Phuket Post - A Different Kind of Newspaper
(2009-03-20 14:34:20)
IF you spend enough time on our beautiful island, you will learn to appreciate the Rawai area. It is perfect for both living or holidaying in a peaceful and tropical environment. This villa, which is only 30 minutes from the airport, five minutes from Nai Harn beach, and 20 minutes to the Jungceylon shopping mall, would be ideal for anyone looking for a quite retreat, which is still close to the local attractions.
Apartment living is all about style
(2009-03-06 16:22:39)
ONCE in a while, a home is created that’s stands out from the rest. This apartment in Patong is definitely one of those. Situated in the best condominium buildings, it stands proud to the testament of the developers who had the courage to try something different, away from the norm and to conceive an idea born on style, function and design.
(2009-02-23 10:35:33)
COCONUT Island or Koh Maphrao, is how Phuket used to be 30 years ago according to the Village resort’s marketing manager, Jay Walker. “This island is an idyllic world of its own, well away from the hassle and stress of everyday life,” he said. “We have our resort and the local communities on the island, and that’s it.
(2009-02-23 10:17:46)
THIS amazing contemporary style villa is set in a quite soi in tropical Rawai. Rawai is known for its outstanding natural beauty, and it’s an ideal platform to showcase this stunning property. The living area is spread over three floors. The multi-use fully air-conditioned ground floor has separate entrances from both the street and the car port, which has been cleverly fringed with a pond, floating steps, an outside shower and a tropical garden.
Tamarind Villas is a stunning headland which puts paid to Phuket’s eternal east versus west debate. Baz Daniel reports.
(2009-01-23 14:01:08)
THE first three rules of buying property are: location, location, and location. But in Phuket, this rule of thumb inevitably leads to endless debate about the benefits of the east coast versus the west coast. Arguments ensue about the wide open, monsoon-flushed seascapes of the west, compared to the dreamy, limestone karst islands of Phang Nga Bay.
Villas for discerning home owners
(2009-01-12 10:24:50)
If you are looking for luxury living, you can’t go past Les Palmares Villas in Bangtao Beach. The estate features 14 single storey, two and three bedroom villas, each with its own swimming pool. All of the villas have their own tropical garden, and all mod cons including a 24-hour security system, and everything else a discerning home owner would expect in a luxury housing complex.
The Russians just keep on  coming
(2009-01-12 10:19:15)
RUSSIAN interest in Phuket’s property market continues to rise, and a packed international property conference in Moscow last month was told that Russian buyers could account for as much as 20 per cent of the real estate market this year. At the moment, about 15 per cent of Phuket properties are sold to Russian buyers. Patrick O’Neill, from the O’Neill Group, told about 2000 delegates at the 2008 DOMEXPO International Property Show in Moscow that investment opportunities on the island were still attracting buyers.
(2008-12-26 10:49:31)
BEFORE he moved to Phuket, businessman Warren Crowe was a biker, a cowboy, a successful real estate manager and a trail-blazing restaurant owner. He grew up on Sydney’s North Shore, but when he was sixteen, he headed to the Gulf area of Queensland where he became a stockman, which is an Australian cowboy. “I worked on the largest cattle station in Queensland which had more than 25,000 head of cattle,” he said.
(2008-12-26 10:45:32)
IT is not easy these days to find good quality villas right on the beach, but this week’s Pick of the Crop at Rawai is only a short jump from the sea and the sand. This contemporary beach-front villa features three levels with spectacular sea and island views. It is part of a private resort development managed by Outrigger, which is renowned throughout the world for providing secure, customer-friendly, well-managed estates.
(2008-12-26 10:41:13)
PHUKET developer Gulu Lalvani picked up his second accolade in as many months when he was voted ‘Best Boating and Yachting Personality of the Year’ in the International Boating Awards at Boat India earlier this month. The Hong Kong tycoon and founder of Thailand’s most exclusive luxury lifestyle yachting community, was honoured at a glittering award ceremony at Le Meridian Hotel in Cochin, India.
(2008-12-15 09:56:11)
SURIN Park, a luxury sea-view condominium in the heart of Surin village, provides the ultimate in life-style options at prices which enable an optimum return on investment. The exclusive neighbourhood is a guarantee of superior capital growth, and the rental program ensures excellent rental yield. Property comes in all shapes and sizes with prices to suit the most moderate to the most extravagant of budgets, but at the very high end of the property market, a good location is not always synonymous with luxury property.
(2008-12-15 09:51:36)
Home is where the heart is, and this week’s Pick of the Crop is the sort of place that would capture any home-lover’s heart. The villa overlooking Nakalay Bay, is set in an exclusive enclave, just outside Kamala. This beautiful Thai-influenced villa has been lovingly crafted from a variety of fine woods, and has a unique character all of its own.
Holiday retreat for the rich and famous
Baz Daniel takes a look into the lives of the high-flyers and
(2008-12-01 17:06:28)
AUTHOR F. Scott Fitzgerald once remarked to Ernest Hemingway that ‘the rich are different to you and me’. “Yes,” replied Hemingway. “They have more money.” But the rich don’t necessarily have it all their own way. They are often just as time-stressed and sleep-deprived as the rest of us, and they too, need somewhere to chill out and recharge their batteries.
