“To have com­plete pri­vacy and ev­ery­thing you need and want in one is­land is some­thing that didn’t ex­ist be­fore”

Philippine Tatler Homes - - SANCTUARIES -

ev­ery whim is a niche, in­deed—and so far there’s a short but very in­ter­est­ing list of peo­ple who have stayed here. How­ever, ex­actly who has cel­e­brated their birth­day or va­ca­tioned with their fam­ily here would be dif­fi­cult to get out of Ab­dulla Shau­zoon, the villa’s ded­i­cated ma­jor­dome (but­ler).

Shau­zoon is one of the few who is truly privy to the pref­er­ences of the one per cent, and while he sets out to make ev­ery­one feel like roy­alty—in­clud­ing the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge who, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish me­dia, came in 2014 —his pol­ished and per­son­alised ser­vice isn’t overly sub­servient. Much like an in­tu­itive friend, his hos­pi­tal­ity is the icing on the cake, given the nat­u­ral beauty of the Noonu Atoll, where the re­sort is lo­cated, and the stylish space de­signed by Jean-michel.

The de­sign of the Owner’s Villa fol­lows the de­vel­oper’s three-word brief. “They wanted the rooms to be airy, ven­ti­lated, and sim­ple,” re­calls Jean-michel. “They also in­sisted on hav­ing a thatched roof—that was a must.” The jux­ta­po­si­tion of the thatched roof with the neu­tral-hued, stream­lined in­te­rior in­fuses the space with warmth, a feel­ing that is per­pet­u­ated with the use of other or­ganic ma­te­ri­als such as wood and stone. An­other stand­out el­e­ment is the soar­ing ceil­ing—each of the 47 vil­las on the main is­land has sev­en­metre-high ceil­ings; the two-storey Owner’s Villa con­tin­ues in this vein. The grandiose touch im­parts in­stant re­lax­ation the mo­ment you open the villa’s dou­ble doors.

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