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“Relaxation”
Review of Tanote Villa Hill

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Tanote Villa Hill
Ranked #16 of 79 Koh Tao B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 16, 2013

This place is a must to wind down and relax .. it's views are a part of paradise .. infinity pool and jacuzzi over looks tanote bay ..our room felt like we were in a tree house over the side of a mountain ...walking distance to a small quiet beach with the best snorkelling on the island .. not for anyone wishing to party at night as getting to and from hotel at night can be pricy and difficult .. but hotel provide free taxi in at 1pm and out at 4pm for guests . To pick up provisions !! As hotel bar and restauraunt closes at 10 .. you can venture down to beach or to small tree house reggae bar for later drinks if you dare cross the bridge at night bring a torch .. over all this place is top of the list I would definetly recommend ..

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

First Tanote bay is the most beautiful bay on the island though a bit isolated - but that's why you come here (a taxi shuttle (2 times a day) to the other side of the island worked very well). We were in family villa close to the restaurant, the villa was fine and clean. The only issue we had, I fought a bit with an aircon, it was not completely repaired but a lady and boy at the reception were very helpful. There were two very nice swimming pool, from the one just below the restaurant it was excellent view on the whole bay. The same excellent and relaxed views were from the open restaurant where food was above average and we actually have eaten all dinners here over 1 week stay! The way to a beach about 5 min on the wooden footbridge that I recommend to get in shape again. Our family loved the beach, Diamond restaurant for lunches, excellent snorkelling and the sea. If you want to stay just at the beach, go to Tanote Bay Resort, also quite nice.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

It is hard to know what to say about the staff, they are honest, friendly and helpful, but they are frankly, hopeless. There seems to be nobody is control, nobody organising, and nobody fixing all the mistakes. It is a shame because so much money has been spent on making the resort, 15 or 20 villas, another 30 rooms in a hotel-style building, 2 large pools, nice reception and gardens, and not 1 baht spent on training or wages.
The only road to the rest of the island is awful. Very steep, made of dirt and dangerous. It would take a sweaty hour to walk to the next beach, longer to the town. The resort doesn't rent motorbikes. Taxis from the main town or main beach are $15 US one-way. More if there are more people!? The resort has a free taxi twice a day, at 8.30AM and 1PM, and it is difficult to organise a taxi any other time of day.
You have to wonder about the owners of this business. They would appear to lack passion, only building this resort because all their neighbours have, not because they want to. I thought this kind of attitude had left Thailand 15 or 20 years ago but I was wrong. It is still here if you want to see what it used to be like, but I wouldn't recommend it.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is a beautiful spot for sure. It is quite expensive by Thai standards but lacks the level of comforts you would expect at the price. It is quirky. For example....there is no potable water. The resort gives each room 2 12oz bottles of water a day. If you want more it is about 60 cents a bottle...silly. We had the same issues other have talked about with the ventilation in the bathroom. They eventually "fixed" it somewhat, but never made an offer of another room or compensation of any sort.
Koh Tao is one big rock. I think many places involve climbing to get to your destination and that is certainly true of Tanote Villa Hills. It is a vigorous walk back up from the beach, to say the least. We thought the food at the restaurant was good. The staff at the whole resort is mostly "kids" and we thought they tried their best. You are a little isolated at the resort. there is a bus that goes to town a couple of times a day, but town is a chaos...boat landings, rental agencies, shops...hawkers of all sorts. There is a lovely restaurant which serves homemade food just one "up" the road from Tanote Hills. The snorkeling on Koh Tao is fabulous.. If I were to return I think I would check out a resort closer to the beach ...(farther down the hill). Also. the island is a mecca for dive schools and diving. If you are headed there for PADI certification many of the dive schools offer accommodations for a fraction of the cost of Tanote Hills. Tanote Hills has a number of kinks to work out...none too major...but I don't think I would go there again.

