Koh Tao Resort: ""Friendly, relaxed holiday"" Southern Thailand Hotel Tip by jenny.budge

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Myself and my partner stayed hear for 5 nights during a 3 week stay in Thailand in November 2005. On our 2nd week we visited Koh Tao.
We were going to stay at the Taa Toh Lagoon resort next door, but it didn't have any ac. We had been travelling all day on ferries etc and the heat got to us. So we decided to blow a hole in our budget and get a proper hotel with ac. We walked down the road a bit and the tranquil oasis of a lush green garden adorned with little lanterns twinkled in the growing darkness. We were pleased to discover at reception that it was just 16 per night for a double room en-suite, probably cheaper online!
The whole hotel is gorgeously landscaped and layed out with a waterfall staircase that is lit up at night as well the dining area being open plan leading onto little terraces overlooking the infinity pool and breathtaking seaview.
We were there in November and it was relativley quiet, very easy to get adjacent loungers at the pool at any time of day. The pool bar will stay open as late as you want even though there was only 2 of us playing pool. One evening the friendly barman Dow, kept mixing us cocktails untill 2am.
There is a seafood BarBQ every evening and I have to reccommend the whole barbecued Baracuda.
The wine is decent, new world (ie Australian or Chilean) and chilled properly, but comes with a price tag of around 14 a bottle.
We did our padi open water courses with the dive centre next door that works in conjunction with hotel.

Unique Qualities: The diving was amazing, really top dive sites with loads of shoals of colourful fish and we had the instructor all to ourselves except for one day we joined by two other certified divers who pretty much did their own thing. The instructor really knew his stuff and the dive sites.
Back to the hotel I should really mention our attentive witer Doh, unlike the barman Dow who had perfect English, Doh was more smiles than actually understanding you. But pointing to the menu worked fine. These 2 charming members of staff really made our stay extra speacial.
The rooms were cleaned every day, they even made room in the mini bar/fridge for shop bought bottled water by removing the expensive minibar water that I'm sure they're supposed to be trying to sell!
Only one tiny down point the smell from the drains in the bathroom could be pretty strong. Solved by keeping the bathroom door shut.
All in I would definetly recommend this hotel to everyone except for those looking for the full moon party techno spew fest with obligatory dreadlocks.

Address: 19/1 Ao Chalok Ban Kao, Koh Tao, Pa Ngan, Suratthani, 84280
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: You will be collected from the pier on arrival.
Price: less than US$20
Theme: Hotel
Website: http://www.thai-tour.com/thai-tour/South/Suratthani/hotel/kohtaocottage/index.html

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  • Written Apr 30, 2006
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