About This Listing
Perfectly maintained chic Thai-style villa, 5 mins walk from Surin beach & its attractions. Sea view from infinity pool & outdoor salas. 3 bedrms, 3 bathrms, large reception, TV room, kitchen. Live-in housekeeper/maid. Perfect for families/couples.
The Villa is part of a gated community of a small number of villas with 24-hour security, built in the same style as the adjacent all-suites luxury Ayara Hilltops Boutique Resort & Spa property.
From 50 meters above the sea level, the Villa and its pool offer spectacular views of the Andaman Sea and the tropical lush vegetation of the hilltops along the horizon. However, it is a relatively easy walk up to the Villa (unlike to the rest of the gated community) as it is positioned just one level above the hotel. You can make it even more pleasant and less steep by cutting through the Hilltops hotel.
Positioned on a different level of a hill slope and separated from other villas by mature tropical gardens, the Villa offers sufficient seclusion for comfort and privacy. It is not overlooked by any neighboring properties and you will not see your neighbors (unless you want to, and walk over to a different level of the hill).
The Villa is most comfortable if occupied by a maximum of six adults and up 4 children (depending on children’s age).
The Villa features:
•Two identical mirror-image master bedrooms on both sides of the reception area, each with its own en-suite bathroom (with free-standing baths and showers).
•The third, separate, bedroom is on a level down, with a large window giving onto the tropical garden, with adjoining bathroom with a shower.
•A spacious, open-plan, tiered reception, with an office space (equipped with a computer, printer/scanner, fax) and entertainment area with a large 40” plasma screen, satellite TV (with all major TV and news channels), DVD player and surround sound system.
•A large separate fully equipped kitchen with a central cooking counter/island.
The outdoor area offers:
•A beautiful infinity pool, tiled with black hand-made ceramic tiles.
•Two outdoor open pavilions, “salas”, under traditional Thai-style wooden roof structures – one with a lounging area and one with an outdoor al fresco dining area, with its own fridge in the serving counter.
•Well-established garden, predominantly with palm trees and large Bougainvillea bushes.
•An outdoor shower in the garden on the side of the house, with a large Khmer style Buddha relief and a water pond.
Guests will have full use of the whole house, including:
•Three bedrooms with full baths / showers
•Office area, with desk, printer/scanner/fax machine
•A computer for guests’ use, with Internet and printer connection;
•WIFI on the whole property
•Bed linen and towels
•Baby cots on request
•Large separate kitchen
•Massive American style fridge and freezer,
•Espresso machine (Nespresso)
•Washer and dryer
•Iron and Ironing board
•Pots, pans, cooking utensils
•Cutlery, crockery, glasses, etc.
•Entertainment area with a flat screen TV with satellite connection
•Infinity swimming pool
•Two outdoor salas, one for entertaining and massages, the other for al fresco dining
•Organic locally produced toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion)
Interaction with Guests
Full-time live-in housekeeper/driver lives in a studio on the side of the house with a separate entrance (for privacy). She has been there for over eight years and knows the property and the island intimately.
Housekeeper services include:
•daily cleaning of the Villa,
•weekly change of the sheets/bedding,
•laundry, as and when needed,
•cooking and shopping on request,
•arranging airport transfers (pick up and drop off by taxi), and rental cars with or without a driver, according to your needs,
•On request, arranging for a private masseuse to come to the Villa at an additional reasonable price, payable by the Guests to the masseuse directly.
There is also a good limo service nearby, with a small fleet of new SUVs, who are available for trips around the island on short notice. The housekeeper can help you organize a pick up or explain how to walk over.
The Villa is located in the Surin Beach area on the west coast of Phuket, just 25 minutes from the international airport.
Surin is a quiet and relaxing area of Phuket, but you are never far from a great number of holiday activities to suit every taste. For example:
•Surin Beach itself has more than a dozen restaurants – from simple Thai beach food/fruit stands to elegant and sophisticated Beach Clubs and discos.
•Catch beach club and restaurant, with dancing (think Nikki Beach style).
•One of the best hotels in the world, the Amanpuri, is a fifteen-minute walk away and is just below the Villa.
•Several other good hotels are also within walking distance and offer everything from good cuisine, bars, lounges, spas, etc.
•There are four excellent golf courses on Phuket: Red Mountain, Blue Canyon, Laguna (the closest to the Villa) and the Banyan Tree (also close by).
•Patong Beach, the tourist center of authentic Phuket, with its vibrant street life, dozens of restaurants, coffee shops, street stalls and boutiques, night clubs and discos, as well as a modern shopping center, is 20 minutes by car/taxi or a traditional “took-took” (an open street car for the more adventurous).
