandering waterfalls and spouting fountains. A fireplace warms an outdoor seating area off the pool and the landscape architect’s passion for design perfection is evident at every turn as you stroll through the incredible outdoor areas, perfect for private relaxation and reflection as well as for entertaining or hosting several hundred people. Elegant columns and balustrades harmoniously blend with the architectural style of the home. The Shanahans incorporated a beautiful iron gazebo overlooking an amazing fountain into the landscape design for their daughter’s upcoming wedding. After viewing the spectacular grounds, you will understand why they played a role in her wedding being featured as “Wedding of the Year” in Colorado. The gardens that spill forth are colorful and lush. At every turn there is something serene and lovely surrounding you. The west gardens conclude gracefully at the palatial swimming pool gallery and terrace adjacent to the hearth room and conservatory. A secluded terrace with a stone fire pit serving as a focal point becomes a favorite place to gather and entertain in the evenings. At the heart and soul of the home is the hearth room with its family kitchen, equipped with a La Cornue stove that is sure to please the most discerning gastronomic connoisseur. It is a warm and comfortable place to relax in solitude or entertain a happy crowd in sumptuous style. The walls were created of glass to afford views of the magnificent gardens, the pool and lush grounds while devouring homemade pizza on fun winter afternoons cooked in the built-in pizza oven while entertaining friends and family alike. The chic interior design signature of this hearth room is evident in the metal ornamentation, compliments of Sharon Anhorn, a well-known Loveland, Colorado, artist. The dual staircases that spiral down to the family room are truly visually captivating. Appropriately, the architect created spaces that allow for entertaining a large gathering as well as a place for families and friends to be able to share good times together. One of the places so much of that entertaining has taken place, is the family room, a room with expansive charm and substantial understatement. Cozy and comfortable relaxation areas surround a large entertaining cocktail bar. A state-of-the-art media room conveniently flows off the family room. The centerpiece of the vast area is a reserve red wine cellar, which is a great topic of conversation and includes flooring made of reclaimed cork. One of the most welcoming features is that the family room is completely interactive with the dedicated action areas, which include a regulation two-lane bowling alley, poker room, golf simulator and racquetball court, perfect for enthusiasts of all kinds. Absolutely nothing has been overlooked in this amazing home. Not to be missed is the professional gym to ensure the fitness level that today’s lifestyle demands. There is a spa complete with locker room featuring a waterfall, bathroom, steam shower and sauna. Not to mention it comes complete with a Vantage Smart Home System for light control, climate control and more. This beautiful championshipcaliber home is less than two hours away from the best skiing in the Rocky Mountains and is perfect for a family who desires this amazing location and amenities. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS CHERR Y HILLS VILLAGE ESTATE, visit luxuryportfolio.com and search Web ID: YPMY88 ABOVE: Wake up to a soothing breeze and stunning beach views. TOP RIGHT: Soak up the sun and beautiful scenery while you swim around the infinity pool. BOTTOM RIGHT: Relax in the oversized jacuzzi bath while gazing at the sunset from the top-floor balcony. TOP LEFT: The spectacular grounds are filled with colorful, lush gardens. TOP RIGHT: The gathering room is an inviting space with a beautiful sparkling skylight that provides the room with dramatic intensity. BOTTOM RIGHT: Whether entertaining a happy crowd or enjoying a quiet meal to yourself, the dining area is an exemplary space. TOP: Unwind with a soothing bubble bath sure to leave you feeling refreshed after a long day. BOTTOM: Enjoy dinner with your family while gazing at the magnificent gardens and pool.
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