A peek into homes across Asia with stunning ocean views, from Hong Kong and Singapore to the Philippines
These are not your typical luxury homes: think stylish, sprawling penthouses overlooking calm waters and idyllic coastal hideaways. Join us as we look back on the most stunning oceanfront homes we’ve covered around the region.
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A Hong Kong House Restyled For The New Normal
When the residents of this home in the beachfront neighbourhood of Stanley on Hong Kong Island reached out to Liquid Interiors in early 2021, they weren’t looking to renovate their abode.
Instead, they wanted it to be styled by design experts.
“There are so many people [in Hong Kong] who have quite luxurious spaces, but never personalise it or make it cosy,” says the firm’s founder and creative director Rowena Gonzales. The owners wanted a brand new look for their living spaces, thanks to the amount of time they’re spending at home in the pandemic era.
One of the living spaces, which was previously used as a TV room and has access to the poolside terrace, was transformed into a dining room, filled with an eclectic mix of pieces. Gonzales and Liquid Interiors’ stylist Christie Simpson also worked with the owners to source pieces that would complement what they had in their home. On the poolside terrace, Simpson added outdoor cushions and lanterns on the rattan furniture the owners had bought in Europe.
An Opulent, Yacht-Inspired Singapore Penthouse
With its unbroken sea views and generous space, this lofty penthouse in Singapore floats above the surrounding waters, almost like a yacht at sea. The abode’s unusual proportions immediately stood out to Jeremy Tay, director of Prestige Global Designs, when he first visited the home.
“The layout of the home is elongated and spacious, appearing like the shape of a superyacht or a ship,” he recalls.
An outdoor terrace runs along the side of its living and dining areas, not unlike the outdoor passageway of a yacht—it leads to a considerable outdoor deck and Jacuzzi area that overlooks the marina.
A Hong Kong Penthouse with Spectacular Ocean Views
“A sanctuary to relax in” was the brief from the owner of this penthouse in Ma On Shan, Hong Kong, which underwent a year-long renovation by Adapa Architects.
“The duplex has a 270-degree view, overlooking Starfish Bay and Double Cove, with full-height floor-to-ceiling windows,” explains Adapa Architects founder Ada Leung. “Naturally, the home is very bright and spacious, as if you’re floating above the sea.”
That inspired her to develop a layout and colour palette for the downstairs living and dining room, where the client could feel like they could “fully immerse into nature.”
The Perfect Philippine Seaside Escape
The seaside province of La Union, located 266km from Manila in the Philippines, is famously known as a surfing destination—and perhaps even as a party town.
The ambiance of Casa Nakama in La Union, however, is one of peace, tranquillity and nostalgia. Elements around the beachfront home are traditionally Filipino—think a woven hammock that swings lazily to and fro in the living room to a gentle breeze that enters through the capiz-style windows.
The house has three bedrooms and a lounge space by the sea complete with outdoor cabanas. “They’re our mini sacred spaces,” says photographer and interior stylist Kitty Bunag, one of the owners of the home. “We intentionally made sanctuaries out of our bedsides. It’s our space for calm and checking in with ourselves—it’s where we wake up happy.”
A Beachfront Sanctuary in the Philippines
This beautiful, tropical-inspired beach house in the coastal town of Batangas in the Philippines—around two hours from the capital of Manila—belongs to a family who spends their time here on weekends.
The home has been in the owners’ family for generations, and after taking over the property, they gave the interiors a fresh look and feel.
Structurally, the home has retained much of its original exterior, which takes inspiration from the original owners’ Filipino and Colombian heritage, mixing elements of stone, wood, and bamboo to create a porous and roomy hideout that makes the most of its natural surroundings.
Old, handmade cement tiles manufactured by a century-old business owned by the Machuca family in the Philippines complete the homely, tropical vibe.