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“One of the Best on Koh tao.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Koh Tao Star Villa

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Koh Tao Star Villa
Ranked #2 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“One of the Best on Koh tao.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

We arrived by ferry and we warmly greeted by Alan and Hidi who had a taxi waiting to take us to the villa.

Its quite an experience going up the first time and for that matter every time as the terrain is quite steep and you feel like the car might start doing back flips at any second haha good fun :) The villa is located
away from the main beach but still in walking distance 15min. As a group of five we booked the penthouse and found it to be very clean and well looked after. The fridge is stocked daily and the is always a cold beer at hand after a day out in the sun.

The views are amazing and all in all the place is very relaxing and pleasant.
You can walk to town as we did a fair few times or Alan can take you which is great.

We all Enjoyed our stay very much and would def recommend it to anyone staying in Koh tao.
The only thing that i think could make this place better is if breakfast was included. IE B&B.

All in all thank you Alan And Hidi.

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Daniel, Agata, Neill, Darryl and Liza

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Very nice, quiet and lovely place, far from Sairee noise and party life with wonderful view to Koh Tao and the sea. Alan and Heidi are very friendly, nice people, who have answers to all. Very clean house, no bad surprises. Perfect place for rest, granting a feeling of satisfaction and happiness. We were very happy to stay some days at Star Villa in Koh Tao. Thank you so much. Thierry & Natalia

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

I stayed in apartment 1 of Star Villa and can not fault the experience. I have stayed in many places around the world not just for pleasure but for business too and Star Villa is without doubt the most welcoming and friendly accommodation that I have stayed. The owners are very friendly and helpful, and you get the impression that your enjoyment and experience whilst staying on the island is their number 1 priority.

I have given everything 5/5 with the exception of location, the villa is in paradise and you get amazing views but walking anywhere isn't really practical due to the hill that the villa is situated (though I am not the healthiest specimen). This didn't bother me as I was renting a bike at the time and was getting around the island by bike. I understand that Alan and Heidi also do offer a taxi service to mitigate walking this hill!

If you do intend to hire a bike I would suggest hiring from Banyan Bar, unless Alan and Heidi suggest otherwise as I understand a lot of the other places will over charge you for minor damage the bike suffers. Banyan didn't even inspect the bike on return!

I will most definitely be returning to Koh Tao in future and when I do I will be booking Star Villa for my stay.

I can not recommend Star Villa enough :)

Dave

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

The boss is very friendly and the service is very professional, pleasant scenery, clean and tidy。Living here is like living in their own homes, will not be disturbed, when you need service, the boss will be there

  • Stayed November 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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 136 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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