A tranquil retreat, but with Patong's many entertainment options close at hand.
This graceful sea-view retreat set up in the hills overlooking Patong is one of the few villas in Phuket that can truly claim to offer the best of both worlds. Within minutes we could reach the busy beach resort town of Patong and delve into its myriad nightlife, dining and shopping choices – easily escaping back up into Villa Cattleya’s peaceful surrounds when we wanted to. Our worries disappeared as we sunk in and stretched out in style. The level of comfort is superb throughout the villa, from the plush living room furnishings to the fully shaded pool terrace with heaps of space for lounging or dining, to the private bedrooms. We could see a real sense of care throughout with high-quality craftsmanship in all the details including the wooden furnishings and the fresco-adorned wall along the pool.
Though a chef and in-villa service staff can be provided on request, we opted to be left to our own devices and ordered our food from the estate’s à la carte menu. Meals were brought quickly and were superb; mainly Thai with some innovative flourishes. Though the indoor dining table was lovely, we usually dined out on the terrace to best enjoy the sea view and the fan-cooled fresh air.
Overall, there’s something to satisfy everyone at Villa Cattleya C10: space, calm, a family-friendly environment, a terrific range of services and facilities for entertaining in style, and easy access to a wealth of attractions for those seeking more adventure – be it a challenging round of golf or a night out on the town. Kids will delight in having the choice of playing in the villa’s private pool or hanging out with other children in the estate’s communal pool and shallow children’s pool at the clubhouse, just a few minutes’ walk away.
We loved the superb sea view from all the front-facing rooms the villa. By day, the curving white-sand bay of Patong and the sapphire sea beyond offers an inviting tropical vista, while by night the lights of the city twinkle and beckon in the valley below. Though built in 2006, the villa looks fresh and new: it’s clearly very well maintained and efficiently managed. The seamless, professional level of service offered by the L’Orchidée team certainly gets our ‘thumbs up’.
The villas within the estate are quite close to each other, and while they are arranged sensitively an impression of total privacy is lacking. The third bedroom, while fine for kids, is small and offers no view. Stairs and steep hills will be difficult for some to manage, though the free buggy service helps immensely.