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Haadtien Beach Resort
Ranked #16 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Seattle, Washington
1 review
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

A few weeks ago my family and I went to Koh Tao on vacation. We have 2 younger children so we always require a bit more flexibility when traveling. The resort itself was top notch. Very clean, good service, and the rooms were simply beautiful. We found the prices at the restaraunt a bit expensive, but all in all it was still worth the money. After spending a few days unwinding around the pool, which was absolutely stunning, we decided to take the kids on a half day snorkeling trip which was completely organized by the on-site dive shop called Dive Wishes & More. We had SUCH a lovely time. We rented the underwater digital camera that the shop rents out to customers, and had the time of our lives! The trip was on a very cozy speedboat which suited our family perfectly. The English speaking Thai captain was fantastic- very friendly, we went to all the best snorkeling spots, and the photos turned out great! It was truly an unforgettable experience and the kids just loved every moment- exceptionally family friendly. The Dive Shop also offers private trips, diving courses, and will organize and accommodate basically any sort of water activity you'd like to take part in. Excellent customer service. Two thumbs up!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
many thanks for the great review on haad tien and our dive shop Dive wishes,
we have passed on your feedback to all our departments, in regards to the resort, being clean, good service and the rooms being beautifull.
talk to Tom at the Dive shop, sends his regards and thanks you as well for diving with them, they do make a great team as they limit their trips to how many people makes this a better experience for all,
thank you all once again from the staff & Managment
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Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Just got back from my honeymoon in Thailand and stayed at this resort, specifically for the diving. My husband and I are both amateur divers and we were so well informed by the staff at Dive Wishes II! They were very knowledgable and professional and the Dive Shop Manager, Krista takes such pride in her job and genuinely cares about each and every one of her guests. Thank you so much to the entire team at Dive Wishes II for the phenomenal experience that my husband and I will never forget.

  • Stayed February 2013
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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
thank your the wonderful review, glad you both enjoyed your honeymoon, its an ideal location
to enjoy such a wonderful ocasion, the dive shop Manager Tom sends his regards and thanks you as well for the feedback on his shop manager Krista.
as they limit their divers they offer a more proffesional dive and more attention towards their customers.
hope to welcome you both back very soon to the haad tien.
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

My Wife, son and I have just come back from four days at the Haad Tien, and can report that the resort is lovely, set in well maintained lawns, with a clean pool, and set on a beautiful stretch of beach, which is kept immaculately clean by the resort staff. Having spent a week on Koh Samui in reasonable four star hotel, the Haad Tien easily out classed this, and represented a good quality Island beach Holiday, without the need to spend silly money . The accommodation was sensibly priced, and the restaurant and beach bar were nicely located, on the beach. My only quibble is in the food and beverage prices, as these were too high, and I would have ate and drank more in the resort if these were more in keeping with prices elsewhere. Having said that, the food was good and the breakfast variety and quality was fabulous.

We took a private snorkel Trip from the Resort's dive shop, which was 4,000 baht for the three of us for a three hour trip. This was the highlight of our stay and we visited five different places around the island and the skipper, though limited in English, was very helpful, and made the trip that much more enjoyable.

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* Lovely bungalow style rooms, with the right mix of modern and traditional facilities. - Ours was a Hideaway Bungalow, set back from the beach, with limited sea views, but no problems for us whatsoever.
* Beautiful, well maintained facilities and setting
* Great food, albeit a bit overpriced.
* Very Helpful staff

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
many thanks for the great review, glad you all enjoyed our hospitality and your stay at the haad tien Beach Resort, our gardening team do a woinderfulk job to keep the beach clean and tidy thank you, we have informed them of your feedback.
delighted you compared us to a similar 4 star resort on Koh Samui.
glad you enjoyed the food though as you mentioned a bit pricy we will take a look at this.

taking the longtail boat around Koh Tao is a wonderful activity for the half day and does give you a great view of the coast line along with great snorkel and dive location all around.

thank you once again for staying with us and hope to welcome you all back in the near future.
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Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

