We stayed at Essence villa for 6 nights in June with our 3 young children. I was tossing up staying at Essence or Be's beach bungalow- but went with Essence because of the pool. As it turned out I don't think the pool was really needed as the beach was so lovely. We arrived late and exhausted on the first night after a long days travel and no chance to eat dinner- I was disappointed that there was no basic supplies in the kitchen for us including tea/coffee etc and all the restaurants in the area were closed. The property manager took my husband to a mini mart to get some 2 minute noodles! Although there are good things about the villa, I wouldn't stay there again for safety reasons as my husband was electrocuted by the toaster in the kitchen. We weren't sure if the problem was dodgy wiring or the actual toaster, but I was horrified that it could have happened to one of the kids. The villa is newly built with a lot of light and 2 spacious bedrooms, a central kitchen and 2 bathrooms.Watch out for the hot water temperature as it was scaldingly hot. There are fans and air con which worked well in the heat. The outside plunge pool is small but our kids enjoyed a splash when we weren't at the beach. There's also some outdoor seating but no daybeds which would have been good. The villa is a 5 min walk from the beach and restaurants and well located. The kids enjoyed the fresh mango's from the tree in the front yard too. It's a small block of land and there is not much privacy when sitting outside.The villa cleaning was erratic and simple things like washing dishes weren't done. There are 2 owners who we never met- even after the electrocution incident- which was disappointing. We dealt with the property manager who was nice and he replaced the toaster but we weren't keen to use the kitchen after that. Although we really loved staying at An Bang Beach and are keen to return, we will be finding another place to stay next time.
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