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Exclusive Interview


Living News


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Industry Insider


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Featuring stunning homes for sale throughout the kingdom.

Business Directory


Your guide for property and leisure related services.

Soammaphat Traisorat, CEO of TCC Capital Land, introduces luxury golf condominium, North Park Place, Bangkok. For the latest property market news, leisure activities and education updates from around Thailand.

We have the inside story from leading commentators in Bangkok on foreign ownership of property and business. Follow Tropical Living to the latest property and lifestyle events around the world.

Edwin and Edith Ho of Starship Yachts share their passion for boating and dispel some industry myths.

As the yachting world gathers in Phuket, we present the top four marinas on the island.

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The Estates,

Koh Samui

Trisara Residential Villas, Phuket

Lakewood Country Club Residence,

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Hilltop Hideaway


Architectural Adventure

Samut Prakarn

Living Style Living Designer

Living Gadgets

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Read how UK furniture designer Tom Dixon went from welding to a worldwide brand. Another industry first from revolutionary lighting control manufacturer Lutron Electronics. Light up your living space with the beautiful candles from Oriental Wicks. Bring the natural look to your home with handmade wooden furniture and flooring.

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Welcome to the seventh edition of PIMEX, Phuket’s prestigious boat show at the Royal Phuket Marina. Koh Samui has more to offer than stunning beaches, as we sample the delicious food at Top Ten Restaurant.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW STORY : Pattamaporn Kittipanachol IMAGES : Courtesy of TCC Capital Land PHOTOGRAPHY : Chavalit Kamolthammanon


CEO, TCC Capital Land Soammaphat ‘Tor’ Traisorat currently heads TCC Capital Land Limited, a joint-venture company formed between CapitaLand Group, Singapore’s real estate colossus and one of Asia’s largest companies, and TCC Land, the property arm of TCC Group, one of Thailand’s biggest conglomerates and landowners, and has played a key role in making the company within a few years into a well-regarded industry player. Yet the cheerful CEO and MD is modest, and did not mention that his company made waves at the Thailand Property Awards 2009, by winning the coveted ‘Best Developer’ Award and ‘Best Housing Development Bangkok’ for The Royal Residence. 13

A decade ago, “TCC Group focused on its beverage business and neglected its property holdings purchased after the 1997 financial crisis, such as the Imperial Hotels Group, Plaza Athenee, North Park, and Pantip Plaza,” Tor recounts. “I worked at Merrill Lynch Hong Kong before returning to Thailand in 2002 to help TCC Group establish a property fund. To generate more income from these assets, we sought a joint-venture.” Their timing could not be more fortuitous. The Thai government had hoped to strengthen economic relations with Singapore, and both governments endorsed the venture.

Strong Support

“Our first project, Athenee Residence on Wireless Road, was launched in December 2004. We were unknown, so we leveraged

Established at the end of 2003 and targeting only


on the reputation of our parent companies to attract agents and

residential projects in Thailand, TCC Capital Land

architects.” CapitaLand’s “ample experience in project management

had only three founding members: Chen Lian Pang,

systems, tendering processes, hiring staff and quantity surveyors,

a CEO from Singapore, Wallapa Traisorat, daughter

purchasing, payment and monitoring processes was transferred

of Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi and Tor’s wife as

wholesale, including hiring contractors to build our projects on a turnkey

director, and Tor as deputy CEO. By the end of the

basis. Our strength was in contacting government officials, navigating

first year, the team had grown tenfold.

approval processes, and negotiating financial terms with banks.”

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“In 2004, we also began planning Villa Rachakhru and

working style is more democratic. “I like to encourage my

The Royal Residence” followed by projects like The Empire

team to think of new ideas and implement them so they can

Place and The Emporio Place, which offered new things like

take pride in their work. I do not shoot ideas down; I tell them

‘standard popular units’ of avant garde designs that make

to return to the drawing board.”

the most of each location. For instance, we were the first to sell one-bedroom duplex units. At North Park Place, every unit

Kind as he is, Tor is “a very hands-on person. I’m involved in

has a spacious terrace so residents can enjoy the outdoors.

every single project because I’m an architect by training.”

Our Place projects are priced between THB 90,000 – 100,000

It was then, we learn that Tor studied architecture at Silpakorn

per sq m while the Villa range in Ratchatewi, Sathorn, and

University and has two Master’s degrees: in urban economics

Asoke are priced at THB 70,000 – 80,000 per sq m.”

from the London School of Economics, and in land economy from Cambridge University. When combined with his years of

Personal Touch

working in private equity investment, Tor’s experience was fully brought to bear in his role. “My work requires a lot of


At TCC Capital Land, cultural differences are transcended

investment analysis, but when clients bring in their Feng Shui

by Board approval for all decisions. In contrast, Tor’s personal

masters and want adjustments, I can sketch it immediately.”

In his free time, Tor enjoys golf but this doting father of two boys and two girls ranging in age from seven to nearly one-and-a-half years old concedes that he usually spends most of his free time with his children. He adds with a big laugh that “we’re expecting our fifth child next year.”

Looking Ahead “We are in the business for the long-term and we will keep on having new businesses in the pipeline. Even if the economy dips, we will continue to launch two to three new projects; if the economy improves, we will increase it to four or five projects.” 2010 will be busy for Tor with the handover of several completed residential projects, and showcasing a few brand new projects.

North Park Place

The glass-fronted 17 storey building at the edge of the neatly manicured, exclusive Rajpruek Golf Course

“People who see the value of this place will like it a lot.

dotted with mature trees over more than 200 rai is

This 130 unit structure targets a niche market. It offers a luxurious

bordered by four main roads, Vibhavadi - Rangsit,

lifestyle surrounded by a wide expanse of greenery and easy

Prachachuen, Ngamwongwan, and Chaeng

access to top sports facilities. We sell the health benefits

Wattana, makes commutes a breeze.

gained from enjoying natural fresh breezes, a great view and outstanding sports facilities at Rajpruek Sports Club, Thailand’s


“Our design concept is ‘inside-out’; we want people

biggest private sports complex. Homeowners will find the view

to enjoy the view from the inside. That is why rooms

spectacular, and can easily exercise before work. Investors will

and units are large and airy, and all the terraces are

easily find tenants whose children attend international schools

wrapped by glass railings for an unobstructed view.”

nearby. For golfers, this is also the closest standard 72 par golf

A 240 sq m unit has just two bedrooms, while

course, a mere 20 minutes from the city centre.”

one-bedroom units are 112 – 152 sq m. “The building

Home Buying Tips Tor’s advice for first-time buyers, is that “because Thailand was not directly affected by the international financial crisis and prices are starting to hike up with the improving economy, this is a good time to make your selection on the basis of: location, a good fit for your lifestyle needs, which includes the project’s concept, the developer’s reputation, trustworthiness, and their ability to maintain the property over time. We have TCC Capital Land’s ‘Smart Property’ team managing all our properties.”

