My husband, our 23 year old son and I spent the first 2 weeks of Feb at Sensi Resort in Family Villa #32. We all had a great time and did different things. My husband didn't dive, he snorkeled (equipment provided free), swam in the pool, read, lounged and toured the island on a rented motorcycle. I did a few fun dives, snorkeled, swam in the pool, spent time in Mae Haad and Sairee. Our son spent a lot to time diving and got 2 dive certificates while we were there. Sensi Resort is south of the paved road through the village of Mae Haad. This means walking traffic only, no noisy motorcycles, which is partly why we chose this resort. There was lots of boat traffic in the bay, but we didn't find it especially noisy. There were very few mosquito boats (water taxis) in the bay in front of Sensi Resort. Most were located 10 minutes walk north near the pier at Mae Haad. The beach was beautiful and clean, no debris at all, and it was raked every morning. The loungers are heavy and wooden, but I didn't notice any ants and I spent a fair amount of time on them! As for shade, no umbrellas on the beach but plenty of gazebos and shade from trees. In fact I often pulled my lounger INTO the sun. The staff brought free glasses of water and wet towels to guests several times during the afternoon. I also saw a few dogs and cats, all were pleasant. The lower levels of the multi-level pool was still under construction, but the top pool was beautiful. There were lots of loungers with umbrellas, and very few people using them. Ou villa was big and beautiful. We had a 2 story with a large bedroom, 2 patios, an outdoor shower on the main floor with another large bedroom with balcony upstairs for our son. One wall was entirely windows so there was lots of light during the day. It was a bit dim if you wanted to read at night, so we went into town and bought a 60 watt lightbulb for a few cents - problem solved. We had the option of hot water and A/C or not. We chose no hot water and fans as we liked the floor plan of Villa 32. During the day we had the windows open and it was breezy and cool. In the late afternoon the staff came, closed the windows, dropped the mosquito netting around the beds and put flowers on them! It was a bit warm some nights, but fine with the fans on. Service was excellent, the staff were very nice and helpful. The complimentary breakfast menu was limited to 5 items, which were all good. The Bangkok Post was at the door every morning and jasmine tea and cookies were delivered every afternoon. We felt absolutely safe at Sensi Resort, and noticed staff patrolling the grounds at night. The rooms had safes in them for valuables. We felt that we received good value as our room, with breakfasts included was only 3,300 baht per night (about $110 Cdn) for the three of us. During our stay on Koh Tao we looked at several other resorts and Sensi would still be our first choice. In fact, our son just returned there last week with 2 friends to do some more diving with Blue Diamond Dive Center. They are in a different villa and are paying 2,000 baht (under $70 Cdn) for 3 people including breakfast. If you want more restaurants, a busier beach scene, and some nightlife consider Sairee Village, where there is a younger crowd. A very quiet, isolated, resort is Dusit Buncha at the north end of the island road facing Koh Nangyuan. It is new and beautiful but the beach is rocky. The best restaurant in Mae Haad is Mae Haad Seafood, try the No Name Seafood. They also have the best and cheapest fruit shakes that we had while in Thailand. We are already planning our return!
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