After an exhausting 4 days of rubbish shopping in Bangkok we were both looking for a relaxing 5 days at Kata Beach. We had decided on the Baray Villas @ Sawasdee based on the high opinions of other reviewers on TA.
The taxi from the airport to Kata was a sightseeing extravaganza, taking over an hour and including a surprise stop along the way at the taxi owner’s shop, where a Thai lady told us in well-schooled English the advantages of using her services to book various tours during our stay. Pleasantly surprised though we were by her kind and generous offerings, we politely declined and, as the taxi driver had decided to align the finishing of his ablutions to the end of her spiel, continued to Kata.
The Baray Villas is a stunning extension to the boutique sized Sawasdee Resort. The photos submitted by previous reviewers pretty much cover it. As soon as you step from the street to the resort, both the noise and temperature seem to abate. The main Sawasdee pool is medium sided, with a swim-up bar and spa, sun loungers and good amounts of dappled shade. The resort staff, and in particular the reception staff are very friendly and well versed in English (as well as, it seems, some other European languages).
There are a number of outdoor sitting areas for guests to sit and relax, and the whole of the resort’s gardens seem very well maintained.
The Baray Villas themselves are quite stunning, with direct access through the personal spa to a small and private villa pool will a small shaded deck and loungers. This then opens out to the Baray Villa pool, which has its own swim up bar reserved exclusively for the 14 villas. The bed was massive (must’ve been 2.4m x 2.4m) and a bit firmer than we would have liked, but this seems to be the norm for Hotels in Thailand. There is a turndown and mosquito repellent service done around dusk each evening, although we didn’t find the mosquitos to be an annoyance.
Pretty impressive place overall. The breakfast was a more than adequate buffet style service, with a delightful Egg Chef cooking them howsoever we wanted.
It is a bit of a walk to the main beach (approx. 600m), but that seemed to just give us a chance to experience the beach and the villas more when we got there. The resort is around mid point along Kata Beach, with a clump of shopping and restaurants about 500m both north and south.
Overall, very hard to fault. If we get to Phuket again, we will stay at these villas…Pretty impressive!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Art Resort in Phuket, Thailand… a Treasury of Exotic Thai Art & Culture… with the Senses of Peace and Healing. Art of Life… To fulfill the senses of living with the 1st Triple Pool Access Villa in Phuket, Thailand. The 14 Luxury Villas has the spacious space with luxurious design and the exclusive services of your personal assistant staff to customized all desires.We assured to heal your holidays in the peace of life with our Thai hospitality service. The awards from Tourism Authority of Thailand and TripAdvisor can guarantee your total experiences at our resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Baray Villa Hotel Kata Beach
- The Baray Villa Phuket/Kata Beach