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Family Tanote Bay Resort
Ranked #53 of 79 Koh Tao B&B and Inns
Reviewed 18 July 2012

Value for money was terrible as it was quite an expensive room. Never got cleaned, staff seemed mostly off and disorganised
(not like Thais!), food was average, facilities were poor (ie drip for a shower). ON the other hand the location is beautiful and you get a sea view, the beach is nice and the snorkeling is on your doorstep.
Not going there again but I might try another resort on the bay.....

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

Good points: great location with amazing views, beach is just there (with some shaded spots if needed) and you can just snorkel off. Might not suit someone looking for a nightlife etc...but 3 or 4 other restaurants on the beach to vary a little.
Negative points:
-the staff was rather lunatic.
We booked a family room (had 2 double beds) for 6 night. First the shower didn't work and it took a couple of requests to get it fixed, albeit it was never more than a drizzle and no temp control (not fab with young kids).
After another couple of requests on the 3rd day, the room finally got cleaned on the 4th (just this once). Had to beg for toilet paper during most of the stay!
-The food in the restaurant is less than average but ok.
We stayed in various places (from backpacker to 3star place) in Thailand and this place was relatively expensive but with poor service and facilities....I will not go back to this particular "resort" and I wouldn't recommend it either.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 May 2012

My opinion is divided.. .
Advantages:
- really beautiful location - views, surroundings and etc.;
- very nice beach with good area for snorkelling
Disavantages:
- too remoted from EVERYTHING! (except the sea :-) ) NO ONE shop ore area to walk on evenings, but taxi-cars is very expensive -from 400 TB ! (I've heard about taxi-boats, which more cheaper, but there is no one in low-season!) I like guiet , no-crowe places, but this is TOO lonely one even for me! :-)
-too noisy at nights because of wind and sea - I couldn't sleep all nights, may be because of my bungalow was almost in the top, on the edge and the season was windy -I don't know :-)
- the staff not very welcoming, it seems they don't interested to have tourists at all.. a bit indifference people.. Their English too poor also (ore may be they pretend :-) )
And, at last, I had a very unpleasant incident in this hotel: somebody stole my money with return ticket to Bangkok - from close bungalow..... So - be careful with your money if you stay here.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank ElenaLis
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

Amazing views, friendly staff, comfortable (basic) rooms.

Only negatives were the remote location and below average food. Unless willing to get a taxi to the busier part of the island don't expect to leave the hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

This is the place to stay in the breathtaking beautiful Tanote Bay. I had a room on the hill, overlooking the entire little bay with a balcony that ensured hours of gazing. Tanote Bay is small, and there are not a lot of options for eating or anything else, so you sometimes have to pay what they charge you for food (which is considerably more than what you would pay elsewhere in Tao), but the food is good, and remember you're not only paying for the food but for the place.
I stayed in the cheaper rooms, and it was very good: a clean bathroom, a soft enough bed, but most importantly an unbeatable location!
Staying for 3 or 4 days before you go somewhere else in the island so you can be closer to other places is definitely a good idea!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank ruysolorzano
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

We stayed in this hotel for 4nights, we really enjoyed it !

Staff is friendly, very helpful and always smiling.

Room was quite basic, "cold" water (as in most of the hotels on thai islands for this price), but the view was amazing, couldn't have better view. Had 3 windows, all overlooking the sea. At night, only thing we could hear was the waves of the sea.

The beach was good,clear water, the smallest of the 3resorts on this beach-bay but probably the best because of longchair and shadow which the others didn't seem to have.
From the beach, you can easily go snorkeling on your own.

There are 2 diving club on the bay, which is good,

Food at their restaurant was good but a little bit expensive. We heard the restaurant at the resort next to them is more expensive and less good. I guess this is pricey because it's a small island.

If you want to chill out and get away of the crowds, this is the place to be. But if you fancy going in town every day, look for something else, At the time being, roads are not good. Taxi on the island are expensive (400B, one way from pier to Tanote Bay).

Our advice : ask for room number 40, which is probably the one which has the most beautiful view !

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Francois M
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

I know this Resort for a couple of years now, and this year was my third stay together with my family. We were all in all pleasantly surprised. I learned that since the beginning of 2011 the resort is under new management, and you can really tell the difference.
Our second time, 2 years ago, we came back because we loved Tanote Bay. The great view, the snorkeling and diving there. But nut so much, to be honest, because of the resort. It lacked a bit the friendliness and hospitality you know from other places in Thailand.
But not anymore! Nong Bla and Bob, the new managers and there team, make you feel welcome right away. The food in the restaurant got a lot better and the portions bigger, even they changed the restaurant a bit and added a kind of "lounge area" with this triangular cusions to sit on, very comfy now:) The furnishing of the rooms however did not change to much, unfortunately. But they promised they are working on it, and soon add a fridge and closet etc. to some of the rooms. Probably not to the really cheap ones though. But the room we stayed (seaview aircon) had hot water now, which two years ago it hadn't.
Tanote is a great place for snorkeling, our two children, 12 and 14, loved it to spent time on the beach there. Or they joined us on board the Calypso, the boat of the dive school next door. While we went diving, they had a great time swimming and snorkeling or watching the captain catch some fish. http://www.diving-calypso.de
So things are changing in the right direction, and we hope they keep it up that way!
We will be back next year! Sawatdee ka

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Address: 40/1 Moo 3, Tanote Bay, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Spa
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Ranked #53 of 79 B&Bs / Inns in Koh Tao
Price Range: £15 - £33 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Family Tanote Bay Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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