I absolutely cannot understand why this lovely resort is placed on last position for hotels in Koh Tao!
As for Sairee Beach this is probably the best accommodation, considering location, quality, facilities and price.
We like it so much we extended our stay 3 times!
This isn't backpacker pocket friendly resort but it's not too expensive either. We stayed in a Poolside Villa (booked through booking.com) at around 48 euro a night. Of course you can find cheaper places, but we were looking for something nice...
Location Location Location! - I don't think you could get any better! It's just in the middle of all things happening and yet incredibly quiet for a good night sleep. It's almost on the beach (there are no beach hotels in Sairee, as there is hardly any beach at all - very narrow strip), you can see beach and sea from the swimming pool, it's literally few steps away. We thought of Sea Shell as oasis of peace and beauty, but if you don't like parties, loud music and young people having fun you may want to avoid Sairee Beach all together. We loved it.
The hotel grounds are very pretty - palm trees and green shrubs with flowers all over the place. One of the nicest and biggest swimming pools on Sairee (you can actually swim in it, not just take a plunge) - great area to chill out with your book after early morning dives. There is also a jacuzzi beside swimming pool and Spa. All beds have umbrellas so you can put them up if looking for some shade.
The Spa is more of a massage place than a standard European Spa but it's really nice with great staff and well priced - same as street spas. We used it quite few times - the girls were lovely and very caring, doing a Thai massage they would still attend to any burns or wounds or mosquito bites you may have. Be aware - Thai massage is only for those who like pain of being stretched and a strong massage - my hubby wasn't too happy when I booked him one and choose to have oil and aloe vera massages after that, on the other hand I really enjoyed it!
Our room was rather small for Thai standards but it didn't really matter as we weren't spending much time there at all. The bathroom was nice, no mosquitoes, hot water and strong shower pressure. We lost hot water for a day but once informed reception of the problem it was fixed immediately. The villas aren't very private, as each have 2 rooms and (locked) interconnecting doors between them, you also share a terrace. In our case this wasn't any problem as we visited Koh tao in low season and had somebody staying in next room only for 2, maybe 3 nights. The bathrooms are wet rooms – when you take shower don’t leave anything on the floor as it will get wet, the bathroom floor tends to flood. (This isn’t a problem or anything unusual – the rooms are raised higher so water won’t get into your bedroom). The rooms had AC and fan, so you could choose to use both or AC or fan only. The negatives - no safes in the rooms (but you can use safes at the reception) and our room (406) didn't have a wardrobe. Not big issues really.
The breakfast isn't great, but it's not too bad either. I actually enjoyed fresh fruit and yoghurt, besides there are many places to grab a bite around!
We really enjoyed our stay in Seashell and would come back, but everyone looks for something different, therefore I strongly suggest not to book any accommodation for duration of all your stay specially in low season, get yourself something for first night (Seashell!) and then walk, have a look around other hotels, resorts, huts and get what you really like and where you like it! And compare prices with online booking websites - we saved 10 euro a night going with booking.com
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seashell Resort Koh Tao is centrally located in the popular resort area, within easy walk to markets, shops,beach bar, restaurants and Sairee famous beach.The resort is styled around a garden landscaped and swimming pool, with PADI dive center and a spa area. An additional bar and modern restaurant is located on the beach serve Thai Food ,European Food and Seafood ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sea Shell Hotel Koh Phangan