Panacea Retreat - Kalya Residence Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
8.3
Reviewed:
14-Nov-2014
From the moment we arrived at Kalya Residence and were greeted by warm smiles, welcome drink, cool towel and garland of flowers, we began to unwind.  We particularly enjoyed our daily yoga session with an experienced teacher, who knew our individual strengths and limits right away – a great perk! Although we were already feeling pretty relaxed by now, our in-villa massages were the icing on the cake!

The kitchen team really know their stuff at Panacea Retreat Residences.  The dishes we ordered from the a la carte menu were fresh, with an emphasis on quality ingredients and there was a good selection of meat, seafood, poultry, vegetarian and healthy options, as well as local favourites.  Meals other than breakfast are prepared in the estate’s professional kitchen, and special orders, eg barbecues, can be discussed with your villa host.  Breakfast is no simple affair, with the chef’s baking skills in evidence once again.  We recommend the freshly made yoghurt pots, with granola and fruit puree, and some avocado, smoked salmon, cold cuts or cheese to accompany your toast … or perhaps a full cooked breakfast if you have room?  Throughout the day, freshly brewed coffee and pots of tea were on offer, with the chef’s biscotti and cookies to keep us sustained until our next delicious meal.

The villa’s layout meant that we found it easy to both come together as a group, or retreat to the calmness of our bedrooms if we wanted some quiet time.  High-pressure rain showers were most enjoyable to freshen up before dinner, and guests in the master suite can also enjoy the luxury of a deep terrazzo bathtub.  We found the staff to be attentive, always there when we wanted a drink, yet unobtrusive, allowing us to enjoy the luxuries and surroundings of the villa undisturbed.

Individual Scores:

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

A daily yoga class is a lovely perk at small cost.  And do try the freshly baked muffins and homemade jams at breakfast!

Surprises

Those with very young children may be concerned about the drop-off from the infinity swimming pool and a few external staircases.  Panacea Retreat Residences’ hilltop location means walking anywhere is tricky, although a free daily transfer is provided to the shops or beach, and the amazing views from the villas outweigh any disadvantage.

Guest Reviews (15)

Marcus N, Sweden checked out on 29-Sep-2022
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
13-Oct-2022
- They family like Thai food - They like to drink Singha Beer -Breakfast to prefered Egg Bennadict - All Family like Thai Friut -Our main hostrss "Kratai" and The Other women (Noie) were the best. -The view were awesome. -The Reason was the staff they were the best. -From when we arrived untill we left we spent time time in paradise , one of the best stays ever! -Good Dinner area 2 floor.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Marijke S, Portugal checked out on 13-Aug-2022
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
26-Aug-2022
Very nice villa and very nice staff.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Margit W, Germany checked out on 12-Nov-2021
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
18-Jan-2022
It's was the best time on Koh Samui we have ever had!! Its our 4th time and we will come back for next time, staffs were so nice and friendly, helpful we are so happy ,everything was perfect...

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Nataporn D, Thailand checked out on 25-Oct-2020
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
27-Oct-2020
We definitely have a great stay here. The villa, the staff, the food, everything here is amazing. We all will be back again very soon.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Marc Y, Thailand checked out on 11-Feb-2020
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
28-Jun-2020
Thank you so much, Bella, Blue and Oh for making the past 3 days at Panacea so amazing and memorable! The accommodations, pool, food and service exceeded all our expectations having been to such a spectacular wedding at the main villa. Bella, in particular looked after us attentively from our breakfast in the morning until 2 am at the wedding day. She was amazing! We will not forget our stay at Koh Samui!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
JINGYUAN H, China checked out on 29-Jan-2020
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
18-Mar-2020
Thanks to Bella and her team give us best services. We enjoy ourselves in this house for six days. Bella and her team is the best service to our family in everyday. Welcome to our country...We waiting for you.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
David W, Canada checked out on 03-Jan-2020
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
08-Jan-2020
Thank you Panacea and especially to Khun Pocky, Sao and Ao for the absolutely fabulous stay! Everything was perfect, from the gorgeous villa to the beautiful breakfast every morning. This has been a really special family vacation and we are so grateful to K.Pocky and his team for taking such a good care and We have felt truly spoils by their warmth and hospitality, they really really are wonderful and we are had a fantastic stay in Koh Samui.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Sasaya B, Singapore checked out on 24-Nov-2019
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
08-Jan-2020
Thank you K.Aoy, K.Bao, K.Ao for good hospitality, great service, we all feel very much of love, will definitely be back again. Best wishes Excellent service, good atmosphere, we love it . Very attentive service, excellent view, and much had of cleanliness.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
LI J, China checked out on 18-Nov-2019
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
08-Jan-2020
So perfect so wonderful! Thanks Oat again! Thank you so much..:)

