A nice balance of shared space, privacy and great access to the beach and island attractions.
Villa Cattleya C5a is among the few villas where the phrase, 'having it all', is not an overstatement. We could retreat completely into its tranquil and luxurious surrounds yet if the mood struck we could venture out to some of Phuket's liveliest and most interesting dining and entertainment offerings within minutes. The vaulted roof and teak detailing make the villa look exceptionally majestic yet we felt very comfortable in it right away. We made full use of the terrace and pool areas and, although the pool was not huge, the lovely stone wall and elephant statues make it a nice oasis for soaking up the sea view while splashing around.
Though there are no live-in kitchen or cleaning staff (except by request, at extra charge), service here is very flexible and efficient. The meals we ordered in from the estate's central kitchen were excellent, prepared in authentic Thai style with a few innovative touches, such as the laarb gai, (minced chicken) patties that could be dipped in a spicy sauce. A daily maid service takes care of housekeeping and the estate manager readily dealt with our every request. The management team can also help organise larger events, and we were impressed by preparations for a team building event taking place around the shared pool area one evening during our visit.
With such a nice balance of shared space, privacy and great access to the beach and island attractions, we could find little reason why small families or couples with a wide range of interests would not have an excellent stay at Villa Cattleya C5a.
The incredible view was an unending source of inspiration throughout our stay. A beautiful glittering sea, magnificent sunsets and the twinkle of Patong's lights at night were enjoyed especially from the terrace and pool area. The quality craftsmanship and high level maintenance make the villa look brand new even though it was built in 2006, and the service provided by the L'Orchidée team was notably efficient and friendly.
The villas within the estate are quite close to each other and, while they are arranged sensitively, total privacy is inevitably lacking. A food menu in the villa would be helpful for guests who’d prefer some meal suggestions. Stairs and steep hills might be difficult for some to manage, though the buggy service helps immensely.