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. We sunk in and stretched out in style, and our worries disappeared amid the superb level of comfort offered throughout, from the plush living room furnishings to the fully-shaded terrace with heaps of space for lounging or dining alfresco by the pool, 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 staff can be provided on request, we opted to be left to our own devices and ordered our meals à la carte. 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 with space, calm and a family-friendly environment for enjoying a quiet holiday, 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 especially will delight in having a choice to play in the villa's private pool or hang out with other children in the shared pool and shallow children's pool at the club house, just a few minutes' walk away.
The sea view, hands down, which is superb 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 also gets our definitive 'thumbs up' all around.
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 very small and offers no view. We know our Thai favourites quite well so it was not a problem for us, but a food menu in the villa would be helpful for guests who’d prefer some meal suggestions. Stairs and steep hills will be difficult for some to manage, though the free buggy service helps immensely.