We stayed at the Ko Tao 'Paradise' resort on the hill shortly after it had opened, and were amongst only a handful of guests. The service from the staff was impecable and they were incredibly friendly - not unusual in Thailand but even by Thai standards they were good.
Upon our request one of the staff was kind enough to arrange a private long tail boat snorkelling trip with a fishermen friend of his. Although the long tail boat did look a bit worse for wear - the trip was excellent! It was good to be going at our own pace and avoiding the other organised trips which looked very crowded when compared to the three of us on our trip.
We also took quad bikes out for the day - using the guys that have a stand at the bottom of the hotel hill. Again a great experience - not for the faint hearted as many of the roads we ventured onto where really nothing more than muddy tracks - but we did get to see some even more secluded and beautiful areas of Koh Tao.
The room was very well presented and had a bath on the balcony which afforded a view over the bay and was completely stunning especially when having a bath at sunset.
The swimming pool whilst small was perfectly placed for the best views - an infinity pool overlooking two bays - and with the bar staff happy to bring your drinks to the pool side it was idyllic.
One other thing of note is that you can hear gibbons calling across the valley during the day - I believe they may actually be 'resident' at one of the hotels across the valley but it was still brilliant to hear them.
The hotel is a short but steep climb up the hill from the lower resort, however they do provide a taxi services which runs you up and down the hill whenever you want, and having tried walking it once I made sure to use the taxi after that!
This was my second visit to Koh Tao and it was noticeable that the little village where the resort resides is undergoing changes. Still beautiful, relaxing and quiet but definately becoming more commercially minded - some of the bars etc seemed much more organised and tourist oriented than the previous visit... dont be put off by this statement - it was still a very long way from being touristy.
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