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“Home away from home, in a lovely setting” 5 of 5 stars
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Woodlawn Villas
11/50 Moo 3, Ko Tao 84360, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #2 of 46 hotels in Ko Tao
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“Home away from home, in a lovely setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We stayed in the Woodlawn villas for 3 nights but wished we had booked a longer stay! We were picked up at the port and driven to the Villas, which were less than 5 minutes away. The villas themselves are in a lovely hillside setting, surrounded completely by coconut palm trees, a gorgeous setting. The villa was a home away from home, it was lovely to have a separate living room and kitchen area and there was lots of space for two people. We were provided with a mobile phone with local taxi numbers and restaurant numbers, which was very handy. The owner ran through everything with us, giving us lots of recommendations for beaches and places to eat and drink. The closest beach was a 5 minute walk away and was stunning, picture postcard perfect and very quiet! The island is so small that you can travel to any of the beaches in 10 minutes by taxi. The taxis were 4x4 pick ups where you sit in the back in the open air which was great fun! We hired a scooter from Woodlawn villas which was a really cheap and enjoyable way to see the island. From reading about Koh Tao, we expected it to be a sleepy, quiet place - which we found not to be the case! We really enjoyed the atmosphere of the beach bars, Fizz at Sairee beach is a great bar where you sit on giant beanbags drinking cocktails with house music. There are flamer throwers and performers all along the beach and the ocean literally laps around your feet as your enjoy your drinks, amazing! We really wished that we had been able to stay longer in Koh Tao, it's a beautiful island which still feels unspoiled and isn't yet too commercialised, yet there is lots to see and do and a really great vibe. The Woodlawn villas are a lovely base, secluded within the trees yet not far at all from the beaches and restaurants. There is also a lovely pool, although we didn't use this, heading to the beach instead. Clean, comfortable and lots of space, highly recommended.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Thank you for your wonderfully detailed review!

It was an absolute pleasure to accommodate you and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Woodlawn Villas and the island itself.

We very much look forward to accommodating you again in the future :-)

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Woodlawn is in a beautiful setting on a hillside with coconut palm trees surrounding it. The suite was spacious and comfortable. The pool is lovely. Like other properties on Koh Tao, there are a lot of steps so you need to have some level of fitness. It is not handicap accessible. The owners recommend restaurants and I tried several of them and they were all good. When I got a sandwich on the street, I got an upset stomach. So stick with the recommended ones! As a solo traveler, I chose Woodlawn because it was quiet, clean and secluded. The weather was cool when I was there and I liked having the windows open but there were some mosquitos. Screens would be nice. The only other improvement I can think of is a list of TV channels. Thanks to Luke for all his help to all my questions.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Thank you for your excellent review.

It was lovely to meet you and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Woodlawn Villas.

We look forward to accommodating you again in the future.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We had the pleasure if staying at Woodlawn last month (June 2013) and we were not disappointed at all! We stayed with our 6 children aged between 17 and 8 years. Our villa was beautiful and cleaned thoroughly each day, linen change every second day, spotless! The new pool was excellent, clean and tidied each day, all the staff were lovely...so friendly....the owners could not have done more to make sure our stay was amazing and hassle free!....great tips on where to eat (all excellent!), rechargeable torches, free mobile with all numbers stored that we would need, free bottled water each day.....SO keen to help with anything we needed. Location excellent, handy for everything we needed but secluded from main road x we would go back in a minute!!!! Excellent! Thank you Luke and michelle xxxx

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review and great photos!

It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and we are very happy to know that you had such a wonderful time :-)

We look forward to accommodating you again in the future.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We were at Woodlawn Villas for 2 nights and were pleased with our stay. The villas are lovely, clean and comfortable and are located away from the main part of town but easily accessible by walking/scooter. Luke and Michelle are helpful and friendly and provide you with a book of recommendations and a pre-programmed cellphone to use (to contact them, restaurants, taxis, etc) which was very much appreciated --- go snorkeling with their guy Roland! Recommended!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review.

We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at Woodlawn Villas and found the information booklet useful during your stay.

Roland's trips are a must and great fun!

We hope to accommodate you both again in the future.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I'm just back from a lovely week's stay at Woodlawn Villas. Luke and Michelle are lovely hosts, and their "small" touches make a big difference, particularly their mini guide book and the prepaid mobile phone.  They gave very helpful answers to the questions I asked during my stay.

I stayed in a Garden Villa and found it spacious and comfortable - there is lots of space for two.  The bed is comfortable and the air-con is quiet.

It's a ten-minute walk downhill to Chalok beach from Woodlawn.  With a scooter it's easy to explore the whole island.  Sairee and Auw Leok beaches are about 15 minutes away by scooter.

The pool is clean and secluded, and it's salt-based cleaning  system means it doesn't sting the eyes.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Thank you for your excellent review.

It was lovely to meet you and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Garden Villa and the new swimming pool :-)

We look forward to welcoming you back to Woodlawn Villas in the future.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

When we decided that we would visit Koh Tao for much deserved diving trip, we looked around at the usual dive resort type accommodation on offer & thought we needed a bit of quite time too. We came across the Woodlawn Villas & liked the look of it from the photo's on their website. From the moment we decided to book to the moment we left, we felt as though we had made the right choice and boy did we make the right choice.

We were met at the quay by a driver who took us to the Woodlawn Villas & was met by the owner Luke at reception. We were a little early for check-in but it wasn't a problem & we went to check out the dive resort, whilst they readied the room. Luke called on the (supplied) mobile a couple of hours later & we returned to find all the luggage already in the room.

The Villa was great, nice bedroom, lounge & small kitchen. This place was very quiet, whilst only a 10 min walk to the (Sunshine Divers) dive centre. You don't need a car here, it's not big enough...... some hire scooters, we just walked.....not a problem. Anyway we had a great 7 days here & would definitely go back again or recommend it to anyone. Well worth the money.....oh and the pool was great too........

Steve & Elaine

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Thank you for your excellent review.

It was a pleasure to meet you and to accommodate you at Woodlawn Villas.

We are so pleased you had a lovely time and look forward to accommodating you again in the future.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at Woodlawn for 3 nights. Overall superb stay.

Owners Luke and Michelle very, approachable, pleasant and helpful at any time.

Villas are excellent, no problems with facilities in house (own cooking equipment etc.) As long as you keep the doors closed the mossies stay out ( of which there were hardly any). Own tv, comfy bed, shower and loo

Location - great- near to chalok and freedom beach (recommend here) . On the way many shops and restaurants.

A great, relaxing stay. Could not recommend this place highly enough. The island is beautiful, wish we could have stayed longer

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Thank you for your excellent review.

It was lovely to meet you and an absolute pleasure to accommodate you at Woodlawn Villas.

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and the island.

We look forward to accommodating you again in the future.

Warmest Regards,

Woodlawn Villas
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Address: 11/50 Moo 3, Ko Tao 84360, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Tao
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 46 hotels in Ko Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Woodlawn Villas is a family run resort with swimming pool comprising of five delightful villas and suites. Chose from the Twilight 3 Bedroom Villa, ideal for groups of friends or families by accommodating up to 8. The Garden Suites can accommodate up to 3 in each suite. The Garden Villas are ideal for couples. Located at the end of a flat private road, we are surrounded by two acres of coconut palms and tropical gardens. Our location is quiet and secluded but only 300m from the main street, where you'll find all amenities and 5 mins walk to the nearest beach. The accommodation reflects both Thai and western architecture, using modern furnishings and fittings, thoughtfully laid out to maximize space and comfort to ensure you have a relaxing holiday. ... more   less 

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