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“A rustic dream”

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Sai Thong Resort & Spa
Ranked #27 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town, South Africa
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9 reviews
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“A rustic dream”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2011

When my boyfriend and I decided to travel to Thailand, we wanted to experience what Thailand was like before the hordes of tourists came and commercial resorts & hotels dominated the beautiful islands - and we found that at Sai Thong.

If you're looking for a quiet, secluded spot where you have a private beach, beautiful sunsets and can throw a stone into the sea from your bungalow at an affordable price you can't really go wrong here... but the best way to think of it is as 'camping'. We loved the rustic charm, but understandably some may not take to roughing it.

The staff were very friendly and the food was good, if not a bit more pricey than the restaurants in the main part of the island, but consider the extra cost 'peace & quiet tax'. When their Malibu rum ran out (we went through quite a bit of theirs!) they made a special trip just to get some for us, and we treated our selves to many a full body massage with their home-made coconut oil - bliss!

Out of out three week stay in Thailand, this was undoubtably the highlight of our entire stay. For the 5 nights we were there, we truly were in paradise.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2011

This place could be AMAZING but it is way far from it. The setting is absolutely beautiful, gorgeous bay, nice beach with turquoise waters and white sand, the staff are very nice but the atmosphere of the place is very depressing. It is not looked after at all. Lots of rubbish everywhere, the worst part is the communal area which could be great as it is a huge open room by the beach but all you can find there is an old bookshelf full with rubbish, some tables and some old cushions. We had dinner once and it was enough to make us leave. We were planning to stay there five days but we ended up leaving after one night. The food was terrible and we had to listen to the TV program someone was watching in the reception. It is a shame as they could make so much of it but for some reason they don't bother. We have been travelling for 9 months and we are not fussy at all with places but unfortunately I agree with all the bad reviews about this place.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2010

If there was one place we would return to in thailand it is this.

But I guess it is not for everyone.

The electricity is on during evening-night. Hot water is not guaranteed, due to leaving the lights on the first night we hade some flying-ants in our room and to get the the main beach for diving, shoping or whatever you more or less have to catch a longtail, there is a path that is easily navigated but it is adventurous. Oh, and you have to be a fan of salamanders (cute lizards), they make up for the evening entertainment if you turn on an outside light to attract flies.

So what is good about it, I don't know to be honest. The service is nice but nothing exceptional. The bay is great not doubt about that but the corals that you can snorkle to are a bit sad (and also long-tails come in regularly so you better watch out). The fish is not bad though, including puffer-fish and a blend of colorful small-ones.

Anyway, this is probably the best experience we have had but it is not for everyone. We have stayed at numerous 5-star hotels around the world but it is just not the same when it is concrete and plaster between you and your choosen destiantion. I can't explain why but the setting is really really nice. It might be that it is not on the commercial beach, it might be the longtails picking you up or it might be that you enjoy life a little bit better when it is not just all cruise and play. Or maybe it is just us....

Oh, and there is a massage-thingy but it was not really open/advertised when we got there so don't go there because of that.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2010

The bad reviews on here show all the flaws this place has to offer. What they've missed out is you can leave Mae Haad and all the madness and enter into the quietest of bays with piercingly bright stars, achingly beautiful sunsets and waters clear enough to be standing amongst brightly coloured fish meters away from the edge. The staff are incredibly friendly and treated us like friends. Banana bar was AWESOME amazingly built and the coolest barman who we hung out, made music and chatted for evenings on end. My boyfriend asked me to marry him looking out at the sunset from the restaurant deck. If you're hardcore enough to cope with hard beds, hot nights and some interaction with nature, you're laughing.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Lord Howe Island, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2010

We booked to stay at Sai Thong for 2 nights and I was happy it was only that long. The resort is on a nice looking beach that you an only get to by longtail boat or by trekking through the forest over the hill to Mae Haad.

It took us forever to find Reception and there were some very bad smells coming from around the resort. When we made the booking online we specifically wanted a Seaview Deluxe room as it said it had air-conditioning. The only air conditioning was coming from the old fan above the bed - which only operated a few hours of the night time when the generator was running!!

The room was old and had some dodgy floor boards (not even going to talk about the wooden walkway to the room...) The almost outdoor shower was full of sand and of a night people from the restaurant would be able to see straight in.

Though it did have a nice view out over the beach it was right next to the restaurant which had dogs wandering around and howling for no particular reason constantly. The restaurant itself was way overpriced, as was the Banana Bar next door. The old rope on our hammock gave way the first time we sat on it and the staff said they would fix it later, but never did.

One afternoon we came back to our room and found that the balcony door was unlocked and open - which was certainly NOT the way we had left it. Fortunately we had taken the liberty of locking up our bags when they were in the room so nothing was missing.

Overall I found this hotel inconvienient and overpriced and just not a very pleasant experience at all.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2009

To be honest we actually did not stay here as we thought it was just too horrible.
When we arrived by ferry we passed the beach and it looked lovely. So the next day we decided to move from the main beach to this one.

There was only one bungalow available and when it was show it was exactly as described in other reviews; dark, dingy, damp, smelly, unclean and literally rotten.
When walking towards the bungalow together with the manageress we met a couple who were living there, and they asked the manageress to "please catch the mouse" (!!!!).

I have no idea why this place gets good reviews, it must be from people who are sick and tired of the whole Khao San Rd-Chaweng-Hat Rin mania and thinks this is the best Thailand has to offer. It's not, quite the opposite.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2008

The setting is simply stunning: A private sandy beach enclosed by beautiful rocks, palm trees.... a dream location for a resort. Unfortunately the accomodation is very basic with just a bed in a run-down hut, nothing else in the room (ah, I forgot the disfunct fan). The huts are entirely run-down, gaps in the floors eveywhere, two old and dirty towels provided, bathroom is more like a toliet with a shower. The beds are like sleeping on stones and they dont even wash the linen when a new guest moves in. They run the generator only for a few hours at night, which means the resort does not have any cold drinks during the day as everything in their fridges goes warm. No cold beer possible. The restaurant is lovely though, and the food was good. Just behind the beach there is massive amounts of rubbish, and I dont think anyone will bother cleaning the place up. Not a nice view at all. Overall, this resort is completely run-down, old tired and needs to be completely rebuilt. Not recommended. But it's cheap, no doubt.

  • Liked — Beautiful beach setting
  • Disliked — Everything else is terrible.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled solo
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Property: Sai Thong Resort & Spa
Address: Mu 2, Sai Nuan Beach, Koh Tao 84280, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 146
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Sai Thong Resort And Spa
Sai Thong Hotel Koh Tao

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