We have just returned from a stay at Villa Zolitude where we spent six nights altogether. If you intend to travel next, what could be of possible interest for you?
Yes, Villa Zolitude is far away from everything. Eateries, laundry, 7/11 stores - nothing is in walking distance. They offer free trips to the beach and to a shopping mall. For everything else you require a car or a cab. Which is expensive. Blessing or curse? You decide. It simply depends on what you expect. We were hoping to find tranquility, peace and relaxation after an exhausting trip to China, therefore we didn't care. Apart from one particular aspect I'll mention later.
From front desk to restaurant, from room service to waiter, simply everybody was amazingly friendly, helpful, and always smiling. Nothing was too much trouble. Welcome to Thailand! Communication was always simple cause those who needed spoke good English.
As for the view we followed other TA members' advice and went for room 306. Which was certainly nice, but in my estimation the other villas were not that much worse. Especially those being located one row higher (400 onwards) might show up with an even better view. The room itself comes with everything you might probably long for. Free minibar (1 coke, 1 sprite, 2 beers, 4 bottles of water daily), a large and comfy bed, AC, bathtub, shower and separate toilet, a flatscreen with dvd player, a sound sytem, free tea and coffee and...? Well, anyway more than enough to make your stay pleasurable. Needless to say that the room was always immaculate clean. Housekeeping shows up at least twice a day and does a rocksolid job. If you want privacy, just hang out the sign and let them know. It works.
Ours was a some 12m² rectangular infinity pool with a nice and unobstructed view of the scenery. The water was clear, smelled good and had the perfect temperature. The pool itself could do with a cleaning once in a while but was still more than ok. Overall a very cool thing to have and for us the strongest argument to maybe come back one day.
Hmmm, again hard to tell and mostly depending on how fussy you are. Honestly, when it comes to privacy we are as fussy as it gets and found it somewhat still ok. If you make use of all the blinds and curtains it will add to it but from certain perspectives other people will still get a glimpse of what's going on on your premises. In this regard villa 306 might not be the perfect choice.
Simply amazing. Asian food, western food, hot food, Müsli corner, western-style bread and cheese, fruits, eggs any-style, tasty juices - what more could you ask for? I'm a very good eater in the morning and literally ate my way through almost every single dish they offered. There was more than enough variety from day to day so it never became boring. Coffee or tea were brought to the table, eggs too, plates were removed promptly and everything always with a smile. I'm really picky when it comes to breakfast buffets but I couldn't think of a more perfect start into the day.
Restaurant and room service:
We ordered food every day. Pizza, pasta, Asian dishes, snacks, cocktails, you name it.
Without exception the food was filling and delicious, being delivered promptly and nicely decorated. Prices mostly between 200 and 300 THB for a main course which we found reasonable for what we got.
It's free and comes with a strong signal. Throughout our entire stay both our laptops and mobile phones got easily connected and worked perfectly fine and fast.
On our first three days we haven't seen a single kid. Only couples. Which I basically think this resort is mainly designed for. Me personally, I wouldn't bring a kid since this place, although it does not officially say so, seems to mainly cater for couples. On our forth day a family moved in in the neighbourhood, and, to be perfectly honest, tranquility, serenity and "solitude" were no more since they turned the place into a funpark by screaming and shouting as much as they could. The front desk manager reacted promptly and settled the noise. Anyway, to me this resort is simply not a kids place for many reasons like eg security concerns (no proper fencing behind the infinity pools etc) and a complete lack of attractions suitable for children.
We travelled in rainy season and had anything but rain. Therefore hardly any mosquitos either. Some showed up at dusk, but we kept our doors shut and never had one inside the villa.
Any negatives? Yes, two:
The prices are simply astronomical. Upon arrival we handed in a small laundry bag. Yes, the lovely lady at the reception showed us the price list. But we were tired and exhausted, somewhat trusted in the integrity of the place hoping they wouldn't overcharge us too much and didn't do the maths. How could we know they would present us a bill of 100 US dollars for some 10 t-shirts and the same amount of underwear? Frankly speaking the biggest ripp-off in our 15 years of intensive travelling. After a complaint the very friendly front desk manager offered a 30% discount. Which we accepted as a nice touch and a conciliating gesture. But 70 US dollars is still simply over the top. Especially in Thailand where prices in laundry shops go by the kilo. As for this particular aspect the management takes profit of the remote location in a pretty shameless way.
A big issue. In many countries people are getting older and reduced mobility is no longer the exception to the rule but rather common. Whether or not you'll manage Villa Zolitude actually depends on how fit your are. The free shuttle service to the villas is nice to have. But within the villas there are stairs between the bedroom and the bathroom. A much longer flight of stairs connects the two floors of the villa. And there is no handrail.
This also counts for the restaurant level. The only way down there leads over a long and steep flight of stairs. Again no handrails. The way into reception? Again stairs. No ramp, no handrail, nothing. Should be reconsidered one day.
Not considering the laundry issue, simply one of the friendliest, prettiest, most stylish and laid-back resorts we have ever been to. Five days of delicious food, lazing by the pool, perfect Thai hospitality and utter relaxation. Maybe the best place I have ever rated on Tripadvisor so far.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.