Peta Tomlinson

Peta Tomlinson

Peta Tomlinson is an Asia-focused journalist who has lived and worked in Australia and Hong Kong. Making the most of her global mobile office, she contributes to South China Morning Post on topics including design, property, lifestyle and special reports.

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Asia Pacific property in the Year of the Ox: how Covid-19’s impact will be felt across luxury real estate and retail markets in China, India and beyond

Covid-19’s impact will be felt through luxury real estate and retailing, according to JLL’s 2021 outlook report – so brace for radical transformation

9 Feb 2021 - 9:00AM

Covid-19’s impact will be felt through luxury real estate and retailing, according to JLL’s 2021 outlook report – so brace for radical transformation

Asia Pacific property in the Year of the Ox: how Covid-19’s impact will be felt across luxury real estate and retail markets in China, India and beyond
How Covid-19 is fuelling Lunar New Year second home sales in Australia, Canada, Malaysia and Thailand – real property agents offer ‘red packet discounts’ to attract pent-up Chinese demand

Property agents from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Thailand and the UK are rolling out the red carpet to greet the Year of the Ox amid predictions of high demand

5 Feb 2021 - 3:00PM

Property agents from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Thailand and the UK are rolling out the red carpet to greet the Year of the Ox amid predictions of high demand

How Covid-19 is fuelling Lunar New Year second home sales in Australia, Canada, Malaysia and Thailand – real property agents offer ‘red packet discounts’ to attract pent-up Chinese demand
Shared spaces and co-living the focus for pioneering student residences at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The proposed blocks have been designed to encourage students to spend more time on campus. Energy efficiency is another priority, with seawater cooling, and tiles coloured to match different areas of heat gain.

30 Jan 2021 - 9:28AM

The proposed blocks have been designed to encourage students to spend more time on campus. Energy efficiency is another priority, with seawater cooling, and tiles coloured to match different areas of heat gain.

Shared spaces and co-living the focus for pioneering student residences at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
From Bangkok’s Aman to Anantara in Phuket and Malaysia: why hotel branded residences are 2021’s luxury real estate trend to watch

From Bangkok’s new Aman development to Anantara residences in Phuket and Malaysia, luxury branded residences are only getting more desirable in 2021

14 Jan 2021 - 5:55PM

From Bangkok’s new Aman development to Anantara residences in Phuket and Malaysia, luxury branded residences are only getting more desirable in 2021

From Bangkok’s Aman to Anantara in Phuket and Malaysia: why hotel branded residences are 2021’s luxury real estate trend to watch
Supercar in your lounge? How luxury homes in Bangkok, London and Florida are purpose built for petrolheads

A drive-in elevator that opens onto your front room, or a James Bond-style underground car stacker? The choice is yours

8 Jan 2021 - 5:00PM

A drive-in elevator that opens onto your front room, or a James Bond-style underground car stacker? The choice is yours

Supercar in your lounge? How luxury homes in Bangkok, London and Florida are purpose built for petrolheads
How to make a small apartment feel bigger – and top interior design trends for 2021 you need to try

In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, a longing for the wide blue yonder sees serenity and sustainable home furnishings as top trends in the year ahead

5 Jan 2021 - 2:47PM

In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, a longing for the wide blue yonder sees serenity and sustainable home furnishings as top trends in the year ahead

How to make a small apartment feel bigger – and top interior design trends for 2021 you need to try
Covid-19 keeping you indoors? Here’s how to make the most of your Hong Kong balcony or rooftop

From plants to durable furniture, there are plenty of ways to transform even the tiniest outdoor space into a comfortable haven – the experts tell us how to do it

4 Jan 2021 - 1:00PM

From plants to durable furniture, there are plenty of ways to transform even the tiniest outdoor space into a comfortable haven – the experts tell us how to do it

Covid-19 keeping you indoors? Here’s how to make the most of your Hong Kong balcony or rooftop
LED there be light: brighten your home with these illuminating tips from lighting guru Michael Anastassiades – Designer of the Year 2020 at Maison & Objet in Paris

From pedestal lamps to pendant lights, there are several ways to illuminate your living space, says Maison & Objet’s 2020 designer of the year

4 Jan 2021 - 10:37AM

From pedestal lamps to pendant lights, there are several ways to illuminate your living space, says Maison & Objet’s 2020 designer of the year

