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Reviewed December 8, 2012

My wife and I stayed for 10 days in pool villa #4 in March 2012 and it was great. The view from the plunge pool in the cliff edge and sun deck sunsets was amazing.
The outdoor bathroom with wan water was a treat and a great open shower over loping the sea was just a delight!
We had a great experience And the service was fantastic.
Yes the resturant could do with an upgrade but the service and view over the bachelors you overlook this aspect.
We highly recommend staying at view point and in villas.
Ant n Meg's

  • Stayed: March 2012
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1  Thank Anthony_McKee
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We only stayed for 1 night at this place.
First I do have to say that the view is amazing from the sea side bungalows.

Pros:
- View

Cons:
- No hot water although promised
- Rats in the room at night
- Windows without curtains towards the walkway (Everyone can see what you are doing)
- Broken locks on the windows (Everyone can climb in when you are not there)
- Mould and rust allover the shower
- Wifi only works in restaurant
- Breakfast not included
- No safe in the room

All this you get for 1500 Baht per night. The bungalow we had was V03 and the bungalow we got when we went to another place the next day, had working locks on all windows, hot water, no animals for 700 a night.

What was also interesting that no one bothered to ask why we leave after one night although we booked for 4 nights.

If you only stay at yur room and look at the view it maybe can be ok when you get a nice room, but if you need it to sleep and are diving through out the day it is not worth it.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Berickus
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

We were a family of 8 travelling together my husband and I stayed in Pool Villa 5 for the first 2 nights and had 3 Cottages V for the others. The Pool villa's are absolutely fantastic and the service excellent. We couldn't really afford the pool villa for more than 2 nights and to make the most of it you need to be there in the day and not out and about. I assumed that after a couple of days we would be ready to venture further afield and that a Cottage V would be just as suitable for a nights sleep when we returned. I was right but still missed the luxury of the pool villa. The best views are from the Cottages V but if we had been fortunate enough to have a sunset the Pool villa would have come into it's own. Chalok Bay is a lovely clean bay with a really nice bar called Babaloo just along the beach--great for chilling in Hammocks. We left here and went to Sensi Paradise---not a patch on this place--we even returned by taxi one evening for a few drinks on the beach. Nothing going on in Mae Head--I wouldn't recommend going there.

To summarise we enjoyed our stay here very much. The staff are very attentive and the resort peaceful. Only niggle I have is that they charged me 800 baht for a shampoo dispenser that my son accidently dropped. £16 seems a bit steep and I do think they should accept that some small breakages will happen. Other than this my advice would be to go, we loved it there.

Room Tip: Pool villa's are beautiful but pricey---best for a sunset Best views and value however in my opinion are from the Cottages V
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank LINDAMACDONALD_11
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

I booked a bungalow at this resort for my girlfriend and myself in September last year (2011). I believe it was bungalow C.

I will start with the good bits:
We arrived during the day and as your bags need to be carried from the beach, over rocks and wooden walkways, two members of the staff were waiting for us. Turned out to be a 15 minute walk (which was actually really beautiful) so we were glad we didn't have to carry our heavy bags.
The setting is beautiful, very green, they have a bamboo terrace over the sea and the prices for food and drinks are really good value. It's a very relaxed atmosphere with members of staff playing guitar to their children, a couple of cats running around the place and nobody is in a hurry for anything which was just what we needed.
After a drink and our bags being brought up to the bungalow, we decided to go to our room but not without first ordering a massage at reception.

