WOW!!!!! Where do we start!!
We stayed at The Place for five nights (not nearly enough time!) as part of our trip to Thailand. We had received a recommendation from friends who had stayed at The Place before and LOVED it! and wanted to see it for ourselves.
I’ll start from the beginning.
Booking. Easy, helpful and informative. I always received a quick reply from Guy who was very helpful with every detail about our stay.
Arrival. Awesome! It was like being greeted by friends! Franzi, Bex and Mr Bear were waiting there for us, took our bags, gave us water and got us out of the craziness of the boat arrival area and to The Place quickly! Check in was very quick and our villa and all facilities etc were explained to us in great detail so that we knew exactly what was on offer.
Villa #1. Beautiful! There was a wooden sign on the door printed with our names which was a very nice touch. Very well designed and laid out, they have definitely thought of everything you might need, so when it came to giving them a review on how the room could be improved, it was very difficult to rack our brain to think of anything. Very comfortable king bed with beautiful linen. Well equipped kitchen which had a welcome basket with lots of complimentary goodies. The mini bar was also very well equipped and all items very reasonably priced. The outdoor feel bathroom was beautiful and very relaxing. We always travel with our own lap tops, movies, music etc, however if you don’t usually travel with these items The Place provided all the necessary means of entertainment including, TV, PC, music, movies and tv shows.The view from the villa was stunning. Looking out onto the ocean and across the treetops was so relaxing. We utilised the amazing plunge pool every day. The whole villa was extremely private so you really felt like there was no-one else around you.
The location of The Place on Koh Tao is great! Very secluded but still within a quick walk into town/beach where there are many places to eat/drink etc.
Staff. We were given a prepaid pre-programmed mobile with all their contact info including Mr Bear who was our very own personal cab service. It was a great change to your typical hotel in that if you needed something it was only a phone call/text away but if you wanted complete privacy you would be left alone. During our stay they helped with everything and basically anything we wanted. They helped us with dinner bookings, suggestions and booking for things to do, bringing ice to the room, towels for swimming at the beach, pretty much there is not anything that i can think of that they wouldn’t help with. The cleaners and maintenance staff were all very friendly and did an awesome job.
Mr Bear should get a special mention as he provides a very special service (private taxi) to anywhere you want to go at a very cheap price. He was readily available and when he wasn’t, always sent another friendly driver in his place.
Koh Tao. We were staying at Koh Tao at one of the busiest times (Songkran Festival + end of Full moon so all the party goers were arriving for their after party wind down), however if you wanted to escape any of this then it was very easy as The Place was very secluded and private. You could enjoy complete relaxation if that is what you are after, or if your like my husband and i who can’t seem to sit still for very long, there are plenty of adventures and activities for all on the island. Cooking lessons, hiking, snorkelling, beaches, diving, rock jumping, rock climbing, partying, muay thai, gym, etc…… The Place was amazingly helpful with anything you wanted to do and would provide multiple suggestions and arrange bookings on your behalf. They arranged for us a half day trip which was a hike, cliff jumping, snorkelling with sharks and speed boat around the island through Good Time Adventures. It was awesome. We had a massage everyday, and most times at a place called good time massage but there are heaps of places so you will never miss out. We took a private long boat to Mango Bay and Koh Nang Yuan Island. This was a great way to visit these places as we could leave when we had had enough and didn’t have to put up with a whole boat full of other people. Koh Nang Yuan in very picturesque, definitely worth the easy trek up to the viewing point for the pretty view.
Food. We utilised the complimentary food basket and ate most things from the mini bar - all were fabulous. We had arranged through The Place for our night of arrival, dinner cooked in our villa by local chef (Ed - owner of Barracuda restaurant). The whole experience was amazing! Franzi and Bex set up the table on the deck with candles and lighting and Ed cooked us an amazing seafood platter while we relaxed and watched. At the end of our meal all we had to do was put everything in a box and it was all cleared up for us :) Highly recommend this! We enjoyed trying the local street food (chicken Kebabs and corn are delicious and noodle soup to die for!). We had our breakfast at fitness cafe most mornings as they offered amazing healthy breakfast options (including gluten free). We ate at the gallery restaurant one night (it was delicious food - but hard to get a booking so make sure you book in advance if you want to try it out). A cheaper option was Tik’s Thai Food which is just across the road from the gallery restaurant. Also very delicious, great service and cheap! We would recommend a sunset cocktail at Fizz beach lounge.
When you read all the reviews on here you sometimes wonder if it's actually going to be as good as everyone says it is....to us it was even better. We have been frequent travellers to Thailand for the past 10 years and The Place is number one on TripAdvisor for a reason! It’s defiantly up there with one of the best places we have stayed in! It's amazing!! Big thanks to all the staff and especially Franzi for making our holiday so fantastic!!! We will hopefully we back but won’t hesitate to recommend to anyone either!
- 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