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Koh Tao Simple Life Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   14/11 Moo 1 | Sairee Beach, Ko Tao 84360, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #17 of 47 Hotels in Ko Tao
Paris, France
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“Very good experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

Great atmosphere, very conveniently located.
Excellent buffet breakfast. Staff is very friendly.
The link with the diving resort makes it a great combo.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

We stayed at Simple Life for 17 nights during September and had a wonderful time there, the staff were friendly and courteous and nothing was too much trouble. We stayed in a superior room overlooking the pool which was very spacious and very comfortable, the en-suite was excellent, enormous shower area and plenty of hot water. The housekeeping could be a bit haphazard, we didn't always get the same amount of towels back as we put out for changing but a quick word with reception was all it took to rectify the matter. The only downside was the amount of flies which were a constant irritation during breakfast but there's not much the hotel can do about them with a restaurant which is open to the street, many eateries experience the same problem, annoying but you get used to it. There was plenty of choice for breakfast although we tended to stick to cereal, fruit, toast and the suberb omlettes which were cooked to order. We would definately be happy to stay there again, we have stayed on Koh Tao previously at a much more expensive hotel but in our opinion in terms of comfort, standard of accommodation and value for money Simple Life was far superior. We would like to give a special mention to the reception and waiting staff who were fantastic.

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  • Stayed September 2011, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

This hotel is absolutely lovely, the location is very close to the beach, the rooms are absolutely beautiful and generally it is a lovely stay.

You can arrange with the hotel to be collected from the Pier free of charge, which obviously is very convenient! So that is a bonus.

The hotel messed our room booking up slightly, but that was rectified upon arrival and we were allocated a twin room as per our booking, as opposed to the double which they initially tried to give us.

The room was very spacious, nice decor, balcony overlooking the pool and the bathroom was again very spacious and very nicely decorated. You get complimentary water in the fridge and beach and bath towels. There is a TV with cable channels.There is aircon which works very well, however, if you want to have a shower you have to put the shower on for about ten minutes to get hot water out of the shower. We were unable to ever get hot water for longer than one shower though, no matter how long we turned the air con on for, which was obviously frustrating.

The room has some information in a little booklet in it, which warns you to not open the door if there is a knock as there had been some break in experiences which happen this way. This scared us a little, but did not happen to us while we were there.

The breakfast was ok, not much choice, but it was sufficient for a breakfast....eggs, bacon, ham and toast basically. With some fruit and cereal options.

We returned to our room one evening to find our hair straighteners broken and when we raised this with management we were told he would speak to the cleaner and get back to us. However, each time we saw him and asked about it, he would tell us to come back and then on the last two days he was no where to be found. This was the reason why I say bad surface as every one else at reception who we raised this with was apparently unable to assist. These were expensive hair straighteners and so we were particularly displeased!

All in all a good stay though and a lovely resort. We found Kao Tao to have beautiful water, but to be a bit boring. Worth a visit though.

P.S Our room was superior, which was worth every penny.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

We stayed in a Superior room at the Simple Life for 3 nights. Our room was near the front of the hotel and next to the pool but noise wasn't a huge issue. The room was spacious with air con, a comfortable king sized bed and a large bathroom. Our accommodation included transfer from the pier when we arrived plus breakfast - the food selection was excellent. The staff were polite, friendly and helpful. The main drawback was that the pool area was a bit enclosed meaning there was little breeze and a lot of shaded areas. However, it is only a short walk to the beach. The room was clean however the towels weren't changed during our stay - beach towels were provided but a fresh set would have been appreciated.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011 via mobile

This place is good but the price seriously lets it down-we have stayed in cheaper,nicer places whilst travelling.

Our room was large and clean with a dresser,tv and a wardrobe. We had a standard room but we did go into one of the superior ones near the pool and they were gorgeous.

The pool was nice with lots of sunbeds. The location is good but it isn't right on the beach if that what you're looking for. There is loads of accommodation right on the beach. Simple life is a few minutes walk and it is right near all the shops and main streets.

We ate in the restaurant for lunch and the food was tasty but they have a real problem with flies-they don't usually bother me but I was constantly having to waft them away whilst eating. The breakfast here is absolutely awful, the worst I've encountered! Flies all over the food and I ended up eating nothing. I think that's bad when you're paying over the odds.

Overall it would be great if the price was in line with other accommodation of this standard but you will be disappointed for the price. We've stayed in places which are so much nicer for less.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

Well located in the center of Sairee village, few minute's walk to the beach. Restaurants, shops, 7/11 nearby, make the hotel very convenient for all purposes. The stuff is very helpful and efficient. Good breakfast served on a large terrace facing the main street, the hotel's restaurant serves various dishes for reasonable prices. At the reception you can book for taxi, boat tour, island trips, and massages. Rooms are well maintain and equipped with sat TV & AC. Pool is clean and suitable for nice relaxation after long day at the beach.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Guangzhou, China
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

We, two families went there this July. The hotel rooms are spacious including the shower room. We chose this hotel for its great location near the saireer beach but not inside the beach village so it will not be too noisy at night. There is a 7-11 and moto rental at the opposite. Very convenient to play around. 3 minutes walk to the beach. The extra bed is a queen sized bed, a plus to us!
The hotel has its own restaurant and the food is good. The price is reasonable overall.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 14/11 Moo 1 | Sairee Beach, Ko Tao 84360, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Tao
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Ko Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Koh Tao Simple Life Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury resort offering quality air conditioned accommodation on Koh Tao's popular Sairee Beach. Peaceful and private resort, with premier location with everything you need in close walking distance (beach, bars and restaurants, shops, ATMs, etc). ... more   less 
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