Baan Jakawan Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
8.6
Reviewed:
09-Mar-2010

Ten minutes after arriving at Baan Jakawan we found ourselves planning a party with celebrity guests. After an hour, the party had started (who needs celebrities?). Surrounded by a cool combination of luxury, nature and high-end technology, we hardly missed the beach, even though we could see one from virtually every point in the villa (there are some properties under construction nearby, but as yet, none spoil the views).

The chef's extensive repertoire covered everyone's taste and from the fresh and filling breakfast, right through to post-dinner drinks, the knowledgeable English-speaking villa manager and her diligent staff made sure we never felt ignored (although the one night we did head out for dinner, there was no-one around on our return). The music and visuals in the lounge caused initial consternation, because no-one could work out which remote to use, but once we had the iPod pumping soothing tunes into the views, such minor irritations disappeared. Bedroom-wise, we preferred the upper level suite to the more luxuriously appointed master, mainly because of its dramatic location and views, which made waking up an absolute pleasure. Having said that, the bathroom in the master is definitely a cut above, with a double rain shower that could rekindle even the most jaded romantic flame.

For adventurous types, a hire car is a must. With one, you're ten minutes from the bright lights and endless dining and shopping choices along Chaweng Beach (east) or the more sedate, beachside pleasures of Choeng Mon (west). There are two or three resorts with beachside restaurants quite close to the villa but with a wide selection of dishes on the in-villa suggestion menu, eating in is a much more appealing option. The lack of a gym may concern more active guests, but the provision of a proper lap pool and the many steps at the villa more than justify your next meal.

Overall, Baan Jakawan stands out as an ideal private escape – especially for a group of friends or families with older children. What's more, the attractive rates allow you to celebrate your good fortune in memorable style!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:8 Outside Area:10
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:8 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:9 Facilities:9 Staff:8
Value:9
Highlights

The views from Baan Jakawan are nothing short of sublime and definitely make up for the lack of a beachside ambience. The villa is close enough to the sea to still hear the waves and floating in the infinity pool feels like being suspended in space. The garden terrace and sala by the pool, like the terrace that fronts the main living pavilion, are wide and comfortably furnished, so you can really enjoy the location to the full.

Surprises

Arriving at night, the road that leads through the estate to the villa is only partially lit and this can be quite worrying, especially as you have to negotiate a sharp, steep turn by the villa's entrance. One problem with so much extravagance is that you start looking for faults, but the few we found far from spoiled the stay (uncomfortable TV positioning in the double guest bedrooms and challenging lighting combinations in the living pavilion). The many steps and drop offs are potential hazards for young children and those who are not comfortable with stairs – or heights!

Guest Reviews (2)

Kyang K, United States checked out on 17-Feb-2014
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
07-Mar-2014
If you are thinking of renting, stop looking. This villa is amazing!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
AS, Malaysia checked out on 29-Jul-2010
Overall Rating:
8.5
Reviewed:
23-Aug-2010
Excellent service, the villa is gorgeous!!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:9
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:8 Bathrooms:7
Kitchen:7 Facilities:8 Staff:10
Value:8
Baan Jakawan /villa/baan-jakawan.aspx Price starts at $845 - $2,500 per night
8.71 out of 10
based on 3 user reviews. Ten minutes after arriving at Baan Jakawan we found ourselves planning a party with celebrity guests. After an hour, the party had started (who needs celebrities?). Surrounded by a cool combination of luxury, nature and high-end technology, we hardly missed the beach, even though we could see one from virtually every point in the villa (there are some properties under construction nearby, but as yet, none spoil the views).

The chef's extensive repertoire covered everyone's taste and from the fresh and filling breakfast, right through to post-dinner drinks, the knowledgeable English-speaking villa manager and her diligent staff made sure we never felt ignored (although the one night we did head out for dinner, there was no-one around on our return). The music and visuals in the lounge caused initial consternation, because no-one could work out which remote to use, but once we had the iPod pumping soothing tunes into the views, such minor irritations disappeared. Bedroom-wise, we preferred the upper level suite to the more luxuriously appointed master, mainly because of its dramatic location and views, which made waking up an absolute pleasure. Having said that, the bathroom in the master is definitely a cut above, with a double rain shower that could rekindle even the most jaded romantic flame.

For adventurous types, a hire car is a must. With one, you're ten minutes from the bright lights and endless dining and shopping choices along Chaweng Beach (east) or the more sedate, beachside pleasures of Choeng Mon (west). There are two or three resorts with beachside restaurants quite close to the villa but with a wide selection of dishes on the in-villa suggestion menu, eating in is a much more appealing option. The lack of a gym may concern more active guests, but the provision of a proper lap pool and the many steps at the villa more than justify your next meal.

Overall, Baan Jakawan stands out as an ideal private escape – especially for a group of friends or families with older children. What's more, the attractive rates allow you to celebrate your good fortune in memorable style!

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