The Baray Villa by Sawasdee Village4.0 out of 5.0
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Stayed for nine nights in the Moon room (201) and after staying in tons of hotels, motels, B&B's and other accommodation types around the world, can honestly say this is one of the best places I have stayed at. The villas themselves are very large and split across two floors. Downstairs contains a large lounge area as well as a second bathroom and toilet. The lounge area contains a large couch, table, desk and a TV with access to an outdoor private deck with two deck chairs, a small clothes line and direct access to the pool. There is also a cold jacuzzi (spa) within the lounge area that serves as access to the main pool area. Between the bathroom and the lounge there is a small fridge with mini-bar items, along with a selection of free tea and coffee, jug plus coffee maker, a bottle and wine opener and sundry cups and utensils. 6 x bottles of water are provided on a daily basis for free, along with a small fruit platter and a small bucket of ice. Upstairs contains a large main bathroom with a huge freestanding bath, a separate shower and toilet and two separate sinks. Sundry shampoo, conditioner, soaps and other bathroom supplies are provided. The main bedroom area contains the larger bed I have ever seen in a hotel, two couches, an area for soaking your feet in either hot or cold water while sitting on one of the couches and a large TV that is fitted to the wall on an adjustable arm so that it can be rotated for viewing anywhere in the room. A selection of books is also provided in the room and they have further books in an onsite library that you can check-in and check-out if you require reading materials. The TVs had around 30 channels with around 6 being in English with two of those being movie channels. The upstairs TV also has a wired Mac computer attached to it which you can use to access the internet if you don't have a portable device. Free wi-fi internet speed was reasonable and we had no problems or drop-out issues. We found the location to be great. About a 10 minute walk to the beach, and close to restaurants, shops, and other amenities. The villas provide paid for laundry service, however as with most hotels this is expensive. Plenty of places including right outside the complex which offer much cheaper laundry services (50 baht per kg) which can be picked up the next day. Room service is also available if you require it. The hotel has two pools. A private one for villa guests which is accesses directly from your villa, and another one for all hotel guests which is next to the check-in area. Both have bars that are open to 7pm which is also the close time for the pools. Some reviewers have mentioned that the main villa pool is quite cold, however we didn't find this a problem in May and swam in it every day during our stay. Often we had the entire pool all to ourselves. Our stay included free buffet breakfast at the on-site restaurant. Overall while not the best buffet breakfast I've ever had, its a pretty good spread with a mix of western and Thai foods. So good but not great. The restaurant itself is pretty and well laid out with smoking and non-smoking areas. Coffee is pretty good and freshly made to your requirements. We also had dinner one night and the food was pretty good compared to other restaurants we ate at. Prices are slightly above surrounding restaurant prices, but you also get a 10% discount on the food cost (not alcohol) if staying at the hotel. Service from the staff was excellent. The restaurant staff remembered our coffee preferences and room number after a couple of days and were always friendly. Other hotel staff were also very friendly always saying hello and helpful with any requests we had. Some reviewers have complained about the English speaking level of the staff, but we didn't find this to be a problem at all. Most were pretty fluent and for those that weren't a simple choice of a different word here and there was sufficient for them to understand and answer. As some other reviews have mentioned, mosquitoes are a problem. This is to be expected in south east Asia and the hotel seems to be aware of the problem. The hotel seems to have a regular spray regime for the outside, and one of the staff visits during the turn down service around sun down to spray the room. There was also two insect spray cans provided in the villa (one upstairs and the other downstairs) which we used to spray the room, and a small amount of insect repellent provided for free. However even with all these precautions we still got 3 or 4 bites each during our stay of 9 nights at the hotel. However we also received some further bites outside the hotel area so make sure you pack some insect repellent. The only other concern that we had was the air-conditioning. Downstairs was fine, but upstairs can be a bit hot with the high ceiling and the fact that hot air rises. Most nights were fine, however there were a couple of nights where it was a little uncomfortable to sleep. Another nice touch was that we were granted a late check-out (6pm) for free on our last night as our flight wasn't till 10pm. The only place I have stayed out that has provided this for free. Would definitely recommend for those people who are seeking to chill-out and relax as the villas are very private, quiet and it doesn't feel crowded. Wouldn't recommend for those that want beach views or a party atmosphere at the hotel (plenty of places that cater for that outside the hotel).
