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Review of Koh Tao Simple Life Resort

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Koh Tao Simple Life Resort
Ranked #14 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
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50 reviews
44 hotel reviews
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“Would stay here again!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

I stayed 5 nights in a standard boutique room.

The location of Simple Life Resort is very good. Across from the main walking streets and about a few minutes walk away from Sairee beach. I hadn't been to Koh Tao before and did find the area we were staying very busy. There are lots of bars and restaurants full of western travellers. There are loads of 'happy hour" bars and buckets sold! So be aware! The main pier is about a 15min taxi ride away and cost about 400bht but that can be spilt between 4.

The room we stayed in was very large and had a massive bed! The room had a/c, a TV, fridge and sofa. The room was clean and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was also clean and had a warm shower. We did get a awful smell from the bathroom every now and again but it went away quickly and was nothing that effected our stay.

The room had temperamental WIFI, but like the receptionist said, as we booked in, we were staying on an island so the WIFI isn't the best anywhere!

The rate of the room included breakfast. Which we thought was good. You get a cooked breakfast and can choose how you have your eggs and there is also a buffet of fruits, pancakes and Thai food to help yourself too.

Staff were always helpful and friendly and spoke excellent English.

We found Koh Tao's accommodation to be expensive but for £45 per night, I thought Simple Life Resort offers reasonable value for money.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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20 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

The room was nice, very clean, and a nice comfy bed.

Location - Sairee Beach is a buzzing area for nightlife (buckets of cocktails, dance music, etc), and if we'd known, we would have stayed in Mae Haad (more peaceful), as it would have suited us better. Certainly worth doing the research first to see if it's to your taste.

We were put in room S1, next door to the restaurant (not owned by Simple Life resort but used as the basis for breakfast). During the night, the kitchen extractor fans next to our room kept switching on and off until 4am, which didn't give either of us a good nights' sleep, even with ear plugs... after our 2nd night (of 5), we explained our problem. I firstly asked if they knew what it was, and whether it could be switched off - they said they had trouble communicating with the staff at the restaurant, and seemed unwilling to get them to do anything about it. I spoke to the restaurant manager myself, who was quite rude and blunt, and told me 'it shouldn't run after 10:30pm', but it still did. Very frustrating. We then asked to move rooms. The staff said the hotel was fully booked that night so we couldn't. The staff were generally easy going, although not entirely sure they appreciated our difficulties and chose to talk at us before hearing us explain our problem. When we asked for recommendation for another hotel, the staff suddenly found a room for us to change to! Our new room was 2 doors down (S3), where the extractor fans were still audible, but bearable, and a new arrival were put in S1 (poor guys!). I noticed our breakfast tickets had already had room S3 changed to S1 in pen, so it looks like we weren't the first to complain... I'm pretty sure this problem is ongoing. The staff certainly didn't seem willing to get the restaurant to do anything about it. I'm writing this so people are aware, and I can certainly say AVOID rooms S1-S4 if possible! It ruined the first few days of Koh Tao for us.

The cooked breakfast was pretty awful, but the rest isn't bad. Avoid the tea, sitting in the filter coffee pot - worst tea I've ever had.

The laundry service was quick, cheap and good. We didn't use the pool but it looked nice!

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

lovely resort near the beach, friendly staff, and great food at their restaurant.......would definitely come here again...simple, but luxurious life.....
they also have a dive centre which offers trips to all the good divesites at a reasonable price

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2014

Our stay at Simple Life was very nice. We stayed there for 5 nights and our room was very spacious, clean and comfortable. The swimming pool is lovely. There is massage parlour but it doesn't look too good and we didn't try it. The staff was very attentive to our needs and we were always greeted with a smile.

The only downside is the breakfast which leaves a lot to be desired. Its quality is poor and it is not varied, without counting the loud music that they put all day and all night...There are plenty of other restaurants in the area so we recommend eating elsewhere.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Waterford, Ireland
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

The rooms here are spacious and comfortable. The pool is cleam and easy to access. The staff were friendly and accomodating to us.

The included breakfast was great - one can order cooked food from the waiting staff or go to the self service buffet.

All-in-all, a pleasant and relaxing stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

Stayed in a standard room for 3 nights. Really impressed with the service from staff. They were friendly, super organised and helpful. Best I have had on my trip so far. Standard rooms were pretty nice overall. Would definitely stay again. Only criticism was the free breakfast, which I didnt find all that nice, but im a bit of a picky eater.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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McLeod Ganj, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

The staff were beautiful, food perfect and room spotless. Everything we needed to re-charge our batteries with the kids. Staff were very helpful with organising things for us, the snorkelling was great and staff advice was good. We felt very welcome and were a little sad to leave!
Highly recommend, especially if you have children, very safe and friendly.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Koh Tao Simple Life Resort
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 (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Koh Tao Simple Life Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 57
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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