Submitted: 13 Nov 2012
We saw this property being built last year and when we saw the final photos knew it was the one for us. Usually we travel as a couple, but this year we had our 3 adult children/partners with us so needed a 3-bedroom property with at least 2 bathrooms (this has 3).
Ban Tai Lee is a stand-alone villa in a typical Thai village near Maenam, only 800m from a lovely beach. Away from the main resorts (and especially the hideous Chaweng) this is still close enough to the popular Fishermans village for eating out but also to a number of nearby resorts if you want to dine in stylish comfort. For those who are more adventurous and want a real local experience, there are local Thai restaurants within close walking distance and you never have to venture far from home to get anything you need, including scooters which are rented across the lane.
There is a local hairdresser/salon, gym, grocery stores, beach, etc etc. Chefs can be arranged however we didnt need this as we like to eat out.
This villa doesnt have sea views, however from the main bedroom you wake up looking over the pool and palm trees beyond the wall. Its only 800m to the local beach, which is a lovely spot and near to the Mimosa resort if you fancy cocktails at sunset within walking distance.
As a new property, this villa is exceptionally finished to a very high standard with everything you need in the kitchen. The 3 bedrooms all have their own en-suites, and the 2nd bedroom has its own separate entry to the rest of the house for added privacy (perfect for our eldest offspring who travelled with her partner). Fully air-conditioned if you need it, at the time of year we stayed there were lovely breezes so we didnt use it that much. The villa is positioned as a L-shape around the pool, which has "pure" water, something new to us but basically you dont need to rinse chlorine from your swimmers or wash your hair every day, although there is an outdoor shower. The landscaping is very tropical and Thai style, with a lovely pool pagoda for drinks or to have your morning coffee.
We had a lovely relaxing break and are thinking of a return trip next year, this time with