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BY Gloria Jones

Coming from an old,well-established city like London where parks, streets and even buildings have remained unchanged for hundreds of years,it is amazing to see the difference here in Thailand. Certainly one of the first things that strikes you about the Chonburi province is how quickly the growth of areas happens and this is especially true in the case of Bang Saray which has blossomed over the last couple of years.

We've all seen condo blocks rise up, seemingly overnight, with little thought to the necessary infrastructure being put in place to support them. I have personally been to many a project opening hosted by developers offering their concept to be viewed either with a mere 3D model to buildings under construction. At whatever stage you usually have to use a certain amount of imagination to envisage what the final picture will look like. Therefore it was a pleasant surprise to find this was not the case when we were invited to come to view The Heights at Sunplay. The minute we drove into the estate it was delightful to see that the entire surroundings have been lovingly landscaped with manicured lawns, lakes, roads and even running tracks already in place

At the time of going to press, only a fraction of the planned usage has been completed and yet there was no traipsing over earthy furrowed fields or unkempt wasteland as everything has been set out to show prospective clients the lifestyle that being a member of the Sunplay community will afford them. Certainly the developers have found an idyllic location, only 4 km from Bangsaray beach set on rolling hills,surrounded by tropical fields and with the benefit of a charming breeze that can best be enjoyed as you step out onto one of the generous balconies at The Heights to enjoy the view.

In fact there are units available with sea views ranging from a generous one bedroom 90 m2 right through to the 380 sq metres with 3 bedrooms that have additional terraces and private garden areas from which to take in the sunsets. Even inside these condos you are still aware of your pleasant surroundings as the large expanse of floor to ceiling windows gives a lovely airy feeling of bringing the outdoors inside.

As you would expect from a project of this quality furnishings are offered in a range of choices with brand name fixtures and state-of-the-art appliances but what I found most pleasing were the unique little curios scattered about. The developer with a sense of style and originality had added the occasional bronze ornament or antique desk to give a contrast to the modernity of the European kitchens and extremely comfy beds to offer an idea of just how to make the place your own. Throughout it is clear that a great deal of thought has gone into each one of the buildings which complement the natural surroundings and put a quality not just of building materials but also a quality of life at the heart of everything at Sunplay.

It is also pleasing to see the sustainable approach to design and many green energy-saving features. Anyone lucky enough to live in this community will enjoy the Sunplay club with its Deli cafe and poolside restaurant using organically grown fruit and vegetables. We asked to view the organic garden area as it has been broadened out into a charming rest and relaxation area. Then for those who want more energetic pursuits there are many sports facilities both inside and out with 10 World class golf courses,Ocean marina and the beach at Bang Saray a mere hop,skip and a jump away. For the joggers amongst us there are the afore mentioned running tracks and the surrounding Bangsaray hills that are already very popular with cycling enthusiasts. In fact every thought has been given to the needs of the active community with a visiting doctor on hand for anyone who has rather overdone it !

Bangkok is only two hours away, Suvarnabhumi Airport only 90 minutes and the fast expanding Utapao only 30 minutes so easy enough to get away from Sunplay - but why would you want to? 

Tel: +6687 945 6321 ,  +662 655 6420

19/1 Sithakarn 1-2/F , Soi Chidlom , Lumpinee , Pathumwan , Bangkok 10330 Thailand

E-mail : grace@sunplay.asia    www.sunplay.asia