•Other beautiful beaches are only minutes away. Ten minutes walk from the Villa is Da Ali restaurant on Lem Sing Beach, which has The Best seafood pasta in the world! Da Ali is a simple shack with a straw roof, where you sit with your feet in the sand, sipping cocktails, but their freshly cooked mouthwatering crab spaghetti will make you drool at the memory for years afterwards.
•Sporting activities on Surin Beach include: jet-skis, parasailing and banana boats rides. Powerboat trips can be booked for excursions along the coast and to the Snake Island (no snakes!) for great snorkeling to see the corals and colorful fish and underwater world! Diving and deep-sea fishing trips can be arranged on Surin Beach too.
•Several hotels nearby offer day spas with massages and treatments for non-hotel guests.
•Day trips to Phi-Phi and Phangna islands (smaller holiday destinations, compare to the varied and larger community and amenities of Phuket) by ferry are also possible.
•Several elephant trekking trips are available nearby.
•Phuket Fantasia, a two-hour show, featuring the culture and history of Thailand, and other attractions for adults and children, including live white tigers, is only 2.5km away.
•The island of Phuket is blessed with dozens of beautiful Buddhist and Chinese temples.
•Scattered on Phuket are hundreds of small and large shops selling fabrics, silks, leather goods, jewelry, antiques and handicrafts.
You can rent a car and either drive yourself or ask the housekeeper to drive you. Alternatively, you can take taxis (again, the housekeeper can help you organise that or explain where you can catch one), or use traditional Thai street type of transportation, a took took, for local flavour.
No extra people will be allowed to stay in the Villa in addition to those disclosed at the time of booking. This applies also to children.
Noise control: The Villa is very private; occasionally you may hear but never see your neighbors. During your parties and when playing music outside, please respect also their privacy.
We had a nice time at the villa. The housekeeper/cook was fantastic and she was very helpful and accommodating. She was a great cook and we greatly enjoyed the food.
The location is good and Surin beach is nice.
You don't need a car and can walk down the hill to the beach or to get a taxi when needed. The walk up the hill is a sweaty one, but not good if you are elderly or not in decent shape.
However, we were disappointed with the condition of the villa. It seems run down and dated. I would not be able to recommend the villa in its current state we would not return. The following issues need to be fixed:
1). Air conditioning was very sub par. Kitchen AC was broken. 1 of the 2 living room A/c is also broken.
2nd bedroom a/c did not cool the room properly.
And the master bedroom A/C smelled like sulfur/eggs and was not sufficient.
We spent most of the week sweating.
2)The two rooms are not identical as one has a queen bed and the other has two single beds.
All beds were rock hard.
3) the fans in the bedrooms are spinning backwards and push the hot air down. Makes them unusable.
4)hot water didn't work in the 2nd bedroom shower and our friends had to have cold showers all the time.
4) the photos are old the villa needs a paint job.
I hope Gabortakes this as constructive criticism and take action to repair as if these items were fixed, it would have made all the difference for us.
Gabor was very communicative as we planned our trip, had questions, needed direction. The listing is accurate and if you are looking for an amazing retreat with fabulous access to beach (5 minute walk, with white sandy beautiful, uncrowded beach, restaurants, massages, etc), R&R, and anything you wish do to while in Phuket, this is the place! The villa is well appointed, clean, lots of amenities, and very very private and comfortable. You can't beat the infinity pool overlooking Surin harbor! Can't wait to return!
We had a marvelous stay at Gabor's villa. The villa is stunning, real luxury, space, nice decoration, view on the sea and beautiful pool. It 's so confortable inside and outdoor that we didn' t want to go out even if the beach is just at 5 minutes walk. The perfect villa for a stay in Phuket, fully equiped even for babies. Gabor is always available to answer questions and queries. He organizes the transfert from airport to the villa and at the villa you can meet a marvelous housekeeper. She made our stay magical. Great cooker always smiling. We want to come back as soon as possible in this little paradise
About the Host, Gabor
Hello there. I am an international businessman, originally a lawyer, of Hungarian origin, at the stage of my life where I can take it easy and enjoy the finer things in life, the arts, friends, photography, books, music, good wine, and just the joy of being.
I love Phuket for all that it has to offer; please read my description of the island’s local attractions in the details of my listing.
If you decide to rent the Villa, I am sure you will discover and enjoy all of it too! The house is perfectly maintained and you will be well taken care of by my full-time housekeeper and find staying there easy.
Wish you a good day.