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The Rocks Villas
15/48 Moo 1, Ko Tao 84280, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #3 of 48 Hotels in Ko Tao
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Beijing, China
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“Fantastic place to stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

My husband and I had an amazing week at the Rocks - paradise! The villa was fantastic with an amazing view and gorgeous pool. Breakfasts on the balcony were also a highlight. Janine (the owner) was brilliant and nothing was too much trouble - including setting up a birthday dinner by the pool for us. Couldn't recommend it highly enough!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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, August 2, 2012
Hi S & J,

Thank you very much for your great review. It was a real pleasure to meet you both, and of course we would love to welcome you with us again sometime.

I hope you had a good journey back 'home' to China and are enjoying the Olympics from afar.

Best wishes,
Janine
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Stayed here for a week last November and really enjoyed all of it. Rooms are great, view is stunning, lovely hammock and the owner Janine is really nice and she did think of everything. She's knows everything about the island which made that we could enjoy Koh Tao even better. She helped us with local phone calls, taxi's, food, best places to go eat and dive and snorkel etc. There is also a lovely swimming pool where we spend a lot of hours swimming and playing with our little girl. Over all a perfect getaway and we highly recommend the Rocks.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JanineTheRocks, Owner at The Rocks Villas, responded to this review, August 2, 2012
Hi Lily,

Thank you so so much for your lovely review. It was a real pleasure to have you three with us!

Warm regards,
Janine
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Ulsan, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We stayed 4 nights at the Rocks in a couples villa. The villa was large, with a separate living room, small kitchenette area and bedroom/bathroom. They are built in the typically thai stilted style with a large balcony for dining and relaxing - the hammock is great for a nap after a days snorkelling! Fixtures and fittings are of good quality, and a good nights sleep is guaranteed, as its really quiet due to the location.
Janine delivers and prepares breakfast each day during which she's happy to chat away and offer advice on the islands best spots and activities. For me, the personal service offered was what stands the rocks apart, the owners will try and accomodate any request, and deliver it with a smile!

Room Tip: The access road is a bit steep, and a little away from the main area - hiring your own transport is...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, June 19, 2012
Hi J,

Thank you very much for your great review! We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us.
We hope you had a good journey back to Korea and of course we would love to welcome you with us again on your next visit.

Warm regards from sunny Tao,
J & R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

We spent 3 nights in a villa and were lucky enough to have the pool to ourselves for most of the stay. We particularly liked the solitude of the place and the infinity pool with amazing views. The villa itself was very spacious with two double bedrooms with a very comfortable bed. The large lounge area tended to get rather hot in the afternoon and evening as the sun warmed it up and would have benefited from blinds and air-conditioning to keep it at a reasonable temperature (only the bedrooms had air-conditioning). A mobile phone was provided to allow communication with the excellent taxi service that we used a lot rather than climb the steep hill from the main road (once was enough). The phone also allowed communication with the owner if required and for ordering breakfast, which was generally OK, delivered to the villa at an agreed time. The beach below the villa was very nice but a bit of a trek up and down the hill. It would be a great place for a group of friends or large family group to take all 3 villas.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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JanineTheRocks, Owner at The Rocks Villas, responded to this review, June 19, 2012
Hi,

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

Quality improvement is very important to us, therefore we are very grateful for your input.

I am sorry that I didn't get to meet you this time, but of course would love to welcome you with us again sometime.

Best regards,
J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012 via mobile

Wow, we were so happy we chose the Rocks Luxury Villas for our romantic holiday on Koh Tao. The scenery is breathtaking and our villa was prepared perfectly. It was so peaceful and private and the view from the infinity pool took my breath away. The villa felt very spacious and Janine was always available to organise activities and help with great dinner recommendations. Breakfast was served on the balcony daily at any time which was fantastic. We highly recommend the Rocks and hope to return next year.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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JanineTheRocks, Owner at The Rocks Villas, responded to this review, June 18, 2012
Hi M & J,

Thank you very much for your great review! We are very happy you enjoyed your honeymoon with us and of course will be looking forward to your next visit :)

All the best,
R & J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

We spent 3 nights at The Rocks in February,2012. The accommodation was very comfortable and spacious. It was a relief to get away from the madding hordes in the bay below and enjoy real peace and quiet and lovely to meet Janine , the owner who was friendly,charming and welcoming. She also welcomed other members of my family, staying at another resort near the sea. Janine loves people and we spent ages chatting with her about her life, interests etc and in turn told her all about ourselves.
If you want somewhere nice and quiet, this is it. It is a steep hike up from the village, on a road that could do with some improvement. If you are staying for more than a few days, you might consider transport. The distance to the main road is not great, but the heat makes it seem longer. The bungalow was equipped with a microwave, kettle and fridge, so theoretically, you could cater for yourself, though this would involve careful planning. Janine does not live on site or cook,but orders in breakfast, which is delivered. This is interesting and something we have not done before although we have travelled a lot. It did work though and the pineapple juice was delicious.
The bungalow was good, but not as well equipped as we expected for the price paid, compared to other places we have stayed, Janine did ask us for feedback before we left. I suggested a can of air freshner in the bathroom as the window did not open. All in all, though, I would thoroughly recommend it as a beautiful place where you can relax and recharge your batteries, but be warned it is some distance from the sea, if that is what you want.

Room Tip: The two bungalows on the front had the best views.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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, April 25, 2012
Hi P & C,

Thank you very much for your great review. It was a real pleasure to meet you both and chat to you! Thank you for your pointers about how to improve our villas, I am always eager to hear how to make people's stays more enjoyable. We now have air freshener in all bathrooms :)

I hope you enjoyed your trip to Laos and got home safely. I would love to welcome you with us again sometime.

Best regards,
Janine
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

My girlfriend and I spent 5 nights at The Rocks and it was exactly what we were after. The villa itself was spacious, immaculately clean and very comfortable (which was needed after a hard days diving). The pool was perfect to relax by and watch the sun set on the horizon. The villas are up a hill, nestled amongst the palm trees facing west so in the evening we were treated to a beautiful display as the sun went down, it was paradise.

Janine, who owns and manages The Rocks was the perfect host. She made sure that we had everything that we needed and on arrival gave us recommendations on everything from restaurants to bike hire.

All in all The Rocks and especially Janine as a host contributed to an extremely memorable time in Koh Tao and we will always recommend it to anyone that finds themselves in that part of the world. Thanks again!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, April 24, 2012
Hi G & M,

Thank you very much for your great review. I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us! It was lovely to meet you both.

I hope you had a good journey home to Scotland and hope to welcome you with us again sometime :)

Warmest regards from sunny Koh Tao,
Janine
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 48 Hotels in Ko Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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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