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Seafront Splendour — Waterfront Properties in Malaysia

Two Malaysian properties offer unique propositions for homebuyers to consider, however, both projects allow you to imbibe the waterfront vistas.

Sep 02, 2022 | By Joe Lim
Samaja Selo Private Residences, Tioman Island, Malaysia.

Samaja Selo Private Residences, Tioman Island, Malaysia. Image: Samaja Selo

Invest and unwind in some of Malaysia’s most unique beachfront properties. Samãja Selo, Tioman Island is the collaborative inspiration of Selo Group and Impiana Hotels & Resorts Management Sdn Bhd (IHRM), the hospitality arm of the Impiana Group of Malaysia. Headquartered in Singapore, Selo Group is a fully integrated Southeast Asian real estate developer with diverse revenue streams spanning Development, Construction, Hospitality, Design, and Prefabricated Modular Housing. The Group has been operating in Indonesia since 2009.

Impiana Group has emerged as a major regional player and has since created a collection of some of the finest business hotels, resorts, private villas, and spas across Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia over the last two decades.

Their collective vision was to curate a modern resort-style private residential retreat that is the definition of modern luxury vacation lifestyles, respecting the demand for privacy in a safe environment, yet maintaining connectivity with the world around us.

Vacation real estate innovation is at the core of the development. There are eight freehold luxury private homes available for foreign ownership. Owners have the ability to work with the developer’s architect to design a bespoke villa or purchase shares in one of Samãja Selo’s three- or four-bedroom luxury co-ownership villas. Villa lots range from 1,100 to 1,950 sqm with the flexibility to build up to six bedrooms.

Samaja Selo Private Residences

Villa at Samaja Selo Private Residences. Image: Samaja Selo.

Located at the southern end of Tioman Island in Peninsular Malaysia, Samãja Selo offers the ultimate island getaway with its limited collection of beachfront or hilltop private residential villas. In addition, a partnership with WingsOverAsia Private Aircraft ensures one-of-a-kind direct private aviation access to Tioman Island from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Singapore.

First discovered by ancient seafarers, Tioman Island was a source for these mariners to replenish and rejuvenate as they journeyed to the Middle East. Trade was based on the region’s natural products such as nutmeg, clover, and pepper that were sought by Chinese and Middle Eastern markets, and ceramics were used as a currency to trade. These stories have been woven into the design inspiration, creating narrative-led lifestyle spaces in all of Samãja Selo villas’ amenities.

Luxurious Beach Front Living

 Samaja Selo Private Residences

All villas will be fully equipped with essential appliances for modern living. Image: Samaja Selo

Samãja Selo, Tioman Island Private Residences deliver exceptional levels of service, world-class amenities, and a seamless ownership experience, in one of Southeast Asia’s most idyllic tropical island locations, that delivers an unforgettable destination lifestyle. Its private residences combine vacation home ownership with resort-style experience and access to high-end facilities and services, including an expansive pool, rejuvenating spa, wellness and fitness facilities, kids’ club, multiple dining venues, a clubhouse, movie theatre, diving centre, library, and remote working areas.

Samãja Selo’s distinct dining experiences showcase the warmth of Asian hospitality with the best in personalised service, from alfresco dining on the terrace at The Ocean Grill to a more casual atmosphere at The Beach Club, Pool & Cabana. Authentic heritage dishes are presented in a modern style and enhanced by locally sourced ingredients.

Recently, Selo Group announced internationally recognised chef and acclaimed restaurateur Will Meyrick as its new brand partner. Meyrick will bring his wealth of expertise to develop new culinary experiences and oversee the food and beverage programmes.

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone in Samãja Selo Private Residences, there is 24-hour security provided by the operations team with CCTV coverage. Owners can also enjoy a 24-hour concierge to manage all their personal preferences. Moreover, through Samãja Selo’s partnership with ThirdHome, owners and their families can enjoy two weeks or more luxury accommodation in one of 10,000 luxury homes worldwide, whilst their villa is being constructed.

Simau & Semukut Villa Collections

A bedroom design rendering of Samaja Selo Private Residence.

A bedroom design rendering of Samaja Selo Private Residence. Image: Samaja Selo Private Residences.

Owners will choose between fully furnished Simau three-bedroom and Semukut four-bedroom luxury villas, all with private pools, home offices, luxury kitchens, alfresco dining, and owner’s storage. All villas will have panoramic southwest-facing sunset views. These co-ownership villas allow buyers to invest in vacation real estate with none of the usual hassle, like the responsibility of maintenance and property management. They will also enjoy significantly lower ownership prices compared to whole ownership of a similar vacation home as the purchase price is proportionate to the typical amount of personal use.

