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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Ao Nang, Krabi Town, Krabi Province

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D_Jac0bs
Vancouver, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent Villa at a Great Price”
Reviewed 6 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

This is a great spacious villa with a lovely swimming pool, quiet, totally private, no bother with neighbours. Our favourite spot was the pool, which has a great mountain view and you can see palm trees swaying in the breeze too, which is cool. Evening-time at the villa is especially magical, as there are lots of outside lights, so you can light the place up like a christmas tree, which makes it all very pretty. The garden has mature tropical trees in it, I like the fan palms best, plus the frangipanee is nice and aromatic.

The villa is in an immaculate state in and out and there is plenty of room for an extended family - there were 9 of us which was a bit if a squeeze, 8 would have been better but we had a last-minute addition to our group - you can't very well tell your son "no, you can't come", can you ?

The boys liked the media player which is wired into the big flat screen TV. There are about 50 movies and about half a dozen first season TV series on the nedia player, so there's no chance of running out of stuff to watch.

The staff are friendly, particularly the tuk tuk driver Karim, the maid was good too, plus the support phone we were loaned worked fine, when we wanted advice about what to do we just rung up and got the help and support we wanted.

The villa is in my opinion exceptionally good value for money. The only criticism I have is that the images on this website do not do it justice, it is far more beautiful than it appears on this site.

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Liked best: The pool/garden area
Liked least: Lack of incentive to go anywhere else!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Richard K
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An experience to remember”
Reviewed 22 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We had a 3 centre holiday in Thailand and wished we'd spent more time in the AO Nang area and less time on Phuket. It is the real Thailand; jungle, wildlife, great food and superb trips to the outlying islands. There really are some hidden gems in the area - which large scale tourism hasn't yet changed forever. The Villa itself is a hidden gem; tucked away in what seems to be a remote spot, yet only a 4 minute drive to the beach. There are insects (I note someone complained about the lizards previously); but then all the villas we stayed in had them - they won't bother you in the slightest.

In sum, I would highly recommend the villa and the wonderfully friendly/ knowledgeable owner Simon and, as importantly, I would highly recommend the area.

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Liked best: remote setting
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
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Colin N
Singapore
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4 reviews
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“Potentially a great place but let down by lack of care and location”
Reviewed 19 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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First impressions were not good, when our family of 7 arrived at the villa, the doors were locked. so we had to wait until Jan came to unlock the doors for us. Upon inspection, the overall state of the villa was ok but it had not been thoroughly cleaned for a while. The fridge was not cleaned very well, the kitchen utensils were oily, the bathrooms had lizard droppings, there were big red ants crawling all over the exterior, medium sized ant crawling inside the house. The small ants came on the second day after the cleaners came to 'clean', the small ants were crawling onto the master bedroom bed onto the towels which were supposed to be fresh towels.

To make matters worse, on the 3rd day, there was a power cut in the morning so we had no fan or aircon and water to use. The owner said this can't be helped!! Emergency generator/gravity water tank would? We did not get our electricity back till later in the afternoon. To top it all off, on the 4th day we had no water first thing in the morning at about 7am! Simon (owner) did come to find out the problem and tried to resolve the issue. Nevertheless, there was no water to flush, brush, wash etc. A tad inconvenient!! The water issue did not get resolved until 6pm that evening! This would not have happened if the water tanks were checked regularly and topped up.

The other downside is the location - at the end of a pot holed track in a rubber and palm oil plantation. Despite the advertising of a short distance to the beach and Aonang town - it is not practical to do anything other than to call for a tuk-tuk each time you want go anywhere.

Needless to say, we were relieved to go home to our creature comforts like electricity and water. Never again!!

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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: The poor service and the laid back attitude to cleanliness and the guests’ inconvenience
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Daniel M
London, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Awesome Villa and brilliant pool”
Reviewed 21 May 2013 for a stay in April 2013

Awesome villa, loved the setting too, the mountain view is just real cool, gives you a nice feeling of nature, just what city folk need on vacation. Pool was awesome too, not one of those cra**y plastic -lined ones, not tiled either, this one seemed to be made out of some composite material, don’t know what, anyway it was great, Jacuzzi jets, lights at night (think Jack Daniels on the rocks floating about on an air-bed), plus a corner niche where you can cuddle up with your better half after the kids are in bed. Kids loved the pool too, were in and out all day long. The pool is private too, plus you don’t have to care if the kids make a huge noise as there is nobody to get upset. OK, enough about the pool, everything else was cool too, the rooms are comfortable with beds that ain’t too hard like most Thai beds, there are 2 kitchens and 3 bathrooms, everything is in the best taste (think a muted pastel paint job). The service standards kept us happy too, the better half went off to the market with the maid and shopped for groceries, then came back raving about how much more fun it was than the grocery store back home, then cooked up the food with the maid, then I ate most of it (the kids turned their noses up as usual and ate sandwiches) then the maid washed up while I persuaded my wife not to help and to just relax (we paid extra for this service, after all).



