Don't look any further, book with The Place immediately.
My girlfriend and I took a Christmas trip to Thailand to stay on Koh Tao and Koh Samui. Like you reading this now, we checked out the reviews before booking a place to stay and we were more than happy when the experience we had was exactly (if not more) than what the reviews had said.
My review could be just about The Place itself, but there is more to staying here than just fantastic accommodation. From before we even stepped off the ferry onto Koh Tao, the friendly service began as there was Bex with a beaming smile and a "The Place" sign above her head with our names on it ready to greet us. Guy was also there and this gives a great feeling of how much their guests mean to them. I am sure if in your experience, one of them us unable to meet you, then something important has required the other to be away. Guy promptly handed us each a bottle of cold water and took our bags to the pre-arrange "Mr Bear taxi", then they shot off on their motorbike so they could be at The Place when we arrived, to greet us again in a not so hustle and bustle environment that is the ferry pier.
They both walked us up to our villa (we stayed in number 3) and we were immediately blown away by the views and the luxurious feel of the villa; this all before we'd even stepped inside. On the deck of our villa (which I believe is the same in all) we had a 4m by 2m (approx) infinity plunge pool, 2 sun-loungers, 2 beanbags and table & chairs for outside dining. Although very open to the views, it was also very private giving the feel of being alone with your significant other.
We then moved inside to the fully air-con villa for a run-down of what we had... a small but very usable kitchen including fridge & a filtered water tap, a free hamper of goodies, a luxurious bathroom with double sink and the outside brought in (see the photos I've uploaded), an extremely comfortable large bed, a media centre with 2TB of movies, documentaries & music videos, bathrobes, iron & ironing board, safety deposit box, all linen and of course, what most reviews have mentioned, a mobile phone.
The mobile comes in handy as Bex, Guy & Mr Bear are all on speed dial, and was used a number of times to call a taxi and to ask Bex to recommend a scuba dive company. Not only did Bex recommend one, she organised it too and I simply turned up and paid (the same price as everyone else, so there's no kick-backs included). We would also receive a daily friendly text message from Bex advising us of the weather forecast.
At the time we stayed there, Guy & Bex had arranged a set 200THB each way taxi fare with Mr Bear. He works until 8pm, but his son takes over after 8pm running til about midnight. The after 8pm fare is 300THB, but given the other taxis will try and charge 300-400THB each time, we were more than happy with this and knowing that Guy & Bex have recommended Mr Bear, you've got that added comfort.
It's the little things that make this THE place to stay; the arrangement with a local thai taxi driver, the filtered water, the hamper, the mobile phone, the friendliness of Guy, Bex and all their staff, the privacy (as Guy & Bex will leave you alone once they've shown you around), all wall plug sockets are international so you don't need to bring the bulky travel adapter (you might want to check with them whether this is in all of the villas though), the media box and the list goes on......
Both Bex & Guy are full of pride and excitement for what they have built and so they should be. We hope to return in the future.
Thank you very much for making our first trip to Koh Tao one to remember.
P.S. oh I nearly forgot, yes, there is a fairly steep hill to walk up & down at the entrance but the fact that I almost forgot to put it in the review shows how little it concerned us. There are steps so you won't need to walk on the slope, and there's no rush so take your time and when you get to your villa, simply fall into your plunge pool to cool off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Place consists of nine luxury boutique villas, all with private infinity pools, that offer you total privacy and complete relaxation. The resort nestles charmingly in the hills above Sairee, close enough to be convenient for restaurants, bars, shops and the longest beach on the island, but far enough away to savour the tranquillity and refreshing breeze that comes with being in the hills. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Place Luxury Boutique Villas Hotel Koh Tao