Just stayed there and had really good time thanks to some of staff people and people we met, otherwise could have been an average review.
We got a superior room for 1200 baths per night, small bungalow with balcony, clean with a/c. The view is not like you would imagine, ocean is far and there is electical cable just in front so in the view and it is on the street so sometimes noisy in the morning. Ready some reviews previously i emailed to get room upper but they did not understand my request and anyway there is only 2 superior rooms that are both on the lower level. That was not a big issue in the end as we spent most of the time out of the room. Water was warmish but so hot outside anyway.
At the restaurant and bar, the view is amazing and the stuff just amazing. P-Ai is so so nice, really helpfull and if you are not thirsty tell him because he will always refill your glass of water as soon as it is empty and will insist and always say just in case. Matt the evening belgium guy is cool too, he can help you with diving and beaches etc. those 2 were the persons we enjoyed the most and the more helpfull and always available. That would be why I did not give an excellent review. If you need something else regarding directly the hotel it is a bit harder as the owner Nok is working at the hospital, she is really nice but not always on site which i can understand but Diana at the reception is less friendly and seemed really strict. It was bit harder to communicate with her.
Otherwise regarding location, it is 15min from Ao Leuk which is nice beach to snorkle but do not expect white sand beach, tanote bit futher, bit hard to access, is also really nice for snorkeling. For the rest you need a vehicle, motobike are 200 baths at the hotel, only 150 baths in town so would recommend to do the walk as the hotel moto we had was old, we had, the tires flat so had to go to station and mostly no back break and not the moutain tires as most of the moto on the island.
Best beach for me to chill is chark bay or freedom beach, if you an book a boat to do a island trip,it will cost 2000 baths (2400baths at the hotel) so if you find other people do not hesitate to ask them as we did and split the cost, for 4 only 500 baths for full day and goes and stop wherever you want. Day group trip is 650 baths per person for mini of 30 persons so it is nicer to do the private way.
We viewed other hotel for next time and there is other good values on the beach for just a bit more that worth it if you want the beach by but I can't tell about service and that sometimes you can't put a price on it so I would probaly go back there. By the way food is really good there even though between 1.5 to 2 times more expensive than outside but again being on the restaurant terrace with good service made us felt lazy and eat there few times.
Last thing, wifi is not really accessible from rooms, only from restaurant. It is free but not from the room as said on the website and shuttle to town is only once at 8.45am so that is something to improve to my opinion.
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- We are a small family-run resort and restaurant offering stunning views across the Gulf of Thailand from Aow Leuk and Shark island to Koh Pangang and Koh Samui. Our rooms are traditional style wooden bungalows set in large tropical gardens, with a popular restaurant a bonus for our guests. We are close to all the main beach areas of Koh Tao but far enough away to offer some peace, space, and tranquilty. ... more less
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