The Headland Villa 5 Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
8.1
Reviewed:
22-Mar-2013

We felt that Headland Villa 5 was a perfect example of ‘indoor-outdoor living’ with its rooms opening up to the elements via stack-away doors and the entire building positioned to make the most of the cooling sea breeze. Outside, we appreciated the lush garden kept cool by the trees. We liked that the main living area opened on all four sides, with the outdoor covered dining area to the rear and the pool and views to the front. Tall windows let in the light, yet a covered overhang prevents the harsh sun from penetrating the house. During our stay, a storm suddenly came in from across the bay. The staff were quick to pack away outdoor cushions, and close up where needed. Retreating inside, we were able to watch the storm as it lashed the beach and boats, but we still had the feeling of openness due to the large windows. It’s as though the villa put on her rain jacket and went puddle-hopping. In under an hour the storm passed and she put her sundress back on again as we moved outside to make the most of Taling Ngam’s famous sunsets.

We spent a very pleasant hour or so sunset-watching – and later star-gazing – on the strategically positioned sun loungers in the sala. When we could tear our eyes from the ocean and glance in the opposite direction, we were rewarded with views of the jungle and coconut groves. Here the jungle truly does meet the sea.

Taling Ngam is known as the sunset coast, so it was a pleasant surprise to wake early and see the sunrise over jungle and hills to the other side before enjoying an alfresco breakfast of tropical fruits, cereals, yoghurts, toast and croissants. The sound of chirruping myna birds rather than traffic noise reminded us that we were far from the crowds of Samui’s northern and eastern shores; we felt as though we were visiting the island as it was a few decades ago – except now we had the luxury of electricity, internet and other mod-cons.

Individual Scores:

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

It would be a challenge to find a view as spectacular as the one from Headland Villa 5, particularly at sunset, when the nearby Five Islands take centre stage as silhouettes in a vivid sky. We particularly like how the villa’s architecture and interiors tastefully blend into the natural surroundings.

Surprises

TV addicts may not like the fact that there are no TVs in the bedrooms. Nevertheless, with a set in the TV lounge and another in the playroom, grown-ups are not forced to watch cartoons. Mosquitos come out late afternoon, so be sure to bring insect repellent (although the staff are quick to close up and put out mosquito coils). The mezzanine bedroom overlooks the living area and so guests sleeping here may have to put up with some noise disturbance. The room can, however, be privately screened off with a sail-type blind.

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8.1 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. We felt that Headland Villa 5 was a perfect example of ‘indoor-outdoor living’ with its rooms opening up to the elements via stack-away doors and the entire building positioned to make the most of the cooling sea breeze. Outside, we appreciated the lush garden kept cool by the trees. We liked that the main living area opened on all four sides, with the outdoor covered dining area to the rear and the pool and views to the front. Tall windows let in the light, yet a covered overhang prevents the harsh sun from penetrating the house. During our stay, a storm suddenly came in from across the bay. The staff were quick to pack away outdoor cushions, and close up where needed. Retreating inside, we were able to watch the storm as it lashed the beach and boats, but we still had the feeling of openness due to the large windows. It’s as though the villa put on her rain jacket and went puddle-hopping. In under an hour the storm passed and she put her sundress back on again as we moved outside to make the most of Taling Ngam’s famous sunsets.

We spent a very pleasant hour or so sunset-watching – and later star-gazing – on the strategically positioned sun loungers in the sala. When we could tear our eyes from the ocean and glance in the opposite direction, we were rewarded with views of the jungle and coconut groves. Here the jungle truly does meet the sea.

Taling Ngam is known as the sunset coast, so it was a pleasant surprise to wake early and see the sunrise over jungle and hills to the other side before enjoying an alfresco breakfast of tropical fruits, cereals, yoghurts, toast and croissants. The sound of chirruping myna birds rather than traffic noise reminded us that we were far from the crowds of Samui’s northern and eastern shores; we felt as though we were visiting the island as it was a few decades ago – except now we had the luxury of electricity, internet and other mod-cons.

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