- 2 bedrooms
- 3 bathrooms
- Sleeps 5
Description from the owner
Looking for a great place to spend a hassle-free holiday in Phuket, including a chauffeur and Toyota SUV and daily maid service?
We offer just that. Our home is a gorgeous apartment that has a stunning sea view and a great location.
Baan Similan, our home, is part of a luxury development called The Plantation near Kamala on Phuket's west coast. It has fabulous views and is very quiet, but great beaches, restaurants and bars are within easy reach. It has free wi-fi, satellite TV, a home cinema room, and a great sound system.
About the owner
Normandy Madden +852 9302 7951 Full profile
Response rate: 95%
Response time: Within a day
Calendar updated: today
Overall rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 64 reviews
Spacious seaview home with car & driver
Additional Location Information
Baan Similan is one of the finest residences at The Plantation Phuket, a gated community on Kamala Headland Road, walking distance to Kamala Village and Kamala Beach. It is next door to the Cape Sienna Hotel on a road nicknamed "Phuket's Millionaires Mile" for the high number of lovely properties located here and for the great views they offer.
Below us is a lovely beach for lazy walks and a couple of good restaurants. It is not suitable for swimming, too shallow and rocky, but Kamala Beach is walking distance and the services of your own car and driver mean you have easy access to any of Phuket's fine beaches.
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Last updated on September 19, 2014
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Additional notes from the owner
Please contact the owner for additional information about rates and availability. The rates include much more than just accommodation - they include the services of a full-time chauffeur, who drives our Toyota SUV, and is available to drive guests day and night, including airport transfers. Guests only need to pay for petrol. It also includes daily maid service (Monday to Saturday).
- Washing Machine
- Alarm Clock
- A/C or climate control
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Local Guides/Maps
- Housekeeping Optional
- Fitness Room
- Towels Provided
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
Pool / Spa
- Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
- Ocean or water views
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- Stereo or CD player
- DVD Player
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Balcony or terrace
- Boat available
- Pet friendly - ask
- Smoking allowed - yes
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - yes
- 2420 square feet
What Past Guests Are Saying
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53 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
Better than any resort, especially if you have young ones
First off, this review is long overdue and is also the first review I've ever written (namely out of laziness). But, Baan Similan at The Plantation Phuket was such a wonderful property and Normandy a great pleasure to rent from (amazingly responsive, flexible and patient) so I wanted to make an effort to write a review this time (albeit several months late).
My husband and I have been vacationing in Phuket for many, many years (typically once a year, sometimes twice) and have stayed in most of the large resorts across the island in addition to a few boutique properties. Following the birth of our son (14 months at the time of our stay at Baan Similan) we started looking into private rentals for holidays as access to a full kitchen along with having a larger space in which to relax would make our stay much more convenient. I stumbled across the Baan Similan listing while surfing the web and was immediately attracted to the positive reviews, amazing photos, location of the property AND the fact that the rental included use of their car with driver (the wonderful Anny). Again, with a small child and lots of luggage, access to a private car is a huge bonus. Driving in Phuket (which I've done a few times) can be nerve-wracking at times, especially at night, and taxis are quite pricey. In the past we've happily rented scooters but with an infant, that really was not an option. So, the advantage a private car and driver brings to your holiday makes the difference between a good and a FANTASTIC holiday.
The apartment is gorgeous - breathtaking views, beautifully furnished, lovely bath, great outdoor shower...think the other reviewers here have already touched on the high notes. Property management is super friendly and helpful and there's also a great outdoor pool which wasn't too busy when were there (over Chinese New Year, peak busy season). Also, there are small shops near the complex (for supply runs) and of course Anny can take you to the large supermarkets to get any other essentials. Apartment is also in immaculate condition (and I'm a super neat freak).
Would definitely stay here again if we're lucky enough to have the opportunity and have already recommended the property to my close friends and family!!
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Los Angeles California
Absolutely, One of the Best Secret Places to Stay I've Ever Foun
I would highly recommend this wonderful hideaway to either bring your family or a romantic get-away. Every step was taken to make their guests feel at home. It is the perfect mix between a top-notch hotel and borrowing your rich friends fully furnished vacation home. The wall to wall slide-away glass doors were fantastic and transformed the inside into outside in seconds. The view was great, kitchen and dining area clean and open, theatre/play station room very cool, and of course the tub...need I say more..
Anney, the always on call driver/assistant/local contact/everything, was the greatest... Very personable, English was great, and he knew everywhere to go. He brought us all around - took us to pet tigers, ride elephants, and drive super fast go karts.
We often walked right to the beach/town from the condo where there was plenty to do and eat. It was very relaxing. I seriously can't say enough good things about it. Can't wait to go back! Thanks Normandy and Ruben!!!
Amazingly comfortable and perfectly located to beaches and restaurants! During our short stay, we had to will ourselves to actually go out and do things because it was so comfortable just to stay in. Fast wifi, modern appliances, extremely comfortable furniture and one of the best bathtubs on the planet. Perfectly suited to western demands.
