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The Place Luxury Boutique Villas
Ranked #1 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Canberra, Australia
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18 reviews
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“Private Luxurious Villas with Amazing Service”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

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!

Room Tip: We loved #1!! Completely private!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Hands down, the single best travel experience of our lives. By the end of our stay we were saying goodbye to people we quickly consider friends. The island of Koh Tao is special in itself, and even more amazing are Bex, Franzi, and Guy. When you combine the two, you have an experience that's hard to put into words.

Our stay was for ten nights, and we very easily could have stayed a month. When we arrived on the island after 35 hours of travel, Franzi and Guy met us at the pier with a much needed cold bottle of water; they provided us with a prepaid cell phone pre-programmed with all their contact info including Mr Bear who is our very own personal cab service. Every morning Bex would text the days weather and ask if they could arrange anything for us. During our stay they helped with everything from arranging Muay Thai fight tickets, massages on our balcony, dinner on our balcony with one of the islands best chefs, and even ran to town for us to grab a few things as we enjoyed a lazy afternoon.

Franzi, Bex, and Guy provide a level of service you just don't find anymore. They genuinely care about you, and not just as guests, but as people. There is simply nothing they wouldn't do to make our stay and time on the island most enjoyable.

The villas are amazing, and provide the perfect setting for lazy days without the guilt. And there are plenty of adventures and activities for all throughout the island. Cooking lessons, hiking, beaches, snorkeling, diving, partying, sunset views, Muay Thai, paddle boarding, etc...

We didn't know much about Koh Tao when we arranged our travels to The Place for the first leg of our honeymoon. All we had to go on was the reviews within trip advisor. It's everything we had hoped for and more. Our advice to whomever is reading this is to trust the reviews and go!!

They are the best, and our experience will last a lifetime. We look forward to arranging our next stay and will miss you all. Thank you again Bex, Franzi, and Guy!!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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bolton
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

It was an absolute pleasure of staying at the place for 10 days (beginning of May) We arrived here on antibiotics and dark under eye bags from the UK, after booking the place last year for a much needed holiday.

So the raid on the mini bar on arrival turned up everything you should ever desire: tyrells crisps (in 3 flavours) a range of mini bottles of premium spirits with mixers, herbal tea, and then for the fridge prosecco, French and New Zealand bottles of wine and a selection of beers all at good prices.

The villa (5) was spacious, luxury, private with a breath taking view.
The Pool- bigger than expected at least 3 strokes could be achieved to making it a swimming pool not just a plunge pool. Cooling off after the walk home was a highlight of our stay.
The takeaway menus- this was the only decision to be made daily of which salad/sandwich to choose from Zanzi. Arrived within 20 mins and enormous and so tasty!

The in room entertainment I didn't think would be used, however my husband got through the entire Phoenix nights series and then started on only fools and horses and was extremely content!

The customer service here is flawless, a quick text in the Morning to check we were ok and give us the weather forecast and if nothing is required nobody will come up to the Villa leaving you in absolute peace. They provide everything you can think of and you don't have to pack i.e snorkelling equip, international stamps, towels for days out, fist aid kit and a phone to call/text if you want anything else.
We found the walk a pleasure and a small challenge back up. We would buy an ice cream from the mini mart before the corner to make the hill easier.
Thanks to Guy, Bex and Franzi and all the team at the Place, we have reverted back to good health and there is a significant reduction in the dark circles!
We will defiantly return!

Craig & Andrea

Room Tip: We had villa 5 at the top of the resort, but I imagine all villas have the same level of seclusion.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 12 May 2014 via mobile

My wife works in the travel industry & we have stayed at some very nice places, this place would have to be our new number one.
We stayed 10 nights & I have to say the level of service from the staff is above & beyond anything we have experienced before (Franzi & Bex). Guy the owner/mngr has every detail well thought out & organized to meet your every need.
The villa's are self contained moden & very comfortable, especially the beds. The decks have amazing views over the island & a plunge pool that becomes your best friend in the heat.
Town/beach (sairee) is approx 10-15mins walk. At night we would return by Mr Bear's taxi service (300 baht).
Many restaurants to choose from in town, highly recommend our favorite The Gallery, or you can order home delivery for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
The island has bug's & wildlife so expect to see a lot of them.
Thank you to Guy, Bex, Franzi & all the staff for such an amazing stay.








Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Beautiful, spacious and thoughtfully provisioned room with excellent deck, views and privacy. Staff are very focused on providing excellent service while being invisible when not needed. It is such a good place to hang out that you might be tempted to spend all day there, enjoying the view and private pool instead of getting out and exploring.

No restaurant on site but the one time we got delivery it was really good. Staff can recommend the best restaurants and places to go and then arrange it for you, if you like.

Transport on the island is expensive and there are no cars for rent but using the drivers associated with The Place you can expect reliable and fair service.

You get given a mobile phone so you can always contact someone.

Only minor problem we had during our stay was the pressure and reliability of the hot water in the shower when we arrived. pressure was never that good but we did get hot water after the first day.

I would definitely like to stay here again. Koh Tao is a great destination and The Place is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bristol
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We were lucky enough to stay here in March for three days. For once, you can believe the hype -it is gorgeous! We were picked up from our other hotel nearby. Lovely friendly greeting from Bex and Franzi with some much needed chilled water. On arrival, we were shown to villa number four which had a cute wooden sign on the door printed with our names. Very nice touch. The villa was stunning. So well designed and laid out, they had definitely thought of everything you might need. We were even given a mobile phone so we could get in touch with staff when we needed anything. The view from the villa was also stunning. Outside space was extremely private so you really felt like there was no-one else around you. I loved the outdoor feel of the bathroom with its large boulder and pebble design. It's a bit of a walk into the main town but we got a moped from Shy down the road. He was so helpful and the moped was great. Would definitely recommend hiring from him. In the evenings, it was very easy and cheap to get a taxi into the centre. We were given lots of advice about snorkelling and the best nearby beaches. They even lent us snorkels and masks to use whilst we were there. I would love to stay here again. If you are looking for some amazing luxury, you will not find a better place.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

This was our honeymoon destination, great little island with amazing snorkelling. Combined this with awesome accommodation = perfect honeymoon. Would highly recommend "the place" to anyone. Thanks to everyone at the place! =)

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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