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6 Inviting Tropical Homes Owned by Celebrities

From properties that can rival island resorts to homes with a distinct modern edge, these celeb spaces will have you wanting your own weekend getaway

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Photography: Mike Dee (Main Photo)

In a tropical country like ours, it’s a given to see homes that showcase plants, natural materials, and an incomparable ambiance that allows light and air to take center stage. After all—what’s not to love about the tropical style? While you can also play around with wood and woven materials to achieve your dream tropical haven, you can take it to the next level by pairing it with other styles. There are homeowners who add a rustic twist, others opt for a contemporary update, and there are a few who mix it with Filipino and country-inspired touches. Whether you fancy any of these combos or you’re planning a specific look, we’re sure that it will be just as inspiring.

To help you work on your tropical-inspired space, we’ve rounded up six celebrity homes that highlight the well-loved style. With its sprawling outdoor areas and cozy nooks—these properties will motivate you to get started on your dream dwelling.

Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

Designed by architect Anthony Nazareno and interior designers Ivy and Cynthia Almario, this picturesque family home built on top of a hill in an exclusive subdivision offers scenic views. Aside from serving as a hideaway, it's also airy and spacious—with a clean aesthetic that's completed with notable pieces by renowned designers like Ann Pamintuan and Kenneth Cobonpue.

The living area is found on the second level—the house's main floor. Given this layout and setup, the owners and their guests can still marvel at the view—thanks to the glass sliding doors. Opting for such doors allows light to stream into the space, keeping the vibe light and airy.

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Venus Raj

Simple and far from busy Manila, Venus's bungalow in the province is the perfect place to enjoy the fresh air and the lush surroundings.

Maaliwalas best describes the home—with its free-flowing layout, neutral color palette, and curated furnishings. While Venus admits that there's still a lot to be done in the property, sticking to the basic pieces has helped keep it open and functional—giving the owners enough space to move around and access the outdoors.

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Willie Revillame

To say that the host's home is impressive would be an understatement. It will remind you of resorts you often see on TV and in magazines—with its beautiful structure, envy-worthy outdoor area, and spaces that seem to invite you to relax and unwind.

To turn the garden into a mini paradise, Willie worked with landscape artist Ponce Veridiano. Aside from having a gazebo, the outdoor area also features pieces from Kenneth Cobonpue's Matilda and Yoda collections as well as select must-haves from Dedon, a brand known for its woven outdoor furniture.

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Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama

With the help of interior designer Jeizele delos Reyes-Go, the Gutierrez family home in Quezon City was improved to achieve a minimalist look. From its modern facade, you'll be surprised to see a few elements reminiscent of tropical resorts inside.

The second floor living room highlights furniture in dark wood, wooden beams, and warm lighting for an extra homey feel. Meanwhile, a few woven and rattan must-haves serve as accent pieces.

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Nikki Gil

The modern tropical family home features a sleek and contemporary facade. With its glass windows, sunlight can stream into the space and bathe the home in natural light. It complements the contemporary-meets-Oriental-and-Balinese theme that Nikki's Mommy Julie, a graduate of the Philippine School of Interior Design, chose for the home.

Colors like brown and green dominate the living area and the same can be seen in the lanai. Woven and wooden pieces take the spotlight—especially the tall lamp made from Narra in one corner. Aside from being an extension of the living area, it's the best spot to enjoy snacks or read a good book.

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Coco Martin

Coco Martin's resort-like property is also home to beautiful pieces by Kenneth Cobonpue and Vito Selma, as well as must-see works of art by Abdulmari Asia Imao and Arturo Luz, National Artists for Visual Arts, to name a few.

It's inspiring to see how the actor's perseverance helped him achieve this dreamlike heaven. There's a piece to admire in every corner, and the outdoor area is perfect for lounging and family bonding, too. Whether you're planning to invest in a property or work on a home improvement project, the areas in this home can be your pegs. 

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PHOTOS: Rene Mejia (Ogie and Regine Alcasid, Gutierrez Family Home, and Nikki Gil) | Jervy Santiago (Venus Raj) | Paolo Feliciano and Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Willie Revillame) | Mike Dee (Coco Martin)

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