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“Best place to stay on Koh Tao!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas

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Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas
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“Best place to stay on Koh Tao!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012

We just spent a couple of nights at the villa of a million stars and loved it! nothing we could complain about! It really is as pretty as on the pictures. Everyone was really nice and the houses have an awesome location. You would never want to leave that place!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this review, 30 September 2012
Thanks for leaving your thoughts and we are always so happy to hear that you loved your experience at our villas!
Look forward to welcoming you back in the future!!
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2012

We stayed in Villa of the Green Palms and were very happy with our choice. The house itself is modern, clean and very comfortable, and the plunge pool with views was a welcomed relief during the hot days. The views over the jungle and sea are amazing. In terms of location, Casa Del Sol is about a 10 minute scooter ride from the nearest town and restaurants etc. - you'll definitely need some form of transportation and hiring a scooter in the main town seems to be the easiest option. Being high up on the hill it takes a day or so for the inexperienced driver to get accustomed to driving up a steep road - but that's all part of the adventure. Christina and her staff made were very easy to deal with and checked in every now and then to ensure our stay was an enjoyable one. It was - and we'd certainly recommend the place to friends. Enjoy.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this review, 30 September 2012
Thanks for taking the time to write about your experience with us.
We are very happy to hear that you had an enjoyable and an adventurous time on Koh Tao.
We look forward to having you back again!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

After we spent a few days in bustling Bangkok, we were so relieved and happy to arrive at Casas del Sol – Villa of a Million stars. Many thanks to Christina and Patricia for their perfect arrangements and helpfulness before and during our stay.

The villa is beautiful and we had an absolutely relaxing and peaceful stay. The interior design of the villa is modern and tasteful and the view from the private pool is even better as you might expect from looking at the website pictures.

Shops, supermarkets, restaurants and taxi boats to Koh Nang Yuan are reachable within a 5-10 minutes' drive by scooter.

I would highly recommend Casas del Sol to anyone wishing to experience pure luxury, natural environment and privacy and get the best value for money.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BineSamui
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this review, 1 October 2012
Thanks for your thoughts and your review!
Patricia and I are very satisfied knowing that we have been helpful before and during your stay - we always try our best!
We love to hear that you think our villas are very beautiful and look even better than the photos on the website.
Hope to see you back here again in the future.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012

I can't recommend enough how amazing the rising sun villa is at casas del sol!! After researching a place in koh tao in which I could propose I stumbled across casas del sol and was not disappointed in the slightest. In fact it was so great I don't think my now fiance could have possibly said no ha ha. The way in which the villa is designed is very well thought out and will really please someone who appreciates a modern open plan design with a view. Not only was the villa spectacular but so too were the hosts Patricia and her husband who were more than helpful and even suggested the Arabian theme arrangement of cushions on the balcony to which I proposed too. Also a big thanks to the owners for all their help.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Thank andrew r
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this review, 30 September 2012
Thanks for your review!
We absolutely love to know that the Villa of the Rising Sun was the place where you proposed! ;-)
Best wishes for you and your partner for the future!
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012

My now ' fiancee' booked the villa of the rising sun for our trip to Koh Tao. The property is without doubt the most amazing place I have every stayed - every time we walked through the front door the view was as breath taking as the first time. Patricia our host was incredibly helpful and friendly and nothing was too much trouble.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this review, 30 September 2012
Thanks for your review and congratulations! ;-)
We love hearing that you thought the Villa of the Rising Sun was amazing, and even better, that you had an amazing proposal while you were here! ;-)
Best wishes for the future and we hope to welcome you both back here again.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2012

We found Casas Del Sol on tripadvisor, it's quite difficult to find on the site as it doesn't always show up when you search for accommodation (as it's a villa).

Christina was really helpful and there were lots of emails backwards and forwards regarding any queries to make sure there were no surprises! The only downside for me with the reservation was having to use paypal. This is a pain as paypal have alternative exchange rates and commissions to pay, so it was more expensive than it should have been. Bank transfers should be available.

When we arrived on Koh Tao we were greeted by a very friendly chap called Bao. He drove us to the villa and on arrival Patricia (blooming), was there to meet us with her husband Eneko (spelling?) Patricia showed us around what is without doubt a fabulous villa with the best view you will wish for.
When we arrived Casas Del Sol had just taken delivery of their quad bikes. Let's make this clear. You CANNOT walk to the villa unless you are looking for a serious workout in 35 degrees and 70% humidity. From reading previous reviews about the villa we too were concerned about it's location. The hill is at least a 45 degree incline and in a taxi is ten minutes. Taxis on Koh Tao are expensive and it's 400 Baht each way.
Let this review rest your concerns as the hill on the quad bike is no problem even if you have not ridden one before.
Hire the quad bikes! It's all the fun and then some, the deal Patricia gave was good and it's easy. In addition to which if you want to visit Ao Leuk beach, and you must!, then the quad will get you there and back with ease, a scooter will struggle as the "Road" isn't really a road at all.

