Enjoy a piece of tropical paradise

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 May, 2012, 12:00am

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A beachfront suite, exotic tropical garden and five-star resort all in one, By The Sea is one of Malaysia's latest luxurious suite developments.

'By The Sea is among very few projects that can boast of direct access to the beach. We are looking forward to showcasing this unique sea-facing property to our Hong Kong customer base,' says Richard Teoh, sales director of Hamptons International in Hong Kong.

The property lies on Penang Island's famed beach Batu Ferringhi, which is known for its white sand and swaying palm trees. The beach is home to some of the most luxurious residences and hotels in the country.

'Penang has always been a favourite of foreign investors from Hong Kong, the mainland and other countries looking to invest in commercial and residential property. The Penang property market will continue to be buoyant in 2012, with demand for well-located and conceptualised developments like By The Sea remaining especially strong,' Teoh says.

By The Sea lies on 1.9 hectares of land and is in three blocks, designed as a series of terracing comprising five to 11 storeys. Almost 90 per cent of units enjoy a great view of the horizon, while the famous Penang Hill overlooks the development.

Block A is divided into three sections. A1 has five storeys containing 16 suites, A2 has eight floors with 28 suites and A3 has 11 floors with 42 suites. Block B has nine storeys with 28 suites. Block C has seven floors with 24 suites.

The suites are divided into three types - normal, podium and executive. Most are two-room units.

The 104 normal suites are 1,030 sq ft to 1,243 sq ft, while the 16 podium suites measure 1,484 sq ft to 2,725 sq ft. All podium units have a terrace of 500 sq ft to 800 sq ft, with direct access to the pool deck from the suites.

The 18 executive suites range from 1,920 sq ft to 3,038 sq ft and include an expansive roof terrace of 360 sq ft to 720 sq ft, along with a pantry that comes with a wine chiller. The duplex executive suites have three rooms.

All units come with parking spaces. Typical units and podium suites will be allocated one parking spot each. Those who opt for an executive suite will be given two.

Units will be priced from 1,000 ringgit (HK$2,460) per square foot, with selling prices from 1.4 million ringgit to 3.6 million ringgit.

Inside the complex, a variety of facilities will suit all ages. For children, there is Monkey Park, a playground with rubber-type swings, a wooden tree house, a 12-metre guppy pond to let children experience guppy scooping (a favourite activity back in Penang's bygone era), a children's pool and a toddler's paddling pool.

For adults, there is a porte-cochere, concierge, business centre, hammocks, 140-metre jogging track, poolside function room and a pool.

The development also features a river running through the centre of the multiple gardens that feature tropical greenery such as coconut trees and betel nut trees.

Convenience is also another selling point of By The Sea. Just a stone's throw away from the complex are two malls, Gurney Plaza and Island Plaza, and a Tesco supermarket.

Seven hospitals are nearby: Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, Penang Adventist Hospital, Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang, Island Hospital, LohGuanLye Specialists Centre, Lam Wah Ee Hospital and Pantai Hospital Penang.

For families with children, several education institutions are near to By The Sea. They include the International School of Penang (Uplands), Dalat International School, Tenby International and Private School, St Christopher's International Primary School, Penang Japanese School, Prince of Wales Island International School, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Chinese Taipei School Penang in Seberang Perai. The complex is just 35km from Penang International Airport and 17km from Georgetown, a world heritage site.

By The Sea is expected to be completed by 2016. A two-day exhibition to launch Penang's latest luxury development will be held at Hong Kong's Mandarin Oriental on Saturday and Sunday.