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“Incredible Villa of the Rising Sun!”

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Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas
Ranked #10 of 143 Speciality Lodging in Koh Tao
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

From the moment we stepped into the Villa of the Rising Sun we were amazed!! The views are unbelievable and the villa itself is gorgeous. The photos on the website don't do this villa and the views justice - it is far better in person.
My husband, myself and a friend stayed here for 5 nights in March and the stay was the absolute best stay of our trip (and we did spend a lot more money to stay in 5 star resorts on Samui and in Bangkok which were no where near as good as this villa). The villa is huge, with the largest day-bed I have ever seen. We spent many hours lounging on this day-bed with the views, and jumping in the pool.
Everything explained to us prior to our stay was accurate. We knew exactly what to expect in regards to the road coming up the hillside to the villas, and to be honest, after one trip on a scooter with my husband we found it no problem at all and actually lots of fun. You don't get these views anywhere else on the island, and you definitely won't get these views without having to drive up a hill.
Natalia the manager was welcoming and warm! She greeted us on our arrival and was always available when we had questions and provided lots of helpful local info about the island.
We much preferred to stay in a private villa and have our own privacy and comforts of home. By far, this was the most relaxing and stylish stay during our trip to Thailand. I will be recommending this villa to anyone going to Thailand!

Room Tip: The Villa of the Rising Sun is amazing! However I am sure the other different villas are also just a...
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2013

Thank you very much for your review!
We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay at Casas del Sol. All our villas are unique and gorgeous, however the Villa of the Rising Sun is our largest and most indulgent villa and it is great that you loved it so much.
We look forward to welcome you back in the future!
Best wishes.

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

A group of us stayed at the Villas of the Rising Sun and Green Palm for 5 nights. The villas are in great condition with much care given to materials, design and decoration. The location, up on the hill overlooking Sairee Beach and Ko Nangyuan is absolutely beautiful, if somewhat difficult to get to. You will need to either depend on taxis or renting a quad or scooter to get to and from the town. The villas are all quite large, adding to the airy scenery.

We enjoyed the air conditioning in the bedrooms to assist with sleeping, and made frequent use of the villa's private pool.

Natalia, the current property supervisor, was quick to respond to issues, and helpful in recommendations and check-in/check-out.

While certainly more expensive than other options on Ko Tao, this is a good luxury option, delivering great valued for your travel dollar.

Would recommend to a friend!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Thank Andrew B
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

Thank you for your review.
It is great to hear that you thought that Casas del Sol villas are great value for money and well-maintained.

The access to our villas is up a hillside as is well detailed in these reviews and in all email correspondence with guests. However we are only located 5 minutes by bike away from the main town of Sairee, so you are close but far enough to have privacy and tranquility. Most find the bike / quad-bike ride up the hill not difficult as it is definitely one of the better roads on Koh Tao.

Our manager has great attention to detail and is very service-orientated. As we explain prior to guest reservations and on our website, Casas del Sol are self-catered villas, so we offer all the comforts you require as well as the privacy of your own home. Although we do offer twice weekly complimentary housekeeping services (pending length of stay), and our manager is always available for help, advice and recommendations.

Best wishes on your future travels.

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Reviewed 7 April 2013

The most amazing experience we had in Thailand! We tried villas for the first time over hotels/ resorts and will not be looking back, Casas Del Sol was an amazing experience, one we hope we will enjoy again in the close future.
Natalia the manager was fantastic, always going above and beyond what is required and made sure we had everything we needed! Thank you Natalia!!!!
We loved the adventure of getting to our villa every night on our 125cc scooter and we loved the fact we had the entire island to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinners - although we did stay in for dinner on so many nights as the view is so amazing - you don't want to miss the sunset from the deck!
We loved the location, it was perfect for what we wanted!
The interior of the villa was beautiful!
We didn't want to leave and could have moved into the villa to stay permantley!
Thank you for making our trip so amazing!!!

