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“Great Romantic Getaway”
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Thipwimarn Resort
Ranked #46 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Reviewed 7 January 2009

Our room (honeymoon) was secluded and private with a beautiful view of the ocean. The view is stunning & the total resort has an "eco friendly" feeling with great service. The food in the restaurants was all delicious; staffs were impeccable and so friendly. The scenery from the hotel was breath taking and the place was so beautiful. The hotel does not have a beach front because it is located on a cliff top. However, the spectacular views from the swimming pool more than makes up for a beach front. I highly recommend this place for couples seeking a quiet getaway with plenty of privacy and breath taking views.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2008

Pros:
- Wonderfully quiet because it is away from the main drag on Sairee beach and yet fairly close to town
- Lovely breakfasts with a view of the surrounding reefs
- Staff are delightfully pleasant, with the exception of one receptionist but most likely due to language difficulties

Downside:
- Unless you have a motorbike rental, the hills and the heat make it difficult to go back and forth from town
- Steps, steps, steps everywhere and they are steep! Thankfully you have lovely staff to help with luggage otherwise it is almost treacherous if you have any luggage of size.
- Power sometimes erratic which leaves lights and A/C flickering a lot during the night
- Having to trade-off between water pressure v. temperature when it comes to the shower

Generally great idea but not particularly well planned and starting to look a little run-down

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2008

I stayed in this hotel in May 2008.
It is a very nice hideaway in the jungle.

We stayed for the first night in their new boutique rooms, which is impressive !
Big bed, flat screen, fully working/powerful AC, astonish seeview
After, we stayed in their honeymoon room.
We had a nice terrass with our own sunbeds.
The room was nice as well (TV DVD player)
The only thing is that the bathroom was outside of the room, and when it is very dark at night with a storm, it is not great.
And the bathroom, is not up to the other hotel commodities.
It is a little old and as it is not properly closed, and there might be some bugs in it.
But overall, it was fair and clean.
And this island is pretty wild anyway.

The sea is not easily accessible (150 steps) and you would need a vehicle to go to Sairee where the restaurants are.

The restaurant of the hotel is wonderful and the service their is good.
The girls from the reception are less friendly, unfortunatly.
Both thaï and occidental food are very good... and cheap for this kind of high class hotel (2 to 4 euros for a main dish)
It is so relaxing to have lunch there with this wonderful view on the beach in between session at the swimming pool.

Last but not least, the swimming pool is great ! Like on the pictures !
It is small but beautiful, and anyway, it is never crowded.
The only drawback is that you don't have much sun around the pool because of too many trees.

To go to the enterteining places (mainly around sairee beach) you can easily rent a moped (around 4€ a day). It would take 3 minutes. So not very anoying.
But far better than those crappy bungalow on Sairee beach !
Restaurant on Sairee beach are ok, but don't go to the Mexican restaurant recommend by the lonely planet, on the main road.
It is aweful !

Overall, it is a very nice, clean and remantic small hotel that I would recommend.

Enjoy your stay !

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank AnouckParis
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Reviewed 21 June 2008

Wonderful place... we went to ko tao in our honeymoon trip and when we were planning our trip we found this island and this hotel... I strongly recomended it... we were before at Ko Samui and then here.... what can I say? Good room (not a five stars hotel, i have to say, but really special one), wonderful restaurant, services, swimming pool... but the most special thing i can remember is the restaurant: we had dinner every day at the hotel... really thai food, good price, and my husband fished and they cooked it for us... wonderful coctails at night! i really recommed this place!

  • Stayed: June 2007
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Reviewed 4 May 2008

We stayed for 2 nights in early April and found the resort lovely. The restauant staff and most of the reception staff were very pleaseant.

We had mailed them posters to display in our son's room for his 30th birthday wich they had done and had decorated his room nicely for which we were very graeful.

However, an enjoyable stay was marred by what happened on our last day.

When it was time to be transferred to the ferry port, our luggage and that of our son's and his girlfriend's was placed on the back of the Hotel's truck and my husband and I were ushered into the front - on other occasions we had travelled on the back of the truck. (we were meeting our son and his girlfriend at the ferry port as they had been scuba diving).

Naively, we left all our luggage, including hand luggage, on the back of the truck. After a while, my husband remarked that it seemed to be taking a long time for the driver and his assistant to sort out the luggage. - it was virtually all on the back when we got into the cab.

At this point we became very anxious and on meeting up with our son and his girlfriend (wich was almost as soon as the driver had gone) my son's girlfriend found her purse,with 10,000 baht in, had gone missing from her hand luggage. (it was definately in the bag in the morning!) .

We phoned the hotel and the receptionist who came to see us was less than helpful and rather aggressive - blaming the fact that other people were about and could have taken it. The hand luggage had not left our sight all morning other than when it was on the back of the truck!

As we had to catch the last ferry to the next island we left without solving the mystery and felt very upset and let down by the resort staff.

Our advice to anyone else staying here is to have your hand luggage with you at all times.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Tony94
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Reviewed 11 March 2008

We had the best time. A view to die for, and extremly friendly and helpfull staff. They made our stay unforgetable.
There is currently being build some new buildings, and I wonder if it will keep its soul once the are ready.
Our room was clean, with A/C and hot water. Small and cossy
The resort is located secluded from the rest of the nearest town. A motorbike is recomended, but they are very cheap to get by.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank kms_denmark
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Reviewed 8 March 2008

Lovely place once, now not great. Very pretty little rooms, lovely pool and restaurant. However it is going under major construction and another resort is being built in front of it which ruins the view from the lower rooms. They do offer a discount because of the noise but its not worth it If you stay in the lower rooms. I found the noise and the builders was terrible and given this the early departure charge is not reasonable. Staff are friendly but the reception is terribly managed and single bookings are not welcomed. I was actually checked out early and rudely as a couple wanted to book my room. Pretty as it is there are friendlier places to stay.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Thipwimarn Resort

Address: 16/7 Haad Sairee, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range: £23 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Thipwimarn Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our resort is located in north Sairee, Koh Tao, where all of our suites have a spectacular view of Sairee beach and Nang Yuan Island.Perfect for your dream holiday. Surrounded by nature, overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand, our suites are peaceful, luxurious and romantic. From everywhere on the resort a spectacular sunset can be seen, a different scene every night. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Thipwimarn Hotel Koh Tao
Koh Tao Thipwimarn Hotel
Koh Tao Thipwimarn Ko

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