We stayed at the big villa for 4 nights in April.
Overall we had a great stay and the villa was great.
Here are my negative comments:
• We were quoted an airport transfer cost of 1,000 bht in email. However the driver picked all 6 of us up in a giant 12 passenger bus. And then they asked for 1,200 bht.
• Despite having clearly communicated the times we desired dinner/lunch to be served, several times it was served much later. That doesn’t really work when you have hungry children and have already made plans revolving around the meal time. It’s a bit nit-picky, but we’re paying for a high level of service here.
• The shower in the bathroom off room one had a significant amount of black mold growing in it, especially on the ceiling. Unacceptable.
• I think the large villa could use with being shut down for a week for maintenance. The large bathrooms are overdue for deep cleaning and repair. The kitchen cupboards are in sad shape. The outside table has been beaten up and needs to be replaced. The aircon in the southern master bedroom didn’t really keep up.
• We were very much looking forward to the seafood bbq, and it was one of the points that sold us on this villa. It was completely terrible. It was hands down the worst meal we ate in Thailand.
• There appeared to be some sound system for the villa and pool area. It seemed like it was from the 90s. There were no instructions and no cables or ports that I could see to use it, much less hook up an ipod or something.
• The beds could be described as soft planks of wood. They were very hard.
Here are some general comments:
• We stayed 4 nights instead of 5, so we had to pay for our own airport transfer and the boat out to the private islands. It would have nearly paid for itself to stay the extra night and get those included. Not the villa’s fault of course.
• The level of English spoken by the staff varies, in the end we were able to get everything we asked, but sometimes we had to be persistent that they understood. Questions like, “What time will the taxi be here?” were answered with “Yes.” Writing seemed to help.
• It was very warm in April. The evenings are cool and you can comfortably sit outside and watch the sunset and no sweat too much. But the pool water was so warm it wasn’t really refreshing. It was hot. Bring more sunblock then you think you need. The pool is in the sun all day long.
• We asked beforehand that our driver take us to a grocery store on the way to the villa. That was a good move. We purchased some snack stuff which was nice to have on hand. Beer and wine was cheaper that way as well. We bought some fruit, and that was a waste since they have it super cheap at the resort. We also bought a bunch of water bottles. The villa has a giant filtered water dispenser. So we didn’t extra water.
• Most of the dishes on the villa menu are thai(duh!) or involve some kind of seafood. I enjoyed everything almost everything I tried. My mother in-law doesn’t do seafood or spicy, and I felt bad for her. I asked them to grill her some chicken along with our seafood bbq one night and they did accommodate the request. There were some veg entrees available.
• The village is a good 40 minute ride from town.
• A small tip of a couple hundred baht seems to be well received everywhere.
Here are my positive comments:
• The management was very responsive to my emails, but I had to ask several times to get every question answered.
• We only needed 3 bedrooms and got a discount for not using the 4th.
• The management arranged the airport transfer for us. All the busses/vans we took were lovely, and the drivers were kind and helpful. They also pre-arranged for a taxi to take us to meet up with a diving company the morning after we arrived. One evening the a driver took us into town and hung around to take us back after we finished shopping and eating.
• The management also arranged a kayak trip for us at Discover Krabi and it was fantastic. I highly recommend it. They took care of all the details for us. It was shockingly cheap as well.
• With the exception of the seafood BBQ, all the food was very good. Prices were acceptable on food and drink.
• Breakfasts are included with stays at the villa and entails eggs cooked however you like, a chicken sausage or deli slice of meat, various bread products and fruit. Oatmeal, yogurt, etc also available.
• The staff was very kind, helpful and friendly. Especially Da.
• When asked to cook some special chicken for my non-seafood eating mother in-law, the staff happily did so.
• The private islands are very cool and worth the effort. The longtail boat picks you up in front of your villa. The boat takes you around a large island so you can see it in detail, than takes you to a tiny beach to hang out. We went to both islands and they were really neat. Not much in the way of snorkeling, but there was some stuff. There are no lounge chairs, bathrooms, electricity or anything at all manmade on the islands. The resort thoughtfully packed us a bag of waters to take. The beaches are shaded in the late mornings. A lone monkey lives on the second island. Although the beach off the resort is not at all good for swimming, the beaches off the two islands are just fine and the water was nice.
• The villa is situated perfectly for eating outside and enjoying the sunsets. The way this villa wraps around the pool, plus the large deck umbrellas provide enough shade from the hot afternoon sun.
Overall we had a good stay and Krabi was better than expected. We would stay here again, but because of the remoteness of the property, and the expense, we probably won’t.
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