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Laurel Villa
Ranked #6 of 654 Nantou County B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Friendly host”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

This B&B is located a distance from the Shueishe Visitors Center, if you are with heavy luggage it could be tough for you to walk there.(We visited during the summer with super hot weather) But its just opposite the pier so it is covenient to travel via boat. The host is very friendly and recommend all the tourist spot and guide you to go there. We booked the Laurel Villa Kaleidoscope room Black & Green. The green room is clean and nice. The black room is a bit wear & tear. Green room on the 2nd floor, Black room on the 3rd floor. Breakfast size a bit small for big eater.

Room Tip: Green room is nice.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

My sister and I stayed at Wayne's delightful B&B in Oct/Nov 2010. It's been a while since we were there but I decided to write on Trip Advisor because to this day, I still find myself thinking about Wayne and his family and the wonderful times we spent at Laurel Villa. We spent 3 weeks in Taiwan, and went to quite a few cities, but our time at Sun Moon Lake was hands-down the highlight of the trip. Yes, it's a beautiful place. But for us, it was Wayne and his family that made it memorable.
Wayne truly went beyond his call of duty in helping us; so much so, that I was (and still am) genuinely worried about his well being. Despite us saying that we would find our way to Laurel Villa, he still picked us up from the bus stop because it was in the evening and he didn't want us to get lost (and this was despite us arriving more than an hour after our expected time because the bus was running late).
He helped us organise the next leg of the trip to Hualien, enlisting the help of good contacts to take us there.
He showed us where to go, how to get there.
And the food we had at Laurel Villa was quite delightful indeed. Nothing fancy; quite simple. To be honest, it may not have been the best food in all of Taiwan, but it's still very VERY pleasant and lovely, and probably one of the better foods in Sun Moon Lake.
The location was perfect. Even though Wayne picked us up, I'm sure it would have just been an easy 5-10 minute walk to the bus stop.
In terms of accommodation - clean, comfortable, cosy and has everything you need. Poor Wayne insisted on carrying my heavy luggage up the stairs to my room.
All in all, Laurel Villa has probably been my most favourite place to stay in all my years of travel. Thank you Wayne for the most wonderful, delightful experience that I still reflect so fondly upon.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Singapore
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

Stayed in the Red, Laurel Villa Kaleidoscope. Nice room decoration n v modern. V quiet at night. Hospitality is great! Eg. 1. We received tips on how to explore SML upon check in. 2. During breakfast, the owner(s) asked us to ensure we had enough food. 3. If you are have any doubts, ask the owners, they will answer your queries. Near to pier and located in Shuishe village which have lots of eatery.

Especially wish to thank Wayne for bringing the guests for a (exclusively for laurel villa guest only) early morning hike up to a hilltop to enjoy the morning glory of SML. That sight is unforgettable! Learnt alot about SML during this hike. A MUST go for Laurel Villa guest.

Learnt from Wayne: To truly enjoy SML, you gonna slow your pace and see the nature. Don't rush around like a bee.

Room Tip: Try the Laurel Villa Kaleidoscope room!
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

Our 2-nights stay at Laurel Villa was a wonderful experience. Not only was the B&B strategically located within walking distance to the pier, bus station, convenience store but it is also within walking distance to some walking trails around the lake. This family-run minsu treats us more like friends than customers and they are ever so eager to please and ensure that we have enough food for the breakfast that comes with the room as well as the package dinner.

Like what Wayne told us, not all customers might get the same treatment; not to say that he discriminates, but depending on the number of guests they have for the night, he and his family might just be too busy handling the administrative work or other aspects of the B&B business that customers might feel that their needs are not met. Some guests' expectations might be raised after reading of the good experiences of others and the number 1 ranking by tripadvisor and when they don't get what they expect, then their comments might be negative.

To ensure everyone has a good stay, Laurel Villa strives to ensure that guests take care of their rooms the same way they would of their own homes. Hence this might not go down well with customers who feel that since they paid for the services, they should be free to do as they please. Just remember that if we does our conservation bit for the environment to cater for future generations, we are also contributing towards the comfort of future guests if we comply with the rules at Laurel Villa.

