I have now stayed at Simple life 3 times over the last three years and will go back again next year. They are linked to the Dive operators of the same name, but I think the actual ownership is different, but no matter, you get a discount on your dives if you stay at this hotel.
The hotel is not on the beach, but it is only a couple of mins walk down to the beach (and to the dive shop), it has very nice rooms with good aircon, lots of space, TV, big beds, a safe, and even has a drying room out the back of each room for your diving gear if you need it.
The pool is small but usually quiet and very refreshing and the restaurant is a nice place to sit and watch the world go by from. It is in a good location to hit the bars and restaurants situated in Sairee as well. There is also a regular pick up and drop off from/to the ferry terminal on the next beach over (but that area is pretty shoddy compared to Sairee).
The staff are friendly and competant, my only grip would be that they are a bit over-eager to clean the rooms and can sometimes sit outside waiting for you to vacate so they can clean.
Koh Tao can be lovely, but I would advise not going in high season as all the dive boats are rammed full of tourist divers with poor trianing bashing into each other underwater and genrally ruining the chances of a decent dip. The Simple Life boat can get pretty packed too, but it generally seems less crowded than some of the other schools.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury resort offering quality air conditioned accommodation on Koh Tao's popular Sairee Beach. Peaceful and private resort, with premier location with everything you need in close walking distance (beach, bars and restaurants, shops, ATMs, etc). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koh Tao Simple Life Hotel Koh Tao