Forget the double garage - how about a yacht berth?

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2007, 12:00am

There I was thinking that houses with double garages were posh, but at these penthouses, luxury triplexes and duplexes at the Royal Phuket Marina in Thailand, you can park your yacht in private berths under the house. Handy!

Multimillionaire Gulu Lalvani (right), owner of Binatone Group, while having no spikes in his heels or a white furry cat on his lap, has gone a bit James Bondish with his latest real estate in the holiday resort he fell in love with years ago on a family holiday.

He 'retired' at 60, but at 68 has come to the conclusion that he's a workaholic. At a cocktail party on Friday he showcased the luxury collection of Aquaminium condos and Royal Villas that come with private yacht berths. The eight palatial Royal Villas also have five themed bedrooms, plus the usual swimming pools and doorstep moorings.

'We may be releasing more blocks,' said Mr Lalvani, a keen yachtsman - for cruising rather than sailing - after a successful sale. It showed, he said, that the right kind of product could still be popular, even if the Thai government is unpopular with the people.

So just how many Hong Kong tycoons are building in Phuket? Lalvani, Allan Zeman ...