I would think that Wayne and his family did an excellent job in educating guests on the environment. On the extras that he provided in terms of fireflies trip and morning sunrise tour, he did it willingly and without any extra charges but with the hope that every guest would go home taking with them good memories of sun moon lake.

Wayne, keep up the good job!

Room Tip: Try to travel light, if possible. Although Wayne and his mom helped with our luggages to the first f...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Singapore
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

On our first night, Wayne brought us out to experience the fire flies even though its not season yet. We were fortunate to experience the magic of thousands of fire flies lighting up the sparks
in the darkness of the mountain forests...what a magical welcome! a compliment from Wayne.

As I have a misaligned lumbar problem for the past 6 years, I was experiencing some difficulty in long walk, Wayne was very kind and personally drove me to a Traditional doctor in a town 30 minutes away. With just One click the doctor aligned my ligament and lumbar..truely amazing.

Noticed that the room was filled with a subtle nice fragrance and on further enquiry, found that the flooring was actually tiled with a Taiwanese Treasure wood that emit this subtle fragrance. Its a protected and revered specimen...no wonder no outside shoes are allowed in the room.

Wayne and his family are very geniune people...its a very rare to find such human this days,

Room Tip: Avoid the weekend. choose a weekday.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Singapore
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

Me and my friend are getting taxi to this minshu , but couldn't found the way, fortunately contact Wayne's mother for help..and she is very nice and patiently to inform the driver of the direction to her place and she even waiting us outside of the minshu to welcoming us. That day was a raining day somemore..

After we reached, aunty was helping us for the check in and giving us the advise of the transportation, meals etc...And they do provide their guests for the early morning walking to the mountain to enjoy the sunrise, although i am miss it (cos it's really have to wake up in the early morning =P), but we can enjoy the lake view just which just few step walk from the minshu, or you can even go to the cafe which just right opposite of the minshu..

p/s : Due to this is private minshu, the door does not like to hotel will open 24 hours, so the gate is actually close, you may have to get the owner's permission the night before open it..as there isn't have anyone at the counter in the early morning at 6am).

Although the dinner need to pay a small cost, but got the "Home" feel, dishes are nice and cook in healthy way..

In the room, it is very clean and the bed are comfortable..

Advisable travelers whom would like to stay in this minshu to pack a light luggage, this is because they do not have the lift, highest floor will be up to 3rd/4th floor..

They also do help guests to purchase the boat ride ticket, it is more cheaper compare to we bought ourselves, and they will even bring you to the pier to board it although the pier is just few step walk. =)

Nearby this minshu they have some souvenir shop and the snack selling..so it's actually quite convenience of that..

It's really a good place for relaxing..

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank 1Luvtotravel3
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Fate brought us to Laurel Villa in February 2012. A ordinary looking B&B from outside but extraordinary hosts. A fuss-free and cosy B&B, as always, i enjoyed interacting with the hosts and i must say the owners are fun loving and we shared the similar thoughts and philosophy on travel and living life.

I missed the morning walk which I think is really a must do the next time. Dinner with LV was, in my humble opinion fantastic because it was prepared in a healthy and homely manner. It's a fresh change of diet after weeks of night market food stalls stuff.

I am more than happy with the convenient location of LV, next to Shuishe jetty, the SML tourism office, bus stops and a special bus to the Chechen retro train station and the popular Jiji railway line. There are not much complains about the room, decent for a couple and mine has a partial view of SML. However, i suggest you pack light because the narrow stairs might prove an obstacle for most.

All in all, a fantastic stay, met new friends and will return with my family soon. Thanks Laurel Villa!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Laurel Villa
Address: No.28, MingSheng Street, Shuishe Village, Sun Moon Lake, Yuchih Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan
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Region: Taiwan > Nantou County
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 654 B&Bs / Inns in Nantou County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Laurel Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thank you very much for long period support! We have newly renovated our Minsu and gave all our rooms a new look! Our rooms are easily accessible by our guests, including the elderly and/or disabled. Guests get to experience a warmth homely feel with hearty and healthy breakfast during their stay here. We also organise morning walks of which you get to capture scenic views of the Sun Moon Lake. We are thankful for many of our guests' remembrance and support. We hope you will come and join us for a special local experience in Sun Moon Lake too! ... more   less 
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