We had such a lovely time in Koh Phangan at the Sunset Hill Resort the last 4 days that my husband was afraid that the Viva Vacation Resort would not quite match up. Sometimes, it's just lovely to be proved wrong!
We were wondering whether to pay extra for the beach view villa but then settled for the garden villa. Since there are only about a dozen, a garden villa is set in a gorgeously designed garden, just 10 metres behind the beach villas. The villa was spacious and had a massive bathroom with a tub and mirrors all round (yes even in the bedroom!). The furniture and flooring (in the bedroom) is simple and wooden. There is a large living room and kitchenette as well. Each villa has its own flowering hedgerow and seating arrangement outside it.
The pool is large and tiled with dark blue tiles - very unusual and exotic - and is surrounded by clay elephants spouting water into it and bright orange beach chairs. Very pretty! Beyond are beach chairs, hammocks and a massage sala from where you can see the sea right in front. As some of the reviewers have said you need to walk a bit to get to deep enough water and there are few waves. But the water is clear green and makes for a spectacular view from your hammock/beach chair. There is also a nice looking restaurant - but we did not try it as there were a number of good local restaurants. We got our scooter (a must as Lipa Noi is a bit secluded) from the resort.
The resort was so peaceful and serene and our villa so pretty that we decided to spend the last 2 1/2 days just lazing in the hammocks, drinking, swimming in the pool, swimming in the sea and loop endlessly... instead of the usual running around to the 'happening' beaches. It was well worth it. You wake up to the sound of birds chirping and walk through a sunlit garden as butterflies weave drunkenly in your path to blossoming hedgerows - as if inebriated by the overabundant beauty of the place. The resort is efficiently run and the staff are very pleasant and helpful. Space in the resort (of which there is a lot) is well utilised and every little nook has some interesting clay tub with water plants or cherubic dangling clay children.
Thank you for everything! We'll be back..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Viva Vacation Resort is "far enough away" from the airport and city to remain a peaceful paradise, yet close enough to everything to be convenient for off-site exploration.An elegant contemporary Thai resort situated in the middle of coconut gardens and surrounded by lush green trees and ornamental plants. Here you'll find true relaxation for your vacation as there is a private white sandy beach, unpolluted wind, gorgeous sunsets, and spectacular sea views which could be the answer to your vacation needs.Also, we offer the great friendly service with 11 air-conditioned villas, a big swimming pool, a restaurant, and all facilities for your comfort and convenience. It is the perfect place to spend your holiday with family or friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viva Vacation Resort Ko Samui/Lipa Noi, Thailand