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Woodlawn Villas
Ranked #12 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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“Absolutely perfect!”
Reviewed 14 April 2013 via mobile

I have just stayed here for 5 nights with some friends. We found out about Woodlawn through some other friends and they highly recommended it.
Luke and Michelle were fantastic, so helpful, knowledgeable and welcoming.
They recommended places to visit and places to eat and we weren't disappointed.
We stayed in the Twilight Villa and it was magnificent! The accommodation is so close to everything and so convenient.
I would highly recommend these villas for your stay!

  • Stayed April 2013
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
Thank you for your excellent review!

It was lovely to meet each of you and we are especially pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us at Woodlawn Villas.

We hope you had a great time for the rest of your travels and we look forward to accommodating you again in the future.

We wish you all the best.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

Awesome place. Great and clean apartments with all the utilities you need. Nice garden and the swiming pool (was under construction when we stayed there in March) looked very promissing. The service of Michelle and Luke is really good. You'll definitely have a relaxing time staying at Woodlawn Villas.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
Thank you for your excellent review!

It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and your family and we are so happy to hear you found Woodlawn Villas an "awesome place."

It is lovely to hear such positive feedback from our guests and we are especially pleased to hear you found your stay relaxing and the accommodation clean and containing all the utilities you might need.

We hope to welcome you to Koh Tao again in the future and look forward to accommodating you then.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas
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Bad Homburg
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We initially had the intention to stay a couple of days at Woodlawn Villas but after the first night we wanted to spend more time in this perfect location, and luckily we did!

We were happy enough to spend a couple of nights in one of the smaller apartments and some nights in the very spacious Twilight Villa (perfect for families or larger groups). Both room types have small kitchens, very nice bathrooms with hot showers, are very clean, DVD selection, cable television and come even with a telephone to make calls on the island.

Located at the southern end in Chalok Baan Kao it is perfect for travelers who want to escape a bit the overcrowded Sairee Beach but at the same time enjoy all the amenities of beautiful Koh Tao. Woodlaws Villas are only a 10min walk from the beach and close to all shops, restaurants and dive schools in the area (we would recommend Alvaro Diving).

The owners are straight forward, very helpful and friendly. Certainly our best experience on our trip in Thailand.

(Psst, a new pool was under construction and should be finished by now)

Just a wonderful and exceptional place to be and enjoy your holidays!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
Thank you for your excellent review!

It is wonderful to hear such lovely feedback from our guests.

We are so pleased to hear you found our location perfect for your holiday on Koh Tao and that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We look forward to accommodating you again in the future and wish you both all the best.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas
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Reviewed 6 April 2013 via mobile

We have only been here one night and already regretting only staying for two nights. The little cottages are perfect and the pool is simply amazing. I cant wait to get up early and have a swim. The welcome was brilliant. Luke was very welcoming and showed us around, even recommending some great places to eat and things to do. If your coming to Koh Toa book here.

  • Stayed April 2013
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
Thank you for your excellent review!

It was a pleasure to meet each of you and we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at Woodlawn Villas and the new pool!

We hope you will visit us again in the future and we look forward to your return.

We wish you all the best.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas
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Reviewed 4 April 2013 via mobile

From the pick up at the pier to the pick upon departure from Woodlawn... The whole experience is hassle free.. Awesome atmosphere with a real personal touch,Set in lushous surroundings and now with the new SALT WATER pool... This place is just magical... During our stay I think they were 90% occupied yet there was not one time I felt like it was over crowded and to be honest I think I bumped Into 2 other guests in out whole time there.. And they were lovely too.... The owners/hosts/managers are the most beautiful couple I've ever had the pleasure of meeting... You can sense they have out all of they're hearts into WOODLAWN VILLAS and enjoy every moment of running they're business... And you will find them Joining you in the pool after after a hard days work... And still putting they're all into answering any questions you have about the island (which the have unlimited knowledge off)

Me my wife and my daughter felt we needed another week to explore the island as Woodlawn villas is such an experience in itself we hardly left.. Lol... There is always next time and believe me it will be sooner rather than later..

  • Stayed April 2013
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
Thank you for your excellent review!

We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Woodlawn Villas and thank you for the lovely photo :-)

We hope to accommodate you and your family again in the future.

We wish you all the best.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas
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Liverpool
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

Pros:

1. Fantastic hosts with categoric knowledge of the island, (having lived there for twenty years between them) they are happy to divulge lots of very useful information regarding the best diving/snorkelling and the best restaurants/bars.

2. Super rooms with balcony, very clean, good AC, very good shower, no mosquito problems inside accomodation.

3. Lovely quiet location off the beaten track, away from the mayhem of the main drag on the west coast.

4. The stunning Chalok Bay is just a ten minute walk away on the south coast. It has everything you need and is much more tranquil than the tourist drag on the west coast.