Realtors are turning to cutting edge technology to provide 'virtual tours' of their properties
(2008-12-01 11:10:47)
PROPERTY developers, resort owners and agents selling expensive properties throughout Asia, are adding cutting-edge, digital media to their arsenal in the battle for buyer attention. Just as a picture was once worth a thousand words, they now believe that digital ‘fly through voyages’ and 360-degree camera trips around their properties will be more convincing than static, albeit luscious, colour photography. The Puravarna luxury villa development overlooking Rawai Bay, launched a breathtaking campaign even before the development was breaking ground. They bombarded their target audience of high net-worth retirees and holiday-homers around Asia, with a barrage of lavish marketing material, including the more conventional printed brochures and plans in a boxed ‘by invitation’ set.
Phukey has advantages that other asian locations do not
(2008-11-14 13:34:20)
INTEREST in the Phuket property market has increased in recent weeks despite the troubled financial markets as savvy, cashed up investors focus on Thailand’s most popular island. According to Martin Phillips from Engel & Volkers (Thailand) Ltd, the attraction is simple.
6 Awards were won by local companies at the recent Thailand Property Awards
(2008-11-14 12:29:07)
PHUKET was the big winner at this year’s annual Thailand Property Awards, which were announced at a lavish gala dinner at the Conrad Hotel in Bangkok earlier this month. The Thailand Property Awards, now in their third year, saw a record turnout for the dinner, with more than 550 real estate and business executives representing more than 92 companies keen to see who won this year’s 21 awards. The large group of Thailand’s major movers and shakers in the property market included developers from Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui, Hua Hin and Bangkok.
Developing Islands
Property developers look across Phang Nga Bay for new project opportunities
(2008-10-29 14:59:23)
Phang Nga Bay is a miracle of nature, a special place created by master storytellers. Soaring pinnacles of limestone karsts and beach-rimmed mountainous islands set the scene for a Tolkien inspired folktale that draws many visitors and residents to fall effortlessly en rapture with the surreal beauty and timelessness of the region. French impressionist Claude Monet was one of the first advocates of en plein air — the style of outdoor painting — and he would have been in his own personal heaven in Phang Nga Bay, where sunrise and sunset turn the surreal into fantasy. With over 100 islands in the bay of Phang Nga, fringed by Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Trang provinces, the region is famed for breathtaking views and diverse natural ecosystems.
(2008-10-29 14:57:30)
There are a few different ways you can go about dividing land that you would like own in Thailand. You may find a plot of land with a land owner willing to sell you a smaller plot to build a house. Many people purchase a large plot and later decide to subdivide the land and sell it off in smaller parcels. The first step in the land dividing process is to make sure there are no outstanding loans or liens on the land. Usually, but not always, any lien or loan on the land title will be listed on the back of the land title. This should be checked at the local land office. Make sure you have the latest copy of the land title. It is always wise to double check the land at the subdistrict office, too.
Formula for Serenity
Raikkonen joins launch party for showcase Rawai villas
(2008-10-17 16:45:06)
Final stages of construction are under way at one of the most eagerly anticipated five star luxury developments in Phuket. The 52 unit $26 million Outrigger Serenity Terraces Resort in Rawai ushers in yet another major player in hospitality management to the shores of the south coast. With the imminent arrival of the Four Seasons Hotel, the established Evason in a 5km to the Friendship Beach area of Rawai, this once sleepy expat retreat is fast evolving into a sought-after haven from developers and investors. Punctuating this point is news that Formula One reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen has purchased a 279sqm beach front loft villa at Serenity Terraces Resort due to open April 2009. Speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony of phase one of the project, on 4 October, Raikkonen announced to real estate agents, fellow purchasers and developers: “I’m pretty sure that I made the right decision, and I’m also very impressed with the whole progress of Serenity Terraces. It’s been a while since I’ve been in Phuket, and I’d forgotten how beautiful it is. I’m definitely going to enjoy more holidays with my family and friends whenever I have the chance.”
Rare Resort
Langham Hotels announces first resort development for Kalim
(2008-10-17 16:42:58)
Langham Hotels International is launching Langham Place Miora Resort and Spa, the first branded hotel at Kalim Bay, Phuket. Scheduled to open in early 2010, it will offer luxury hotel services with fine views of the Andaman Sea. Andrew Jessop, Vice President of Langham Hotels International (Thailand), says the new boutique hotel is the first of five developments the group plans to establish in Thailand over the next five years. Langham Place Miora Resort and Spa presents 78 luxury villas and a penthouse on peaceful Kalim Bay. The hotel was designed by Clint Nagata, a famous Hawaiian-American architect associated with Blink Company, Bangkok. The development is set on a prominent point, providing spectacular views from every villa and combining a sense of privacy and peace in spectacular natural surrounds with contemporary interior design suitable for modern lifestyles.