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“Absolutely fantastic!!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Rocks Villas
15/48 Moo 1, Ko Tao 84280, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #4 of 46 hotels in Ko Tao
Tilburg, The Netherlands
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“Absolutely fantastic!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

We stayed for 6 nights at The Rocks Villas, and it was fantastic in every way! The house, the service, the pool, the breakfast, ....everything! Many thanks to Janine for her elaborate information during our preparation on the Thailand-trip, as well as to Toni for the service and helpfulness on spot during our stay! We will certainly come back to The Villas when we have the opportunity to visit Koh Tao again...!

Fam. Van den Hout, The Netherlands

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanineTheRocks, Owner at The Rocks Villas, responded to this review, August 22, 2011
Hi Family Van Den Hout,

Thank you very much for your fantastic review, I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Rocks! I will extend your review to Toni as well, I am sure she will be happy to hear it.

I hope to meet you at your next stay with us and wish you all the best until then.

Best regards,
Janine
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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western australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

Our family of 4 (2 kids aged 11 and 10) moved to these villas after staying somewhere else that wasn't so great. What a welcome relief! A beautiful spot with lovely cool breezes while you lie on the hammock reading a book. Janine and Reuben were so welcoming and helpful it made a huge difference! We ordered breakfast from the restaurant recommended and it was delievered to us free (plus a small tip) and was yummy. About a 10 min walk to the middle of Sairee town and a steep walk back, but we looked at this as our exercise for the day and working off all those cocktails! We found the ''taxi no. 2" number that Janine gave us was reasonable compared to the taxis in town and we always him if we wanted a taxi. All in all a wonderful place to stay!

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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JanineTheRocks, Owner at The Rocks Villas, responded to this review, August 4, 2011
Hi guys,

Thank you very much for your great review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us!

We hope you had a great time in Bangkok, enjoyed the shopping and Sirocco.

It was great to meet the four of you and we truly hope to meet you again one day.

All the best,
J & R
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

We arrived in Koh Tao in the pouring rain and were very happy to have our transfer to The Rocks already pre-arranged. When we arrived at the Villas, Janine greeted us with ponchos and complimentary beers! A very warm welcome :) She checked us in as we enjoyed our beverages and made so many amazing suggestions about the island, including where to eat and drink at Sairee beach. Janine was also amazing at organizing our transfer to Koh Pangan via the ferry.

We were very happy the next morning when we didn't have to move for breakfast and could have a delicious meal delivered to our balcony overlooking Sairee Beach. It's not often you get that kind of service at a Villa. The couples villa was perfect for two people and the balcony with hammock had the most incredible view.

The Villa is about a 10 minute walk down a rough road to the beach and town, but very manageable. To do more exploring a car or motorbike is recommended, but we were only there for 2 days and didn't mind the stroll. The best part of the uphill walk home was being able to jump in the infinity pool that overlooks jungle and Sairee Beach. Again, spectacular views!

We would love to return to Koh Tao for more time, and The Rocks would definitely be our number one choice. Thank you, Janine for everything!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanineTheRocks, Owner at The Rocks Villas, responded to this review, August 4, 2011
Hi you two,

Thank you very much for your great review! I hope you had a great time at the full moon party and enjoyed the rest of your honeymoon.

It was great to meet you both, we are looking forward to see you again on your next visit :)

Warm regards,
Janine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

The Rocks Villas have a special charm about them and are absolutely breath taking. We fell in love with Koh Tao and the Rocks as soon as we got there.
The villas are situated a little bit up the hill in the middle of the jungle which ensures total privacy and a beautiful view but it is still only a short walking distance to the beach or town.
You can really tell the villas are the owners "baby" as service is outstanding and they help you with any problems or queries on a very personal level. Breakfast is served at any time of the day and they make sure to clean the villa or surrounds whenever the guests are out and about. The villas are comfortable inside and outside, decorated beautifully.
My husband and I got married on the beach in Koh Tao and spend our honeymoon at the villas on a friends recommendation. We had the Best time there and are very glad we stayed at the villas. We would recommend The Rocks Villas to anyone that is looking to have a quiet, romantic, beautiful and personal holiday and is not looking for constant, annoying "entertainment" like you get at loud club hotels.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanineTheRocks, Owner at The Rocks Villas, responded to this review, June 26, 2011
Hi A & J,

Thank you very much for the great review and the gorgeous pictures! It was such a pleasure to meet you both and we hope to see you back on Koh Tao sometime in the future.

In your review you gave us 4 stars on sleep quality, we would love to improve the issue, could you please email me your suggestions? Many thanks :)

Warmest regards,
J & R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

So many have written about the hospitality of Janine and Reuben and every word is true. Greeted as though we'd known each other for years and nothing thereafter was too much trouble. Janine and Reuben - you are the perfect hosts!!

