Great sea side location and set in spectacular location over looking to 5 islands.
Service was very good and was looked after well by K. Lek and her team
We stayed at Villa 3 at the Headlands in late August 2016 and cannot say enough good things about it. While we were hoping it would be worth our trip nearly half way around the world, it was not a concern since our stay far surpassed all our expectations!
Some of the most important aspects:
The Location and The Villa:
Because of my line of work, we have been fortunate to stay in a number of incredible places around the world. Many have been five star resorts and hotels while others have been incredible vacation rentals in places such as an apartment overlooking the Seine in Paris and another an apartment with a spectacular view of San Marco Square and the Grand Canal in Venice. One in particular, a spectacular and spiritual resort in Ubud, Indonesia, has always been our favorite...until now. We now have found that Villa 3 at the Headlands far surpasses every place we have ever experienced in any of our travels!
There is also one very important point about The Headlands, and particularly Villa 3 in comparison to the other four villas. We had been concerned about mosquitos while at the villa; however, because of the cross breeze that is created by the location of this particular villa, we only once saw a mosquito. And, that same cross breeze kept the villa cool enough throughout the day that we rarely used the A/C and experienced almost no humidity. I know that is not the case on much of Koh Samui, since after departing the villa we stayed at a fantastic resort on the north end of the island, but while there had to deal with the problem of constant heat and humidity as well as mosquitos.
It is not just the location, of the villa however, though that in itself is spectacular with its 260 degree or so view of the sea and nearby islands. It is also the layout, with its large living/dining/kitchen pavilion, which also includes an upstairs loft and bathroom. as well as the separate bedroom pavilion with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The kitchen is perfect for cooking one’s own meals or having our wonderful house attendant prepare breakfast each morning. And, whether lounging in the living area, the bedrooms, one of the outside lounges or in the incredible infinity pool, the views just can’t be beat!
Since the Headlands is comprised of five separate villas, there is one resident manager, Lek, who oversees the operation. Lek is a vivacious, friendly, funny, and very competent manager who will do anything for guests. Every request is handled swiftly and efficiently and there is never anything that ‘can’t be done’. Additionally, she is so enjoyable that we got to the point where we had so much fun with her that we missed it whenever she was not around!
And then there is Aoy, who is the house attendant for Villa 3. Whether she was fixing our breakfast and making sure we had enough to eat in the morning, cleaning our villa afterwards, or returning in the late afternoon to tidy things up and do turndown, there was nothing she ever missed. And, her art pieces made out of banana leaves or even simple towels, were incredible. We were always pleased to return to our bedroom in the evening and find one of these works of art waiting on the bed.
Aoy was also assisted by one of the young men who tended the gardens and outside of the villas. Every morning he would rake up the leaves and anything else that had blown in...and then he would be back in the afternoon to do so again. And, every morning he would install a huge umbrella over the shallow end of the pool that made it possible to sit and read a book in the pool without the sun blazing down.
Other ‘Special’ Services:
If one can tear themselves away from Villa 3, The Headland’s is within walking distance of both the InterContinental Hotel and several local beach restaurants. There is a private staircase down to a very small beach in front of the Headlands, but it is only a short walk to large stretches of beach in either direction, though the tide does prevent this for a couple hours each day.
Additionally, it is easy to hire a chef to come in and prepare dinner. Lek will go over menu options with guests and then the chef purchases the food and makes dinner. We did this one night and it was great fun.
And then there are the massages. Several days Lek arranged for local massage therapists to come in to give each of us 90 minute massages. They were incredible...and the price even more so since all of them together equaled the cost of one massage at most hotel spas!
I could go on and on but one final thing to mention that sums everything up the best. I have a very big birthday this coming July and we are already planning a trip back to Villa 3 to celebrate it. Yes, it is a very long trip from home, but I can’t think of anywhere I would rather spend my special day!
We stayed in villa 3 for 6 wonderful nights. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel so welcome by the villa staff, they were very genuine and provided such a great service throughout our stay, from beautiful daily breakfasts to cooking us a couple Thai dinners .. the best Thai food we've ever eaten! The villa itself is just spectacular and as many have said the pictures do not do it justice. The views are amazing and sunsets by the pool are addictive. Our whole family felt so very comfortable we did not want to leave. We will definitely be back again.
My partner & i decided to go with Villa 3, when booking our honeymoon in Thailand. We arrived late at night, and found the transport/service to the hotel to be well managed and courteous. As soon as we got there, we were provided with fresh drinks, food, wet towels - amazing service.
