We stayed here for ten days in early May as the larger part of our Thailand adventure, having read about Koh Tao Heights on Trip Advisor we eventually made the decision to book all nine nights at Koh Tao Heights. We could not have made a better decision.
The booking process is easy, but beware - there are only two villas and they are booked out months in advance (for good reason) so if you're thinking about going quit window shopping and book this place.
The villa itself is placed on the lower slopes of the mountain at the north end of the main beach boasting spectacular views of Sairee and the ocean, the pool is huge by villa standards and the outdoor area is fabulous - being surrounded by jungle it plays host to some of the local wildlife from time to time and we saw lots of birds, lizards, tree climbing squirrels and we even befriended a cat who used the lawn as a feeding spot for her kittens.
The inside is fabulous, the massive TV and lounge set are a welcome relief after a long day adventuring and are very comfortable as well as being fantastically designed and laid out. The TV has a large stash of movies on special player which is easy to use and access to lots of local and international TV stations. There is also a large kitchen with a sizeable fridge and a bathroom downstairs.
The bedrooms are excellent, the bed was the best we slept in during out entire trip and the upstairs bathroom is palatial. In addition to this the aircon unit based in the main bedroom cooled the entire house very well.
This is quite simply the best villa I have ever stayed in anywhere on earth, but I'd go further and say this is the ultimate Koh Tao holiday destination - here's why:
The two villas are owned by a gentleman named Ronan who lives in the house below the villas - but don't worry, the whole place is extremely private and you do get a great sense of isolation. You will feel like the villa is your home on the island.
The villas are managed by Caz, who is a queen among mere mortal hotel managers - friendly, a wealth of local knowledge, accommodating, approachable, helpful and able to sort anything. The locals all know her as being able to fix anything up and is well liked by everyone we spoke to - the kind of person you want on your side when in need of anything on the island. In addition to this we never felt like we were asking much of her when we needed anything which is nice when used to dealing with people who treat requests as chores. I can't speak highly enough of her and believe me when I tell you that having Caz on call makes the whole experience better.
Some things you need to know:
The villa is a short walk from the main beach, about ten minutes along a stretch of road with little road lighting so buy a torch when you arrive. We never had any issues and walked to and from the beach every night without drama.
This is NOT a hotel, nor a resort or a 'hotel villa'. It's splendid house on a tropical island you can rent for a fee each night, be under no illusions that during your stay every luxury will be afforded to you but is not there on site. However, due to the excellent management by Caz and Ronen you don't ever feel like your isolated from anything you might need, this said if you want to stay in luxury while feeling like you're in your own place and able to do your own thing (unlike most resorts on the island which are akin to tropical versions of Alcatraz) this is the place for you. If you want a swim up bar and someone to bring towels to you go else where and miss out on the fantastic experience on being able to explore the island your way. Be warned - the big resorts are remote and you'll be on their schedule if you want to go exploring or experience any of the local culture.
If you are not a competent motorcycle driver DO NOT RENT A MOPED - the people on Tao drive like they're possessed and the bike shops assume that you will crash. In actual fact it is part of their business model, they hire you the bike for 200B a day as the odds are you will crash it and they will charge you for the replacement parts - which they supply at an extortionate rate hence making the business profitable. On top of this the roads are unforgiving and people do get hurt. The villas do have mopeds available should you be brave enough to hire one, but for the love of god don't - they belong to Ronan and you'll feel bad when you crash it.
Get the breakfast burrito at least once
Manners are not verbal - many of the local staff only know the menus/products in English and don't understand please/thank you/how are you in English - when ordering food to the villa just say what you want and they'll hang up on you - don't be offended it's just how it is. A polite nod and a thank you in Thai is always appreciated.
Tipping is not mandatory but IS appreciated by the locals, they work hard for you in often really unpleasant heat so a tip in the local currency is something I highly recommend.
Don't buy western food, buy local food - it's better. Although there's a restaurant named Hippo which does the best burger on earth.
Buy street food
Buy more street food
Ask Caz about doing stuff before you do it - like an island mother she knows best.
Koh Tao is a mecca for diving, lounging on the beach, drinking on the beach, eating, exploring, catching long tail boats to remote bays, riding in the back of 4x4's dodging the jungle foliage, hanging with the locals, and having a GENUINE sensation of being on an island paradise rather than on a groomed resort beach where you're comfortably trapped.
If you're thinking about going to Thailand go to Koh Tao, if you're going to Koh Tao stay at Koh Tao Heights. This is the best place to holiday on Earth if you are an independent traveler, stop thinking, call Caz and book a villa, call the airline and book a one way ticket because like many people on the island - you may never leave.
I proposed to my girlfriend of many years on the edge of the pool at the villa looking out toward the beach - she said yes, although on Koh Tao at Villa Adoro is was always going to be impossible to say no.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy our two private luxury 120 sq meter fully furnished Pool Villas with their own personal infinity pools, with amazing picturesque views of Sairee Bay. Designed to ensure you have a relaxing, intimate experience. This unique resort consisting of Villa Adoro and Villa Aristo is surrounded by lush tropical jungles, coconut trees over looking the beautiful turquoise waters of Koh Tao. ... more less
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