Me and my wife spent 3 nights in the bougainvillea at Monkey Flower villas from 22nd to 25th November 2012. (it should have been 5 nights but our travel agent messed up with the flight/ferry timings). It was the last leg in a 4 stop trip in Thailand.
We left the best accommodation for last as we wanted to end the holiday in a really nice, relaxing place. We could not have chosen better.
From the minute we arrived in Koh Tao, the whole experience was fantastic.
Lincoln picked us up from the ferry pier, and insisted that if we needed to go anywhere, he would take us.
We are pretty independent and didn't want to ask too much from him, but he said he would be offended if we didn't. He gave us a mobile phone to call him whenever, wherever, if we needed anything. He genuinely was at our beck and call.
He even picked us up from a bar in Sairee village at 2am on our last night in torrential rain when we were pretty drunk!
We wanted to hire a motorbike to explore ourselves (which we did - a lot - after the 1st day).
No need - Lincoln gave us the use of a moped (for free) for the time we were there. Not in pristine condition but fine for it's purpose.
The roads in Koh Tao vary from paved to very rough tracks.
I ride a motorbike myself - for less experienced riders, I would think twice before using this type of transport.
The bougainvillea was fantastic - like a 'fantasy cottage'.
Each of the villas are cleverly separated around bends in the road so they are completely private. The views were breathtaking, especially from the 'infinity' pool which was just amazing.
It has a waterfall which you can switch on/off, and even some multi-coloured lights for when it gets dark. The villa is built around tall palm trees and the interior of the villa is incorporated into
some huge rocks - totally original, amazing. Has to be seen to be believed.
Satellite tv with loads of channels, though we hardly used it.
Loads of space for 2 people. 2 double bedrooms and a 'loft bedroom' up a ladder for extra lodgers.
Koh Tao is completely charming. Totally different atmosphere to Koh Phi Phi (where we had come from). I prefer Koh Tao - it seemed more organised and there was much better infrastructure than Koh Phi Phi.
Despite getting only 3 nights for 5 due our agent messing up, Monkry Flower Villa was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
We don't often return to places we have visited, but this would definitely be an exception for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monkey Flower Villas feature extraordinary architecture and amenities. Built into the natural beauty and granite boulders of the hillside overlooking Sairee beach, the longest and most popular beach on Koh Tao, Monkey Flower Villas is only a few minutes walk to the sand, yet very private, and secure. Every villa has stunning sea and beach views. The "Upper" villa has a very large private infinity edge swimming pool and spa (take the bridge to the roof and jump into the pool, if you like!). The master bedrooms are huge, very romantic, safe, and comfortable, Most of the rooms boast 50" flat screen HDTVs with premium Western programing, air-con, free Wi-Fi internet access. The "Upper" villa features the "flying" bed, hardwood floors, and a huge sliding glass window overlooking the swimming pool and the bay below. There are several sound systems, and musical instruments available to use. All guests enjoy 24 hour a day courtesy car and driver service to anywhere they want to go on Koh Tao*. Each villa is provided with a local mobile phone for easy access to all important numbers. Monkey Flower Villas has been recognized as providing an excellent customer experience and service. *As our guest, you will enjoy our famous 24 hour a day complimentary car and driver service, for pick-up and drop-off to anywhere you want to go on Koh Tao, during your entire stay! Many people do not realize that normal taxi service on Koh Tao is very expensive compared to other parts of Thailand, with a simple ride from town to town often costing 500. Thai Baht or more one way, and TWICE that amount late at night. If you were considering renting motorbikes, our driver service can also save you from possible extortion by unscrupulous renters, who prey on tourists, and the risks of riding a motorcycle on an island with many dirt roads and difficult riding conditions. For these reasons, our car and driver service is not only convenient, but also an incredible value! When you check in, you will be given a local Thai mobile phone, with important numbers and credit already installed. When you need to be dropped off or picked up, simply speed dial your driver, who will be there in a few short minutes. No other accommodation on Koh Tao offers this kind of complete transportation solution. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monkey Flower Villa Hotel Koh Tao