Room Tip: Just stay at Casas Del Sol! it's amazing!
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank nicky m
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
Great to hear that you had such a fantastic time at our villa! It sounds like you definitely embraced the adventure of Koh Tao and appreciated the nature of the island. The sunset views are definitely one of a kind from our villas.
We hope to welcome you back in the future!
Best wishes! ;-)

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Reviewed 7 April 2013 via mobile

What a beautiful spot. We visited Koh Tao a few years ago and loved the pristine and peaceful island, but now the main strip is becoming more and more developed and with tourists arriving by the boatload, this little corner in Koh Tao was exactly what we needed to remind ourselves of this island's charms. Stunning views, your own privacy, great rooms and design finishes, and easy getting to and from the action of the main strip. Could not picture a better place to stay in Koh Tao. English speaking staff was extremely helpful too.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Thank Emma L
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

Thank you for your review!
Yes, the main town of Sairee has definitely become a busy little strip. Casas del Sol located 5 minutes bike ride from town up a hillside means that we offer a quiet private sanctuary for those who want to be away but not too far from the busy-ness and buzz.
We hope you return to Koh Tao again in the future and we would be very happy to welcome you back at Casas del Sol.
Best wishes!

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Reviewed 13 March 2013

We stayed 5 days in the Villa of the Full Moon on our honeymoon. This was the best view of our trip. We found it hard to go out at night because we wanted to watch the sunset from our pool or deck. The Villa is enormous, clean and comfortable. It had everything that we needed and more.
The drive to the Villa is steep. We rented a moped in town, and it was quite an experience driving up and down that road. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I hope we have the chance to go back.

Room Tip: The Villa of the Full Moon was killer- though I'm sure the other rooms are lovely as well. They...
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Karenke4
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2013

Thanks for your review!
We are happy to know that you had such a great honeymoon at Casas del Sol.
We look forward to welcome you back in the future.
Best wishes!

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Reviewed 12 March 2013

We stayed for a week in the Villa of Green Palms as a family of four (with two teenagers) and had a superb holiday - exactly what we needed to destress. Christina gave very detailed and accurate information by email before we got here and so there were no surprises. Having said that I was surprised at how steep and difficult the roads were around the island in general and Casas del Sol in particular, but that is also the price to pay for having accommodation set up in the hills with a fabulous view away from the bustle of Sairee.

Natalia, the manager, made contact with us by email before our arrival and arranged for Bao to meet us at the ferry terminal in Mae Head. As our villa was being cleaned, we left our bags and went into Sairee for breakfast before returning to unpack our things. The Villa is well-appointed without being luxurious but there is everything one needs, except perhaps a hairdrier. The sheets and towels are plentiful and of good quality. Some bath mats would be a welcome addition as the floors get quite slippery when one's feet are wet. There are little touches, like a coffee machine and a blender which is great for making smoothies with the abundance of fresh fruit one can get here. We made breakfast every day, including scrambled eggs and bacon. My only criticism is that there is no hot water in the kitchen (or bathroom) sinks, so to wash up properly one has to boil the kettle which is not a hardship.

Natalia was extremely helpful and very reactive. When the airconditioner in our room was playing up, she got it fixed straight away. And when we requested additional towels it was no problem. We ended up staying an extra night as we changed our return trip to avoid going back to Bangkok by train from Chumphon. As the villa was not booked we were able to stay on and even check out late, which was highly appreciated.

Following on from other people's comments, there are insects and plenty of geckos but if one makes sure that food is put away, the insects are not a problem, particularly the ants. The geckos do a great job of keeping other insects out, so they are good to have around. I was surprised that the mosquito population was quite low at the Villa. I am very allergic so I am always wary, but being high up on the hill, the mozzies are less if an issue here except at dusk.

Another comment from other people about stairs: all over this island, there are lots of steep stairs to get anywhere. This is not a place for people who have mobility issues or for families with small kids. The Villa is accessible by some fairly steep stairs with no hand rail and around the pool there is nothing preventing a small child from falling. However, the website and Christina's information is very clear about these aspects.

Like a previous traveller, we chose not to rent bikes or quad bikes as we did not feel comfortable with the steep roads. We walked down to Sairee village every day ( a challenging and steep walk in parts!) and then took taxis back up. Bao and Pon are two drivers who are recommended by the Villa and are always available to take one anywhere. We would just call them to fetch us. The price up or down is 400 baht which is pricey but still less than hiring 2 quad bikes a day, so it worked out well. Agreed, you cannot just nip up and down but if you organise your day accordingly it is not a constraint.

