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Phuket Luxury Villa Review – Baan Sasima

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For the past 7 years we have spent Christmas overseas.  Last year was an amazing Sri Lanka adventure. This year we returned to our reliable holiday spot, Phuket.  We choose Phuket for one main reason and that is the weather is almost always guaranteed to be good.  In fact we make a point of checking the weather in rivalling Koh Samui just to reconfirm we’ve made the right decision (Koh Samui has nicer, cheaper villas and more of an island vibe). But Phuket is always great fun with plentiful activities for the kids, delicious eateries and nice beaches. Although who am I kidding, during our ten stay at our villa this year, we left it on only 3 occasions.

If you’re choosing between a hotel or a villa for your family, I would point you in the direction of a villa if you’re in a group. We spent the first 3 nights of our holiday at the Pullman Phuket.  Whilst it was a fab, luxury spot, we craved having our own space to just chill around the pool, be in charge of our own music, not ever have to dress up and relax whilst the kids were asleep.

Where did we stay?

In a four bedroom villa, Baan Sasima, located near Surin Beach

Baan Sasima Exterior

How did I book the villa?

Through Asian Luxury Villas who I’ve used previously. They are very helpful in suggesting villas that would suit your party size and budget.  It’s always worth trying to negotiate a discount, particularly if you’re booking in advance (although unlikely if you’re booking over peak season).  If you are going over Christmas and Easter, minimum stay is usually 10 nights.

Be very careful if you are booking a villa through a provider you are unfamiliar with.  You are handing over a lot of cash and have a friend who did get scammed. Here are some tips on what to check for and questions to ask.

What did the booking include?

We paid USD $1,100 per night for use of the entire 4 bed villa and this included daily maid service, continental breakfast and airport transfer one way. We also paid USD $50 per meal for a chef + ingredients.  The chef was so good we actually had them make most of our lunches and dinners.

Where is the villa?

Baan Sasima is perched on a hill overlooking Surin Bay, part of the Ayara Surin Development.  It is about 10 minutes walk down the hill to Surin Beach.  There are lots of restaurants and boutiques lining the beach and there are also supermarkets and other stores further inland. Phuket is a 30 minute drive away.

Tell me about the layout of the villa…

The villa is spread out over 4 floors and for that reason, I don’t think it’s family friendly for young kids.  At 6 and 4 years old, my kids were fine with it but I’d be a bit worried about constantly having to look out for wayward toddlers and balconies.

Stairs

At the top is the entrance, dining room, outdoor eating area and kitchen.  The second level has the master bedroom, living room with bar area, toilet, pool and outdoor sala.

Baan Sasima Sala

Baan Sasima - Bar

The third level has the remaining three bedrooms and the lowest level has a small gym/library.

What is the bedding configuration?

The villa has four bedrooms, all en-suite. The Master suite is enormous and you could easily sleep there with several children in travel cots and on day beds.

Baan Sasima Master Baan Sasima Master Daybed

The Master also has a huge ensuite with separate bath/shower.

Baan Sasima Master Bath

As mentioned above, the Master is on the same level as the pool. The other three bedrooms are on the floor below; one with twin beds (perfect for kids) and the other two each with a King sized bed.

Twin Room

How are the facilities?

The pool is a great size with an infinity edge.

Baan Sasima Infinity Pool

There are four sunloungers and also a comfy sala area with cushions.  It’s great having a lounge area off the pool so that in the heat of the day, the kids can sit and watch TV or play.

Baan Sasima Lounge 2

The gym has a cross trainer, treadmill and yoga mats.

Baan Sasima - Gym

How was the food?

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Breakfast was a delicious spread of cereal, toast and eggs.  For meals using the chef, we would be presented with several Thai cookery books and told to select items.  All the food was amazing and worked out far cheaper than if we were eating out at restaurants.  Whilst we usually had Thai food for every meal, they also conjured up kid friendly items such as chicken nuggets. For those times that we decided not to pay extra for the chef, we usually ordered in pizza.

Baan Sasima Food

We did venture out of the villa a few times for food. One night we had dinner at Catch Beach Club on Surin Beach which is always fun for people spotting.  We also had a fun night at a very special place, Kra Jok See (I won’t give too much away but it’s worth it for a fun adult night out!).

How were the staff?

Absolutely amazing, from the villa manager to the chefs to the wonderful babysitters.  Having a staffed villa is such a wonderful luxury and we all felt incredibly well looked after by the team.  We had the occasional issue like noisy neighbours and these were all dealt with very professionally by our Villa Manager Montri.

Would you recommend Baan Sasima?

If you don’t have young kids, then absolutely.  This was the perfect villa for us to kick back, relax and unwind.  The views are so spectacular we decided not to venture out on New Year’s Eve and enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of our own home. In fact, we barely left the villa at all and that’s testament to just how good it was.

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