Saturday, March 12, 2011

Try Before You Buy @ The Palace

'The Palace' , one of Koh Samui's most beautiful and saught after beach front villas has now become availabe for sale and would like to offer a very special 'Try Before You Buy' promotion.

Put simply: If after staying in The Palace for your perfect holiday you decide to buy the property, the owners of The Palace will deduct the price of the villa rental from the sales price.

Try Before You Buy Promotion Package

* Reduced rate of only 900 USD per night (inc. of all taxes)
* Free daily breakfast
* Free chef on site for all meals ( food cost at local market prices)
* Minimum stay 3 nights

The Property

* Name: 'The Palace'
* Location: Koh Samui Island, Tong Krut beach
* Plot size: 2,400sqm
* Constructed area: 1,500sqm
* Private 125sqm swimming pool
* Selling Price: 90,000,000 THB (roughly 3m USD)


The Palace luxury water front villa is one of Koh Samui's most saught after properties. Sitting right on the beach of Tong Krut in the south of the island which is home to just a handful of homes. Tong Krut is relatively untouched and is still used by local fisherman and tourists who go off for the day to see the nearby islands.

On entry to this breath-taking holiday residence you are presented with the sights and sounds of soothing tropical waterfalls.

The maid's quarters are located in the huge driveway and a stepped pond leads you to a magnificent Buddha carving which stands proud in the lobby area of the main 2 storey pavillion.

Huge teak doors for the first 2 suites flank the carving. As with all the suites these are double bedrooms with fitted teak wardrobes. They have stunning sandstone ensuites with stand alone bath tubs and double rain showers. Walking through the suites the sliding doors will lead you to their own patios with sun beds and views of the beautiful landscaped gardens.

The upper level of the pavillion is a 250 sqm open plan kitchen, dining, living and television area decorated with modern Italian and Asian furniture. This is where you are invited to spectacular views of Koh Tan and the silhouettes of the mountain peaks of the main land. A magnificent covered verandah wraps around the pavillion.

A smooth natural stone staircase leads you down to the rear of the home. On your right are 2 further suites separated by a Japanese Koi Carp pond.

To the left is the main suite with a lounging area. The stunning ensuite offers 2 bath tubs and an outside rain shower with wooden decking. Sliding doors guide you directly to the pool area.Outside sun decks complement the suites.

As you walk closer to the beach you come to a blue slate infinity pool which melts away into the sea and the surrounding islands. To help greet the evening there is a substantial sala with kitchen and wine cellar.

This exceptional property has surround sound systems throughout and each suite has a plasma television, individual satellite system and separate sound systems.

'The Palace' is a substantial retreat maximizing indoor and outdoor areas far away from the bustling cities of the outside world ensuring a perfect destination for you.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Luxury Sea View Villa Overlooking Surin Beach Phuket

A refined and sophisticated tropical lifestyle awaits you at Villa Zamani, located high above Thailand's most exclusive beach area.

Perched privately in the mountains above Phuket's west coast Surin Beach area, Villa Zamani is uniquely situated above the clouds with panoramic Andaman Sea views and awe-inspiring valley vistas over the prestigious Bang Tao and Laguna seaside resort/residential area.

Villa Zamani, a four level, five bedroom pool villa, is the newest of Thailand's ultra elite vacation homes for rent. The privately owned villa is ideal for discerning individuals wanting privacy with incredible views, five star facilities and service and direct access to Phuket's finest beaches, golf courses, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

Built to extreme perfection, this stylish 1110 square meter open plan villa features the ultimate outdoor relaxation and entertaining area with world class views over a large deck area, 18 meter fresh water infinity pool with built in Jacuzzi, built in water sun beds, soothing waterfalls and outdoor dining sala with seating for 15.

Villa Zamani is luxury outfitted with two kitchens (western and Thai style), professional gym, home cinema, Sonos music system, CCTV security system, stocked wine cellar, games room and seven full time staff that include a perfect English speaking butler/villa manager and waitress, dedicated chef, two maids, security guard and Toyota Commuter Van and chauffeur.

This beautiful Swedish designed villa overlooks the Surin/Bang Tao/Laguna area of Phuket's sunny west coast, Thailand's most sought-after neighborhood featuring some of Asia's most exclusive resorts like Amanpuri, Laguna and Banyan Tree and the island's widest assortment of lifestyle choices.

Click here for a full list of Phuket holiday villas for rent

Make Your Own Lampshades

by: Dean Novosat

When redecorating your room, you may be faced with looking for new lampshades (or perhaps a lampshade you currently have has gotten damaged). So why not make your own!

If your lamp currently has a lampshade on it, half of the battle is already won! You have a base to start building your new shade. When selecting a material for your new shade, you can use paper, fabrics, plastic, or any heat-resistant material. Do keep in mind though, that the surface of a 100-watt light bulb can reach over 200 degrees and could cause a fire hazard. Make sure the material you choose for a lampshade is either far enough from the light bulb, or is fire-resistant.

Next, have fun! Take a trip to your local craft store or fabric store and get some ideas for your fabric or other material for your shade. Remember, the more transparent the material, the more the color of your light will change by the material. If you use a lightweight, transparent green sheer material, your finished lamp will give off a greenish glow. On the other hand, a heavy piece of velvet (or how about some thin strips of tree bark) won’t allow much light through at all. Light will escape from the top or bottom of the lamp only. Keep this in mind as you plan your new lampshade.

To begin making your new lampshade, you will need the measurements of the current shade. If possible, take the old shade apart by carefully cutting it along it’s seams. You can then use this as a template for your new lampshade. However, don’t be stifled by the old shade! You can easily create an entirely new look with a piece of rigid wire, bending it into a new shape for a new shade. In this case, making a new cover may be a little trickier, but the process is the same. Simply cover the lampshade frame with your material. For fabric you can sew the seams or glue it. The same is true for other materials. If the glue is far enough away from the light bulb, you can even use hot melt glue.

The best part of making your own lampshades is that if you don’t like your creation, or you redecorate your room, you can quickly and inexpensively make a new lampshade.

About The Author

Dean Novosat holds a degree in Scenery and Lighting Design from Frankling & Marshall College and he uses his knowledge and experience with theatrical lighting in the home. He feels the home is just a blank canvas or stage that we choose to live in! He is the webmaster of and he enjoys using light in unique and different ways in the home.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

World Class Condominium Project Krabi is very please to announce the launch of a new level of development to the Krabi real estate market, The Pelican. Developed by the very experienced Bangkok based develoment firm, Perry Group International, The Pelican is sure to set a new standard of living for the Krabi area.

The Pelican sits right in the centre of several luxury resorts in what is quickly becoming Krabi's up and coming area. Neighbours include The Grande Sheraton, Nakamanda, Sofitel, Ritz Carlton Reserve, Tubkaek Boutique Resort, Amarai Resort and a new resort under development under the Kata Group brand. (previously the Andaman Beach Resort).

The Pelican is phase 1 of a much larger development that will consist of condominiums, villas and a luxury hotel operating as The Pearl Andaman Beach Resort

To arrange a viewing of the on-site show unit or to request more information please click here


* Location: Klong Muang Beach, Krabi
* Unit size: 78 to 240sqm (including balcony)
* Bedrooms: 1 to 3
* Bathrooms: 1 to 3
* Price: 6.1 to 18.8m THB
* Swimming pool: Large communal
* Plunge pools: Select Units
* 24 hour CCTV
* Library/business centre
* Coffee/wine bar
* Pool bar
* Shuttle service
* 24 hour concierge
* Fitness centre
* WIFI throughout
* Project completion: 15 months


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