TCC Group’s Property Holdings TCC Capital Land at times purchased land from TCC Land’s extensive holdings. At the same time, this collaboration created exposure for TCC Land’s own businesses in which Tor also played a role, especially in laying out the concept, design and devising ways in generating investment returns. New hotels, like Le Méridien Surawong and Chiang Mai were created, and Banyan Tree Samui will be launched in 2010. With their strength in IT retail centres, they have modernised to build Digital Gateway at Siam Square which boasts the only stand-alone iStudio in Bangkok and the largest Oakley boutique in Asia. Next up is an eight rai Gateway, aimed at teenagers, in front of Ekamai BTS filled with IT retailers, educational institutes, and a large food centre.” With his young family, Tor has not been able to inspect TCC Land’s foreign hotel portfolio in New Zealand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Australia. “Now I choose to focus on Bangkok-based residential projects first as the hotel management companies like Hyatt, Marriott, Intercontinental, Westin, and Accor already run each property.”

has single-loaded corridors with all units facing the

In Q1 2010, the project will be officially opened, though

golf course, in the east. The rear which faces west will

50% of the units including all the penthouses have been

be used as a service corridor,” surrounding the 40 metre

sold. “We want potential buyers to actually visit each unit

long pool. There are also key card accessible private

to see which view they prefer,” Tor says. Remaining units

lifts for each unit, which come up directly from the

are priced from THB 9.9 million.

basement parking lots. With a wealth of facilities, and a design that enhances “Rajpruek members can opt to purchase a fully

its verdant location, this award-winning project which

decorated unit with custom designed furniture, in lieu of

nabbed CNBC International Property Awards 2008 for

right-to-use golf course. For non-members, membership

Thailand Best Golf Development (five-star award), may

tenure depends on the unit size, with up to 15 years granted

well be an ideal home for sports-loving families.

to two-bedroom duplex and penthouse units, coinciding with the expiration of Rajpruek’s original leasehold.”


LIVING NEWS Compiled by Rachel Williams


Delegates See Market

Engel & Völkers Launch Flagship Bangkok Head Office

Peter and Duangjai Kraus, has now been granted the master license for the whole of Thailand and plan to open some 12-15 property shops over the next four to five years.

Improvement G


elegates attending the fourth edition of MIPIM Asia, the world’s property market in Asia-Pacific, said they were more optimistic about the state of the property market compared to the same time last year, according to an independent survey carried out at the event. The survey, conducted by researchers from Wisconsin University and the HKUST Business School, was presented during the MIPIM Asia closing conference. 72% of MIPIM Asia attendees reported that they felt more optimistic about the state of real estate. In particular, they noted that there are strong perspectives for economic development in China and Southeast Asia and that capital flows are now much stronger than in 2008. The survey coincided with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Q3 Global Commercial Property Report, presented at MIPIM Asia. The RICS Report noted that capital values are expected to increase in Hong Kong, South Korea, China and India. RICS Hong Kong vice chairman, David Faulkner commented: “The rebound in Asian economies is clearly being reflected in more positive responses to both rental and capital value expectations throughout the region.”

erman based group, Engel & Völkers, one of the leading European real estate companies, marks another important milestone in its development and growth, by launching its new head office in Thonglor Soi 3, downtown Bangkok.

“We have always seen Bangkok as a very competitive market, especially in the luxury section. Over the years, many projects have been built and there are regularly, new projects emerging. I am delighted to say that we are now ready for the challenge,” said Duangjai Kraus, executive chairman of Double 8 Realty and Engel & Völkers Thailand.

This brand new office is marked as E&V Thailand’s first flagship shop in Bangkok, following the success of its operation in Hua Hin and Phuket. The new shop’s portfolio already includes a wide range of top quality and luxury properties in the country, and also offers clients premium properties from its global network. Double 8 Realty, owned by

New Personal Luxury Club at lebua State Tower T

wo exclusive clubs dedicated to luxury service have launched at lebua at State

Tower, Bangkok’s five star all-suite hotel. Tower Club at lebua provides guests with exclusive complimentary privileges on the penthouse floors, and for elite business leaders, the Seven Society has been created - an invite only, exclusive circle for movers and shakers in business. Members of the Tower Club receive dedicated VIP reservations

and concierge services in the hotel’s exclusive lounge and each night a selection of drinks and canapés prepared by lebua’s finest international chefs are served. The Seven Society provides complimentary access to the new Tower Club lounge, guaranteed room reservation and up-grade to the Tower Club and guaranteed reservations at The DOME restaurants.

Worldwide event calendar



Tropical Living magazine promotes Thai property, interiors and lifestyle around the world through these select events and trade shows, putting thousands of magazines in the hands of qualified investors, home buyers and industry professionals with an interest in Thailand. Make yourself visible on the property radar, promote your business worldwide through Tropical Living magazine.

January 7–10 PIMEX Royal Phuket Marina, Phuket

PIMEX 2010 is a marine and lifestyle exhibition held at the Royal Phuket Marina Exhibition and Conference centre, with 2,500 sq m of air conditioned display space adjacent to the marina basin, with over 40 yachts in the water.

January 8-10 The Royal Trophy Golf Tournament Amata Spring Country Club, Bangkok



The 2010 Royal Trophy sees Asia v’s Europe in the fourth edition of this esteemed golfing event. The principal award is stewardship of the solid-silver 16 kg trophy graciously donated by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

February 2-4 International Property Show Dubai International Exhibition Centre The International Property Show, Dubai, is the biggest transactional property exhibition in the region, and draws more than 10,000 visitors to each event where substantial property deals take place among developers, real estate companies and investors.

March 5-7 Architect Taksin 2010 Central Festival, Phuket The most effective way to present your top of the line high architectural technology, building products, materials, equipment and related service to southern Thailand.

March 23-24 Malaysian Land & Property Law Conference JW Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Land and Property Law 2010 Congress, offers the latest development in land use policies, financing and investment opportunities, critical issues related to new legislations and recommendations to avoid unforeseen violation of laws in land administration.

March 27-28 SMART Investment & International Property Expo SUNTEC, Singapore SMART expo is one of the longest running expos of its kind in Asia, where the organisers proactively generate potential buyers and investors for its exhibitors, through a well thought plan that benefits the whole industry.


Panel Discussion

Foreign Ownership of Land Legal restrictions on the foreign ownership of land and businesses in Thailand are unlikely to be eased anytime soon, but failing to liberalise legislation will hamper the country’s long-term economic development, experts say.

