An outstanding, spacious family beachfront villa with excellent facilities
This is one of those villas where, as reviewers, you find yourself looking for something negative just to assuage your jealousy. We failed. Our time passed far too quickly at Ban Suriya. In fact, a month would probably be needed to enjoy the villa's potential to the full. It's not only the salubrious surroundings that stand out, it's the way everything seems to go that extra mile to please. There's not just a computer, there's an iMac packed with tunes that you can play through Bose speakers in the lounge and poolside sala (gazebo). The gym is not only well-equipped, it has a fridge, and a plunge pool bigger than some other villas' main pool. Even the DVD collection includes films you wish you'd remembered to buy at the airport. Ironically, even with so many options we found ourselves drawn to the simplest – the tree house by the beach. The staff are clearly proud to be part of the Ban Suriya experience and the live-in manageress was knowledgeable and keen to help us appreciate the villa's pleasures. Although each bedroom is noticeably different, with no one losing out, the master is clearly the most extravagant with its terrazzo bath tub and ensuite lounge. Clever design touches in the guest rooms like direct pool and jacuzzi access, indulgent semi-outdoor bathrooms and hand-picked, stylish furnishings ensure everyone is content, while those staying the twin bedroom by the games room and gym or cosseted in the beachfront pavilion also enjoy complete privacy and independence. Eight people is probably the minimum number you would need to fully appreciate this villa (there's an option to rent four bedrooms outside peak season), otherwise you might struggle to appreciate its exuberance.
Almost every aspect of the villa is a highlight. The bathrooms are certainly worth a special mention thanks to the semi-outdoor designs and indoor landscaping, as are the multifarious, attractively furnished lounge areas (four in all of you count the one in master suite). The gym annex is a ‘villa within a villa’ and a great option for older kids or singles. Outside, the poolside sala is an appealing place for drinks and dinner and the tree house is a stroke of genius that will delight kids and adults alike.
There are only pleasant ones, really. Occasional traffic noise from the road behind the villa may worry sensitive souls, but it's only noticeable because the location is so serene. The fact that you can't cross the pool without passing through the main villa building or across the lawn is a slight issue if you’re staying in one of the poolside guest bedrooms, but more than compensated for by the fact that you can slip straight in the pool from your private terrace and swim over to the sala for a drink. Although Baan Suriya is definitely family-friendly, the ‘floating’ stairs leading to the mezzanine lounge, the sliding doors opening directly to the pool, and the ungated beach access mean it would be wise to keep small children closely supervised.
- Adrian Lim checked out on 14-Nov-2010