LED there be light: brighten your home with these illuminating tips from lighting guru Michael Anastassiades – Designer of the Year 2020 at Maison & Objet in Paris
Design trends for 2021: yellow and grey, home offices with ‘proper’ furniture, greenery, and hygienic surfaces

Sunny yellow, plants, and functional spaces and furniture are among the predictions for interior design in 2021, after a year of being stuck at home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

27 Dec 2020 - 8:15PM

Sunny yellow, plants, and functional spaces and furniture are among the predictions for interior design in 2021, after a year of being stuck at home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Design trends for 2021: yellow and grey, home offices with ‘proper’ furniture, greenery, and hygienic surfaces
Covid-19 made pets more popular than ever – now luxury residences from New York to Singapore are offering pet concierges, grooming services, mud rooms and dog parks

Covid-19 saw an uptick in pet ownership and luxury developments across the globe have picked up on the trend, offering fancy pet concierge services, clubs for dog training, play dates and much more

22 Dec 2020 - 2:00PM

Covid-19 saw an uptick in pet ownership and luxury developments across the globe have picked up on the trend, offering fancy pet concierge services, clubs for dog training, play dates and much more

Covid-19 made pets more popular than ever – now luxury residences from New York to Singapore are offering pet concierges, grooming services, mud rooms and dog parks
How a Hong Kong interior designer helped a couple create a more flowing home

After waiting years for their new flat to become ‘old’, while their possessions piled up around them, a Ma On Shan couple transformed it into the minimalist home of their dreams.

16 Dec 2020 - 9:48AM

After waiting years for their new flat to become ‘old’, while their possessions piled up around them, a Ma On Shan couple transformed it into the minimalist home of their dreams.

How a Hong Kong interior designer helped a couple create a more flowing home
How Covid-19 in the US made wellness services New York’s top property trend – yoga, meditation and IV fluids are all available on demand for Manhattan's luxury home owners

From crystal healers and sonic alchemists to coloured salt rooms and on-call injections, these high-rise, high-end residential buildings have your needs covered

15 Dec 2020 - 6:00AM

From crystal healers and sonic alchemists to coloured salt rooms and on-call injections, these high-rise, high-end residential buildings have your needs covered

How Covid-19 in the US made wellness services New York’s top property trend – yoga, meditation and IV fluids are all available on demand for Manhattan's luxury home owners
Indonesia real estate: Covid-19, relaxed foreign ownership laws and MotoGP are drawing property investors to tourist islands Bali and Lombok over Jakarta

Game-changing law makes first or second homes in Bali, Lombok or beyond more than a pipe dream – from prefab, off-the-grid surf shacks to million-dollar luxury estates

12 Dec 2020 - 1:35PM

Game-changing law makes first or second homes in Bali, Lombok or beyond more than a pipe dream – from prefab, off-the-grid surf shacks to million-dollar luxury estates

Indonesia real estate: Covid-19, relaxed foreign ownership laws and MotoGP are drawing property investors to tourist islands Bali and Lombok over Jakarta
Is Phuket the perfect pandemic getaway? Thailand’s luxury real estate market was once a sound investment – now rich buyers from Hong Kong, Singapore and China are seeking remote WFH-ready second homes

With easy visas, first class hospitals, international schools and gleaming beaches, the Thai holiday getaway island is increasingly inspiring to affluent families and retirees looking for an escape from city life – and Covid-19

8 Dec 2020 - 12:04PM

With easy visas, first class hospitals, international schools and gleaming beaches, the Thai holiday getaway island is increasingly inspiring to affluent families and retirees looking for an escape from city life – and Covid-19

Is Phuket the perfect pandemic getaway? Thailand’s luxury real estate market was once a sound investment – now rich buyers from Hong Kong, Singapore and China are seeking remote WFH-ready second homes
A world without plastic: seaweed to home-grown food among the solutions at Hong Kong design exhibition

The coronavirus pandemic has increased the global mountain of single-use plastic waste, and an exhibition in Hong Kong is showing how designers can come up with alternative solutions.

3 Dec 2020 - 7:06PM

The coronavirus pandemic has increased the global mountain of single-use plastic waste, and an exhibition in Hong Kong is showing how designers can come up with alternative solutions.

