We were in Koh Tao last week and had arranged to stay at a different hotel on Sairee Beach but it was awful. Our group consisted of three women in our 40's who have traveled a lot and like tohave fun but we don't party all night. We checked in to our hotel on Sairee and had no idea that in the days after the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan all of the party goers head to Koh Tao. Our hotel was full of loud partying until 5 AM outside our little hut 20 somethings. ANYWAY....we decided to move to a nice quiet spot. We picked the Haadtien.
The staff at Haadtien came to pick us up at the icky hotel, they actually picked up our bags and carried them and when we got to the resort they had cool drinks for us and were so so so nice. The receptionist ( a young man from India I think) was so great! We checked in to our room and it was lovely, we stayed in a Getaway Suite. It was gorgeous with a large lounging area outside that had shades you could pull down. The fridge was stocked with water, beer and sodas. We headed down to the pool which is an amazing infinity pool next to the beach. There were plenty of loungers and a great happy hour. Again, the staff was lovely. We had dinner in the restaurant which was really good. I cannot begin to tell you how nice it was to really RELAX and enjoy the surroundings. The grounds even smell like exotic flowers.
We were there when the low tide lasts for a few months so the snorkeling was a little more difficult right off of the beach than it usually is. In other words, you have to swim way out in really shallow water without standing up because the sea floor is covered in coral and big scary urchins. That having been said, there are thousands of fish in the shallow water and we saw 3 sharks in water less than 3 feet deep. Two were smallish (around 1 meter) but the last one was over 2 meters and it spooked me:) There is a dive shop between Haadtien and Rocky Resort which I would NOT recommend. The Dive Masters were arrogant and they took us on the worst dive I have EVER been on, but they are not related to the hotel. In fact, the dive shop rents snorkle gear for $250 BHT/day and the Haadtien lets you use it for free. There is a sign out sheet over by the beach bar.They also have kayaks to make the snorkeling easier in the low tide season.
While diving with a different company, we saw a WHALE SHARK, it was incredible!!!!!
Again, the hotel and the staff were just perfect for us. We felt so relieved when we arrived there and so well taken care of. The breakfast was great and the dinners were nice as well. They run shuttle in to town 3 times a day if you want to leave the resort as well. The staff is so friendly I would recommend this hotel to anyone. There were families, couples and singles. It is quiet but that is how we liked it:) We booked on Agoda and got the Getaway Suite for about $127/night including breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HaadtienBeach Resort is a boutique destination set in a stunning backdrop of beachfront panoramas, featuring its own 380 metre secluded beach situated at the southern tip of Koh Tao. The property contains 70 private villas thoughtfully spaced amongst over 45 acres of land, which features a stunning natural bay, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Haad Tien Beach Hotel Koh Tao