The Baray Villa by Sawasdee Village4.0 out of 5.0
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We travelled from Bangkok to Phuket in Dec 2017 with 2 teens. We stayed in the Baray Villa's 2 story suite (over 1100 sf). When we arrived, we were immediately transported into a tranquil oasis. We LOVED this hotel for its decor, location, and serenity. Most hotels are clean and comfortable but easily forgettable. This hotel is UNFORGETTABLE. My husband and children were WOWED the moment they stepped into our suite. The pictures on the web are EXACTLY what you should expect. The beds were comfortable, wifi is fast, air conditioning is cool, bottled water was free. We enjoyed having the complimentary breakfast each morning. Kata Beach is an easy 10 minute walk away. Sometimes we walked and other times we took the shuttle to the beach which operates promptly on the hour. This beach is beautiful with crystal blue water, long stretch of sand, nearby facilities for food, drink, or restrooms. We loved the beach so much that we didn't even travel to Karon or Patong. The hotel is also conveniently located near MANY tour agencies, massage/spa facilities, restaurants, and the Kata night market. The location is safe. We were very comfortable walking around Kata at night (as most people do). The location is lively and fun. We would LOVE to return and cannot imagine staying anywhere else. If you are looking for a MEMORABLE hotel stay, check out this hotel.
We spent five nights in this gorgeous villas with private pools. The concept of the hotel is excellent but the service provided (e.g. poor or none internet connection; the staff that can’t speak a word of English) does not follow this standard. I would also recommend the pool water temperature be a little bit higher. Nevertheless, our stay here was comfortable and better than expected.
A beautiful oasis, incredibly well maintained with an attention to architectural detail and art work, that is hard to describe, Peaceful atmosphere with kind staff and gorgeous villas. No paragraph can do this place justice...it's just exquisite.
This review is for the spa on site only. Tl;dr skip the spa here and get a better and cheaper experience almost everywhere else in the area. After spending five days at the beautiful Sawasdee Village grounds, my husband and I decided to get a spa treatment on-site -- equally lovely facilities (wish someone would have told us about the steam room/jacuzzi that was en-suite the spa room beforehand), but terrible service. Masseuses were impatient (maybe because we were the last appointment of the day but still), rude, cut the time of the massage short (I was supposed to have a 90 minute massage that was only 75 minutes), assumed we understood Chinese just because we were Asian (which we did, but their chinese was so difficult to understand and they got mad when we asked them to repeat themselves). At the end, when I lied back down for a minute, the masseuse literally rolled her eyes and started knocking on the door repeatedly asking if we were done changing almost as soon as they walked out. The massage was very relaxing but for 1,900 bhat a person, you shouldn't walk out feeling like you were verbally harassed every time they talked to you.
The Baray Villa is a must if you are in Phuket! Their interior is simply stunning, and the room itself was such a comfortable stay. We took advantage of the 3hr massage package they offered and it was the absolute bliss and money well spent indeed - nothing can compare. Moreover, the service was inviting and extremely pleasant; we were offered juice the moment we arrived at administration.
As soon as we opened the door to our villa we were speechless. Both levels were decorated beautifully, so rich and elegant. The plunge pool leading to the private pool was simply exotic. You truly have to visit to experience this hidden gem. Check-in was a breeze. All staff were very courteous. We will definitely visit again in the future.
The pictures do not really show how large the villa is. It is quite large and I feel that it was so much fun to have all that space. It was nicely decorated and appointed in the style of the hotel's theme. The private pool that leads out to the Baray villas only pool was a super cool feature and it was so much fun swimming around because it was like you were swimming in a jungle. The trees and the waterfalls with fountains made it so peaceful. There is also the swim up bar, which everyone mentioned. I felt the happy hour was a little impractical because I don't see many people wanting to swim up after 4pm in the cold water :O Perhaps they could make it a little earlier when the sun is actually shining on the water because otherwise it is a little chilly in the water depending on what time of year you go. The living room is huge with a large L shape sofa (not sure if there is a name for that), and you can invite the whole village if you wanted. Only draw back was that it smelled like mildew. Probably from previous guests not drying off after swimming. They tried their best to put smelly sticks everywhere (diffusers), but we had to just get use to it. Two bathrooms is nice when you both need to use the pooper, but we ended up only using the toilet downstairs because the toilet room upstairs smelled bad. We live in Thailand so we are aware that sewer systems are not so great, so we just ignored it and used the one downstairs. But, paying this much per night, it shouldn't be a problem guests are having to deal with. Had an issue the first night with sleeping because the AC unit was not working. So hot upstairs, so did not have a good sleep. The next day they came and fixed it immediately, and the next 2 nights were excellent. Bathroom upstairs has a lovely bath tub and separate rainfall shower, I took so many baths and had a relaxing time. The bedroom has a giant King sized bed that is not normal King sized, it is larger. Wonderful. The outside area has 2 loungers and even an outdoor shower to rinse off before going back indoors. The breakfast every morning was nice to have because they had different selections and there was something for everyone. Was it 5 star quality food? No, but it was sufficient enough to enjoy and relax in the beautiful restaurant where you eat. They