WHERE IS IT?
Although just a couple of hours from Bangkok by road, Khao Yai is a world removed from Thailand’s often-manic capital. Toscana Valley is located just outside the national park, but the rolling surrounds and incorporated leisure facilities make it ideal for fans of the great outdoors.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
Khao Yai itself is a colourful riot of notes from around Europe with stone-clad English influenced resorts rubbing shoulders with grand chateaux surrounded by vineyards. The laid-back lifestyle of Tuscany is the chief inspiration for Toscana Valley, with Italian touches including a quaint “Town Square” as well as Italian-themed cafes and dining options. The exclusive development is due for completion in 2016.
Taking inspiration from rural Tuscany, the development strives to create a village feel. Californian architects Aram Bassenian and Carl Lagoni were consulted on structural design elements and stone, brick, wood and terracotta roofs have been incorporated to follow the Tuscan theme.
The centrepiece of the development is its championship golf course, designed by renowned architect Bob McFarland. Equally notable is the palatial clubhouse, influenced by Villa Cenami Mansi, in the Tuscan city of Lucca. Facilities here include an Italian restaurant and an expansive veranda with panoramic views of the surrounding splendour.
The development’s “Town Square” replicates the feel of an Italian piazza with outlets including everything from a florist shop to a gourmet grocery store.
Journey times to Bangkok are set to be cut even further by the construction of a new motorway, making it simple to combine big city amenities with an accessible country retreat.