Published 01 June 2012
Text by Nick Walton
From the shaded rooftop cabana, the whole of the Royal Phuket Marina is mapped out below, drenched in late afternoon sunshine. Million-dollar yachts gleam as boat crews perform their daily rituals, while other luxurious vessels can be seen cruising down the entrance channel towards the marina complex, home from a day spent island hopping in the Gulf of Siam, towards the Aquaminium.
The Aquaminium. It certainly sounds like something from a 1950s television series, where designers tried to predict how people would live in the future. But, for a fortunate few, the future is already here, basking under the near-endless Phuket sun. An intelligently designed residential property like nothing else on the resort island.
The world’s first condominium complex to house a private yacht berth within the residence itself, the Aquaminium is a series of three-level luxury apartment blocks recently completed at the Royal Phuket Marina to cater to the truely affluent boaties. As with many marina residential developments, the idea is to have your boat as close to your home as possible – and the Aquaminium not only has plenty of berths running alongside the complex, but for one lucky punter in each building, there is the chance to actually park your boat beneath, and step into your penthouse as if you’d just parked your car in an internal garage.
An intelligently designed residential property like nothing else on the resort island.
Designed by Palmer & Turner Hong Kong (P&T), each of the three buildings feature a range of apartment styles; one and two-bedroom units, perfect as a summer retreat far from the rat race; luxurious duplexes, suited for those looking to enjoy the Phuket sun year round; and one lavish triplex per building, complete with the spacious rooftop entertainment space, with al fresco dining, swimming pool, and covered boat parking at water level.
While the interiors of all Aquaminium apartments are nothing short of lavish, they still retain a touch of Thai elegance and intelligent practicality. The complex’s decor was the brain child of interior design specialists dwp cityscape (design world partnership), who brought to life the famed rooftop bar Sirocco at the Lebua State Tour in Bangkok. Each apartment features the natural elements of solid timber and imported stone, as well as plenty of natural light from large windows and multiple balconies.
But it’s the triplex penthouses that hold the real wow factor. The three levels offer the ultimate in lavish living and entertaining. With four spacious bedrooms, including a massive master suite, four bathrooms complete with his and her showers and chroma-therapy Jacuzzi baths, an expansive living and dining area complete with dining table for ten, and private elevator access to the Boat Lounge, this is as sumptuous a home as you will find in Thailand.
Perfect after a long day on the sea.