At a recent event held at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Bangkok, leading commentators gathered to discuss the subject of foreign ownership and investment in Thailand. Tropical Living’s Greg Lowe was there to report on the experts’ view.

Tarnished Image remain relatively sound, increased political

existing laws by using nominee

The speakers were:

and regulatory risk have tarnished the country’s

companies. These are firms where

image at a time when foreign capital is

Thai shareholders are paid to be

becoming increasingly scare and fickle,

silent partners or to act in the benefit

experts said speaking at a panel discussion.

of the foreign owner while retaining

Nandor von der Luehe, chairman of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand

Dr Supavud Saicheua,

Some people try to circumvent

no power in the firm themselves. The 1999 Foreign Business Act and the

managing director, head of research, Phatra Securities

1972 Land Act are the two main laws that prevent most foreigners from owning land,

– a recent study by the Thailand

Dr Deunden Nikomborirak,

businesses and property outright. Maximum

Research Fund revealed that 90%

foreign stakes are capped at 49%, the

of beachfront property in Phuket

remaining 51% must be owned by Thais.

was owned by foreigners through

research director at the Thailand Development Research Institute. Dr Duenden specialises in institutional economics encompassing competition law, sectoral regulation, corporate governance and international trade and investment regimes. She was briefly secretary to the Minister of Finance during General Surayud government and is currently advisor on the BOI board and member of subcommittee on anti-corruption concerning economic issues in the National Anti-Corruption Committee.


While Thailand’s underlying fundamentals

Legal Loophole

Despite their widespread use

Thai proxies – and the fact that many Foreigners can purchase condominium

people believe nominee companies

units, as long as they own no more than 49%

exploit a legal loophole, they are in

of a project’s saleable space. Non-Thais can

fact completely illegal and proscribed

also purchase leaseholds of up to a maximum

by both the FBA and the Land Act.

30 years. While some sectors, such as agriculture, fisheries and services, effectively

“Thailand has never accepted

bar participation from foreign firms, the Board

nominee companies as legal entities

of Investment and other mechanisms can be

and the Joint Foreign Chambers of

used to bypass the FBA.

Commerce does not support the use

of such firms locally,” said Nandor von

For these reasons the JFCCT is

trade without allowing foreign

der Luehe, chairman of the JFCCT,

lobbying the government to extend the

investors and businesses more

which represents 30 foreign chambers

maximum leasehold for foreigners to at

freedom to operate in Thailand.

and business associations comprised of

least 60 years as a first important step

some 9,000-plus companies that employ

towards liberalisation.

about two million people in Thailand.

so well at exports is because the “This requires only an adjustment

But despite the proliferation of

“The reason why Thailand does foreign capital which drives those

of existing regulations, which the

exports is much more efficient than

nominee firms experts are hard pressed

government can do by itself,” said

Thai capital,” he said. Conversely,

to come up with a single case where

Nandor. “Allowing foreigners to

the local agricultural industry’s

either the foreign or Thai parties of such

actually own land would require

reliance on Thai capital is the

an entity have been prosecuted for

changing the law which would need

reason why it so inefficient.

their actions.

parliamentary approval.”

Crackdown Campaign

Investment Sentiment

Insincere Intentions “That is probably why our land

The gulf between regulation and

The restrictive operational

productivity is the worst in the

enforcement is caused in many ways

environment for foreign businesses,

world, in terms of yield per acre.”

by the pragmatism of state officials

several years of political turmoil and

Free trade agreements are unlikely

and legal authorities. They know that

a recent increase of regulatory risk

to bring about much change, even

any campaign that cracked down on the

has dealt a severe blow to investor

the much-touted Asean Free Trade

practice and successfully prosecuted

sentiment, said Supavud Saicheua.

Agreement, said Dr Deunden.

foreign business people and property owners for using Thai proxies would

“I don’t think the intention The court ruling earlier this year

(of Asean members) is sincere,”

have a “devastating” effect on foreign

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she said, adding that when you

investment in Thailand, said

industrial projects worth a combined

get down into the detail and

Dr Deunden Nikomborirak.

investment of THB 400 billion, or about

exemptions of the specific

5% of gross domestic product, in

agreements numerous barriers

Rayong’s Map Ta Phut industrial zone

are erected that effectively block

wary of easing such laws and interfering

could drag up to 0.4 percentage points

foreign firms from operating locally.

with the vested interests of the Thai

of GDP over the next several years

private sector, powerful landlords and

and force foreign firms to make their

agricultural monopolies. “The political

investments elsewhere in the region,

banking system and the excess

cost [of liberalisation] is too great for the

he said.

liquidity in the Thai economy,

On the other hand, politicians are

politicians to risk,” Dr Deunden said.

Dr Supavud said the main driver “If Thailand wants to abandon

The issue of land ownership is a

Given the strength of the local

of liberalisation will likely be

industrialisation as its model for

Thai firms losing their capital in

highly sensitive one, as can be seen by

development I want to know what

overseas investments.

recent reports in the media of foreign

it is going to be replaced with,”

business people using Thai proxies

Dr Supavud said.

to buy up agricultural land in central Thailand and the increased tensions

“We need more Thai companies to look at ventures abroad and lose

He said it is difficult to know how

their money and savings, then they

with Cambodia over the listing of Preah

Thailand can move away from its

will need to open up to foreign

Vihear temple as a World Heritage site.

dependency on exports and foreign

capital at home,” he said.


INDUSTRY INSIDER STORY : Rachel Williams PHOTOGRAPHY : Randy Tse IMAGES : Courtesy of Starship Yachts


E Edwin and Edith




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of the Yachting World

Edwin and Edith Ho are yachting enthusiasts that love nothing more than spending family time together with their three children, on the waters of both Europe and Asia. Since their affair with yachting began, the entrepreneurial couple opened a successful dealership business, Starship Yachts in 1993, which featured in Tropical Living in April 2009, where they introduced us to their top range of branded yachts from Italy. Almost one year on, the couple have continued with their success, and introduced another leading brand Numarine, to their portfolio. We catch up with them at the Hong Kong International Boat Show to discuss their yachting lifestyle and dispel some myths about the industry.


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You’re obviously both very passionate about yachting, how and when did this passion begin? “By accident really. We used to have a restaurant in


What boats do your own? Where do you keep them? “Okay, we don’t want to reveal too much

France, in Cannes on the French Riviera in a marina and got

but we have a Cranchi in Cannes and a Cobalt

to know many boat owners, captains, guests and shipyard

boat in Phuket. Both are great for family outings

owners. We got interested and got into boating ourselves.

and easy to just hop on and hop off. We are

We enjoy the magic of getting away from it all, even if it is

thinking of something larger in Hong Kong as the

for a few hours, it is so relaxing and even holistic, especially

family has grown and we would like to spend

in a city as hectic as Hong Kong.”

more time at sea.”

