Wednesday, 18.10.2017

Iniala A Man’s House is His Castle

[15/12/13] 

Trips to Thailand have been, for most of us, an incremental graduation process. You started off in the thick of things, with four mates, a bottle of Mekong whiskey and digs at Patpong’s most affordable backpackers, where you were serenaded to sleep by the sounds of the ‘housekeepers’ turning tricks in the broom closet. Then there was the three-star stand alone resort; it had a pool, with water in it, clean but well-loved rooms, and was only a 45 minute walk to the beach. But today, you’re doing better, you’re a man of success and taste, and it’s time to dish out a little of that wealth on your next romp to the Kingdom of Smiles.

Enter Iniala, a design-savvy retreat that opens on Natai Beach, just north of Phuket, next month. A sexy citadel of solitude fit for a modern day superman, this private beachfront compound boasts three villas – one for each muse – and an opulent penthouse, that’s – you guessed it - fit for a king. The brainchild of banker-turned-good guy Mark Weingard, Iniala is like you after drinking small batch bourbon, unashamedly bold, with picture walls encrusted in Thai ceramics and mirrors, bedrooms by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, and Irish furniture master Joseph Walsh, and a boudoir by Kiwi lighting specialist Mark Brazier-Jones. There is private spa in each villa, complete with an in-house therapist – let’s call her Tai Mei Don – a cinema for Will Ferrell nostalgia, a cocktail bar for impromptu Bangkok Bloody Mary’s, a dedicated culinary team, a fleet of water-born leisure craft, and even a Swarovski-crystal studded snooker table.

Because you’re worth it. 


Iniala
Villas from US$18,400 for 7 nights’ accommodation
www.iniala.com


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