After a few enjoyable but high energy nights on Sairee beach, our stay at Haad Tien was a welcome change. John, the manager was very personable & went beyond to help us with any need. The staff is very friendly & have decent English skills. The property itself is beautiful and the beach has fine white sand & turquoise water. The beach bar is great & so is happy hour... but maybe music other than dated north american love songs would pick the vibe up. The restaurant is ok with a few nice, low lying beach front tables. We stayed in a Getaway Villa. The room was clean, cool and had a great view. The only slightly negative comment I have is that there is a non-Thai receptionist who made us felt like we were inconveniencing her.
I hope to make it back to Koh Tao someday & stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Thank Megymoo11
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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Thank you both for a wonderful review,
its a pleasure to assit our guests we try to give you added value with information, from my side
allways ready to assist when i can.
we will add soem more language prorgam for our staff in the coming months to bring their English and hospitaity service up one notch, for our beach and beach bar we strive to maintain the beach and daily we clean all day. beach bar is a great palce to hang out for sure, i will take a look at the music.
haad tien beach is one of the Best on koh Tao! with over 350 meters of beach front for our guest to enjoy a wonderful bay to swim and snorkle,
for the our Non Thai staff member she has left us.
thank you both once again, hope to welcome you back in the near future.
Best regards the staff & Managment
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Recently I traveled to Koh Tao with my friends to do some diving and we were lucky enough to find the hidden gem in Shark Bay called 'Dive Wishes'. The shop is on a really beautiful resort in Shark Bay that seems to cater mostly to the guests of the resort, but the staffs were more than happy to accommodate us as we stayed at another part of the island. We both did our Open Water Course with this company and we had a great time! All members of staff were friendly and professional. It was not difficult to see that they were all seasoned instructors/dive masters. Before enrolling in the OWC at Dive Wishes we of course checked around to see what other shops had to offer. We did pay a premium price for our course, but overall we feel that it was worth every last penny! What we also thought was great was that the shop even arranged taxi pick up for us from our bungalow on the other side of the island, and would let us choose (within reason) which dive site we could visit on certain days. Also, most dive shops leave at 6-630 in the morning for their first trip, but at Dive Wishes they leave at 9 and 1:30. It really gave us more time to enjoy our holiday!
Overall, we would highly recommend Dive Wishes to anyone who prefers a more laid back and luxurious diving experience. Money well spent.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Thank you for a wonderful review, in regards to the Dive wishes dive shop,
Tom and his team do a fabulous job of taking very good care of their guests at all times.
paying a premium price ofr their services on a private speed boat catering fro 4 to 8 divers gives them more time to pay more close attention to thei guests and their dives.
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

This resort is really amazing! We spent 3 nights - 4 days and I have to admit that we totally loved it :) A little paradise on the beach that helps you relax and calm down. The restaurant at the hotel is very decent combining both European and Thai flavors. The Beach bar is amazing with a huge list and variety of delicious cocktails!
The rooms are also great - we stayed at the getaway villas - which have a great view of both the villa and the Pool. The castaway villas are also superb, as they are on the beach and have their own private beach beds which are more secluded than the ones available for the rest of the guests.
The beach is indeed not a private one, but while we were there, it never got crowded and it felt like we were in our own little paradise.
The only negative thing i can say about the resort is the staff - most of them are not as polite as expected. However there are a few who do go out of their way top help you.
In total I would definitely reccommend this hotel for an amazing stay in Koh Tao

Room Tip: I would go for the getaway villas or the castaway ones.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Dear Both, thank you for a wonderful review.
we have passed on your feedback towards our restaurant and kitchen teams.
the castaway villas are a great design and set on the beach as you mentioned you are in paradise.
for our staff we will have over the next few months a training program for them to help their
hospitality skills and customer care and attention.

thank you once again,
Best regards,the staff & Managment
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

As high end resorts go, this would be classified as mediocre on the hotel front, but the dive facilities were phenomenal.

I have nothing to say about the accommodation that hasn't been said already, but the dive shop...that's a different story.

As a keen recreational diver, i am often let down by places like this. Fortunately the good people at Dive wishes broke this stereotype spectacularly. The place was very professionally organised, dive times were more flexible than anywhere I've ever stayed before and the staff, particularly the shop manager, were incredibly helpful and bent over backwards to meet our every need and request. If your looking for top notch 'fine vacationing' then this may not be the place for you...but, if you're looking for somewhere to stay in comfort and enjoy some of the most beautiful dive scenery one can imagine then this place would be worthy of a 6 star rating!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Thank Sallso10
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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Thank you for your review on trip Advisor.
sad to hear that you cosnider us mediocre, could you be more specific or
send me an email john@haadtien.com i would love to have your feedback.

Tom has read your review and is well please with your feedback.
thank you once again.
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Property: Haadtien Beach Resort
Address: 19/9 Moo 3 (Shark Bay), Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Koh Tao
#3 Family Hotel in Koh Tao
#4 Luxury Hotel in Koh Tao
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Haadtien Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 70
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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