Now over to the bad bit..
Ok it was rainy season so the sea was crazy and when we decided to go up to our room there was an insane amount of water falling out of the sky. In order to get to the bungalows, you have to go up a path that was covered in bugs, frogs, crabs and god knows what, every step, you stepped on something as it was really badly lit up.
Needless to say that my girlfriend really did not appreciate this. A few frogs or bugs no problem but having something jump up against your bare legs or crawling up your trousers every 5 seconds wasn't exactly our idea of relaxing.
We got to the bungalow and at first glance it looked very nice so we decided to go have a shower and get read for our massage.
The shower had no hot water even though the resort claims there is and the light in the bathroom didn't work. When coming out of the shower, I found my girlfriend under the mosquito net because the room had been invaded by literally hundreds of flying ants and mosquitoes, again, not a pleasant experience. We fumigated the room and that helped for a bit so I went to get my massage and after 5 minutes had a worried partner next to me who asked if I could come into the bathroom. It was amazing, a 1m long gecko was making it's way past our bathroom window!!
Eventually after being bitten to pieces by mosquitoes, I cancelled the massage halfway, paid and we decided to get under the net and try to get some sleep.
A few minutes later, my partner gets up to go to the loo and sees something moving next to our bed (roughly 50cm above my head) and just could resist not knowing what it was so she turned on the light...big mistake. The mosquito net was black with bugs, there were small geckos all over the place (not that we mind those), and the thing moving next to my head, turned out to be a massive spider.
Now I grew up in the south of France and am quite used to seeing big spiders but this thing was something out of a nightmare. It must have been about 15cm in diameter and as soon as he light was on, "the beast" started running around the place, past our feet, over out heads on the ceiling, along the walls, into our bed etc etc...no way of killing it and even if there was, I'm not sure a shoe would have done the job! Maybe a shotgun would have been a better idea.
Now at this point my girlfriend had a panic attack and I thought screw this, we're leaving! So I carried here down the same buggy path, past the frogs and over the VERY slippery little bridge they have at the end...who said chivalry is dead?
We asked reception to check out and whether they could arrange for our bags to be brought back to the beach so that we could get a taxi.The guy/manager started laughing at us...what kind of hotel has staff that laughs at you when the girl you are with is in floods of tears!?
Bottom line was that at 10pm, there was no way we would be able to check in anywhere.
Great...
We then agreed to be transferred to a different bungalow that was meant to have no bugs (why they didn't do this in the first is a mystery to me as the resort was empty?!).
So we sat down, ordered 4 tequilas to calm the girlfriend down a little and we waited for about an hour at the restaurant so that they could bring our bags from one place to the other and just to try and convince ourselves that it was all going to be ok. Bedroom without bugs they said...

So back up the path we go, I though half the frogs and crabs were dead by then but no, it turns out there are always more... We got to the bungalow which looked newly built so that was a good start. We went inside, not a single bug to around but still, we put the mosquito net around our bed (just in case..) and we finally went to sleep at around 0200.

We woke up the next day at 0630 to drilling and men shouting at each other outside our bungalow...I was expecting birds and all that but nope, being vibrated out of bed is probably the most effective way to put people in a bad mood.
Turns out they were still building bungalows around ours which during the night we had not seen due to the place being really badly lit up.

That was enough for us, even though we were meant to stay another 3 nights there including one night in one of their pool villas, we packed our bags and checked out.

Maybe an unfortunate one-off event but I thought I'd share this story with you...as maybe next time you get bitten by lots of mosquitoes, or you encounter a big spider you can think: "at least its not as bad as that guy who went to Sea View Resort"

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank Zoofzoof
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We were skeptical of choosing ViewPoint for our honeymoon because of mixed reviews, but thanks to a lot of help and advice from fellow reviewers here, we took the plunge and boy, were we in for a treat!

Me and my wife stayed in ViewPoint Resort in mid February 2012 for our honeymoon. Our stay was in Pool Villa #6 for 2 nights and Pool Villa #4 for 3 nights. I did most of the research myself since there is no tour operator providing packages to Koh Tao from my country (India). Journey to Koh Tao took just a bit more than a day and when we arrived on the Koh Tao pier, VP staff was there to pick us up in a truck. The ride to the resort is via a shortcut which is steep and it takes some skill driving.

On reaching the resort’s reception, we were greeted by a nice lady Ko and were also given a very refreshing drink made of something I can’t remember. But I suggest you ask for a refill.
Then we proceeded to our villas. Let me tell you that they are absolutely amazing. Do not be put off by the low rating of ViewPoint on TripAdvisor on other traveler sites. Most reviews giving low rating/ negative reviews are those of the cottages, which to be honest, I can’t comment upon as I have no experience. But I can speak for the villas. I re-iterate as one of the reviews here said: Villas are breath taking. Do not be skeptical about the villas .We were overwhelmed by the size and maintenance of the villas as soon as we entered. We were sure hooked by those pictures we saw on the website and we were hoping that the actual accommodation is partially as good as they appear on photos. But when we entered the villas we realized that actual accommodation is even more amazing then what it looks on the website. The view of the vast ocean is amazing. If anything was different from photos, it was a little more growth of plants surrounding the pool/ villa from outside. The plus side is that they provide even more privacy, which may not be even desired. But I think if you think you have an issue with the plants, you can request the staff to trim them before your arrival.

