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“Fantastic accomodation with wonderful hosts”
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Koh Tao Star Villa
Ranked #4 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Set back in the hills from beach, but only 10/15 minute walk from the action, Star Villa is an amazing experience. I fell in love with the place from the pics in the web site alone so you can only imagine how I feel having stayed there. Its the thought and consideration of the hosts Alan and Heidi that make it special. I love their taste in decor, there is a feeling here that they have made the accommodation to exactly what they would like to live in, its tasteful, its interesting, even artistic. There are some real USPs as well, Alan has cleverly devised an entertainment system that you wont find anywhere else, with a great selection of movies and music. There is also an efficient take-away food services that make a night-in a truly chilled out time. Further, the owners provide you with a mobile phone to use while you are their, and you will get a polite reminder if you forget to call on the mobile and take up Alan's offer of a free taxi ride. I have never been inspired to write a review before, but Star Villa is a unique experience which I want to share with every discerning traveller, so if you are going to Koa Tao, there simply is no better place to stay, so I suggest booking early to avoid dissapointment, its that good.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

If you are looking to stay off the beaten track and in a homely, peaceful and luxury place, Star Villa is the place for you. Not only is the accommodation perfect, but the hosts; Heidi and Alan are second to none. Their attention to detail not only in their villa but also in looking after you is simply amazing. They do a true credit to Thailand offering the service that most become have come to love from the local people.

They offer an extremely very well stocked mini bar at prices that is very near to the local shops (kudos for that), and the Villa is fully stocked with all the cooking essentials should you wish to have a crack are making some local or homely food.

Our group of 7 only stayed 2 nights (regret - if only we had more time), but will certainly return when we're back to Koh Tao as it is simply that good.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

I stayed here for 6 nights at the end of July 2012, and I did not want to leave when it came to the end of my stay. Heidi and Alan were the most welcoming hosts and did everything that they could to make my stay enjoyable, including taking me for dinner with them, driving me over to the beaches on the other side of the island and taking me snorkelling and telling me about the island and the places to go. They know a lot of the other people on the island, which means that you are welcomed like a long lost friend when you are out with them, and I met a lot of lovely people as a result. The apartments are beautifully furnished and equipped and have the most stunning views over the island, and Sairee has lots of great restaurants and bars with entertainment of all kinds. I am missing the amazing island and the wonderful time that I had there and I will definitely be back before too long.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

We stayed here for 10 nights at the end of June 2012. The villa is very well furnished, with very comfy beds and a great 'on demand' style media system with pretty much every movie/documentary/series out there on it, great for those relaxed morning and chilled evenings. The location is fantastic, hidden away between palm trees and built around massive rocks – ask Alan to take you up to the top of the big rock just behind the villa, the view is breathtaking right across the island!

The owners, Alan and Heidi are more like long lost friends, they showed us around the island, took us snorkeling, took us to the bowling alley which is a must do while you’re there, having a guy at the end of the alley chucking your ball back up to you and replacing the pins is much more fun than a fully automatic system – think The Flintstones style, it’s great fun!! They even joined us for a BBQ one night.

I really couldn’t recommend this place highly enough and very much looking forward to returning at some point in hopefully the not too distant future.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Me and my wife stayed here for 5 nights as part of our Honeymoon, and we were not disappointed.
We were upgraded to the Penthouse suite when we arrived, which made our stay that bit more special.

Alan and Heidi were very friendly who also had a wide range of knowledge about the island, which definitely helped us to explore.

The villa was immaculately clean in all rooms and also had a great media centre with hundreds of albums of music and films. But the best thing about the villa was the amazing views of Sairee beach and the wonderful sunsets whilst sat on the balcony, we will definitely miss them.

Alan and Heidi also offer free transfers to and from the main town and from the ferry port.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kris J
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

we had a lovely stay at star villa. the villa is at the top of a big hill from the main crossroads in sairee village and the owners, heidi and alan will come and pick you up in their jeep as long as you give them a ring and a bit of notice which is excellent service. the room itself was really well appointed with a large living area, flat screen tele, surround sound, and a hard drive with lots of films and music on, kitchen and lovely bathroom with hot showers. breakfast is brought to your balcony (not included) which was lovely and heidi and alan would often sit down and have a chat with you which was lovely as they are very nice people. while we were there, for a couple of nights, the other rooms were empty so alan and heidi gave us lifts onto other beaches and came snorkelling with us and took us out to one of their favourite restaurants which was so kind of them. overall, this is a nice accommodation in a lovely area. yes, it's away from the busy area a bit which in our view was a good thing as it was quiet. it does mean that getting to and from the beach requires a bit of planning with alan and heidi or taxis to get down at the right time and get picked up again. the real plus for the villa is alan and heidi who will happily go more than the extra mile to make sure everything is perfect for you on your stay. if we go back to koh tao, we would definitely stay here again

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We stayed here as a couple in the Penthouse for 5 days. Alan and Heidi were extremely helpful and hospitable as soon as we met them at the pier right up until we left 5 days later. The location is absolutely stunning, secluded in surrounding jungle beauty. Despite being quite far away from the beach and restaurants and steep (by walk), Alan and Heidi were always willing to take us down there in their jeep. The penthouse was beautiful and had everything we needed and more. Facilities included a kitchen area, television with dvd and music, balcony, beautiful view, two bedrooms, clean bathroom facilities. There is also a games room with a pool table. A very enjoyable and relaxing stay. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 11/18 Moo 1, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #4 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Price Range: $74 - $163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Koh Tao Star Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the jungle clad hills above Sairee Beach, Koh Tao Star Villa offers unique accommodation on Koh Tao. spacious, modern, fully furnished apartmens with western standard bathrooms all designed with the ecology of the island in mind. Enjoy beautiful sunsets from your terrace and enjoy free use of our games room and BBQ area. And this very peacful setting, is only 3-4 minutes by bike or ATV from the centre of Sairee Beach - truely a great combination. ... more   less 
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