Absolute Life: Bryan Lunt

Bryan Lunt, Chairman of Absolute World Group of Companies

Bryan Lunt, Chairman of Absolute World Group of Companies

19 questions and 19 answers to help you know better the man who has nothing to do with Absolut Vodka but is Asia’s market leader in mixed-use resort development. Bryan Lunt, Chairman of Absolute World Group of Companies.

1. Can you introduce yourself?
“I’m Bryan Lunt, Chairman of Absolute World Group of Companies, originally from Liverpool, England, living in Hong Kong.”

2. What is Absolute World Group of Companies?
“Absolute started as a vacation club and has since expanded into resort management and resort development. We have a total covering of shared ownership products, hotel products and real estate developments.”

3. What are you going to do in the future?
“What we are going to do in the future is to continue with new real estate development; to expand our portfolio hotels and programs. We originally started selling only to international families e.g. Australian, British, German, Russian, French and Chinese. Then we moved into the Thai market in March last year. Our company is eleven years old now. The expansion is fast as we are a proactive sales and marketing company. We go and look for new businesses. When it gets difficult, we just work harder. Everybody digs in from the top management down to all staff. Absolute is made of some very good people.”

4. How did Absolute start?
“Absolute Group has three principles: share holders, myself and two Russian partners. Thailand is an upbeat market. We probably have 40% of our business in Thailand and we run 27 offices around the world, driving clients to come to Thailand whether they come with the vacation club, Club Absolute or whether they come as a guest of real estate properties like yooPhuket, or other properties in Bangkok, Samui and Pattaya.”

5. How about the future plans for Absolute?
“There will be two or three more developments in the coming year. One decided yesterday is a brand new double beach project. It is not released yet but is very close to releasing, along with Samui’s new project. We are also looking for something in Khao Yai for the Thai market, because not all Thais can afford to buy their own second home for holidays, so to have a fully managed, fully serviced holiday home is a fantastic opportunity for Thai people. We’ve been approached by very big Thai companies to partner with us on something new. Hopefully this comes off and it will really open the market to Thai people.”

6.  How about your working principles?
“What we sell, we have to deliver.”

7. Any advice for those who want to become like you?
“Don’t do it. Take it easy. Get a normal job. Don’t be competition.” (He laughs out loud before we continue the next question.)

8. How do you spend your free time?
“I do boot camp, squash, ski, socialize, drink fine wine and dine.”

9. Your role models?
“Some people I like are Richard Branson, Bill Marriott and Bill Clinton. They are all strong characters and successful. Nothing is easy. Also Nelson Mandela. You know, anything impossible is possible.”

10. How do you see yourself in five or ten years?

“Five years I can see but ten years is too far. I would like to keep our business growing. We believe in Thailand not just in the tourist areas but we will grow into new areas. We will get some people to help us develop more charity works. We want to go to the smaller towns like in E-Sarn to open up a home, maybe something like an orphanage.”

11. Have you seen the movie ’2012′ yet? What are you going to do if a disaster like in 2012 does happen?
“I’ve seen the film last year. Do I believe something is going to happen in 2012?  No. I’m not moving from Hong Kong because if it’s going to be underground – if it happens – it just happens.”

12. Are you addicted to music?
“I have music in the car. All types but my favourite songs at the moment are just lively music like Lady Gaga and The Arctic Monkeys from UK. I have quite a range of music with 5000 songs on my iPod. It depends on my mood. Oh Dido and Amy Winehouse. That type.”

13. If you find yourself upset or in a bad mood, how can you get back on track?
“Seven deep breaths and go. You can change your mood in a heartbeat. It helps get yourself organised and clears out the clutter. Just take a deep breath and let it go.”

14. Are you left-brain dominant or right-brain dominant?
“I have no idea! But if it’s about colours: red, green or yellow – I have a strong yellow character I think.”

15. What do you like and dislike the most in Phuket?
“I don’t like the traffic, too much fried food and when it rains. For good things, the beaches are nice, the people, the culture. It’s difficult to work in Thailand but if you are nice with Thai people, things work nice with you. What goes around comes around.”

