THANK YOU for opening your villa up to our family. The villa provided a great place to reconnect after a long school year for our children. Ya went above and beyond to make it truly extra special. We ate dinner twice at the villa and the food was at the highest standards and the views were amazing. Your recommendations in Fisherman's Village and the surrounding area allowed us to have some great dinners in the area. We went to Ad Hoc two times and a third just for dessert. We traveled over to the Ritz Carlton to celebrate a child's birthday. The dinner at Pak Tai was one of those to remember for a lifetime. The villa itself provided us with the space to totally relax. The new Sonos sound system allowed us to chill at the pool with amazing options for music without worrying about bothering anyone. The system was extremely easy and flexible to use. Again, thank you for being so responsive throughout the entire experience. We have rented villas in Europe and Thailand and our experience with you was a 10+.
Writing this from the poolside Sala, taking in the uninterrupted views of Bophut and out to Koh Pha Ngan, it is hard to fault anything about the Villa Sarasuz experience. As a returning guest, I am long overdue a review; In short the property has everything you could wish for, and more. Luxurious and comfortable fittings, professional and knowledgeable staff, games room(s), amazing entertainment systems (including multi-zone SONOS sound system) – the list goes on. No expense has been spared in keeping the property modern and clean. Ya is often rightly applauded for her exceptional cooking - it is often overlooked just how professionally she runs the Villa on a daily basis; Poolside, turndowns, general cleanliness, organizing in Villa massages, transport, washing etc etc- all comfortably matching a 5*+ hotel.
For me the peace, tranquility and views from the property are the real stars of the show. As a regular visitor to Samui, you find that certain properties are marketed in a way to hide an overriding flaw, which inevitably lead to disappointment or frustration immediately upon arrival. A view obscured by power lines or rooftops, a busy road immediately below the property or another property overlooking yours – sadly all too common. None of this can be said of Villa Sarasuz – what you see on the website is exactly what you get. Perfection.
This is our second visit to Villa Sarasuz and it was every bit as good as the last time. We cannot wait to return.
The Villa is beautiful and will take your breath away...it is spacious and decorated to the highest standard....great Wi-Fi connection and plenty for the children to do.....there is a den for kids, and an even bigger den for the bigger kids (the games room)....and of course there is the swimming pool.
The grounds are beautiful, and the view stunning.
If all of this isn't lovely enough, you then have Ya....possibly the best cook of Thai food you'll ever come across. She is a Star. She is cook, local tour operator, and friend all rolled into one.......there is nothing that she cannot arrange or help with.
Summary- stunning Villa and wonderful island...Cannot wait to return.
TIP- last year we hired a car to take us around the island. This year Ya arranged daily taxis which were not only more economic but always on time.
TIP - try Chez Francois. It is a lovely French bistro restaurant just at the entrance of Fisherman Village. Book a few days before you intend eating.
Best for bigger families. Best value. Especially if you have babies or smaller kids, it's not easy to go out for every meal. At Villa Sarasuz, you have the option to eat great homemade Thai food every meal and book good massages without going anywhere.
We recommend you at least try tom yang kung, pomelo salad, shrimp pad thai, kale salad. You can easily arrange driver to bring you out and meet you back again few hours later to bring you back. View is also great.
We are a family of four from the US. We spent four days at Darren’s place in Koh Samui. Not only the place but the overall experience was one for the memory books. What Made it special -
A. Villa was very private, had amazing views and very well maintained
B. Darren quarter backed the rental extremely well. Immediate responses and very helpful vacation tips
C. Ya, the housekeeper was amazing. The breakfast and other meals she cooked for us helped free us up to enjoy the villa. She helped us with pick ups, food, cabs etc
D. Benefit of Direct rental with owner is not to be minimized. We do not like renting from the agencies...numerous reasons incl...standard responses...not the decision makers...no personal touch etc.
we are vacation rental owners in the US and very very discriminating when it comes to vacation properties selection and experiences. This was one of our best ever
Our only wish is the Koh Samui was closer to the US and we could visit more often
Fantastic villa in the hills above Fisherman's village - stunning views from the pool and terrace.
Perfectly presented and equipped with everything you could wish for.
The villa staff were very helpful, and prepared some great Thai food during our stay.
Very highly recommended.
WOW is the word that comes to mind when reviewing this villa. it looked pretty awesome from the pictures online, but on arrival, my jaw dropped. first off, this place has a view that makes you think you died and went to heaven. i have never seen such a thing and ive been to a lot of pretty places. you are seated on top of a hill with a view of the islands, surrounding islands and the amazing blue waters. you can see the boats coming and going and all the beautiful jungle surround you. so serene i hardly wanted to leave the house. the location is wonderful. it's not immediately next to fisherman's village but just a 5 min cab ride away. plus, trust me, you dont want to be that close to town anyways (it's busy and touristy and kind of gross). the house is so beautiful and clean. the beds and bedding are extremely comfortable which is rare when you travel and each room comes equipped with a rainshower. the sound systems inside and outside are amazing. the kitchen is fully stocked and you will find everything you need. but all of these wonderful things aside, the absolute best part of our experience at darren's villa was the housekeeper Ya. i cant put into words how wonderful Ya is. she is truly a gem and works so hard everyday to ensure your stay is the best it can be. she keeps the house spotless, provides a beautiful and delicious breakfast and will make additional meals if you'd like. we had almost every meal at the villa after tasting her cooking because it is truly the best!!! she made us some of the best meals we have ever had!!! her food is fresh, healthy, delicious. she buys everything fresh and makes it according to how you like it. we liked a few of her dishes so much we asked for them almost every meal and couldn't get enough. i still dream of her pomelo salad. her food is better than any restaurant you will find and so reasonably priced. she is so kind and so smart. she will find you great deals in trips you want to take on the island and she is so prompt in finding cabs or whatever you need. she is just the best and we wishes we could bring her home with us!!!! anyways, this place is a gem. we had the best time imaginable and cant think darren and Ya enough for the chance to stay here.