From the moment we walked in we were wowed! the entrance itself is very tropical, tranquil, serene and private. We were greeted with a welcome drink and only had to wait about 10-15 min for our room. As soon as we walked out our mouths dropped. The 2 story villa was beautiful! The decor was perfect (some things needed an upgrade like leaking ceilings and walls but not as noticeable) and the overall layout was great too. We loved that you could get into your private pool via the living room and that the private pool was surrounded by shrubbery and a gate. From the gate you walk out into the private villa pool (accessible only by the 14 villas) and it was absolutely stunning and tranquil. There are usually not a lot of people in the pool area and I loved that they supplied you with relaxing floaties. There is a pool bar that's open around 2 and happy our is form 4-6. The strange part is that when you order a drink they have to bring it from another bar as the pool bar is purely for decor and not actually functional. The happy hour could honestly be extended from the time the pool bar opens from 2-6 because there is no one at the pool anyhow and it's at an awkward time. The bedroom was spacious and beautiful (loved the foot massage at the foot of the bed). The only downside is that the drains were broken so when we took baths or used the foot massage area the water kept draining out and we had to constantly keep the water running (such a waste!). Beware that if you do not click the "clean room" option then your room will not be cleaned! if you forget to do this and call and ask for someone to come back and clean it, they usually don't do a as good of a job and forget to leave towels etc. Personally i would have preferred if they cleaned by default and you had to choose if you wan't privacy. I loved that they provided you with pool/beach towels and a beach bag which was so thoughtful and convenient. and the fact that the bedroom has a little library is also a great touch! There is also turn down service each night and they spray your room with bug spray which is a nice touch. The included breakfast was ok, not the best but definitely not bad. The restaurant itself is actually really good for lunch and dinner and we ate there most of the time.
My husband and I have just come back after 7 nights staying in The Baray Villas and I must say this resort is Amazing. From the moment we entered and all the way thought the resort to our 3 level villa the detail is oursome and calming. Gardens, water fountains, sculptures, hanging day beds and gardens chairs all thought out the resort giving you areas to relax and unwind. Our Baray Villa what can I say but "WOW" We have stayed in many hotels and resorts before but this is by far the best we have had the pleasure to have stayed in. The attention to detail, The artistic detail everywhere in the Villa from the moment you enter. This Villa has a bed that is like two queen beds put together. Big bath in the centre of a lovely bathroom, foot bath at the end of the bed while watching Apple TV, plus a whole lot more detail upstairs. Down stairs is just as lovely with a huge corner lounge which was wonderful to relaxi on, another big TV, and entered into our indoor spa. Outside we had our own private pool and decking with two lounge chairs, so pieceful. all this was screened by our gardens. From this area we could enter the VIP pool through two detailed wooden doors from our pool. This pool was another pieceful area with huge waterfall fountain down one end, a rain shower 3/4 way down one end and leading to a swim up bar. We quiet often had this pool to our selves. The whole area was so pieceful and relaxing. As Australians we didn't find the pool cold instead it was just what we like, Refreshing. In a lot of pools around Asia the pools are like jumping into a warm bath. Our package came with buffet breakfast daily and a free foot massage each. We were also given discount vouchers from the resort to restaurants and the spa as well. The staff at the restaurant were lovely especially Mook who I had the pleasure of having for my Thai Cooking Class, she was wonderful and a sweetie. Just a couple of suggestions for breakfast - add poached eggs to the menu, a couple of other cereals and cappuccinos would be lovely. The food on offer was all fresh and tasty. We enjoyed three spa packages in another beautiful detailed room. The staff all gave great massages and very experience. Maybe the foot wash at the beginning could be a little bit slower. Not so rushed. We would like to say a very big thank you to all the staff, all very attentive and courteous. Especially to one lady and one young man at the front dest who helped us with two different issues. The young lady helped me to book a dinner and night show which I was having trouble booking plus booking our airport transfer. The young man helped us with a particular problem instantly and efficiently. Thank you for the gift of the spa package for this issue, we really appreciated it. Once again we want to thank the resort and staff for giving us a wonderful relaxing stay. We would recommend this resort to others especially couples.
Nice hotel, but... Some of our money was stollen while we were in the villa. It was in a safe box, however, as we were in the room, was not closed. It was most prbably one of the staff preparing the room for night! I had to go to police on our last day, but they did not really care, so I left after wating an hour. They came to the hotel next day investigating the staff. As we left to Bangkok, the resort manager said they will inform me. They did not send even a word that they are sorry. I had to write e-mails. Finally they answerd that the police did not find anything and they do not intend to compensate me. USD 140 is not a huge amount, however I have expected some professional approach from a five star hotel. I will never go again!
