Stayed in Baan Laan Dao with my wife for our honeymoon 2 years ago....
When I was sent the website link to view the pictures of the house I was intrigued and excited to be staying in such a great looking villa. But I have to say that the pictures do not do the house and its grounds justice! It is amazing!
From the minute you walk through the 7ft high mango wood gate entrance way, you are immediately taken aback by the beautiful entrance way to the house, which is surrounded by a variety of beautiful local plants and trees + on many an occasion a few geckos crossing your path!
The rooms themselves are spacious, beautifully decorated and start to make you feel relaxed from the minute you get there. + the great air conditioning in every room is not something that should be over looked. In July when we were there it was getting very hot outside and being able to turn the air con on in the early evenings and overnight was fantastic... The beds also were extremely comfortable and included 360 degree mosquito nets, which id never used before but are handy to keep the tropical bugs out whilst catching some zzzzzzzz...
The kitchen has all the amenities of home, although if you don't make the most of the local cuisine and eat out at the fantastic local restaurants, your MAD! But with the local TESCO Lotus supermarket a 20 minute drive away (the Housekeeper very kindly drove us there the first time) and the kitchen having a nice large fridge for your drinks and snacks, its easy to hang around the house and keep yourselves well fed!
With the house having an open layout, you may worry about privacy, but I can honestly say that this is nothing to worry about. With all the surrounding trees the house, you have the place all to yourselves.
The pool was cleaned everyday by the housekeeper or his wife, who somehow managed to move around the house and pool area every couple days with the stealth of ninja's to quietly tidy up or clean the pool of fallen leaves.. and they were so friendly! and in fact picked us up and drop us off at the airport which was very useful if its your first visit to the island...
The views from the upper deck and the pool area are phenomenal, and to me nothing was more relaxing than resting my arms on the edge of the infinity pool and gazing off down the forest covered valley to the ocean in the distance.
In summary, I can honestly say that ive never stayed anywhere more relaxing... If this review site had a 6th star available, Baan Laan Dao would get it!
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