A great added touch is anny who will take you anywhere including the Supper Club for a great dinner.
What a great place!
Beyond our expectations !
We stayed at the Plantation in Kamala for the first time in august 2013 which was supposed to be the low season. We were looking for a sense of space and tranquility, great panoramic views, excellent cuisine and warm Thai hospitality. This was beyond our expectations !
Location is ideal as it is just a short drive to touristic areas like Patong, Karon, Kata, as well as the amazing Surin Beach.
The owner and her staff were fantastic and extremely helpful: they gave us a great welcome and made us feel at home and pampered from the first second. As soon as we needed anything, Anny the driver would help us and prepare everything.
The decoration in the apartment is stunning. There are plenty of areas to sit and relax and get away from the hustle and bustle. The Wifi worked perfectly well even next to the massive but charming community pool.
The rates are not a bargain but it is really worth every penny.
We stayed in most of the time and at no point did we feel the need to step out of the expansive space and facilities that the apartment offers (large terrace overlooking whole of Kamala bay - one could never get tired of this amazing view; gym and spa room, etc).
I would certainly recommend this property be it for a couple's romantic weekend, or a retreat with family and friends.
We will be back!
New York, New York
We were impressed with the luxurious surroundings!
What a lovely experience staying at this phenomenal condo in Phuket. We loved the accommodations - from the stunning bathrooms to the fantastic view, what was there not to like? The spacious kitchen is well stocked with anything you need for your cooking needs.
It's also an apartment that is kid friendly - my 9 year old was very comfortable sleeping on the day bed and loved having access to the internet and cable.
Close to Kamala beach, it is convenient to many other pleasures. The beach was beautiful and close to places where we could get Thai massage. The nearby restaurants did not disappoint!
The driver was very polite and gracious the entire time. He helped us book a snorkeling day trip to the Phi Phi islands that gave us a taste of what it's like in Phuket during the high season.
Definitely a taste of paradise!
Cheese Burger in Paradise
What ever you like to eat when you're in paradise, you can have it here, as the kitchen may even top what you've got at your own home. It's a brilliant view over a quiet beach, and the driver is ready & willing to take you anywhere you like for big time fun and fine dining. Definitely one of my top five stays in asia.
Excellent - views, amenities and staff.
Wanted to write and thank you so much for the stay at your place. What a spot. It was fantastic, your home was perfect, well appointed and with a view to die for.
The housekeeper, non was great as was driver and "island advisor" Anny. He was a real star and very accommodating and so helpful. Unfort, ramadan ruined our chance to have him use the kitchen! He drove us everywhere and showed us all the great little street food places and "hole in the walls" like duck spicy that made out trip so memorable and a mix up from the other high end places we ate.
Thanks once again and look forward to our next stay.
Justin, Immy and Willy.
Btw- if have requests from others, the baby sitter we got, yom, was excellent, qualified, very good english , cooks western babyhood and a rarity for thais can swim with children. Yom- 0888258335
what a wonderful apartment
It's a fresh tryout for my family to choose an apartment for holiday. The result is more than expectation because my family fell in love with the place. It can be called as your home in Phuket. The facilities are great and the most important is the seaview. Certainly you'll get deep impression about the hospitality of the owner Normandy before you arrive in. She'll give you plenty of information upon your request. We'll choose B9 Plantation again if we go back to Phuket.
From the time we were picked up at the airport until it was time to leave - this was one of most stress free holidays experienced in a long time. The apartment is in an relaxing part of the island well away from party central Patong. Khun anny (the driver) is a valuable source of information and all of his recommendations were spot on. The apartment itself is well appointed to the point where it is difficult to leave the complex. All in all this holiday is just what the doctor ordered.
My father and I stayed here for three nights and had a wonderful vacation in Phuket. The condominium is a nice oasis in Phuket with beautiful accommodations and vistas of the coastline. Having a driver with local knowledge provided us with a great itinerary and freedom to explore other parts of Phuket. I would highly recommend this to other travelers. The owner, Normandy, is very responsive and has created a wonderful home for people visiting Thailand.
Jiang su, CHINA
our best best Chinese new year vacation!
Rudy and I would like to send a big thank you to you for such brilliant holiday you offered. Driver anny is great man, weather was nice, your house is very comfortable and beautiful. Our kids love our "Thailand home"! We enjoyed every moment there! This is our best best Chinese new year vacation!
Rudy and Cathy together with Kai and Xin
Beautiful apartment in Phuket
This was our 6th trip to Phuket, love Thailand. We normally stay in a resort, but decided to try a vacation apartment rental this time, had good experiences in other parts of the world with vacation apartment rentals. Plus this trip was longer than the others, 9 days in a resort seems a bit long.
Normandy responded to all our questions promptly with great advice, very open and honest. She was a joy to deal with, a lovely lady.
