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Koh Tao Star Villa
Ranked #2 of 138 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
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San Francisco, California
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“Priceless View”
Reviewed May 12, 2010

In a beautiful setting this is certainly one of the nicest spots. The view was simply awesome.

We traveled through Thailand for two weeks and the Koh Tao Star Villa was the last spot we stayed at. It was the perfect spot to end the trip. Very nice new amenities, clean comfortable rooms and a nice evening breeze. Alan and Heidi are great hosts and I would expect new changes coming down the line that will make the place even better,

Stayed April 2010
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Hadleigh, Essex, UK
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Reviewed May 6, 2010

We stayed at Star Villa end April /beginning May when all the "problems" with Thailand were at their peak. We did not stay in Bangkok but travelled onto Koh Samui and there was no hint of any trouble. We never even felt uneasy let alone scared.

We were collected from the Port and taken to Star Villa, into a home away from home. Fully equiped with everything you would need. Spotlessly clean and with all the amenities that you could wish for.

We were ferried from the villa to the beach area whenever we required and were gived a wealth of information about the island.

Heidi & Alan are there to recommend anything from a suitable restaurant to a massage parlour. It helps greatly when you are in an unknown Country.

The hospitality was beyond reproach and we would recommend this place to anyone visiting this area.

Had a great time and we are sorrry that the Iceland Vulcano hasn't erupted sufficiently to make it impossible for us to leave. ha ha.

Great Country, Great Place, Great People.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 28, 2010

From pick up to drop off at the ferry terminal from Koh Samui, we were looked after in fine Koh Tao style! Even before we arrived, Alan and Heidi had answered at least a half dozen emails peppering them with questions about the island and their facilities, and they remained a great source of recommendations for our whole stay. The open villa concept - fans, huge open windows - proved perfect for the hothot Thai weather, and we only used the air con in the bedroom a couple of nights (once after I got sunburned snorkelling - be warned, I sunburned even thou I slathered on the sunscreen and am usually an easy tanner). We didn't use the kitchen much, but when we did everything worked a treat, and we could see that if self-catering was on the list, all the kit was there. The deck was amazing, with a breathtaking view - that alone was worth the price of admission! The cold white wine whilst overlooking the sunset.....I can't say enough. When they finish their pool, it will be a perfect place to hang out all day. But don't miss the beaches - we were celebrating my 50th, so were glad we were not down on the beach trying to sleep beside the under-35 set and all their bars and late nights, but snorkeling with Alan and Heidi at Tanote Bay and scuba diving by the iconic three islands were not just highlights of this trip, but of my whole life. I have always said I would never scuba- the idea of all that water on top of me etc etc, but the teacher that A&H recommended was gentle and inspired confidence, and their own thoughtful encouragement was instrumental in me trying it. I might never get further down than the 12 metres, but that was far enough to see the best! The option to eat at Star Villa was great - breakfasts by Heidi were a nice Western touch and everything they offered for meals and snacks was price-comparable to anywhere else on the island. They were SOO generous with their time and taxi'd us up and down the hill almost whenever we needed to go. The outdoor games room was cute but it was too hot for us to play pool or cycle, but at another time of year would be great. Again, they recommended restaurants - all a hit - and a great scooter rental place. We gave up on the scooters though - too square to ride without helmets - and the roads on Koh Tao were dodgy in my view. Oh! that is something to note - there are lots of stairs to get up and down from car to Villa......but for us they were just good exercise! What a find! Thanks to all previous reviewers.....your praises brought us here!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed April 13, 2010

The view from Star Villa is unbelievable! Alan and Heidi are the best hosts you can ask for. They picked us up and dropped us off at the ferry, which was super convenient. We were also introduced to their friend Dave, a scuba instructor, who took us scuba diving to some of his favorite spots. I can't say enough about this place -- you really feel at home at this wonderfully villa.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 5, 2010

My boyfriend and i had a wonderful 2 nights staying at Star Villas.
We stayed in one of their lovely spacious apartments which had a plasma on the wall, dvd player and surround sound. The apartment was very clean and our bed was turned down at night. We loved the bathroom with the bricked shower and the dressing gowns hanging up on the wall. The fridge was fully stocked with a variety of drinks which were very cheap compared to the usual mini bar prices.
We were thorughly looked after which we was not expecting from staying in an apartment. Heidi and Alan showed us around and took us to a few bars- Lotus and Vibe bar which were on the beach with fairy lights etc!
We are really glad we stayed here, with Heidi and Alans recommendations for places to visit we felt we saw a lot more than what we might of staying somewhere else.
I would recommend Koh Tao Star Villas to everybody from families to single travellers, it finished off our holiday perfectly!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 26, 2010

It's hard to add any more superlatives than what has already been written about Koh Tao Star Villa. The apartment was luxurious, spacious, tastefully decorated in a contemporary style and spotlessly clean throughout. Added to that there were lots of welcome extras like towelling dressing gowns, satellite tv and an excellent fully stocked fridge. Owners Alan and Heidi were born to be in the hospitality business, both friendly, helpful to a fault and providing service that was second to none. We only wish we could have stayed longer than the four nights. Recommend it? Oh yes.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Auckland NZ
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Reviewed January 14, 2010

We just debated if this is our favourite accommodation any where and the answer is Yes.

We stayed for 8 nights from 07.01.10 and wish we could have longer. We will back.

The apartments are lovely and stylish with good furniture and fittings and all the mod cons. Great terrace to have a drink in the evening and watch the sun set into the koh tao harbour. Great games room with pool table, and lovely breakfasts available.

Best of all Alan and Heidi are lovely people who will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and happy.

  • Stayed January 2010, 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 138 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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