Marc Weingard – art and design enthusiast – created on the beach of Natai in Phuket, Thailand, a resort with some astonishing luxury villas, Iniala Beach Resort.
The villas and Residences, some of them with 2, 3, 4 or 5 bedrooms, have their own unique atmosphere. In fact Marc Weingard had the whimsical idea of giving complete freedom to a dozen famous designers in Thailand, Ireland and Spain to decorate each villa according to their own vision, whether futuristic, modern or traditional. The result is equally confusing, extravagant and exceptional.
Facing the Andaman sea, the villas feature different styles and creations with hanging beds, retro-style sofas, unique sculptures, ruffled leather chairs, celadon-lined walls, carved wrought iron, pastel and bright colours, natural fibres, rococo silk ottomans… Beyond the decoration, the personalised service is at his best. In fact each villa has its own staff including a chef, a butler and a therapist for treatments and massages.
The gastronomy of the main restaurant is from the Spanish chef Sandro Aguilera, who offers organic cuisine with Mediterranean flavours, as well as Thai specialties and a fish and seafood menu, all of this under the supervision of a French sommelier. The children also have their own “Eden” at Iniala Beach Resort, the “Kids Hotel”, a magical space where pretend caves, tree houses with beds, a theatre and a dress-up shop.
The activities on offer are varied from yoga and private Pilates classes to Thai boxing classes, gymnasium, luxury yacht ride in Phang Nga Bay, scuba diving, excursions to local markets and cooking lessons and a 18 hole golf courses only 20 minutes away.