For parents thinking that exotic holiday to Thailand will have to wait a few years, well maybe think again. Eden Villas offers the perfect slice of paradise, comprising a super stylish family home in a secluded garden with pool, amongst the tropical vegetation of Krabi and just 10 minutes drive from unspoilt, white sandy beaches on Thailand’s Andaman coast.
After the trials of a long haul flight, Lee, the owner’s warm welcome and some food in the fridge are just what pooped parents need to drop and flop in the cool, spotlessly clean luxury of the villa. Also invaluable is the fact that Lee provides all the essentials for babies and toddlers, from cots, high chairs and potty to baby monitor, steriliser and plastic crockery. The host is a mine of local information and will be very happy to arrange all kinds of trips and activities so families can experience all the highlights of this dream destination, such as island hopping in a traditional longtail boat or tantalizing tastebuds with the best Thai food, either at the villa or at Lee’s pick of local restaurants.
There’s a hint of a traditional Thai residence in the architecture of the single-storey Eden Villa but it’s distinctly contemporary throughout, with air conditioning, every home comfort and all mod cons, from wall-mounted flat screen TV with Sky channels to iPod dock and Wi-Fi. The living/dining area and kitchen is open plan and has two sets of sliding doors opening onto the patio, pool and garden. Of the three bedrooms (2 with king size beds and 1 twin room), the master bedroom also has sliding doors onto the patio, pool and garden so parents can be close to baby tucked up in bed while relaxing under the stars.
Simply snoozing on the sun loungers by the pool will be very tempting for grown-ups, while children safely play on the ride-ons and trikes in the garden, spot monkeys swinging between the trees and help Lee feed his chickens. However, a little exploring has to be on the agenda too, in such an amazing location, especially to the paradise beach of Ao Tha Lane, just 10 minutes drive from the Villa, or to go snorkelling in the stunning lagoon in nearby Koh Hong National Park, or to check out colourful Krabi town. The villa makes the perfect, stress-free base to introduce children to the delights of Thailand – so get ready to start saving for that gap year!
Eden Villa comfortably sleeps up to 6 people plus up to two babies in cots which can be provided. Two bedrooms have king size beds and one has twin single beds. The villa has two bathrooms.
Please note the prices are in GBP as a guideline. The owner takes payment in THB on confirmation and acceptance of the booking. The price has been calculated using 1 GBP to 50 THB
Eden Villas is located in the lush foothills of Krabi Province on Southern Thailand’s amazing Andaman coast, which is famous for its other-worldy archipelago of over 130 islands, erupting from the sea. Exploring the islands is one highlight that’s not to be missed and the owner, Lee, will be happy to arrange trips and tours in a traditionally Thai ‘longtail’ boat, where families can visit sandy coves and snap countless photos of jaw-dropping natural wonders, only accessible from the sea.
Krabi town (25 minutes drive) is a colourfull provincial port, that’s buzzing with local fishermen hauling in their catch and boats ferrying tourists around the Andaman Islands. The town’s hilly streets are full of cafes and a wide variety of restaurants, plus authentic Thai cuisine is served at an outdoor, riverside market in the evenings. Lee will be able to recommend a variety of places to eat, for all preferences and budgets, including one restaurant nearby which serves superb Thai food, is very family friendly and will even deliver to the villa. The other nearby town is Ao Nang, (30 minutes drive), which is an increasingly touristy beach resort with a seaside strip of bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and hotels.
The beautiful, unspoilt beach of Ao Tha Lane is just 10 minutes drive from the villa or families could beat the tourist buses to Koh Rai lagoon in Koh Hong National Park and go snorkelling amongst magical coral reefs and a dazzling array of exotic marine life.
Nearest medical services (GP and A&E) : 15 minutes drive Krabi has an international hospital with specialist unit for children.
Getting there: Krabi International Airport (KBV) is about 15 km from the city centre and 40km from Ao Nang. Krabi is serviced by Thai Airways from Bangkok, Bangkok Airways from Koh Samui, and Thai AirAsia from both Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.