Villa 6 has a huge L shape pool. Bedroom and living room are both very comfortable. Bathroom “area” is pretty big as well. Villa 4 is not as big as #6, but it is still bigger than mostly anything else you can find anywhere. Plus the real USPs here are the sunset sala and the open-air shower. The view from the pool and the sunset sala is just stunning. Open-air shower is a special experience. Beware of the lights on the floor of sunset sala. They can get very very hot if operating for a long time. My SO accidentally stepped on it and had a bad burn. It also has a lot of mosquitoes during evening time to ruin your sunset. But mosquito coils provided in the villa take care of them upto some extent.

On the privacy front; I think the pictures are enough. 4 words: Fantabulous and rest assured. There is nothing really you need to be worried about. The beach the villas are facing does not have an active beach so there will be no one there. Only things you can see are ships/ boats passing at a distance. They probably can’t see you.

Rest most things (mini-bar) are similar in both the villas as they as equally priced. Rooms are very clean and beds are clean and very comfortable. You get a fruit basket daily. If you want, you can give the keys at the reception for cleaning the room. The staff won’t even bother you if you don’t ask!

The restaurant is situated a 7-10 min walk down from the villas, which we both enjoyed. The restaurant is on water, having a pleasant feel to it and good ocean views. The food is something we can’t comment upon as we both are strictly vegetarians. So we only had breakfast here as it had some options for vegetarians. Breakfast was always good. Corn flakes with milk, fresh juice and fruit plate and tea/ coffee is what we mostly had. Fresh juices were nice. Only once we had a pizza here for dinner. It was okay. For our other food requirements, we had brought packed vegetarian food from back home. We also went to the near-by market and picked up some supplies like bread, butter, cold drinks and some small gifts etc from the stores like 7-11, Viewpoint store. The market is about 20-30 mins walking distance from the restaurant towards the direction of “Alvaro diving school”.

Though remember that a little wildlife is part of the experience here. You are not going into a concrete built jungle or a multi-storey hotel where you don’t expect to find any insects. The whole idea of the villas is living with the nature. Everything seems to be built on the philosophy of blending with nature. It’s evident everywhere. In the architecture, in the décor. There is no plain cement flooring rather grass, rocks or wooden flooring (bed/ living room). So you really have to know if you really want to live in those surroundings. Me and my wife both are dead scared of insects of ANY kind. We did have a few “incidents”. But we were prepared for it. We expected it. We knowingly went ahead with VP because we knew what we will get and we were okay with it. We wanted to be in midst of nature for our honeymoon (despite both having phobia for insects).

Koh Tao is great for water activities too. Though, we didn’t really explore this aspect much. We only did little snorkeling at Tanote bay and Shark bay. Tanote bay was better. While our walks to and fro from the local market, we saw plentiful diving schools to choose from or rent a motor-bike to see the island. We can’t recommend anything though as, like I said, we didn’t try. You can ask other reviewers here. Many of them have.

I would also like to mention the staff. Since both me and my wife are not really very frequent travelers so we didn’t really have a yardstick to measure the staff. But from our experience we found the staff to be very polite and helpful. Ko and her sister and a sweet little girl “Ta-Ta” and everyone else always served us with a smile. Don’t ask anyone, whether male or female, their age. You won’t believe them. They also taught us a few Thai words. Thanks to all of them for our wonderful stay. When my wife’s foot got burned by the floor light they quickly arranged for a bucket of ice and a cream for first aid.

I did my research for 3 months and I could not find anything similar or even close to ViewPoint in terms of the experience it offers. The combination of unique architecture, huge area, ocean-view private pools, breathtaking views and immense privacy makes it a no-brainer. Especially for honeymooners. You may get other great options too, but I can almost bet that it will be missing alteast one of the attributes mentioned above, most likely the he area. All I can say is we had a really memorable honeymoon, one we will both remember for a long-long time. We don’t think we could have made a better choice for our honeymoon. It was absolutely worth every penny. When we are checking-out we told the staff that we will be coming back after 20 years.

TL;DR: Privacy in most luxurious and unique architecture in the lap of nature, perfect for honeymoon. Go for it!

Room Tip: Any villa would be a no-brainer, except for may be villa #7. Its most expensive and we felt there was more to be desired when we just walked pass outside it. Villa 4 has great views from pool and sala, villa 6 has hge L shaped pool. Both amazing.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Mayank S
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