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“nice but not amazing”
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Ko Tao Resort
Ranked #31 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
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“nice but not amazing”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

We booked this after hours of getting frustrated in a Bangkok cafe not knowing where to choose for our forthcoming trip to Ko Tao - so just settled for this . It seemed like a mid range choice. We wanted a bungalow for two people near the water and this fitted the bill. It worked out at about £35 per night. The resort is pretty big and has a really nice infinity pool - its right on the beach (Chalok Baan - which is the more quiet beach as opposed to Sairee). The bungalows are clean, beds comfy and there is a good sized separate bathroom. You are waking up to paradise every morning so its hard to complain, but there were a few things that weren't great, and to be honest we probably wouldn't stay there again. The staff are nice enough, but quite disinterested. Although the driver man was CONSTANTLY asking us where we were going/did we want a boat trip/taxi/etc etc - but the prices he was stating seemed way above average. The restaurant was really overpriced, we ate at Big Fish most days instead - which is great and right next door. If you're looking for somewhere more quiet this area (Chalok Baan) would be perfect - but if you're planning on exploring most evenings - then you are probably better off staying in Sairee - as mopeds are dangerous on this island as its very rocky and taxis are fairly expensive for Thailand.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

The first thing that met us was a rude receptionist that first off all told us it was fullybooked. When we told her that we had spoken to them the day before about the room, they suddenly had a room after all..? They took 200 Bath more than they were supposted to have ( which we only reAlised afterwards. ). Had to ask them to change our bedsheets as there was stains and something that looked like pee. The staff is very rude and careless. Do not look like they arendoing much at all. The mountain bungalow are full of ants! stay away, pictures and surroundings will fool you, as the enviornment and beach are beautiful, as well as their pool. Not recommended !

Room Tip: Paradise zone might be better?Still staff is rude
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 September 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 5 nights. Was decent enough but you paid enough for it! Friendly staff, clean rooms, nice furnishing good location, quiet and even had a kettle (we'd hoped for one for ages!) great infinity pool with lots of sun loungers and very short walk from your room to a gorgeous tranquil part of chalok beach! The cleaned lady also knocked at 12 noon everyday to ask with a smile if we'd like our room cleaned! And if not gave us more comp water and toilet paper. Nice touch! I loved the location so that's why we stayed! But definitely worth a shot if you don't mind paying that little extra! Chalok bay is amazing!!! :)

Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

This is the second time I have stayed at this resort though the first time was up the hill in the Paradise Zone and this time was down the hill on the beach.
I am going to review again as they are like two different resorts.
The room was clean when we arrived, on the older side though it is not a new hotel so you should expect this. We stayed for two nights and our room was only cleaned for one of the nights. It was late when we realised and were leaving the next day so didn't worry about it.
There were two beds in the room, both doubles so would have been great for two singles though as a couple it was a bit squishy as we have a king at home so ended up having our own beds.
The room had a great wrap around deck, quite private,with a 4 seater dining table, 2 chairs and a tableand also a raised area with some cushions. It is on the walkway between the pool and the restaurant so there is some foot traffic. Over the path there is a fence then some deck chairs and then the beach. The resort was not too busy when we were there so not too many people.
The restaurent is like a big caffeteria, we ate there one night as we sought some western food. The food was not great,my buger was average and the fries were cold, I asked for them to be hot and were repaced then the burger was cold.
The pool was lovely,right on the beach with plenty of deckchairs.
Koh Tao resort is on Chalok Bay which is on the south side of the island. There is plenty to eat in walking distance and access to shops for esentials. It was nice to stay on this part of the island as it is quite different to the Sariee area. If you want to head to Sairee you will need transportation, we had bikes and felt very safe riding around.

Room Tip: Beach side bungalow (#301) whilst not directly on the beach can see the sea, are private and only se...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

We were blown away by the infinity pool and sea views! We came to relax for a few days after a couple of months travelling and it was perfect for this.
The staff in the restaurant however were unobservant and it took forever to be given a menu or the bill. When we did receive the bill it was dumped on the table by a waiter who hurried on without so much as a thank you, and the total was wrong (as is standard in Thailand). Other than the Tom Yum Kung soup the food was average..disappointing for such a nice resort.
We had trouble connecting to the Wifi from our room so reception authorised free use of the computers. One night we needed to use the computers and there was only a member of night security staff on duty. We explained that we were allowed to use the internet for free but he demanded payment and was extremely rude. He later asked for our room number to ensure that the hotel could charge us on checking out!
The hotel is a fair distance from Sairee Village and we were surprised that no shuttle bus was provided. The hotel did offer discounted taxi rates but it cost us 400 Baht for the return journey..about the same price we'd pay for a taxi back home! Still, it was nice to be in a more secluded area and the beach was beautiful. Some of the best sunsets we've seen.
We personally didn't have a problem with room cleanliness. There were a few mosquitos but that's unavoidable.
We found it difficult to book ourselves any massage treatments. Reception sent us to the massage area where we had to interrupt a couples treatment to book a time. When we returned at 6.00pm we discovered our slot had been given to another couple!
We would definitely return to this hotel just for the pool. Shame the staff let it down!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Diego
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Amazing infinity pool overlooking the beach! Free taxi at certain times down to the pier. Able to leave Airconditioning on without your key so it's nice and cool when you come back. Short walk to restaurants and shops!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Save yourself the time and the money .
I got to a hotel that on the Internet said it had a privet beach well it does but u can't walk to it u need a hotel taxi to come and take u down to the koh tao beach resort 3 start which is the same chain of hotels -so forget about the privet beach !! The hotel is locatated on a massive hill which makes it impossible to get out of it except with a taxi which makes your trip much more expensive and u always really on transportation it's also far from the main beaches to get there is a bout 400bh each way from the hotel .
The stuff in the hotel does not speaks a word in English so good luck asking anything!!! God forbid if u have any problem , eventually I ask for the hotel manager because I was so politely frustrated that no one spoke English and they told me that he his in bankok and one can can help me because no one can understand English!!!!
The restaurant food was not good and over priced the only nice things a bout this hotel was a clean room and amazing view from the pool which is super small but trust me it's not worth it!!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Ko Tao Resort
Address: 19 / 1 Moo 3 Chalook Baan, Koh Tao 84280, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Koh Tao
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ko Tao Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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