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“Paradise in Koh Tao!!”
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Koh Tao Star Villa
Ranked #2 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
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“Paradise in Koh Tao!!”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

When reading about Koh Tao Star Villa I did wonder whether it would be too good to be true...however, it wasn't!

Heidi and Alan have created a little haven up in the jungle with breath-taking views, superb customer service and a fantastic location! As soon as we stepped off the ferry at Koh Tao (Alan had previously helped me organise which ferry was best) Heidi and Alan were there to greet us and help us start our 8 day adventure. We jumped on the back of their jeep (a must! Trust that they are skilled drivers) and drove the ten minutes to their beautiful villa just a short journey from the main area of Sairee.

We stayed in the one bedroom apartment and it is spotless. Heidi and Alan have thought of everything- a fridge stocked with very cheap drinks and sweet treats (you just set up a tab) and a hard-drive with as many films, drama series and songs as you could think of. I have now become addicted to Game of Thrones as a result. Even though you don't need the hard-drive on a beautiful island like koh-tao it was nice on a particularly rainy day. I also loved the bathrobes :)

Yes-the villa is set up on a steep hill and you do need to climb up some steps to reach the villa but it all makes the experience better as my boyfriend and I have never seen views like it! The sunset was WOW! and it shows you the beauty of the island and provides brilliant photos to make friends at home jealous.

The next 8 days passed with ease and to be honest we didn't want to leave. Alan and Heidi took us out to their favourite restaurants and bars- we really loved the Tapas and the rasta bar :). Both of these places were off the beaten track and it allowed us to go to places we wouldn't otherwise have known about.

We hired a quad bike from a place recommended by Alan and Heidi and this was a great way to get around the island and be a bit more independent. Having said that,Heidi and Alan make you feel like nothing is too much for them, they picked us up when we called and dropped us into Sairee when we needed. The mobile phone was provided by them and this is an excellent service that really added to our stay. However, we weren't tied to this either, if we wanted a later night we just got a 4x4 taxi to take us back up (the numbers for the taxi are on the phone they give you)....I told you they had thought of everything! :)

I would really recommend packing light, there are lots of amazing shops in Sairee and they villa is very close to the main town so shopping was easy. Also, go and eat at Barracuda, Kanya's and Portobellos. We also did a cookery course with one of Heidi and Alan's friends called Jam. She owns her own restaurant and we had half a day with her learning how to cook some of our favourite thai meals. You then get to eat what you have made during the course...yum yum!

I could go on forever telling you about the beauty of Koh Tao, it really is heaven on earth and about the fantastic service that Heidi and Alan provide, but I would be here all day.... To sum it up, I know we will be going back and I know where we would stay-Koh Tao Star Villa!

Olivia and Kevin

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

I stayed at Koh Tao Star Villa over Christmas 2013 along with a group of friends on a reunion trip. We were hosted very graciously by the owners - Heidi & Alan, who are very cool and always willing to help. The villa itself is fantastic and very well maintained (we lived in the penthouse) and view is simply breathtaking. The deck is a great place to just sit back and relax and play some music / movies / read a book (from the in-penthouse library) and enjoy the sunset. Alan and Heidi also provide a free pick up and drop off service from the villa to the main Sairee beach (which is otherwise a 20 min walk) till about 10:30pm. The only small issue is if you're coming back AFTER this time in which case you can either take a late night taxi (which could be pretty expensive) or walk up (the walk uphill is quite tiring after a long day of diving / activities). But this is just one small bump in what is otherwise an absolute gem of a place. Highly recommend :).

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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South Holland Province, The Netherlands
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

We stayed in Koh Tao Star Villa in december 2013 and were there for Xmas. The positive reviews lived up to our expectations! We had a really good time and the hosts Heidi and Alan run the villa with their hearts...and together with several lovely animals from 'the hood'. The villa is luxurious and beautiful, a real nice place to relax and it has a great view. The hosts give you good advice where to go and where to eat. And they drive you up and down the hill in their fourwheel drive, a really cool ride! If you plan to go to Koh Tao, go to the Star Villa!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

We travelled as a family of 4 with two teenage daughters. The jewel of Koh Toa welcomed us with amazing hospitality from Heidi and Allan. The penthouse was superbly finished with all the amenities one could wish for. Our hosts ensured we went to the best hidden gems on the island and arranged or fetched us when ever we required their assistance.

We can not recommend Star Villa highly enough as it provides everything that you'd wish for on a relaxing holiday including superb views and facilities. We can't wait to go back.

Stayed July 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

This place is absolut 5 star! Awesome view and Heidi and Alan (owners) are perfect hosts to give you 'the island experience' you are looking for. They even provide you with a Phone and carservice.

Warm regards,

Nathalie & Michael (Netherlands)

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Poole, Dorset, UK
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Have stayed at star villa before. We had such a great time and service before,we thought we would go back. It was sooooo nice to see it was just how we remembered it..stunning!! little bit of luxury in the middle of the jungle! and still with such great standards and the very friendly,helpful staff/owners,who care so much about the island. Nothing is ever too much trouble for them (heidi and alan), They realy made us feel like part of the family and at home. The little extras provided always adds to the stay,free taxis twice a day are great, provided us with the mobile phones to call them with. Beach towels are also provided on request.Great take away book is provided,we sampled lots of local resaurants and all very tasty. The games room provided us with lots of entertainment to pass the time while we waited for the rain to pass and relaxed. We also like to use the sun loungers on the balcony,the view never gets boreing. There are steps up to the villa,but there we re also many lovely things we have seen while walking up them, wild life and plants etc. We always seem to take lots of pictures while we are staying at the villa.The rooms are exactly as you see them on the website. Drinking water provided and you can purchase alcoholic drinks on site. A washing service is also provided. We enjoy the island so much when we holiday there,but this place always tops it off..quality in every way.

Room Tip: we have stayed in the pent house before and this was just lovely. We stayed in a smaller appartment...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We booked the whole villa for 8 adults and a child. During the total 2 days stay, the host Heidi and Alan showed us how a wonderful holiday can be. The villa, somelike a english-tai mixed style country villa, was well built and decorated. It is so warm and comfortable, we feel like stay in our relatives' house.

The host are really helpful. Besides the on-call free shuttle for two times a day, they also provide beach towels, hair dryer, oven and low-price drinkings including beers and wines. They collected a food delivery information book and provide us a local-call mobile phone which has been installed their number and driver's number. These all helped us a lot.

We were not so lucky to see the sunset and the wind was real big. All this didn't harm the environment, we really enjoyed sitting in the corridor drinking a cup of tea and doing nothing.

It's so grateful for the host to bulit such a nice place and we are lucky of choosing here!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Koh Tao Star Villa
Address: 11/18 Moo 1, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #2 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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