Emerald Beach Villa 4 Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
6.6
Reviewed:
22-May-2009

As an independent couple with plenty of travel experience, we found Emerald Beach Villa offered everything we needed on a beachside break and represented good value when compared to similar accommodation in a hotel. It would work equally well for a family. An agreeable, practical space, clearly designed for outdoor living, we spent most of our time either by the pool, on the beach or in the fan-cooled dining pavilion with the sliding doors flung open to catch the sea breeze. The rear pavilion is something of an anomaly, especially the 'greenhouse' lounge which gets very warm during the day. The bedrooms however, are spacious, cool and comfortable, although with so much glass the morning sun tends to flood in so light sleepers may find early rises become the routine. The upstairs twin bedroom is great for older kids (say seven years and above), but families with toddlers may find the steep stairs and upper landing that lead to it a concern.

Renting a vehicle is highly recommended if you plan to eat out a lot, although the in-villa menu suggestions are varied if you opt to pay extra for an in-house chef. A jolly cleaner arrives every morning after breakfast and again in the evening, she's accompanied by the helpful villa manageress who deals with special requests and will even nip to the local shops to buy basic provisions. Essentially, it is the beautiful garden, quiet beach and stunning views that appeal most. The somewhat remote location makes the holiday home (villa may be a tad generous) feel your own as soon as you arrive and although the neighbours are very close by, walled grounds create a pleasant, personalised holiday environment. As a private alternative to Samui's more upmarket resort accommodation it is an attractive choice.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:7 Location:6 Outside Area:7
Living Area:6 Bedrooms:6 Bathrooms:6
Kitchen:5 Facilities:6 Staff:9
Value:8
Highlights

Fabulous sea views, a very pleasant beach, a large lawned garden and a real sense of escape that is particularly suited to couples and small families. The L-shaped swimming pool features sunken seating with jacuzzi jets for moments of private repose. The ensuite bathrooms are suitably indulgent and, like the bedrooms, are notably spacious and well-appointed.

Surprises

Noise sensitive guests may not appreciate Emerald Beach Villa due to its proximity to the main island ring road. The traffic is not constant and the villas set 20m back, but the sound does feature occasionally in the background. Heat sensitive guests may also have trouble, especially during the hotter months. Only the bedrooms and TV lounge use air-conditioning and the latter still heats up in the daytime sun because of the greenhouse roof. The open doors of the living pavilion created a lovely airy feel so most people would not be troubled. Also, while the beach is beautiful and great for walking and collecting shells, the slope is so gradual that swimming, especially at low tide, is not practical – not really much of a problem since the private pool is wonderful.

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6.6 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. As an independent couple with plenty of travel experience, we found Emerald Beach Villa offered everything we needed on a beachside break and represented good value when compared to similar accommodation in a hotel. It would work equally well for a family. An agreeable, practical space, clearly designed for outdoor living, we spent most of our time either by the pool, on the beach or in the fan-cooled dining pavilion with the sliding doors flung open to catch the sea breeze. The rear pavilion is something of an anomaly, especially the 'greenhouse' lounge which gets very warm during the day. The bedrooms however, are spacious, cool and comfortable, although with so much glass the morning sun tends to flood in so light sleepers may find early rises become the routine. The upstairs twin bedroom is great for older kids (say seven years and above), but families with toddlers may find the steep stairs and upper landing that lead to it a concern.

Renting a vehicle is highly recommended if you plan to eat out a lot, although the in-villa menu suggestions are varied if you opt to pay extra for an in-house chef. A jolly cleaner arrives every morning after breakfast and again in the evening, she's accompanied by the helpful villa manageress who deals with special requests and will even nip to the local shops to buy basic provisions. Essentially, it is the beautiful garden, quiet beach and stunning views that appeal most. The somewhat remote location makes the holiday home (villa may be a tad generous) feel your own as soon as you arrive and although the neighbours are very close by, walled grounds create a pleasant, personalised holiday environment. As a private alternative to Samui's more upmarket resort accommodation it is an attractive choice.

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