Designed by design team Original Vision Ltd and located in Kamala Beach, Phuket, Thailand, the Villa Amanzi is an unusually luxurious private villa that enjoys a contemporary design.
“Designed as an exclusive private villa, the Villa Amanzi, perched on a 197-foot-high cliff, is set in the lush, tropical headland, just south of Kamala Beach. The 8,000 sq ft luxury villa stands on a 27,000 sq ft plot. Offering uninterrupted sea views, it’s near to the beaches, town and the Phuket airport. The defining elements are the rock and the view. It seems like the home grows out from the rock.”
A villa was originally an ancient Roman upper-class country house. Since its origins in the Roman villa, the idea and function of a villa have evolved considerably. After the fall of the Roman Republic, villas became small farming compounds, which were increasingly fortified in Late Antiquity, sometimes transferred to the Church for reuse as a monastery. Then they gradually re-evolved through the Middle Ages, into elegant upper-class country homes. In modern parlance ‘villa’ can refer to a various types and sizes of residences, ranging from the suburban “semi-detached” double villa to residences in the wildland-urban interface.
Wealthy Romans also escaped the summer heat in the hills round Rome, especially around Tibur (Tivoli) and Frascati, such as at Hadrian’s Villa. Cicero is said to have possessed no fewer than seven villas, the oldest of which was near Arpinum, which he inherited. Pliny the Younger had three or four, of which the example near Laurentium is the best known from his descriptions.
Roman writers refer with satisfaction to the self-sufficiency of their latifundium villas, where they drank their own wine and pressed their own oil. This was an affectation of urban aristocrats playing at being old-fashioned virtuous Roman farmers, but the economic independence of later rural villas was a symptom of the increasing economic fragmentation of the Roman Empire.