We were in a group of 6 and wanted a villa for our stay. Villas are abundant in Phuket but prices were pretty steep. Found this relatively new villa through TripAdvisor and were awe by the amazing photos.
Contacted Michael, the hotel manager through email and he offered us the villa at xxx, with 2 sets of additional beds. The pricing was about the same compared to Hotels.com, taking the additional bed into consideration.
We arranged for a pick up at the airport at 1400B but the driver asked for 1600B.
We touched down in the late afternoon and the ride took us approximately 1h30min. We passed through many towns before reaching our destination. The villa is located away from the main attraction, in a quiet town.
Back to the room. I must say this villa is exceptionally amazing. Very new, a fully equipped kitchen, huge refrigerator, indoor pool, huge bedrooms and a rooftop patio.
Michael gave us a mobile phone with his number pre-installed in the speed dial. Whenever we need his assistance like transport arrangement, we could give him a dial.
Complimentary ride out to the nearest town takes about 5min and stops at 5pm. At multiple occasions, we tried our luck and called Michael after 5pm and he helped to arrange for a pick up at no cost. But we tipped the driver to thank him for working overtime.
The villa does not provide breakfast. With the nearest food source 15min walk away, we decided to buy our own food back and cook. Michael helped us communicate to the driver to drive us to a super mart as the driver wasn't too well verse in English. At the super mart we went crazy with our purchase. Bought ham, eggs, raw chicken, noodles etc. Not forgetting lots of beer at really cheap cost. And that's our start to prepare our own breakfast, dinner and supper.
Be truly spoilt and bring your food up to the rooftop patio.
There's a menu left in the villa, for room service. the menu is from a restaurant and it takes 45mins for the food to arrive. The food doesn't taste nice and the delivery guy asked for extra money despite the cost already written on the receipt.
If it’s your maiden trip to Phuket, I do not recommend to stay here as it's too remote and far from the main town. Stay in Patong or Kata Beah for a true taste of Phuket. If you have been to Phuket multiple times, do not mind the long travelling distance, yearn for a cheap villa, this is the place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly built, ultra contemporary designed Pool Villas are located minutes from the beautiful and pristine Naiharn Beach. Tucked away in the quiet and private hillside with picture perfect views, these 2 and 3 bedroom Pool Villas are only 800 meters stroll to the beach. All Villas are decorated with a touch of Zen to capture the true essence of Asia. Each Villa has all the comforts of home. Including private pool, full kitchen with state of the art western appliances, home theatre system and rooftop terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- By The Lake Villas Phuket/Rawai