Ushering A New Luxury In Alibaugh With Avās Wellness
- 9 Aug '22
- 9:30 am by Crew
In a fast-paced world, there remains a tiny hamlet that seems slow to catch on the changing tides. Alibaugh may have emerged out of its sleepy cocoon a few years ago as the weekend home of choice for Mumbai but crossing over meant embracing a slower pace of life, an almost idyllic flow that cut you off from the main island and eased you into a gentile life in grand villas. Cut to 2022 and Alibaugh is the flavour of the decade with lavish villas, year round access due to the RORO and great connectivity which ushered in more options in the vibrant food space.
One of the key developments to watch is Avās Living in Awas. Inspired by the locale and its culture, Avās Living has crafted a space where old world charm meets contemporary luxury, to create a corner devoted to wellness and wellbeing. The community of stunning villas are tailored to undo the haste of the city and is helmed by a state-of-the-art Wellness Center and Spa, restaurants, juice bars, bike trails, children’s area and more.
The limited number of villas are designed to follow a biophilic philosophy in keeping with Avās’ focus on wellness which translates into wide open spaces, an abundance of sunshine is every part of the house and greenery inside that mirrors the local flora outside. But then they take it one step further by embedding the homes with wellness technology that monitors all the essential parameters like air quality, water quality, sound and temperature, all linked to your smartphone. The sense of community is fostered and nurtured even in the layout of the space which ensures that every villa is surrounded by nature, but close enough to walk over to the neighbours for an evening of drinks.
Designed by global architects SAOTA, who’s repertoire includes the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Bodrum, artist Drake’s new mansion and other iconic structures, the villa design plays to their signature style of connecting form and function with an emphasis on luxury—open plan, focal elements in each room, wide windows with thin frames, personal pools crafted to resemble a tropical oasis and a sense of expansiveness. Moving away from the notion that second home décor is staid, the villas at Avās feature an array of finer details that only add to the luxury experience like the exotic marble features, wall textures, use of natural stones, ceiling detailing and luxury furnishings. Don’t miss the signature floor cut that extends to all areas of the home or the emphasis on celebrated ceilings with design elements right throughout. Keeping a sharp eye on sustainability, many of the materials used are locally sourced and chosen keeping the locale in mind- for instance the pink jodhpur stone that clads the villas also helps keep it cool during the blazing summers.
The interiors of the villas echo a common design thread but yet retain their individuality due to Creative Director Susanne Khan’s meticulous eye for nuances. Taking cues from the historic culture of the region, the design is an amalgamation of the charm of the Konkan Coast with the understated chic of California. Expect a neutral palette broken with colour, feature columns in the living area that become focal points using the space as a canvas to display the theme, light fixtures that narrate a tale of artistry. The unique furniture, soft furnishings and wall claddings – all custom – add further to the experience of ultimate comforts.
Avās Living also offers a unique Bespoke service that elevates this luxury making the homeowner the inspiration for the interiors and design. Right from choosing the size of the land parcel to the number of rooms, pool shape to landscaping, the homeowner co-creates the villa along with SAOTA and Sussanne Khan. Translating the homeowner’s vision into brick and mortar, the Bespoke Villas get to enjoy all the facilities of Avās Living and yet maintain their privacy in the fully serviced villas.
The Avās community is designed for the conscious explorer who places wellness as a high priority and understands the all-encompassing nature of holistic wellbeing. This may just be the future of design which will let us co-exist and rejuvenate in nature.
This article is an advertorial for Avās Living at Alibaugh.