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“Literally Paradise!”
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Sensi Paradise
Ranked #8 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Literally Paradise!”
Reviewed 4 November 2011

We have stayed here 3 times now, visiting as a family of 4. We found the resort beautiful, it has lovely gardens and the huts meander up and down the hills. It can be a little bit like hard work, walking up the steps in the heat, which we had to do! The new pool is absolutely stunning, it is on 2 levels with plenty of sun beds and rustic chill out areas around it. The restaurant setting was beautiful, right next to the sea, the only downside to it was that it is quite a bit more expensive than local restaurants. Having said that it is good value compared to the UK. It has it's own private beach from which there can be decent snorkelling. There could have been a few more loungers on the beach though. We had a hut with 2 bedrooms, the beds were the most comfortable we have ever slept on in Thailand. The maids put petals on the beds and drew the mosquito nets around it before the evening. there is also a nice area outside the hut with furniture and coffee and tea making facilities. Fresh fruit and a newspaper is also delivered everyday. We have stayed here 3 times and can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: If you don't like walking up steps choose one nearer to the beach.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

We stayed at this wonderful resort in February 2010 and had a splendid time. Our bungalow had a great view of the sea and the pier at the village nearby. It could be a little noisy with a lot of boats passing by, but that was all part of the local charme and lifestyle. Just in front of our bungalow there was fine snorkelling and an underwater wreck. A few gecko's and squirrels made up for the wildlife. The restaurant there is great and serves delicious thai food. Maybe the best we've tried on two trips to Thailand. One day we went on a fishing trip and came back with a king mackerel and a thuna, and they prepared the fishes for us. Great service. The modern pool is in two levels and our children absolutely loved it.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

Recently stayed in Cottage 1 at Sensi Paradise. Room is half way up a slope (maybe 20 steps) looking out onto the sea which is partially obscured by some trees. There is an outside shower and toilet in which there is covering for the toilet. The sink is also outside and there is a slight problems with ants as they seem to swarm around the sink, however there is a very effective brush which gets rid of them very very quickly.

I would say that the above are the downsides of Cottage 1. They didn't personally bother me however i can see how they would annoy some people. The plus sides about Sensi is that the situation in the jungle is fantastic, the swimming pool is beautiful, the resturant is nice and the staff are great. The sea bathing is out of this world and there are snorkels and fins which you can borrow from the resturant. There is also wireless internet throughout the resort and two computers in reception.

I was very impressed with the staff who were very helpful they picked me and my girlfriend up from the ferry (we had to ring prior to our arrival) and were very happy to help with booking resturants or even ferry tickets.

My girlfriend and i also did the Padi Open Water Course at Planet Scuba which was great (ask for andy or brummie).

All in all, if the idea of going to the toilet in the middle of night and seeing a large spider attack a large bug and then the spider be attacked by a Geko is something that you would not enjoy this is not the place for you. However if you like sea bathing and enjoy a quasi jungle atmosphere then this is the palce for you.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

My partner and I stayed here for 1 night for our first night in Koh Tao. We hadn’t pre-booked but I'd read about the resort beforehand. We ventured up to Sensi when we got off the boat, lugging suitcases in the heat was a mistake- the reception is right up a hill so get a taxi even though its near the pier! Check-in was quite busy and the person on reception was unfriendly. First impressions were not good. They seemed put out that we hadn’t pre-booked and could only find us one of their basic rooms at an extortionate rate of about £90! However we decided to go with it as we were hot and tired. Someone did get us a welcome fruit cocktail and cold towel eventually which was a nice touch. Rooms are basically wooden lodges scattered around the very well kept grounds. The rooms are decorated in a Thai bohemian chic style but very rustic and I saw a cockroach and big black worm in the shower whilst I was there. God knows what else was around whilst I was asleep, lighting was very limited at night time- applying make-up was a nightmare! The lodges looking out to sea looked the best but bet they would be pricey.

