Was unsure about this hotel because of the previous reviews but decided to chance it and am really glad I did! The only problems we encountered were some with service, had to pester them a bit to take my deposit which was unusual, and one night at dinner they were very slow to take our food order. But it is Thailand and people don't move at the quickest pace! Were picked up from the pier straight off the ferry and taken over the bumpy track and pulled into reception, checked in easily and got upgraded for free to a sea view room :) this had a huge balcony and perfect view, great for having a beer and listening to questionable reggae disney songs floating up from the bar below! The room was nice, big wardrobe, nice big bed, reasonable mini bar. Bathroom was huge and slightly odd but I liked being able to see the view from the shower. No insect problems at all although there was a pesky gecko that liked to chirp in the night! Hill up to breakfast and the pool, not far at all though, just steep! Breakfast was limited compared with other places we stayed but portions were by no means small. You walked down to the beach along a wooden path, (slightly scary at night!) and the snorkelling straight off the beach was amazing. Back up the hill to get changed and after dinner but no problem at all if your reasonably fit. Had a couple of meals at the restaurant, all nice and reasonably priced compared with everywhere else on Tanote. Great fresh snapper in curry paste. Caught the free bus over to town to have a look round and to have a meal at the excellent whitening restaurant, never felt the need to go at another time. Finally the pool.... wow, my favorite pool ever and such an amazing view, this does go a long way to the 5 stars! We were also there during the construction but can't say I noticed it. We tended to breakfast, stay around the pool in the day / head to town and head down to the beach to snorkel late afternoon (to avoid getting burnt) and it was the perfect end to our island stays in Thailand, and our favorite of them all. I can't think of a better place to spend a few days.
*We booked a boat trip from one of the bars along the beach and it was 1500B for a private boat for the two of us, better value than the 800B busy boats they were advertising at reception.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tanote Villa Hill nestles itself amongst the coconut and fruit trees on the east side of Koa Tao Island overlooking the vast ocean of the Gulf of Thailand. Tanote Villa Hill Resort has a magical ambience where perfect balance is made by nature. The resort is situated on the hillside of Tanote Bay on an estate of 12 Rai, which includes private luxury villas, bar and restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tanote Villa Hill Hotel Koh Tao