Having stayed in one or two places on tanote bay and viewing every place close to the shore, Family is our favourite. There's a range of different style villa's from the older, cheaper bamboo huts (tend to be a little higher) to the newer, more expensive bungalow's. Some have air con but boosts the price considerably. Most have hammocks and great views and are based in well maintained picturesque grounds. Seemed to have less unwanted guests / bugs compaired to the other side of the bay where we stayed higher up amongst the tree's. Staff seem to be willing to discount for a longer stay (may be a different case during peak season).
The restuarant isn't bad nor is it the greatest but have certainly enjoyed many meals there.
On the beach you have the choice of some sun loungers and hammocks in the shade of some pretty tree's just next to the sea. Great spot for watching the world go by.. Which doesn't usually consist off too much.. The friendly neighbouring germans at calypso taking people out for a dive and then staff at Family enjoying a game of football in the evening. I prefer this quieter side of the bay as its less close to where people tend to park and arrive on day trips to tanote bay.
The staff are friendly. Perhaps takes a little while for them to "get to know you" and return smiles but we have felt very welcome here and will be sad to leave. There are a lot of staff but fewer speak good english. Some interesting characters (one imparticular probably mentioned in other reviews. Could be fooled by the harsh exterior but wait for the giggles during the football on the beach). all are willing to help one way or another, may refer you to one of the better english speakers. Staff Seem to enjoy their work and time spent amongst each other helping to create a good atmoshpere.
Location wise Tanote bay is my favourite place on koh tao.
Its beautiful, quiet and has fantastic snorkeling right on your "door step" or straight from the sand. Just enough restuarants to add a little variety to your dining but really Only a little and probably just enough. There's no 7 eleven or shops. The road to town is steep and rugged, in parts unfinished so if we need something from town we tend to opt for taking one of the time tabled taxi's for 100baht per person each way rather than risk the climb on a scooter.
Day trips, taxi's and ferrys can be arranged at reception. Wifi's a little unreliable but free.
Today is our last day here.. We Said that yesterday..
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