Upon arrival, we were blown away by the villas features - large infinity pool, incredible views with close proximity to beach/jet ski hire/thai food etc. The photos do not do justice - you have to see it to believe it, the villa is extremely beautiful.
The view from Villa 3 is unbelievable, with 180 degree views of the sea; we enjoyed the gorgeous sunsets while relaxing in the pool certain afternoons& again the service also matches the views - 5 stars. The team went out of their way to provide us with whatever we desired - thai take-away delivered certain nights, drinks, snacks - whatever it was, it was never too much hassle for them to help us. You are provided with a mobile phone and can contact your dedicated villa manager, to also assist with tour recommendations, relaxation retreats, local fine dining & restaurant suggestions and more. It was really great having the support of the team navigate all the different options on the island.
The Intercontinental Hotel is also just around the corner, so would recommend having a few cocktails one night, at Sky Bar - it was insanely gorgeous at sunset - unforgettable experience.
We look forward to going back again one day, and taking our kids for the ride. Memorable experience and highly recommended.
As I try to stay warm on a cold damp winters day, I can't help but think about my wonderful trip last summer to Villa 3.
We went for a girls weekend and it could not have been more perfect.
Highlights include, but by no means limited to:
- Super easy airport pick up
- Villa 3's gorgeous setting, view is picture book material.
- The abundance of greenery and flowers, including Bougainvillea and Jasmine- two of my favorites.
- The Villa is light and airy, with beautiful furnishings. Everything is clean and the bedding is so comfortable.
- The morning Yoga classes by the our pool, arranged for us, with fabulous instructors who ensured we started the day off right. Not to mention the lovely masseuses who also came to the Villa.
- The in-house chef, who prepared fresh, healthy meals for us.
This place is special. It has all the 5 star comforts without that "package" feeling of a hotel resort. We were able to relax and unwind at our own pace, in our own style.
We stayed at Headland villlas Jan '16 and loved it so much we returned the following year with my parents. As we were a larger group we booked villa no 3 with the larger pool and extra loft beds for the kids.
Trust me, Headland Villas did not disappoint. The service on arrive was fabulous. We were early (8am) and the previous family were just checking out. The villa staff made sure we were comfortable while they quickly cleaned etc. We were sitting by our private pool by 10am, refreshed, bags unpacked etc. Wonderful service.
Poor Saumi had unbelievable non seasonal rain during our visit, but it didn't matter. The villas are so open and spacious we all had plenty of room. Villa Manager Lek made sure we had everything we needed (including fast wifi for the kids), and our housekeeper always making sure we were dry/feed etc. Because of the rain we really took advantage of the in-house chef. You can design your own menu and have it prepared in your own kitchen, it was surprisingly reasonably priced and great food. The staff also worked very hard on keeping the grounds/pool clean, tough job in such poor weather.
Even checkout was a pleasure. Once again a late afternoon flight, as our villa was needed for new arrivals, we were given the use on another villa to spend the day, relax, swim and shower. This is the sort of personal service your really appreciated when travelling, nothing worse then an late check in or early check out, which involves lots of waiting around.
We did get 3 days of sun out of our 10 and only as Headland villas and Saumi can do, you just forget all about the rain and enjoy this delightful island, wonderful sunsets and great accommodation.
We will be back again, thats for sure.
Our stay at Villa 3 was perfect in every way, and we were blown away by the experience.
Villa 3 has the largest pool in the property, and the pool is perfect for travelers with young children, because it possesses a large shallow area for them to play in (something the other pools do not). The view from Villa 3 is extraordinary, with 180 degree view of the sea; we enjoyed watching the beautiful sunset while relaxing in the pool every evening.
The staff and service were top notch (even better than many 5-star resorts we have stayed at before). They were professional, but also give a very personal experience just like the villa itself, as they went out of their way to provide us with everything we wanted (whether it be drinks, snacks, dining options, souvenirs, transportation, etc.). The staff were incredibly friendly, and even spent time playing with our 3 year old daughter from time to time. In terms of food options, we would definitely recommend having a chef cook lunch and dinner: not only is it extremely delicious (especially the Thai seafood), but it is also great value when compared to your usual resort restaurant. And allowing us to stay camped in our beautiful, spacious villa all day long is an additional perk to say the least!
The Headland property itself is gorgeous and all 5 of its villas (as well as The View) are unique in its own way: some are more of a "jungle" or private variety, while others are more spacious and open, so there is something for everyone. Although it isn't large by any means, it is a pleasure to walk along the path leading to the beach, and the property possesses a very private feel to it despite being situated next to the Intercontinental resort.
All in all, The Headland Villa 3 was a perfect experience, and we definitely look forward to going again.