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The Pool Villas at The River Thu Thiem – happiness come to life

As Vietnam’s leading developer of luxury residences, Refico’s simple formula for success has been to build a team of the best professionals in their respective fields, and to always innovate and keep pushing boundaries. This formula was again applied when Refico began its most ambitious project to date, the luxury residences at The River Thu Thiem.  Situated on a prime location on the edge of the Saigon River in Thu Thiem District – Ho Chi Minh city’s new financial, cultural and technological hub – The River is attracting much expectation and anticipation in Vietnam and throughout Asia.

The development plan that Refico and its partners came up with called for an intimate, resort-inspired complex of 3 towers with only 525 residences, surrounded by lush green space. To make The River the kind of destination luxury design blogs in Korea or architectural magazines in Europe would write about, the team put together The Ultimate Collection – 12 penthouses and 12 pool villas that would redefine high end living. The best in design and construction underlines everything about The River, and a relentless attention to detail would be put in to justify calling The River Ho Chi Minh City’s premier luxury address. But with The Ultimate Collection, the extra dimensions of these residences allowed the design teams more opportunity to innovate and in essence, to show off their immense creativity.

Spaciousness without any compromise

Refico chose renowned interior design firm DKO to bring the penthouses to life, and wanting the Pool Villas to have a distinct, unique identity, chose Singaporean firm, IDD to design them. The choice was based on IDD’s large, award-winning portfolio of projects that showcased the firm’s versatility and ability to execute brilliantly. The sleek modern aesthetic that IDD has delivered for the Pool Villas would be at home in Paris, New York or London. But it would also inspire wonder by blending in the unique elements of Vietnam’s tropical climate, Ho Chi Minh City’s dynamism, and Thu Thiem’s environmental heritage.

The Pool Villas come in three layouts with all designs sharing a warm and modern look, and an emphasis on an airy, spacious atmosphere. An open floor plan unites the living room, the dining room and the show kitchen to create a comprehensive space that a creative mind can run with. The ceilings are 3.5 meters in height, far higher than a typical ceiling in a home. That feeling of grandeur is immediately apparent when stepping out of the private elevator, moving through the entrance lobby and then into the home to be greeted by such an expansive open area. It’s the kind of “welcome home” greeting that will never lose its magic. Open the long, bi-fold doors out to the outdoor area, and not only does the space increase, it also embraces the magnificent view beyond. The effect is one of vastness and is an unforgettable setting for large dinner parties or intimate gatherings with friends.

Designed for happiness

The spaciousness can be deceptive in giving off an impression that compromises had to be made to achieve it. Nothing could be further from the truth. The open kitchen with its expansive countertops would be the envy of any professional cook. There is even a Butler’s Pantry. All bedrooms have their own bathrooms, and most even have their own walk in wardrobes. The Master Bedroom, with the pool just outside and then the view of the skyline beyond it, is stunning.

The main feature of the Pool Villas is the spacious outdoor area, centered around the pool. There is a sun lounge, pool deck and open courtyard. There is also the view of the city skyline and river – unobstructed, intimate and at night, breathtaking. To relax in the outdoor area is to be close to the green space below you, expanding out to the river so close by that you can almost hear the lapping wake of passing boats. It should be noted that the Pool Villas are the residences with the most intimate connection with The River’s lush surroundings. They are the ones physically closest to the Saigon River.

The infinity pool is perfect for family time or just time alone to do laps. To catch your breath afterwards and relax on a lounge chair in the warm but breezy Saigon nights – the shimmering skyline always the faithful companion – is to understand the essence of luxury. Though it has many definitions, all can agree that an important part of luxury is the sense of deep contentment and satisfaction that comes from having hard work fully acknowledged and ambition fully rewarded. The Pool Villas at The River Thu Thiem were designed to be what success and contentment – and a lifetime of achievements – looks like, feels like, be like. And that means the real luxury designer had been you all along.

This September, The River Thu Thiem will launch the Ultimate Collection with only 10 Penthouse & Pool villas.

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Sales Gallery: The River Thu Thiem, Crescent Boulevard, Thu Thiem urban area, An Khanh Ward, District 2, HCMC

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