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The Place Luxury Boutique Villas
Ranked #1 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 2, 2011

We were greeted by the owners when we arrived and they impressed us with their entusiasm and friendly approach. the villa we stayed in was spotless and so beautiful. there is everything you need and if you do need anything it was just a call on the phone that was provided with the villa. The view is very nice and sitting on the veranda watching the sun go down over the ocean incredible. I am recommending this to anyone that like a relaxing private holiday. best of luck guys.

Cheers
Jake
Australia

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2011

My partner and I have just got back from a stay in The Place, we had the most amazing experience and can honestly not find a fault in this perfect location. From the very begining Guy and Bex, the owners, were so incredibly helpful. My (now) finace organised our propsal with Guy before our stay. Guy arranged a massouse to come to the villa, a private chef to cook for us and even went to Koh Samui to try and find fireworks to set off in the mountains after the propsal!
The villa itself is beyond perfect, the decor is modern yet classic. The balcony, with a plunge pool and extremely comfortable sunbeds, lets you enjoy the amazing view without having to move too far from the fridge to get a cold drink! We had a few days of rain so spent the day and evening curled up on the sofa in dressing gowns and enjoyed the films on the entertainment box, we even ordered a take away so we literally didn't have to lift a finger. And when the sun came back out we were 10 mins away from the beautiful beach.
Guy and Bex have made this the most wonderful place to stay, they have thought of absloutly everything you could possible need and are on hand to offer great advice. I would highly recommend it to anyone going to Koh Tao.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2011

We've been to Koh Tao a number of times and stayed in some beautiful places but we absolutely fell in love with The Place. There are so many things that make it stand out from the rest.
The owners (Guy and Bex) are so helpful from start to finish. We changed our plans for arrival on the morning we were due there and rocked up by private speed boat straight on to the beach. It's a great way to get to Tao if you want a speedy personal transfer! Guy was there waiting for us with a cold drink and a big smile and wisked us into a private taxi. I should say 'onto' because Koh Tao taixs are open top pick-up trucks - great way to get around if you don't want to hire a motorbike.
We made our way along the only tarmac/concrete road on Tao into Sairee village and turned off into the hills. It felt like were about to go into the depths of the island but within 5 minutes we had reached the villas. We were in villa 1. It's amazing. I had to pinch myself to remind me that I was on Koh Tao. The view is awesome, overlooking 1000's of palm trees out to sea, and heightened by the fact that it stretches out from the huge balcony and infinity pool.
We got given a tour of the property which was great because we felt like the owners really cared about the place and wanted us to know everything there was to know about it. We got a free hamper with loads of goodies (really appreciated after such a long travel and not to have to think about shopping as soon as we arrived) and there was chilled water in the fridge (which comes straight from a special eco friendly filter tap in the kitchen - loved this!). Then there's a stock of beers, soft drinks, spirits and wine which we could either pay for like a minibar or replace before we left - so different from other places we've stayed. The extras didn't stop there - there was a mini first aid kit, mossie spray and burners, maps of the island, take-away menus, personal wi-fi, an amazing entertainment system with hundreds of current movies, tv shows, music and video and a personal mobile phone with credit and pre-programmed numbers to get hold of the owners or taxi or restaurants. We couldn't have been made to feel more welcome.
The kitchen is far above the standard of any kitchen I've seen in any thai residence although there were only 2 burners so don't go planning a big feast. It certainly had everything we needed for our stay. Nifty little breakfast bar to grab a quick bite. There was even a little BBQ which we made use of on our balcony one night as we watched the sunset - pray for sunsets because I don't reckon you could get a better vantage point for them than from the balcony!
The bathroom was like a little oasis with one of those rainwater showers (with hot water!) surrounded by plants and pebbles and a glass roof. And there were 2 sinks so we could spread our things out all over the place. Cosy towels and big bathrobes made such a difference to the crusty towel sheets we usually get in Thai hotels.
And the bed was huge and so comfy with a proper duvet. We spent many a morning lying in bed with the balcony doors fully open looking out over the pool and palms and just didn't want to get up. It feels really private and secluded but it's only a 10 minuteish walk to Sairee village when we wanted to go out.
Guy and Bex looked after us the whole time and were so knowlegable about everything and anything on the island. We really didn't want to leave. It's such good value for money and I can't recommend it enough. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

Wow - we have just spent the 4 most luxurious days at The Place and would reccommend it to anyone! We were made to feel really welcome by Guy and Bex,the owners, and they were so helpful with all our requests.

If you are looking for seclusion and luxury but not total isolation (which usually accompanies it) this is the place to go! The view from the villa is fantastic, as are the sunsets. The pool is gorgeous for cooling off in and staring out over the palms watching the boats ride by in the distance.

The villa itself is perfect, it is essentially thai style with all the modern design and comforts you expect from a boutique villa. There is a great open plan layout, with comfy loung area and a fab kitchen. The bed is so comfy and huge, looking straight out to the terrace and your private pool and then out to sea. This must be the best view from a bed ever! I loved the bathroom, it was like being in a spa!

The owners have really thought of everything you could possibly need within the villa, and everything you could possibly want such as food delivered to your door and massages on the terrace.

Sairee is only 10 mins walk down if you feel like being sociable but we found it very hard to leave!

