Wonderfully Romantic Villa
Submitted: November 17, 2012
Stayed: October 2012
My wife and I recently returned from an absolutely fantastic vacation in Koh Samui. We had recently begun new jobs in a very busy Asian city and were really looking forward to our first break from work and some seriously well deserved relaxation. What made this trip just perfect for us wasn’t the island itself so much, but rather our decision to rent the house, Villa Samprasada.
The house is just as lovely in person as it looks in the pictures on the website. Everything is very well maintained: the pool immaculate, all those fantastic lights for creating mood in the evening functioned wonderfully, speaker zones throughout the villa to create just the right musical mood, charming landscaping, screaming fast wireless Internet, big flat screen TV’s, a kitchen stocked with everything you could possibly need. It’s quite obvious the owner cares a lot about the place and that he himself visits on a regular basis. These kinds of things don’t just happen without some serious dedication to the place.
Renting the house was extremely easy, from the initial contact with Rob the owner, to being picked up at the airport by the smiling face of ‘Oh’, the young woman who manages the villa. We rented one of ‘Oh’s’ cars for the eight days of our stay. The rental price was great, came with full insurance and the car ran beautifully. Upon arrival there was tons of fresh fruit laid out, bottled water stocked up, really all you have to do is buy some food and start living like a local. Driving around town and walking along the beaches, I felt sorry for the other tourists who were stuck in, what were for the most part rather run-down looking hotels. All in all, it was easier to book this house and car then it would have been to book an all exclusive hotel, and yet the two experiences are worlds apart.
The house sits up on a hill which overlooks the ocean. We drove into town most days, sometimes walked the beach, shopped for fresh seafood and fruits at the market, and would eagerly return to the villa to relax and look forward to an evening of fresh drinks, steamed clams and grilled fish in the comfort and privacy of our own home. Even though the view of the ocean is there as you drive down the hill for supplies, the house itself does not have a view of the ocean; probably it’s only down side. But, realistically, if it did have a view of the sea, the price would be three times as high and I certainly could not have afforded it.
When I first started looking at the
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