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Woodlawn Villas
Ranked #11 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 May 2013

After carefully reading all reviews for this and other resorts on Koh Tao, and studying Woodlawns own website for full information, we stayed here for 15 nights in April & May 2013 in Garden Villa 3.
Woodlawns appeared to offer most of what we were looking for and delivered against those expectations.
Location is quiet and peaceful set in Michelle & Lukes' perfect patch of managed jungle a short distance up a sandy track from the main concrete road linking the 3 main resort areas of the island (Sairee, Mae Haad & Chalok Bay). Woodlawns is a 10 - 15 minute mainly level walk to the centre of the latter. The resort itself is on a sloping hillside, so the final approach to the reception area and accommodation is fairly steep concrete driveway for about 50 metres. We are averagely fit over 60s and walked up and down it without too much stress. If you hire a moped or a taxi then the slope isn't an issue anyway.
The supermarket at the road end of the track is convenient if you want to buy your own supplies during your stay. We couldn't see it from Woodlawns, nor hear it either. Again we would consider it an advantage, not a drawback to Woodlawns location. We bought eggs, bread,milk, juices etc and prepared our own balcony breakfasts most days which we really enjoyed. Complimentary instant beverages and 2 small bottles of free drinking water are supplied & replenished daily anyway, so a hot drink is always available in the accommodation.
Free mobile phones provided to guests make booking taxis to and from Woodlawns or ordering in food from local restaurants easy and convenient, as well as for contacting the hosts anytime you need them, though they are on or about the resort most of the time anyway.
The accommodation, is cleaned daily, comfortable, very quiet and we slept well every night. We were never bothered by mosquitos or other unwelcome 'guests' in the villa.
We did follow Luke & Michelles advice by keeping windows and curtains closed at nights which seemed to keep out the very few mozzies that we saw here. We did see & hear the resident Ghecko Lizards who inhabit the resort (and the whole island), but found these harmless and endearing animals more an amusing soundtrack to our visit than any sort of threat or annoyance. And they eat insects - an added bonus!
The aircon in the bedroom worked very well and was easy to control to a comfortable setting. The ceiling fans to both rooms worked well too. The bottle gas gas fired shower worked well at all times.The inadequate island power supply is well managed by Luke & Michelles' own back up generator system which quickly restores electricity and water pressure when the island power supply can't fully cope (which is often, particularly at night when demand is highest).
Luke & Michelle are lovely hosts. Their permanent staff are without exception, polite, efficient, courteous and generally just charming. We feel this reflects Luke & Michelles' own standards and the dedication and attention to detail they put into running and improving the resort. The recent addition of the excellent swimming pool and surrounding area is another investment in improving Woodlawns offering. We can't imagine this lovely pool area ever becoming crowded.
Woodlawn Villas doesn't pretend to be a 5 star resort. It isn't on a beach, it doesn't promise sea views and doesn't offer bar or restaurant facilities. It does offer something a bit different. Everyone has different requirements. Luke & Michelle are really nice people who, in our opinion describe Woodlawns very accurately and honestly and deliver on what they promise. If you read and understand what is offered, and you think it is what you are looking for, try it and we don't think you will be disappointed. We weren't!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

Stayed at the Twilight Villa with my wife for 3 nights. The owners Luke and Michelle are very accommodating and provide plenty of information regarding Ko Tao - they even provide a mobile phone for you to use during your stay. Personally I liked the location as it was only a 10 min walk to Chalok Bay (restaurants, bars), 15 mins to a great beach (Freedom Beach) and if you need to go to Sairee then it's only 5-10 mins in a vehicle. Only wish we'd been able to stay longer.

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Reviewed 8 May 2013

Stayed for 9 nights in April in the Garden Villa. Friendly staff, daily room service. Lovely pool which has the exact sme pH as your eyes!! (very clever!) and that you mostly get to yourself. It's kinda off the beaten track, but a short walk to food and supermarket. We even accidentally got our days mixed up and we weren't ready to leave for our check out!! (luckily Luke and Michelle understood, and we're very helpful!).

You will literally forget what day of the week it is, you've been warned! :)

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank hullaballo
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

Stayed for 3 nights at Woodlawn. Lovely place, very relaxing. You have to go up a little dirt track to get there and you are then in a lovely little secluded area. Luke was great, very helpful with everything. They recommended places to go (snorkeling highly recommended), great places to eat. They even provide you with a Thai mobile phone which has loads of useful numbers in it.

Overall excellent customer service, fantastic villa/apartment which was kept very clean

Would recommend to all!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank HMJ1985
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

We travelled to Koh Tao with my boyfriend in january 2013 and stayed at Luke's and Michelle's place for 14 days. We opted for Woodlawn Villas because of the amazing reviews and we weren't dissapointed.

The garden villa we stayed in was clean and had a beautiful view of the grounds. The location of Woodlawn Villas is perfect - 10 mins walk from the beach and away from the noise of the main street. There is a laundry service right down the road and a big supermarket and some small grocery shops about 3 mins from the hotel. The garden villa had everything we needed - a kitchen, air conditioning and free wi-fi. The service at Woodlawn Villas was impeccable - the cleaning staff was very polite and the owner - Luke was always extremely nice and helpful.
Upon the arrival you get a small introduction to the island with the info on the activities, nearby restaurants as well as a lot of useful tips on just about everything you need to know to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. We really felt that the owners put their heart into the it and that they care a lot about giving their guest the best experience. We are definitely coming back in January 2014 and without a doubt can recomend Woodlawn Villas as the best place to stay on the island!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Agnieszka K
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Reviewed 17 April 2013

We stayed at Woodlawn Villas for 4 nights on our Honeymoon and after waiting many months to eventually get to Koh Tao for our stay we were not disappointed.
We were met by Michelle who was very friendly and welcoming and made check in very swift and we were shown to our villa which was fantastic in every way possible.
The Villa was very clean and well equipped with everything you could need to make your stay as simple as possible, the mobile phone they provide is very handy to make calls on the island to some takeaway food joints and local taxi drivers etc... the torch also provided is great as the walk back to the villas at night can be a little on the dark side.
The staff at Woodlawn's are all fantastic, helping with cases and cleaning the villa daily and also always giving you a wave and a hello when they see you which is so nice to see.
We were very lucky during our stay at Woodlawn's that it was the grand opening of their new swimming pool and Luke very kindly let us use it a few days in advance to its opening which was very welcome due to the heat - this swimming pool in amazing crystal clear water, beautiful location on site and make you feel 100% relaxed it was a fantastic addition to our stay here.
We would not hesitate to stay at Woodlawn's again and we hope that it wont be too far in the future as we had a fantastic stay with Luke and Michelle and all at Woodlawn's.
The position of the accommodation is great with many restaurants and bars only a short walk away and only a 10-15min walk to the beach which is great.
Well done to you all keep up your good work its fantastic.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Emma S
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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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Thank Laura T
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Additional Information about 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Price Range: £26 - £59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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