A world without plastic: seaweed to home-grown food among the solutions at Hong Kong design exhibition
How Covid-19 will change the architecture of cities: Business of Design Week 2020 speakers on making them greener and less divided

At a virtual Business of Design Week, 70 speakers will gauge future trends in urban architecture, including how the Covid-19 pandemic changes our way of living and expectations of cities.

1 Dec 2020 - 2:20PM

At a virtual Business of Design Week, 70 speakers will gauge future trends in urban architecture, including how the Covid-19 pandemic changes our way of living and expectations of cities.

How Covid-19 will change the architecture of cities: Business of Design Week 2020 speakers on making them greener and less divided
How smart is your home? Does your fridge tell you what’s inside, and can your TV disappear when turned off?

Interior designers are incorporating the latest technological features into their projects, as demand surges for luxury homes with internet-enabled devices and appliances

27 Nov 2020 - 11:00AM

Interior designers are incorporating the latest technological features into their projects, as demand surges for luxury homes with internet-enabled devices and appliances

How smart is your home? Does your fridge tell you what’s inside, and can your TV disappear when turned off?
Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa or Wolfgang Puck at your home? Why celebrity chefs are opening restaurants in luxury residences

The hottest new property trend is all about amenities – namely, exclusive dining by Gordon Ramsay, Wolfgang Puck and Nobu Matsuhisa on your doorstep or even ordered in right at home

17 Nov 2020 - 7:08PM

The hottest new property trend is all about amenities – namely, exclusive dining by Gordon Ramsay, Wolfgang Puck and Nobu Matsuhisa on your doorstep or even ordered in right at home

Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa or Wolfgang Puck at your home? Why celebrity chefs are opening restaurants in luxury residences
Amid Covid-19 and rising US-China tensions, Singapore is a real estate oasis whose market is picking up again, as evidenced by new development launches

New luxury property developments in Singapore such as Penrose and NoMa have plenty of domestic demand, especially from HNWIs, as new property launches begin to pick up again

8 Nov 2020 - 9:11AM

New luxury property developments in Singapore such as Penrose and NoMa have plenty of domestic demand, especially from HNWIs, as new property launches begin to pick up again

Amid Covid-19 and rising US-China tensions, Singapore is a real estate oasis whose market is picking up again, as evidenced by new development launches
WFH made second homes a must-have Covid-19 escape – now luxury ski resorts in France, Switzerland and US are becoming health and wellness mountain retreats all year round

Buyers in idyllic alpine spots in France, Switzerland and the US want a more permanent base post-pandemic to max out the health and wellness benefits of the ski lifestyle

4 Nov 2020 - 1:11PM

Buyers in idyllic alpine spots in France, Switzerland and the US want a more permanent base post-pandemic to max out the health and wellness benefits of the ski lifestyle

WFH made second homes a must-have Covid-19 escape – now luxury ski resorts in France, Switzerland and US are becoming health and wellness mountain retreats all year round
Philippines real estate: does Metro Manila’s move towards flexible online payment and virtual luxury home inspections make now a good time to invest?

A new report shows that, despite the pandemic, property prices in the Philippines are increasing – but do the figures tell the whole story? And how will the sudden lack of Chinese buyers affect the market?

30 Oct 2020 - 8:00AM

A new report shows that, despite the pandemic, property prices in the Philippines are increasing – but do the figures tell the whole story? And how will the sudden lack of Chinese buyers affect the market?

Philippines real estate: does Metro Manila’s move towards flexible online payment and virtual luxury home inspections make now a good time to invest?
Seoul real estate: Chinese property investors might be driving prices up, but Gangnam and other upmarket neighbourhoods still offer plenty of allure

South Korean President Moon Jae-in might have vowed to tackle rising home prices, but instead they’ve risen at the quickest pace in almost 30 years under his administration – here’s why

20 Oct 2020 - 8:00AM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in might have vowed to tackle rising home prices, but instead they’ve risen at the quickest pace in almost 30 years under his administration – here’s why

Seoul real estate: Chinese property investors might be driving prices up, but Gangnam and other upmarket neighbourhoods still offer plenty of allure
Dubai real estate: luxury properties 5 times bigger than London, for the same price? Chinese investment in UAE hits an all-time high thanks to Belt and Road Initiative

