My wife and I just turned 60, for a special vacation we started in Chaing Mia, and worked our way south. Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Krabi. We where very fortunate to land in Phuket and stay at Ian's villa. Because of the volume of fringes (foreigners) who enjoy Thailand each year, it is easy to end up in a miniature hotel room, and stuffed onto overcrowded beaches like sardines in a can. THIS IS WHERE IAN'S VILLA EXCELS!!! Quite beach less than 100 yards from the property. No it is not the white sand beaches, with crystal clear water found on the Islands surrounding Phuket, But it is a great spot to start a days adventure or finish off the night, listening to the waves lapping up onto the sandy beach. The Villa is complete in every detail down to small flashlights by bed stands and, the huge BBQ, with a Local market (2 X a week) within walking distance, offering fresh fruit, vegetables, and seafood so you can cook your own dinners. A short walk on the beach brings you to a great restaurant where food is complemented by the friendly staff, and seating thirty feet from the ocean. You need transportation to get around, whether exploring the Big Buddha site, going to different beaches, day trips to the Islands (A Must Do) or discovering a Thai BBQ restaurant, a Taxi cab, or scooter---for the adventurous is a must. Our drive from the airport to Villa (45 minutes)got us in touch with Viratt, a great taxi driver, and tour guide. Dropping by with fresh pineapples, bananas, mangos or just checking up on us we felt privileged to have a driver at our beck and call. (Or Thai Taxi Stand minutes from Villa.) CAUTION: before you jump on a tour boat and head for Phi Phi islands, or other destinations, research your choices. "Offspray Liesure" a great tour boat service that will not overpack their boats to make an extra buck, at your expense. Service 1st class. If the boat can hold 24 people they take 15-17. What Ian writes about the Villa is exactly what you get, great value for your money, clean comfortable with everything you need for R & R. Huge bedrooms, great private pool, and Pascal steered us to great spots to see and feel Thailand.
We will be back.
C & R