Heaven on Earth
The Residences by Anantara sit serenely somewhere between Phuket’s heaven and earth, with wonderful views of both.
Perched high on a tumbling hill overlooking Layan Bay on the west coast of Phuket, are the last masterpieces of the late Indonesian design guru Jaya Ibrahim. Those fortunate enough to experience the lofty and spacious delights of The Residences by Anantara are embraced by his uniquely creative ambience of exclusivity and refinement. Jaya, as he was known affectionately by those who knew him and who ran in the circles of the resort design world, was himself the embodiment of refinement.
Son of a Sumatran diplomat and a Javanese princess, he brought to the world spaces that drew from the beauty of their destinations
At The Residences, his open-plan design, clean lines and a light, natural colour scape do masterful service to the immaculate views, and Jaya’s signature touches add points of intrigue – from lattice decked ceilings to the antique Burmese teak entrance doors. This is a private enclave of 15 exclusive pool residences, where views of lush ocean and jungle panoramas take centre stage, overlooking secluded Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, a tropical sanctuary in a tranquil beach setting on the island’s stunning west coast. Each residence is individually designed with its own personal character in a two-story layout, in configurations from three to six bedrooms, ranging from 1,700 to 3,600 sqm. They’re all expansive, luxurious sea view residences, complete with on-call butler services to make every stay an idyllic indulgence. These superb sanctuaries provide complete privacy and luxury in every detail, with elegantly furnished living and dining rooms, fully fitted kitchens, deluxe bedrooms with spacious en-suite bathrooms, and media entertainment and spa rooms, as well as accommodation for live-in butlers and chefs.
Jaya’s interiors incorporate authentic luxury in a modern interpretation of classic Asian design, with exceptional living spaces enhanced by high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows that provide panoramic views of Layan Beach, and open sweeping stairways. Upstairs, master bedrooms and dining rooms open onto the outdoor decks with their infinity pools and Thai salas for relaxed socialising. Further bedrooms are downstairs, together with studies, kitchens and staff accommodation. Some residences also feature a spa and gym, and some have private elevators. The rooftops are flat – all the better to maximise the views, keeping them clear and unobstructed while adding more space to lounge and luxuriate. The main roof terraces are ideal for sunset cocktail parties – in addition to the sprawling decks below that frame the infinity pools. Tiled in natural stone, the pools stretch 21 metres with submerged glass panels casting natural light into rooms below. Resting over the pools are shaded salas with sunken seating and unmatched vistas onto the small full-moon shaped island of Koh Kata that hides away in Layan Bay. The Residences come into their own after dark, when flickering flame torches illuminate pool decks, and the star-filled sky above the Andaman Sea seems close enough to touch. Heaven never felt so close to earth.