Palm Springs Resort to be major tourist hub in PD

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  • Monday, 12 Dec 2005

TANCO HOLDINGS BHD is going all out to develop its Palm Springs Resort City into a major tourist destination in Port Dickson. 

For a start, it soft launched on Dec 4 the first of its five-block Duta Grand, one of the most prestigious high-rise resort suites in Port Dickson, and opened the Extreme Park that boasts the first dedicated drift track in South-East Asia.  

Hundreds of people witnessed the opening of the Extreme Park by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk M. Kayveas, who had earlier also launched the Duta Grand resort suites sales office and two show units. 

Datuk M. Kayveas and Datuk Tan Jing Nam with a model of the Duta Grand resort suitesin Palm Springs Resort City.

The Extreme Park will offer both Port Dickson and Palm Springs Resort City a new attraction to woo local and foreign tourists, while Duta Grand will offer buyers a luxuriously furnished suite with an optional 8% guaranteed rental return for two years. 

Buyers of the first block, comprising 160 units priced at an average of RM170,000 per unit, can also opt for an extension of the two-year leaseback scheme. 

Among the “early birds” to book a unit was Kayveas himself, who gave the thumbs-up for Duta Grand. 

The futuristic Duta Grand on 8.01 acres of freehold land will have five stepped-up blocks that fan out like a palm tree. Floors on the lower level will have more suites. For example, Levels 1 to 7 will have 16 suites per floor and the number of suites is fewer on the upper levels. Levels 15 to 17 (the top level) will have only two units per floor. The 788-sq ft suites are priced at RM302,000 each.  

It will have one of its kind split-level sky decks with five hydrotherapy infinity swimming pools and open snack bars, one pool per block.  

There will also be a dance club, conference/meeting rooms, business centre, fitness centre, Internet facilities, convenience shops and many other new features. 

The 800-unit resort suites (160 units per block) comprise six apartment types from 454 sq ft studios to 788 sq ft two-bedroom deluxe units. Each unit comes with a jacuzzi in a bathroom as big as the bedroom. 

Tanco group managing director Datuk Tan Jing Nam told StarBiz that all the units were designed in such a way as to get a maximum view of the golf course and the sea. 

Tan believes that the time is ripe for this kind of resort suites that is managed like a hotel in Port Dickson. This is because of the high demand for hotel accommodation, especially during the weekends, school and public holidays. 

“During the peak season, the hotels enjoy full occupancy and there are not enough rooms. Look at the Tiara Beach Resort across the road from Palm Springs. It is packed,” he added. 

He said many apartments launched in the 1990s were too big and the owners had to spend so much time cleaning up their units every time they visited Port Dickson. 

“Instead of resting, they spend half the day or more cleaning up. The Duta Grand will be managed by Tanco Resorts Bhd (TRB) and the size is especially ideal for young couples,” he said.  

TRB, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tanco, is an experienced resort operator with a 15-year track record. 

Tan said purchasers would also enjoy 10 years' Royal Palm Springs Golf Club membership, and Duta Grand Privilege Card (with special discounts for TRB group of resorts on accommodation, food and beverage, and right to use on other facilities). 

They will also get 14 days' complimentary stay at Duta Grand that can also be exchanged for accommodation in TRB’s network of resorts. TRB’s top resorts include Havenfield Hall and Cloth Hall (a 600-year-old Tudor mansion) in Kent, England.  

According to Tan, other projects lined up for the resort over the next few years include: 

  • Water Theme Park
  • : This 23-acre park is scheduled for completion together with Duta Grand.  

  • Palm Springs Boulevard:
  • It will be the first upmarket F&B and entertainment hub in Port Dickson. The 24 units of two-storey shops, priced from RM294,000 each (with a wide corridor on the ground and first floors), will front the main Port Dickson road and is sited next to Extreme Park. Tanco plans to keep half the units. Registration is now open. 

  • Spa Village:
  • There will be a tie-up with an international brand to operate the very upmarket spa village. The proposed rental for some of the 72 bungalows may be from RM1,000 a night.  

  • A 30-acre man-made beach
  • : When completed, this artificial beach will enhance the resort atmosphere of Palm Springs. 

  • Six resort islands:
  • These man-made islands covering 300 acres, with 200 acres of net saleable area (the current resort proper covers about 500 acres) within a proposed duty free zone, will jut out into the sea fronting the resort. Three of them will be residential (with exclusive seafront bungalows) and two islands will be commercial. The island furthest out to the sea will be a cruise ship terminal. This project is pending approval from the Department of Environment. 

    When completed, cruise ships can stop at this terminal and bring tourists to the resort and shop at the island’s retail centre. 

    Why build bungalows on an island?  

    According to Tan, many island bungalow developments are “selling like hot cakes” in many parts of the world and a good example is Dubai. 

    Tan said Port Dickson had “almost everything”, from good roads to hotels.  

    “It has the hardware. What it lacks are more activities and attractions. As it is, many holidaymakers find that they have nothing to do at night,” he said. 

    The Palm Springs Resort City at the 12½-mile Jalan Pantai in Pasir Panjang is the largest integrated resort in Port Dickson. It currently has among others an 18-hole golf course with lakes, a large convention hall that can seat 2,000 pax, a caravan park, 570 riverine villas and 300 condotel apartments.  

    Tanco’s other developments include Bandar Country Homes in Rawang, Desa Millennia in Puchong and Duta Vista executive suites in Kuala Lumpur. 

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