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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Ralph Krall sumptuous modern villa in South Africa

Set right on Clifton’s famous white sandy beaches this is undoubtedly the best address on Cape Town’s exclusive eastern seaboard, commanding unobstructed sea views and offering the ultimate in creature comforts. This fabulous residence is comprised of five self-contained units and a three level main villa. From the gracious double volume marble entrance with chandeliers, custom made French-salon style wrought iron and glass doors to the state-of-the-art integrated security, lighting, sound, blind system and two heated rim-flow pools – this exclusive apartment block is simply out of this world.
Throughout the villas all rooms are spacious and stylish, with exceptional attention to detail. Designed by Stefan Antoni and decorated by Ralph Krall, the architecture and interiors are in a league of their own. The décor is simply sensational, some pieces have been customized exclusively for the villa and others sourced both locally and internationally. Each suite is unique, yet all rooms flow into each other with effortless grace and style. The en-suite bathrooms are contemporary yet sensual, with free-standing baths, spacious showers featuring overhead and hand showers, and basins inset in sleek travertine.
The main villa features open plan living area, an expansive kitchen, large pool with badu jets, loungers for enjoying the sun and sea, an outdoor solid marble dining table that seats 16, internal and external barbeque facilities and media room and is completed by the services of a property manager and chef. Hidden gems include a first floor bath-house, with sauna and perfectly rendered mini reproduction of an authentic Turkish Hammam as well as artworks and furniture that include the likes of Eduardo Villa and Marc Chagall. The villa is a self-contained universe in which guests need go nowhere else, but embrace salt, sun and sea to their hearts content, knowing that they will return to the softest linens and every last creature comfort.
Visit this spectacular Cape Town villa here.

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Tree House in the South African wilderness

The Tree House residence has been designed by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects and is located in Higgovale, Cape Town, South Africa.
From the architects: Trees are precious in Africa. They provide shelter for the elders at meeting time, for school children in the midday heat, for all to shield against the unrelenting elements. In a sense the tree has become iconic, almost mythical.
A commission to design a house on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town created an opportunity to test our concerns and searches for contextual responsiveness and connectivity. The site, adjacent to a valley and stream, has a canopy of magnificent spreading umbrella Pines. These trees, majestic and sculptural, provided the primary reference and ultimately the structural conceptfor the house. Five tree-like structures anchor the roof to the ground and provide shelter for the functions gathered under. These trees are surrounded by an entirely separate lightweight transparent steel and glass enclosure supported on a heavily rusticated stone base.
The design of the house incorporates themes of narrative, of layering and of expressed threshold. The visitor is invited to take part in a journey of discovery, requested to participate in the unlocking of experiences within the house, the unpeeling of layers. We tried to heighten the experience of unveiling and of delicate exposure, to create within the house sensuality and moments of intense intimacy – a folly immersed in, and closely linked with, the majestic beauty of the African landscape – a simultaneous dialogue between inside and outside and outside and inside, neither taking precedent over the other.
Visit Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects website here.

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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge - Ultra luxurious!

Five-star luxury and exquisite cuisine on the edge of one of South Africa’s largest game reserves, Lion Sands Ivory Lodge promises the ultimate safari adventure with impeccable service. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is situated on a private game reserve bordering Kruger National Reserve and is ultraluxurious, yet simple and uncluttered. It’s about overriding exclusivity with complete privacy, where each suite has the feel of a private villa.
The Lodge comprises six generously sized privately situated villas, each with a separate living room, heated swimming pool and an open plan en-suite bathroom with an enclosure for the outdoor shower – 6-star luxury in the middle of the bush. The color scheme of ebony and ivory is interpreted in a modern style, while selected African accessories blend the old world with the new to create Afro-Euro chic.
Breathtaking views of the Sabie River, which has flowing water all year around, can be viewed through the oversized windows of your villa or from your private viewing terrace. Baby elephants bathing in the river, zebra, gnu and the large Nile crocodile are the only neighbors you shall see. Take an outdoor shower in your own garden, or bathe in the oversized stone bathtub indoors, but don’t leave your glass door open if you don’t want the spider monkeys peeking in.
This luxurious lodge in South Africa runs at nightly rates starting at $997/night from here.

Photos: Ryan Graham
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