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“Incredible location and most stunning view at breakfast”
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Charm Churee Villa
Ranked #19 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
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“Incredible location and most stunning view at breakfast”
Reviewed 15 January 2014 via mobile

The casitas are very spacious although over priced when compared to other hotels. The rooms have a separate patio, shower, toilet and sink areas. We had a jungle and higher ocean view. The staff is very helpful and rushed to help carry our bags. Breakfast is generous and included in our stay.
I was a bit disappointed in the dives. The instructors/masters are very experienced and safe. The staff eager to please. However the shared boat caused for some issues with dives. The second day we had plans to go to a different location but ended up the same as my day before. I paid a lot of money to go two days to exact same location. The dive sites are over crowded with inexperienced divers and the fish over fished. I wasn't impressed and chose not to dive rest of trip because of this. For a new certified diver the location and school is ideal.
I also found the lunch food not very good and they didn't give me vegetarian when I am a strict veg. I had chicken in my lunch. I've had much better lunches included at other dives.
The beach is private and peaceful. The town a close 15 min walk.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

I stayed two nights in room no. 8. It is very close to Jansom Bay.The room is well suited, but it is a nuisance, that there is no wifi reception in the room. If you walk towards Elvis Bar, you get some decent reception. Anyway, just a minor issue, as the rest of the time was just relaxing. Jansom Bay is a private beach, whereas anybody can enter if they pay the fee of 200 THB. As a regular guest, you can rent snorkeling equipment for free and there are nice corals and fish to watch at in the bay. The breakfast is vast and the location directly on the coastline is perfect! You get an awesome view, while sipping your morning coffee and a fresh breeze is keeping the mosquitos away. If you rent a scooter nearby, it is very easy to reach all attractions on the island. It is very calm at night and you just hear the waves. Also, tried the starlight restaurant. Usual, upper price level for Koh Tao, but the quality of food is very good! Also, the overall service is very nice! Will stay there definitely again! But, ask for a room close to the beach, as some huts are located steeper up without a proper view of the coastline.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 January 2014 via mobile

Loving beachside resort & very welcoming & friendly staff always eager to assist with transportation & any need you require. I look forward to returning there in the future. Very peaceful & relaxing getaway. Also has a private beach, guest breakfast & free hire of snorkelling equipment.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

Lets start with the good. The dive outfit (Charm Churee divers) attached to the resort was awesome. Run by Lorne Harris, the diving was competely tailored to our needs and Lorne (and his right hand dive master, Mo) are soooo knowledgeable about the surrounding dive sites that you don't miss a thing underwater. When we were there the weather was pretty rough (most websites won't tell you this, but good weather in December CANNOT be guaranteed in the gulf of Thailand). It was still warm on land and in sea, but it was cloudy and diving off the beach was certainly an experience, but with Lorne and Mo on hand to help every step of the way it was pure fun. I would recommend diving with them even if you're staying somewhere else!
The location is awesome, right on the beach front, and the huts are spacious with large bathrooms and terraces. Also as you are in the south of the island there are no motorbikes noisily spluttering past, and it is certainly quiet at night which would have guaranteed a great night's sleep.
However, the bed we had was overly hard, the mosquito nets had lots of holes in it, the lights in the bathroom were dark and the one mirror was nowhere near the sink so shaving was near impossible. Mosquitos abound, although once bitten the itching wears off pretty quickly, unlike some other places.
Charm Churee hints itself to be an eco-resort, however that's not quite true. It's actually a hugely overpriced resort for what you get - it's more 'run-down chic' than rustic. At £200 per night you could stay in some much better hotels (and there's not even a swimming pool), I just think that Koh Tao as a whole is very overpriced. However, if you are a diver (and if youre reading this you probably are) then you won't mind mosquitos, or a million stairs, or steep hills, or the fact they have painted the dining area decking yellow to resemble an English seaside pier. What you'll want is to ask Lorne where you can find that school of five to ten thousand Scad fish that you can swim in. Seriously, they block out the sun...

Room Tip: Rooms 8 and 9 are perfect for those diving off the beach - they're the closest by far.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

There are 71 stand alone huts. Only a handful actually have wonderful views of Jansom bay, and can easily access the bay. The rest are poorly located on a steep slope with partial sea views at best and a steep hike down to the beach / breakfast bar each day. We found ourselves walking up and down steps all day at this place! The rooms are not rustic. They are just cheaply built and old fashioned. The hotel advertises a 10min walk to town. This is deceiving as Suree village (the heart of the island) is actually more like 40min walk away. 'Town' is just where the pier and a few dive shops are located.

