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“Koh Tao is Paradise”
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Khirana Villas
Ranked #41 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Reviewed 5 February 2007

We have just returned home after 3 weeks in Thailand.
This is an annual trip for us so we have had plenty of varied experiences with accomodation.

We stayed in the Beach Villas for just 3 nights and really enjoyed our time there. It seems that many of the issues raised in the earlier review have since been fixed. We stayed in the one bedroom villa which is very spacious. It's important to mention that we stayed there during a dry season so the weather was perfect each day.

The villa is balinese style and very open to the elements and geckos. The TV and DVD player did not get much use as the view staight over the plunge pool kept us enthrawled until dark came, which is when we wandered to one of the many bars and restaurants nearby. I recommend the Buddha View Bar with BBQ!

Eventually when we got home the mosquito netting worked fine, no bites for us.

The room was cleaned each day, beds made, towels changed, and the service was definately friendly. This is not a resort though, it's two very nice Villas for rent. You stock your own minibar and find your own breakfast, there are many good choices for this at whatever time you rise.

Our transfers were reliable, on time, and helpful.

For Koh Tao standards I rate this very high and worth the money if you want to splash out. This leads to the only tricky point which is that they look so good from the beach, many people do look in with a 'wow' look on their face. We soon got used to it. At first i thought the owners could build a little fench infront of the plunge pool, but this would ruin the best part which is the view.

We loved it.
Rogan and Mandy.
Australia.

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Reviewed 26 April 2006

We have just returned from a stay at the Khirana Beach Villas.

We paid 5720 baht per night, which i knew to be expensive but it was our treat at the end of our holiday in thailand. we had already stayed in bangkok, koh samui and koh phangan and had stayed in cheap accommodation so that we could blow out on our last 5 nights in koh tao. We looked forward to it throughout our holiday and to say that we were disappointed would be an understatement. Firstly, they double booked us so we couldn't stay there for the first night we arrived on koh tao but they did book us into another (cheaper) hotel. This was nice and we did appreciate that they had done this for us, however, they also told us that we would get a night free to compensate so the balance between the hotel we stayed in and the beach villa was, apparently,ready for us on arrival. Hmm.

On arrival, they tried to charge us another 2800 baht and refused point blank to give us anything back. We had a stressful check in which involved me having to print off every email and receipt for the villa that i had. It got to the point that the man on reception/ manager/ owner (not sure of his role) told us to go to our room and he would sort it.....which he never did.

We went to our room and our first impression was that it was fairly true to the website, but then the bad bits started to show. The place didn't seem clean, it always had a musty smell about it - i had to hold my breath when we went into the other bedroom, where i was keeping my clothes. The reason my clothes were there was because the wardrobe in the open air bathroom smelt even worse - it smelt like wet rotting straw/ wood! They also kept the towels in an equally smelly set of drawers in the wardrobe. I can't believe for a second that any towels that we had had been washed before they were put in there - I ended up washing my beach towel and using that instead so as not to stink on getting out of the shower! We had our towels changed once (only because we put them on the floor of the shower to force them to change them, and the new towels they gave us were even worse) and I don't think that our sheets were changed at all. The place is open air and riddled with wildlife because of this and the pond in the living area. All fine, except that they do not put anything in the room to deter mosquitos and the mosquito net over the bed is covered in large, gaping holes.

I suffer terrible allergic reactions when I get bitten, so I am very very careful to avoid getting bitten in the first place. We had already been in Thailand, living in cheap accommodation for 10 days and I had one bite. In the 4 nights we stayed in the villa i got bitten (and my husband was the same) over 25 times - an absolute disaster. I didn't sleep well on any night as I was so conscious of mosquitos under the net with us! We had to buy candles, mozzie coils etc etc etc to at least attempt to get rid of them but it was so bad that even when we had wanted to stay in and have drinks there on a couple of evenings, the bite threat was so bad that we were forced to go out!

A cleaner came in most days and made the bed (but like I said earlier, didn't change the sheets) but just left the rest of the place. There were dirty footprints on the floor, our shower mat was literally brown with dirt from sitting on an outside floor during one of the daily thunder storms and it was not changed once! It was cleaner for us to walk on the dirty floor! We also noticed that villa next door had not been cleaned since the guests left (they left the day we arrived!).

Another example of this is when we were taken to the room, we were shown our bathroom and as we went in the wind blew enough huge dry, crumbling leaves from the roof into the bathroom to cover the shower and all of the exposed area. Obviously, this was not the fault of the owner, however, he was with us when this happened and he did not send a cleaner round or even give us a brush to sweep them up ourselves! Great service!

It implies on the websites that you can get room service and it definitely leads you to believe that you are going to stay in the equivalent of a 5 star balinese hotel. We didn't even have a phone in our room so I'm not sure how exactly you could order room service even if you had wanted to survive the wildlife for the evening!

The only good thing about the place was the pool (which still seemed dirty most of the time). We spent about 1 hour in the villa a day (other than sleeping) when we would have a dip in the pool and then quickly shower and get out of the place.

I would not reccommend that anyone stays there - there are much nicer places to stay for a third of the cost - the Koh Tao Resort further along the same beach is so much nicer, the service is great, rooms are clean and the restaurant and bar are great (the food was delicious) and there are also some lovely bungalows nestled in the rocks at sharks bay (next bay along) which is a great snorkelling bay.

The photos that have been posted by someone say that they are of the beach villa. Well, the first one is, which shows the lady sitting by the pool but I am unsure why the next picture was put there as this is the pool at the Koh Tao Resort (not Khirana beach villas!).

Overall, it was a huge disappointment and really marred our experience of Koh Tao and the final days of our otherwise fantastic holiday.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed 15 February 2006

This place looks truly beautiful. The pool that merges into the sea was perfect and the open plan design of the villa looks cool, although it took a couple of nights to get used to sleeping without doors or windows.

The downside is the fact that there isn't much privacy, unless you go to bed, and people do tend to walk past and peer in. there also wasn't a safe so we ended up taking all our valuables out with us. This place is a bit expensive and the appearance exeeds the experience. There are better, cheaper places to stay.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed 18 November 2008
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  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2007
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  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Chalok, Baan Kao Beach, Koh Tao 84280, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Ranked #41 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Number of rooms: 276
Also Known As:
Khirana Villas Hotel Koh Tao
Khirana Beach Hotel

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