PALACE 25 gears you up for the best vacation homes that money can buy. From our very tiny red dot to luxurious homes in the Swiss alps, we present some very exciting homes in key countries which also includes Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, United Kingdom to name a few. On the cover is the chic Conlay project located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Our Special Report puts the spotlight on Vacation Homes – think sprawling resort homes in Phuket or enjoy skiing on the snow-capped mountains in the Swiss alps where a home awaits you after your wintry adventure. Olha Romanuik, our architecture-trained journalist, writes about the important features in vacation abodes – from must-have amenities to striking architectural features. Our Editor-At-Large Sophie Kalkreuth presents a Top 10 pick of vacation home developments across the world with views and amenities you cannot say no to. Her choice includes Kukui’ula in Hawaii where verdant landscapes and sugar plantations greet a four-bedroom villa designed by Olson Kundig Architects, or indulge in an expansive property offering five en-suite bedrooms, 12-seat media room in a development called Luxueux in Australia where cattle roam in pastures with a 180-tree avocado orchard to beckon you to get into harvest mode.
As with all our Features spreads, we present interesting architecture and interior design trends that feature iconic creations in Asia where our roving reporter Philipp Kristian Diekhöner discovers a contemporary Oriental tea house in Bangkok called Peace Oriental Tea House. He also sets foot on a Bill Bensley-designed hospitality project Capella Ubud where locally-made furniture and fixtures create a rustic but luxurious feel for guests to reap the spoils. Olha Romanuik dives into the spectacular works of how tropical-designed homes – one in Brazil and another in Spain – can blend with their climate, endure the elements and take in the absorbing views altogether. Read about this Hollywood vacation home here.
Our revered section PALACE Lifestyle is spot on to identify some of the furniture trends from big brands such as Minotti, Boffi and B&B Italia. We get to understand the master designers behind these brands and how their timeless designs continue to introduce panache in many luxury homes across the world. Jonathan Ho revs up the new Range Rover’s Evoque to discover how its latest vehicular iteration shines in refinement, power and luxurious details.
We also present some of the more enthralling river cruises offered by Uniworld whose “hotel on boats” are decorated to a hilt to offer guests an engaging and pampered cruise in renowned rivers such as the River Rhine in Germany where you can take in the Teutonic and Gallic views all at once.
So let Palace 25’s pages prep you for another insightful read to empower you through 2020. Load up with the knowledge to invest in another category of luxury properties – vacation homes – and you can probably include it in your investment portfolio. Lastly, don’t forget to check out one of London’s most sought-after luxury properties – Tottenham Court Road West. This beguiling property is smacked in the heart of London’s rich theater precinct!