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.