The three-floor Thara Bay View Villa stands at the summit of a very steep hill, surrounded by a vast garden of terraced lawns and tropical foliage.
Perhaps befitting such a grand and imposing property, the house has a distinct James Bond feel to it: the décor is an eclectic mix of 1970s-style black marble floors and animal prints, with unusual wooden antiques and statues from northern Thailand. Best of all, the villa features a “secret room” accessed behind a wooden panel.
The house is entered on the ground floor, through an antique pointed arch doorway, where a staircase leads straight up to the first floor bedrooms. The master suite is pure 007: a king-size four poster bed; large windows with panoramic views; and an ensuite bathroom with walk-in rain shower and double Jacuzzi featuring massage jets and integrated LED lighting. This bedroom – like the others – is air conditioned. It also has a large LCD TV and DVD player.
Three other bedrooms – two king size and one twin – are also located on this floor, and share one bathroom. All feature rustic solid wood furniture from Chiang Mai.
The second floor is entirely open, with a dramatic cathedral ceiling and full height windows along one wall. The space is divided into a kitchen corner, compact but well-equipped with its own breakfast island; a formal dining area; and a large living space with huge black leather sofas and 50” LCD TV. There is also a large breezy terrace with views across Noppharat Thara Bay and the islands beyond.
Above the kitchen is a mezzanine, with double daybed and balcony, accessed by a spiral staircase. This is currently used as a library but could also function as an office or work space, or even as another bedroom for older children.
The fifth, “secret” bedroom lies behind one of the wooden panels covering the walls on the second floor. Simply press in the right place and panel swings open, revealing a narrow staircase leading up to an attic bedroom, with plush red carpet and built in furniture.
Back at ground level, the shaded garden terrace offers a sink counter and barbecue equipment, while to the side of the house, overlooking the countryside, sits a 10 X 4.5 meters swimming pool with surround deck and sun loungers. Wi-Fi internet is available in the house and pool area.
Those who do not have their own transport may use the unlimited taxi service (additional charge 1,000 THB per day) from 9am to 10pm to get to and from the beach, and a personal concierge is also available to arrange door-to-door sightseeing excursions.TripAdvisor property ID 2340768...Read more
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“Loved every minute!”
Left on 07/12/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 12, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
Our extended family of 13, including 4 kids aged 4-17, stayed here for a week and had a wonderful experience. They kindly put two mattresses on the floor for the extra people. (There are 5 bedrooms--3 have double beds, 1 has twin beds, and 1 has a double and a twin. There's also a daybed that can be used.) Airport transport and shuttle around the beaches of ao Nang and Noparat Thara was included. The villa was lovely, clean and well-cared for. The view was gorgeous and the pool was great. Housekeepers came every day, ice was delivered, trash picked up, and problems fixed expeditiously. They even provide a cell phone for contacting their staff and calling the driver. Khun Ching was very helpful in making initial arrangements, and Khun JJ helped us arrange several excursions as well as taking care of anything that came up, all in a smiling and friendly way. (Khun Ching warned us that there are only three bathrooms, including the one in the master suite, but we coped. There are also a lot of stairs in this house, which might be difficult for some people.) We would love to go back!
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