BANDARA VILLAS, PHUKET | A REVIEW BY LUXURY TRAVEL PUBLISHER.
BANDARA VILLAS, PHUKET is a luxury boutique resort comprising 33 villas nestled within the cliffs of Ao Yon Bay, in the Khao Kad area of tropical Phuket.
Located on the quieter side of Phuket, approximately 40 minutes away from Patong, Phuket’s lively hotspot, or 20 minutes away from Phuket town.
Bandara Villas is the perfect place for those seeking peace, privacy, comfort in their private pool villa, with fantastic views of Ao Yon Bay.
Owned and operated by Thai’s, Bandara Villas promises the real asian experience, fantastic warming hospitality and service, and mouth watering authentic Thai cuisine.
Bandara Villas offer supreme design to compliment the incredible views of the ocean, and are well designed to ensure privacy and serenity.
Bandara Villas has a choice of 4 room types, and each villa features it’s own infinity pool, and are ocean facing.
The room we opted for is the Ao Yon Pool Villa. This 240sqm, 2 bedroom villa is the top of the range at Bandara Villas is exceptional value for money.
The Ao Yon Pool Villa features 2 large King Sized bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Each bathroom has a large rain shower, his & her’s vanities and sinks, and large bathtubs. The second bedroom has a bathtub with a sensational ocean view.
Both rooms are complete with a large glass frontage to reveal the view of the bay, a work desk and large screen TV.
Split over 3 levels, this villa is perfect for family and friends. It features a separate air-conditioned dining/living area, and an open plan sun deck, kitchen with bar area, pantry, 3rd bathroom, and 8.2 meter infinity pool.
The 3rd level features the 2 bedrooms and being situated on top of the lobby, the view from this level is the best that Bandara Villas offers.
The sun deck and open plan kitchen, is open air and is great for sending the day, splashing in and out of the pool or relaxing on the sun loungers. Protected from the sun, but exposed for open air viewing, this is the area where we spent most of our time.
Restaurant, Food & Beverage:
It must be said the thai cuisine at Bandara Villas is absolutely spot on. Having lived in Thailand for quite a while and being host to a TV cooking show, I am no foreigner to thai cuisine. Whether it’s the southern Thai influence or a desire for flavoursome foods, I can truly pay testament to the Thai food that Bandara Villas has on offer. Each dish ordered was host to the flavours and spices that Thai cuisine is so well known for, the depths of flavour and freshness of ingredients is very well recognised.
Bandara Villas has one main restaurant, with options to dine at a rooftop platform some 20 meters up, or poolside right at the beachfront. Aside from the spectacular Thai food, there is also a large choice of western and international dishes. The rooftop has a nice ambience which shares similarities to dining in Portugal or Greece due to it’s theming and relaxed atmosphere. The poolside dining is also casual and is sheltered for convenient dining, day or night.
Breakfast is located on ocean level with great views of the ocean, and offer a selection of both buffet and a la carte dining. Buffet includes choices of fruit, pastries, juices, cold cut meats, cheeses, breads and cereals, and the a la carte menu has both thai and international choices.
Shine Spa is located a short 200 meters from Bandara Villas, and upon appointment, the Shine Spa buggy will pick you up and escort you to spa a short 1 minute ride away.
Upon arrival to the spa, the staff greeted us, provided us with a welcome drink and refreshing towel, and explained the large choice of treatments they had to offer.
I opted for one of the Shine Signature Mindfull Massage treatments, called Sound Vibration Energy Healing.
The treatment lasts 1.5 hours and incorporates sound vibration to create peaceful healing for both physical and emotional stress. Further to the tranquil sound vibration, there is also an aromatherapy massage to relieve pain and stress. The masseuse was very competent and attentive, and provided the service exceptionally well. Aside from complete professionalism, the service was gentle, well informed and well delivered.
At the end of the treatment I felt very relaxed and rejuvenated. This is a new treatment to Thailand, with it’s beginnings traced to Tibet, nevertheless the sound vibration mixed with traditional aromatherapy massage techniques proved to be a new and rewarding experience.
Bandara Villas feels like a second home. It’s staff are very friendly, yet very competent. Delivery of service was on time and without complaint.
The main pool is large and has a large choice of sun loungers surrounding, for those who wish to bask in the sun. Further to the pool, the golden sands and crystal waters are lined with sun loungers for the perfect chill out day.
If you’re not up to walking up and down the steps to access the beach and lower levels, there is a tram service with runs on the left side of the main lobby. This is my first experience of a tram line service in a hotel, yet very efficient and very well appreciated to save us the climb back up to the room.
For those seeking a tranquil, peaceful stay on an exceptional piece of sand and ocean in Phuket, away from the noise and party, then Bandara Villas offer a great choice and value for money. Isolation, peace and tranqulity.
Bandara Villas is also a 300m short trip to it’s sister property, Bandara Beach Resort. Guests at Bandara Villas can exclusively use the facilities at Bandara Bach Resort, including the infinity swimming pool, and feature dinner nights such as Thai Buffet Dinner night that they regularly run.
The staff at Bandara Villas will happily escort you to Bandara Beach Villa whenever you’d like to head down.
Bandara Villas has a few activities on offer, as well as regularly scheduled daily activities such as Yoga, Muay Thai and Stretching. There are also kayaks to hire to explore the beautiful surrounds of Ao Yon Bay.