Normandy's apartment is absolutely beautiful, a tastefully decorated home. Several wonderful features include:
1. Beautiful view of the sea from several rooms; kitchen, living room, sitting room, and balcony
2. The balcony is absolutely huge, great place to relax and enjoy the sea view with your morning coffee
3. Bathrooms are amazing; huge and very elegant
4. Location is great, upscale neighborhood within walking distance to the main city/beach in Kamala
5. Small but gourmet kitchen with washer/dryer off to the side
7. Anny, he was so helpful. Hopefully we didn't' over-use him, but having someone to take you places and help you around makes it so easy. He also took my wife to the market one day and cooked the most amazing Thai meal. I don't think any other vacation rental will offer this service.
Our family of 4, 2 teenage children, were very comfortable in this lovely apartment. We hope to come back in the future, but will probably choose a different week as the 2 weeks around Christmas are the busiest time of the year in Phuket. Again a wonderful apartment and lovely experience.
Lovely place to spend yours holiday.
We stay at the apartment for 10 days and love this place. Whole complex is situated at the slope with stairs and site lift to the parking pool area.
Apartment interior have same Balinese touch with kitchen fully stock up with utensils and you fill really like in home.
Apartment is serviced daily by lovely maid and driver on call. Anny is very valuably person and ready to pick you up any time.
View from apartment is as pictured with no restriction. Around the complex you god big lap pool and good equipped gym, service people and security guards always ready to help you.
We spend the lovely time there and I think to be back in the future. Thanks to Normandy and Ruben communication with is easy and without any problems.
deb and dave
ocean grove victoria
relax and enjoy
Normandy's place is second to none
>we had great time we had at your apartment.
> Anny was fabulous and your beautiful place was a fantastic place to stay.
> It was everything thing you described on the web and more.
> The staff at the plantation were most helpful and welcoming and the security
> people were fantastic.
> Your thoughtfulness towards your guests needs left nothing to chance and the
> little things that people might be in need of are very well catered for.
> We can see your attention to detail makes the world of difference to people
> who travel and was more than just a normal rental place.
> We thank you for allowing us to rent your apartment and appreciate all of the
> effort you put in to make our stay a good experience.
> Thank you
> Debbie Coghlan and David Mcaughtry.
Randers - Denmark
Our best apartment rental so far
Very nice apartment, stylish and comfortable.
Excellent with a "private” driver - Any - to take you anywhere
Our best apartment rental so far - and we have had quite some.
Irvine, Ca, USA
I cannot say enough great things about our stay from May 3rd - 11th. The property was perfect, the view was amazing, Anny (The driver) was fantastic, Normandy was professional, organized and very accomodating.
The property is beautiful and in a small, private, gated community. This place is perfect for couples and families. If you would like to go anywhere, you can give anny a call in advance and he will take you. Anny acted as a tour guide as well as a driver.
We spent many months looking at hotels and other accommodations in Phuket before deciding to stay here. After seeing many of the hotels, and their location, we believe %110 that we made the correct decision.
We have recommended this place to all of our friends and co-workers that are considering going to Phuket. If you are looking to make your stay a special and memorable one, do not look anywhere else.
Thank you to Normandy and anny for making this vacation one we will never forget!
Our family of 5--two adults, two kids and a baby--found this to be the perfect base for our Phuket vacation. The apartment was so nice that we were happy relaxing at home in the evenings and when the baby napped during the day. The kitchen was well equipped and we enjoyed being able to make breakfast and lunch at home. The apartment has lots of luxury touches like a great stereo system with outdoor speakers, a projection TV as well as a flat screen, and two amazing bathrooms, not to mention an incredible patio overlooking the sea. We also appreciated the simple but functional outdoor shower when we returned from the beach covered in sand. The owners arranged for a portable crib to be placed in the apartment at no cost to us. It's possible to walk to a couple of restaurants and the beach, but with a car and driver at your disposal, it's also easy to go farther afield to the nicest beaches and the best restaurants. The accommodations are what set this vacation apart for us. Thanks, Normandy!
Two weeks in paradise.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with our family. The view of Kamala bay was just fantastic with your morning coffee and gorgeous as the sun goes down with a beer or two! The pool area was great.Your bath was out of this world just the right size your showers were a dream, the theatre room was great for the music dvd's we bought. Overall we had paradise for 12 days.
Khun anny is an absolute bonus what a wonderful man!! We were very lucky to have him,as you are. Nothing was to much trouble. He cooked us a wonderful meal on our last night which was just fabulous.Be sure and visiit the near by restaurants on the beach great food and reasonably priced.Normandy and Reuben are a pleasure to deal with!
Beautful home with amazing views...
We had a wonderful stay in Phuket.
The apartment is huge and has stunning views of the sea and we spent many a night outside on the balcony drinking a glass of wine and enjoying it. The apartment is very well decorated and is cleaned everyday.
The bonus with this place is that you get a wonderful driver anny, who is more than happy to take your anywhere you want to go. He is also great at giving you advice on what to do and where to eat.