We had no problems with the villa it was just divine, with some water waiting for us in the fridge on arrival. I have to say that Patricia and her hard working husband made sure they were always available for us if we had a problem, all very reassuring. The villa was well equipped with lots of towels, really comfy bed, dvd's to choose from etc..although no hair dryer. A couple of friendly Geckos kept the creepy crawleys at bay.

It was everything we had hoped for and more. A massive thanks to the Casos Del sol team and best wishes to Patricia and Eneko para el nino!!

Carol and John McGurk

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this review, 30 September 2012
Thanks for your detailed review.
As detailed in your review - the experience of Koh Tao is an adventure and we always explain to guests before they book that they will need to hire some form of transport when exploring Koh Tao and when accessing our villas - which is all part of the fun as you say!
Some guests actually do walk the hill up and down to and from our villas - but not during the hottest parts of the days - and it all depends on the choice and fitness of the people. However we do encourage renting transport as it is a far more comfortable choice and it also means that you have the independence to explore the rest of the island.
In regards to payment - PayPal is the only option available to us here in Thailand as it is secure, quick and reliable.
We are very happy to hear you had a great time with us and that we lived up to your expectations. We hope to welcome you back in the future!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2012

Staying at the Villa of the Full Moon for four nights was a lovely way to end our Thai trip, if something of a contradiction. With the splendid views, the minimal, open floor plan, the functional, polished concrete floors and private seclusion the location allows, you could be forgiven for thinking this is going to cost a fortune.
This is not to say that there are no distractions to upset the idyllic setting. First off the location is not for everyone, it is some 10-15 min's up a lesser known road from Sairee Beach centre that may be a challenge for those less intrepid, especially at night or if you are trying to get up by moped or quad with two of you on board. Taxis therefore become necessary and on Koh Tao they are very expensive by Thai standards, and therefore limit how often you tend to leave the villa.
The other drawback is that this is also a relatively new part of Thailands tourist path so "normal" conveniences and amenities may not be available at all times. Water is limited on the island and should be used conservatively. Power is also limited, it can (and did) go off quite frequently. We were assured this was unusual and would be fixed and I have no reason to doubt that. Ants can be a problem if you are not thorough in cleaning up (remember you are essentially in the middle of a jungle). The low ledge on the balcony and steep drop down the side of the hill that the villas are built on also requires a degree of common sense and perhaps sobriety that may preclude small children from staying here.
All that aside, the spectacular views out across Koh Nangyuan alone are worthy of a stay at Casas del Sol and VOTFM. If you are looking for something out of the hubbub, raw but still with a degree of class on Koh Tao this may be what you're looking for.

Room Tip: Villa of the Full Moon probably has the pick of the views at Casas del Sol
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Matthew S
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this review, 30 September 2012
Thanks for your detailed review.
Great to hear that you thought we were great value for money and that the villa is splendid as you say.
Everything you detail in your review is outlined very clearly to prospective guests in our emails. We always hope that the guest making the reservation will pass on this information to their other friends who are staying with them.
Your comments about Koh Tao in general are very true - it is a hidden gem and and an adventurous destination in Thailand - it is not like the overdeveloped islands of Phuket and Samui. This is what makes Koh Tao such a desirable destination for many people. However we are only a very small island and all the locals are trying to create a sustainable environment in which there is enough water and reliable electricity. Our villas are wired to a private generator so that we provide the most reliable electricity on the island. The problem of the electricity cutting out several times during your stay was fixed immediately after your departure.
Most guests come to Koh Tao for adventure and so they embrace the fun of traveling around the island on bikes or quad-bikes. Our villas are only located 5 minutes by bike from the main town of Sairee which isn't far at all. The benefit of this is that our villas are lovely and quiet. Those resorts located in Sairee suffer from the noise of people and parties all night long. It all depends what you prefer.
We are happy that you enjoyed the spectacular views and the style of our villas.
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Property: Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas
Address: PO Box 70, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand (Formerly Casas del Sol)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 135 Speciality Lodging in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With stunning views of the open ocean, island landscape and tropical sunsets, Casas del Sol are five individually designed boutique villas that offer self-catered accommodation in an ideal location of Koh Tao that is both central and convenient yet private and tranquil. Each villa features understated luxury with a modern tropical design that offers plenty of relaxation space in which to turn off, tune in and chill out. ... more   less 

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