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Haadtien Beach Resort
Ranked #14 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Reviewed May 26, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Haad Tien - we had 3 nights in a Castaway Villa which was an amazing location right on a gorgeous quiet beach. The room was very nice and clean, however considering the price I was expecting something slightly more luxurious. The pool area is lovely and the food and drinks at the beach bar and also the restaurant were pleasant and reasonably priced. The staff were generally friendly however again considering the price we paid I had expected just a little more.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2013

Dear Both, thank you for a great review, delighted we were able to exceed your expectations,
as a top end 4 star resort we offer a good service, could you be kind enough to give me some additional information on what you expected more, john@haadtien.com
hope to welcome you back in the near future.
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We really loved this resort. The days spent here were definitely the best part of our trip to Ko Samui and Ko Tao this time. We booked last minute (literally just minutes before arriving) and checked in rather early. At first it looked like we would have to wait for the room - no problem with that - but then it was immediately available, what a nice surprise right away.

The beach here is wonderful, although we noticed that one had to venture a bit further to actually find crystal clear water and see coral and fish, so we rented a kayak for snorkeling. I cannot say the snorkeling experience here was really amazing compared to some other places nearby, but it was still very enjoyable, and this is not a diving resort anyway.

Service was very friendly, and our getaway room was very nice indeed. Free wifi is always a plus. The room was very far away from the construction noise nearby that only bothered us during breakfast, though I have to confess that my review would be very different indeed, if this was not the case.

Prices especially for the minibar, kayaking and happy hour a the beach bar were all reasonable, which is not always the case in this kind of secluded high class resort. Breakfast was good and varied.

I'm giving this 5/5 for everything except 4/5 for the distant location. Perfect location would be a secluded beach near the center of the city, without any construction nearby - impossible, I know. Still, the hotel does offer free transport a few times daily that is helpful for exploring Ko Tao.

Very much recommended!

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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2013

Many thanks for a wonderful review on haadtien, we are delighted we were able to meet your expectations, it was a pleasure to meet you both upon arrival and able to get the room faster to you, its our culture to assist, we offer value for money without trying to be overboard.
looking forward to welcome you both back in the near future.
Best regards, The staff & Managment

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Reviewed May 24, 2013

I'm suprised that the Haad Tien is only number 8 for accommodation on Koh Tao as looking at what else was on offer it was definitely miles ahead of the rest! The beach is beautiful - clean, white sands, crystal clear water. It is quiet too - the resort is the only one on shark bay. We stayed at another higher rated hotel on trip advisor earlier on during our stay on Koh Tao and were very disappointed.

We stayed in a hideaway villa - it was perfect for what we needed. It was clean, spacious and we were very pleased. There was a large decking area outside with our own sunloungers to relax on. There was some construction work going on near to the resort which meant that noise could be heard around the reception area - ask for a room away from there and down the beach, we couldn't hear any noise in ours.

We went down to Sairee beach one day and it was disappointing - I had been to Koh Tao 7years ago when it was still relatively undeveloped but now the accumulation of bars and backpackers has totally spoilt the beach and there was rubbish everywhere.

The only downside was the breakfast here - everything was covered in flies. They have obviously tried to cover stuff up but as the area is open aired the flies were still there. I think the hotel needs to think about keeping the food somewhere undercover. We hardly ate anything at breakfast due to this.

The resort is quite secluded - they offer a free shuttle to Mae Haad at certain times of day but we didn't find much in the way of restaurants/bars there. We ate in the hotel restaurant at night and the food was lovely - overpriced for Thailand but still not European prices!

If you want to stay away from the backpacker crowd on a beautiful beach then head here!!

Room Tip: Ask for a room further away from reception - you can hear the noise from the construction near there...
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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2013

wonderfull review and feedback, thank you.
the hideaways do offer ample space and a lovely balcony to relax and enjoy the nature that surrounds the haad tien, agree with you in regards to the construction next door cannot be heard once you move away form the reception area.
Breakfast all steps have been undertaken to keep a clean and safe buffet area.

looking forward to welcome you both back in the near future.
Best regards, the staff & Managment

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Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

This was exactly what I was looking for when I decided to visit koh tao.
My bungalow was right on the beach, beautifully done, air con that was nice and cold, reasonably priced mini bar and lovely and clean.
The resort staff were friendly and helpful, the in site restaraunt and bar were reasonable with good menus. Breakfast was fine, not spectacular but enough choice to keep me going - no fresh fruit juice, which was disappointing.

The on site surf shop was good I completed an open water SSI course. They were a little disorganised but all the staff were friendly and I had every confidence they were going to
look after me! The groups were really small first day I had an instructor to myself and on my course there was just one other diver.

Snorkelling in the shallow water in the bay is good fun there is a good variety of tropical fish just a few meters out.

Overall really thought haad tien was great, there is some building work going on, there are only a few actual beach bungalows I would have been disappointed if I hadn't gotten one! It is more expensive than other places in the area. It is quite out the way so taxis are a few hundred baht from town.

Would recommend this hotel and would definitely return. But I would confirm my bungalow on booking.

