Although the villa is well finished and laid out spaciously and is only a few kms from Ao Nang beach front it is in a very awkward area with no tuk tuks or taxis passing by so you can only get to the beaches/restaurants by pre arranged lifts either through the housekeeper or your own contacts. We found this a hassle as you always had to be fully planned with where and when you were going out. Tuk tuks back from the beach are easy to get but they had no idea where the villa was even with a proper street address given.
The main house is lovely but the cottage is on a busy main road a very noisy. Also smelled horrible. Major plumbing issues in both houses with toilets constantly blocking and issues with water pressure and not always having hot water.
Very disappointing overall
Housekeeper Oy was extremely helpful and trips etc she arranged were great.
I stayed at Umi Villa this August with my friends and we had a really good time there. The villa is very big, also we enjoyed the pool a lot. Every morning, the cleaner came to clean the place, so we came back home with a fresh clean house every day. The house keeper Ms.Oy is very nice and helpful. She also does private catering if you pre-book lunch and/or dinner with her - Best Thai Food I've ever had in my life. Definitely recommend! The location of the villa is not so close to the Krabi Town, but if you hire your own driver or transportion options, this shouldn't be a big problem.
There was a little blip on arrival when our transport couldn't find us at the airport and then didn't know how to get to the villa. It was a little stressful to sort out given that you can only get Wifi in the airport by buying something at the café, and then you have to hope your phone works. Anyway sometimes these things happen. The house was beautiful and everything we had hoped. We felt like rockstars and our stay in this house was the highlight of our trip to Thailand. As other reviews have stated Oy was a great host and took care of everything we needed (and the meal she cooked for us was as others have said, amazing).
That said, we were very disappointed in the location of the villa, as we believed that "5 minutes to the beach" meant that we could walk to the beach in that amount of time. What they are clearly talking about is 5 minutes if you had a car (and even then I would think it's farther). So we felt dooped by this description and feel the ad should be more clear. IA walk to the main road where there are convenience stores, the market etc. is at least a 20 minute walk, and the beach is farther than that. We didn't even go to the beach due to the distance. And renting a tuk tuk from the shop across the street is really expensive. The first night Oy suggested we take one to buy food and liquor and round trip is was like $17 Cdn, which was ridiculous. We learned after that we could have walked down the road for some of what we had paid so much to get by tuk tuk. So the whole transport thing and distance from the beach put a damper on our stay there. I would also say that we felt that we were not given all the info about how much things would cost and that there were then surprises in the end i.e. the in-house meal and tours, which left us with a bit of a bad taste in our mouth. So in a nutshell, it's a lovely place, just be mindful that it is more isolated, that you need transport to get places, to get to the beach and to take care of your basic needs, and that you should ask lots of questions when you are booking things.
Well what can i say, this villa was everything we expected when we booked to come for a friends 30th. When we saw the pictures we thought it was too good to be true but when we arrived it was everything we had hoped for.
On arrival Ms Oy was there to greet us and what a fantastic and wonderful lady she was. She made our stay here amazing and we didnt want to leave. She helped with our trips to the local beaches, she came in one evening and made the most amazing feast for our friends surprise 30th meal one evening which was truly amazing.
The Villa was out of this world, great air con, spacious rooms, a lovely outside area and a wonderful pool to chill in throughout the day or after a long day at the beach.
You really dont need to leave this place as everything is there you could ask for. Its a great villa for large families or groups of friends like ourselves.
I look forward to going back again and seeing the lovely Ms Oy and her beautiful smile :)
I really can't praise this villa enough... we felt like VIPs living in modern luxury! Beautifully presented & spotless, it has everything you need for the perfect holiday. Floats & balls for fun pool games, lovely outdoor areas with plenty of space for large groups, huge comfortable beds with en-suite bathrooms & air con in every room, TV lounge area for those lazy evenings, fully equipped kitchen, separate annex and upstairs bedrooms, so the place never felt crowded. It even has an electric gated entrance for security.
The most special part of the whole experience was definitely Ms.Oy, our host, who couldn't do enough to make everything run so smoothly & easily. She speaks extremely good English and is happy to organise anything you wish. I'd thoroughly recommend the villa catering, which was the best food we ate in Thailand. Thank you Ms.Oy & friends.. you made our stay truly incredible. See you again one day, miss you already!
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Absolutely amazing staying here made our holiday. Ms Oy is a wonderful host. We wanted to take her home. We will definitely be coming back. Holiday of a lifetime.
Wow, well what can I say about this wonderful villa and the incredibly dedicated host, Ms. Oy....it was just fabulous. A large group of us stayed here for 3 nights as part of the first leg of a thailand adventure and we literally couldn't have had asked for anything better. The villa is spectacular...large rooms, incredibly spacious and always cleaned daily. Our wonderful host Ms.Oy was exceptional..she promptly organised all the excursions we wanted to go on and she cooked the most exquisite birthday meal for our friend on one of the evenings. She provided us with a phone which we could use to call her for any questions, enquiries or problems we had. This villa is an absolute must for large groups of friends or family who are looking to stay away from the touristy beach resorts and stay in a place which offers incredible value for money. I would give this villa and Ms.Oy 10 stars if I had the option. Can't wait to return next year! :)