Guide - Platinum Coast :
Right at the very north of Phuket is Mai Khao beach - the longest on the island. Mai Khao is a protected area comprising the Sirinate (Nai Yang) national park. A total of 9km of pristine white sand, shady coconut palms and very little in the way of property development.
Yet in spite of its more remote location, Mai Khao is linked to major thoroughfares running north and south, is near two internationally recognized golf courses and of course the international airport. The area itself is quite pretty and does have the potential to become popular. It is however very exposed to weather especially during the monsoon, when winds blow directly off the Andaman. The raining season is typically 2 months of the year - but can be quite treacherous with high seas and bands of swirling waves and torrents of salt spray to make the beach unsafe for swimming. For the remaining 8 months of the year though the beach is attractive and indeed quite alluring to holiday makers.
The beach is also a very important "sea turtle" conversation area - with large tracks (of land) under the forestry department control.
Due to its proximity from other areas, no major property developer has yet eyed Mai Khao until very recently. The only big establishment worthy of mention is the JW Marriott Phuket Beach Resort. Camping is allowed but there are few facilities. If you are looking for a remote beach - this is it.
Also newly launched, is the West Sands development. Slightly more exclusive then Turtle Cove, West Sands will offer property buyers exclusive beach front and lake view villas and apartments. Purchase prices at West Sands at about 8 million baht for a one bedroom apartment. Property owners wishing to utilize the rental program offer by the developer will enjoy a 6 % rental guaranteed for the first 5 years, making this one of the best deals currently available in Phuket. The Development is backed by two directors of the popular supermarket chain Tesco - which is quiet renown in the United kingdom.
South of the international airport, within the national park area is Nai Yang Beach . Popular because of its protected shoreline, and the shade provided by tall casuarinas' - it attracts local families who like picnicking, especially on weekends. Beware, throngs of cars and trucks line up the beach road during long-weekends and festive occasions when people come here for a retreat.
Nai Yang is also known as the site where sea turtles come to lay their eggs. Its rare that you can still see this in today's environment as the beach is too developed. Much, if any activity has moved further north along the coast to Mai Khao and Phang Nga.
If you plan to stay in the area, there is some good accommodation to choose from toward the southern end of the beach away from the airport such as the newly renovated (Indigo) Pearl Resort, The Aramas Resort and the newly completed - the Hyatt Nai Yang Hotel.
Because of its parkland, the big shady trees, and considering its close to golf courses and the airport, Nai Yang is fast becoming an area rich with real estate potential. One of the latest additions is the development know as Dewa, offering modern (Scandinavian) styled holiday apartments packaged with an investment program.
Considered to be one of the more isolated beaches in Phuket, Naithon offers great views of mountains, valleys and the blue azure waters of the Andaman Sea. The rocky headlands offer an impressive backdrop and from the shore at either end of the beach, you can go reef snorkeling and see a variety of fish and colorful coral.
At the very southern end of Naithon, there is - what's left of a smallish fishing village, a school, some bungalows and a few small restaurants. Seldom are there more than a handfull of people swimming or just "chilling-out " but if you really want solitude, backtrack down the road south keeping a sharp lookout and you should find
two smaller beaches. (Popular with gay couples !)
Your choice of accommodation here include the newly completed 4 star Naithon Buri Resort and several private bungalows along beach road. One property developer doing well here are the Nai Thon Apartments, priced from around 8 million baht offering 1 and 2 bedroom units and Penthouses with estate views, but only five minutes walk to one of the island's best beaches.
Because of its "kind of remote" location - property sales favors the luxury buyer not influenced by mainstream. Hence, prices are high - but if that's not a deterrent have a look at Trisara - and the villas for sale whose designs were commissioned to ML Tri Devakul, one of Thailand leading architect's. Trisara Villas located within the Trisara Resort, epitomize a harmonious fusion of traditional Thai with clean modern lines against the back drop of rocky headlands and dramatic ocean views. As you can imagine Trisara has attracted a predominately jet set crowd whose penchant for exclusivity is unrivalled anywhere in Phuket - let alone South East Asia.
Back at Naithon village along beach road at the very north a new development - the "Pearl of Naithon" has recently commenced offering contemporary (Thai Style) apartments in an estate development only a stones throw from the beach. There's about 70 apartments in total, which represent the perfect solution for mainstream investors wanting to be near one of Phuket's most beautiful yet undeveloped beaches.
Further down the coast is one of the most popular beaches. Bang Tao beach spans 8 km and was once a major tin mining area long before tourism became popular.
Parts of Bang Tao were left as open cut mines making it very unattractive. The whole area was considered a waste land until the early eighty's. Back then, a Singaporean developer (The Wah Chang Group) had the vision to resurrect this wasteland from the perils of mining . Today, the resort is popularly known as Laguna Phuket - a listed company on the Thai exchange and considered one of the most renowned hotel and property development companies in South East Asia.
Bang Tao beach remains a popular spot for holiday travelers from all around the world. Principally because it offers that idyllic tropical setting with a host of modern convenience. You'll find wide beaches, coconut palms, shade (and I want to emphasize shade) fresh water lakes, good roads, electrical, telephone and Internet infrastructures. During the high season the sea is calm, the water is blue and a whole range of water sports is on offer.
