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Sensi Paradise
Ranked #8 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 June 2013

My husband and I spent 6 nights at Sensi Paradise and absolutely loved it. We stayed in the Romantic Sea View bungalow which had air con, a really nice sized room with a huge bed with mosquito netting and an incredible private terrace with a bed to take in the stunning view of Mae Had harbour. We stayed in Bungalow #33 which was well located in terms of the pool, reception and restaurant.
As some of the other posts noted, there are lots of native visitors that share the resort, but we found that to be part of the overall charm and experience and loved the sounds during the day and night of all the life around us. If you shut the doors to the room and also the bathroom, you will avoid having any creepy crawlies in your room.
We ate in the restaurant quite a few times for dinner and thought the Thai food was really excellent and well priced relative to other restaurants on Koh Tao. I would recommend eating there. We also had dinner a couple of times at Whitening which is a very short walk down from the resort towards Mae Haad village. We enjoyed the ambience and food there as well. It is very romantic.
We rented a moped from the guy right up from the resort - one of the servers at the restaurant arranged it for us but reception could do this too. It was incredibly cheap at 250 baht a day and we were told that renting from his is better than other places in town in case of any incidents/scratches, not to mention it is convenient when returning the bike at the end. We found the moped indispensable and explored Koh Tao daily on it - it would be hard to do without it, unless you are willing to get taxis everywhere and there are some of the less developed stunning spots that would be difficult to get to without it.
The beach at Sensi is really beautiful and it is possible to snorkel there as well, although it can be hard with a low tide as the corals are very shallow. We also tried Jansom Bay, which is the next resort over from Sensi. It is exclusive to the Charm Churee Villas and so they charge 200 Baht for the privilege of letting you go there.
To put this in perspective, the gorgeous Island of Nangyuan charges 100 Baht entry! So this is very expensive in relative terms and to be honest, there are better places to snorkel and swim on the island. We found that you could not linger in the water too long once you get in because the fish are quite aggressive there - they bite!! Once you start moving (swimming away!) they stop.
We found Tanote Bay to be the best snorkelling and swimming spot. It is pretty straight forward to get there from Sensi on the moped. If you do go, I recommend the stunning tree house/bungalow restaurant at Ao Leuk II, close to Tanote. It had the best Pad Thai I have ever eaten! Loved it! And the view from there is incredible!
We did yoga almost daily mostly at Shambhala Yoga in Sairee. We were taught by Kester and Cynthia and found their classes absolutely fantastic and the studio was great too. Highly recommend it. We also tried Grounded but preferred Shambhala. We followed the morning classes with fab brekkie at the Sairee Sairee café, which I think is French owned. They do great omelettes!
We managed to get out in Sairee one night, following the Koh Tao Festival. I guess we might be getting too old for it - it is a fairly young crowd out there! Koh Tao is not known for its crazy nightlife but this is one of the reasons we picked it.
We loved the location of Sensi, because it is far enough from the more touristy and "party" part of the island, Sairee, but close enough to get there if you need to. Mae Haad itself has shops, restaurants, bars and services and is also big enough if you want to avoid Sairee altogether.
Sensi tailors to the family and couples holiday seekers, although I believe Samui is better suited for families as it could be difficult to get around Koh Tao with kids.
We had a wedding in Samui following this fantastic week and stayed in the seemingly more luxurious Amari Palm Reef. And we missed Sensi! It really depends on your preference: if you want flashy, resorty, expensive and a more developed feel then stay in Samui if you want a more tranquil, remote, less developed and truly unique experience - a true paradise in our opinion - then Tao and Sensi are the choices for you! We prefer the more rustic experiences and actually found Sensi to be incredibly luxurious and fantastic value. I couldn't recommend this place enough! It was like being on honey moon again and we couldn't have picked a better place to spend our 2nd wedding anniversary! Enjoy!

Room Tip: The Romantic Sea View Bungalow is fantastic - we stayed in #33 and found it to be very well located...
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

Sensi Paradise lived up to all expectations of an island holiday. It is rustic and full of creatures from spiders to bats. But if you don't mind the occasional visitor, this experience is all worth while. We stayed in the romantic sea view room which I highly recommend. It is like having your own private bungalow. It was spacious with a huge deck, comfortable mosquito netted bed and clean bathroom. It was rustic in a very 5 star way and the view was simply breathtaking. The resort has an amazing restaurant with very friendly and helpful staff and is literally on the beach. The resort is also extremely close to the small yet well equipped village. The scuba diving is perfection and the clear blue, warm waters do not disappoint. The island is like something out of a story book and the resort is the perfect place to stay if you want the typical island feel. I would definitely visit again!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank Kirsten S
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Reviewed 19 June 2013 via mobile

This was our second stay at Sensi and we have loved it every time!!! The resort is beautifully set in lush jungle surrounds and the bungalows offer privacy & practicality.
We chose a romantic sea view room and loved the balcony with its perfect sea views. This was more expensive then last year when we were in a deluxe room. If you book deluxe request room 19-great views!!! This year we had room 35 and although it was further away from the main amenities, it was peaceful & private.
A few changes we noted since our last stay:
1) there is a pool bar option now and although they bring food & drinks up from the restaurant, the service was prompt and prices reasonable.
2) breakfast is now a buffet option instead of choosing your own meal (eg. Eggs Benedict). Although I prefer the old option it is easier and quicker to have the buffet and they had a good range of food choices.
Overall we love this resort & recommend it to all staying in koh Tao. We will be back again :)

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank sammclean
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

Sensi was all we hoped for and more. Splurge for the Romantic Beachside Bungalow if you want a relaxing morning coffee, evening beer, or rainy-day afternoon in privacy but with a gorgeous view of much of Koh Tao! The location of the property is also excellent with its own practically private beach, on the very end of the lower-key end of the Mae Haad area and pathways. So you can enjoy the resort or be out in town trying new restaurants and shops in 5 minutes. Breakfast was great, and service was always thorough and friendly. We even had an umbrella escort from breakfast to our bungalow across the resort on a rainy day! The pools are also great. Snorkelling was not so good when we stayed as the tide was strangely, always too low for our liking, but you can easily take a boat trip from Sensi or around town. Hope to come back soon!

