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Lipa Noi, 84140 Thailand
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#167 of 629 Specialty lodging in Ko Samui
5-star luxury villa on a large secluded property. 6 bedrooms each with ensuite indoor/outdoor bathroom. Sleeps 14 people. 5 staff including chef. Swimming pool, playground, tennis court, large gardens, white sand beach. Great place for families with young children, or groups wanting a private luxury beach holiday.
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Having stayed at a half dozen private villas in Thailand in the same price range I feel somewhat able to comment on Waimarie. The property is about a 45 minute van ride from the airport and sits adjacent to the ferry terminal facing west. More on this later... The accommodation consists of a kitchen area and living room area and six bedrooms all in separate buildings. The bedrooms are very basic with no view but have bathrooms with "open" shower and bathtub. Bathroom areas are open to the outside air but there is plenty of privacy nonetheless. Some of the staff have been working at this Villa for more than ten years. It's easy to see this place was one of the best properties around a decade ago but not so anymore. The main problem is the major ferry terminal situated 150m from the villa. At any given moment there are at least three or four ferry boats loading or unloading heavy vehicles. This produces thick black diesel smoke and constant noise. The boats themselves have very little sound suppression on their exhaust. Unless you are someone who enjoys constant noise it will be very difficult not to become annoyed. The second more minor issue is the rundown condition of the property itself. You will notice the poor condition of the trim work around the pool area. Small plumbing leaks in the toilet area. Plugged shower drains that allow water to overrun the entire bathroom et et. Air conditioning units are all older and very loud at night. Fan speed control was not working so we had only high or off to select from. I've noticed that the Villa puts forward reviews from many years ago in their advertising- it seems obvious why. I will say that at half the price this would represent fair value. I'm not sure what can be done about the constant annoyance of the ferry terminal but this is certainly not the staff's fault. The staff are friendly but could perhaps pay a little more attention to the small details. Promotional photos seem to have been chosen or perhaps photoshopped in order to hide the villa's problems. Overall a big disappointment. This property does not measure up to other similarly priced competitors.
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Response from eh_elitehavens, Guest Relations Manager at Waimarie
Responded Nov 12, 2019
Dear James, Thank you for sharing your feedback on your stay at the Waimarie. Please allow us to address some of the concerns you have raised. Waimarie is priced competitively with other large villas in Koh Samui. We have noted though that there were only two of you who stayed so the price may have seemed high per person. Although we try our best to keep the villa in perfect shape through weekly maintenance checks, there are unavoidable instances that may occur in between. We have checked with our villa staff, and are happy to know that they were able to swiftly address all your concerns during your actual stay. They were not, however aware of your concern regarding the sound of the ferries nearby. Unfortunately, this is one thing that we can’t control, as this is a well established Ferry Port. Apart from the occasional boat sounds, the beach there is still one of the best beaches and swimmable most of the year. Lipa Noi is still the best choice for guests who want to stay at an absolute beachfront property. Again, we thank you for feedback from staying with us for a total of nine nights.
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Great location and a quiet by the sea. Nice staff , thanks for Joy, the manager here, taking care of us so well, and the special romantic dinner on the bI will never forget. Even though here is quit far from the shopping and night life street. But trust me , all you want to do here is just relax and do nothing on the beach. Oh~ the amazing chef,plz be aware you might gain few ponds home cuz those delicious thai food. Report
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Great location and great facilities for a quiet holiday experience by the sea. Beach and land toys for the kids are available for the adults and kids plus a tennis court if that takes your fancy. If you need to get away for a night near by is Nikki Beach for an upmarket dining and party experience if needed.
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Waimarie was amazing. We were all amazed at the beauty of the villa. The beach front access was fantastic with only a few other places near us. The ocean water was very warm and when it got too hot, you could hop in the pool to cool down and find some shade from the huge tree. The food was absolutely amazing and for me, it was the highlight. Every dish of every meal was so delicious, I get hungry just thinking about it. Joy and her team were great, they helped us organize transportation for trips to town or the magic garden. The staff kept the villa very clean and tidy and made us feel very welcome and relaxed. They had everything taken care of so we could enjoy a very relaxing week in this island paradise. No doubt we'll be back, I can't wait to return! Thanks so much for an amazing experience!
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Located right on the beach, on the western side of Koh Samui, Waimarie is a great villa. It has a pool area overlooking the beach, spacious living room overlooking the pool and beach. The staff are superb and the food is some of the best Thai I have had. Accommodation is a series of separate rooms, with twins and doubles. Highly recommend
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ThailandSurat Thani ProvinceKo Samui
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waimarie
Which popular attractions are close to Waimarie?
Nearby attractions include Lipa Noi Beach (0.3 miles) and Dusit Dhewa - Samui Cultural Center and Fine Art of South East Asia (0.6 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Waimarie?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gulaytu Restaurant, Mango Tree Restaurant & Bar, and Café Nikki.
Are there any historical sites close to Waimarie?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Wat Khao Chedi (6.5 miles) and Wat Sitlaram (7.0 miles).