Thanks for a great trip!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

Welcomed in person with a pre-arranged taxi waiting for us, we left the crowds of Koh Tao behind us and quickly arrived at the idyllic setting of The Place. Wow! What a view! What a setting! Stunning villa! This is definitely the most luxurious place we have ever stayed, and we couldn't have been more comfortable and relaxed during our stay.

The villa set-up is top notch: awesome huge bed looking directly out at the view which is framed by the trees; really clean and modern finish; great entertainment system - loads of movies and music; perfect outside space w pool and v comfy loungers; lovely bathroom.

Guy and Bex were available during the stay when we needed them (loved the personal mobile on arrival btw) for resto/massage info etc., but left us to ourselves otherwise which is exactly what we wanted: peace and quiet with the best view we found in Koh Tao. We loved the rainforest coming alive after dark and felt a bit like we were sitting on the deck of a luxury boutique treehouse.

Thanks very much guys. We'd recommend The Place to anyone (already have...). and we'll def be back again soon. Cheers.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2011

We received a great big friendly welcome from Guy one of the owners who met us off the ferry and escorted us with 'Bear' our cab driver up to The Place which is a 10 in stroll uphill from the beach.

We were in Villa 1 which had the most beautiful view over thousands of palm trees overlooking the ocean with some glorious sunsets. The deck area is gorgeous and we spent all of our time out there relaxing and dipping into the amazing plunge pool or relaxing on the loungers enjoying the quietness and view.

The rest of the villa is beautifully done. The bed was amazingly comfortable, the kitchen practical and there was a hamper there on arrival for us along with a stocked mini bar at reasonable prices. The bathroom was great, with double sinks and big white fluffy robes for the guests. There was also an entertainment system filled with music and so many movies and current tv shows you wouldnt know where to start, the internet was also quick and really reliable.

We ordered some of the 'Diversions' offered including dinner from 'Barracuda' restaurant being delivered to us on Christmas day despite them being fully booked out. It was amazing food. We also booked a Reiki sessions with Steph and massages with Liuw on the deck at sunset. Both girls were both brilliant therapists and really friendly.

Guy and Bex were brilliant hosts and provided a mobile for our convenience to contact them should we need anything. The service was brilliant and we can't recommend it highly enough. We'll definately go back there in the future.

Franki and Mike Evans
Sydney, Australia

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2011

The Short Version

The Place simply exceeded even our best expectations. Guy and Bex have put a lot of energy into making the villas perfect. Our villa was stunning, brand new, perfectly designed, spacious, intimate and romantic with breathtaking views over the island.

Guy and Bex who run The Place are awesome. They are friendly English locals who can help you with anything you need during your stay from advice on where to go and what to do, to arranging massages, yoga, tai chi …. Or whatever.

We would totally recommend The Place to anybody who wants to experience 5 star romantic relaxing seclusion and incredible service.

The Long Version

First Contact : The Place website caught our attention, but it was when we made contact with the owners Guy and Bex that we decided to stay at The Place.

Communication with Guy was easy. He was very helpful and answered all our questions and advised us about not only the villas, but also about the island, nightlife, getting to and from the island, activities that were available at The Place and a whole bunch of other stuff.

The Place - The Villa: We could go on for pages and pages talking about how great the Villa was but here are just some of the things we liked.

Attention to detail in the villa was fantastic. From the practical things such as the inclusion of a kitchen, first aid kit, mosquito repellants, filtered water, and universal power outlets that take plugs from any country, to the nice things such as the great welcome hamper, and the welcome pack containing information about the island, taxis, services etc.

Even the lighting has been designed with care to cast a romantic atmosphere over the whole villa.

The villa has a huge TV and media box with hundreds of movies and music to choose from as well as free wireless internet and a mobile phone to use during your stay!

The bathroom is just beautiful and has a secluded garden oasis feeling, while still being inside the privacy of the villa.

The villa is also equipped with all the kitchen essentials we needed to cook our own meals when we chose, which admittedly was only at breakfast. It was so great to be able to wake up and whip up some eggs on toast.

The infinity pool is beautiful and overlooks the trees, beach and ocean of Koh Tao. Just amazing!!!

The all important bed and its surrounds was so comfortable that it was tempting to just stay in it all day long.

The Service: The great service started from the moment we got off the ferry when Guy met us at the dock with a smile, bottles of water, and a taxi.

It was so great to have English locals who could advice us on where to go and what to do, arrange massages, yoga, tai chi, reiki, private chefs, acupuncture or whatever else you might want from providers that they trust and proved to us to be trust worthy also. We tried many of these services and while they were a little bit more pricey than you might find in town, the professionalism and quality was first rate, and the convenience of the providers coming to the villa made the whole experience great value and totally worth a few extra baht.

Guy and Bex are awesome. They were around as much or as little as we wanted them to be, as they said they would be. They really looked after us on New Years Eve and even arranged a really special lantern treat at the end of the night which we loved.

Koh Tao: Koh Tao is a beautiful island. It’s much cleaner than the mainland, is very friendly and has great beaches, bars and restaurants.

If you are going to Thailand then you absolutely should go to Koh Tao

If you are going to Koh Tao then you absolutely should stay at The Place!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 15/4 Moo 2 | Sairee, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Price Range: $194 - $229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Place Luxury Boutique Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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 
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