The epitome of luxurious living


  • Focus
  • Monday, 31 Aug 2015

The best quality and sheer luxury make up the City of Dreams.

YOU hover along Penang Outer Ring Road in your chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. Your home ahead is in view: two towers glittering as each angled window catches the mid-morning sun.

Sheets of metal encasing the lower levels glint at you as your driver veers into your tree-lined driveway.

You alight into your lobby, passing couches sunk into the floor, such that the water pools are at level with the shoulders of those lounging on them.

You glance at your phone. Your app tells you there are no letters in your mailbox to collect and you stride to the elevators.

You decide to pause at the Indulgence on Level Six to have a moment to yourself. The elevator door opens to the Olympic-size outdoor infinity pool, and behind that, the expanse of the crescent coastline of Gurney Drive.

This, four years from now, is the vision of the lifestyle of the rich and famous in Penang.

“The future is racing toward us. Building our nation today is more about meeting what will come rather than creating it. The City of Dreams, four years from now, will be the global expectation of unfettered luxury,” said Ewein Zenith executive deputy chairman Datuk S.K. Ewe.

The Penang Outer Ring Road is scheduled to be completed before the City of Dreams and access to the twin towers will be via this road.

More than 50 world-class facilities and features are embedded into this luxury serviced apartment towers called City of Dreams between Bandar Tanjung Pinang and the Gurney Drive roundabout.

Aside from the Rolls Royce that residents can charter, there will also be a yacht berthed at Straits Quay at their beck and call.

The parking lot will have a customised high-performance car wash that will shampoo, wash and blow-dry a stationary vehicle.

The Indulgence on Level Six is installed with every expectant amenity plus a bowling alley, private cinema, golf simulator, virtual children games room, a banquet hall for 200 people and a business lounge with a high-tech conference room fit for a global conglomerate’s board meeting.

More luxurious amenities await residents at levels 36 and 37, from private dining rooms to sky lounges, a sky pool and garden, day beds, a cigar room, a wine room and a sky terrace.

Healthcare is supplied by a full-blown physiotherapy room, a luxury ambulance service and even an emergency room, but the highest levels of health and wellness will be found in some of the available units.

Shields to dampen electro-magnetic fields, showers with water infused with vitamin C, a special coating on frequently touched surfaces that triggers oxidation and kills bacteria, these are the stuff of luxury homes.

Expect pure air and water with filters to screen out pollutants, allergens and toxins. Get ready for the best soundproofing in the bedrooms for a new definition of “peace and quiet”.

More than 20 technologies will be implemented in selected residences of the City of Dreams to build an environment where wellness will become a way of life.

Ewein Zenith will build this 572 luxury serviced apartments.

City of Dreams will comprise two 40-storey towers, including six levels of car parks and three levels of facilities covering 120,000sq ft (11,148sq m).

The units range from about 1,100sq ft (102.2sq m) to 2,350sq ft (218.35sq m) and are priced at RM1,500 per sq ft onwards, with price tags in the region of RM1.65mil to RM5mil.

Interestingly, Ewe is naming the towers after his wife and daughter, Elainé (EE-LAIN-NEE) and Chloé (KHLO-EE).

“Planning for the City of Dreams has become a labour of love for me. We are sparing no expense to create serviced luxury apartments that will re-define the concept of high living in Penang and we plan to attract the global elite to our island,” he said.

For Ewein Zenith, this pilot project sets off an even bigger venture in Penang.

It is part of the 110 acres (44.5ha) of land in Bandar Tanjung Pinang that the Penang government is using to compensate Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd for the construction, feasibility studies and detailed design work of three paired roads and totalling 21.2km and the 6.5km Penang Undersea Tunnel connecting north Butterworth to the Gurney Drive-Pangkor Road junction costing RM6.3bil.

Ewein Zenith is a 40% associate company of the consortium and had agreed via a supplementary agreement last February to pay the consortium RM133mil for the land.

The remaining 60% is owned by Ewein Land Sdn Bhd, which is a fully owned subsidiary of public-listed company Ewein Berhad.

Ewein Zenith obtained planning permission on March 30 and its building plans were approved on April 7.

In July, Ewein Zenith was awarded the coveted status as an Entry Point Project 10 (EPP10) champion under the Economic Transformation Programme by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry.

EPP 10 is for the development of a wellness resort city.

Earlier in August, Ewein Zenith announced plans to build the Wellness City of Dreams on 50 acres (20.2ha) of the land given to the consortium.

The company is building luxury residences, resorts, commercial hubs and retail outlets with facilities catering to healthcare, recuperation, retirement homes, and alternative medical care.

The planned development size covers over 10,000,000sq ft (929,030sq m). It is expected to contribute RM2.4bil in annual gross national income by 2020 and the projected gross development value is RM15bil.

Ewe is also riding on the wave of medical tourism in the vicinity.

“Health, as a resource for everyday life, is sold in Penang. For almost two decades, our hospitals have carved a global reputation for themselves.

“Through its professionalism and dedication, Penang’s medical community has earned global recognition,” he said.

Ewe described the project as “killing three birds with one stone”.

“We will have a wellness resort to enhance medical tourism, three efficient roads to ease island traffic and a tunnel to north Butterworth to bring new development there,” he said.

*This article is courtesy of Zeon Properties Sdn Bhd

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