How often do you get to go out on the water for leisure? “In France, everyday as each day is gorgeous and glorious. In Asia, we are more dependant on the weather and workload. In Asia our favourite spots to visit are definitely the islands nearby Phuket for snorkelling, and in Hong Kong, just to escape the madness of it all, the beautiful quiet moorings in Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay area.”

Starship Yachts started 15 years ago with the aim of introducing new yacht brands to the Hong Kong market, with the philosophy of offering something for everyone. Are you still the only dealer to offer such a wider range of boats in Hong Kong? “I think we are…probably, and we like

You have since expanded to offer services in Phuket, Singapore, China and Malaysia, tell me more about the services you provide at these locations.

Have you seen a shift in buying behaviour since the crisis? Eg are smaller boats, that hold less fixed costs such as crew/ berth / fuel, proving more popular?

“Hong Kong is still the main hub

“On the contrary, bigger and bigger.”

for boating today in Asia. We feel very strongly about the possibilities in Phuket and therefore we provide, charter services, yacht management and have an office that handles sales. We feel all the ingredients are

We heard that some Italian brand manufacturers are offering a 40% discount for buying direct from the factory. What is your reaction to this?

there, natural beauty, the cruising destinations are within easy reach, the

“This is only a temporary

weather and the infrastructure. Now,

phenomenon and in fact, it will

it’s all a matter of waiting for the right

not be beneficial for buyers in the

time to see further growth there. As

near term as right now, because of

for the other locations, we have a

the world’s crisis situation, some of the

support network with representatives

major shipyards from the UK and Italy

in those countries.”

have vast stocks on their hands which they have to dump at whatever cost

You must have visited Phuket many times, how would you describe the lifestyle on the island? “Beautiful, trashy and super sophis-

to think of ourselves as a Harvey Nichols

ticated at the same time, but to fully

or Harrods where you find a vast array of

enjoy Phuket you definitely need a

nice, luxurious and speciality products.”

boat. A weird mix of Ibiza and St.Tropez if you like.”

in order to save their cashflow. However, once the rough patch is over and we get back to normal prices and discount levels, the buyers will, if they want to trade-in, only get a fraction of the actual re-valued boat. For secondary sales it may be better, but again, it’s not a win-win situation for anyone right now.”


Several manufacturers have gone into receivership since the crisis began, do you think the yacht market is prone to the same troubles as the property market, considering the similar reliance on the banking system? “Most certainly and some of the big players are feeling the pinch as they are backed up by financial institutions that do not necessarily understand the intricacies of the yachting world and demand good balance sheets.”

If this is the case, how do you see the future of the industry progressing? Eg do you think boat prices with come down? “No, and they will never. It’s just like

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cars, every year, they go up.”


The boating industry seems to follow the car industry in many respects, both good and bad. Do you see any signs of powerboats becoming more fuel efficient and cleaner in the future? Are boat manufacturers applying ‘green standards’? “Yes, indeed and the industry understands the need and the urgency to go green. We are proud to say that one of our shipyards, ISA from Ancona, Italy - builders of mega yachts 120’ and above - are already using mixed energy fuel with electricity very successfully.”

Boats, cars and (second) houses seem to have in common that people like to up-grade in size over a short period of time. Where property usually stands a good chance to appreciate in value

and cars seem to be vulnerable to massive depreciation (a few brands and models excluded), how do boat prices in general react over a period of say three years? “You know, it’s a very strange thing. Owners always want to get the price they paid for their boat. It may be two, three or four years after they’ve purchased. It seems to be a fixation! Anyway, in reality, we always deal on a case-by-case basis. It all really depends on how keen seller is and how much buyer is willing to offer so, to sum it up, there is no rule of thumb. However, to be fair to both buyers and sellers, we professional brokers apply the industry’s 10% depreciation per annum depending on the condition of the boat.”

The rule of thumb that a boat costs about 10% of its purchase value to maintain per year is widely used in Europe, how does this hold up for Asia? “Not applicable in Hong Kong, land of extravaganza! But otherwise, yes.”

Europe seems to run out of available berths due to environmental restrictions on new marinas. Does this put Asia at an advantage to attract boats?

We are already there in Hong Kong too. No more berths! It is a major factor that is affecting sales as well. Is Asia at an advantage - no, not at all. You are talking about two very different markets and if European owners want to cruise Asian waters, they will usually charter and vice-versa. More and more Asian boaters are chartering in the Med and some are even keeping yachts there. In fact for the top tier, life has never been better!”

“Not only environmental but from Monaco to Saint-Tropez there is not a single berth available. Owners have to berth their boats in Italy now and ask their captains to pick them up in France.

To meet Edith and Edwin, visit Starship Yachts’ on water display at PIMEX – Phuket’s international boat show from 7-10th January.


PROPERTY PROFILE STORY : Nadia Willan PHOTOGRAPHY : Chavalit Kamolthammanon



Architectural Adventure

An effortlessly eclectic home, with interior living space that flows naturally to embrace the outdoors, just a few steps from one of the most renowned golf courses in Bangkok.



akewood Country Club in Samut Prakarn, in the suburbs of Bangkok is an oasis. Acres of rolling hills and smooth golfing greens, blend with unique properties dotted throughout the landscape. Hidden amongst this beautiful natural setting,

one of the exclusive 150 homes at the club is on the market, suitable for families looking for a country retreat or holiday home, with a lakeside setting that is simply stunning. Just walking around the property is embarking on an adventure in terms of the architecture and design.

Design Blend Designed by award winning Architects 49 Group, the four bedroom residence is sophisticated, homely, architecturally striking and in tune with the natural surroundings – if not part of them. The decor and furnishings mix chic chandeliers with Victorian England chesterfield sofas, along with classic teak wood floors and Qing Dynasty tables. It works well, and utilises space and timeless design with such panache. The flow of the rooms and the architectural details are so inviting that this lakeside property becomes more of a living space than a building.


The ground floor rooms seamlessly join with a central square of glass panels, which reveal a large Leelawadee tree romantically growing through the centre of the home. The base of the tree is surrounded by a pond home to koi carp, which continues to flow outside towards the pool area. The generous ceiling height allows for a wonderful view of the outside world through the floor to ceiling glass windows.