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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2013

Wonderful reveiw many thanks, for the feed back and comments well noted.
we will pass on your comments to the dive wishes team and your feedback.
please do make a request for your preffered Bungalow on your next visit.

hope to welcome you back in the near future,
Best regards the staff & Managment

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

It's hard to find the balance between laid back atmosphere and great service, but the Haad Tien does it! Its charming, elegant, extremely peaceful and relaxing. Its located on a great beach just 15 minutes by taxi away from the main village and 10 from the port. The hotel have many options for day trips (around the island scuba or snorkelling) and its soooo worth it. Took a half day (from 9 till 2pm) snorkelling trip and went back to mango island (my favorite little spot on the island) on the next day. Would totally recommend for couples (supper romantic place) or anyone that enjoys and good atmosphere, great service, a natural chic environment and doesn't mind being a little away from the main village. One last thought: Its one of the few hotels that I have stayed that you dont feel the service routines and don't get disturbed or even distracted by it, and that's amazing.

Room Tip: We decided for the getaway villa (room 305) and loooooved it. Close to the pool, beach and restauran...
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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2013

thank you for the wonderful review and feedback, great feedback on our round the Isand trip yes this is very popular and gives you the best of seeing the island from the sea, snorkel with fish and the sharks, we hope to welcome you both back in the near future, dont forget to try a castaway right on the beach next time.
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

My partner and I stayed at Haad Tien for 5 nights anfd it was a really enjoyable experience. It is the only resort on Shark Bay. We opted for a Castaway beach Villa and it was right on the beach with the ocean only a few short steps away. The room was really modern yet had a rustic charm with an outside daybed to sit and relax.

We also had two loungers on the beach right in front of the villa which was peefrct for suning ourselves

The beach was glorioulsy uncrowded and you had a real sense of being in a really unspoillled part of Thailand.

The resort staff were very helpful and always had a smile on their face which made us feel very welcome indeed.

The nightly shuttlebus to the town was free which was a really nice touch and there was enough to do in the small port area to while away a few hours every evening.

My one negative would be that the breakfast wasnt very good - so much so that we decided not to try the restaurant in the evening which is a pity as it looked very beautiful at night.

Overally this is a great place and i would definately go back.

Room Tip: definately opt for a castaway villa on the beach. rooms 209 onwards are right on the beach and this...
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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2013

Dear Both, Thank you for a great review and the feedback towards the resort and our staff.
Noted for breakfast and chef and his team have been informed and the changes have happened.
shame that you did not try their dinner menu it has been given very good feedback in regards to quality, presentations and the taste, hopefully on your next trip you would give the food a try.
i can assure you both you will enjoy.
thank you once again,
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We first visited Koh tao some three years ago and so had heard worrying things about it becoming over developed and commercialised prior to attending this time – I can confirm that whilst it has been built up a bit around Sairee beach it is still absolutely wonderful and 90% untouched !

My wife and I were visiting for 5 nights and had long deliberated about where to stay; I can honestly say that we were absolutely delighted with the Haad Tien. The pickup process at the ferry terminal initially didn’t appear as slick as other hotels and then it became quite obvious why – their vehicle is far more substantial than any others and so they had to wait for the space to bring it in!

The trip to the hotel includes a pretty steep climb followed by descent in to their private bay but once there – wow! It is 110% as stunning as their website makes it look and the check in process was quick and painless. We enjoyed two room types during our stay, the first two nights in a getaway villa (I think thats right anyhow – with a day bed out the front) and it was very close to the pool/beach and restaurant which was ideal. The second of our rooms was a hideaway and location was right at the top of a very steep climb but the view made if worthwhile once we’d got to the top!

The beach is stunning and as we were on spring tides this meant as low tide it was very shallow for approx 100m out – great for fish spotting although watch out for the sea urchins. The pool bar / restaurant has happy hour for two hours each day and yes; the drinks were more expensive than in town but at £2 for a cocktail it was also easy to get carried away; particularly as they even brought then to us as we sat in the sea! The catering at the pool restaurant and main restaurant is what I would call average to good; i.e. there are better places but for convenience and overall these places are absolutely fine.

On our last three nights we chose to go to Sairee Beach to watch the sunset and the hotel kindly organised taxi’s for us; again these were a little more pricey than coming back with private guys but the difference was literally one or two pounds so that was fine.

My only real gripes would be that the hotel needs to renew their complimentary snorkelling equipment and on our last morning they did fib about the availability of a room service menu – this was only resolved when we spoke with the very helpful general manager who did tell the truth and so our food appeared ! Similarly they tried to tell us our check out time had already been a ‘complimentary late check out’ despite the fact we were only at the time they advertise as check out in the hotel information brochure. The latter of these points is not a huge issue but did irritate us as fibbing lets down an otherwise wonderful hotel and we had (we thought) been good customers for them over five nights at a quiet time of year!

However; all that aside we will certainly need an extremely good reason not to use this hotel again as/when we return!

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DGC9_12, Manager at Haadtien Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2013

Thank you both for a wonderful review and feedback, Koh Tao has still a lot of unotuched areas as you mentioned, at the pier can be a hectic day and with a lareg vehicle like our truck sometimes we do have a slow exit from this area, my apologies.
All the snorkeling equipment has been changed with 10 new sets last week, thanks for the heads up, fbing is not or should be part of our Hospitality and this has been discussed with both Front office and the Service team.
my apologies once again looking forward to welcome you both back in the near future.
Best regards, the staff & Managment

for those wanting to book with us direct please use haadtien. com only

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Address: 19/9 Moo 3, 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
#4 Luxury Hotel in Koh Tao
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range: $87 - $322 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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