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Koh Tao Simple Life Resort
Ranked #14 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Reviewed 20 December 2012

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.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 November 2012 via mobile

As backpackers we decided to treat ourselves to a nice hotel and went with the simple life.

At first glance rooms were lovely, nicely decorated towels on the bed, nice big bathroom good tv channels, 2 bottles of water and the restaurant seemed nice and busy. We ate at the restaurant every day and I admit that you are batting away flys all the time. They had good deal nights on though which is nice if you want to save some money.

When we went to bed we noticed that the bed linen was dirty with a lot of stains. This didnt get changed despite the room getting cleaned everyday for 4 nights and I dont feel that is acceptable.

We gave in laundry 2 nights before we were due to leave and didnt get it back until 10 minutes before our boat was due to leave for Phangan depsite being told it would be ready the same time the next night.

Koh Tao had pretty dreadful weather during our stay so it was nice to have good room and a nice tv!

  • Stayed: November 2012
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1  Thank Chelsey R
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

We stayed here during the beginning of October 2012. The hotel is all it promises, nothing more. Some features made a bit of a shabby impression, though there is nothing wrong with the hotel itself. The personnel are very kind and helpful, the breakfast is standard, the pool is good and it is close to the beach and nice restaurants. Good, standard hotel on a good location in Koh Tao.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Christinetje
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

We were staying on our honeymoon and this was supposed to be one of our nicer rooms. We had booked one a deluxe room, so were at the back of the hotel this was good as didnt expect the hotel to be so lively. The room was very spacious and fairly modern. Im not someone to inspect the bed linen, but on pulling back the duvet i wasnt sure if the sheets had even been washed marks were that dark.Our view was over the pool and an allotment type thing?! Breakfast wasnt that great, constantly beating off flies which i dont think is a good sign? My now "husband" is in catering and stated it meant certainly not a clean kitchen. We did not realise how close to the strip as such this hotel was either, so after 2 nights out of our 5 decided to move on, annoyingly as its the only hotel of our 3 week stay we had paid in full for. Although there was nothing majorly wrong, knowing how beatiful the island was we thought there would be somewhere nicer to enjoy our honeymoon as we may not come back to the island again. It is nice enough and ideal for travellers, just not honeymooners. We stayed in a range of accomodation from £10 a night guest houses to a 5* hotel during our trip and this was probably our least enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank amycm
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Reviewed 4 November 2012 via mobile

We booked the standard room but got upgraded to superior (not sure why) and it was luxury. Buffet breakfast included is very very good quality. You get what you pay for at this hotel and more. Clean & friendly

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Thank Katielovetravel
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

We stayed at this hotel in mid of Oct. for my scuba course. The hotel offered us an upgrade for standard to standard boutique, which we very please with that offered. The price was reasonable, located in the heart of Sairee Beach very easy to get around, very closed to 7 Eleven, and many restaurants around. The room was very nice and quite new. We would stay there again when we planned to go to Koh Tao.

Room Tip: Standard boutique was nice and new.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank yaithailand
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Reviewed 23 October 2012 via mobile

Free of charge they picked us Up from the ferry (and returned us again at the end of our stay)
Location: In the heart of Sairee Village, set back about 2 mins from the beach. Perfectly located - close to the action (shops, restaurants, bars and sunset views etc) although far enough away not to be disturbed.
Rooms: Spacious and clean. Great air conditioning, comfy and big bed, large bathroom and a nice terrace. Mini bar, English tv, wifi etc all included as standard.
Staff: Very friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. Helped arrange ferry's, transfers, snorkelling trips etc.
other: lovely clean pool, good for some afternoon sunbathing!
This is the second time that I have stayed at The Simple Life hotel and I can whole heatedly recommend that you stay here.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Address: 14/11 Moo 1 | Sairee Beach, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Koh Tao
#4 Best Value Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range: £33 - £56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Koh Tao Simple Life Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 39
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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