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Koh Tao Simple Life Resort
Ranked #14 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

Simple Life resort

We booked a superior room 8 months in advance and exchanged with Gary. We paid online through a link Gary gave us and everything was settled. Efficient and smooth transaction.

Note that transfers pier<->hotel are included with two departures a day at 8:45 and 1:45! We came through Lomprayah ferries. Just walk outside of the pier and there will be people wearing simple life tshirts. Go with them. They will check that you are in their list. Don't take a taxi, you'll pay 300Thb for a 5 min ride.

The hotel has a pool (small pool, as in most resorts here), wifi (which works well), breakfast is included in their restaurant (check our review for that). Staff is friendly and people at reception speaks good English. Ask them before renting or doing any activities. They'll provide you with average prices and tips. There's a laundry service with standard prices.

The room is clean and spacious. It is cleaned daily, towels are changed daily (even if we didn't ask them to - ie. we didn't let them on the floor), and the big bed was to our liking (hard). It was pretty quiet, even if you get some noises from people in the corridor, but nothing that kept us from sleeping well.
You are provided with towels for shower (no bath tub), as well as towels for pool/beach, shampoo, shower gel and a safe in the room.

We wouldn't mind coming back and we recommend the place.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We booked a Boutique room via Agoda which worked out cheaper than booking direct. We emailed a few days before arrival to try to change our booking as we had been ill and wanted an extra night on Koh Phangan. They refused which was understandable and they offered us late check out as compensation which we thought was good of them.

The resort is very centrally located in town and so is a short walk from various restaurants, bars and the beach. It's very much in town though so not as idyllic as it could be for a Thai Island. So average location really.

The rooms are clean and of a high standard. The pool is quite murky and isn't very pleasant to swim in. Half the resort looks like a building site so overall the resort is of an average standard.

While the rooms are nice the noise from rooms above and from staff and other guests walking by was quite bad. Every morning we were woken up by neighbors or staff. My girlfriend got quite a few suspicious bites one night, they looked very much like bed bug bites...

So we asked to move rooms which they allowed immediately and we chose a room on the top floor right at the end of the corridor. This room was much quieter and no more bites either!

We decided to go for a massage one day at the on site massage room. I just had a Thai massage and my girlfriend went for a manicure. I started my massage while we waited for someone to do the manicure. After 10 minutes someone else turned up who said they couldn't do the manicure so this was quite annoying. The massage was poor, probably a 2 out of 10...

The breakfast is partly a buffet with a freshly cooked plate of egg, stringy ham and passable bacon. After a couple of days the breakfast gets quite sickly. We found a cafe called "The Greasy Spoon" after a few days and found that paying the extra for something nice was well worth it. We also had a burger from the restaurant one night which was still partly frozen and tasted disgusting! So avoid the burgers. We didn't try them but the buffet pizzas are supposed to be good.

On check out we were told that we had to pay for late check out as we had arrived on time and so the offer of late check out was withdrawn.

Overall we left thinking we should have stayed outside of Sairee where we could have had much better accommodation for less money.

Room Tip: Boutique room top floor is quietest.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We arrived at Simple Life having escaped our originally booked accommodation. Personally I prefer something more Thai and less roadside motel but in fairness it does what it says on the tin: three star hotel with decent sized rooms, well priced and centrally located. Pool is fine, drinks are served all day, breakfast is not great but there are plenty cheap alternatives nearby. It is well run and friendly - overall not spectacular but very good value for the money.

Room Tip: Upper floors overlooking the pool.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

On arrival we were upgraded for some reason from a standard double to standard boutique. Quick and easy check in from some very friendly staff. Room was very spacious, clean, and everything worked! The resort was in the middle of Sairee just opposite the beach so easy access to everything, 7eleven pretty much opposite the resort. They have a decent sized pool which is kept clean and tidy. Room cleaned daily (you didn't even have to be out early) with fresh towels, loo roll etc. WiFi good in the room. Staff were brilliant, happy, friendly and always willing to give advice/info. The only thing we disliked was the breakfast which was probably the worst we've had in Thailand. We extended our stay from two nights to five nights and they gave us a great rate to stay in the boutique (instead of originally booked double) and then further discounted us as we opted out of the breakfast. Would definitely stay again. It is expensive compared to other places but Koh Tao is expensive !

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Love this. If I am lost in life this is where you will find me. Great food, people and clean rooms. near to everything you need. The family where happy with lots of activities for the kids. Def worth a visit or 5!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

We stayed in a double room, and the room was spacious and extremely clean, with a decent-sized bathroom. Room was cleaned daily, and staff were always helpful. Good-sized pool with nice area to sit around, and was located right in the middle of town only a few minutes walk from the beach. Not the cheapest place, but Koh Tao was generally quite expensive and it's possible to negotiate the price down on arrival, at least in low season especially if you forgo the included breakfast.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Great little place not too far from the beach but far enought that it's quiet, food was good and cheap as well. The simple life dive centre is really good too, well run, safe and very reasonable pricing.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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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
Price Range: £32 - £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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