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“It's just like Family”
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Villareal Heights
Ranked #5 of 64 Kata Beach B&B and Inns
Reviewed 14 August 2010

I chanced upon this apartment on Tripadvisor, just like anyone would.

At first I was uncertain about my decision because I didn't know which area would be good for my first trip to Phuket. But after travelling down, I know this is the place!

We wanted our trip to be safe and smooth. Thus, we booked a cab through them. Their cab price was reasonable, unlike another hotel which I've compared to. That cab driver was super friendly and quite good in english that it made our 50 minutes drive seemed like 15 minutes. Haha! We also booked a cab back to the airport later, no point bargaining for prices along the street when we need to catch the flight home also.
Cab prices are quite fixed there and hard to get a super cheap price too.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the family, not a hotel reception.
Phil immediately upgraded our deluxe room to the mountain view room. It was already late but they still provided us with entertainment and information about the place. It's just hard to stop talking to them. Hahaha!

The room was super clean and the room gave me a sense of home. Logged on to their free wifi with our laptop and iphone without problems. Even though we are far away from home, we were still in touch with home. Top quality body wash and shampoo provided, you will smell fabulous after a good shower!

Phil gave us a personal tour of the area and from then on, we made our own journey by foot around. Villareal is located on the hillside. It is still accessible to the town area. There are two beaches, Kata and Karon where you can go to. Once, we saw this roadside Banana Pancake stall and it's love. Really have to try it if you see one! They have different "roti prata" with toppings done right in front of you.

Since it was the monsoon season, the rain has been coming down badly on the roof. After Phil and Jo knew about it and were worried about our sleep issues, they upgraded us again to the Executive Suite which was much spacious than our deluxe room!

Phil told us about the Pad Thai shop to have brunch. We tried all three pad thais - chicken, egg and prawn, beef krapow and beef kee mao, All of them were awesome and beware of the spice level! Haha!

On our last day of stay, we actually wanted to book a cab to Central Festival. But Phil and family offered to drop us off since they were sending Dobbie for his grooming and also save on the cab fare which indeed is expensive for such short distances.
We had time to go round Central Festival and got bored of the place and called Phil. Luckily they were only at Watsons and we got the ride back to Villareal without spending on cab again. Yay!

Phil and Jo are great listeners and take in every feedback which I have given them. Really appreciate what you guys have done for us and I will definitely refer all my friends and family who are coming to Phuket to stay at your apartment and get the best of what they are paying for as much as I have enjoyed mine!

** Do not book any tours from Give Gift Tours. Better to look for tours somewhere else than get ripped off there!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2010

We stayed here between resort stays in Phuket, and it was lovely break from hotel life to be welcomed by Phil & his wife Joe. They both made our stay a refreshing change from being one of number of "tourists". Phil organised Dental work for us & took us back and forth. Extremely pleased with the quality of service both at the Dentist and at Villareal. We also enjoyed time at Dukes Bar, Mark gave us great advice on restaurants etc for our next destination.
We enjoyed walking down to the beach & shops at Kata, no hassle to cross roads etc. Nice and cheap breakfast place next door to Villareal & heaps of options within walking distance to do.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2010

My trip to Phuket was the first time I travelled outside of the country with friends. I think it's safe to say that the trip wouldn't be half as awesome if we didn't stay at Villareal. The second we got there Phil came out to greet us and gave us a tour of the hotel and our room, which was very roomy and comfortable. He also took us on a tour of the whole area in his pickup - he recommended us restaurants, showed us the beach and even drove us up to Kata Viewpoint and Phromtep Cape, where all of us fell in love with the view. On our way back Phil drove us to the famous Pad Thai shop for lunch. He even paid for our first meal and we ended up having lunch there almost everyday since it's only a 5-minute walk away from Villareal. The location of the hotel is very convenient as it's walking distance for us to get anywhere - we just had to cross the road to get to a bevy of restaurants and shops. The two beaches (Kata and Karon) are also of walkable distance.

Phil and Jo were very accommodating and helpful throughout the entire trip (we were there for a week). They helped us with taxi bookings, recommended us places to eat and sometimes they would even drop us off at places that we would want to go. I even remember Phil burning us a DVD compilation of movies for us to watch. I don't think I would have gotten service and hospitality this amazing in any other hotel. Villareal has made my trip so memorable that I definitely see myself coming back to Phuket in the near future.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 August 2010

We came just the 3 of us girls and this is pretty much the furthest we have gone so far on our own, without adult supervision. When we arrived, Phil showed us the room first (which was beyond awesome because it has such a simple concept yet comfortable all around. Plus it's clean all the time! ) around like he had knew us for a long time. You can get a nice sunrise every morning and it's quite out of the roadway so no traffic noises.

It was really an own-time-own-target trip but both Phil and Joe knew what to recommend to us , the food (2 of us are Muslims and they showed us the few Muslim foods that were around the area ), trips to Phi Phi Island and the activities that comes with it for a whole day (they insisted on the people they knew who could provide us the best things), ultimate hangout places (Reggae Bar) and of course, the must-do(s) in Phuket like Elephant Trekking (Kok Chang Elephant Safari) , ATV, all the beaches around, temples and most unforgettable, Patong street. But most definitely, they provide the best boredom killer - tons and tons of DVDs & excellent internet access in case you're bored in your room or getting ready for the day activities. The beaches are also very near, just a 10 mins walk.

And of course, do get their advices always when it comes to rates and cab fares. PJ and their dog will entertain you throughout your stay too! :) It was a really nice thing to get to know them and we miss them so. :)

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 July 2010

I stayed at Villareal Heights with 2 of my friends from the 14th of July to the 20st of July. We took the Executive Ocean View Suite and found it to be comfortably large enough for the 3 of us, even with the extra bed. The room was tastefully decorated, with a lovely view and the daily housekeeping was impeccable. Location is great, it's a 10 minute walk to Kata beach with many ATMs, money changers, restaurants, tour agencies, convenience stores and souvenir shops along the way.

But the best part of Villareal Heights would definitely be the unrivaled service provided by the owners, Phil and Joe. On our first day, Phil drove us around, so that we could familiarise ourselves with the area and he also recommended places to grab good food. Along the way, he stopped at an amazing viewpoint so that we could take pictures and take in the view. We found this mini tour extremely useful as we'd never been to Phuket, or even Thailand before, and Phil actually took the time to fill us in on the do's and don't of Thai culture.

Over the period of our stay, Phil was kind enough to give us lifts to many of our locations, whenever he was free to do so. Whenever we needed to take a cab to a location, Phil and Joe would advise us on an appropriate rate for the journey so that we wouldn't get overcharged. Phil and Joe are both genuinely kind and charming hosts who go out of their way to make your stay memorable and worthwhile!

Another nice touch is Villareal's DVD collection! They have an extensive list of movies available for guests to borrow, which definitely comes in handy when you just feel like lazing around in your room. Villareal also provides free wireless internet :)

This is the only place I would stay at in Kata. Simply amazing, we've recommended it to all of our friends and family members. One of a kind!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Villareal Heights

Address: 214 / 14 Patak Road | Suksan Place,Tambon Karon, Kata Beach, Karon, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Karon > Kata Beach
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Kata Beach
Price Range: ₹ 4,691 - ₹ 8,079 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villareal Heights 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villareal Heights is a Luxury Boutique Hotel situated conveniently between Kata and Karon Beaches on the beautiful Thai island of Phuket. Surrounded by lush mountains and facing the stunning Andaman Sea, Villareal Heights provides a unique sanctuary for your next vacation. ... more   less 
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