On the plus - Jansom bay is an amazing snorkelling spot. You don't need to be a guest to visit it however! If the conditions are right just hire a scooter and do a day trip to this beach.

Make no mistake, we loved Koh Tao! Just not Charm Churee..

Stayed January 2014
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

This is not a typical vacation resort, more like a beautiful secluded village in the jungle. The rooms are spacious and quaint, with high ceilings, lots of power outlets, hot rain showers and an open layout with comfortable sitting spaces. Not sure about the other rooms but ours had a covered outdoor area which was good for talking and relaxing in the trees. Air-conditioning and bug nets, although we didn't need to use either as the weather was relatively cool. Only a 10 minute walk to town (you can do it along the beach, too!), which has all the lively bars, massage parlours and other restaurants. The layout of the resort itself is whimsical and natural, lots of trees and winding paths which are well lit at night. There is a diving center, spa and restaurants in case you didn't want to make the walk into town. The breakfast place is beautiful, directly overlooking the ocean and all the service staff were very kind and accomodating. The private beach is the best part! Masks and snorkels are available to borrow for free and you can snorkel right off the beach. The weather was not the best while we were here but I could tell it would be beautiful when the sun is shining, out of the windy monsoon season. This is a great place to stay if you want a secluded, authetic Thai vacation away from technology (wifi is available in public spaces only) which is only steps away from the beach and nightlife. Great for families, couples, and groups.

Room Tip: All the rooms are facing the sea... you can't go wrong!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

A quick 4 days break from Bangkok, stayed with 6 friends in the 3 bedroom bungalow seafront.

Room is great! We stayed in the private bungalow further away from the beach but we got the sea access at the step instead. Great! just it was strong current at time we went so the sea itself was quite adventurous. We got the private pool to ourselves facing directly to the sea. What a view! however, from what I can see, there was no common pool area (only the small one for children on the beach), so if you stay in the non-bungalow room, you might not get the pool but the beach is beautiful and clear on the good day.

The room is clean, little 'rustic' but fully furnished with all the furniture and amenities. Comfy beds. All the rooms for us were excellent. My favourite was the little room downstair. Cozy and quiet. The location of the hotel is good if you stay further to the bed and port side (closer to town basically) so you wont have much problem getting around or popping to the shop. We stayed quite far away, literally the last room from the port. Very far for walking from the beach front or restaurant but it was a good trade off with the room. As the big group of friend trip, 3 bedrooms were perfect, I would say family-friendly as well.

Service was excellent! The main dining restaurant was well-serviced, same as the day-restaurant/bar. Everyone was extremely helpful. The food was delicious, as a Thai person, I say the food satisfied us well. Not only the dining experience that I was impress. Maintenance and admins as well. There are some problem with the pool lighting, the maintenance was sent in no time. Housekeeping was extremely friendly.

We had some problem on our side as well that we hired the kayaks. However some of us didnt make it to the beach front where we started due to the strong current, so we got off at our room instead. So we reported in the missing kayaks, they fully understood and more importantly sent their seamen to recover our kayaks back to the beach in the strong current. Very impress!

Overall, it was a great stay! The room and its view were impressive. Service was exceptional. Sadly, we didnt make the most of the sea as it was the strong current time. Surely, I would like to be back for sure!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Charm Churee Villa
Address: 30 / 1 Moo 2 Jansom Bay, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Koh Tao
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Koh Tao
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Charm Churee Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 108
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Founded in 2002, Charm Churee Villa plans to develop our resort to be the best for our guests. Charm Churee Villa is located on a 300-Rai (120 acres or 48 hectares) seaside piece of well preserved jungle, facing west. With more than 1,500 meters shoreline, the estate consists of 4 beaches. Pak Bung (which means Morning Glory) Bay is the most northern beach (about 10 minutes walk from the main pier) consists of sand, gravels and rocks, it is about 80 meters in length. The next beach southward is Jansom Bay, which is another 5 minutes walk from Pak Bung Bay (named means Moon-Like) is around 160 meters wide consists mostly of sand, huge rocks, corals and colorful fish. Perfect for snorkeling. Neptune is the next one down south; about 20 minutes walk from Jansom Bay. Neptune, one of the best kept little secret coves in Koh Tao, consists of mostly rocks is perfect for private sun bathing with small sandy beach. It's approximately 80 meters in length. Last but not least, is a twin: Sai Nuan beach I and II. It's mostly sandy beaches with a set of big rocks between them. Sai Nuan I is a sandy beach with the width of 240 meters and Sai Nuan II is a little smaller. This shoreline estate is not only known for the well kept jungle land, but also its pristine underwater world. Along the 1,500 meters coast consists of several famous snorkeling and scuba diving sites. ... more   less 
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