had french toast and little pancakes, there was an egg guy at your command, and there were even a couple of vegetarian options for those types of travelers. We ate there every morning. It was just decorated so well everywhere you went at the hotel. There were giant swinging beds with decorative pillows and majestic looking loungers that overlooked magnificent water features. This place is so set apart from the hustle and bustle of Phuket, you could go explore and then come back and end up in a mysterious jungle palace. We had hoped for a little more of a friendly Thai greeting when we first arrived, as this is what expected when you pay a little more for the experience, however, the reception were sort of just going through the motions. They were not rude in any way, just lacked any effort to make you feel welcomed to the hotel when we first arrived. Perhaps they can take it as a positive criticism, when guests arrive, no matter how old they are or where they are from, it makes the biggest difference if you greet them with a warm welcome to your hotel. Perhaps they are tainted from so many foreign tourists who are not nice, but we are two nice travelers and it makes us feel so unwelcome when we are not greeted positively. Not just in the reception, but everywhere at the hotel. There was a coldness about the staff. Though I will not forget to mention a young lady in the evening who was very kind to us when we rented videos. She was who made us feel a little better about our choice. All in all, the place is great, so unique, you will not find a place like this anywhere else in Phuket. I would have loved to give 5 stars, but there were just things that brought it down significantly. Do not hesitate to stay here, just realize there may be some quirks that you might deal with. Thank you Baray Villas, we had fun and enjoyed so many aspects of your hotel!
We stayed in The Baray villa for 4nights. It is amazing.. really beautiful. Villa room is really a wow! The bed is huge and comfortable. Although it sure does look like it need some refurbishment/maintenance work, but still the amount paid to experience is worth. Management please note that the ceiling of the main bedroom in rm202 is leaking. Probably from the aircond.. The villa pool was not that clean due to it environment, lots of fallen leaves and insects in the pool which there is this pool staff trying to clear all the leaves in pool on daily basis. However, it does really makes one feel like as though they are swimming in a lake/jungle. Very natural and relaxing. I do not suggest people with sensitive skin to dip or swim in this pool. The Breakfast selection is small. The only highlight is the eggs station. For me is good enough as I can save some spaces for delicious phuket food during lunch. All staffs in the resort we came across are very nice, accommodating and helpful with an exception of a particular gentlemen that do our check in is not really present to talk to. Think the name is pronounce as tuk tuk. Always saw him in a black polo tee unlike the rest in traditional Thai uniform. We need a late checkout for the baby to sleep as our flight is in the night. His first reaction is.. late check out have to Pay. You need to vacant the villa by 12noon. I asked can't u practice some flexibility? NO, sorry.. have to pay for full day rate! Becoz of the young kids, we agreed to pay for it. Sorry. cannot due to there guest arrival. No more villa on that day. (9th Sep) Well then, can u move us to a small room instead? Where u expect a couple, with our helper, 2 boys n a baby with luggages to go at 12noon which our flight is at 10pm? Here he goes againOk. But need to Pay. After checking, he said..Sorry No rooms. 100% occupancy on that day. Then he suggest us to move opposite to Colour hotel. He mentioned is the same owner. With no choice, we agreed to pay one night stay price quoted by him for day use till 6pm. We know there isn't a pool in that hotel When I ask so can my 2 boys walk over to use the common pool. He said No. lol. When I make a
Cant get over how beautiful this place is - it's honestly like something out of a dream. The hotel is a tranquil, silent paradise. We went in the rainy season which maybe why there wasn't a huge amount of people there but we stayed in the villas which have private pool access from the rooms and we had the entire but to ourselves - including the pool bar, had to ring the bell for service which was promptly answered (can't expect the poor bloke to stand there all day on the off chance I might fancy a pina colada - but if you're hanging around the bar he will stay - we decided just to bulk order some drinks so we didn't feel a nuisance) the breakfast selection was lovely. I enjoyed at night time there were always little frogs on the walk up to our room because of the dampness of the climate at the time. Being said how quiet it was, you would not believe what's going on on the doorstep - bountiful bars and restaurants but you can't hear a thing. And I'm talking more bars than you could drink at in a month! There's a lovely beach nearby as well. The locals are friendly and can't do enough for you (example: spilt my drink all over the bar and a shack looking type place that runs down a side street (about 20 min walk) during a heated game of Jenga and they happily made me another one at no cost). Always felt safe as there was always lots of people around tourists and locals. If ever win the lottery will move in!
We spent our honeymoon here in the Villa and it was a piece of paradise. The villa rooms were romantic, the jacuzzi pool that leads in to the main pool made for a great experience. The cleanliness and access to amenities of the rooms was exceptional and the staff were polite, prompt, helpful and friendly.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
- Outdoor pool
Located in Kata Beach, The Baray Villa by Sawasdee Village is a leisurely stroll from sights such as 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. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served 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. 32-inch LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. IPod docks, refrigerators, and minibars 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 489 reviews