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Review of Kantaraya Villa

Villa Kantaraya, stunning private villa, sleeps 6, views out to Koh Samui, roof terrace
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Villa Kantaraya, stunning private villa, sleeps 6, views out to Koh Samui, roof terrace
small Jacuzzi plunge pool with excellent views little private sala slightly separate from the main villa
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30 reviews
Villa Kantaraya, stunning private villa, sleeps 6, views out to Koh Samui, roof terrace
small Jacuzzi plunge pool with excellent views
little private sala slightly separate from the main villa
master bedroom and balcony, has ensuite
living/dining/kitchen area with shower/bathroom just off it. doors on each side for ventilation/view
bedroom 2, leading up from kitchen and out onto roof terrace
3rd bedroom on a mezzanine level above master bedroom, shared bathroom, 2 singles
kitchen with moveable island
cooking area
back view ( the roof has since been renovated with thatch 2017)
older photo of master bedroom without mosquito net, shows bedroom 3 mezzanine level
master bedroom ensuite, has shower and bath (recently converted to all indoors 2017)
older photo of living area, steps up to bedroom 2 now has railings, curtains recently been changed
older photo of living area, cushions have had an upgrade since and curtains changed
bedroom 2 before new curtains and mosquito net
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Koh Tao, Surat Thani Province

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ADacres
Bradford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed 1 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

This place is truly stunning and it's in a lovely location - just up the road from what I think is one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand Aow Leuk Bay, the pool is lovely to sit in on a night and just watch the amazing views and the views are breathtaking. However, I am a person that is petrified by insects and spiders and other creatures of the night and so this was the wrong place for me as the room I chose to stay in had an open roof on the side of the bathroom which is outdoors and so it wasn't possible to keep bugs and geckos out meaning that I didn't sleep a wink. For other people this wouldn't be a problem, completely depends on you as a person and the other room is closed off so it is possible to prevent unwanted guests. Marek and the housekeeper Joe were so so helpful and did everything they could to ensure a comfortable and peaceful stay for us and went above and beyond in terms of their hospitality they honestly couldn't have done more for us. I would definitely recommend to stay here just so long as you can handle the odd giant gecko and spider! Also, don't leave your case open! The geckos have a tendency to poo down from the ceiling

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Management Response
10 Oct 2017
Thank you for your lovely review. I hope you come back because we have listened to you and decided to close off the roof in the bathroom. Now the bugs and geckos stay outside. The roof has also been changed and sealed so no more big geckoes in the bedroom or poo from the ceiling! We also added a nice big net for security! Our team is new too but still with the great hospitality you experienced. Come back and visit us soon. Villa Kantaraya
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Mara N
Koh Tao, Thailand
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“*****Great value for your money!*****”
Reviewed 24 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We have stayed in the Kantaraya Villa in the middle of the hottest month of the year, April and it was the best holiday ever. The housekeeper and manager did fantastic job in helping us to get around and taking care of the property. The villa itself have stunning architecture and multiple levels with 3 beds and 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room and plunge pool. During our week stay we did put all 3 AC units into proper test run and what they couldn't cope with, the plunge pool helped a lot.
The house is a bit of the main centre area but offers stunning views of the Shark Island and Aeow leak and Lang Kai bay - PHOTO VIEWS :)
The jungle surround the house and so the flora and fauna are present and we have seen some fruit bats flying around catching insect and there is also housekeepers cat running around sometimes and trying to catch the geckos.
Overall great holiday and great house for penny! We will return!

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Liked best: Value for money
Liked least: Dusty roads
Travelling group: Large Group
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Management Response
10 Oct 2017
Thank you very much for your review and we are happy you enjoyed your stay. We listened to your comments about the heat and air con, and we've added another window for ventilation in the 3rd bedroom. We also plan to have more natural ventilation in the second bedroom so come and try it out again!V
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stevekyne
New Taipei, Taiwan
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“You might get to see the Scarlet Pimpernel”
Reviewed 2 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016

The first thing to note is that Villa Kantaraya is near not much at all (apart from a surprisingly good eatery called Blue Heaven). This requires the constant use of the pick-up trucks for which pretty outrageous prices are charged. And it is along a road that really requires a 4WD to access it. So best go with the villa owner’s recommendation – who proved reliable.