16. What do you think Phuket should improve?
“Better infrastructure. Bury the wires to make it look nicer. Few issues with Tuk Tuks. Few issues with tourism; I think we need to promote Thailand outside of Thailand more. Many people don’t know how good it is. Hopefully we get political stability and the future looks good. I wish we have less tax on wine and imported fine cars.”

17. Is there any charity you are getting involved with?
We help the Phuket Has Been Good To Us charity. We also have a neutral healer from Bangkok coming to help anyone who is sick, to help them clear their heart and get a better shape.

18. As an entrepreneur, what do you do to keep Phuket green and clean?
“We have a beach cleaning initiative with a group of hoteliers.”

19. Lastly, what would you like to tell our readers?
“If you have a hotel or a resort and would like to enter the shared ownership business, talk to us. We can help you make a lot more money than running as a normal hotel. The opportunity exists now. Or if you have nice land and would like to build a hotel or condo with us as your partner, then Absolute is your future. And if you are not healthy, we have a doctor to help you!”

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10 Responses

  1. That is good. Thank you for sharing..

  2. Will be planning to visit Phuket soon… after reading the above and looking on line the Absolute Bangla Suites seems like a good choice for me. Right in the heart of the action :-)

  3. I am a member of the Absolute Holiday Club and have received nothing for my significant outlay. From my personal opinion you would be best advised to not become involved with this company. A simple google of the club name will provide you with everything you need.

  4. I'm a member of the Absolute Holiday Club for five years. For four years I'm struggling to return my membership because of health problems preventing me from travelling to Thailand. Despite their written agreement to take back my membership within 6 months if requested Club Absolute doesn't comply with their promise. Instead they continue to charge me with maintenance fees. Based on my sad experience I'd like to warn everybody to engange with this company.

  5. I would like to your company have for contact with us for room rental we have service apartment for rental fpr daily,weekly, monthly and yearly
    Address in Bangkok Mr. Bryan Lunt, I know you in Pattaya your company very nice I would like your company have to contact with us

  6. I am a personal friend of Bryan lunts from Marbella in Spain,i would like to make direct contact with him,could you please pass my e,mail on to him asap,alternately could you forward his direct e,mail as i have misplaced it

    Kind Regards

    Barry Lilly

    CEO Marbella dream estates sl
    Marbella spain 29660

    • Barry,

      I just noticed your message requesting Brian Lunt’s address. I will check and see if I can find… It has been quite some time now, however. I may have him listed on somewhere in my computer addresses. I am a former Vice President for the K1 Hedge fund Ltd in Hong Kong central where I was in consulting/ managing a in 2006my Skype. Coincidentally I worked in timeshare several years ago as a training sales manager in California. I presently am now residing in Italy and am semi retired, ect ect… so much for that As said I wll look up Brian’s info and if successful I will forward a message on to you.
      Many regards, Michael V. Kilgore

      contact
      Email: mkilgore81@yahoo.com
      Tel: +39 3391303311

  7. I have been on one of these Timeshare Presentations in Phuket and I have done allot of research on this company. I advise all of you to stay away from this company. The owner and the sales staff are all just after your money. I later bought a Membership week with the Hilton. I am very happy with if.

    • Jeff unfortunatetly I could,nt agree more with your comments regarding this timeshare company.Once you have handed your hard earned cash over, the contract, piece of paper is useless. Look up Club Absolute scam web pages and all will be revealed, they have been at it for years and they are still at it. The Thai goverment warn people about them but won,t kick them out of Thailand. Shame because tourists are going stop visiting Thailand which in turn will effect its economy.

  8. I have also made a substantial investment, assured a 100% increase between pre construction and completion. I was just informed I may get upto 3% if the market improves. Funny how their magazine advertised same shares at almost double my purchase price. They are making it really difficult for me to get a return as my financial situation has changed. My opinion? Put your money in the bank. The interest is far greater. Take care out there.

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