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Woodlawn Villas
Ranked #12 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Wollongong
2 reviews
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“Can't beat local knowledge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2012

Although we only spent a short amount of time in Koh Tao (2 nights), our stay was wonderful. Luke and Michelle were only both too happy to share their knowledge and help out with any questions we had about the island or anything in general. The accommodation was spacious and clean, with a direct link to the surrounding nature. Highly recommended, the only negative... We didn't stay long enough!

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, January 19, 2012
Thank you for such a great review!

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us at Woodlawn Villas.

We love to share our local knowledge with guests, to enable you to have the best experience of Koh Tao during your stay.

Have a lovely time in Phuket :-)

Take care, we wish you all the best.

Luke & Michelle

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2012

I spent 10 nights at Woodlawn Villas and loved every minute of it! The time flew by so quick which was amazing as I ended up doing very little whilst there :)
Luke & Michelle are truly fantastic hosts having more than 15 years combined experience living on Koh Tao. They meet me off the Ferry from Samui and taxi from the Pier to Woodlawn is a short ride on the back of a Ute. The Villa's are beautifully set up off the main road amongst a coconut plantation. No, you are not on the beach or have views of it, but if you want peaceful, isolation with no-one around, Woodlawn is the place for you.
The supermarket, Laundry service and great restaurants are only a 3-5 min walk away. Luke & Michelle are a wealth of information from the best beaches, food, nightlife, transport - even real estate options on the island.
It's always the little things that make the big difference - being given a cell phone on arrival with all the important numbers programmed in, having restaurant menus with free delivery to your room is bloody awsome! Great wifi feed and a pretty decent collection of movies to watch in your room along with 60plus satellite channels makes the whole deal very sweet indeed.
Not to mention the "Bum-Gun" which took me a while to master, but in the end, quite enjoyed it!!
Thanks Luke and Michelle - was great to meet you both, you're doing a great job, so keep up the fine work. Might see you again in June?
Special shout out to Zaw, Zore, Zor (sp) lovely mannered Thai bloke who came in each day to clean up after me - cheers for looking after me :)
Steve Hammond.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, January 15, 2012
Thank you for such a wonderful review!

It was an absolute pleasure meeting you and sharing stories from each others previous travels.

We have passed on your message to Zor and he was very happy!

Let us know how your travels go in Myanmar, it is somewhere neither of us have ever travelled to and we would very much like to explore in the future.

It would be great to see you again in June & hopefully we will :-)

Warmest Regards,

Luke & Michelle

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights of our 3 week trip to Thailand and it is by far the best accomodation we have seen. We booked 3 nights but extended a night because we didn't want to leave. We have never been to Koh Tao before and not knowing the island were unsure of its location in relation to the main beaches and bars/restaurants. After a short ride from the port we were delighted with the location, just off the beaten track near the south of the island we had quick access to gorgeous beaches on the south which we much preferred during the day to the busy Sairee. It's also a great base to explore the some of the less obvious places on the island. In the evenings we preferred heading up to Sairee for the restaurants and bars which is a maximum of 10 minutes in a taxi or on our motorbike so absolutely no problem at all.

The villa itself is spotlessly clean and finished to a very high standard with a 42" flatscreen tv and all the mod cons you need and more besides. We spent our first day relaxing on the garden terrace, which gets the sun all afternoon, and didn't want to leave so spent the evening in too.

Finally, Luke and Michelle are fantastic. They came to meet us in town on arrival, gave us a mobile phone to use, were always available for advice on trips, restaurants and booked our taxis when needed.

When we return we will definitely be staying here and I would recommend anyone to stay here if you are looking for the best accomodation.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, January 9, 2012
Thank you for your fantastic review!

We are so happy you enjoyed your time here and we look forward to seeing you both again soon.