Social Setting The spacious dining room is equipped with a bar and grand dining table that can seat up to 12 guests, as well as a classic collection of large comfortable chairs and sofas to enjoy a before or after dinner soiree. This area is perfect for entertaining. The Ralph Lauren purple velvet couch gives the whole room a decadent and luxurious aura. All the rooms, in fact, immediately make you feel like you are in a special place that encourages you to feel at home and be casual. This is the true essence of a holiday home. The lounge area to the left of the Leelawadee tree, welcomes you with luxury leather seating to enjoy the large screen television, and the impressive Japanese Kawai piano in the corner. It’s easy to imagine the room full of guests enjoying the timeless entertainment of the piano strokes. The open space travels around to the chic designer kitchen with a central cooking area equipped with Siematic appliances. The


refrigerator and storage areas are hidden behind

cooling system is equipped with movement sensors adding to

smooth, sleek doors. On the other side of the stylish,

the effortless flow of movement and life in the house. The sunlight

stainless steel cooking island is yet another relaxed

filtering in is naturally monitored with huge teak panels outside

seating area, ideal for friends to spend time with the

the windows, which swivel to provide just the right amount of light

host, while they rustle up some delicious food. There

at any time of the day.

is a second, more functional kitchen near to the maids quarters, which can be used for preparing everyday meals.

From the upper floor, an outside walkway links to a second building which enters into a well-equipped gym with a wall of pure glass looking out over the green of the course and the

Hi-Tech Facilities An elevator travels upstairs where the four bedrooms are well appointed with large wonderful sleigh beds, art deco lamps and antique Iranian rugs, which give an exotic and old-fashioned air amongst the modern, designer touches. Each double, ensuite bedroom has a spacious wooden verandah, huge wooden doors and high ceilings which reach nearly four metres. The hand crafted, natural slate tiles line the walls, and with storage space hidden in wall panels and cupboards, there is an ease to living here. The clever centrally controlled lighting and

pool below. The view from every angle of this property has been thought out with an appreciation of nature and design. At every turn a wonderful vista or scene is revealed and the house is elevated beyond being elegant and luxurious to being a unique, artistic creation.

anyone relaxing on the decks in what seems like a secret garden. What a treasure it is to walk through the gate and come across this creative and stunning home. The deck walkway passes the pond, studded with exotic flowers, to the eco friendly ozone swimming pool. At 25 x 7 metres, the long streak of blue which runs along the side of the house, appears so much more glamorous and inviting, than the classic rectangular or round pools. The swimming pool and the main water system in the house, use ozone technology for purification, which is an environmentally friendly system that provides a sustainable living solution. The gardens are a delight with seating hidden throughout and an orchard of tamarind, guava and coconut palms amongst the many more exotic fruits. There are a great number of rare rain-forest trees that have been planted around the house, as well as many types of flowers that have been carefully selected to provide a natural aroma that cycles throughout each season.

Tranquil Lifestyle Below the gym on the ground floor, is a guest room overlooking the pool, which has its own kitchenette

Looking around this extravagant but

and bathroom facilities. A further flight of steps down,

functional property you can almost hear a

leads underground to an almost hidden room with no

family coming in from a lovely walk in the

windows, which is a stark contrast to the rest of the

countryside after a big lunch in one of the

house. This is home to a huge plasma screen TV and

sumptuous dining areas, kicking off their

reclining soft leather chairs. The sound proofed home

shoes before descending on a comfortable

cinema is brimming with high tech audio and visual

sofa each to read and listen to music, on a

technology for the full movie experience.

relaxed Sunday afternoon.

Natural Ambience Surrounding all the rooms on the ground floor are the glass walls and doors which look out to the wooden deck. The teak floors of the interiors appear to blend seamlessly with the decking outside. There is nothing claustrophobic or hemmed in. For all the openness of the space, there is also a strong sense of being able to escape and have some time alone. The property sits next to a lake and is virtually hidden by the landscaped gardens which shields

The property sits on four rai of land, with an total interior space of 1,100 sq m, and ample covered car parking for six cars. Owners can enjoy full membership to the 27 hole, international Lakewood Golf Course. The gorgeous antique and Ralph Lauren Collection furniture can also be included, subject to negotiation. The price is available upon application. For more information contact sales agent CB Richard Ellis, telephone +66(0)2 654 1111.


PROPERTY PROFILE STORY : Marie Moon PHOTOGRAPHY : Nakarin Banjerdjin IMAGES : Courtesy of Trisara

Let’s be candid, Trisara is not your typical Phuket resort – it’s what all other resorts want to be. Although only relatively young, this multi-award winning residential resort is already the crème de la crème of luxury Phuket accommodation. At Trisara your ‘hotel room’ is nothing but an opulent ocean-front pool villa with a private cook and maid. At this ‘hotel’ the GM welcomes each guest with a hand-written note; a luxurious massage is performed by not one or two, but three therapists; private dining is available at any time of day; daytrips are taken aboard private yachts or helicopter. No, Trisara is definitely not your typical Phuket destination.

Extraordinary TRIS a R a 52




he exceptional 40-acre ocean-front site boasts 1.2 km of stunning coastline encompassing two headlands, a crescent bay and a pristine, palm-lined reef-fringed beach. Views are breathtaking out over the Andaman Sea; the spectacular Phuket sunset is a daily bonus.

Essentially Trisara consists of the 39 ocean-front or ocean-view pool villas which make up the five-star Trisara hotel, plus 28 extraordinary private residences ranging from two to five bedrooms all with large swimming pools, spacious tropical gardens, separate luxury living and dining pavilions. All hotel and privately owned properties enjoy panoramic sea views and unlimited access to the full range of five-star Trisara services and amenities.

Only a Handful Remaining Now five years since its conception in 2004, all building work is complete, with the final touches going on the last private residences. So sought after are these villas as investment properties, all but a handful have been sold. Here’s why. The owners of Trisara property are lucky folk; they get to enjoy their amazing ocean-front villas and the plethora of top-notch hotel services and facilities whenever they like. While in residence their personal cooks and maids see to all their needs and in the owner’s absence the villa is expertly maintained. Additionally when the owner is not in residence the villa can become available to Trisara hotel guests and these guests involve the very high-end market including celebrities, high-ranking officials and dignitaries. For the privilege of renting your villa to their guests, Trisara management take only a small fee.


General manager, Anthony Lark explained the incentive-based management fee: “It’s geared heavily towards the villa owner rather than us because I know that when someone stays in your villa they’re going to visit my spa and my restaurants, they’ll rent my cars, drink at my bar; all of the facilities of the hotel are at their disposal.”

Room to Move “Essentially we had 40 acres of land, but we only needed 15 to build the hotel, so we sold 28 privately owned residences to people who mostly live overseas. It’s a very similar concept to what we did when we opened the Amanpuri. In other words I sell you a villa on some of the 1.2 km of ocean frontage that we have here, you come and go as you please and we manage your villa all year long in terms of maintenance, housekeeping, landscaping, engineering, everything.”