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Alan L, United Kingdom checked out on 11-Nov-2019
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
08-Jan-2020
We had a wonderful stay at Panacea, the service proud by Aoy and the most of the staff has made my visit even more memorable, would have loved to stay for longer, excellent facilities and friendly staff.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Delin H, China checked out on 01-Sep-2019
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
16-Sep-2019
Villa design beautiful with a stunning view. Comfortable. Thank you Ooy for a nice host and assist every request. Will come back again. Another guest would be satisfied staying in this villa.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Lesley K, Australia checked out on 29-Aug-2019
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
03-Sep-2019
We do not want to leave! It has been an absolute dream being able to stay here at villa Kalya. The interior, the.. every detail is stunning visually and made us feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such beauty. Great taste and decoration. Pocky has been so well taken care of. We loved learning Thai words and Blues creations with the service and towels we have source of delight. Honestly, we enjoyed an experience that met and exceeds our hopes and expectations and took us on a little adventure trip dreamland. We will be coming back. We will absolutely recommend other come here and we could not be more grateful, appreciative or impressed. Thank you Pocky , Blue and Ao, you guys are the best. Pocky is a super chef. I now consider this are of my fondest memories and favorite place, so grateful. Thank you.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Carolyn T, Singapore checked out on 12-Jun-2019
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
13-Jun-2019
Dear Panacea Team, thank you so much for your hospitality! We truly enjoyed the villa and we had an enjoyable time. Looking forward to the next holiday here again!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Lu H, Thailand checked out on 31-May-2019
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
06-Jun-2019
The villa is clean and tidy, the staff could not do more, nothing was too much for them, best butler experience! Thank you for taking care of us.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Andurance H, Thailand checked out on 20-May-2019
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
06-Jun-2019
Thank you Panacea, we had a fabulous stay... You guys took care of all the little details and the property is gorgeous!!! A very special mention to Sao, who was so helpful and always there to take care of us.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Panacea Retreat - Kalya Residence /villa/panacea-retreat-kalya-residence.aspx Price starts at $750 - $1,300 per night
8.3 out of 10
based on 16 user reviews. From the moment we arrived at Kalya Residence and were greeted by warm smiles, welcome drink, cool towel and garland of flowers, we began to unwind.  We particularly enjoyed our daily yoga session with an experienced teacher, who knew our individual strengths and limits right away – a great perk! Although we were already feeling pretty relaxed by now, our in-villa massages were the icing on the cake!

The kitchen team really know their stuff at Panacea Retreat Residences.  The dishes we ordered from the a la carte menu were fresh, with an emphasis on quality ingredients and there was a good selection of meat, seafood, poultry, vegetarian and healthy options, as well as local favourites.  Meals other than breakfast are prepared in the estate’s professional kitchen, and special orders, eg barbecues, can be discussed with your villa host.  Breakfast is no simple affair, with the chef’s baking skills in evidence once again.  We recommend the freshly made yoghurt pots, with granola and fruit puree, and some avocado, smoked salmon, cold cuts or cheese to accompany your toast … or perhaps a full cooked breakfast if you have room?  Throughout the day, freshly brewed coffee and pots of tea were on offer, with the chef’s biscotti and cookies to keep us sustained until our next delicious meal.

The villa’s layout meant that we found it easy to both come together as a group, or retreat to the calmness of our bedrooms if we wanted some quiet time.  High-pressure rain showers were most enjoyable to freshen up before dinner, and guests in the master suite can also enjoy the luxury of a deep terrazzo bathtub.  We found the staff to be attentive, always there when we wanted a drink, yet unobtrusive, allowing us to enjoy the luxuries and surroundings of the villa undisturbed.
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