My boyfriend and I stayed at the Thipwimarn for 3 days with friends in May. We very much enjoyed our stay. The hotel is quite far up the one island road past Sairee beach and has great views of the sea and is in a beautiful open air setting with a pretty, if very small, pool area. The hotel staff were very friendly and helped with our arrangements, including collecting us from the ferry, arranging the return ferry ticket and transport and booking a long tail boat to take a group of us round the island and snorkel. We never ate dinner in the hotel but enjoyed our lunches there.
Koh Tao is still a relatively basic island and so do not expect luxury resorts or very sophisticated infrastructure. Whilst an advantage, in my view, to be away from Sairee beach, it does mean that you are dependent on transport to get to the beach and town. Motorbikes are easy to hire but we relied on taxis. We found the pricing system of taxis slightly frustrating (the hotel-arranged taxi charged a set rate of 100 baht per person – irrespective of how many people filled the back of the truck – and the return price at night seemed to depend on the price agreed by all the taxi drivers that day which seemed to rise if it was raining). The hotel provides a daily transport to the port but insisted on depositing us at the port an hour and a quarter before the ferry leaves which was slightly frustrating when there were just 2 of us leaving in low season. The hotel beach is down a long climb and is not really what I would consider a beach – just a very small stone area. It looked like there was building work being done and I think the development of a slightly more sophisticated beach area/pier would be a great addition to the hotel, especially as the water is very clear around the rocks. All in all, I would definitely recommend the hotel.
- 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