Imagine lounging in a sun chair, sipping piña coladas, the sound of a frothy surf flowing and ebbing through the sand whispering in your ear, while the smell of saltwater wafts through the air, tickling your nose.
Now imagine this scene as a typical evening for you as you unwind from the exhaust of your daily proclivities. Such is the life of living in a beach property of your own.
The hype that surrounds owning and living in a beach property is real. There’s a reason why many of us dream of retiring by the beach, or spending our much-earned vacations on one. It’s a place where one can relax or spend the whole day being active, far away from the stresses of city life.
Types of beach properties
The following is a quick rundown on some of the beach properties we have featured.
There are many types of beachfront properties, and choosing one depends on your taste and budget. There are loft-type properties, much like condominiums facing the sea, and if you fancy this kind of beach living, you will feel right at home at The Lofts at Laguna Village in Phuket.
For those who have a taste for resortlike properties, the Dusit Thani Pool Villas – again in Phuket – is perfect. While those who prefer having a stand-alone beach villa for the ultimate in privacy, then Song Saa in Cambodia will be your piece of heaven on earth. If you are looking for a five-star beachfront resort property in a high-profile beach, then Boracay Island in the Philippines should be your destination of choice. Voted by TripAdvisor as the Best Beach in the World in 2012, you will surely bask in the lap of luxury that only the five-star beachfront resort Aqua in Boracay offers.
From Phuket to the Philippines, Cambodia to Lombok, you will find some of the best beach villas available for you to live out your beach living fantasies in style.
Tips on buying
With a glut of options available, no doubt the mere act of narrowing down your choices can be quite difficult. After all, buying your very own beach vacation house is a huge investment, not one to be approached casually.
To give you something to work with, here are a few tips to help you get started. It may not help you nail down your final choice, but it will help a lot when you shorten your list down to a few viable options.
Location. Obviously you’d want to own a property in an area you like, but you should also consider other factors such as the state of the housing market, seasonal weather and rental potential. This ensures that your investment will be a sound one by making sure that your investment holds up, the weather will be pretty much what you are looking for, and you have the option to rent the house when you are not there.
Set your budget. Set aside the costs you are willing to spend and figure out what it can buy you. When preparing your budget, take into consideration homeowners insurance and hiring someone to maintain the home.
House or condo? A beach house may have better privacy, but owning a condo includes maintenance, making it the more convenient option.
Beachfront or off-beach? Obviously a house that is by the beach is more expensive, and will appreciate more, but that would also mean your budget won’t get as much land as you will further inland.
Contact your agent. If you don’t have one, you can easily find one by asking your family or friends, or having your local legal representative find one for you. Local agents know the area more, and give you the best deal they can find that is within your budget.
House inspection. Before committing to anything, have the house inspected by a professional, making sure everything is as they should be. For beachfront houses, have it looked at by a geological surveyor to make sure the house is on stable land, and that flooding will not be a problem in case of storms.
Take these into consideration before you buy, and you will have a more focused idea on which piece of property is right for you. Know the advantages and disadvantages of each type, and make sure you know what you really want. If you do things right, life in paradise awaits!
Dusit Thani Pool Villas
Set in Phuket’s most exclusive address, Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Pool Villas offer privacy, comfort and convenience in the heart of paradise. With a beauty that rivals that of famous Caribbean and Mediterranean destinations, the beach villas in Dusit Thani make for the perfect holiday home.
Each villa has three floors and two bedrooms with features that include a functional pantry, a dining area for six, spacious living areas, and a patio with a sweeping view of the Andaman Sea or the calming lagoons that surround the area. The rooftop, with its 18-metre plunge pool, an outdoor shower, and a sundeck, caps off the already impressive features.
The villas have a built-up area of 292 square metres, with the plot area around 155 square metres. Prices start at US$799,000 wherein you can pay in full or use their deferred payment plan or financing options. Owners will enjoy special privileges and discounts at all Banyan Tree, Angsana, and Laguna Phuket Resorts and Hotels plus free regular golf membership at the Laguna Phuket Golf Club.
Aqua Boracay is a five-star beachfront resort nestled in Boracay beach in the Philippines – voted as the Best Beach in the World 2012 by TripAdvisor.
