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The Place Luxury Boutique Villas
Ranked #1 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Paradise!”
Reviewed 17 March 2013

We stayed at The Place for our honeymoon and it was just perfect! It has the perfect balance between luxury and a homey feeling. The view, the pool, the bathroom, the privacy, and the service! The pictures look great, but they don't make justice to the villas; they are even more beautiful in person!
The Place staff have every single detail thought through so that your stay is perfect: a cell phone for you to keep during your stay in Koh Tao, menus from nearby restaurants that can deliver to your villa, yoga mats, snorkels and masks, information about the island, a driver that will take you to town for a few bucks, groceries--just everything you'll possibly need! We just wanted to stay at The Place forever

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights in March 2013, we went with high expectations & we were not disappointed! The villa is completely private and although 'the team' are extremely friendly, they also go out of their way not to disturb you! So you end up with everything you could think of in an amazing setting - it is one of the first times we have really 'retreated', we did go down into the village for dinner in the evenings and the village has a very 'young vibe' - we found a lovely restaurant called the Gallery. The village is walkable definitely but it is a big hill on the way back & there are taxis waiting to take you for 300THB. The taxis are also something else! If you like riding in the back of trucks, you will love sairee village!
It is a very special place to stay - with reflection, I wish we had explored the island more but it was difficult to leave the villa! It is the style in which the villas are furnished that makes them so appealing. We would stay here again & seeing as we still need to explore Koh Tao, there is a good chance we will!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

We had great expectations of the The Place after reading all of the positive reviews on Tripadvisor which were not only met but wildly exceeded. The Place is a fantastic retreat on Koh Tao. The villas are amazing five star luxury - every detail is considered and the views are beautiful. From meeting us at the ferry to arranging day trips and details for us, Guy, Bex and Franzi are hospitality at its finest. The 10 minute walk to Sairee didn't bother us - it was really nice to be away from the hubbub of the main strip but still have easy access to dining, spa, activity options, etc. If you are going to Koh Tao, you must stay at The Place and if you are not going to Koh Tao, you should reconsider it so you can stay here!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

Everything was just perfect and I can’t think of anything we were missing.

Guy, Bex and Franzi are extremely friendly, organised and make sure every little detail is just perfect.

From the first step onto the terrace of “our” Villa Nr. 4 I felt at home and relaxed. The Villa has everything you wish for.

We spent many hours on the terrace enjoying our private pool and beautiful view over the forest and sea. The terrace faces the west so you can have a glass of wine while enjoying a stunning sunset. We liked the fact that you have direct sunshine on the terrace from midmorning until the sun goes down.

There is really no reason to leave the villa ever…

But if you want to, it is only a 15 Minutes’ walk down the hill to Sairee Beach where you can find many restaurants and nice bars. We often ate directly at the beach which was lovely and very cheap. There are also Bars at the beach which offer good cocktails and fire shows.

I also appreciated that we could get the snorkelling gear for free at The Place. We did that and hired a long tail boat which took us around the island! There are many snorkelling spots which are nice.

Another option is to book a Taxi. Mr. Bear must be the best and nicest Taxi driver on the island! I can only recommend him. He took us the one day to Freedom Beach and Shark Bay. He was very friendly and reliable.

I don’t think it is possible to put it really into words how The Place is. You have to feel and experience it yourself. It is definitively more than worth the trip and money! I was very sad to leave that magic place and definitively want to come back.

Thanks Guy, Bex and Franzi for your outstanding service and congratulations for The Place you have built! Keep it going and see you soon.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

There have already been many great reviews about "The Place" and this was the very reason we booked our last 2 nights in Thailand here. We were not disappointed and Bex, Guy and Franzi went way beyond what we could have expected and it is a credit to their hard work that things are so nice here. I have stayed in a lot of great hotels and am pretty picky when it comes to what I think of the quality of rooms and service during my stays, which is further testament to my ratings and review of The Place. To keep things short here are some of the stand out points for me:

- Nothing is too much for the team. The pick up from the harbour was great, a cool bottle of water and whisked away from the mad crowds that great off the ferry. Very swift and professional. When we asked about snorkelling off one of the beaches we arrived at the reception to be met by Franzi who had arranged a beach bag with towels and snorkel gear...we hadn't even asked for this. They were just always thoughtful.
- The rooms are perfect. Well stocked fridge and even a little food hamper! Prices are reasonable as well. Non are over looked and you have an uninterrupted view of the sea.
- Bathroom layout is the best I have ever seen and want to copy it for my own house - not sure it work so well in the UK though :-(
- Location, secluded but still within an easy walk to the small town and beach. It is steep but then you can always get a taxi if you have trouble or you're simply too lazy!
- the infinity pool. Nice touch and great to relax with a drink and watch the sun set over the tree tops :-)
- Entertainment centre. Has hundreds of films, shows and music...if you really want to chill in the villas you wont get bored.
- Mr Bear (taxi driver and weather man!) was very friendly and gave tips on snorkelling around the island based on the weather conditions and then took us there...brilliant. Because of the strong waves he suggested a different place to our original plan- which was great.

To add to this I should point out that the general approach at The Place from the owners and staff is very much a non intrusive one. If you're expecting the room to be cleaned daily or a turn down service you have to ask, it is not the "default". For some this might be odd but actually I liked it.

For me The Place is everything 99.99% of other hotels and resorts aspire to be but are often a million miles away from reaching.

My only concern is that when we try and come back it will be impossible to book because of all the great reviews...I almost didn't add a review myself for this very reason ;-).

Please do not get too big and lose the attention to detail and service you guys give. It is perfect and only wish we had booked more nights. We will be back!

Thanks again to you all,

Carl & Jess

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2013 via mobile

Have just returned from 4 nights at The Place. It was the perfect end to our holiday and can't recommend it highly enough.

Bex, Guy & Franzi are amazing hosts. Everything you could possibly need is taken care of and nothing is too much trouble. We felt very spoilt!

The villa itself is extremely luxurious. Could quite happily have stayed here without leaving the villa itself. With private pool, stunning views, entertainment options, takeaways and chefs to come cook for you this is very easily done! (We would definitely recommend booking Ed - the local chef to come & cook for you).

Don't want to give too much away, you just need to experience it for yourself as you will never forget it. Can't wait to return one day :)

  • Stayed March 2013
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winsor
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

We Stayed here following 2 weeks in Samui and Koh Phangnan - Originally booked for 2 nights as we were returning to Samui on the 3rd day (to what I will add, a 6 star renaissance Hotel Suite - already played for)
We loved the Place so much that we decided to stay another night for-fitting our night at the already paid for Renaissance! If that doesn’t tell you how much we loved it then I don’t know what will. We were just really Happy there, with a warm feeling inside. (You will know what I mean if you go there)

We stayed in Villa 2 and never wanted to leave. Everything was prefect and Guy, Bex and Franzi thought of everything. Franzi even drove down to the harbour on her bike to change our boat tickets for us. Nothing was too much trouble!
I have told everyone back home about "The Place" and it really was the highlight of our honeymoon. An Amazing place with great people. Just BOOK IT! You will not be disappointed! We will def be going back after we have payed off our wedding lol, as it will remind us how beautiful our honeymoon
Thank you for making "The Place" so special and keep up the good work. Please don’t change or get too big that you lose the personal touch as that is what stands you head and shoulders above the rest. Lucy and Jaye xx

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Place Luxury Boutique Villas
Address: 15/4 Moo 2 | Sairee, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 9
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 
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