It’s the latest architectural marvel on Bangkok’s legendary skyline: the Sky Villa Penthouse of The Sukhothai Residences, the luxury condominium sister of the legendary hotel The Sukhothai Bangkok. Perched on the 36th and 37th floors, this penthouse is quite literally the pinnacle of high-end residential living in the City of Angels.
Having an enormous living space with four en suite bedrooms, the sky villa totaling 1,182.69 square meters also comes with a private pool and outdoor terraces. It’s a concept that fuses together elements of traditional Thai style and contemporary luxury. Round columns, high ceilings standing 3.5 meters tall, open space and solid teak floors harken back to the elegant frames and stilt houses of Thailand’s days of yore.
Ceilings painted in gold leaf reminisce on temple hallways. Ceiling pendants are also derived from actual lamps found in Thai traditional houses. The Sukhothai Residences’ sky villa is a touchstone in building design, celebrating the past, present and future of Thai culture in the heart of Bangkok.
The Crown Jewels
The penthouse design has been inspired by the Thai belief of ManeeNoparattana or “The Nine Precious Gemstones”. According to legend, this collection of nine precious stones, which includes ruby, garnet, emerald, blue sapphire and yellow sapphire among others, is sacred and powerful in Thai culture. Not only is it a sign of great fortune, but also a royal symbol for His Majesty the King.
Each area takes after one of the gems, such as the master bedroom’s exemplification of diamond (representing attraction and power in strength) with walls finished in soft Thai silk and wood-carved partition patterns. Modern floor-to-ceiling windows let in a natural glow by morning and dusk, against an incredible vista of Bangkok’s horizon.
The dining room takes a more literal approach to pearl (signifying relaxation and peace of mind) with walls made from real pearl and crocodile-patterned leather. Along with antique glass panels and a contemporary crystal chandelier produced in Italy, it makes for an elegant contrast of old world elegance and what’s in vogue.
A talented Thai interior designer was tasked with outfitting the penthouse to encompass timeless yet contemporary Thai aesthetic. The result is a set-up worth one hundred million baht, ranging from Thai artwork to custom-made movables and decorations from local luxury designers like Tanyarin and Alexander Lamont.
Bangkok-based British designer Lamont and his artisan team provided handcrafted pieces of furniture, including cabinets and table lamps. His love of natural, long-lasting materials and centuries-old crafting methods are easily spotted and add touches of grandeur throughout the two levels of the penthouse.
Furniture was also sourced from top-quality European brands like Promemoria, LigneRoset, Henge, and Porro. With the architecture moving in the direction of traditional Thai, it’s such contempo furnishings that instill more of a Western influence, blending the blueprint into a multi-faceted final masterpiece.
Ultimate Relaxation & Privacy
Unwinding and energizing is a breeze in the living room, a widespread sanctuary putting all the ultimate comforts within arm’s reach. There’s a comfortable tailor-made Thai sofa for guests and residents to put their feet up and feel at home. It’s offset with an Italian B&B Marquinia black marble table, begging to be spread out with books and magazines. A copper-colored titanium shelf provides a chic space for displaying keepsakes and memento against a wall made of silk from Thailand’s foremost supplier, Jim Thompson.
Evenings are all about kicking back with a home theatre system in the cozy family media room. A built-in fridge saves trips to and from the kitchen. A sleek and comfy rug, decorative lamps designed by Christophe Delcourt and a Living Divani sofa, are just some of the dashing details.
The spa room with steam and sauna, and study, round out this corner of the abode.
The swimming pool, totaling approximately 200 square meters, stuns with spectacular views of Bangkok’s skyline. The upper garden terrace is spread out with Indian black granite and compressive bamboo flooring, with an L-shaped sofa and outdoor furniture.
A low maintenance artificial grass lawn makes a great atmosphere for entertaining friends. Against Bangkok’s skyline, casual daytime parties easily wind into evening dips and drinks. BBQ parties are made possible with an electric grill and convection oven. The fully equipped kitchen even features a steam cooker, microwave oven, wine cellar and dishwasher too.
Best of Both Worlds
The Sukhothai Residences was designed by award winning designers Kerry Hill and Ed Tuttle, also behind The Sukhothai Bangkok hotel and five-star properties in Bali, Phuket and Singapore.
It was developed by HKR International Limited, which also spearheaded landmark developments like Discovery Bay in Hong Kong and HKRI Taikoo Hui in Shanghai.
Being a “Sukhothai” property, the penthouse also boasts perks from the realm of luxury hotels. Residents are treated to 24-hour concierge service and gourmet delivery services from The Sukhothai’s award-winning restaurants.
Amazing culinary delights are just a phone call away from La Scala, an innovative Italian gourmet eatery, Celadon serving classic Thai and the rest of the famous catering team. Obviously, it all gets delivered right to the penthouse’s doorstep.
The Sukhothai Residences is also tucked into a beautifully landscaped ground with plentiful recreational offerings, creating a sense of community and luxury bliss for residents.
Working out is anything but monotonous, with a 100-meter pool complex, tennis court, yoga room and gym filled with state-of-the-art equipment for mixing exercises up.
A juice bar serving fresh, nutritious concoctions makes for ideal and effortless wind-downs. Getting spoiled with a hotel lifestyle, while being really and truly at home -how could it get any better?
Located right on Sathorn Road, The Sukhothai Residences has convenient access to a wealth of shopping, nightlife and entertainment. It is just steps away from BNH Hospital, one of Thailand’s most successful private hospitals and an important part of local history, starting out in 1898 as Bangkok’s first expat clinic.
Sathorn and neighboring Silom are the fastest-growing districts for nightlife and gourmet dining in the capital. The Sukhothai Residences is less than a 10-minute car ride from The House at W Bangkok, city’s premiere drinking establishments, and esteemed gourmet restaurants like Eat Me, Issaya Siamese Club, Nahm and Lady Brett. A wave of bespoke new cocktail bars in the area has also set the stage for imbibing in style, such as Vesper, Revolucion, U.N.C.L.E and Smalls.
The Sukhothai Residences is also close to Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s beautiful green lung, with bountiful grassy knolls for escaping into outdoor peace and tranquility. Tai chi, fencing, yoga and even free aerobics sessions are all on offer here, with more than enough space to retreat into one’s own shaded seclusion too.
The Sukhothai Bangkok hotel and its star services are also close-at-hand, from the Spa Botanica situated in lush green gardens to a glorious high tea buffet loaded with chocolates, cakes, sushi, sandwiches and more.
Room to Grow
The sky villa penthouse is perfect for families and couples, looking to quickly move in and instantly feel at home. But with so much extra space, there is also plenty of opportunity to personalize different areas over time too. The Sukhothai Residences penthouse may be leading the pack when it comes to residential architectural design in Bangkok, but at the foundation, it is a refuge, a place to go when hectic city life is overbearing. Relaxing and recharging the batteries doesn’t get any better than this.
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