All in all, this was a great place to stay at less than half the cost we would have been in for if we had booked a coupla standard 4 star rooms in a hotel.

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Liked best: The character and charm of the place
Liked least: Very little - it was perfect for the price and an all round bargain
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Lisa D
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fun, comfort and relaxation.”
Reviewed 17 May 2013 for a stay in April 2013

We stayed with two other couples and their kids (ages 2-7). This villa was a great launching pad for adventures in Ao Nang and down the peninsula on Rilay and Pra Nang beach. It was also a great place to relax while the kids were kept busy and happy with the swimming pool and satellite TV. The setting is very nice as well. Just outside the main town, the villa is surrounded by small farms all set amongst krabi's impressive karst towers. A short distance down the main road is wonderful swimming beach for kids where you can also ind some very good Thai seafood restaurants. Highly recommended.

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Liked best: The garden and patio. That view!
Liked least: Not much within walking distance.
Travelling group: Young Children
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Mil034
Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Simply Paradise”
Reviewed 25 April 2013 for a stay in August 2011

I stayed in Villa Alice with some friend and found it just the ideal place to relax and unwind. The villa has a beautifully layout with lots of space and the open plan allows for lots of natural light while remaining cool inside. The outside pool area is just awesome! Great for relaxing during the day or entertaining at night. We had a nice pool party one night with the pool's changing color lighting providing additional ambiance. There are great views of the nearby mountains and the villa is surrounded by a lovely quite neighborhood. Ao Nang town and the surrounding beaches were easily accessible from the villa.
Would definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting to stay around the Ao Nang area. Dreaming of making a return trip!I stayed in Villa Alice with some friend and found it just the ideal place to relax and unwind. The villa has a beautifully layout with lots of space and the open plan allows for lots of natural light while remaining cool inside. The outside pool area is just awesome! Great for relaxing during the day or entertaining at night. We had a nice pool party one night with the pool's changing color lighting providing additional ambiance. There are great views of the nearby mountains and the villa is surrounded by a lovely quite neighborhood. Ao Nang town and the surrounding beaches were easily accessible from the villa.
Would definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting to stay around the Ao Nang area. Dreaming of making a return trip!

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Liked best: The swimming pool area
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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judithboe...
Landsmeer, The Netherlands
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful villa, great service and value for money, highly recommended.”
Reviewed 24 April 2013 for a stay in February 2013

last minute as we had been going to stay on Phuket but our daughter-in-law persuaded us to try out Krabi province. I found Villa Alice on Tripadvisor and booked last-minute with the owner, who gave us a last-minute discount on the published rateas.

The quality of the villa is really superb. It has all mod cons, a lovely pool which looks brand new, comfortable beds and services on call, such as a tuk tuk, cook and of course a cleaner came in regularly, we also got lent a mobile phone by the guy who met and greeted us, a chap called Vimal, who then promptly answered our calls throughout our stay – we booked various daytrips through him, which were excellent, one snorkeling and island hopping daytrip and one private minivan trip to the some of the inland attractions. Thanks are due to him for doing his best for us throughout our stay, including giving us the inside info on where to eat, shop, get a massage etc.

On one evening Vimal organized a chef for us as well, she arrived and went off to the market with 3 of us, then came back and showed these 3 how to cook Thai food, a very enjoyable evening all round. There was enough food left over for lunch the next day.

We really loved this place, the view from the pool of a magnificent pair of limestone kart mountains is simply spectacular and the pool is completely private too. At night the underwater lights create a magical atmosphere, floating around with a gin and tonic after dark was one of my favourite things about the place, with the villa lit up and the tropical trees swaying – the stuff my tropical dreams are made of, anyway. The TV came equipped with not only satellite TV bit also a media player with about 100 movies and 10 TV series on it.

Wonderful villa, great service and value for money, highly recommended.

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Liked best: view and atmosphere
Liked least: not walking distance to the beach
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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