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Phuket Is An Enchanting Destination Off The Coast Of Thailand

Nov 28, 2007
Situated in the south-west part of the country in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is an enchanting island destination that has been long regarded as a favorite spot for leisurely vacationers, honeymooners, and retirees.

With its unparalleled beaches and superb tropical climate, Phuket has been considered by many as a delightful home away from home. In recent years, Phuket has become home to a large number of expatriate communities and has facilities to cater to their needs including well-maintained infrastructure, international airport, and schools of international standards, apart from quality services in the form of golf courses, yacht marinas, superb shopping malls, and extensive network of expats' societies and clubs. Additionally, Phuket also offer highly sophisticated hospitals and firms coupled with the services of English speaking attorneys. All these make Phuket a westerner friendly destination. Hence, it is no wonder why many foreigners have now started to invest in Phuket property.

Accommodation properties located in and around such destinations of Phuket as Kamala, Patong, Karon, and Kata are all-time favorites among people interested in investing here. However, Phuket provides not options only for foreigners interested in staying here for long term but also for those touring to the island on short term basis. In short, Phuket has accommodation to suit every taste and preference.

For tourists vacationing to Phuket for a week or two, one of the best accommodation options would be hotels and resorts, ranging from luxurious to budget types. Mostly, luxurious hotels and resorts provide accommodations in a variety of forms including deluxe rooms, bungalows, suites, and penthouse suites, each of which is coupled with most sophisticated facilities such as comfortable as well as spacious rooms, relaxed king-size or queen-size beds, superb bath area, and terraces providing scenic vistas of the surroundings. There are also hotels exclusively designed for budget conscious travelers in the form of boutique hotels.

In addition, travelers seeking utmost privacy, some excellent accommodation choices are available in the form of rental villas, cottages, condominiums, and single-detached homes, all of which are mostly attached with facilities such as swimming pools, salons, round the clock security services, superb monitoring system, and fitness centers.

Single detached homes, condo units, and villas are also a great accommodation option for westerners and tourists planning to stay here for ever or for long term basis. Villas in Phuket serve as a great choice for high-flyers as well as those investors who have enough to pay for a second home.

Villas are usually a luxurious accommodation option, and in most cases, they are designed in tropical contemporary Asian style. Further, they are mostly located in superb locations providing breathtaking views of the surroundings. However, it is quite difficult for a foreigner to own a villa in the country due to the round-about laws with regard to its purchase. Usually, villas are available stand-alone. But, sometimes they may also be a segment of an exclusive project.

But, when you consider a condominium or a condo unit as your accommodation option, you can easily acquire it since there is not any chaotic law associated with its purchase by foreigners. However, it is mandatory to bring in 100% of cash for purchasing condominium in foreign currency and record it on a Foreign Transaction Form (FETF) issued by a local Thai bank. A condominium is usually a part of a large property, and provides access to a variety of shared amenities including parking areas, fitness centers, elevators, and excellent management services. Other types of residential properties such as apartment, houses, and gated communities such as flats are also becoming popular among both investors and tourists.

Finding an accommodation choice in Phuket, no matter it is for investment or on a rental basis, is no longer a cluttered process, with a plethora of property developers, realtors, and other related service providers in the scenario. Many of them come with a section exclusively to cater to the requirements of foreign investors. Some of them even provide services to deal with legal tangles associated with the purchase of a particular residential property in the area.

Apart from property search, these service providers also render consultation, useful advice for the maintenance of the property, and property management services. Nowadays, majority of the service providers have their own websites, which in turn easily allow you to know what kind of services they offer.
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Few, private estates in the world match the unsurpassed luxury and tranquility of The Samsara Estate, built atop a private and secluded peninsula, our villas offer views over a stunning juxtaposition of rocky shoreline, tropical forest, and the crystal blue waters of the Andamans in Phuket, Thailand.
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