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Luxury Koh Samui Villa Review – Ban Sairee

I have heard amazing things about this villa, so much so that one of my friends begged me (half jokingly) not to post the review and reveal her favourite villa to the world!  A huge thank you to Aimee for this great review.

Baan Sairee - underwater view

Who went? 3 Families with 3 helpers/au pairs – so 9 adults, 8 children – Kids were 5,4,4,3,2 and 3 under 2

Where did you go? Ban Sairee, Koh Samui 

When did you go? Last week of March 2014

How was the weather?
Perfect! Mostly hot and sunny but a lovely breeze in the evening and sometimes during the day kept it manageable. One overcast day but that just meant the kids didn’t have to come inside the midday heat (usually they watched a movie across lunchtime to stay out of the direct sun)

How did you book the trip? 
Through Lightfoot Travel but did the flights ourselves as Bangkok Airways is the only carrier from HK.  The price included one return transfer, but we needed three – though they were only 1200 per single trip.  Breakfast was included as were the full time staff – we just had pay for food/booze so the cost per day once there was about 3000THB per family (the including the villa rental).

 
How was the flight?  Any tips?
Flight was super easy 3hrs 15 – no seat back TV’s but an ipad kept them busy, one tip would be to wear summer clothes – the airport is open air and traveling from cold HK to hot Samui meant we were hot and bothered by the time we got our bags! They do have a bassinet seat – so you can request it.

How far was the villa from the airport?  

About 45mins – it’s very secluded – basically as far as you can go on Samui, but we were met by a rep and the large comfy A/C mini vans were waiting. 

What did you think of the villa?

It was perfect for us – simply done (nothing for the kids to break!) and spacious enough to accommodate three families without all being squeezed into the same place – there’s actually two tv rooms and two living areas so you could escape if you wanted to. The garden was large and open (so you could see the kids playing easily), had a trampoline, table tennis, and was fronted by the beach. There’s also a “kids barn” with beds though two of the helpers shared that as the steps were not young kid friendly. It is very secluded and therefore very quiet – bliss. Not for those who want to be hitting the bars every night.
Baan Sairee - view to sea

How were your rooms?  What baby/kid amenities had been provided?

The rooms were nicely done – very simple, nice bathrooms, lots of space for clothes. The layout means that two of the double rooms have adjoining single rooms.
Three cots were provided for us as well as three high chairs (though designed by someone who has never seen a baby – ok for the toddlers, not great for the littlest), I would recommend bringing several baby monitors as the property is quite spread out.
They made us mush for the baby, there was a sterilizer, kids plates and cutlery, kids life jackets for the kayaks – very kid friendly.

How were the facilities?

Great – pool had shallow area for little ones, trampoline, sea kayaks and life vests, table tennis and a full size tennis court.
Baan Sairee - in the pool

Was there a beach?  

Beach was pleasant – there are nicer in Thailand – but it was kept clean and the kids loved digging and catching crabs. The water was a little silty and seaweed-y. The cove is almost private – there is one other residence on it. The cove is protected buy a reef so the water is very calm. The big win was that it was so quiet – and the kids couldn’t wander off as there were rocks at each end.
Baan Sairee
 
Did you do any trips/excursions?
The grown ups did one trip out for a drink at the Conrad about 10 mins away, which was nice – stunning place – slow service! To be honest, everything was so lovely we had no need to go out!

How was the food?  

Food was some of the best thai food we have ever had (and we are very foodie!). The villa came with a chef who cooked for us every day. Catered to basic kids fair as well as excellent dinners and lunches.

How was the staff?

The staff really made the holiday – not only was the chef excellent, the staff manager, Jun, was amazing – she catered to our every need, she went out shopping for us so that we didn’t need to leave (who wants to go out sourcing nappies and wipes on holiday?!) even coping with some odd requests without a fuss “please can we have coloured sunscreen, lactulose from the pharmacy, and a rash vest for my husband?” and arranged a cake for my son’s birthday. She helped plan meals, suggest meal times – obviously very very experienced.

How was the trip overall?  What tips would you give to someone booking this holiday?

It was one of those rare occasion that the place actually looks exactly like it does on the website! An excellent holiday suited to those with large families or traveling with friends and kids. Quiet and secluded and safe for the kids to roam.  We are already planning to go back!
Also, as a tip – we took our full complement of duty free booze with us (with 9 adults, that was a fair bit!) so we could have a decent drink to go with the cheap local beer.
Baan Sairee - beach

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