Guest post and photos by Nicola Burke
Why you’ll love Villa Ban Haad Sai
Ban Haad Sai literally means ‘The House on the Beach” and this large, luxurious beachfront villa is where we choose to spend our Chinese New Year holiday. I have been to Samui many times and stayed in numerous villas, however the company that I normally used did not have any reasonably priced seven-bed villas. Luckily for us, a friend stumbled across this little –or rather enormous – gem.
We visited with a big group; 12 adults, five kids, two toddlers and one baby and there was more than enough space for all enough. The villa is made up of two mirroring buildings, each with its own living area, master bedroom and two further double bedrooms. There is an additional annexe with a gym and another bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.
The resident villa staff appeared twice a day to clean and the villa manager was very helpful organising meal times, excursions, and laundry collection and answering any questions we had. We had also requested a daily chef service and the food was excellent – so much so that we at in the villa most days. If you’re travelling with friends or extended family (or both!) then Villa Ban Haad Sai is an excellent option.
Why the kids will love Villa Ban Haad Sai
One of the great things about hiring a villa is travelling with friends who also have kids. When we visited Ban Haad Sai, there were plenty of little people to keep my kids entertained and the children delighted in the swimming pool and the enormous landscaped gardens. There’s also a TV area that’s perfect for kids’ to relax in when they – and we – needed some time out!
The beach is literally on your doorstep and the soft sands and shallow water make this ideal for younger children in particular. If you have big kids and teens there’s still plenty for them to do, however, including water sports and scuba diving.
We spent most of our time at the villa but there are plenty of excursions nearby including a crocodile farm and butterfly park as well as elephant trekking and mountain bike adventures. As a family holiday destination, Koh Samui is hard to beat!
The villa is made up of two pavilions that sit side by side overlooking the white sandy beach. Each building enjoys 330 sqm of living space, a deck and courtyard area. Both pavilions house three air-conditioned bedrooms (2 double and 1 twin).
The master bedrooms overlook the beach and have sumptuous bathrooms including a secluded outdoor Balinese bath and shower. In addition to the two pavilions there is a third building (the annex) that houses the air conditioned gym and the seventh bedroom with an ensuite bathroom complete with bath and separate shower.
It’s always a worry when you’re sharing a big villa that someone is going to end up with the ‘dud’ room but I have to say that the standard of all 7 bedrooms was very good. Yes, the master bedrooms are the most luxurious but all are big and very comfortable.
Each pavilion has its own private access, a fully fitted kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas and a large living room equipped with all amenities. All rooms are furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Sliding doors from the living areas and main bedrooms open onto large teakwood decks, ideal for dining or just relaxing.
The villa comes with three resident, full time staff that can organise almost anything you want from candle-lit beach dinners or a BBQ to a stylish indoor dinner party. We opted for a daily chef service and the food was excellent (so much so, we ate in the villa most days).
The villa has a menu and you decide what you would like for lunch and / or dinner in the mornings. You pay for all food shopping at the end of your stay. There are also a number of restaurants within walking distance.
Activities for Parents: Private 12-metre swimming pool and direct access to the beach, in-villa spa treatment with extended menu, Big Buddha Temple within walking distance, golf course 15 minutes drive away, water sports, easy access to dive centre of Koh Tao from ferries on the beach, boat trips to outer islands, Chaweng shopping centres and Bophut ‘Fisherman Village’. The property has its own chauffeured late model Ford Everest seven person mover available for rental by guests on a daily basis.
Activities for Kids: Swimming pool, 1,600 sq. metres of landscaped gardens to run around in, direct access to beautiful white sandy beach, nearby elephant trekking, crocodile farm, coconut plantations, aquarium and butterfly gardens. Explore mountain paths, waterfalls and unusual rock formations by 4WD or by mountain bike. Big kids and teens will enjoy the water sports and there are PADI approved diving operators near to the villa.
AC, babysitting, common rooms, cots, doctors & hospitals, extra beds, kids’ dining facilities, laundry service, private sit out, swimming pool, travel desk & excursions, wheelchair access, WiFi.
When to go:
Koh Samui’s weather patterns differ from much of the rest of the country. From April to September, when most of Thailand is experiencing the monsoon rains, Samui stays fairly dry. Instead, the rains fall from October to December. The driest period is from January to March.
Location & Travel:
Villa Ban Haad Sai is located on the northern coast of Koh Samui, on Bangrak beach, just a 15-minute drive from Samui Airport. At street level there are pharmacies, convenience stores, massage, bars and a few restaurants. You are a 10-minute drive from the fisherman’s village of Bophut, which is fabulous for restaurants and shopping.