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!
- 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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