The road to the villas is steep but walkable if you are of a reasonable level of fitness. As we had a swag of underwater camera gear with us, Janine was wonderful and organised a friends Jeep for us to hire whilst we were there for the 10 days. Thanks again Chloe and again apologies to the dogs for 10 days of no beach walks! The car proved invaluable as our chosen dive centre was up in Mae Head (a couple of kilometres away). It also gave us the ability to explore the island a little more that we would have done otherwise.

The villas are located in a wonderfully peaceful part of Koh Tao but close enough to Sairee Beach for walkable access to food and shops. Akar ensured our villa was cleaned to perfection every day and the pool was always a leaf free haven and a sheer pleasure to lounge in at the end of a days diving. Thank you Akar!! The villas are also a nature photographers delight with flora and fauna in abundance and incredibly cooperative subjects that will stay put for that perfect photo!!

We would highly recommend The Rocks Luxury Villas to anyone looking for a little slice of Koh Tao luxury.

We hope to come back to Koh Tao sometime in the not too distant future and would not hesitate booking in at The Rocks Luxury Villas again.

See you all again soon
Elaine & Marcus

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanineTheRocks, Owner at The Rocks Villas, responded to this review, June 25, 2011
Hi Elaine & Marcus,

Thank you very much for your great review! I am very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at The Rocks, and I will happily put forward your thanks to Akar and Chloe.

We are looking forward to see you on your next visit!

Best wishes from sunny Koh Tao,
J & R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2011

This is a fantastic place to stay in Ko Tao, I can't say enough good things about it. The villas are beautiful, modern but still in keeping with Thai style and immaculate - even better than they look on the website, we were delighted we had chosen to stay there. Our villa was cleaned for a couple of hours EVERY day - that kind of service you would not get in a top hotel!

The villas are a short walk to the beach/ restaurants and bars (prob less than a 10 minute walk) but feels very private. It was a lovely, relaxing, beautiful place to stay with excellent service, wonderful accomodation and amazing views.

Janine was the most helpful person we've ever met, she recommended loads of amazing restaurants - in fact I think we only ever ate at her recommendations as they were spot on. She arranged our taxis, an amazing boat trip on the Naga, our travel from the island and even inquired about onward flights for us.

We have been to Ko Tao before and will definatley go back and when we do we will be staying at The Rocks!

Gail & Ciaran

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanineTheRocks, Owner at The Rocks Villas, responded to this review, May 9, 2011
Hi Gail & Ciaran,

Thank you very much for your great review. I am very chuffed to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us.

I hope you had a nice visit to your friends in the south and had a safe journey home.

It was a pleasure to meet you both, and we are looking forward to seeing you on your next visit.

Best regards,
Janine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

Thank you Janine for a fabulous stay at your wonderful villa on Koh Tao.

The trip to Koh Tao was seamless with an arrival pick up waiting at the pier (good news as there was a flurry of 'taxi' and 'accommodation calls' from the friendly locals) and heading to our villa was a wonderful experience up a hill to an amazing view and a beautiful villa.

Janine and Reuben were quick to make us feel welcome with a complementary beer and a good hour of their time to provide hints and tips on the island, including tours, restaurants, transport and bars (including cocktail recommendations!) We were made to feel very special and like nothing was no trouble. We were even provided with our own mobile phone, fully charged to be able to make taxi bookings, have restaurant deliveries and Janine also explained how to make international calls using a cheap rate.

We thoroughly enjoyed getting a quad bike to explore the island and would recommend a quad (we rented a huge one for AUD 30 per day) to travel up and down to the villa. We were only a short walk along a lovely beach to all the bars and restaurants we required. It was just then a quick jump on the quad bike - which we parked in the resort at the bottom of the hill from The Rocks - and a 30 second scurry up the hill in the quad and we were home - having enjoyed a couple of thoroughly relaxing evenings on the beach.

Again each morning, Janine then made us feel so at home with our breakfast delivery and set up every morning and asking if there was anything else she could help with.

Thanks both for a wonderful stay - what fun and what an experience. All the best for your continued success on Koh Tao - what a wonderful lifestyle! See you again another day I'm sure!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanineTheRocks, Owner at The Rocks Villas, responded to this review, May 5, 2011
Dear K & S,

Thank you very much for your great review! We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us. It was very lovely to have met you both, and thanks also for all your good wishes.

Warmest regards from the island,
J & R
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Address: 15/48 Moo 1, Ko Tao 84280, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Tao
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 46 hotels in Ko Tao
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Rocks are boutique residences in southern Thailand offering both privacy and personal service. Surrounded by lush tropical jungle and stunning sea views, our four boutique villas and infinity-edge pool combine a feeling of tranquility and relaxation. Under Swiss and British management the Rocks are proud to be the original boutique villas on Koh Tao. Secluded, but still less than 10 minutes walk from the beach, they are the perfect holiday location for romantic couples, families or groups of friends. The Rocks is also a great location for your honeymoon. ... more   less 
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