There are many restaurants, bars, shops, spa services and businesses which have set up in the area to cater to the demand over flowing from Laguna and the residential communities nearby. Apart from Laguna Phuket's restaurants (and bars), there are many other first class choices within a five-minute drive of Cherngtalay or Layan. Some of the popular names include: Tatonka (continental European Food) Toto's (Italian Food) The Supper Club (Nouvelle Cuisine) and Peppers (bar) - to name but a few. If you want to patronize these establishments, just call for a pick up service from your hotel .
Sandwiched between the different Phases' of Laguna Housing is the the 18 hole Laguna Golf course, which offers memberships from approx Bt. 550,000 to compliment the your lifestyle.
The area of Bang Tao owes much of its
popularity to Laguna and its reputation for attracting high-end holiday makers, many of whom are property owners today. A fine example of property for sale by Laguna Phuket is the superb new development known as Laguna Village, which offers a range of Apartments, Townhomes and Residences for commencing from Bt. 12million to Bt. 35 million.
If you don't want to be located on a resort - Chom Tawan, adjacent to the Banyan Tree but equally as close to the beach is available with a selection of apartments and villas only 300 meters from the beach.
Within the same area, at the southern end of the Laguna are the very affordable Casurina Shores. Priced from only Bt. 12 million, the standard configuration is 2 bedrooms with 140 m2 along. Also offered are 20 million Baht Penthouse Apartments with an area of 270 m2. The residential community being created here is ideal for families with only 40 apartments, within 200 meters of Bang Tao Beach.
Just north of Cherngtalay the area know as Layan is fast becoming one of the islands pucker communities. Popularly know as Layan beach, the area is at the very north of Bang Tao, is serviced by good roads and plenty of land stretching into the hills fast being snapped up by property development companies.
Layan beach is in a protected cove with Katha island, whose green hills provide the idyllic backdrop against the mainlands forested headlands. The beaches here are wide and there's plenty of shade during the day with big casuarinas and breezes to quell the hot sunshine.
Because of their proximity to Laguna, the greater Layan peninsula has attracted many property developers including the likes of: Lakewood Hills (Villas), Layan Gardens - (an apartment development with large floor plans and prices from 15 million baht), Chom Tawan (mentioned earlier), Baan Rim Taarn, The Residence - (a villa development of 2 and 3 bedroom properties in a private setting ranging in price from 15 million baht), Ocean Breeze Resort - (an entry level apartment project designed specifically for your lifestyle and investment) and more recently Lotus Gardens - (comprising contemporary designed 2 and 3 bedroom apartments within close proximity to the beach) Luna Phuket - (comprising 10 modern aesthetically designed villas from 15 million baht) and The Park (10 luxury 2 storey homes in a private estate flanked by a large infinity edged pool in a tropical oasis) or the value for money 2 and 3 bedroom Layan Pool Villas - to name but a few.
area attracting investment interest is Surin beach. Many buyers into the area have either stayed at a popular hotel at some point (Aman Puri or the Chedi) or have just sat on the beach wondering how to get a piece of the action.
The beach area itself is not overly developed and retains its local charm. On any given day the place comes alive to the sounds of football matches and beach volley ball. There's a hugh reserve in front of the beach which creates a nice buffer between the road and the promenade.
During the high season vendors set up rows and rows of sun lounges and there are many food hawkers selling just about everything and anything ... except perhaps property ! (Thank God !!)
Parallel to the reserve grounds - on the high street, are shops and local services. Expect to find upmarket eateries, bars and cafes, all nestled between resorts that offer fine dining and health and wellness services.
The hill overlooking Surin Beach is dominated by a hotel called Treetops and a couple of residential communities including Araya, Baan Thai Surin Hill and Surin Heights. The former two estates are principally the jewel in the crown of Phuket's high end homes with values in excess of Bt. 100 million. At the very northern end of Surin beach - The Aman resort occupies a substantial part of land along the coast - set in a serene coconut plantation.
Just beyond the Surin Beach high street area is a small but well thought out apartment development we are advertising as Surin Apartments offering more than 10 different styles of condominium apartments ranging from 1 bedroom units (71m2) to 2 bedroom, study and rooftop garden penthouse units (164m2) each designed to optimize outdoor lifestyle by merging the terrace and living areas within 5 minutes of two of Phuket's best beaches.
In the same area, against the backdrop of forested hills is a provate estate that is set around a natural, spring-fed lake. The Estate consists of 8 villas and 8 apartments, known as Surin Springs (resale) many of which are for rent. The villas are placed 4 a piece, either side of the lake with the homely block of apartments situated at the head of the lake.
Beyond the Aman Puri headland going north along the coast you have Ban Chai Nam (resale) - a beach front estate, consisting of 22 privately owned luxury villas and apartments, set around a 20 meter private swimming pool a stones throw of the beach which is one of the only truely beachfront estate in Phuket.
Completed property developments within in the area include the very affordable Lersuang Apartments (resale) and Club Lersuang (resale) both 2 bedroom apartments with around 100 m2 of useable space and within 5 minutes of Bang Tao Beach priced from 6 million - 13 million baht .