Stayed here for part of our first wedding anniversary trip and must say it's probably one of, if not the best hotel we have stayed it. It's difficult to compare this with a hotel room being a villa but we just had the most amazing, relaxing stay and would go back in an absolute heartbeat.
To begin with, the villa is huge with an upstairs bedroom and bathroom with a massive, super comfortable bed, big screen TV, deep soaking tub (which regrettably never got an opportunity to use), big shower with rainfall shower head and a double sink vanity unit.
Downstairs had a massive lounge area with a huge sofa, another big screen TV, second bathroom with single tap vanity unit and toilet. Downstairs also had an indoor jacuzzi that opened up to the private pool outside which itself opened up to the beautiful main villa private pool (pool only for villa guests). Outside there was a third private shower to use I guess for after a swim in the pool, 2 sun chairs to relax outside on and 2 of your own blow up pool beds for guests to use. The water in the pool was a little on the cooler side but once you got all the way in your body adjusts pretty much straight away. The private pool was a little on the small side and not entirely private as anyone swimming past could look through the trees that make up the wall and see if anyone's in the private pool or jacuzzi (there are curtains just outside the jacuzzi so you could close them for privacy within the lounge but unless you switch off the lights at night time anyone could peak through the bushes and watch you in the jacuzzi which was the only let down of the stay). The outside lounge chairs we never used because there were so many mosquitoes around so unless you sprayed a lot of repellant on yourself or you got straight in the water, you’d get eaten alive (but this is the tropics after all). Having said that, it was only in the shade or at night around the pool this happened. As soon as you stepped out into the main hotel grounds or into the sun there was no issue with mosquitoes. Having said all that the villa had a complementary bug spray repellent and container of ointment to apply to any itchy bites (which the staff pointed out when they take you on a tour of the villa when you’ve checked in).
The Hotel grounds were amazing and relaxing, at times making you not wanting to leave, to just relax with a book or spend the day in the hotel pool or the Oasis bar, the swim up villa pool bar which by Australian standards was very, very reasonably priced for drinks. Even at night time the gardens and grounds were all lit up and beautiful to look at. The staff were super friendly, saying hello everytime you walked past and always willing to help.
The Villa came with complementary buffet breakfast daily at the hotel restaurant, or you could elect to have breakfast delivered to your room daily. Breakfast was amazing with all sorts of breads, fruits, cereals, an egg/ omelette station, hot and cold cut meats, sausages, smoked salmon and smoked fish, everything you could expect at a higher end hotel and everything was delicious. Sitting in the restaurant eating breakfast and enjoying the hotel gardens and ponds was the most relaxing way to start the day.
The street the Sawasdee Village is on had many small restaurants, a few shops (including a 7/11 about 30 metres from the entry and a tour operator directly across the road) and quite a selection of massage/ relaxation/ beauty spas (one of which my wife and I visited a number of times). All the beauty spa/ massage parlours we’re priced around the 300 baht thai massage/ 400 massage with oil and I was never accosted for a happy ending so was very happy knowing they weren’t the seedy ones we’d heard about in Phuket. The hotel was about 10 mins from Kata beach which was amazing and all the surrounding streets also had an abundance of restaurants/ bars and shops so there wasn’t a massive need to go to Patong unless you were after the seedy bars/ ping pong shows etc.
All in all, the Baray villas were incredible and would stay there again in a heartbeat if we get the opportunity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Art Resort in Phuket, Thailand… a Treasury of Exotic Thai Art & Culture… with the Senses of Peace and Healing. Art of Life… To fulfill the senses of living with the 1st Triple Pool Access Villa in Phuket, Thailand. The 14 Luxury Villas has the spacious space with luxurious design and the exclusive services of your personal assistant staff to customized all desires.We assured to heal your holidays in the peace of life with our Thai hospitality service. The awards from Tourism Authority of Thailand and TripAdvisor can guarantee your total experiences at our resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Baray Villa Hotel Kata Beach
- The Baray Villa Phuket/Kata Beach