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Ananda Villa
Ranked #14 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
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Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

We got here to do some diving, when we checked in we had a little box room with a fan, not ideal given 7 days at this resort. But we were able to upgrade for half the time so grateful to the girl on reception who was brilliant.the upgraded rooms are amazing. The box rooms are fine too and our front door opened onto the beach so for a few nights go for it but 7 maybe think a lil bigger with ac. Would def go back tho!!

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

Excellent location and very cheap prices. Located as bungalows on the beach. stunning views to wake up to every morning. The rooms were cleaned everyday and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The beds were comfy and the bathrooms were decent sized. The best place to stay in Ko Tao.

Also make sure and try out the resturant to the side called Pranee Kitchen. think its owned by the Ananda Villa but the nicest food in Ko Tao with great portions and cheap prices.

Room Tip: One of the bungalows with a window looking on the beach in the morning.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Been here 2 times in different seasons

I think it's exaggerated to call it "very good" in terms of pure quality, but it's definitely very good value for the money. I paid around 400 baht/ day out of season and 500 in the season, for a bungalow with a fan and a double bed. I was happy with this value. My friend was in the larger rooms close to me, and she was also very pleased with the value for those rooms.

The bungalows are small, but they're cleaned upon arrival + every time you make a request, which is pretty important. Other bungalow owners only clean upon arrival.
Now and then you'll see an ant crawling around, but this is because of the location and I had this in every single bungalow on Ko Tao. They don't bite

The bungalows have free wifi. The connection isn't great, especially on the beach. This is because the signal comes from the restaurant on the other side. But the receptionist gave me an alternative which was okay.

The location is good, depending on your preference. Ananda is located very close to the pier, and away from the night life on Ko Tao. It allows you to get good sleep at night. All you can hear is the sound of the waves. But then again, if you love the loud night life, you should chose your residence on the other side of Ko Tao.

When you wake up in the morning, it takes you exactly 5 seconds to make it to the beach.

I don't think life gets much better

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

We stayed in a concrete bungalow for 5 days. Close to beach and the restaurants etc in Mae Heads. The room was adequate, beds hard (but that's a problem all over Asia!). The room had good AC, a fridge and cable TV. The bathroom was fairly basis (very wet everywhere) and was a bit smelly. WIFI was intermittent
OK for the price

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

An honest 2 minutes walk from the pier, a couple block from many most dive operators (including ours, Master Divers, which I'd highly recommend!), and about 20minutes walk from Sairee Beach, this was a great spot for our time on Koh Tao.

We stayed in a fan (not AC) garden-view bungalow. It was mostly quiet and clean, and the mosquito netting kept us safe from buzzing and bites at night. We had a lovely patio with chairs to sit out and enjoy the shade and palm trees.

Wifi only works in public areas, so we had to walk about 50 feet down the hill to check email, but we were on vacation, so didn't mind that much. :)

The service was fine. We didn't need much, so didn't test it, but when we asked for recommended snorkeling locations the reception lady gave us a map and a couple suggestions that were great.

Only advice is to check on the layout before you come if you have any mobility issues. We are a young healthy couple, so had no trouble, but our bathroom was down a very steep set of stairs from our bedroom space, and I can imagine it could be problemmatic for some. Otherwise nice little place to rest up after long days of diving, snorkeling and beach time.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

The (upstairs) room was one of the best we had on Ko Tao for the price even if the walls seem to be rather thin, we could hear quite a bit of the neighbours. It was clean and spacey, the bathroom was lovely. Internet was pretty slow. It's a good place to start on Ko Tao, it's only 3 minutes from the pier, you don't need any transport. Ko Tao is such a small island, you can walk everywhere, it's by far the best way to explore. Because of the closeness to the pier there was always a bit of noise in the morning. There's even a bit of beach in front but it's not really inviting, they could definitely make it cosier (eg a nice deck and some beach chairs adjacent to the beach front wall).

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

lovely sea view from my room ,nice and peaceful but only a 15min walk from Sairee Beach.Wifi worked well though slow at times but thats no suprise on koh Tao :) Staff are very helpful and friendly .will stay here again

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Address: 9/1 Moo 2, Koh Tao Island, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Ranked #14 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Price Range: $40 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ananda Villa 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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