Please be warned that these "luxury villas" are a complete and utter scam! Unfortunately we fell for the beautiful pictures and wonderful description last year. We booked two villas for the Christmas period 2011 through the Asiarooms website. The booking went through but soon afterwards we were contacted by the Thara Heights agent, an American "real estate professional" Kip Walker, who asked for a down payment of 20 % to be paid immediately on his account in Thailand. The rest of the sum was paid about a month before our trip - after we got the confirmation that everything was in order. So far so good.
However, only about a week before our trip he informed us that the reservation had to be cancelled, explaining that there were problems with the electricity supply, water and access road caused by Monsoon rains. All lies, as it later turned out. Imagine our disappointment and distress trying to find an alternative accommodation at such short notice! We were promised to get our money back but so far (20 March 2012), despite repeated emails and a few vague promises, we haven't received anything. And we are talking of a considerable sum, around 6000 euros in total! This is a really despicable behaviour and has caused us a lot of worry and sleepless nights.
As to the villas themselves, it turned out that they are far from finished and the building work seems to have stopped a long time ago. They are in a very sad and neglected state indeed and require a lot of effort, not to mention furniture etc, before they can accommodate anyone. We wanted to share this story to prevent anyone else from making the same mistake as we did. We are paying a huge price for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thara Heights Villa Resort occupies a beautiful Hillside Location, looking out over Spectacular Natural Seascapes, is but 5 minutes from the Azure waters of the Andaman Sea with spectacular views of the Islands Kho Phi Phi and Kho Yao YaiThis Klong Muang Beach, Krabi area, designated for High End development, is superbly placed for ease of reach from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur where daily flights, with full international connections, provide access from all the main tourist departure points around the world. Wrapped in the Protected Beauty of the National Park, Thara Heights provides a place to rejuvenate from the demands of an international lifestyle. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Thara Heights Villa Resort Krabi, Thailand