Trisara villas have been rented for gala corporate dinners, special anniversaries and perfect tropical weddings. “We have beautiful, beautiful weddings in these villas. It’s because of the privacy and the ocean views. The sunset behind the marriage, in the tropics with all the white flowers, you can imagine what we can do here.” While the hotel villas are remarkable with one or two bedrooms and either direct ocean-frontage, or at the bare minimum, a spectacular sea view, some of the private villas are as Anthony said, “monsters” with up to 7000 sq m on dramatic headland locations. “When we were building the big USD 12 million villas around the northern headland we realised that there were a lot of people who were saying ‘it’s just me and my wife and up to two friends – I don’t need a place that big - I just want one of your hotel rooms.’ So we built a beautiful two-bedroom version of our hotel room and these constituted 75% of the second phase of our private residences. We sold 16 of the 19 villas just like that! We’ve spent this year building, finishing and refining them and we’re just finishing the landscaping on the last five villas now.”


Serving Excellence The facilities and levels of service at Trisara are second to none on Phuket. Basically whatever you can imagine of the tropical island lifestyle is possible. Fancy a private helicopter or yacht charter around Phang-Nga Bay? Decadent spa treatments in an extraordinary ocean-front spa pavillion, intimate private dining, lessons or excursions can be arranged for sailing, diving, golf, tennis, snorkelling, Thai boxing, and yoga with a resident yoga master. The high-tech kids’ club has something for all the young ones from dress up costumes, games and toys to Nintendo Wiis, DVDs and brain teasers. A 110 m floating jetty and swimming pontoon face back to the pure white beach and 45 m salt-chlorinated swimming pool. A library has hundreds of books and DVDs to borrow. All guests are given mini iPods that can be filled with their preference of music. They have just thought of everything! Such excellence has earned the resort a number of accolades; it’s in the top 10 Most Romantic Destinations in the World according to Travel & Leisure, the Best Boutique Hotel in Thailand 2007 by World Travel Awards UK and Condé Nast Traveller readers singled out Trisara twice on it’s Hot List and Hot Spa list. The list goes on as Trisara’s popularity grows and no doubt the resort will be awarded many more honours in years to come. With only a handful of the extraordinary private villas remaining, interested parties should waste no time in inspecting a Trisara residence before they are all snapped up!


LIVING DESIGNER STORY : Rachel Williams IMAGES : Courtesy of Tom Dixon


With a recognised commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry, the Tom Dixon brand is inspired by the unique heritage, the individualistic innovation and the robust, no nonsense engineering of these small islands.

Early Days Born in Tunisia, Tom Dixon moved to England aged four, and spent his school years in London attending Chelsea Art School. Having dropped out after only six months due to a motorbike accident, Dixon spent two years as a musician, playing bass guitar in a disco band, and a further two years in the burgeoning London night club and warehouse party scene. This nocturnal lifestyle left plenty of time in the day to start experimenting with welded structures. Necessary bike maintenance had required welding skills, which a friend supplied in one quick lesson. He is a self-educated maverick whose only qualification is a one-day course in plastic bumper repair.

Creative Salvage The new found welding skills were soon put to work as Dixon explored the decorative and structural potential of recycled materials and industrial scrap: “I was immediately hooked on welding...allowing an instant fusion of one piece of steel to another. It had none of the seriousness of craft and none of the pomposity of design: it was industry. It suited my impatience me the opportunity to build, destroy, adjust and remake structures instantly.�


“Honestly, I can’t remember ever holding an ambition to be a designer. It just slowly came over me as I rejected notions of being an artist or, a craftsman. Even today I prefer the idea of being an industrialist.” By 1994, Dixon had turned his mind to plastics and founded Eurolounge to produce his own designs. The company was formed to manufacture and wholesale an original plastic lighting line. The first product produced by Eurolounge was the ‘Jack light’ which had international acclaim. “Eurolounge was born of a conviction that it was still possible to manufacture industrially in the UK. This time we were going to play the Italians and Japanese at their own game!”

It wasn’t long before Dixon’s sculptural objects began to get recognition and commissions and exhibitions followed. “I made things just for the pleasure of making them. It was only when people started to buy that I realised I had hit on a form of alchemy...I could turn a pile of scrap metal into gold.”

Italian Interest As Dixon’s international reputation grew, he was approached by Italian furniture design company, Cappellini. He began to be taken seriously on the international stage as Cappellini worked to put some of his designs into major production. The ‘S’ chair made Tom Dixon’s name, evolving from prototypes of his early days. Launched by Cappellini with a vibrant felt upholstered covering in 1989, the ‘S’ chair quickly reached iconic like status and now has a permanent place in the Museum of Modern Art, New York.


Retail Recognition Tom Dixon’s appointment as head of

The Brand is Born In 2002 Tom and David Beggs

the UK design studio at the furniture

established Tom Dixon, a British

retailer Habitat in 1998 was considered

design and manufacturing company

controversial. He came from a

of lighting and furniture. Tom Dixon

self-employed background instead of

also collaborated with Proventus,

a corporate culture and was never

the Swedish-based private

considered ‘establishment’. Tom led Sir

investment company, to create

Terence Conran’s company through its

Design Research.

biggest makeover and quickly won recognition by becoming head of

Tom Dixon exhibits at major design

international design in 1999 and creative

venues and exhibitions worldwide

director in 2001 before his departure in

and has launched iconic designs

2008. Dixon’s furniture had always been

such as Mirror Ball, Copper Shade,

elitist, even though this had never been his

Rubber Band chair, Fresh Fat

intention. Habitat, as a major international

Plastic, Wire Series and Beat light.

outlet, fulfilled a lifetime ambition to make

Tom Dixon’s products have been

good design available to everyone.

acquired by world’s most famous museums and are now in permanent collections across the globe from the Victoria and Albert Museum through to Museums in New York, Boston, Paris and Tokyo. Tom Dixon was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2001. Recent accolades include winning Designer of the Year 2008, from Architektur and Wohnen Magazine. The brand launches new collections annually at the Milan international furniture fair and products are sold across 52 countries including Thailand.


STYLE NEWS Compiled by Rachel Williams

Bang & Olufsen’s Biggest Picture Experience Bang & Olufsen takes a quantum leap towards the ultimate flat screen TV. Not only is it one of the biggest TVs on the market, it is also the only giant TV to come with a stand that can lift the TV at the touch of a button and also turn and tilt it to the optimal viewing position.


he BeoVision 4 103 inch plasma TV incorporates state of the art performance with audio, video, magical moving mechanics and intelligent home integration; all completely controlled with the Beo5 remote control. With the launch of the BeoVision 4,

“BeoVision 4 is not only an outstanding top of the range TV; it is also a truly unique product concept. As such, it provides a strong brand statement, and confirms Bang & Olufsen’s position as the world’s leading AV-provider,” said CEO Karl Kristian Hvidt Nielsen. Visit the Aviva Décor showroom, CRC-Tower, All Seasons Place, Bangkok, for more information.