I would recommend this place to anyone.
Beautiful condo with a great driver
We enjoyed a fantastic week at Baan Similan. The condo has everything you could wish for. Anny the driver is so accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. He even cooked a delicious feast for us one night. We could not have wished for a better week. Thanx Normandy!
Mike and Michele
Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia
A memorable vacation in great accommodation.
We had a most enjoyable vacation in Thailand, made all the better by staying in great accommodation, an easy 10 minute walk from the main town. The apartment was ideal for our needs and we all found it to be most comfortable with a glorious view . Many a meal was enjoyed overlooking the ocean.
Anny was such an added bonus as he was a font of information and extremely willing to fit in with what we wanted to do. Not to mention his cooking! After we enjoyed a wonderful meal together (cooked by him) and a nice bottle of wine, arrangements were immediately made to do the same again a few nights later. We were even inspired to take a cooking class which we loved.
The assistance and information we received before our arrival in Thailand was very helpful and made our arrival, being collected at the airport and settling in to the apartment seamless. Our second trip to Thailand was just great and I'm sure won't be the last one.
wonderful holiday apartment with breathtaking view
I agree with the previous entry that the appartment is even nicer than shown in the pictures. the terrase is amazing and the view simply breathtaking. A similar setting in a hotel/ resort would not be affordable.
We had a fantastic time in Phuket. The driver anny is more than just a driver. He is tourist guide, restaurant connaisseur and if you are lucky, he will even show you how to cook Thai Curry!
Walking distance from the appartment is one of the best restaurants i have ever been to. the Lemon fish is so good you wish you could eat forever.
I can only recommend the appartment. You get much more value for your money than going into one of the resorts. With taxis being relatively pricey, having a driver makes it very easy to discover the island and the less touristy places.
I will definitely go back!
Kunal & Sumona
One of our best vacations. Ever.
If you're traveling to Phuket on holiday, look no further. From the moment fab anny picked us up at the airport, to every moment of our stay at Baan Similan, we felt Normandy and Reuben's hospitality. It's a home, a base for exploring sea and land, it will be your private entertainment center / lounge. Relax on their balcony and take in the sea breeze. Pamper yourself in the sauna. Watch a movie if you can tear away from the sights, dance with your partner as the sound from the Bose system wafts around the spacious living room. Cook up a meal, if you wish, or follow Normandy and Reuben's eating out recommendations (Anny's too) - you will taste the best that Phuket has to offer. Pack light, for you can wash your clothes. Read a book from the extensive library; refer to the cookbooks to toss up a meal. Everything in the home is personally selected, and guaranteed to please. Save the space in your suitcase for shopping at the Jim Thompson outlet, or in Jungceylon: Anny will take you there. We trusted him with our kids late at night, they snoozed in the car as we did a quick tour of Bangala Road. When the shops don't sell alcohol between 11 am and 5 pm, Anny will know where to take you to stock up on wine.
What more can a family want?
Heaven at Kamala Beach Phuket
Sanctuary Cove Australia
Luxurious 5 Star Retreat
Experience true relaxation in this luxurious modern condo with gorgeous views on millionaires mile at Kamala beach overlooking the andaman Sea.Stroll to the nearby fishing village for a morning coffee or afternoon massage then choose one of the restaurants to finish a perfect day.
Martin & Adele
Best holiday ever
As soon as we decided on Baan Similan as our annual summer holiday destination, the excitement started. From the photos and outstanding reviews, what else could you be but excited?
The villa is managed professionally and everything promised was provided.
Anny was an excellent driver and concierge and even better chef. He cooked authentic Thai meals for us on different occasions, and all of them were delicious. Nothing was too much trouble for him.
We can't wait to return to Baan Similan in the near future, it is the perfect place to unwind and forget about everything. Thank you to Normandy and anny for setting the scene for our unforgettable holiday.
Dont let this one pass you by.
A little peice of Paradise
We had a lovely time at the Plantation. It was a truly beautiful experience. This was the first overseas holiday that my husband and I have had, and we could'nt have found a lovlier or more restful place. Our first impressions were "This is absolutly amazing". The facilities were first class, with everything you needed in the apartment. The Maid came everyday, also there was a driver who was extremely pleasant and helpful. He gave advice on shopping, tours, local Thai resteraunts, and was happy to drive us any where. It felt like we were at home when we came back tired from from sightseeing. Although our time in Phuket was only 5 days, we would love someday to return maybe with the family this time, and this place would be perfect. It was a little piece of paradise, and I will always hold fond memories of it.
Kind regards Sharon.
The Thompsons From Texas
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Simply the best!!
Every thing you read on the web site is fully accurate. The photos are not doctored in any way. Anny truly is a great guy, and can perform concierge duties, if asked.
My wife and I stayed at Normandy's apartment from May 3 to May 10, 2011. You will truly enjoy it. It is a great place to use as a base of operations while you are on holiday in Phuket. There are excellent places to dine in Phuket. The apartment handbook guide has some listed, Anny knows some good places, and/or do your own web search.