Overall we had a wonderful weeks stay and would definitely come back here.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
Thank Francine L
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2013

Many thanks for your review.
We are very happy to hear that you had a very enjoyable stay at Casas del Sol.
I am happy that you appreciated all the detailed information provided to you prior to your stay.
As you detailed, we do always inform guests that the roads on Koh Tao can be challenging. Although the main roads and the road to our villa are some of the best roads on Koh Tao, some guests do find the roads more easy than others.
As a little aside - we do provide bath mats in the bathroom areas - and as you mentioned we were happy to provide you with more as needed.
We look forward to welcome you back here in the future!
Best wishes.

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Reviewed 10 March 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the villa of the rising sun for a week at the end of our 3 week honeymoon in Thailand.

The organisation and communication of the Christina the owner and Natalia the villa manager is excellent. From the moment we booked I had no concerns about this place. They are very clear about everything and I found them very helpful.

We actually turned up to koh Tao 5 hours earlier than the agreed pick up time from the ferry port but I gave Natalia a call and she sent the taxi driver straight away and they took us to the villa early.

The villa itself is amazing. The views are incredible and the design of the place is gorgeous. The attention to detail is impeccable. The finish of everything is very luxurious and you can tell everything has been put there with the kind of thought you would put into your own house.

I have noticed some people have mentioned the trip to the property as being steep and a bit isolated and yes this is true. I do believe though that they are very honest about this and it is clear from the outset that this is the case. We knew that when we booked so why anyone else wouldnt is strange? You can't have the amazing views like that on a relatively undeveloped island without expecting a bit of a trek up to the property! You get amazing views with height. It is an adventure getting there and we used to have fun on our scooter doing the drive. If you take your time and drive carefully there is no issue at all. If you are not comfortable with scooters then you can rent a quad which probably would be a bit more sturdy.

I have to be honest I don't think it is ideal for young children like toddlers. Teenagers yes, a young baby that doesn't walk yes but not inquisitive toddlers etc. This is because of the floating stairs in the villa and around the pool area. The walls are pretty low. The stairs that lead up to the villa are also pretty steep which a young child might struggle with.

There are a few lizards and one or two creepy crawlies floating about but they are small and harmless. It is a green tropical island though so what would one expect?! The whole of Thailand is full of these things and we saw nothing at the villa that we saw no where else.

We have recently become very into private villas and cabins rental our holidays because we like to be left alone. I feel a bit mithered in 5 star hotels. On this trip we stayed in hotels everywhere else and then this private villa. I like having the luxury and facilities at a hotel but I want to be left alone and hate maids waking me up and turn down services etc etc and I find places like this much better than a hotel for that reason. At the casas del sol you get the great facilities of a 5 star hotel but without the hassle. This place is better than a hotel as the view and the size are bigger and better than any 5 star hotel room. If we had any problems we just e mailed Natalia and she fixed everything within the hour I.e one day we changed the day the cleaners came, another day the cable was playing up after a storm and it was sorted straight away. The villa was cleaned twice in the week and we found this to be sufficient. We ate out every day at the amazing choice of resteraunts that koh Tao has. They are all very cheap and there is plenty of choice.

I would also highly recommend doing scuba diving on the island. We loved it.

We would like to thank Christina and Natalia for the great service we got on this holiday and to anyone who is thinking of coming here do not hesitate! Get it booked :-) you will not regret it.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Casasdelsol, Owner at Casas del Sol - Luxury Boutique Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed response. We always enjoy to hear the feedback from our guests.

I am happy to know that you appreciated all the information that we provided to you prior to your reservation and stay at Casas del Sol. We do provide as much information as possible with complete honesty as we only wish for well-informed happy guests, such as yourselves.
Although we are not far from the main town, I know that it can be a little adventure to drive up the road to our villas. However if you embrace the adventure like yourselves then your time on Koh Tao will be a very enjoyable one. Afterall, Koh Tao is an adventurous destination!
Yes, I agree with you that we don't recommend the villas for young children which is written on our website.

We were very happy to accommodate you we look forward to welcoming you back in the future! ;-)

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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
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Ranked #10 of 143 Speciality Lodging in Koh Tao
Price Range: £118 - £214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With stunning views of the open ocean, island landscape and tropical sunsets, Casas del Sol are four individually designed boutique villas that offer serviced 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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