US$1 million could buy you a cramped 300 sq ft flat, or a sprawling piece of 1,600 sq ft prime real estate – London or Dubai, the choice is yours

9 Oct 2020 - 12:00PM

US$1 million could buy you a cramped 300 sq ft flat, or a sprawling piece of 1,600 sq ft prime real estate – London or Dubai, the choice is yours

Dubai real estate: luxury properties 5 times bigger than London, for the same price? Chinese investment in UAE hits an all-time high thanks to Belt and Road Initiative
Business as usual: how a Hong Kong home provides the perfect work-life balance

Located in Tai Po, the apartment has been cleverly designed to help a family of four maintain business as usual.

7 Oct 2020 - 2:56PM

Located in Tai Po, the apartment has been cleverly designed to help a family of four maintain business as usual.

Business as usual: how a Hong Kong home provides the perfect work-life balance
How two Hong Kong flats became one huge, hi-spec home

This luxurious Tai Hang duplex conversion features blue Brazilian marble, which reminds the owner of Portugal’s azure sea.

30 Sep 2020 - 9:48AM

This luxurious Tai Hang duplex conversion features blue Brazilian marble, which reminds the owner of Portugal’s azure sea.

How two Hong Kong flats became one huge, hi-spec home
Time to invest in Thailand real estate? Bangkok luxury property discounts see Asian buyers picking up units by Ritz-Carlton, Hyde Heritage, Aman group – should you buy now in the city?

The pandemic has prompted dramatically discounted real estate, especially high-end houses and branded condos in trendy neighbourhoods – so is it a smart move to invest quick?

23 Sep 2020 - 3:15PM

The pandemic has prompted dramatically discounted real estate, especially high-end houses and branded condos in trendy neighbourhoods – so is it a smart move to invest quick?

Time to invest in Thailand real estate? Bangkok luxury property discounts see Asian buyers picking up units by Ritz-Carlton, Hyde Heritage, Aman group – should you buy now in the city?
Luxury housing projects in London and New York combine spaces to work, learn and exercise – how will the pandemic affect our homes and how we live in the future?

Flexible spaces for working or learning from home are just the start – architects cite the ‘15-minute city’ with all you need to live, work and play within a small radius of home

14 Sep 2020 - 7:00PM

Flexible spaces for working or learning from home are just the start – architects cite the ‘15-minute city’ with all you need to live, work and play within a small radius of home

Luxury housing projects in London and New York combine spaces to work, learn and exercise – how will the pandemic affect our homes and how we live in the future?
Why are Hongkongers moving to Taiwan? Cheaper real estate, more space – and citizenship by investment for just US$200,000

Hongkongers and expats are increasingly looking to pastures new – and the island’s cultural familiarity and sound investment opportunities make it a top choice

2 Sep 2020 - 10:25AM

Hongkongers and expats are increasingly looking to pastures new – and the island’s cultural familiarity and sound investment opportunities make it a top choice

Why are Hongkongers moving to Taiwan? Cheaper real estate, more space – and citizenship by investment for just US$200,000
What if they have dementia or a stroke? How to adapt homes for couples so they can age in place

A growing interior design trend is adapting homes so their ageing occupants can continue living in them safely and keep their independence. Bathrooms are the place to start making modifications – they are the most dangerous place for over-65s.

31 Aug 2020 - 11:53AM

A growing interior design trend is adapting homes so their ageing occupants can continue living in them safely and keep their independence. Bathrooms are the place to start making modifications – they are the most dangerous place for over-65s.

What if they have dementia or a stroke? How to adapt homes for couples so they can age in place
Ultimate work-from-home locations: Off-grid in Hawaii, Australia, Switzerland or Bahamas – sustainable hideaways for sale in stunning settings

Interest is surging in self-sufficient ‘off-grid’ homes in isolated spots where you can quarantine from the world – would it work for you?

25 Aug 2020 - 3:45PM

Interest is surging in self-sufficient ‘off-grid’ homes in isolated spots where you can quarantine from the world – would it work for you?

Ultimate work-from-home locations: Off-grid  in Hawaii, Australia, Switzerland or Bahamas – sustainable hideaways for sale in stunning settings