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Troubled Phuket property development to be reborn as resort

PHUKET: Tales of property developments in Phuket that came to a halt when half-completed are by no means new in Phuket, and especially after most of the world’s banks went and hid in caves following the global financial crisis of 2007/8.

Saturday 23 July 2011, 02:35AM

The Karon Paradise development has been revived by turning it into a resort.

The Karon Paradise development has been revived by turning it into a resort.

One example was Baan Karon Paradise, a complex of 49 apartments on a hillside above Karon Beach, five minutes’ walk from the sand. It was already in trouble in 2006, and was pretty much finished off in 2008.

The past three years have been a battle for the investors, who have, in that time, managed to persuade the courts to give them possession of the project, and to get the financing to finish it off, an example in sheer persistence that others may want to learn from.

The project is now to be reborn as the Dewa Karon Beach, a resort managed by Swedish entrepreneur Lars Ydmark’s Tri-Asia, which already runs the successful Dewa Resort at Nai Yang Beach.

There is also a property element: the last ten apartments to be built are for sale.

All the apartments have kitchenettes, which Tri-Asia sees as a plus for couples and families. The units on the upper floors have sweeping sea views over Karon Beach.

The apartments range from one bedroom units through two-bedroom units to the Grande Karon Suite, a large one-bedroom unit on the top floor.

The deal, Mr Ydmark told The Phuket News, has taken a year to structure, but has now been signed, opening the way for the owners to get access to less expensive funding; resorts run by established management companies are much more attractive to banks than moribund property developments.

Work is currently under way to add in the elements necessary to create a resort – a restaurant with bar, and a wrap-around swimming pool, along with a mini-mart and free wireless internet access.

Dewa Karon Beach is due to open on November 1 this year to coincide with the traditional start of the tourism “high” season.



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