I can see what they’re trying to do but unfortunately it just wasn’t suitable for me. I know you expect bugs and noise in the jungle but along with the lack of lighting it wasn't suitable for a city dweller like myself.

However the pool was fabulous, I believe it was a fairly new addition to the resort. It was very impressive and you sunbathe on the comfortable loungers and order cocktails, it was never too busy either. I did spot a small beach area with sun loungers too. Breakfast was good.

On the night time we hotfooted it to Sairee beach where we found more suitable accommodation for the rest of our stay in Koh Tao. To summarise- if you're scared of bugs and want a quiet night's sleep then don't stay here. For people who like to get back to nature but also want the facilities and style, then this place would be an ideal choice.

Please note we stayed here in April 2010.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

The Resort is absolutely perfect. we had a bungalow just at the pool, which was great, clean and absolutely no bugs, spiders, ants or something. The only thing we had in our room was a little gecko - didn't scare us at all. The staff of the resort is enormous friendly and helpful, the rooms are done every morning while you have breakfast directly at the beach (menue is huge). The bungalow hat aircondition and a mosquito net (if you stay outside your bungalow, make sure you spray a lot :)). We rented a Motorbike for 150 baht (lederhosenland bikes) a day and had 5-10 min to sairee beach (don't rent a bike if you can't drive at all, the roads are HELL).
During the day go to the "freedom resort" beach, because the sensi beach is quite nice, but there are a lot of boats and so there could be a little bit of oil in the water.

We also had a small wifi signal at our bungalow (because we were close to the reception)

We would defenately come back!! we were at sensi paradise for 5 nights from end of august until 1st of september. Enjoy Koh Tao!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

We just spent 6 days at Sensi Paradise, a place unlike any other I have ever stayed. It was like living in a little jungle commune by the sea and we loved it. 

Before arriving the staff told us we would be changing bungalows halfway through our stay to a bungalow near the back by the road and based on previous comments here we asked if we could stay away from that area of the resort which they were unable to do.

Our first cottage was close to everything and had stunning views of Mae Haad from the balcony, however it was very dark and even with three lights lit in the room we still could not see properly. The room itself was very clean and came equipped with safe, beach mats, towels, sarongs, beach bags and even umbrellas (which we needed on occasion). The bathroom was slightly closer to nature than the room itself but we didn't meet any of the native squirrels who so happily scampered across the roof at night. There were the odd few ants and geckos but you are told to expect that. Sound does travel right across from Sairee Beach and at the weekends you can hear the music from the bars quite easily. 

On day 3 we moved to the next bungalow which was much nicer, bigger and brighter than the first. This was actually also the quieter of the two and what little passing traffic there was wasn't a problem. It was also the same distance to the beach as the previous room albeit a bit more of an incline on the way back. 

There is a great pool area in the centre of the resort which is three tiered and has two separate bathing areas. While the beach looks lovely the water is quite rocky and not good for snorkelling at all despite being told otherwise.

The restaurant where breakfast is served overlooks the beach but the choice is quite limited and there are extra charges for things like any juice other than orange juice, however the fruits breads and pastries we did have were all fresh. All the staff we dealt with were friendly and helpful. 

Sensi Paradise is a great place for a relaxing break and is 5minutes walk from  Mae Haad village and 15minutes from Sairee Beach. Unfortunately the resort is not for the elderly or disabled as there are a lot of steps and steep inclines. 

Do stay if you are looking for someplace unusual and full of character. Don't stay if you're not a big fan of nature and all the creatures it has to offer. 

  • Stayed August 2011
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

I stayed here with my family in a bungalow. It was large, with a bedroom for the children, we stayed in a connecting room. Bathroom was large. Tea and cookies was delivered everyday at your terrace. Lots of walking in stairs, but it was worth it. Can absolutely recomend!

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  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Sensi Paradise
Address: 27 Moo 2 | Mae Haad, Koh Tao 84280, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Koh Tao
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Sensi Paradise 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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