The two of us really enjoyed our stay in the Garden Villa at Woodlawn Villas. The bungalow had a small kitchen (even with an oven, tea kettle, and egg cups!), comfy loveseat couch, basic TV with a small library of DVDs, air-con bedroom, and pleasant bathroom with a shower.
We were impressed that the owners provided us with a cell phone already pre-programmed with phone numbers for restaurants, tour services, taxis, and the Woodlawn owners - the latter of which always picked up and were available when we needed help or advice. Also in the rooms were delivery menus for several (very good!) restaurants in Sairee Beach, flashlights, and a few maps of the area. The villa was well-thought out and complete in a way that made us feel at home very quickly.
The villas are located uphill from the main street in Chalok, a location we found to be great. The privacy of the whole property does come at the price of a short uphill walk on a private road, that some might find challenging - we were perfectly ok with that. The are of Chalok is a short drive away from the more touristy area of Mae Haad and Sairee Beach but still has several neat restaurants, cocktail bars, and shops. It took us about 10 minutes to walk from our villa in Chalok to the main Chalok beach (try out Taraporn restaurant on the water - their "Mexican nachos" and pasta dishes were fantastic - the restaurant recommendaton came from Woodlawn and they can show it to you on the map). We liked the walk and discovered a few neat eateries that way ("Fishy's Burger Island"!).
Bottom line: We loved our stay, felt welcomed by the owners and manager, and enjoyed taking advantage of all of the neat services that Woodlawn offered. If you are looking for a little privacy in a homey setting away from the "main drag" on Koh Tao, this place is for you.
- 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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