I greatly enjoyed my time on Koh Tao diving with Sairee Cottage, the location is great with loads of cheap, authentic and more touristy restaurants near by, a long beautiful beach right on your doorstep and the best dive school I've ever encountered. However there are a few things that I believe could be done to make this accomodation even better!
The location seems perfect, being right by the beach and connected to a dive school and these factors are brilliant. I chose a garden bungalow after reading reviews about the beach road being noisy and was glad with this decision upon arrival. However, don't expect a good night's sleep here either! The cockerels are so loud and seem to start before the sun has even risen! We were in the yellow room further from the beach and they were directly behind us by the pool so the poolside guests are probably woken in the same way.
The accomodation is good value especially with a diving discount, however communication between the accomodation, diving and the restaurant seems lacking. It took a little while to check in and involved going back and forth between reception and the dive center to fill in necessary forms - bear this in mind if you are starting a PADI course at 4pm... you will need to arrive quite a bit in advance! The restaurant is also open at times that do not seem to suit divers that well, for example they wouldn't serve pizza til 1pm and this meant you couldn't eat that in between morning and afternoon dives. Not too much of a problem as there are loads of restaurants only a 5 minute walk away! We were also asked to check out at 11AM, however had to finish a PADI course that morning and therefore went diving at 7AM, when the reception is closed! It didn't seem to be a problem on return but I just think they could work to blend the whole complex together a bit more.
The swimming pool is small and often using in diving courses, I think the use was supposed to be only for poolside accomodation however this isn't enforced at the moment.
We did have a fantastic time on Koh Tao and the dive school here is absolutely brilliant! I would still recommend Sairee cottage despite the annoyances we faced as other elements easily make up for them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sairee Cottage Located in the middle of Sairee beach surrounded by tropical garden and beautiful Sairee Beach. We offer different type of room that suit all budget such as .. Bungalow start from 700 THB Standard bungalow Garden room Triple room bungalow Family Bungalow Beach front Bungalow Poolside room Resort Facilities 2 Main Swimming pool Sairee Cottage Restaurant Butter cafe and bakery Butter Ice cream ( Gelato ) Pool bar day bed playground parking area etc.. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sairee Cottage Diving Hotel Koh Tao