Warmest Regards,

Luke & Michelle
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2012

My partner and I stayed at Woodlawn Villa, Koh Tao in December 2011 for four nights all up. We weren't even planning to stay that long but just fell in love with the island and the area!
We are hopeless planners and booked our stay only a few days before we got there, then weren't sure how long we would be staying, but Luke was so helpful in organising to pick us up from the ferry and so accommodating in both giving us a free upgrade and dealing with my last minute let's-stay-another-day requests!
We stayed in - I think - the Garden Villa room, and it was just gorgeous. Very spacious, well appointed with a clean kitchen and bathroom and airy living area. Very comfortable.
The area is great too with lots of little restaruants and bars along the beach a short walk away. It's at the other end of the island from the main tourist area which is nice to get away from at the end of the day, and as the island is small only a few minutes in a taxi or on a scooter which are easy to hire right outside the villa.
Really can't overstate how helpful Luke was! He and Michelle are lovely and made some fantastic reccommendations as they know the area so well. Will definitely be back next time we make it to Koh Tao!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, January 9, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful review!

It was an absolute pleasure meeting you both and having you as guests at Woodlawn Villas.

We are so pleased you had a fabulous time and loved the island so much!

We wish you all the best.

Luke & Michelle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2011

I had the pleasure of staying with Luke and Michelle ( the proprietors ) in this wonderful little getaway for 2 weeks. They made every effort to ensure my comfort and were very attentive to detail. Probably one of the most relaxing holidays I've had in years , see you next year!

  • Stayed November 2011
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, January 9, 2012
Thank you for your great review.

It is always lovely to hear our guests have enjoyed their stay with us at Woodlawn Villas.

November is normally our wettest month of the year, as it is when our annual monsoon strikes but you were very lucky with lots of sunshine!

Take care & we look forward to seeing you when you return to Koh Tao :-)

Best Wishes,

Luke & Michelle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2011

I stayed at Woodlawn for 5 nights and chose this place based on the excellent reviews I had read, I was not disappointed. Even before I had arrived I was very impressed with the speedy and helpful responses from the emails I had sent (advice on the right ferry to get etc) and was even offered a free upgrade! The villa's are a little off the beaten track , but to be honest this is a benefit as you really feel like you are in the heart of Koh Tao - it's very peaceful. One thing I would highlight is that to my particular villa there were a fair few steps up to it, but nothing too strenuous. The villa I stayed in was spacious and spotlessly clean. There was a kitchenette should you want to cook, TV with a big selection of DVD's and a large bathroom with shower, the towels / sheets were changed regularly overall a really nice stay.The villa's are a really good base from which to explore the island and the nearest beach was only a 15 minute walk away. One really great thing is that the owners Luke and Michelle really go out of their way to make sure you are equipped with as much information to get the most of your time on the island recommending best beaches, where to eat etc They also provided a mobile phone with taxi numbers on which is a really great touch. If you want a peaceful stay with the personal touch I would highly recommend !

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, November 27, 2011
It was wonderful to meet you and so great to hear you enjoyed our accommodation.

Thank you for the fantastic review and we hope to see you again!

Best Wishes,

Luke & Michelle

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2011

Me and my girlfriend were staying here in october and we loved it. Nice villas, friendly stuff, nice environment. Ovners, Luke and Michelle are very friendly, they told us where is good place to eat, nice beaches, they also gave us phone so we could call Taxi, order food, call them if there was any problem. The place is just 3 min walk from main road. I recomend you to rent a bike and explore the island, for one day you will pay only 150B. We stayed in Garden suite, it is very big. If we decide to go to Koh Tao again we will stay there.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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WoodlawnVillas, Owner at Woodlawn Villas, responded to this review, November 13, 2011
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your holiday at Woodlawn Villas.

It was a pleasure to meet you both and thank you for such a lovely review!

It would be fantastic to see you both again in the future and we hope you had a wonderful time during the rest of your travels.

Warmest Regards,

Luke & Michelle
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Property: Woodlawn Villas
Address: 11/50 Moo 3, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #12 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Woodlawn Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Woodlawn Villas resort is located in Chalok Baan Khao. Guests can choose from a 240m2 Family Villa with Pool View, two 70m2 Garden Suites, three 36m2 Garden Villas and twelve new 30m2 Superior Double Rooms with Balcony. All accommodation has access to the resort swimming pool, set within two acres of coconut palms, tropical gardens and manicured lawns. Our location is just a minutes walk to the local supermarket, 2 minutes walk to restaurants/cafes, dive shops, yoga, massage, pharmacy and 5 minutes walk to the nearest beach. Each room includes a complete information pack highlighting activities, restaurants and places to visit whilst on the island. The atmosphere at Woodlawn Villas is friendly, fun and relaxing. We look forward to accommodating you on Koh Tao. ... more   less 
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