I really enjoyed my stay in Woodlawn Villas! As others have said, WV is a bit secluded but it is still very easy to get to the main road. It's just about a 3-4 minute walk to the main road and a 10-minute walk to the beach. We also walked to the other popular are in Koh Tao and the walk was about 30 minutes. You can definitely walk everywhere on the island. Immediately on arrival Luke gave us a small orientation and was very helpful about the island-- where to eat, what to do, etc. He provides a mobile phone which came in handy during the trip. He also gives a flashlight, as the town isn't well lit at night. These also came in handy to scare away lizards that get inside the villa. Speaking of which, the staff at WV is very friendly. I was nervous when I saw a lizard inside my villa (I'm from NYC so I'm not used to seeing them indoors) and I asked a staff person to shoo it away for me. He reassured me that it was OK, as they are harmless and will naturally get into the villa because we're surrounded by nature.
The pool was also very nice. I even had the pleasure of being the only one in it for a couple of hours one day. It was so peaceful. There is also a TV as well as some DVDs, which we used one night. Small details such as those described really make for a great stay.
As Luke suggested, you should definitely try the tapas place and the Thai place called Tukta. They were both absolutely delicious.
2 things to note: 1. WV is cash-only because it's so small. This wasn't a major problem, as there are many ATMs around, but it seemed a little odd since we stayed 4 nights (~$100/night) and I presume others stay for much longer so you'll need to withdraw enough cash to cover this. Again, because Luke is so accommodating he let us pay the next day since we didn't know it was cash-only.
2. Bring your own beach towels because WV has towels for the bath and some for the pool. You cannot take the pool towels to the beach. Or you could buy them at the nearby supermarket.
Overall, great stay in Koh Tao. Good location and easy to get to many places on the island. Thanks Luke!
- 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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