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“Good view, but you pay far too much for "the luxiest apartment" it isnt luxiery. Just expensive”

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Taatoh Resort & Freedom Beach Resort
Ranked #46 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
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“Good view, but you pay far too much for "the luxiest apartment" it isnt luxiery. Just expensive”
Reviewed August 10, 2011

We paid in euros 85 euro for the luxiest appartment for 4 persons for 1 night. The appartment was not as luxiery as we expected. The first thing was the bathroom. There was no showersink but only a hole in the flour. So the first time when i took a shower the hole flour and my clothes were completely whet. Than the airconditioning, when you put it on, it feels nice. But, when you go to sleep and you wake up in the midnight, you need a jacket and gloves because it is so cold!! The only good thing was the beautifull view. So if you go to koh tao, search for something else. There are a lot of good and cheap accomodations and they all have free places.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed July 1, 2011

The resort is located in a nice bay with acces to two nice beaches which have remained their idyllic allure in contrast to Sairee Beach where construction works and party people causing very noisy surroundings. However I have seen the water more clearer, it is still perfectly fine for swimming and snorkelling. Our bungalow was very nice situated on the beach with a stunning sea view from the large balcony. Price was only 1200 baht per night which is a very good on Koh Tao if you are not unambitious. The room itself was clean and spacious enough and furnished with a wardrobe and small table. The bed was comfortable and a mosquito net was available. The only disadvantage regarding the room is that the doors and window frames doesn’t cap completely leaving spaces of around 1cm open to invite creepy creatures in your room. We tackled this problem to close the splits with tape so that we didn’t had any of the creepy creatures in our room. Secondly, you should be aware that the resort is pretty remote and you need a scooter to reach other bars, restaurants, shops and bays. Finally the food at the restaurant is quite ok and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this resort to other people but they should be aware of the remote location and eventually bring some tape with them.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Milan
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

We stayed here in June 2011 for just a couple nights. We had already finished our diving course at Sunshine and wanted to change to a slightly "nicer" bungalo. I would definitley recommend negotiating a little. We stayed in the 1000 baht room for 800 baht. It was the much nicer version of the fan only room. The view was beautiful and the room much nicer than most of the very simple rooms offered in most places we looked at. There was lots of light and the hot water was nice to have. Given the fact that we stayed in June, I think there was a bit less demand which is probably why it was so easy to negotiate. The only slight downside was the location because it was a 20 minute walk on the beach or a short scooter ride to the other beaches where there were bars, restaurants, and dive resorts. We had a scooter which cost us 150 baht per day, so the location was no problem for us! I wouldn't recommend eating here (a bit overpriced and not amazing food).

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for a week in September and had a fantastic time.

The resort was pretty empty which meant we got the run of both private beaches (two private beaches!) and bar / restaurants.

Originally we checked into the basic accomodation which was everything you would expect from a £10 a night beachside hut - basic bed with a pretty grim toilet / shower room. After a couple of days we upgraded to a sealed room e.g. tiled walls and floor instead of a wood and were very happy.

The staff were very pleasant and accomodating and the food from the restaurants were great.

Our only complaint was that the beach side bar only had three CDs so by the end of the week we knew all the words to Blue's greatest hits!

If you're going to be using Freedom Beach as a base to explore the island then you'll need your own transport but if, like us, you're there for a relaxing time on a budget then I can't think of a better place.

They run a shuttle bus to the main area of town once a day too if you feel the need to pick up supplies etc.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed April 25, 2011

Beautiful bay, calm turquoise water, great snorkelling, nice huts with an amazing view, good food, free WIFI, clean, comfortable and quite. What else could you ask for? After a very bad experience in Koh Tao we arrived to this paradise. We didn't know what to expect but after settled down we decided we wanted to stay here for the rest of our time in Thailand. The communal area is really nice, elegant, and modern, when we first saw it we though the place was going to be far too expensive for us but fortunately they had rooms for all budgets. The food was very nice, prices were fair and the atmosphere great. If I come back to Koh Tao I would definitely come back here.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2011

We are 60-year-old comfortably off backpackers and found this resort to be ideal for our needs. We paid 2000 baht a night for a cabin with fan and a/c. Clean, comfortable double bed with mosquito net and clean shower and western toilet en suite. The huts are on concrete stilts embedded in the amazing huge boulders that rise from the sandy beach. Well-lit concrete paths meander through the boulders. Most of the huts look out to the west across an attractive bay, and you can see the sun drop into the sea at sunset. There are two beaches, the main one is very gently sloping and ideal for small children with some coral and fish to see. Then there is a concrete walkway round the headland to a second smaller beach with plenty of shade, and a bar and a more steeply sloping beach that has very clear water and good snorkelling. The beaches are well-sheltered from the prevailing (while we were there) SE wind. The restaurant at the main beach is reasonably priced and serves good quality food. We spent two very happy days there and felt it had been good value for money.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2011

I read the reviews before we arrived and so I was a little wary but it was booked so I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best...

We were lucky as were on a budget that we got one of the few 500 baht bungalows left on the island but this resort has wide ranging accomodation for all budgets so the restaurant and beach area is to a very good standard.

The food and service was fantastic, the cheery faces in the morning made me smile while I ate my muesli and used the free wifi you get when you stay.

The cocktails helped keep me cool while I cooked on the beach which they cleaned for you every night and they also allow tabs to be set for rooms which you can settle at the end of your stay... Something we had not encountered before on our numerous other hostel/hotel/guesthouse stays.

This place is lovely, rooms are basic but I expected nothing different from our budget and you get a fantastic view of the bay which looks lovely day or night time.

Love this place... Would definately stay again!!!!

  • Stayed January 2011
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Property: Taatoh Resort & Freedom Beach Resort
Address: 20 Moo 3, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand (Formerly Freedom Beach Resort)
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Taatoh Resort & Freedom Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the last quiet beaches on Koh Tao. Friendly family atmosphere. Two private bays. Reasonable priced accommodation. well maintained, comfortable bungalows and friendly and attentive staff hopes to make your holiday an unforgettable and carefree time. ... more   less 
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