5. Supermarket and laundry two minute walk away.

Cons:

1. No sea breeze to offset the phenomenal humidity due to inland location. This might not be a problem depending on the time of year you go.

2. DVD library very limited, many DVDs don't work - if you want to watch films whilst you are here, bring your own!

3. Water pressure sometimes disappears on tap in bathroom sink.

4. Wifi sometimes disappears for hours.

Overall, the cons are no more than minor irritants.

And finally, my recommendations for nearby entertainment:

1. Moov restaurant - outstanding tapas, get the salmon, NZ mussels and the ribs... delicious!

2. New Heaven resort - have a drink or two with their cats whilst enjoying the stunning view!

3. Freedom beach snorkelling - this was some of the best snorkelling I have ever experienced in the world. I even saw four reef sharks here. Notice, Freedom Resort is NOT on Freedom Beach. If you walk down to the beach in front of Freedom Resort (after grabbing your snorkel and mask there), you must then walk along the path (just a two minute walk) around the coast until you are at the next bay to the south - this is Freedom beach!

4. Get over to Aow Leuk on the East coast for more superb snorkelling. VERY remote location, worth it for half a day though.

5. Taraporn restaurant, superb view and delicious Thai food served with dreadful hospitality from the grouchy female running the place. Be patient, don't lose your cool, just enjoy the view and when you are eventually served, it will be worth waiting for. Oh, and try one of their delicious berry smoothies! Then smile at the host and tip her heavily just to enjoy the look of confusion in her face as she scowls at you one last time...

Enjoy!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
Thank you for your excellent review!

It is great to hear you enjoyed what we have created at Woodlawn Villas and what the island has to offer.

We very much look forward to accommodating you again in the future.

Perhaps you will come back and try out the new pool :-)

We wish you all the best.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas.
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

We stayed here in January while diving with Alvaro (who were excellent and we would recommend for diving) the villa is away from the main part of town but close to the biggest supermarket in the area. We chose woodlawn as we wanted somewhere quiet, which most of the time it was, except for from 5am onwards when cockerels started making a lot of noise, for us this was not a major problem as we were getting up early for diving and it may be seasonal but we feel its worth noting.

There are a few nice restaurants nearby, we would recommend Tukta and Yin Yang both had a good veggie and meat selection at reasonable prices. Avoid Budda View, the food was terrible and expensive. Compared to other accommodation in this part of Koh Tao the villa was very clean, well equipped and comfortable.

Unfortunately we contracted Dengue while in this part of Koh Tao so would recommend taking extra precautions if staying in this part of the island.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
Thank you for your review.

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the seclusion of our location set within a coconut grove, yet benefitted from the local amenities such as shops, restaurants and the beach just a short walk away.

We are happy to hear you found our accommodation very clean, well equipped and comfortable. We will pass on your comments to our staff, they will be pleased :-)

It is a shame to hear you contracted Dengue during your travels in Thailand and we hope you made a swift recovery. We must highlight to other prospective guests that this was not contracted at Woodlawn Villas and during our 15 years of living here we have never contracted it ourselves.

You mention "extra precautions should be taken if staying in this part of the island" and I would say that is not actually correct. Dengue is not commonly found in this part of the island.

It is worth noting the island is regularly treated to avoid mosquito problems. At Woodlawn Villas we keep our grounds well maintained to prevent creating an environment for mosquitoes to breed.

However, I would recommend to all travellers to be sensible and wear repellent to prevent being bitten whilst travelling around Thailand in peak mosquito times (sun down and sun rise.) Just as I would advocate to wear sun screen to avoid getting sun burnt during the day.

We hope to accommodate you again in the future and wish you all the best.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas.
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Property: Woodlawn Villas
Address: 11/50 Moo 3, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #12 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Woodlawn Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Woodlawn Villas resort is located in Chalok Baan Khao. Guests can choose from a 240m2 Family Villa with Pool View, two 70m2 Garden Suites, three 36m2 Garden Villas and twelve new 30m2 Superior Double Rooms with Balcony. All accommodation has access to the resort swimming pool, set within two acres of coconut palms, tropical gardens and manicured lawns. Our location is just a minutes walk to the local supermarket, 2 minutes walk to restaurants/cafes, dive shops, yoga, massage, pharmacy and 5 minutes walk to the nearest beach. Each room includes a complete information pack highlighting activities, restaurants and places to visit whilst on the island. The atmosphere at Woodlawn Villas is friendly, fun and relaxing. We look forward to accommodating you on Koh Tao. ... more   less 
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