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Thipwimarn Resort
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Reviewed 8 January 2010

We stayed for 2 nights.

The rooms we were given first were terrible, so small, the entrance door had no lock. Then they moved us in a big suite which we shared with our friend. That was excellent.

The restaurant service was very poor.

The view was very nice but you need to climb a lot of stairs from the rooms to the reception. With the heat and the humidity was unbearable.
However almost all hotels in Koh Tao are built in the same way. Stairs everywhere you go.

The hotel does not provide atmosphere to make you want to stay, no music at the restaurant.
The service in general was very poor
There is no beach to swim.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank kalicyprus
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Reviewed 3 January 2010

Our stay at Thipwimarn was our "splurge" for New Years and our final destination after an 11-day holiday throughThailand. We were impressed with the stunning views of the resort. Everything was waterview and the grounds were scenic and well maintained. We stayed in a Superior Room and were impressed with the room and the beautiful view. However, aside from the scenery, the hotel was a huge disappointment. Although we stayed at some remote locations throughout our trip, we never encountered as huge communication difficulties as we did at Thipwarmin. Eating at the restaurant was always an experience because the staff could not describe to us anything on the menu or answer any questions. Everything we asked for led to confusion and miscommunication from selecting an ice cream flavor for the banana split (apparantly it doesn't come with ice cream?) to a Jack Daniels on the rocks (try one piece of ice floating). We ordered dessert with one server only to be approached by another twenty minutes later to take our order...who then couldn't seem to understand when we had explained to him that we had already ordered. The entire restaurant seemed hopelessly disorganized likely due to the extreme communication difficulties. There was only one young girl at the front desk who spoke English well enough and she was brought in as our translator frequently--not something you would expect at a "luxury" resort. The staff was young and overworked (we saw the same servers for breakfast as we did for dinner). Service for the "compulsary" New Years Gala dinner was poor, slow and overpriced and mired in confusion. We were convinced that the same staff serving our meals was also running down to the beach to light off the fireworks for New Years. A wake-up call for one morning never took place, we called the spa to find out they were all booked for our entire stay...only to ask the front desk to recommend another spa in which they suddenly had openings for two people for 2 hour spa treatments that day. The New Years Gala dinner was compulsary for some and not for others. A lot of things about the resort made us very confused and we were not the only ones hugely frustrated and disappointed. Our room had no hot water which was what we had paid for but surprising considering such basic amentities were offered for free at all the budget accomodations we had stayed at before. Overall this resort had the feel of a place newly opened and inexperienced... although I don't believe that's the case. Aside from the gorgeous scenery, there is little positive things I can say about this resort. For this price, I would not stay here again. The scenery alone was not enough to win me over.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank cherryblossom80
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Reviewed 22 September 2009

Thipwimarn was a wonderful hotel for our honeymoon, a hundred times better than our original resort choice (which we walked out of after 1 day) and also a bit cheaper too.

We stayed in a beautiful traditional sea view villa half-way down the hill and had fantastic sunset views from our balcony where we sat with axe pillows while giant butterflies flew past. The grounds are like a well-tended botanic garden but on a very steep hill (lots of steps!) Every night we'd see bats and during the day there would be frogs and squirrels around the grounds - but never did we have trouble in our teak room with bugs and geckos.

The infinity pool, the excellent spa and the hammock area feel perched above heaven and are amazing places to return back from after a day out on the island. The reception terrace and the restaurant also have wonderful spots and the staff here are so kind and attentive that they more than anything make this feel 5 star. There are also some incredibly cute and well behaved dogs and rabbits here too!

The new rooms that aren't villas but in a very small condo set are now finished and don't impact at all on the ambiance. They look fantastic value for money considering the luxury and service of the resort, they were all booked-up too.

You need to be fit to stay here given the number of steep steps between rooms and reception and definitely if you're planning on taking the steps down to the sea to snorkel in the private shared small bay (which is reasonably good for fish and coral). I'd also recommend renting a motorcycle too as the resort is away from the rest of the island and Koh Tao is too hilly and hot for walking. Staff can easily help you with that. Of course, you'd have a great relaxing time if you never left. Dining at the restaurant at least one evening is a must.

The highlight of all highlights proved to be the buffet breakfast on the stunning terrace every morning. Lying back on axe pillows while ambient music played and being offered custom-cooked eggs to go with our dim sum, pancakes, toast, soups, salads and fresh fruits... no need for lunch after that, something really worth waking up for.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank TomEeeee
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Reviewed 13 August 2009

Went there after having read the reviews here on tripadvidor, we choosed this hotel, hoping to find a lovely place with high level and so.

The result was not that nice...
First we arrived in the early morning, so hungry, we wanted to have a breakfast. They served us but did not say how much it would cost...
Then, the bathroom was not in the same place, and this is not very practical especially in the dark (sunset is at around 6PM)
There was some work and our view was not that nice.
The beach is not there, it's 20 min walk from the ressort.
The swimming pool is small.
Everything is added to your bill.
If you want to change your mind and stay 2 days instead of 4, you have to pay a big amount of extra charge.
Then we broke the stuff were the shower gel was. They added it (big price) on the final list.

Well, to summarise, we did not appreciate much that place. We would have prefered to pay 1/4 of the price for something close to the beach...

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Juyane
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Reviewed 14 July 2009

We were really excited about this part of our trip- Thipwimarn was to be the luxurious and decadent part of our backpacking honeymoon! We had booked the superior room for 7 nights and when we checked in the staff were great, the views from the main deck to die for and we couldnt wait to jump into the infinity pool. Our room, however was a complete disappointment- the room was tiny, tv tiny but the worst part was the bathroom flooded everytime we had a shower. We had little visitors (geckos etc) but that was to be expected given the surrounds. Given the price we were paying we decided we could do better at another resort down the road (and also be closer to the main st and not have to pay for a hotel taxi everytime) and approached staff. They were very polite but adamant about no refunds on our deposit so we were just going to cut our losses and leave anyway, when the manager stepped in and offered us the seaview studio for the same rate- which we jumped at. The room was a vast improvement but overall, i didn't feel the rooms themselves justified the rates- we were essentially paying for the view. The bathroom was separate to the room itself but facilities modern and the room itself was nice. The restaurant food is amazing but exxy for Ko Tao prices and after the episode with the room the staff were sullen and not so friendly. Ah well.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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