First, the pluses:
Prices are reasonable.
It is a young couple´s venture; you can feel the passion to make it work.
The air conditioning in the rooms. Good beds,
Lots of space in the villas. A big fridge with lots of drinks.
A beautiful view. Tranquility, peace.
The f.o.c. cell phone with pre-registered numbers.
5 minutes walking distance to the main lovely beach, Sairee, which takes you to the center of town.
Janine tried to help us with everything possible. Changing breakfast for lunch (she would actually go herself to town with a bike to pick up the breakfast!!!)
The shuttle that was taking us to the house did not have the usual driver who was in a meeting but his wife, who did not stop yelling to other persons, stopped to get money in the ATM while we were stressed and tires form the hot trip.
When we arrived, Janine (7 months pregnant, owner), was alone. NO service to get our 9 pieces of luggage up the steep hill. When going through the services, the BBQ was broken, the service persons were on holiday, the husband was busy with the construction of another villa. That also contributed to the messy feeling.
The house is in a remote place, and the access is through a very steep hill. You need to book the taxi that takes 20 minutes to come and pay 250 BHT or take it in the 7-11 at 300 after negotiations. Every ride. Every day.
Lack of service. A steep slope to get to the house. The town is crowded, not ideal for our family with 3 kids.
No air conditioning at the dining room. You need to go out of the house.
All in all, taking into account we are a family of 5 and need assistance during our trips, I give it an average rating. I would give an excellent rating to Janine and Rubben´s dedication and hard work. However, Janine cannot do everything on her own! If you do not need that kind of service (young couple...), go for it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rocks are boutique residences in southern Thailand offering both privacy and personal service. Surrounded by lush tropical jungle and stunning sea views, our four boutique villas and infinity-edge pool combine a feeling of tranquility and relaxation. Under Swiss and British management the Rocks are proud to be the original boutique villas on Koh Tao. Secluded, but still less than 10 minutes walk from the beach, they are the perfect holiday location for romantic couples, families or groups of friends. The Rocks is also a great location for your honeymoon. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Rocks Luxury Villas Hotel Koh Tao