Units feature a spacious and comfortable design with an open- plan kitchen and living areas. Luxury fittings by internationally renowned brands grace the homes, which are all exclusively designed by European architects. Owners also gain free access to world-class facilities such as the clubhouse, two large infinity pools, convention centre, private day spa, restaurants, resort facilities, and private parking. All properties have the option of full hotel management that include concierge and guest services, laundry, housekeeping, gardening, maintenance and janitorial, 24-hour security, stand-by generator, and other services upon request, giving you the ultimate in luxurious, stress-free beach living.
Prices start at just US$250,000, making this an investment worth looking at. With conservative rental yields expected at 7–8%, the Aqua has exceptional capital growth potential. Especially as the soon-to-open Boracay airport converts the area to international status by early 2014.
Meno Mojo Beach Resort
Tucked away in the tiny island of Gili Meno off the north-western coast of Lombok in Indonesia, white-sand beaches, verdant flora, and lush fauna surround the luxurious Meno Mojo beach resort.
Peace and calm soothe the senses here where nary a car nor motorbike can be seen nor heard. Sheltered by neighbouring islands, Gil Meno is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and diving. The island is just across the waters from Bali and Lombok, and is easily accessible by both air and sea.
Meno Mojo resort will comprise of only 15 beach properties making it highly exclusive and private. The resort’s facilities will include an open air restaurant and bar, a shaded beachfront relaxation area, freshwater swimming pool, and private snorkelling pontoon. Prices will start at just US$195,000 for a fully furnished, one-bedroom villa – you can choose from either a beachfront or poolside villa.
With Lombok’s new international airport serving direct flights to Australia and South-East Asian hubs, the area is fast becoming one of the more popular tourist destinations in the region. Investors will find that the time to invest is now, with rental returns forecast at 10% over the first two years, with an 8% yield that’s guaranteed for the same time period. Invest in a piece of paradise, invest in Meno Mojo.
Laguna Village Phuket
A community of luxury homes and villas, Laguna Village is located inside Laguna Phuket, one of the most sought-after addresses in Thailand. Residents of Laguna Village are treated to a host of amenities that include restaurants, bars, water sports, boutique shopping, and free membership to the Laguna Phuket Golf Club. The community is also a short distance away from Bang Tao Beach, a white-sand beach where you can sit back, relax, and live the good life.
Laguna Village offers several types of homes to choose from: Villas, Townhomes, Residences, Deluxe Townhomes, and Deluxe Residences.
The villas are two-storey, two-bedroom homes that overlook a shared swimming pool and tropical garden. The two bedrooms are located on the upper floor and have en suite bathrooms and private balconies each. The ground floor of the units hold the living and dining areas which open to a sun deck. End units have a living area of 164 square metres with a total area of 260 square metres, while the mid unit’s area is 151 square metres with a total area of 233 square metres. Price is set at US$395,000 with deferred payment plans and financing options available.
The Townhomes, on the other hand, offer a little bit more privacy – being two-storey, semi-detached, three bedroom units with manicured gardens and a private swimming pool. Each of the three bedrooms have their own balcony with magnificent views. The kitchen and dining area is adjacent to the spacious living room. There is also a maid’s quarters with bathroom as well.
There are two models, the Baan Anchana and the Baan Bangtao, both with a living area of 234 square metres. Both models have a total plot area of 465 square metres. Prices start at US$637,750 with deferred payment plans and financing options available.
For total privacy and exclusivity, Laguna Village Residences with its detached, two-storey, four-bedroom units that overlook a large private swimming pool and gardens fit the bill. With a stylish interior, spacious living and dining areas and a fully equipped kitchen, everything you need can be found here. Units also include four bathrooms and a maid’s quarters with bathroom. Total living area is at a spacious 350 square metres, and a total of 671 square metres including the pool and parking area.
Deluxe Townhomes are two-storey, semi-detached, three-bedroom units furnished with a modern Thai style. All fixtures and fittings combine functionality with aesthetic design. Features include a kitchen, dining and living areas, and private pool. You can also opt to add a front wading pool, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Units include fully landscaped gardens and a living area of 303 square metres, and total lot area of 529 square metres.
Finally, we have the Deluxe Residences. Inspired by Phuket’s Sino-Portuguese heritage, the Deluxe Residences feature total seclusion and space. The homes’ amenities include a large private swimming pool, garden, Thai sala, sun deck, and optional jet-pool and shower. The units can also be optionally furbished with furniture packages. A study room, walk-in closets, and skylights complete the villa. The living area is 452 square metres, with a total area of 846 square metres including the patio, garage, swimming pool and pond area. Price is at US$1.8 million with payment terms and financing options available.