My husband and I stayed there for a week, by the end of May 2013. Although we were concerned about the renovations (that were still going on during our visit and I believe will take long to be finished), we heard no noise from our beach villa, which was located on the opposite end of the bay. The view was fantastic and, except for two or three eventual sunbathers during the whole stay, we hardly saw anyone on "our side" of the beach. Even when that happened, the distance and the light made for total privacy in our villa (I checked from the ouside!). The only noise around came from birds and waves, which, along with a perfect view and a lot of snorkelling and some diving, provided a perfect holiday!
The bar had good drinking and food options at a very reasonable price - probably much higher than other places on the island, but ridiculously cheaper compared to similar resorts around the world, particularly in Brazil, where I live.
Water visibility was compromised during one single day (our first one on the island), following the heavy rain that fell the day before. After , and then perfectly clear and warm the very next day thru the rest of the week. Don't be discouraged by the weather forecast: it indicated thunder storms during our whole trip, and we had only sunny, delightful days with occasional showers during the night.
The diving center was not special, and a bit pricy, but conveniently located. If you plan many dives (and you should, it is fantastic!) you might want to check other alternatives before you go to Koh Tao.
Unlike experienced by other reviewers, we had access to free wi-fi in our villa, but truth be told, it was really slow (which I kinda liked!).
If I go back to Koh Tao, I will definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HaadtienBeach Resort is a boutique destination set in a stunning backdrop of beachfront panoramas, featuring its own 380 metre secluded beach situated at the southern tip of Koh Tao. The property contains 70 private villas thoughtfully spaced amongst over 45 acres of land, which features a stunning natural bay, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Haad Tien Beach Hotel Koh Tao