Fancy a home abroad

Property developers in West Asia and Mauritius are luring our millionaires to snap up mutli-crore villas in their countries. We lookn at what's on offer.

     Print Edition: June 15, 2008

Close your eyes and think: you are sitting in your private jacuzzi by your private pool, overlooking your private beach in your six-bedroom mansion in Mauritius. A fanciful dream? Wake up, this is for real. Some of the world’s best realty firms are offering Indians luxury homes in exotic locations.

Aylesford International

Where: Mauritius

What you get: Aylesford has over a thousand houses, which it sells worldwide—from Europe and the US to Australia and Thailand. But the project that has really caught everyone’s fancy at present is the Banyan Tree Corniche Bay Integrated Resort Scheme in Mauritius.

What you can buy now: The Banyan Tree Villas. On offer are 115 hill-side villas set in landscaped gardens, each built on an acre of land with a 15-metre-long private pool. All villas are at least 20 metres apart. Each owner will also have 400 metres of beach that they can legally call their own. The villas are priced between Rs 20 crore and Rs 40 crore and the lucky few who book the first lot of homes will have their government tax of $70,000 included in this.

This is what luxury means: Apart from having their private pools and beaches, the owners will also have exclusive membership to the Banyan Tree Hotel and Spa next door. This means they will have access to a helipad and the nine-hole golf course designed by Gary Player. The villas will also have entertainment decks, an outdoor jacuzzi that cascades into a private pool, an outdoor cinema, a private sauna and a private gym.

Buy buy: Aylesford International has its India office in Delhi and Suryaveer Kohli is the contact man. For more information, look up

Damac holdings

Where: Dubai

What you get: Exclusive offers are a signature style of Damac. At the recent Dubai Shopping Festival, it offered a Bentley or a BMW to every customer who booked a Damac property. A raffle winner won a free island along with a jet plane worth 5.5 million dirhams (Rs 6.4 crore).

What you can buy now: Lotus Heights: This 60-storeyed structure has 20 duplex style penthouses—each for a little over 25-35 million dirhams (Rs 29-Rs 40.6 crore).

Ocean heights: This 82-floor penthouse has 65 apartments up for grabs, each priced upward of 35 million dirhams (Rs 40.6 crore).

This is what luxury means: The penthouses are spread across 10,000 sq. ft each and come with smart home management systems, tennis courts, private swimming pools and personal gymnasium.

Buy buy: Damac has signed up with 60 agents across India. For more information, look up

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