My wife & I stayed at The Place for 8 nights as part of our honeymoon in May. With so many overwhelmingly positive reviews we were wondering if it could possibly live up to the reputation. Our villa on the Koh Tao hillside exceeded all expectations, however, and was a simply put a perfect stay for us. The combination of location, luxury standard, attention to detail & wonderful staff make me doubt whether there's anything quite like it anywhere else in the world, let alone in Thailand or on Koh Tao.
Guy, Bex & Franzi made us feel extremely relaxed and they have the balance spot on of taking care of everything without us ever feeling that this tropical paradise was anything other than private. The welcome at the pier, thorough introduction & constant top level service was a complete joy & helped us utterly chill out after a busy time in northern Thailand. The provision of a mobile phone is a genius idea & these guys have a wealth of knowledge about the island which helped us on our way. The Place really benefits from the fact it's not huge & therefore the personal touch is there in everything they do.
The taxi service provided by Mr Bear was always there if we needed it, but we were perfectly happy walking down to the town & back up again in the evening (not least as it helps work off some of the lovely food that can be found out & about). People averse to a walk would probably want to rely on his service or the other taxi drivers in town (there was never a shortage) but I we found the nightime walks home a real pleasure. We tried a fair few of the restaurants & bars in town and found them all to be superb.
Everything has been thought of in the villas to make your stay feel ridiculously luxurious. From the wealth of films & tv programmes available so easily, to the wonderful pool & sun loungers, there is nowhere I can imagine that is better equipped for a romantic escape. It may be at the more pricey end of places to stay on Koh Tao, but it's completely worth it. If you're wondering whether to book or not, just do it!
Never before in my adult life have I had such a strong feeling of not wanting to leave somewhere as when our stay at The Place came to an end!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Place consists of nine luxury boutique villas, all with private infinity pools, that offer you total privacy and complete relaxation. The resort nestles charmingly in the hills above Sairee, close enough to be convenient for restaurants, bars, shops and the longest beach on the island, but far enough away to savour the tranquillity and refreshing breeze that comes with being in the hills. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Place Luxury Boutique Villas Hotel Koh Tao