Samãja Bespoke Collection

Owners can create a unique, custom-designed villa that perfectly fits their needs. Selo Group’s architectural team will work with owners to curate and design their bespoke vacation villas, allowing them the utmost flexibility when it comes to choosing the size and layout of your villa. There are eight private residential villa lots with spectacular sunset views, available for private freehold ownership, four beaches from lots with direct beach and water access, and four hillside sea view lots.

Tranquil Landscape

 Samaja Selo Private Residences

A sun lounge is located beside a villa’s private pool. Image: Samaja Selo Private Residences

The project has been meticulously master-planned to capitalise on the peaceful hillside seclusion and views over the bay. The resort has been planned and landscaped to ensure that every villa is provided with stunning sea or sunset views. Utilising local materials and vegetation, the landscape and architectural features are designed to complement the natural elements of Tioman Island.

Situated on the southeast coast of Peninsula Malaysia, Tioman Island is easily accessible by plane or ferry and lures travellers from Singapore, Malaysia, and beyond with its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear water, jungle-covered hills, and tropical climate. The island features a range of water sports activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing catch release fishing, kite surfing, and sea kayaking. Other outdoor activities on the island include island hopping, waterfall tours, rock climbing, hiking, and golf.

Samãja Selo Private Residence is located south of the island under the Twin Peaks of Semukut Mountain, the island’s most striking landmark, and near Mukut, which is known as the most scenic of Tioman Island’s eight main villages. The region features a kaleidoscope of terrestrial and marine biodiversity that can be viewed from land or in the water, from sea turtles and blacktip reef sharks to blue-spotted stingrays and colourful coral fish such as triggerfish, parrotfish, angelfish, clownfish, and many more. There are eight luxury private homes available “turn-key” from US$2 million. Pricing is inclusive of OFE and FFE (Furniture, Fitting, Equipment). Investors will enjoy an attractive return on investment (ROI) based on comparable landscapes. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

According to Selo Group, Samãja Selo is a private lifestyle district curated for an international community with continued memberships to reciprocal partnerships and club networks. They believe that the community is the active ingredient that brings residential development and technology to life therefore have woven it into every aspect of their residential resort experience. For more information about Samãja Selo:

Waterfront Magic

The Light Collection IV

Enjoy a dip in your private pool at The Light Collection IV, Penang, Malaysia. Image: Jelutong Development Sdn Bhd.

Living in a water villa at The Light Collection IV is like owning a gem in the Pearl of the Orient. On the Northern tip of Peninsula Malaysia, The Light Collection IV is the final installation of The Light Collection development in Penang. This exclusive development features seafront water villas and a condominium that is among the most highly desired residences in the entire The Light Collection. Strategically located next to the iconic Penang Bridge, The Light gained prominence as a landmark destination, offering real estate investors and discerning holiday home buyers exclusivity on the seafront, and commanding panoramic views of Penang’s legendary harbour. The Light Collection was developed by IJM Land’s subsidiary firm, Jelutong Development Sdn Bhd, and was completed in 2017.

The Light Collection IV — Freehold Water Villas

The Light Collection IV

The living room enjoys views of the sea at The Light Collection IV. Image: Jelutong Development Sdn Bhd.

Established in 1989, IJM Land Berhad is one of the leading developers in Malaysia with sprawling townships, commercial buildings, and high-rise condominiums under development in key growth areas throughout the country. One of its star waterfront developments is perched on stilts above water, the water villas are a luxury community of four-bedroom bungalows beautifully designed with waterfront allure. There is a total of 19 units with the built-up area of units ranging from 7,018 sq ft to 7,147 sq ft. Facilities provided by The Light Collection IV exclusively for its residents include a swimming pool, wading pool, gymnasium, function room, and changing room. The development will also include a new shopping mall, hotel, and office tower that are currently under construction. The Lotus hypermarket is close by, providing residents with the convenience of grocery shopping while E-Gate located next door to the hypermarket offers food connoisseurs a variety of cafes and restaurants such as Starbucks Coffee, Secret Recipe, and Old Town White Coffee.

Residents can easily commute to any part of the city from The Light Collection IV. The Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Highway allows residents quick access to Penang International Airport. They will also be within a few minutes drive of Georgetown, Gurney Drive, and Bayan Lepas.  The development is close to many attractions that are worth visiting. For instance, Georgetown UNESCO Heritage Site, Clan Jetties of Penang, and Chew Jetty are located just a few minutes away. The location of The Light Collection IV which is centralised around the airport, free industrial zone, Georgetown, and the mainland will be an added advantage to potential buyers and investors.

The Light Collection IV four-bedroom private pool villas are currently still available for purchase. The selling price is approximately US$3.37 million. For more information about The Light Collection IV, please visit

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