Room Tip: Romantic Beach Bungalows are wonderful!
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Liz J
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

We originally booked a 4 night stay here last week with another couple, but we only ended up staying here for 2 nights. This is possibly one of the worst places I have stayed at. To be fair, the island itself doesn't have any major hotel chains and the island seems to be still developing.

The hotel does offer a free shuttle service from the ferry dock- one nice thing. We got to the hotel and were given our room. Actually all the rooms are little cottages on stilts. They have a really cute front porch with a table etc., but the mosquitos were so bad you can't really sit out there and enjoy. The room looks ok, the bed does have a nice mosquito net around it, but it is pretty small overall. Now I don't need a 5 star resort, but I can't do bugs. We had loads of ants all over our room. To the point that they were all in the bed. If you lifted up a pillow, ants were under the pillows. They really were all over and I was scared to leave my suitcase open at all. We complained to the front desk and they just came in and sprayed some Raid and left the can on the bed table! Really?? So when we got back from dinner, we had a bunch of dead ants all over the room and the bed. They didn't even bother to clean them up!

The bathroom is also another issue. You can't flush toilet paper down the toilet, so you're expected to put it in the trash bin after you go. Um, no thanks! And they bathroom also doesn't have a proper window, it has chicken wire around it! How do you expect to keep mosquitos and bugs out with chicken wire as the window?!

The rooms also don't have phones, so no way to call up to the front desk if you have an issue with something.

After sleeping with the light on that night (for fear of what else would show up in the room) we decided to check out when we could catch the ferry again the following morning. We spent 2 nights, but if you leave early, you get charged another night. So we paid 3 nights in total. If I would have known I was signing up for a camping experience, this may have been a different story, but I wanted to stay in a hotel. This might be fine for people who are fine with the great outdoors, the scenery is beautiful, but I don't need nature in my living space.

The hotel is in a good location, the breakfast was good, the pool was nice, the beach was nice and the walk into town was very easy and they had lots of good restaurants and massage places nearby.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Kelly C
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Reviewed 24 May 2013 via mobile

Amazing spot in the island. Perfect outlook , a lot of intimacy around typical and cosy bungalows , a tue feeling of nature among the jungle , animals and the sea. Perfect service and professional staff at the restaurant .
Very peaceful when you're tired with the madness of flows of tourists and Asian excitation .

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1  Thank Lionel P
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

The Sensi Paradise resort was beyond amazing. We stayed five nights in an ocean view bungalow (#19) and it did not disappoint. While you must be prepared as this resort, while the nicest we viewed on the island of Ko Tao for those looking for a bungalow experience, is not a buttoned up, bleached down resort experience, you must be willing and prepared to share your experience with all creatures of the jungle. Walking the pathways around the resort you may see centipedes, however, that was never a problem in the room, or pool area at the hotel; the mosquitos are also of bird size as you are staying in a subtropical jungle essentially, so bring bug spray (we actually ended up buying bug spray with deet in it as the natural citronella that we brought was not helping).
The rooms are very well kept, very nice mosquito nets were provided in each room, the air-conditioning was a god sent and worked like a charm, the sounds of the jungle were enchanting and like nothing we had ever experienced. We had a large lizard friend in our bathroom, but he was harmless, and as far as we were concerned a welcome visitor to help with pest control, there was either lizard or bat droppings in front of our bedroom door on the deck every morning, but it was easily cleaned up, and a reminder of the jungle as if you could forget when you open your eyes and see this amazing view!
The pool was always very clean and extremely refreshing as the water was a touch cooler than the ocean at the time of year we went, when the sun was smoldering.
It is just a short walk down the path to the beach, and the resort has a nice area to lay out with both full sun and shade, the resort is very close to shopping and restaurants, however, it should be made clear that Ko Tao is a very quiet island, and you can easily fall into the fold of island life. Karma bar just down the beach was a total treat, with great service, great prices, and live music every night.
Renting a motor bike is the best way to get around the island, and you can rent through the resort for a very nominal fee per day, petrol is a bit expensive, but since the island is so small two gallons will last you a week or more.
The water taxi's we used were not through the hotel, but the taxi vendors just up the beach, and we were able to negotiate good prices to putt around the island and across to Ko Nanguan (highly recommended day trip!).

After Ko Tao we traveled to Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and then on to Phuket (Kata Beach). Ko Tao and our stay at Sensi Paradise were by far the best experience we had on our adventure through Thailand. Oh, and the breakfast buffet was actually one of the best that we experienced in Thailand as well, but don’t forget your bug spray in the morning as well.

All in all, Ko Tao and Sensi paradise is the perfect resort for those of you who are not afraid to see and experience life in the jungle with a five star (in context) twist, be prepared to not be able to flush toilet paper though as there is no sewer treatment anywhere on the island, and please limit the amount of plastic as they burn trash on the island. If you are looking for a more sterile resort experience, I would recommend you not travel north of Ko Samui or Phuket where they will be able to better provide that experience.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank ST43
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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:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range: £64 - £104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sensi Paradise 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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