After reading all the reports and looking over all the pictures (on here and the website), I was becoming very concerned my expectations would be too high and be let down when we arrived. I could not be more wrong.
We were picked up from the pier, which is crazy. There are people and taxi's everywhere and the pier is made from 100 different types of timber and even tree branches. The hotel is 15 min ride (in a ute), along a mostly concrete road. There are parts closer to the hotel that are dirt and uneven and very very (extremely) bumpy. At times you need to duck as leaves brush over head.
At first it was a little scary but then we noticed how much care the driver was taking and it became fun :) We arrived at the hotel and were greeted by the resort manager and friendly reception staff and shown to our room.
The walk to our room was surreal. There are palm trees everywhere and the villas were spaced enough to give privacy but not to feel isolated. We stayed in the hideaway villa and we were lucky enough to get room 112. It had a beautiful views and you could see the sea through the trees.
The room was devine. It was simple yet elegant and had a very natural feel. The bed was comfortable and the pillows were bliss! The room had a TV (with 50+ channels), DVD player, fridge safe etc. Power points were a little difficult to find but after having a look there were plenty. We were also able to pick up the free Wi-Fi in our room.
The bathroom was great but we had a little difficulty with the drain in the shower. There aren't many lights in the villa but it creates a very warm/romantic atmosphere.
The beach is amazing and although you can't do much swimming there is a lot of snorkeling at either end of the beach. It was great fun to explore and we got some stunning photos.
The restaurant was our favorite out of all the ones we visited. The quality of food is fantastic and the staff/service was unbelievable. They were extremely attentive and so genuinely friendly it really made us feel at home. Everyone greeted us by our first names which was a great personal touch.
There were a couple of dogs running around the resort but they were obviously very well trained. They stayed away completely during dinner and did not approach us unless we called them over. Even when we were walking around the resort hey would ignore us unless we called them.
There was a free taxi service that ran three times a day to town and once back to the resort in the evening. If we wanted to use the taxi outside the three times there was a charge of 150thb per person which we thought was reasonable. To get a taxi back from town cost 300THB.
The hotel does not have all the bells and whistles a big resort might but it makes up for it with character and service. I think if they tried it would take away from what this place is. The resort feels very private and so welcoming. It unique and wonderful... The staff were extremely friendly (and so genuine) and went out their way to make us feel at home. We loved it and look forward to soon.
- 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