Activities and venues to do and see are too varied to state specifically based on individual tastes, but suffice it to say there are lots of choices. If you haven't already surmised from viewing the photos, there is no good beach within walking distance, but there is always anny.
Great Location - Everything that opens and shuts
Fantastic Condo! Great location. Not far to walk to Rockfish for breakfast or White Orchard for dinner. Anny the driver was always helpful, as well as a great golfer he was very skillful negotiating the Phuket roads. You always felt very safe with anny. He is also a great cook, so if he offers take him up on it. You will not regret the experience.
The Unit is fully equipped with everthing that opens and shuts from Bose surround systems in each room and patio to a fully decked out kitchen. The views are to die, the bathrooms are fantastic and pool and gym at the top of the complex was magnificent.
Highly recommend and will definitely return.
a perfectly organized operation
Anny the driver is amazing, nothing was a problem for him ... he actually cooked a meal for my husband got tours at a cheaper price... even won a golf trophy while we were there.
Normandy was inundated with questions from me and could not have been more helpful. Kamala was a beautiful part of Phuket so nice i'm taking 8 friends there this year. (If only Normandy owned 5 appartments.)
A home away from home with a view!
Everything was great right from the very start!
From making enquiries, to booking, paying, organising our arrival and our stay I could not fault Normandy on her service.
What a fantastic place to stay. This is our 5th time in Phuket and we loved having our own place away from the hustle and bustle of Patong. Having children aged 5 & 9 we found the apartment suited our needs perfectly.
Anny is a wonderful driver and is a wealth of information and chatter. He goes out of his way to accomodate your needs and his advice is excellent.
It is a quick 10 minute walk into Kamala and to the beach, everything else anny will drive you to where you need to go.
We would definetly stay here again.
George De Angelis
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Family adventure in Phuket
The island and the location were absolutely spectacular. We arrived late at night and anny, our driver, greeted us at the airport. We were very excited but also very tired from our long journey (30 hours from Canada). He whisked us to the condo in what seemed no time at all because he was cheerfully answering our questions. We arrived at the condo and we saw exactly what we expected based on the website. Very clean and warm and it felt just like home in an exotic location. All the luxuries you would ever expect and more. We spent our vacation visiting the various beaches, shopping at the local markets and eating at the best places as recommended by anny. We actually found a place that anny didn't know about in Kata. It was a local Pad Thai restaurant that my son Lucas swears was the best Pad Thai he has ever had. Not only was it great but for the four of us, it cost about $10. I would certainly recommend this condo for a variety of reasons. The main reasons are the convenience and value that it offers as well as my experience with dealing with the owner in helping us with organizing this cherished family adventure.
Relaxation in a home from home
My Partner and I needed a quiet place to relax. Baan Similan turned out to be the best choice we could have made. We only stayed for 4 days however we regret not having more time there.
The apartment was just what we expected from the photographs on the web, reminded me of my house back in the UK, everything I could have wanted was there and more! The apartment was decorated beautifully, comfortable and the home entertainment system was beyond belief!
It was the service that really made the trip exceptional for us, from check in to check out everything ran smoothly. We rented a BBQ from the complex and this was ready to use, on the balcony so we could cook, relax and enjoy the views. Anny was an exceptional Driver, he had advice for us when we required it but was out of sight when we didn't. He made restaurant recommendations and reservations for us, took us to Spas we would never of found, and even escorted us around the local market so we could get fresh food for the BBQ, helping us with what to buy, from where, talking for us and even carrying the shopping for us.
Thank you Normandy, we will be back next year!
Truly a holiday home
My friends and I stayed here for 3days2nights, and that hardly felt enough. The apartment is tastefully done up, with much attention paid to the smallest detail, to ensure the most comfortable and enjoyable stay the guests could have.
The sound system is amazing - fully surround from home theatre room, to bathroom and sundeck. And watching sunset at the sundeck with chill-out music is totally amazing. I almost didn't want to go for dinner.
Both bathrooms are so stunningly decorated. The home theatre room is a great place to chill out after a day at the beach or shopping. Kitchen is well-furnished and fully equipped, you practically can find anything that you need.
Normandy has been a great help in preparing for the trip, and ensureing that things runs smoothly. It's such great pleasure corresponding with her. Anny, the driver, is also most helpful and most prompt every single time.
Really enjoyed the stay a lot, and would strongly recommend the apartment to everyone. But please stay for more than 3 days, because you'll hardly want to leave!