The outlook from the villa is stunning – with a view all the way over to Koh Phangan. The villa is actually two buildings, and the design was both good and bad. It looked good, and was light and airy but the lack of any safety railings on the stairs, and a very low safety barrier on the deck were of great concern. Stairs are narrow and this only added to the fear of an accident waiting to happen. The two buildings are connected by more stairs with neither handrail nor shade. Would be a pain in rainy season.

Air conditioning is only in the bedrooms. One bathroom is outside. This in itself would not be a problem if the villa was cleaned regularly, but alas it was not. There is a manager, Joe, who we nicknamed the Scarlet Pimpernel. He darted in and out (on very rare occasions) and did next to nothing that could be called assistance, save for dropping a bundle of clean towels inside the front door on one occasion. We had an issue with ants and advised the owner. Joe must have visited, and removed the curtain in which the ants took residence in, and then left it in the living area. When I next saw him (a miracle in and of itself) I asked him to remove it, and he picked it up. Then I made a mistake and asked him to check something else, and the curtain was dumped on the floor where it remained for the rest of our stay. Moral of this story is only give Joe one task at a time.

The small pool was nice to enjoy a beer in of evenings. The owner was responsive and informative. If you are considering this property, then consider your own transport or factor pick-up truck rides into the cost.

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Liked best: The views and the pool
Liked least: The Scarlet Pimpernel!
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
10 Oct 2017
Hi Steve and thanks for your review. We've been listening to our customers and closed the villa in order to make improvements. I will address your comments...The location of the villa, stunning isn't it. It has the best views over neighbouring islands yet the main port and Sairee beach are just 10 and 15 minutes away. The road has been fixed!! Finally. There is a brand new tarmac road right the way up from the centre of the town so no need to rely on 4 x 4 , you will be fine on a moped. We now have safety railings on the stairs up to bedroom 2 and surrounding the top of those stairs.The living room has fans and windows on both sides so we felt it unnecessary to put aircon throughout as the windows and fans provide ample breeze. The bathroom you have mentioned is now completely indoor to keep out the little critters.Joe, alas, has not stayed the course and we have brand new management and housekeeping.
We do hope you will come back and see the villa in all its newly renovated glory
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mikeyp198...
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
“views views views”
Reviewed 30 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

the villa itself is a little older than the pictures suggest. but the views are amazing sat in the plunge pool with a cool bottle of sinhga. the stairs in the villa are quite steep i wouldnt recommend them for eldery people and you have to watch young kids. we had an issue with the motor in the pool but marek was always on hand to help. the doors wouldnt shut around the back of the property as they had dropped. other than that it was a fantastic villa and ko tao is an amazing island.

Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
10 Oct 2017
Hi Mikey, thanks for your review. We've made quite a few changes since your stay so check out the recent photos which show the new roof, paint job, curtains etc. We have also added railings up the steeper stairs to bedroom 2 and enclosed the top of those stairs. I do stress that the villa is not the place for young kids or the elderly but I can tell you thay they've built a brand new road all the way to the top of the hill so no more bumpy rides up there! Come back and see us, the pool is working just fine!
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COBROKER1
Denver, Colorado
1 review
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“Gorgeous,Tremendous Private Villa Near Chowluk Bay with Stunning Views of Shark Island and Tanote Bay”
Reviewed 15 December 2015 for a stay in December 2015
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Stayed at the Kantaraya this past week for 6 days and 5 nights. From the start everything went as planned, as my point of contact, Marek, confirmed my reservation, and met me at the pier upon my arrival, with a moped already rented for me.

Marek was very helpful providing places to go eat, things to do, viewpoints to see, during the day. He even had the maintance person, Ny, who lives behind the Villa, so to the store to get me dinner, since I arrived at almost 10pm.

Ny is on hand if you ever need him for any problems that arise at the Villa.

The Villa is tremendous 3 bedroom property with very open floor plan, and plenty of light. It is very private, and you are seperated by lots of trees from the neighboring big properties.

You can easily fit 7 people in the home. I enjoyed my stay very much.

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Liked best: The Views
Liked least: Notthing
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
10 Oct 2017
Thank you very much for your review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Come back and visit us, the team has changed, Marek and Nyi have moved on but Villa Kantaraya is as great as it ever was.
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