Off the western coast of Thailand, the island of Phuket occupies an enviable location on the coastline of the Andaman Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. Long recovered from the devastating tsunami which struck in 2004, tourism development on the island is once again booming. This is thanks in part to its accessible location, and its international airport which is undergoing an extensive expansion but already includes regular flights to major Asian hubs like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai, and direct flights from far-off feeder markets like Moscow, Sydney and Rome.
30 miles (48 km) long and 13 miles (21 km) wide, Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and has long been a desirable tourist destination due its long coastline, sandy beaches and dramatic mountain range. The island is large enough to accommodate a diverse range of tourism experiences that peacefully co-exist, from family vacations, private spas, package holidays, and eco-tourism. At the luxury end of the spectrum, Phuket has several luxury hotel residences for sale where buyers can choose a home and investment that matches their lifestyle.
Laguna Phuket is one of the largest resort destinations on the island, spanning over 1000 acres of lush parkland along an eight-kilometer stretch of beachfront with nine total hotels and various residences available for sale and rent. Among the luxury options are the Banyan Tree Residences, which include private luxury villas featuring private swimming pools and a distinctive design with Thai pitched roofs. Laguna Phuket’s newest offering is the Dusit Thani Pool Villas, which offer three-story, two-bedroom homes with private pools set in Laguna Phuket’s lush gardens in lakeside and oceanfront locations.
Above popular Patong Bay, the new Amari Residences Phuket occupies a hillside location, and offers one- and two-bedroom apartments for sale. Residents can access its private clubhouse with swimming pool, sundeck, fitness center and pool bar, as well as access to the Amari Coral Beach Phuket Hotel, with its excellent restaurants, private beach and kid’s club. The apartments themselves are offered as part of a leaseback rental program where owners can receive a guaranteed 6% rental yield.
For those looking for a more secluded environment, the Rosewood Residences Phuket are located on the pristine and private Emerald Bay. Scheduled to open in 2014, the resort will offer 81 villas and 32 residences set into a hillside forest landscape with uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea. A variety of recreational opportunities will await owners including sea sports, tennis, health club with yoga pavilion, two swimming pools, and a Sense Spa.
Aman Resorts is also present on Phuket, having established a flagship property back in 1987. Situated on a peninsula jutting into the Andaman Sea, Amanpuri (translating from Sanskrit into “Place of Peace”) features elevated walkways that connect each of the pavilions and villas with the white sandy beaches and resort amenities, creating a harmonious feeling between the resort and the natural environment. Each of Amanpuri’s forty villas feature private swimming pools of 8 to 20 meters in length.
Well respected as a tourist destination and for luxury homes, Phuket is today one of Southeast Asia’s top investment destinations. Given the enticing options from major luxury brands, the reasons are as clear as the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea.