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TRAVEL


The beauty of Yin and Yang


Between sky and sea in Kamala, Phuket, there is a stretch of headland called Millionaires’ Mile where everything is gold – the sand that skirts the base of the rocks below and the sun as it casts its radiant glow upon the Andaman Sea.


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ocated 30 minutes from the International Airport and 20 minutes from the Patong nightlife, Villa Yin and Villa Yang are


two luxury retreats designed by Thai architect Charupan Wiriyawiwatt of Hong Kong-based Naga Concepts, and operated by Awesome Villas (www. awesomevillas.com). Both residences feature crisp, white-wall exteriors and modern art that is uniquely complemented by classic Thai elements such as tropical gardens, soft-lined architecture and antique decorations. Spread over half a hectare, Villa Yin is the larger


of the two estates, featuring four bedrooms and five Thai-style pavilions (the entrance, guest, outdoor, main and master). The advantage of this layout is that each pavilion is connected by footpaths but designed for privacy. Villa Yin is all about opulence: there is a state- of-the-art kitchen from Minotti, Italy, a wine cellar, sauna, massage room, home cinema, a 19m marble pool overlooking the cliff’s edge, as well as extensive entertaining platforms including a BBQ teppanyaki area. Or if it’s a dip in the ocean that you’re after, you can always take the private stairwell from the pool to the natural, shallow swimming enclave below. While the special features are appealing, this would all be lost if the interior was uninviting and unliveable as can be the case in some luxury retreats that focus too much on form rather than comfort. Thankfully, Villa Yin’s furnishings are stylish without being sparse or impractical. For example, in the master bedroom you’ll find a plush armchair accompanying the vanity table rather than something delicate and flimsy. The color


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