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Sairee Cottage Resort
Ranked #7 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 21, 2012

LOCATION: Fairly central on beach path, a few metres from the beach. Bungalows offset from the main path in a garden environment, so feels more quiet and private than some other places.

FACILITIES: AC double bungalow & AC double + single bungalow . Basic bungalow with windows on all sides. Bed comfortable (fairly soft) and AC worked well. Limited storage (especially if two). Bathrooms are basic - wetroom style with low water pressure shower (sometimes no more than a trickle of water), toilet and basin. The slightly cheaper bungalows have no fridge or TV; those that cost a little more have a fridge and TV, but neither have a safe (guests can deposit valuables at reception, where they are locked in an office filing cabinet). External doors of rooms are locked with a padlock. Bungalows are clean. but room cleaning during stay is only on request. Attractive, large terraces at the front of bungalows.

I would recommend Sairee Cottage on the basis that it's in a great location on Sairee Beach, and while the accommodation is fairly basic, it's very much in keeping with the relaxed setting of Tao.

Room Tip: The bungalows with both a double and single bed cost just a little more, but offer much more space.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Immoraliste
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Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

We didn't stay in the accommodation or use the dive school. But we did have quite a few dinners and relaxing evenings here. Food is very good, Thai food is best value, western food can be a little more expensive. Best part is relaxing with a beer on their waterfront deck watching the boats at night!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We heard about Sairee Cottage along our travels on a train, and wrote it down as an option for a dive school on our arrival to Koh Tao. Immediately, we knew this was where we wanted to be. The instructors were enthusiastic, welcoming, and clearly very passionate about what they do. Initially we only intended to stay 2-3 nights, ended up staying 6, and in turn sacrificed another country simply because we never wanted to leave. We would have stayed for longer if it wasn't for the fact that we were in the last month of our journey. Our instructor was SARAH and she was beyond beyond beyond amazing. Made our experience what it was, something that I will never ever forget. I had ear problems, and ended up having to finish my course a day later with Rachel, who was also fantastic. She was great with my ear problems, and eased me through the motions so that it was a non-issue. A destination that I definitely want to go back to.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
Thank Rosemary M
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Whilst travelling around Thailand for a month with my girlfriend in December 2011 we stopped at Koh Tao to learn to dive. Sairee Cottage was amazing. The accommodation was good, a basic cottage which was a short walk from the beach and a good location for all the bars and restaurants, but it was the diving that made it. Our instructor Gordon was friendly and patient and helped us through our PADI in good time and really made the experience for us. As it is a smaller diving school there was just the two of us in our group which meant we got a lot more attention and were able to spend more time diving than we would in a larger group. You really didn't feel like you were part of the diving conveyor belt we had been warned about in Koh tao. To top it all off the graduation drinks led to one of the most memorable (or not) nights of our trip. Thanks Gordon and Sairee cottage. Phil and Lauren

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Phil S
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

I can't say enough great things about Sairee Cottage. I absolutely LOVED it. I planned on staying for a few days and ended up staying 2 weeks. The bungalows are nice and clean. You are in a great central location and only steps to the water. I did my advanced, wreck specialty and had Sarah and Lil as my guides. They were awesome!! couldn't have asked for better instructors. They were always stoked to get in the water and want to share their love of diving with everyone. Everyone at the dive shop were great and made you feel really comfortable. They were always giving advice on places to eat, things to see on the island, and other places you should see and do on your travels around SE Asia. Hopefully I can make up back soon.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights and would have stayed longer, absolutely loved it. We arrived without a booking and were lucky to get the last available bungalow. We were on a backpacker budget so we took the basic bungalow with twin beds at the back of the resort with fan and cold showers for 400bhat per night.

The location is fantastic, really close to the beach and close to the restaurants and bars. They have their own restaurant looking onto the beach which does both amazing western and thai food. They do have wifi but you could only get this at the reception or in the restaurant and they switch it off when the dive centre attached to it closes.

The bungalow itself was a good size and was really clean. Our fan wasn't the strongest so it did get pretty hot at night. The bathroom was fine and also very clean.

Do not leave your towels outside to dry because if you lose them they will charge you 500bhat. We also booked our ferry ticket to Kho Phangan through them and they offered free drop off to the pier.

If I was staying here again and not on a backpacker budget I would probably upgrade to another bungalow to one with AC just because our bungalow got very hot at night. There is something for every budget here and there are a range of bungalows available. We had friends staying in another of the bungalows with AC, TV, fridge, hot showers which cost more but was also really nice.

There is a dive centre attached to Sairee cottages which offers PADI courses and try dives for reasonable prices. The staff here are really really nice and after trying the try dive I would recommend this to anyone who might be interested in diving. Rachel was a great instructor, really patient and encouraging.

Would definitely stay here again and would recommend this to anyone visiting Ko Tao on any budget.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Aisling O
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Jut left this gold mine and have left a changed person. Between the fantastic location and the availability of an outstanding SSI certification, this place should be visited by all. The staff as a whole were so friendly and so much fun. They're all very willing to help YOU with anything that arises both on a hospitality and scuba spectrum. Highly recommend this place

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Thank soccersurfer711
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Additional Information about Sairee Cottage Resort

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
Hotel Style:
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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