Thanks Normandy for everything, it's really been great liaising with you!
relaxed and all things taken care of
We stayed at the Plantation for approx 2 and a half weeks. It was a great holiday for our family given that we had a driver and maid to assist us. The pool was divine and the view amazing. We would stay again if we came back to Phuket, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Unbeatable view and service - an unique Phuket experience
I've been to Phuket before, but had always stayed in the hotels on Patong beach. This is at Kamala beach, just a short drive. I saw Phuket in a new (more beautiful) light. The view is stunning from the apartment, the onstie staff are overwhelmingly friendly and helpful - they arranged a fantastic babysitter one night for us, and they treat you like old friends. But the best service aspect is the included concierge/driver Khun anny. He was exceptionally knowledgeable and full of good recommendations for lunches and dinners. He also makes reservations and arrangements for you - the best being massage therapists who came to the apartment. Including the driver in the cost is great value for money.
The apartment itself is very well decorated, with bathrooms that are simply stunning. Both bedrooms really have a lot going for them so one doesn't feel exciting. Although it has a luxurious decor, it still maintains a home-like, cozy feeling which is nice.
Patong feels like you are on the strip, and I enjoyed being removed from that scene with this stay. This was much more relaxing. But for those who want the nightlife and constant chaos, Patong is only a few minutes drive so its there for those who want it.
This would be a great place for a special occasion or to go with friends. Our daughter is 3 and she was old enough to enjoy it, especially riding the elephants, but we plan to go back again sometime with friends too. The place is child friendly and you can easily sleep someone on the daybed, but I wouldn't say its geared toward children.
Fyr - it really shows that the owners significantly invested in the design of this apartment. I looked at some of the other available units, and they could not be more plain and different. Good to know that its important to rent this actual unit - Baan Similan.
Normandy's apartment is a just the perfect place for me and my family. We are a family of 7 with some young children and Normandy was worried we wouldnt feel comfortable...but everything turn out well. There was more than enough space for all of us and the kids had a great time.
The place was very beautifully furnished and the kitchen had everything we could think of. We did a BBQ on the spacious balcony on one of the days and it was amazing... Great sea view, great seafood (Anny brought us to the fish market)...what more can we ask for??
Thanks Normandy. It has been a pleasure corresponding with you and you have been so accomodating to all my requests. Definitely will be back next year.
Ambrish & Madhavi
The icing on the cake!
Deciding to rent out an apartment rather than (taking the conventional route of) staying in a hotel, was probably the best decision we took for our vacation to Phuket.
There's nothing like coming 'home' after a tiring day of sight-seeing, beach-frolicking & bargaining. And what a home it is!
The view & comfort that the apartment provides is literally incomparable. You feel like you're literally on the beach... but away from the noise.
A tastily decorated apartment that caters to the needs and wants of everyone. So even if you decide to just chill at the apartment one day instead of heading out, there's a lot you can do.
Would undoubtedly rent the place every time we head back to Phuket.
Tremendously good value coupled with excellent service.
Perfect apartment for a short or long stay. It's well-equipped if you want to cook for yourself -- which we did often -- once, with the help of the marvelous guide/driver/concierge Kun anni. The stunning views off of the huge veranda, and the gorgeous decoration inside made this a stay to rival the presidential suite at a 5-star resort. If you want to pamper yourself and impress your guests, this is the place to be. Oh, and the best part is it's nowhere near the cost of that 5-star suite.
Perfect Family Holiday
We were lucky enough to stay in this wonderful apartment for a week in July, 2007. There is nothing we could fault - from the overall design, to the comfort of the beds and sleekly stylish baths, to the incredible views from the terrace and the helpfulness of the staff. We especially enjoyed having a car and driver at our disposal - this helped us really explore parts of Phuket we would have never otherwise have seen. We'd never stay anywhere else!
Unique Seaview Villa with Driver
This was perfect getaway vacation. English speaking driver/concierge that comes with villa met me at airport. Enroute to resort, he noted my interests, and made plans for my stay. He made reservations at exclusive restaurants, set up various sports activities and front row seats for kickboxing. He was on call day and night. The villa itself is beautifully done in Thai/Balinese style. Living, dining area opens up onto huge deck with spectacular seaview. Bedrooms are huge and master bathroom has large stone bathtub. Gourmet equipped kitchen. Friendly international expat community hangs out poolside. Beach and small village with shops/restaurants is short walk down the hill offering boutique brunch places along the way. Having a personal driver was a huge plus that gave me a lot of flexibility. The whole experience makes you feel really special and looked after.
Dean & Jean
We stayed here for a few days and found it enjoyable, comfortable, and relaxing. The only downer was that the pool was under construction at the time and there was quite a bit of construction along the roads to the place. You can't really walk anywhere but anny the driver is a great guy who will take you wherever you need to go. Read more
Response from Normandy Madden - 05/30/2010
Note from owner: This guest stayed in our home in early 2009, and during that time, there was some construction on the road leading into Kamala village unfortunately, but that development, Andara, is now completed, so the road is very quiet now. The pool was also having some repair work that week, but it is long since finished.
San Francisco, California
This place offered the best of all worlds – the comforts that go with a 5-star hotel and the romance of a shack on the beach.
The 5-star part: maid service, fully-equipped kitchen, sattelite TV/Wi-fi – and cinema room! The furnishings - classy – Asian-style but modern and comfortable – slept really well in the beds!
