As the ranks of the ultra-wealthy swell across Southeast Asia, so does the heightening expectations for accommodation that costs thousands of dollars per night. So, one Indonesian resort has just priced its top suite at US $10,000 per night.
“Seems like a lot to pay for one night, I know,” said The Sanchaya’s estate manager Anshuman Narayan. “But when money is no object, and you’re shopping for a memory to last a lifetime, the cost may very well turn out to be a bigger bargain than you’d thought.”
So what does one get for $10,000 per night at the Bintan Villa?
A four-bedroom beachfront presidential suite, the Vanda Villa, to start. The luxe accommodation comes with an around-the-clock butler, a dedicated chef in its kitchen, private infinity pool and a separate guest house. The Sanchaya is located 45 minutes from Singapore by ferry, on a secluded stretch of beach whose powder white sands rival those made famous by The Maldives. All of that beach is but a few steps from the Vanda Villa’s sprawling terrace.
Spanning a total of 1045 square metres, The Vanda Villa has already played host to royal families from the Middle East, celebrities from around the world, private wedding parties and major product launches.
The villa is bedecked with neutral, crisp and earthy tones, polished parquet floors, Chinese-style cabinets, and rare pieces of art and furnishings that open windows on Singapore’s history and culture. Other exquisite touches include customized Luzern bone china designs and table glassware from Austria’s House of Riedel. Named for Singapore’s national flower, the Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’ orchid, the hotel’s premier accommodation draws inspiration from the Lion City’s black and white houses, tropical beauty and architectural heritage.
Each of the two-storey villa’s four bedrooms boasts king size beds and customised encaustic tiled bathrooms with separate Lefroy Brooks clawfoot baths and showers. The clawfoot baths anchor The Sanchaya’s ‘romantic bath ritual’, Featuring chocolate strawberries and champagne, or cheese and port, or canapés and single malt or wine. Candlelight and customised bath salts round out the ritual.
Other luxuries on offer include wine and cheese tastings with the estate’s sommelier, in-villa massages with your choice of customized chakras oils, and private sessions with the yoga instructor. Plush Singaporean Ploh bed and bath linen and a pillow menu offering an array of European neck, body and reading pillows amplify the comfort levels.
The Vanda’s technological charms include a Bang & Olufsen TV and sound systems, iPads with a broad spectrum of pre-loaded movies and Apple TV. On the 9.6 hectare Sanchaya estate, the facilities include a croquet lawn, Olympic-size infinity pool, two restaurants and The Bar, replete with vintage prints, antique telescopes, porter chairs and other trappings of a 19th Century Explorer’s Club.
Housing birdcage chandeliers, pith helmets, large brown tufted lounges and a vast selection of handpicked books, The Salon and Library is The Sanchaya’s wine, cheese and cigar lounge. An adjacent glass-walled space, called Decanter, stocks hundreds of wine labels.