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“Amazing Hotel”
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Anankhira Villas
Ranked #15 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
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“Amazing Hotel”
Reviewed 1 May 2007

I travelled to Koh Tao in February 2006. Anankhira was by far the best and most unique hotel I have ever stayed at. I often stay at Ritz Carlton and other nice hotels, but still find Anankhira amazing. The hotel owner picked us up at the pier, and was willing to drive us around the island whenever we needed. You have a private pool which overlooks the ocean. The bedroom was completely enclosed and you could lock the door so that we felt safe and it was air conditioned. The living room and bathroom were open and overlooked the ocean. Even though it was an open layout, there was still a flat screen tv, mini bar etc.. Breakfast was provided and it is a short walk down the hill (the only negative about the hotel, steep walk up to it) to a beautiful beach. Sairee hut restaurant is great and a short walk, along with many other places. I had absolutelty no problems and the staff was very willing to help with anything i needed (exchanging money, suggestions, using internet). I stayed at koh tao resort and coral grand and found anankhira by far the best hotel.

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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, 28 October 2013
We are so pleased that you found our resort so unique. From the very concept of the resort to the delivery of service we try to give the personal touch and it's rewarding to know that we are achieving this. I do hope you come back and see a seen.
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Reviewed 9 November 2006

Koh Tao – 5 days - Mainly sunny with a few clouds passing by.

On Koh Tao we stayed at the very controversial Anankhira. Now many of you will read conflicting reports about this accommodation. I will try to provide a balanced review.

The villas are in immaculate condition and completely finished. They are well maintained and very private. We stayed in Villa 1 which is the most private. Villa 2 is not as private, but may have a marginally better layout. Please expect to see some bugs no matter where you stay on the island. I had to take care of 2 spiders during our 5 day stay. We lit mosquito coils every night on dusk as a precautionary measure. If the pool is green don’t fret. It’s a chemical they put in it to ensure it’s kept clean.

The villas are situated at the northern end of Sairee Beach. Not on the water BUT this was not a problem as you have your own little pool if you don’t feel like walking to the beach. It’s a 2-3 min walk through a small resort onto the beach and then a 10 min lovely stroll down the beach to the main area of Sairee. Anankhira is off the main concrete road along a little dirt road which is about 30m. You will want a small torch at night to see where you are walking. There are roughly 25 small stairs from the dirt road to your villa. After all the eating you are going to do, 25 stairs will do you the world of good.

If you want to stay in equivalent accommodation right on the water I would recommend Koh Tao Cabanas.

As for Koh Tao itself, its mainly a dive island. Neither of us had any interest in diving and we still love the place. Its not a party island but still has nightlife. It is a nice chilled island to get away from the madness of the world. Some great snorkelling to be had for those who are not interested in doing the dive courses.

The first day you arrive go and hire a motorbike of some description. If you are a bike rider already then get a 250cc as it will get you everywhere on the island. We hired an automatic bike for 200bht a day. Money well spent. We found some dirt tracks that the bike couldn’t quite handle so we hired a 2 stroke geared quad bike. It handled everything pretty well. There are still some times where we parked the bike and walked the remainder of the way. Some of the dirt roads get pretty gnarly.

I could tell you all about the places on the island but that would spoil the adventures you can have. I would definitely go back here for a chilled out holiday where all you do is eat, drink pina colada’s, lie in the water on your blow up lilo and bronze up.

Try the Simple Life for great Thai food or Montebello for a nice woodfire pizza.

anymore questions please feel free to ask - marcrae@hotmail.com

Cheers,
Marc

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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, 21 June 2011
Thanks for your review even though it is now over five years old unfortunately Trip Advisor does not delete old reviews from the system! However, I can tell you that Anankhira is now better than ever. We have also recently employed an eco pest company so there are fewer insects and you will find it hard to even spot a mosquito! Please do come back and visit us soon.
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Property: Anankhira Villas
Address: 15/104 Moo 1, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand (Formerly Anankhira Boutique Resort)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #15 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designed in Balinese-inspired architecture, Anankhira Villa Resort is a short stroll from Sairee Beach. We are an intimate resort with four villas – one two bed and three one bed. Each villa has its own private plunge pool and a stunning sea view. All our bedrooms are ensuite and air-conditioned and also have a fan and a fridge. Every villa also has an outdoor sitting area with TV and lots of DVD’s. We have free Wi-FiThe resort is an 8-minute drive from Mae Haad Pier. We provide a free shuttle service to and from the pier. Free private parking is available on-site.We can provide Thai cuisine and Burmese specialties in your villa or in our bijou dining area. Our price includes all taxes and breakfast. ... more   less 
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Koh Tao Anankhira Hotel Koh Tao
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