My partner and I stayed in HaadTien for 10 days after spending the same amount of time at Santhiya on Koh Phangan. It isn't fair to compare but I think being at Santhiya did influence my experience at HaadTien. First of all, I will say that the lay out of Haad Tien is amazing, and I loved the look of the place even more than Santhiya which is built into a jungle hillside. Haad Tien is open and you walk under palm tree covered lawns by the infinity pool and along the beach...nothing short of gorgeous. Every day we laid out on the beach under these smaller shade trees covered in butterflies...was almost like something out of a dream. The water was relatively clear and there was a wide variety of fish to see while snorkelling although a lot of the coral was indeed dead or damaged, not sure why. The rooms are a bit basic, but clean and sufficient, and we had a getaway villa just behind the pool which gave us a good view. A few comments about the room. There is an outdoor space with pillows and a canopy but we were there during the rainy season which meant the staff frequently had to rush around and cover the seating area to protect from the rain. It would be helpful to have a few chairs under a truly protected porch to be able to sit and enjoy the tropical rain when it does occur. When the rain was finished, they often weren't as quick to come and remove the cover so you could sit outside...or you had to take care of it yourself. I'm certainly not above doing that, but for the prices you pay, you shouldn't have to do this. There were also no chairs or sitting area in the room so if you are inside you only have the bed to sit on...again, just a bit more comfort or amenities would have been welcome. We ate lunch daily at the beach bar which we were all very satisfied with...good drinks and food (one of my favorite lunches was fried fish with green mango salsa...amazing). the staff at this bar were friendly and helpful. As you walk around the resort however, a lot of staff would never make eye contact, greet you or acknowledge you...it was odd really especially after spending 10 days in a resort where they went almost to the other extreme. Maybe it was a language issue, but I think just a quick hello or good morning is a pleasant thing. The breakfast buffet was good....not great, but fine and it is true what other people say...the service is lacking. Just to get a cup of coffee could take 10 minutes which is unfortunate also because the dining area was not that big...there does seem to a greater need of training and organisation for the employees. The bus into town was a nice arrangement and we generally took this around 6pm and then would share a taxi home with our friends who were also staying here with us and that worked out very well. There are a lot of nice restaurants near the harbour and along the main beach there, 10 minutes away so you should experience that. All in all, we very much enjoyed our stay here but as you can see, there are some issues to be addressed. It is true that the construction was still going on during our stay even though the resort had hoped it would be done by July. We couldn't hear it in our rooms, but you could hear it during the day laying on the beach....maybe it will end soon. We had initially thought we had booked a hideaway beach front villa but discovered this was not the case when confirming our visit a few weeks before departure (we had reserved on a Dutch site and the translation of the room types was confusing). To be fair, the beach front villas look really wonderful...but the difference in price made it prohibitive for us to think about changing.
- 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