Forming an L shape around Casa Brio’s inviting 21-metre swimming pool are two interconnecting buildings linked by a colonnade: a two-level pavilion containing the four bedroom suites – opening onto the pool deck at garden level and onto a covered terrace on the upper level – lies at the far end of the pool, opposite the villa entrance. Along the full length of the pool is the large open-sided living pavilion and, behind, a kitchen and service area. At the intersection of both buildings is a media room (which can double as a fifth bedroom) and, above, a sunset roof terrace. By the entrance is a poolside dining bale.
Casa Brio’s magnificent, open-sided, fan-cooled living pavilion is the villa’s social heart. Below a vaulted roof, an expanse of acid-washed marble floor flows towards the ironwood deck fronting the pool. To one side, sofas, armchairs and ottomans – all plushly upholstered in textured grey – face a coffee table set on a seagrass rug. Arranged at an angle under copper pendant lights, a huge Suarwood table seats 10 in comfortable upholstered dining chairs. Behind is a smoked glass table with five bar seats, adjoining the granite bar counter of the butler’s pantry. Out of sight is the villa’s well-equipped kitchen.
Guests seeking air-conditioned comfort will find plenty of space in the media room to curl up on a beanbag with a novel, or languish on one of the sofas set before the 42-inch TV. With a shower room attached, this room can also be used as a fifth bedroom. The sofas double as extra beds and can be set up as two singles or a king.
Casa Brio offers equally generous outdoor relaxation space. The roof terrace above the media room provides an additional living area – a partially covered sun trap with comfortable all-weather rattan seating, a butler’s counter and sweeping pool-and-sky views. At one end of the pool, a bale provides a shaded setting for alfresco breakfasts. At the opposite end, between the two garden-level bedrooms, is a large cushioned alcove. And on the ironwood deck running the full length of the greenstone pool, sun loungers and gigantic beanbags await.
The villa’s two spacious master suites are furnished with king-size beds. The light and airy ground floor master conveniently opens onto the garden and pool and has a circular terrazzo bath in a private garden courtyard adjoining its bathroom. The second level suite has a cosy seating alcove furnished with a daybed, and a fan-cooled terrace with seating oriented for the 180-degree views over the rooftops.
Casa Brio’s guest bedrooms are each adjacent to a master bedroom – the perfect arrangement for families with young children. Both have twin beds that can also be configured as a king, a flexibility that makes these rooms suitable for children, friends travelling together, or couples. While the upper level room has a wardrobe in place of a walk-in dressing area, it benefits from a covered terrace.
If more sleeping space is required, the media room, with adjacent shower room, can be easily converted into a fifth bedroom with twin beds for a small additional fee.