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The Leaf on the Sands

Ayr, United Kingdom
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The Leaf on the Sands

In a vain attempt to try and pass on the good deed of the great advice that people so kindly spend their time giving so readily in this forum I am going to try and do my bit. We just arrived at The Leaf yesterday and will be here for over a week so if anyone has any questions that I can answer it or possibly find the answer to while I am here I will gladly try and help.

First impressions are v good- sharp & on the ball friendly staff, well maintained gardens, more than adequate breakfast & great location for getting into 'town'. So far so very good!

Hobart, Australia
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1. Re: The Leaf on the Sands

We will be staying for 4 nights in October with our children and my mother. Would love your opinion on which three villa numbers (next to each other) are closest walking distance to the fun pool. We are booking three as we have eight people in total. Resort informed me that the villas are positioned around fun pool and can sleep 2 adults 1 child in each providing extra bed in room. Don't expect breakfast to be much as the rate is sooo cheap but by the sounds of your review it is quite decent?

Thank you in advance, hubby and I have stayed at the sands resort before but too big for our liking so the leaf seems like a great value option in an excellent location!

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Hi JacquiV09!

In the style of a good delegator I sent my other half & boys down to scope out the villas. Have to say we are staying in 2 (have MIL with us too) and they are all in line that runs in a straight line South to north with the pool being in the middle. There are 16 villa rooms in total and we are at one end and we are approx 30 giant steps away from the fun pool! The closest are prob 8505- 8510 which are about 5 giants steps (and a row of bushes in the way) away from the fun pool. So I reckon any of them are good - also there is areas of grass at each end of the row which is good to let the kids jump around on flinging balls (or in our case spiders- don't ask!). The villa 8516 is at the end us where the road down to the beach is located. Personally I would prefer the villas up the other end (South) starting 8501 as its at the end of a deadend path and there is no through traffic.

Breakfast is really fine considering what I had been expecting. There is the continental side, as I like to call it!, with cheese, ham, cucumber, lettuce, then the cereal & yoghurt & pastry/ toast side with honey & marmalade looking substance. There are bowls of fruit along the top (watermelon, pineapple, tiny bananas, chopped fruit). There is the drinks machine (water, milk, pineapple & orange juice). We have the eggs station- array of fried eggs & bacon to help yourself to but there is a lovely eggs lady who was happily turning out omelettes to a large hungry line of people! Then there is the hot breakfast area ( banmaries i think they are called) with different things- this morning was pancakes, sausages, and a pile of Asian breakfast dishes.

I have read reviews about people saying that flies were a problem and the food should have covers. I'm not going to deny that there are flies flying around but i couldn't see how having covers would help as the buffet goes like a fair and the covers would never be on. Also the food is replaced very regularly (ie constantly) so it is not like the flies are having a good feast on things as they don't get a chance!

Hope that helps!

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Thank you so much for your help! Much appreciated. The breakfast sounds great and thanks for the detailed report on what exactly they have in offer. In research I also noticed another member commenting on the villa layout. I'm confused now as room numbers are different. Although I do know there is two different areas at the resort (new section smaller pool & old section with fun pool) so maybe this got mixed up. See post below. Thanks again can't wait to stay!!!

Villas 7127/7128 and 7129/7130 are the 2nd & 3rd ones down from the top right corner. While some of the Villas alongside the Fun Pool are physically closer to the pool, you have farther to walk (and can't really see the pool) because of the gardens and layout of the paths. From my veranda (7127) I can see almost the whole 'pool area' and it is about 15m to the swim-up Pool Bar & the 0.60m-deep Children's Pool

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4. Re: The Leaf on the Sands

I think I have gotten to the bottom of the different number. They have re numbered all the villas! Makes sense why there are laminated 'house numbers' on each villa than a more permanent fixture!

There are 24 villas in total (unless they are v well disguised!) . I will try and put a pic up or at least pm you a map of the hotel which shows the numbers. There are 8 villas that are situated between the lobby/ leaf pool (ie not the fun pool) And the fun pool/ grassy area. I think these 8 villas are the one the previous reviewer was referring to.

Personally I would stick to 8501- 8516 as the have no traffic/ activity to back of them. Also for you the villas 8517- 8524 don't lie in a straight line or a manner than would made it socialable for a group over 3 villas to socialise/ shout/ swap children very well!

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Thank you for checking about this, it was a bit confusing. I looked at the resort photos that travellers had taken of the villas on TA. There was a couple of the villas and the front doors of them! It seems as though they did have leaf shaped wooden signs on the door that displayed the number! Makes sense if they are now gone and replaced with laminated ones. If you end up getting a map with numbers on it that would be wonderful. Cheers

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6. Re: The Leaf on the Sands

Hi there - sounds like you're having a brilliant time. Have you had a chance to look at the local beach? And is this resort well located for easy acces to bars/restaurants/shops etc. Many thanks. Aries x

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7. Re: The Leaf on the Sands

The Leaf is ideally placed just off the highway at the northern end of Bang La On where all the many restaurants, bars and shops start. There are several excellent restaurants in the immediate vicinity and, in fact, I'm writing this just across the road having finished an excellent pizza meal at the Bella Ciao. Nearby you have Irchid Cafe, Tiffy's Cafe, Dee Dee's and our favourite Smile - and those are just the ones within a 10 minute stroll.

The beach is about 500 metres down from the resort with access at the side of the Sands Resort.

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8. Re: The Leaf on the Sands

Arandora got the answer in first. The location of the Leaf is so great for a quick walk into the centre of Bang La On should you not want to eat at the many places he mentioned! We even did the walk back from Walkers (other side of Bang La On) to the Leaf tonight with a buggy and a 4yr old and it took us less than 30 mins with at least 2 stops in shops.

The walk down to the beach by the side of the Sands is an uninspiring concrete path easily done in 10 mins in the heat. Maybe a bit longer on way back up in heat! There is another path done to beach just a few minutes left of leaving Leaf (by Sky Restaurant on main road) which is a dirt road but a lot of restaurants at bottom of this on beach. I would say it's a hot walk during the day as there is little shade and we only attempted it with our 'robust' 4 yr old and he barely managed it.

Overall the Leaf is in an excellent location, near loads and loads of great eating places, not far from beach & set far enough from road you really don't think the main road is just on your doorstep. It's what we consider to be the 'expensive' part of our holiday and for £200 for 2 villas p/ night for 5 people we reckon it delivers what we want without losing all the charm of staying somewhere Thai and with aclimatising to not being in a cold and dreich Scotland!

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9. Re: The Leaf on the Sands

Wow thanks for that - yet another hotel to consider then when we book for next year - omg back to the drawing board. Thanks again. Aries x

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10. Re: The Leaf on the Sands

Thanks for posting. We enjoyed our stay at the Leaf last year in May on recommendation of Arandora. We cannot wait to return. Our son and his family will be at the Leaf in July and they are looking forward to experience Khao Lak for the first time. Have fun and enjoy!!

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