The Koh Tao Beach villas are set on Chalock Bann Koh beach at the south of the (small) island. This is good as the bay is small and has very few sunbathers. There is a hotel at one end of the beach, Koh Tao Resort, but you don't notice it. The best part of the location is that you feel part of a small village. The villa is situated by the Khirana Beach Resort but this is really a bar with a pool and they don’t have rooms.
We stayed in the 2 bedroom villa but they locked off the second bedroom as there were just two of us. It took me a few hours to get used to the ‘Balinese’ style as you are completely open. The villa is raised from the beach about 5 feet with the pool in front. Then you have the open-plan living room with TV, fridge and safe. The lockable bedroom is off that followed by the bathroom.
In the sitting room the furniture is new, clean and comfortable but you will adjust to being in a goldfish bowl after a few hours. Someone has spent a great deal of trouble on the interior design and it feels elegant as well as relevant.
The main think to bear in mind is that the bedroom has no separate ceiling so any flying things can wiz over from the sitting room in an instant. The sleeping arrangements were one of the things that began to get to us. Sleeping under a mosquito net sounds like fun and is for a short while but the nightly palaver of Deet spray, mosi-coils and nets began to lose its appeal. The beds are comfortable and, as a pervious review said, the sheets aren’t changed that frequently.
The bathroom is alfresco and while showering open to the sky is fun the lavatory rules require that you pop your paper into a bin or use the hand spray provided. This may sound like too much information but valuable to be aware of.
Also the sound in the villa travels, so if the other villa is occupied, bedroom gymnastics or bathroom functions are audible.
One of the greatest things about the villas is the location. Across the road is an air-conditioned coffee bar called Koppee which does great smoothing and has reasonable Wi-Fi. The nearest bar is called the Rasta Tattoo Bar, part of the Rasta Tattoo Saloon next door. Great drinks, great people, great music. Lots of cheap restaurants within a short walk.
Plenty of local dive shops. Big Bubble is a bit snooty but the New Haven Drive School will rent mask/snorkel etc. Bear in mind that the bay is VERY shallow – thigh deep for 200m so better to snorkel in other bays. The bay is very warm but not a great swimming experience.
Good points: The tiny pool is fantastic, being on the beach is great and the location is fantastic
Bad points: Open bedroom/mosquitoes, inadequate shower. shallow sea
We were looking for some flashpacking to combine beach life with a bit of luxury and the Beach Villas fitted the bill perfectly.
- Also Known As:
- Khirana Villas Hotel Koh Tao
- Khirana Beach Hotel