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Luxury Villa Review: Koh Samui’s Baan Tao Talay

I’ve been doing a good job over the years of working my way through Koh Samui’s luxury villas (in a big group they can work out cheaper than a five star hotel).  Sadly I haven’t been to all of them so I also rely on my friends to share with you their experiences.  Over to Frankie who visited Baan Tao Talay in February…
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If you’re looking to splash out on a luxury villa holiday in Koh Samui, then I would definitely recommend Baan Tao Talay.  It’s not cheap, but we went for a special family holiday with relatives from England, NZ, Australia and HK, and absolutely loved it. 

 

We booked through Samui Island Property Services and they were very helpful answering questions etc beforehand over email, arranging airport transfers etc.

 

There were 8 adults and one toddler in our group.  The property is massive and all five bedrooms are ensuite (3 are doubles and 2 can be doubles or twins).
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The place is beautifully decorated and there are lots of different areas to sit and read/eat/drink etc.  There’s a large pool, a grassy area where little ones can run around, and direct access to the beach which was clean and the sea was calm for kids swim to paddle about.  The villa supplied a cot and high chair and there was a small selection of beach and pool toys there for us to use.
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We generally spent mornings by the pool and afternoons by the beach.  At 18 months our daughter was happy splashing about and building sandcastles every day – and so were we!
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We booked the chef which was extra but well worth it.  The food was incredible.  We sat down with Joy the house manager each morning to discuss the menu for the day, someone was dispatched to do the shopping and delicious meals appeared three times a day, with fresh fruit juices/shakes mid morning and tea/coffee/biscuits in the afternoon.  We tried Western and Thai dishes and the Thai food was so delicious we ended up eating that virtually every meal.  And the chef gave a cooking lesson to a few of our group one evening.
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I think my favourite time of day was sundowners.  At 6.30/7 each evening we were served with delicious Thai snacks (I still dream of the fish cakes and satay) and drinks down near the beach overlooking the sunset.
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The staff were very attentive and unobtrusive, with little touches appearing each day, and a lovely surprise on our last evening – which I won’t ruin by detailing here.

 

We did do a couple of trips out – including to the zoo which I wouldn’t recommend.  And to the spa at a posh hotel down the road.  But the rest of the time were quite happy just chilling at the villa.

 

There were probably only two downsides.  First the view from the property towards the sea is somewhat disturbed by a ferry pier to the right.  But it’s far enough away that you don’t hear any noise.  Second the pool isn’t fenced off so you need to keep an eye on little ones.  We bought one of those pool alarms that comes with a bracelet which you attach to your child but she didn’t like wearing it and it kept going off at random times so we ditched that and relied on all the adults to keep watch.

 

Frankie’s Tips for Baan Tao Talay….
  • If you’re taking kids along then remember to take some DVDs for them.  The house had a decent selection of adult movies available but not much for kids. 
  • Spirits and beer are cheap are v cheap, but wine is expensive (although the house does have access to a reasonable selection which you can order through them).   All 8 of us bought a few bottles of wine in our suitcase/duty free which helped to keep us going.
If we ever decided to go back to Koh Samui I would save up to return to this place.

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