03 April 2006

The World’s Most Exclusive Resort

If you could create the ideal holiday destination from scratch you’d probably want the perfect mixture of near-deserted white beaches, breathtaking scenery, year-round warm weather, sumptuous cuisine, a friendly native population and plenty to discover and explore. Fortunately this destination already exists in Southeast Asia in the shape of the Kingdom of Thailand; officially translated as the ‘land of the free’ but known to travelers the world over as ‘the land of smiles’.

Barama Bay Island is an 80 hectare parcel of paradise set in sheltered waters off the east coast of Phuket. White sand beaches are lapped by warm turquoise waters and an abundance of virgin tropical vegetation from coconut palms to mangroves covers the Island. Barama Bay has been conceived to be the most exclusive resort in the world. There are two options for gaining physical access to the Island, either a 15 minute drive from Phuket International Airport followed by a three minute water taxi journey to Barama Bay, or the faster and classier alternative – a five minute helicopter ride from the Airport directly to the Island’s helipad. There are three options for gaining access to the lifestyle that Barama Bay offers – being a guest of the Six Star Boutique Hotel, a Yacht Club member or the fortunate owner of one of the 30 waterfront Residential Estates.

Ownership of property on a completely private island in an idyllic setting has always been perceived to be the ultimate in real estate. There is a certain romanticism about being cut off from everyday modern life and being surrounded by water. It is a symbol of prestige, wealth, and has enormous investment value, largely because islands are limited, the supply can only diminish. By way of an example, Necker Island was purchased by Sir Richard Branson in 1978 for 303,000 US dollars and is now valued at a vast 106 million US dollars.

Residential Estate owners will have the best of everything that Barama Bay Island offers. Free to indulge in the facilities offered by the Hotel, free to frequent the Yacht Club and free to moor their private yacht. The residential area will be off-limits for anybody but owners and even have its own private residential pier. In fact the only transport that you will be able to bring to the Island is a yacht or helicopter, Barama Bay has a strict no-car policy, aside from the odd electric vehicle to drop you to your front door…

The sweeping waterfront plots will accommodate lavish properties with up to 5,000m² of internal space and owners can rely on the Six Star Resort Management company to look after you and your property whilst you’re at Barama Bay. An investment in Barama Bay real estate also comes with a family lifetime membership at one of Asia’s finest golf resorts. Blue Canyon Golf & Country Club covers 720 acres of the neighbouring island of Phuket and comprises two award-winning 18-hole courses set against the glorious backdrop of the Phang Nga mountains and the Andaman Sea. Blue Canyon has attracted the likes of Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Nick Faldo.

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