I was reminded of a personal favorite, a five-star hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii: quiet, understated elegance and impeccable service. The big difference - the Pen Villa has modest rates, and a very comfortable, homey feel about it provided by Pete and Winnie, the amiable host and hostess.
A short walk from the beach, Pen Villa provides a sort of oasis from the outside world, with its large, sparkling pool and immaculate grounds. My room was large, spotlessly clean and tastefully furnished. The shower was powerful and the air con was very effective. The refrigerator in the room came in handy; there are two convenience stores a couple of minutes' walk away.
Pete, an Aussie with a PhD in engineering whose talents including brewing up a gourmet cup of coffee, and the delightful Win were ultra-attentive about anything I needed – even anticipating without my asking. They’re also a diligent pair: Pete out in the evening wearing his headlamp and vacuuming the pool, Win cheerfully raking the grounds, saying she was getting “one leaf at a time….”
Even the resident kitty, “Key Tag,” was super cordial, introducing himself by rubbing against my leg as I sat on the veranda, then curling up under my chair.
I’ve stayed in many hotels of all varieties, and my too-brief time (four days) at Pen Villa ranks as one of my most pleasant hotel experiences.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pen Villa is a family run hotel set among the hills of Surin. The hotel is located away from the main road, its surroundings are serene and private, and Surin Beach is an easy 10 min walk away. The hotel offers some of the best value hotel accommodation in Phuket.Our rooms are spacious and perfectly suited for long-stay guests. All rooms overlook our large swimming pool and tropical garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pen Villa Hotel Phuket, Thailand