Goes Mobile at The River

First Meridian Concept Store In Bangkok M

eridian, the renowned British manufacturer of state-of-the-art audio and video entertainment systems, has appointed MRD Audio Co., Ltd as its exclusive distributor in Thailand. Together, the two companies are launching the first Meridian Concept store in the world, in the centre of one of the world’s most vibrant and exotic cities, Bangkok. The Meridian concept store is situated in Thailand’s most exclusive shopping complex, Siam Paragon, and will become the flagship demonstration location for the company’s range of products in Asia. The store is designed to fully embrace this philosophy, thanks to an


he unique Gaggenau kitchen mobile showroom is now displaying at The River Promenade until mid February 2010. The Gaggenau mobile showroom is set to travel the globe, following the ‘Gaggenau Comes to Customers’ concept, that began its journey in Thailand. The mobile showroom will offer Gaggenau fans the chance to experience luxurious kitchen appliances without having to go to the actual showroom. A full performance kitchen within a small space of 44 sq m mobile showroom, will be off to Singapore after showing at The River Sales office.

elite team of artists and interior and lighting designers commissioned to develop this exclusive boutique of sound and vision. Graeme Taylor, Meridian’s director of global marketing, explains: “the Meridian concept store marks an important development for Meridian Audio – the first of our concept stores in the world, and in Bangkok – the beating heart of Southeast Asia. This, together with the professionalism, expertise and knowledge of the growing Asian market for luxury electronics that our partner, MRD Audio, brings to this project, make us very confident in making this bold new step.”


STORY : Natasha Buccianti IMAGES : Courtesy of ‘Eating on Samui’ by United Publishing

Koh Samui Top Ten

Koh Samui is not only famous for its laid back vibe, white sandy beaches and friendly people, it’s also making a name for itself in the culinary world, with a number of exceptional chefs now working on the island bringing with them a high quality standard of cuisine and service.


Every month one of the members hosts a lunch at their establishment, often supported by generous sponsorship from food and beverage suppliers eager to showcase their products, and current issues are discussed. Don Lawson, current president of the SCC and executive chef at the Anantara says: “One of the best things about the SCC is being able to catch up with everyone once a month. Steven Van Duyn

Culinary Circle

We all work very long hours here and don’t get to see each other very often so it is wonderful to get together over

Koh Samui is now an island full of restaurants and resorts, and in 1997 the Samui Culinary Circle (SCC) was formed to

lunch. We network of course, but we are also friends.”

create a closer cooperation between food and beverage professionals working in the industry. A


The SCC holds annual competitions such as

non-profit organisation, the SCC is a networking tool for

cooking, fruit carving, flower arranging and

its members, which consist mainly of executive chefs, food

bar tending. These are designed to promote

and beverage managers and restaurateurs. The aim of the SCC is

the more junior colleagues and encourage

to continuously improve the quality and standards of cuisine and

them to greater professional success. “We

service offered on the island through training and the ongoing

don’t exist in a competitive state here,” Don

development of culinary skills.

explains, “Everyone in the Koh Samui food

Top Ten Restaurant

a non-profit organisation we have been able to donate money to schools and other parts of the Samui community.” Steven is the executive chef at Top Ten Restaurant, a part of the Blue Lagoon Resort. He has in fact taken over the whole food and beverage operation for the Blue Lagoon Resort and its sister resort, Beachcomber. Both resorts are located in Chaweng, the bustling food and night life capital of the island. But Top Ten is his particular passion at the moment as it is recently and beverage industry is doing something different and it is an

opened and with an innovative menu is already

exciting place to work. We all care about what we do and

making waves on the island.

support each other in being the best we can be.” To find out more, we dropped in to the popular The SCC regularly supports educational and environmental

dining venue to experience for ourselves the

issues by way of an annual donation as its members strive to give

delicious food and friendly service on offer. Below

something back to the island that provides them with such a

you will find our dining guide to Top Ten Restaurant.

great way of life and help make Koh Samui the premier tourist destination that it deserves to be.

Stylish and Spacious

Top Ten Restaurant

quieter side of town, the restaurant is hard to miss.

Situated in the north of Chaweng, the slightly Gas flames light up stunning water features

Steven Van Duyn is a member of the SCC. He explains why he

outside and 15 foot wooden doors usher you into

joined the organisation: “I think it is a good network and also, as

a contemporary and stylish space. Open on two


preparation, and has managed to create an invigorating menu with innovative options. The food is presented beautifully, with white china creating the perfect backdrop for sauces and garnishes. The deconstructed nicoise salad is the centrepiece of the starters, with all the ingredients presented separately in appropriate amounts. The pan fried sea scallops with shitake mushrooms will delight lovers of seafood, as will the risotto nero which is drenched in squid ink with seafood marinara, sides and with a high,

fried basil, parsley oil

vaulted ceiling, the

and garlic chips.

overall feeling is one of airiness, bringing the best of the island inside. Coconut trunks form supporting pillars, pale wooden furniture fills the room and a delightful breeze is never far away.

The wagyu beef rib eye steak on everything going on. There is no emphasis on customer turnover and diners are encouraged to relax

Once inside, a circular bar area is the perfect place for aperitifs and a stage supports the live music which is an

and enjoy long, leisurely meals.

Invigorating Menu

excellent accompaniment to a special night out. So often restaurants put in too many tables, putting people cheek by jowl, but at Top Ten, there is space aplenty. However the soft lighting, stunning artwork, and thoughtful layout mean you never feel lost inside a vast space, and instead enjoy an intimate dining experience with room to move.

Leisurely Dining The service at Top Ten is excellent with attentive staff and waiters ready to explain the menu offerings and offer suggestions if asked. Steven himself will often stroll among the tables to make sure that diners are enjoying their meals and discreetly keep an eye


is melt in the mouth, served with bourbon infused grain mustard. One of the most popular choices is the braised veal cheeks which come with dumplings, roasted vegetables, white onion purĂŠe and red wine sauce. The only problem with the menu is making a decision, with all

Steven personally oversees the selection of menu items and food

the dishes offering such mouth-watering combinations.

Saying leave room for dessert is a cliché, however at Top Ten, the point must be iterated. Again, Steven’s innovative touches are obvious with options such as the avocado home-made ice-cream and strawberry pepper sorbet. The crème brulee is served free-form, and is accompanied with a composition of citrus flavours including passion-fruit jelly and lemon curd. They are all modern creations which are absolutely delicious. The wine list is extensive with a choice of over 60, and 20 of them are served by the glass. Both new and old world wines are available, with an excellent variety to choose from. All manner of cocktails and liqueurs are also on offer, making this a very well-rounded dining experience. With the emphasis on quality and presentation as well as a delightful ambiance, Top Ten is sure to have customers coming back again and again.

