Shezalina - March 2014
A little slice of Paradise!
We stayed at Villa Riva for one week around our wedding in early March. We hired the property for five nights as somewhere for us, our family and bridal party to stay, and then we had our wedding on the wedding platform at the villa. Villa Riva exceeded our expectations in every possible way - it really was just magical and so much more than we ever could have hoped for!
The whole villa complex is even more stunning than the website photos show, and they really have everything you could need for a stay there. The Master Suite is divine - spacious and luxurious with wraparound balconies and a huge jacuzzi bathtub. The rest of the rooms are extremely well presented and very stylish. The whole complex is stunning, with amazing interiors and a really luxurious yet relaxed feel. The infinity pool & sala are incredible, and the villa has its own little private stretch of beach, as well as a cinema room, a gym, massages (with an hour's notice), tennis courts and a kayak you can use.
The staff at Villa Riva are just wonderful, and we couldn't have been better looked after. Tatiana organised our wedding to perfection, understanding exactly what we wanted and executing it perfectly! The villa staff are all extremely competent, and are led by Khun air who has a cracking sense of humour, is always available to help and knows what you need before you do! The Chef was also fantastic - we had a few evening meals, plus our post-wedding BBQ, where the chef cooked up a feast without much direction from us at all, and we (and all our guests) were extremely impressed.
The standards of the villa are incredibly high, and there was nothing that we would have wished to have been different. Ever since leaving, we have all been desperate to go back to stay at Villa Riva and I truly hope we will. The staff, location and setting are simply amazing and I genuinely don't think you could find a better private villa for your holiday in Samui.
We could not recommend Villa Riva, Tatiana, Khun air and all the team more highly - it's such a wonderful, wonderful holiday villa and we had the most incredible wedding and stay there!
Charlotte - March 2014
How are things in Samui? I'm back in England now so I just wanted to write to say thank you so much again for everything you did for our wedding - it really was the most perfect day and exactly what we wanted! So thanks for all your help, advice, organisation and for finding us some amazing suppliers. James and I really appreciated everything you did. All our guests had such a wonderful time, and the whole 5 days at Villa Riva were just perfect and everything really exceeded our expectations. Air was wonderful, as was the whole team and the chef - and I know that all our guests and visitors felt the same, so please pass on our thanks. Air's level of detail and her great sense of humour were fabulous!
I will email all the suppliers to say thanks but could you please pass on our thanks to Khun Ju for the flowers, as I don't have a contact for her. The flowers were wonderful, I loved my bouquet and it was better than I thought, and all the bridesmaid bouquets and corsages looked wonderful. The setup for both the ceremony and the dinner was just spectacular, and I just loved what she did with all the flower decorations. It all looked magical. So please pass on a HUGE thank you!
Thanks again :)
Steven Stubbs - March 2014
Villa Riva is absolutely fantastic. Hands down one of the nicest places I have ever stayed in. We went there as part of a wedding party with friends and family from all over the world, and everyone was in awe of how fantastic the place is. The service was unbelievable, and as a couple of the previous reviews have said, the lady Air is a fantastic hostess. She ensured that not a thing was out of place, and that everyone was so well looked after. Fridges were constantly stocked and tummies constantly full...
The facilities in the house are unbelievable, from the infinity pool to the cinema to the BBQ area to possibly the longest sofa in the world! If tennis is your thing then that's available too... The set up is just great, and its in relative close proximity to the more lively Chaweng and Lamai, and also Fisherman's Village which is a really nice place for an evening stroll, but still rural enough to feel that you are in your own little bit of paradise. I would be back there in a heartbeat, and it was tough to leave... And just one tip... make sure you try the home made barbecue sauce... best I've ever had and I'm still hoping that Air can arrange for a delivery of it to me one day!!!
Katy - March 2013
“Fantastic - everything we wanted.”
I booked Villa Riva for our wedding, and from the start of the process Tatiana went out of her way to ensure that everything was arranged as we wanted and made it all very easy for us.
On arrival we were all blown away by the Villa and facilities. The infinity pool and the surrounding area are lovely, with beautiful views out to sea. The club house and all the sleeping villas are kitted out to a very high standard and are very impressive. There were 13 people in our party, and there was more than enough room.
The wedding platform down by the beach was perfect for our small wedding, and we had a very stress free wedding day as the Villa staff sorted everything for us. The food was excellent, and I liked being able to choose the menu for the whole party from a selection of thai and western food.
Overall we were really pleased with both the wedding and our stay at the Villa and would definitely recommend it - we hope that we will be able to go back! The only slight difficulty was payment at the end, as it is needed in cash and some of the party had limits on their cards so we had to make a few trips to cash points!
Richard Lawrence - July 2013
“Holiday of a lifetime and an incredible wedding”
We hired Villa Riva for our wedding and stayed with 13 of our friends for 8 days.
The Villa itself is fantastic- with beautiful decoration and incredible facilities- the rooms are luxurious and incredibly comfortable- plus the clubhouse is brilliant and the infinity pool spectacular. We were told that Villa Riva was the best villa and the most high end on the island before we hired it and after staying there I would agree.
We had our wedding with 80 guests on the specially designed decking area- the setting was incredible with unique views- what was brilliant was we were able to arrange the wedding we wanted in a private setting- unlike hotel weddings which all the other guests can watch & you tend to get some sort of formula! We were able to dance outside until 2am which was a real highlight.
During the week- the housekeeping staff were incredibly attentive- cooking delicious Thai and Western food to order as well as helping us out and making things very easy. The staff were highly professional yet relaxed and fun at the same time.
Also- we took the time to meet with Tatiana- the villa manager- prior to our stay. I'd thoroughly recommend this or at least a call- particularly if you are hosting a big event- as once we had explained what we were looking for she went out of her way to accommodate us and make sure we had the holiday and wedding that we were looking for.
All in all, we had the holiday of a lifetime and a spectacular, incredible wedding. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Villa Riva and I hope we get the opportunity to return in the future.