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Fancy parking your boats and cars in one place? These luxury developments in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia offer gorgeous villas with your personal yacht berth attached.

There's something appealing about living on the water. When you can be the owners of a home that faces not just the sea but also have your yacht parked on your doorstep so that you may come and go as you please, that's pretty magical. We shine a light on four developments in Penang, Johor, Nirup Island and Singapore, which combine the best of luxury waterfront villa living with your passion for yachting.

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The Light Collection IV Water Villas, The Light Collection, Penang

As Penang continues to evolve from sleepy northern island to heritage destination, luxury developments continue pop up along its coastline but only one offers villas built on the water complete with its own private boat berth. The Light Collection IV Water Villas are part of The Light Collection developed by IJM Land Berhad and number only 19 in total.


These modern water villas with panoramic views of Penang’s harbour and iconic bridge are each equipped with their own berth that can accommodate a small boat. Built vertically to get the best vantage points, the villas are four storeys in height and boast a built-up of approximately 7,100 sq ft. High ceilings and full height glazing celebrate its singular location and each villa offers options for its residents in terms of space planning with two living rooms, wet and dry kitchens, and underground parking.


Surrounded by natural beauty, the villas were built to respect its environment with green initiatives such as water and energy saving materials. Residents also have their own roof top gardens and private pools although the development offers a slew of amenities including a swimming pool, gymnasium and function rooms and a commercial hub beyond.


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Even bathrooms have beautiful views in this development

While it's tempting to never want to leave your villa, the development is strategically located next to the Penang Bridge for easy access to the mainland and just a short drive from the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas.

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The Island, Emerald Bay, Johor

Located in Puteri Harbour, Johor, which is increasingly become a destination for the international yachting community, Emerald Bay is a marine sanctuary master-planned by BRDB to provide luxurious waterfront living within a secure and private, low-density community. At its heart is The Island, a man-made islet surrounded by water with only 12 villas, all stunningly appointed.


Clocking in at a generous 6,728 to 8,870 sq ft, the sleek and modern villas are wisely rooted in vernacular architecture. Drawing from the tropical requirements of the traditional coastal house in terms of material selection and design choices, this approach ensures effective insulation that keeps the house cool throughout the day. Ventilated roof spaces, large eaves and overhangs, all hallmarks of local design, have also been incorporated to ensure the comfort of those living in the villas. 

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Villas boast seamless indoor-outdoor living
Above Villas boast seamless indoor-outdoor living

The villas are strategically arranged along the island's perimeter and built into a split-level terrain that graduates towards the water, thus ensuring a wow effect when viewing the villas from the waterfront.


All three-storey units come with grand open spaces and large windows; hardwood was generously used throughout the interiors. This choice is not just structurally ideal for the tropical coastal climate, they imbue the space with a warm, natural feel, ideal for its environment. Rooms are generously proportioned with a lavish master suite on the top floor and a thoughtfully added internal lift to access all three floors. Each villa also opens out onto its own swimming pool, lawn and landscaped water edge leading to a private berth. 


Within Emerald Bay itself, residents can enjoy lush landscaped grounds and promenades which provide a physical sense of connection with the water. Well-planned spaces for family and communal interaction include an impressive tropical-themed club house.

Targeted for completion end 2021

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Oceanfront Bungalow, Sentosa Cove, Singapore

A waterfront villa in Sentosa Cove, Singapore’s premier waterfront residential enclave, has undeniable cachet. After all, there are only approximately 350 bungalows located here and in land-hungry Singapore, an address offering  seafront living on a resort island, with the enjoyment of space, serenity and security within a gated community is not to be sniffed at.

This Oceanfront Bungalow, available through List Sotheby's International Realty, is a prime example of what's on offer. Located on the eastern coast of Sentosa island, the property sports a sleek, modern design language, seamless amalgamation of raw wood, polished steel and fair-faced concrete. Sensitive to the spatial and functional needs of a contemporary lifestyle, the house is outfitted with luxurious European finishes.

The interior has both grand and intimate spaces for different occasions and makes the most of the gracious water side living its fortunate location offers. Indeed with the front of the house facing the waterway and the rear facing the sea, the traditional zoning of spaces is reversed with major rooms opening out to the rear.  


The house itself has a built up of 7,000 sq ft and plays with triple, double and single height spaces to achieve different effects. The entrance is is through a triple height foyer complete with a skylight while the living area is a double height space with expansive glass panels, both bringing elements from the outdoors inside. Seamless indoor outdoor living is further encouraged with full height sliding-folding glass doors which can be fully opened and a terrace where you can stroll to your private boat berth.


The six bedrooms are designed to be private, warm spaces with luxurious material finishes with sea-facing views for the master bedroom and a dramatic sloping ceiling.  The wine cellar and AV room are located in the basement within a controlled environment as suited to usage of both spaces, security for the former and privacy for the latter.

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The Riahi Residences Nirup Island, Indonesia

Conceptualised as the ultimate marina playground in Southeast Asia,  The Riahi Residences Nirup Island, which is part of the MGallery collection by Accor, is every avid boater's dream. Surrounded by clear waters and lush greenery, Nirup is an untouched Indonesian Island at the western end of the Riau Island chain. It's also within close proximity to Singapore (8 nautical miles) and 30 minutes via ferry via Batam. But you won't need a ferry if you live on Nirup Island as chances are, you'll have your own boat to get you there and when you arrive, you'll dock it right in front of your luxurious water villa. 


Managed by ONE°15 Marina, the integrated development will occupy 47,100 sqm and only offer three private over water villas. To abet the fantasy island escapade feel, Singapore-based Kulor Group in Singapore based the villa designs on the nomadic sea peoples of the surrounding islands, and their nautical journeys. Delicately balancing new and old, design details, material choices and nuanced touches pay tribute to the nautical lifestyle of the Orang Laut people. 


The 460 sqm villas have been designed specifically to maximise the soothing views with generous full length sliding doors and private decks. Natural materials are deployed throughout and imbue the spaces with a sense of ease. A private swimming pool is also attached for when you want to stay close to home.


Residents will enjoy the development facilities which inclyde a five-star resort, a lifestyle clubhouse with hospitality and leisure amenities, 76-berth private marina, fuelling and bunkering services catering to visitors from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and beyond.

Scheduled to open in 2023

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