Chef’s Credentials

∗ Steven Van Duyn ∗ 20 years experience ∗ Worked at Dusit Princess Srinakarin Bangkok, Beachcomber Hotel Koh Samui

Signature Dishes

∗ Grilled rock lobster with mango, shaved coconut, red curry sauce, baby herb salad and parsley oil ∗ Coffee crusted pork tenderloin with spinach tart, trumpeter mushrooms, apple marmalade, thyme jus, truffle oil and porcini dust ∗ Homemade ice cream and sorbet platter, avocado ice cream, and peanut butter ice cream, pinocalda sorbet, and strawberry-black pepper sorbet with almond-orange tuile

Wine List Worldwide selection available including: ∗ Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon (Australia) ∗ Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Gris (New Zealand) ∗ Cloof Shiraz (South Africa) ∗ Deen de Bortoli Chardonnay (Australia)

Details ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗

Open every day for dinner Dinner: 5pm-11:30pm (last orders) Menu: a la carte (no set menu) Established: July 2009 Credit cards: All major cards Corkage: THB 500 Price range: THB 2,000 – 2,500 per couple excluding wine

Reservations call +66(0)77 230 235 For more information about dining on Koh Samui, visit or pick up a copy of ‘Eating on Samui’.

The Gallery If you have a property for sale or rent which you would like featured in our gallery then please contact



Deva Yama Phuket

Deva Yama is an exclusive development of truly luxurious villas located atop a hillside in Phuket’s millionaires mile. From your lofty perch you will enjoy billion dollar views of pristine Nakalay Bay. Meaning ‘divine sanctuary’ in sanskrit, Deva Yama offers a perfect retreat from the pressures of the world. Deceptively simple design soothes the soul, drawing the eye to fabulous sea views. Deva Yama comprises of six superlative villas. Set within 6,000 sq m. (almost two acres) of wooded hillside, the elevation of the site drops by 25 metres (approx. 82’), meaning that each exquisite property enjoys superior privacy and unique vistas. Find your own piece of paradise on the last prime cut of land on Phuket’s west coast. Phase A villas are ready to move in by December 2009. | +66 (0) 76 271 333 122


Stylishly Thai Phuket

With an elevated Surin beach hillside location, this substantial, modern Thai influenced pool villa affords picturesque west coast ocean views. This quality villa is presented over three stories and features five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms designed to a spacious professional standard, fully fitted kitchen that adjoins the formal dining room on the upper floor. The middle floor includes two well designed bedrooms. The upper floor houses features two master bedrooms overlooking the ocean with an oversized living room. All rooms here have vaulted ceilings and shiny wooden floors. On the same floor is also the 16 metre pool with two covered salas.

Tel: +66 (0) 81 892 9495 123



Coastal Living Phuket

Style and Convenience in a Prestigious Location

As part of the Ayara Surin residential development, this villa for sale offers privacy, modern style and convenience in a prestigious location. Nestled against the steep slopes of Surin Hill featuring wonderful views of Surin beach, the Amanpuri headland and the Andaman Sea. This villa has been painstakingly maintained and is ready to move in for those buyers looking to buy a prestigious Thai style residence at an attractive price.

Tel: +66 (0) 81 892 9495 124


The SEA Koh Samui

Thailand’s Premier Beachfront Residence…. “Completed without Compromise” THE SEA is a luxurious beachfront residence comprising of six boutique villas and 15 condominiums nestled along the enchanting beachfront of Bang Por, Koh Samui. All pool villas consist of three bedrooms surrounded by an exotic tropical garden offering natural scenery from every angle. Three choices of condominiums are available; one-bedroom, two-bedroom and two-bedroom duplex condominiums that comes with a private plunge pool. Each of the 15 condominiums features a spacious balcony and an outdoor Jacuzzi. THE SEA is designed and decorated under the tropical fusion concept where western style is aesthetically mixed with Asian culture. With five-star facilities, THE SEA offers an excellent opportunity for investment, as well as the perfect place to become your home away from home. New Owners taking advantage of our Rental Management Program through Astudo will benefit additionally from our 6% Guaranteed return for up to 3 years. | +66 (0) 77 961 982, +66 (0) 86 340 6625


Land for sale Phuket

Everyone wants to sell you plans for “The House of Your Dreams” or “The Land Plot of your Fantasy”, well - put them together and you have this! That is…as long as you don’t want a sea view, which can become somewhat black and boring once night falls, or a

residence “close to where the action is”. If you want either of these, don’t read on. However, if you want a magnificent and unblemished view of nature at its very best and the occasional passing golfer to ridicule; or if you want tranquility both during the day and night and free life membership to one of the best golf clubs on the island so you too can be cheerfully ridiculed; oh… and if you’d like to have complete drawings of a splendid house ready to give to a builder to get on with the job

on this unique plot (it really is unique!), then this may be yours, but it isn’t a give away. So, put your hand in your pocket and come up with THB 12 million and we’ll seriously think about passing all the above bounty to you. We’re not really interested in offers, but if it makes you feel better we’ll let you have it for 11,999,999 ! We’ll reduce it by a further million if you can show us a better plot on any golf course on Phuket island! Contact Tel. 081 892 9495 (Eng/Thai) 125




Thai Royal Residence

West Sands

Khanom, Nakhon Si Thammarat


An investment opportunity in a stunning ‘yet to be discovered’ beachfront paradise on the Gulf of Thailand. 34 villas - three, four and five bedrooms lie on 25 rai of land along a 200 metre stretch of Nai Phlao Beach. Living space ranges from 155-300 sq. m with prices from THB 15.5-25 million. All villas are sold turn-key, designed with superb quality, featuring five-star luxury furnishings for those seeking only the best. 50% of the villas are currently under construction with completion expected in December 2009.

West Sands resides directly on the unspoiled Northwest coast on Mai Khao beach, a straight 17 km of golden sand. West Sands covers 121 rai and comprises of 450 prestigious pool villas and spacious condominium residences from one to five bedrooms. Aside from the pristine beach, five-star facilities will include a beach club, private clubhouse, free-form swimming pools and five-star PADI dive centre. The development’s other star attraction is it’s state-of-the-art water park.

Additional amenities and services include a private reception area, daily housekeeping, a 300 sq. m infinity pool, full service restaurant, pool bar, beach service, fitness centre and five-star spa. Easily accessible from two airports and within close proximity to Koh Samui.

Prospective buyers will benefit the first fully flexible guaranteed rental return program called “Mix & Match” which offers guaranteed returns from 6% to a spectacular 7.5% for the first five years. | +66 (0) 2 126 8099 | +66 (0) 76 372 002

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