News - February 2005

Welcome to the second edition of Garden News - our monthly bulletin to keep you up to date with the development of Grove Gardens Phuket, and general island information. Please enjoy the read!

Best regards, Lars Ydmark, Graham Doven and the Grove Garden Team

Grove Gardens Construction Update

Piling in progress at Grove GardensFollowing the issue of the final building permit, work is now proceeding at full steam on the site with piling and infrastructure work well under way. The piling will be completed for the whole project followed by construction of one town home building, one three bedroom block and one two bedroom block.

Storm drains, roads, boundary fences and underground cabling pipes are being installed and site offices are now in place.

Sales are proceeding well with more than 50% of the project already sold or reserved.

A Joy To Work With - Our Latest Team Member

Khun Joy Miss Lalana Poungtong from Bangkok has joined the Grove Gardens sales team. Lalana, (Khun Joy) grew up in a Royal Thai Airforce family, so lived in many parts of Thailand. She has recently returned to Thailand after 2 years in Hong Kong. Joy is pictured here at the Grove Gardens site with Khun Bangsan of the Pah Khlok Or Bor Tor.

You can get information about Grove Gardens by contacting joy at grovegardensphuket dot com

Marina Boom!

Phuket Bpoat Lagoon MarinaHand in hand with the boom in luxurious properties springing up on the island are the marinas where the new residents can moor and maintain their boats; from the smaller sports and family motor boats to sailing yachts and even larger luxury craft. There are hundred of unspoilt small islands within easy reach of mainland Phuket and everyone wants a boat.

Phuket Boat Lagoon in the centre of the island is a fully developed residential marina with restaurants, yacht brokers, full service facilities and a Mediterranean feel with the shops and outlets clustered around the lagoon. The first to open in 1993, this marina is now invariably full and permanent berths are highly sought. In the north of the island near to the airport Yacht Haven caters for all types of yachts including the larger sailing yachts and Super-yachts up to 50m in length due the deeper water access. Right now this marina is also running at close to 100%. Phase two of Yacht Haven will begin this year.

More space will be provided by the new Royal Phuket Marina which is located right next to Boat Lagoon and shares the same channel from the bay. Phase one, due to be completed later this year will add another 140 berths to the island stock as well as waterside condominiums and villas. All three locations give easy access to the delights of Phang Nga Bay.

On the drawing board are two new projects scheduled for opening in 2006/7, both on the east coast of the island. One is a boat parking facility at Ao Po, to be developed by Ital-Thai, but the biggest project will be on the north side of Cape Yamu, close to Grove Gardens. This marina, to be developed by a British company, is designed to offer residential and commercial properties, plus full service facilities for boat and yacht maintenance. The marinas are keeping pace with the growth of upper end housing being developed and the recent abolition of import duty on boats is sure to fill them quickly.

Phang Nga Bay Regatta 2005

Some of the 27 yachts that raced in the Eighth Phang Nga Regatta over Chinese New Year earlier this month. The regatta has proved a great success with the competitors sailing for four days in some of the most spectacular waters in the world.