The bathrooms were also spacious and inviting, with huge bath and big two-head shower area – felt like a personal spa in there!
One more gem: Anny, the driver who doubles up as an unofficial mentor & tour guide – but not the in-your-face type. He was very helpful and good company. When he sensed our Thai curry overdose, he ushered us to more sensible alternatives, such as an Australian pie shop. But, I have to say, even a good, hearty pie didn’t prepare my husband for Anny and his single-digit handicap on the golf course…
So, for the shack part: Quite simply, the sparkling Andaman Sea that stretches out before you. We’ve travelled Asia far and wide staying in the best and worst – and, somehow, it has always been the most primitive of accomodations that offer the most breathtaking of views and quietest of retreats. We got that here minus the cockroaches and plus the palace!
Think waters bluest of blue, clearest of clear and a horizon that took us far and yonder…just what a holiday should be.
Gorgeous... simply gorgeous.
Baan Similan is simply stunning, with a view of the Andaman Sea from the
front balcony that is absolutely extraordinary. We spent hours sitting on the
balcony, just mesmerised by the amazing view.
Inside the apartment, the decor is tasteful, comfortable, and practical.
Everything one needs is provided, whether for cooking, listening to music, or
just chilling out. The beds are luxurious, the bathrooms delightful, the
kitchen is a treat. Normandy Madden has done a superb job in designing an
interior that is at once homey, while at the same time, features plenty of
local artwork and Thai decorative touches.
Khun Anny, Baan Similan's driver, is friendly and courteous, extremely
knowledgeable, and a genuinely lovely person. Perhaps most importantly,
though, he is a very safe driver on roads where traffic patterns seem chaotic
at best. He drove us the length and breadth of the island, and while we saw
many traffic mishaps along the way, we never had a moment's concern with
Khun Anny behind the wheel.
The maid, Khun Da, is very sweet. She is polite, unobtrusive, and
unflappable. She kept the apartment spotless during our stay, and was
always cheerful and friendly when she arrived.
The compound at the Plantation is lovely, as well. The swimming pool is
wonderful for splashing around, or for just laying out. Oh, and the building's
horizontal elevator is the first of its kind I'd ever seen!
Within Phuket, there are certainly more lively areas than Kamala, but we
weren't going there in search of nightlife or partying -- our goal was to rest,
relax, and recharge our batteries. Staying at Baan Similan gave us exactly
the holiday we were looking for, and we absolutely intend to return...
hopefully, many times!
Margo & Peter
Well, we have had the most fantastic stay here at Baan Similan. The apartment is so spacious and luxurious and then there's the stunning view over the Andaman Sea. There's a swimming pool and gym in the complex, just fantastic. Then we have had the maid come daily to look after the place. Best of all though, there is Anny, the driver. Just imagine having your very own driver and a modern 4 wheel drive at your disposal. The WOW factor really. Anny knows all the best places to eat, visit and shop. He's a great guy and, for all the golfers, he plays off 8!!
I would recommend this experience to anyone, young or old, there is something magical about staying here.
Margo & Peter
My girl and I stayed here for our honeymoon.
Normandy was a pleasure to deal with by e-mail prior to the booking, and our stay was perfect.
Aside from the stunning view to wake up to every morning, the fantastically equipped chefs kitchen and the perfectly appointed interiors, it was the small touches and attention to detail that really lifted Baan Simmillan into the top level of accomodation.
The restaurant reviews provided helped us navigate to the best that Phuket has to offer. The property is secluded and quiet, but minutes to everything Phuket has to offer. The pool and gym in the Plantation are well maintained and great fun.
Having a driver to recommend things and take us whereever we needed to go was great - and helped us enjoy our stay and see so much.
Normandy and Reuban were in town towards the end of our trip and we had the pleasure of getting to know them over some incredible chinese and italian food. It's really nice to stay somewhere of such calibre and deal with such great and trustworthy owners.
We can't wait to come back to Baan Simmillan
Paradise in Phuket
We have stayed in a lot of high end resorts throughout southeast asia and the experience of staying at the Plantation is far beyong any other.
The condo is very spacious and tastfully decorated and has even has a wall-sized projector and a surround sound stereo system that you can contol the sound in whatever room you like.
The walk in two person shower is great as is the huge bathtub.
The view from the living room and terrace is breathtaking!
Last but certainly not least is the fact that the place comes with a driver who can literally act as your tour guide, allowing a big island like Phuket to become smaller and much more convenient. We were able to see more of Phuket because of this.
We have returned several times now and plan to again in the near future! Read more
Response from Normandy Madden - 04/01/2010
Next time you'll enjoy not only the wall-size projector screen but our new 50" plasma TV in the living room. We just bought it yesterday while we're here for Easter. It is huge!
Owner, Baan Similan
An American diplomat living overseas
My husband, two kids (ages 3.5 & 1.5), and their nanny had a wonderful stay--we only wished we had stayed longer. And we will certainly rent this place again; we're already trying to figure out when we can get away. The vacation home is bigger than we expected, and beautifully appointed with all the amenities.