The two level room with the pool right there was amazing. The rooms are updated and clean, the breakfast is great, and the overall ambiance within the walls was simply amazing. Here are my suggestions. The walk to the beach is disgusting to put it mildly. We can put up with alot, but the sewer ditch walk is not something I ever really want to do again. There is a shuttle from the hotel so you can avoid it, so that is nice, but the shuttle only goes to Kata beach. My suggestion would be to allow the driver to also go to other nearby beaches like Kata Noi. Even if he doesn't pick you up, it would be a nice perk. Also the bar in the at the back pool was sometimes open, sometimes not. It definitely doesn't need to be open all of the time because it was quiet, but maybe post a sign that says when it will be open.
We stayed in one of the 14 private villas, 2-Etage house , private pool (80 meters long, access only for residents of the private villas ). Private poolbar! Access to the pool via jacuzzi in the living room! The place is green, quiet , like an oasis in hectic kata . The spa and restaurant are among the best in kata, at least amongst those we had tried during our 8 days stay. Style is a mixture of Thai / Bali / oriental elements. The breakfast was very tasty, but quite a limited selection. It is a 15 min. walk to the beach. Hotel shuttle leaves every hour. Kata itself I did not like that much. But we did not want to leave the villa anyway ..
This is our second visit in 5 years. The reason we came back is because the interior of the villa is something I never saw again elsewhere. This time we had a villa next to the waterfall. The inside pool is much cleaner then before and the leaves are taken away every day. The restaurant is really very good and probably the only one in the village with some class. It is a pity that the food served in the room service was way below their standards. The best during our 4 day stay was being in the villa. The other part of Sawadee Village with a beautiful pool is surrounded by sturdy very small rooms with a roof of corrugated iron and a terrace without any privacy. The difference with the Baray Villa is like 5 star and 2 stars. Kata beach is very crowded but the smile of the local people made our trip worthwhile.
It's my 2nd visit to Baray Villa after 5 years. The service level has obviously dipped. Though the concierge and a couple of front desk staff were quite bubbly and helpful, it was easy to make out that many of the others were trying real hard to "squeeze" out a smile. Our villa was located near the waterfall, that gave us a lot of privacy. Loved the jacuzzi, pool access, comfortable firmed bed and loads of books provided which we could read by the pool. 6 bottles of drinking water were replenished daily, plus a thoughtful plate of cut fruits. Some construction works were taking place at a cordoned-off corner of the resort. Besides some intermittent drilling noise during breakfast, it was pretty alright- not much dust or disturbance. It was overall a pleasant stay, but could be better.
After 6 years we went back to the Baray Villa. Our first visit was overwhelming but this time we had not the same experience ! The villa is spacious and luxurious. The jacuzzi in our room was not working and cold, the swimmingpool is always in de shade and we were bitten daily by the mosquito's. The houskeeping sprays every night repellent spray that gives a rather bad smell in the room.The room doesn't smell fresh. The breakfast was not good. The restaurant in the evening was better than most restaurants in the neighbourhood. The pool,restaurant,reception and garden are the same for guests from Sawasdee hotel (3 star in my opinion) and the Baray Villa's! The hotel is very expensive.
Hi everyone! My partner and I will be in Phuket in April. We really want to make a booking at this Villas but after reading so many of the same complaints about the resort and that makes me wonder if we should? Especially when the response feedback from management are so generic but yet not really solving all the problems it seem. SHOULD WE???
The Baray Villa by Sawasdee Village is a short stroll from Kata Porpeang Market and Dino Park Mini Golf. This 14-room, 4-star hotel has conveniences like a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Big Buddha and Chalong Temple are also nearby.
Enjoy a bite to eat at Sawasdee Thai Cuisine, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 6 AM to 10:30 AM.
The 14 air-conditioned accommodations feature balconies and afford space to spread out with living rooms. LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer free toiletries and bathrobes. IPod docks, sofa beds, and refrigerators are also standard.
Guests staying at The Baray Villa by Sawasdee Village enjoy access to a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. For transportation, you can make use of an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for THB 1500 per vehicle one way, as well as an area shuttle for a fee. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a garden and a porter/bellhop.
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95% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 474 reviews