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“Awesome views, very "jungle" like and a little far from Sairee beach”
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Koh Tao Hillside
Ranked #100 of 138 Speciality Lodging in Koh Tao
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“Awesome views, very "jungle" like and a little far from Sairee beach”
Reviewed 8 January 2013 via mobile

We were picked up promptly from the pier and taken to the resort. Once we arrived, the "Hillside" aspect was very evident. Walking through the resort to your room is very nice but you will lose your breath making it back to the reception because of the steep climbing. That being said the views from the bungalow, the restaurant, and the relaxation area are breathtaking. You can expect some bugs being that you are basically in the middle of the jungle but the rooms were fairly nice. Another thing, the staff wasn't overly helpful at reception. It was difficult to request a taxi and a taxi is 150 baht per person the the center of the beach. They advertise a free ride to the town center and beach at 8, 845 and 1330 but on our last day, we tried to catch the 8 I clock ride to the pier and had to wait around wondering if we were going to make our scheduled ferry back to koh samui. We waited 25 minutes past 8. Overall, a decent place.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

Koh tao hill side resort is right at the end of Sairee beach but not on the beach, it's on top of a very steep hill above it. For the moment it has no access to the sea because the sea front terrace and pool are under construction (they told me in September they don't it expect it to be ready before February) and in the meantime they've made no effort to keep it clean and usable.

I would really recommend this hotel but ONLY FOR VERY FIT PEOPLE WHO DON'T MIND GOING UP AND DOWN STEEP HILLS AND FLIGHTS OF STAIRS TO GO DOWN TO THE SEA WHICH HAS NO REAL BEACH (rocks and a terrace). I also don't advise for people traveling alone, the 20 minutes up/down through the jungle to Sairee village is no fun by oneself in pitch dark, so you'll be stuck in your room from 7 pm. On top of the hill there is nothing (no restaurant, no bars) and the hotel itself shuts down its beautiful common areas as soon as its dark.
For all these reasons the hotel is very cheap compared to others in Ko Tao given the level of confort (gown, slippers, good bedding etc). Apart from the Christmas week, it's empty most of the time, i had booked a garden room (about 30 euros a night) and they updated me to the ocean view for no extra charge. Those are fantastic because you are suspended over the sea with nothing in front of your terrace but the ocean...
The staff is particularly polite, helpfull and friendly.
I was traveling alone and left because of the hill issue so they cancelled my booking free of charge but i would definitely come back traveling with someone else.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

My wife and I stayed in a bungalow just 15 feet from the ocean. The resort is simple and beautifully well-maintained. The included breakfast was served in a gorgeous restaurant overlooking the resort with greats views of the water. The owners and staff, however, are what make this reort truly exceptional. We arrived by motorbike and they offered to pick up our bags up from the ferry office where we left them. They also took it upon themselves to go above and beyond to help us when I sustained a knee injury on our final day on the island. Can't reccomend this resort enough for a simple, clean friendly place to stay on koh Tao.

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Property: Koh Tao Hillside
Address: 19/1 Moo 1, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Ranked #100 of 138 Speciality Lodging in Koh Tao
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Hotel Class:3 star — Koh Tao Hillside 3*
Number of rooms: 70
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