Majlis by the sea: Stylish Saadiyat island villa

By Angela Boshoff Hundal, InsideOut magazine  www.gulfnews.com

Jawaher Al Saadiyat is a section within the Saadiyat Beach Villa development, the first residential community on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat island,” says Nicole Judd, Tourism Development and Investment Company’s (TDIC) design manager.

    *  Image Credit: Silvia Baron/ANM     * High ceilings, large doors and windows and wide passageways are paired with marble floors and wooden wall panels that give the villa a warm, homely feel. Persian carpets and old fashioned urns maintain the abode’s traditional style.

* Image Credit: Silvia Baron/ANM * High ceilings, large doors and windows and wide passageways are paired with marble floors and wooden wall panels that give the villa a warm, homely feel. Persian carpets and old fashioned urns maintain the abode’s traditional style.

The island Judd is speaking of sits a mere 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi, ten minutes from Ferrari World and The Yas Hotel, and could very well be the capital’s most ambitious project to date. Already de rigueur in the property stakes, the 27-square kilometre piece of land – surrounded by the soothing turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf – will offer residents and visitors access to several museums, galleries and other jaw-dropping spaces upon its expected completion this month, including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (designed by Gary Player), and the island’s first beach club, the Monte Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat.

But it’s not the forthcoming cultural sites we’ve come to see; it’s the luxury beach villas in Jawaher Al Saadiyat.

“There are ten high-end, luxury show villas that are exact replicas of the actual Saadiyat beach villas currently under construction,” Judd says. For this particular story, we’ve come to take a look at one of Jawaher Al Saadiyat’s completed Arabian-themed homes.

Upon first entering the 349-square metre Arabian abode, one is immediately struck by the immense space. High ceilings, massive doors, arched window frames and wide passageways are offset against cool marble floors and rich wooden wall panels that give the home a tranquil feel and plenty of breathing space. Arabian patterned inset tiles and traditional mosaics are embedded in the flooring throughout the house, while heavily detailed archways, reminiscent of ancient Persia, adorn internal doors and built-in wardrobes made of stained Alder wood.

“We took a contemporary slant on the traditional Arabian style, resulting in the interiors being rather eclectic,” says Judd. “We wanted to create the feeling that the pieces one sees in the house have been collected over many years. Arabian influences are cleverly drawn in with fabrics, artefacts, decorative timber wall panels and artwork, not to mention the materials with which the villa was built.”

The smart use of colour in every room is palpable. “The overall palette is cream and beige, inspired by the hues of the desert,” says Judd, “but one will notice strong pops of colour, such as royal blue, red, green, mauve and gold, adding punch to the individual rooms. There is also a range of textures and fabrics used throughout the house, from wool to chenille, silk and even cotton. These fabrics and textures are in turn layered and complemented by wallpapers, rugs and accessories. We also used several sculptures, artefacts and vases to complement the furniture,” she adds. “Local and international artworks in mixed media add to the layering of textures.”

While the overall interior style is polished, a hint of humour makes its presence known. A quirky bird sculpture with comically large feet takes its place alongside an old-fashioned globe in one of the living rooms, and black-and-white horse portraits in a guest bedroom lend an element of whimsy to the space.

Outside the villa, one is struck by the beautifully landscaped garden, from the Moroccan-style pool to the domed, outdoor entertainment area, fountains and carefully placed palm trees. “The garden features several types of flora and fauna, and the entryway to the house offers a perennial garden with vines,” Judd explains. “There are also mature lemon trees – imported from Italy – outside the kitchen, while paved terraces around the house allow residents to enjoy the space from several different perspectives. It’s a garden-lover’s paradise and a great place for entertaining in winter.”

Visit www.tdic.ae for more information

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