We actually stayed in Jan 10 (not on the tripadvisor listing) and it was our 3rd stay there.
Were totally in love with thailand and have been going for around 20 years. A lot has changed in this beautiful country, especially the islands, and we travel very far to find areas which still have an authentic feel. Chalook bay is such a place, relaxed, quiet, no booming sound systems, travelly not touristy and there is an amazing beach BBQ. As we now have a small child we needed to find a resort which was a bit more than a shack on the beach with no loo (as we used to get for £1 a night), but which didnt feel like a total sell out family - all in - package deal - type thing. The Ko Tao resort is the perfect place. The staff are so friendly and we know them quite well by now, they are super child friendly and didn't used to mind our son running around under their feet, soaking wet from the pool. They had added a huge new extension (paradise zone) which was all a bit too far away from the beach for us, we prefer the beach side delux rooms which were still a good deal at £50 a night. We loved the new board walk, fab for a walk to the bar at the end for a sunset cocktail and watching the many fish in the sea. Our son loved running between the 2 pools, and its so safe there (right at the end of the beach) that we never worried if we lost sight of him for a few mins. The other people staying there are are a respectful, international crowd. The food is yummy (try the green curry rice - amazing). Its just a 10 mins taxi ride into the action. I certainly wouldn't recommend it to young friends wanting to party the whole time, better for people seeking a calm, gentle place to stay. Amazing spa just 15 mins drive away too. Also this Jan i was taken ill and had to be emergency evacuated off the island to Samui hospital (not food poisoning dont worry!). The staff at Ko Tao resort were so helpful, driving us to the local clinic at first and then arranging for a super quick check out when we realised we needed to leave quickly. As soon as everything was back on track, we returned to the hotel a few days later and they upgraded us to their amazing room above the pool room for a night. Again showing their kindness.
Best of luck in all of your travels
p.s As for the other reviews which say the rooms smell, well thats thailand for you, i havn't stayed anywhere in thailand which doesn't smell a bit, they don't have western plumbing... its all part of the adventure. if you're nasally sensitive then perhaps a stay in switzerland or something?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Chalok Baan Kao south of ko tao We have our long and clean private beach with the white pretty sand and at low tide passable for sunbathing, but really there are far better spots elsewhere on Ko Tao for laying around in the sun –and the best location to see the sunset. We are PADI 5 star dive resort and we offers dive courses with PADI Diver Training. Everything from your first dive exp ... more less
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