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Sairee Cottage Resort
Ranked #7 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 1, 2011

I stayed here for 10 days in July.

I stayed in the aircon dorm. Very comfy, aircon worked perfectly, plenty of space, and the lockers were of a good size, also very reasonable prices, as well as being one of the few places with dorms on the island.

I did my PADI Open Water here, and then did some fun dives after too.
The dive staff were great fun, but yet still very professional. The atmosphere on the boats was really good, and the groups of people diving were very small, which is appreciated when diving.

The food at the restaurant was very good, best BBQ kebabs on the island (corroborated by many people).

The location is very good too, based in the middle of Sairee beach and a good location for the two busy hubs at either end of the beach.

I was recommended to come here by a friend, and I have since recommended it to many other people!
If you come to Koh Tao, this should be the first place you come!

Room Tip: Do a dive course and you'll probably get a discount on your room
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

Do not look further than Sairee Cottage if you are going to Koh Tao, the prices are reasonable, the rooms are of good size and quality, and the staff went that extra mile to improve our stay.

If you fancy diving then definitely stay here as you will receive a good discount from your room costs, which are already amongst the best value for money on the island.

I have seen previous reviews which mention the staff being rude, I could not disagree with these statement any more, the reception staff were extremely polite and helpful with whatever we asked of them, the restaurant staff were polite, efficient and had a good understanding of english, and as for the dive team, well they made our trip.

In three words...PICK SAIREE COTTAGE...the views from the restaurant decking are amazing and everything you would ever need / want to do is within walking distance.

Room Tip: Book in advance, you get priority for rooms if you dive.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

The bungalows were modern, quite and clean. The staff of the diving center was great: helpful, nice and professional. The women of the massage shop were very nice and with golden hands (we really recommend the aloe vera massage, specially if you got sunburned!). The reception staff is helpful and speaks excellent English.
The only major problem is the restaurant staff: so rude!!!!!
Our advise: stay at Sairee cottage diving, dive at Sairee cottage diving and avoid the restaurant!
When you book, ask to be picked up at the peer.

Room Tip: Try to get a room close to the reception: it is not noisy and much closer to the beach and city cent...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

Sairee Cottages is located right on the main beach-Sairee Beach. We had our own fan bungalow for just $13 a night. The grounds of the resort were super lush with lots of tropical flora which made the property a lovely place to stay. It seems as though they have a range of accommodations so you can bump up if you want something a bit fancier. The basic accommodations that we stayed in were very basic however. They didn't include toilet paper with the room, which seemed extremely stingey to me. We showed up to the property without a reservation and the front desk/office workers were very rude about this. They pretty much shouted at us that if we hadn't made a reservation and pre paid the rooms then we had not reservation (this was in response to when we told them we had had some correspondence with the owner). I've never heard of any hotel having you pre-pay your reservation, most respectable locations have you pay after you've stayed. And not to include toilet paper in even the most basic room? C'mon, how much penny pinching do you need to do. The restaurant was not good at all and we never went back after the first time. The front desk staff continued to be surly the entire time we were there.

We didn't spend a lot of time on the property of course, we were out at the beach or on snorkel trips so it didn't really affect our stay that much. It's just that there are so many places to stay on Koh Tao that you certainly don't need to put up with rude staff, when there are places next door for the same price. Sairee Cottages is good for what it is, a pretty location on the main beach in Koh Tao, and the basic accommodations served their purpose, but I have to be honest that we were really annoyed with the service.

Room Tip: If you don't need anything fancy, get the basic room. Also, just walk from the ferry pier-it'...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2011

We had the most amazing time at Sariee cottage it was a great place to stay. Excellent location right on the beach and a 2 minute walk to all the shops, resturants and bars. Good size room and good bathroom. Both very clean. The resturant at Sairee Cottage is great too. Nice atmosphere to chill out in and good food. The diving was amazing, the instructors were very friendly and helpful. We found the reception staff to be very friendly unlike other comments made on this site.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

Thanks to Sairee cottage (and the amazingness that is koh tao!) we ended up extending our stay on the island from 2 or 3 days to a full week! We started off staying in a horrible beach bungalow down the road a bit for our first night, and breathed a sigh of relief once we got into our bungalow at S.C!! It was so nice there in comparison, and cheaper! our bungalow had a double bed in the bedroom and a ceiling fan with a bathroom attached and a balcony out the front. Lots of people warned against getting a place with just a fan instead of AC.... but we really didnt mind it, and actually preferred to have a fan by the end, as many AC units we had had were really noisy!! Considering the price difference (and the reliability of the electricity network on kot tao!) it is definately worth giving a fan room a go!

The staff were awesome and the resturaunt was great! We also started out on a beginners dive... and ended up continuing through to do the open dive and advanced dive with the same instructor the whole way through! We had to re-juggle our holiday a little as we only had 3 weeks total in thailand, but it was SO worth it and I would hapily spend my entire 3 weeks at this place if i were to do it again!!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

...we could just stay for 3 days :-) But we enjoyed every second of it. We (2 couples) shared a triple room (extra matress 200B per day) with fan, fridge and tv. Everything was clean, the beds were comfy and we used the big terrace for chilling. The food in their restaurent was very good, no matter if breakfast, tuna salad or BBQ for 120B (which has the best reputation). The staff is always helpful, we felt safe.
The beach isn't very special, but nice for a walk.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 10/1 Sairee beach, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Price Range: $14 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sairee Cottage Located in the middle of Sairee beach surrounded by tropical garden and beautiful Sairee Beach. We offer different type of room that suit all budget such as .. Bungalow start from 700 THB Standard bungalow Garden room Triple room bungalow Family Bungalow Beach front Bungalow Poolside room Resort Facilities 2 Main Swimming pool Sairee Cottage Restaurant Butter cafe and bakery Butter Ice cream ( Gelato ) Pool bar day bed playground parking area etc.. ... more   less 
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