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“They think of everything!” 5 of 5 stars
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15/4 Moo 2 | Sairee, Ko Tao 84360, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 47 Hotels in Ko Tao
York, United Kingdom
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35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“They think of everything!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Luxury villas owned and operated by a team focussed on customer satisfaction.

Ideal for honeymooners, I think we were the oldest couple there when we stayed and for us perhaps we would have preferred a town location but the peace and quiet, the view and the villa can't be faulted.

Everything you could think of was provided for you, it demonstrated how they owners really thought about the client experience and how to enhance it.

The kind of place that doesn't need any words, just look at the photographs!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We really can't add anything to the other 5 star reviews. We concur with everything, from Guy's emails to Bex and Franzi's hospitality to the ridiculous accommodations. To add some value, here are the things I think are worth mentioning that I didn't see in other reviews:

1. Self-sufficiency. We had been traveling for almost two weeks and were so glad to cook our own food and do our own dishes. We had a wonderful dinner from Portobellos ordered in with wine and it was one of my favourite nights of our trip.

2. Water. We are huge water drinkers and were sick of worrying about buying bottled water every night. The water filter in the villa was amazing.

3. Wine. We love wine and were disappointed with how much it cost in Thailand. The Place subsidized the wine in our room and we are forever grateful. I don't mind a Chang for 44 Baht but I was so happy to have a lovely bottle of wine with our ordered-in dinner!

4. Privacy. I don't want to complain at all because it's a wonderful villa, but our villa was not as private as everyone else mentions - specifically, just in the pool. We were in villa 3 and overlooked the reception and parking lot and could see comings and goings of other guests. No biggie, but I wasn't about to jump into the pool naked during daylight hours!

5. The hill. The taxis are rip-offs up the hill, so we walked. It's not that bad! The torch on the key chain helped.

Nothing more to add. Amazing hotel and vacation. We weren't on our honeymoon and will be hard-pressed to top it next year.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

My wife and I spent our honeymoon at The Place in Mid/late October and couldn't have been happier for doing so. The privacy of the Villas, the outstanding service provided by the staff (especially Franzi and Bexs), helped make our trip one of the most enjoyable experiences to date. The use of a personal phone, priority taxi service, the in-villa personal chef experience (additional cost) were all wonderful touches that helped make the experience on Koh Tao that much better.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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York, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We stayed at The Place for our honeymoon in september and it was everything we could have hoped for, franci looked after us so well and nothing was too much trouble. They really have thought of everything you could ever want. the location is brilliant with wonderful views but only 10 mins walk from sairee beach and all it's great bars and restaurants. Mr bear the place's driver was so polite and came to pick us up whenever we wanted a lift back and didn't want to walk up the hill. The fact that even in September the place was fully booked up until mid march shows how good it is. A million times better than staying in a resort. We would love to come back again soon. Amy and rich Yorkshire

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

From start to end the staff at The Place Luxury villas made use feel welcomed and nothing was too hard. Franzi and Bexs picked us up at the jetty and showed us around our villa in which they provided us with a welcome basket and mobile phone to use while we were on the island. We stayed in Villa 3 right near reception and the villa was lovely. The photos just do not do the place justice. If you want somewhere to get away and like your privacy then this is the place to go.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We booked an extended weekend at The Place on the back of a flyer from Tripadvisor. The reviews were so good that we wondered if we would be disappointed. Far from it. From the minute we arrived it was clear that we were going to have a special time. We arrived at Koh Tao on the ferry from Koh Samui - a 2 hour journey along calm seas watching the odd fish jump out of the deep blue water. On arriving at Koh Tao we were met at the quay side by Bex all smiles and genuine warmth. The ride to the villas is about 10 minutes. The final couple of hundred meters along a dirt road and up a steep drive that leads up to the reception area. The staff make such an amazing effort to make you feel very special. As we drove in they were lined up to welcome us. We were accompanied up to our villa by Bex and Franzine who seemed intent to ensure that no possible question would go unanswered. We had villa 1 (highly recommended). As we climbed the few steps to the villa we were completely bowled over by the sheer beauty of the view. The villa is built with its back to the hill and facing out across an expanse of Palm trees out to sea. The sky was crystal blue, the sea shimmering in the sun. As we were ushered into the villa I was struck by how well designed and furnished it was. There is a big bed facing the picture window that looks out on the pool and then the sea. In addition there is a cozy seating area for those siestas out of the heat of the sun and finally a fully equipped kitchenette area. Then the bathroom which is on split levels. The shower is in a wet room area designed to feel as if you are out in the jungle. No detail has been missed. Two basins, lots of space and good lighting. Bex and Franzine took their time explaining how everything works stressing at every point that they are a mere SMS or phone call away (a local cell phone is provided) should we need anything. We tested this and were delighted at every juncture. Bex organised a diving trip and one dinner for us. Plus multiple excellent tips for drinking holes, restaurants and spas. Over the three days we were there we hardly saw or heard anyone else. The villa is designed to provide maximum privacy. There were so many things that I loved but none more so than being able to relax (either in the pool or on the sun bed) looking out to sea and hearing nothing but the birds or rustle of the leaves. Bex, Franzine (and latterly Guy) all provided such amazing help all the way back on to the ferry to head home. We are already booked to return early in the new year. If you are lucky enough to get the chance to visit Koh Tao and stay at The Place make sure that you give yourself as many days as possible. This is somewhere that will live with you for a long time.

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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed in four great hotels in three weeks, and this was the jewel in the crown! The villa was sublime, beautiful view, gorgeous bathroom, fabulous plunge pool and pure privacy. From the moment we arrived Guy, Bex and Franzi looked after our every whim. If you want a pure chill then this literally is the place. We will be back

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Address: 15/4 Moo 2 | Sairee, Ko Tao 84360, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Tao
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 47 Hotels in Ko Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Place consists of nine luxury boutique villas, all with private infinity pools, that offer you total privacy and complete relaxation. The resort nestles charmingly in the hills above Sairee, close enough to be convenient for restaurants, bars, shops and the longest beach on the island, but far enough away to savour the tranquillity and refreshing breeze that comes with being in the hills. ... more   less 
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