It was priceless to have a car and driver included (which became apparent the moment we landed). After a long journey, it was incredible to have a friendly face pick us up and get us settled. Having our own transportation allowed us to visit different beaches each day, and do shopping and sightseeing without hassle or without having to do research ahead of time, which really helped our limited time, remain a relaxing vacation. Nearby beaches are amazing--warm, clear-blue water, perfect sand--great for kids and adults alike. It was nice to be able to experience so many of them.
There were a few unexpected bonuses....like a wall-sized projector for movies which was fun for all of us. One other thing, which sounds kind of small but that made things easy, is that the basics were already in the kitchen--like tea, coffee, salt, pepper, drinking water, etc. It was nice not to have to buy every little thing when we were only staying for a couple of days (and we arrived late at night).
The only slight downside was that the pool was really deep--perfect for adults doing laps, but more of a challenge for small children--although it didn't stop us from using it often.
Lastly, the owner is very sweet and has thought of all the things you might need--take-away menus, restaurant suggestions (with a driver who knows how to get to all of the places), shopping etc.
We'd highly recommend this rental; it has everything you need for a relaxing, fun vacation.
exceeded all expectations! FANTASTIC!
We absolutely loved the Appartment. It was with an excelent taste decoration, and the view is incredible.
The driver Anny and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make our stay really enjoyable.
The most important thing is Normandy & family make as feel us a friends and not only as a guest that it is the most important.
As it was my birhday they have a wonderful detail with us! THANKS FOR ALL WE WILL RETURN BACK FOR SURE!
A wonderful stay in an idyllic locale
We had a wonderful stay in Phuket due to the idyllic accommodations of this property. With plenty of space and tastefully appointed,this residence is the perfect home base from which to explore Phuket. The personal driver and car adds an extra level of convenience to the stay. Overall, highly recommendable!
The Normandy's apartment is really fantastic. Just to summarize : superb
luxurious apartment, in a quite, safe and nice area, with a very high quality
of service. The APARTMENT : panoramic see views from the huge terrace, a
real extension of the living room, luxurious equipment of both bathrooms,
big and very comfortable beds, high quality of linens and towels, private
movie theater, excellent kitchen and washing room and all of it in with an
original and very pleasant decoration.
The ENVIRONMENT of the apartment is also very nice: long swimming pool
with a gym (nearly private: we did met very few other people there) , a
tropical garden in the middle of the rain forest on a slope of Phuket hills.
The location is very green, quiet and safe even if the night life and shopping
is just 15min away. But one of the very best points is the quality of SERVICE
: the condo administration is very professional and provides, with smile, all
the help you need for the gym, outside barbecues or any other condo
questions, security guards are 24h present and pleasant when you need a
help with heavy bags, boats, beach equipment; with the daily cleaning
service you feel like in a 4* hotel; the last and most important point is the
car and the driver: you really feel like in a cocoon, he will take care of you
like of his own kids, drive you carefully to best beaches of the island, bring
you best fruits, fishes and local specialities, advise you where to go and
what to do at any time. But the Top is Normandy the owner of this place
called BAAN Similan. She is the designer and decorator she did organize all
the services around; As she lives and works in this area, she is the best
possible adviser, with an occidental point of view, and will help you to
spend really marvelous vacations. We did visit Phuket several times already
and it was definitely the best place. Do not hesitate to contact us for more
information (we have plenty of movies, pictures of the p
Fabulous! Excellent value for money!
Beautifully and tastefully appointed vacation home overlooking the ocean. Spacious balcony, excellent bathrooms with 2 separate showers inside one shower cubicle, luxurious and over-sized bath tub. Adequate kitchen facilities to make a decent meal. The plus is definitely the driver who is extremely friendly, knowledgeable and speaks fluent English. This private haven is within easy reach from major attractions and one cannot experience its privacy and spaciousness if staying in a 5-star hotel. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone and will definitely return.
Thailand fan for 15 yrs
We loved it!
We really enjoyed our stay and it served our family need perfectly. We have 2
children aged 4 and 6 and therefore the spacious apartment, safe terrace and
amenities was perfect for our holiday. Also, the driver Anny was excellent and
took us evewhere we needed and specifically he took us to great restaurants
which we would not have found otherwise.
highly recommend this location!
Debbie & Philip
Beautiful Plantation Apartments - Kamala
We simply LOVED staying at Normandy's apartment in Kamala!! It's a wonderfully peaceful slice of paradise in the sun - perfect for rest and relaxation.
The view is spectacular, the funishings and equipment are 5 star, the pool is sooo relaxing, and the service is friendly, fast and very helpful!
And then there is Anny (the local Thai driver)! He is a very special person - who recommended the best places and restaurants to go too - he made our holiday extra special!
Thank you Normandy & Anny - we will definitely be returning!