Room Tip: The Villas mean a hike up to the restaurant and a hike down to the beach. The poolside rooms are lo...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a beach bungalow which was spacious and comfortable.The bathroom was basic but clean .There was a TV,fridge and a lovely verandah to sit out on.The pool is outstandingly beautiful ,looking out at an idyllic view of the bay.The beach is close by via a wooden walkway which is a bit rickety but all part of the Thai adventure!The restaurant has a lovely seating area to relax in however you need to be very patient as service there is chaotic with food arriving at the wrong times and sometimes to the wrong tables.We didn't mind this too much as the staff were really nice and trying their best.Overall a lovely place to stay.It really is a tiny bit of paradise and I wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We just left Tanote Villa Hill yesterday after a three night stay. The positives were beautiful poolside room, gorgeous pools and short walk to the beach. The negatives were that the newly constructed building we stayed in, while beautiful, had some serious issues with the plumbing ventilation. Our bathroom stank and we ended up spending as much time as possible outside our room! The management was unable to do anything despite our complaints. In addition, the receptionist was extremely rude, arguing with us and not helpful at all. The restaurant staff, while not rude, was never smiled. The rest of staff (manager, drivers and housekeeping) were very nice.

The snorkeling at Tanote Bay is exceptional. I have two children (7 and 9) so we didn't swim too far into the bay, but even close to shore the variety of fish was amazing! All different sizes and colors so close to us and so plentiful! The coral was very nice to see too. A word of warning though that the beach is sharp and rocky and we went to buy water shoes in town our first day as the flip flops were just not good enough.

Room Tip: Don't stay in the poolside building. Get a villa!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We had an amazing 5 days at Tanote. The site is just astonishing on the mountain side, with beautiful views to the ocean an surrounding mountain areas - from the restaurant, the pool and the bungalows.
The hotel service was very welcoming, warm and personal. Celebraiting 20 years of marriage, we felt very welcome, taken well care of and it was sad to leave!
The pool area really great (two large pools, child pool, Jacuzzi) but at Tao, you should spend time on the many beautiful beaches. The Tanote Bay just below the hotel is great for snorkeling. We recommend to “go under” in the morning as you normally find more species (and less people) then. If you’re really an early bird, go up to witness the sunrise (beautiful!), have the beach and fish for yourself and then head up for breakfast with a view!
We also recommend visiting other beaches, they are all different but very beautiful. E.g. next bay, Ao Leuk is very nice – beautiful and good snorkeling. Not far to walk but as Tao is nowhere flat, it I “up and down” but a tip is to join the (free) morning shuttle to “town” and get off at the top, then it is just going down (also to Sai Daeng and Tian Og bays). First time at Tao – NangYuan Island is a must but go early to beat the crowds (coming from Samui, Phangan) – suggest you take the morning shuttle to town and a taxi boat from there, and you probably (as us) be there first of all people! Climb to the viewpoint or plunge in for very good snorkeling and relax on the beach when the crowds arrive. At Tanote, there are no crowds - if you need the crowds, take the shuttle to Mae Haad or Sairee, but honestly, why go to Tao if not for nature, relax and beating the crowds (at Samui etc.)?

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Some reviews "warn" for the steep walk to the beach but even if it could be tough for some, it is really not difficult. Tao is mountainous (which makes it so beautiful) so if you’re looking for flat-land, go elswhere. It is really a nice walk actually, a few minutes if your normal fit.
We’we seen some reviews with concerns about constructions. The reception area and surrounding garden area was being updated as we were there but nothing disturbing at all.
The road to Tanote is breathtaking but I would not try it on a motorbike myself. Others did, but we suggest using the shuttle service or taxi (car or boat).

Room Tip: We stayed in the Pool Villa which was fabulous, nice design, well integrated “in the green” and with...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 23/3 Moo 3, Tanote Bay | 23/3 หมู่ 3, อ่าวโตนด, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #16 of 79 B&Bs / Inns in Koh Tao
Price Range: $55 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tanote Villa Hill 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tanote Villa Hill nestles itself amongst the coconut and fruit trees on the east side of Koa Tao Island overlooking the vast ocean of the Gulf of Thailand. Tanote Villa Hill Resort has a magical ambience where perfect balance is made by nature. The resort is situated on the hillside of Tanote Bay on an estate of 12 Rai, which includes private luxury villas, bar and restaurant. ... more   less 
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