Travelling as a family of 5 Mum, Dad, 2 kids aged 3 & 6 and Grandma.
We are Travelling around the world with the kids and met up with Grandma in Thailand.
We paid over 9500bht for our Captain suite with an extra childrens rollaway bed.
3% is added to all bills paid by visa/mastercard at grand coral
(That sort of thing irritates me... why not just show the price as it is !!
who the heck is going to be wandering round Koh Tao with 65000bhts cash in their pocket)
You need to pay for your entire stay up front !! that's to stop you leaving after the first night !!
The room consisted of two smallish airconditioned rooms each with a non aircon ensuite bathroom.
The bathrooms were sort of open to the elements and yet not open ( holes in the wall for insects,cockroaches, mozzies, gekkos etc. to get in and a hole in the roof which let the rain in down the bathroom wall. ( on the one occasion that it rained ) Holes in the drains too to let god knows what in. A loose tap on the sink etc . etc.
There was a price list on the wall which showed
the price of everything in the room
( including plastic coat hangers at 20 bht )should you decide to steal it !!!!
They also turn off the power from 5 - 5:30pm every day.
After 4 days I had to go to reception to ask them to change the sheets for the first time.
Remember we were paying over 9500bht per night for this place. ( about 150 quid or about 300 us dollars)
For Dinner this place is useless, serving only the same dishes as for lunch. No atmosphere, no tablecloths no music just a tv to keep the waiters occupied. No efort made to attract hotel guests,
in fact if they could get away with closing at 9:30pm then they would.
The attitude of some of the waiters left something to be desired.
This is not a family hotel in my opinion. Nor in my opinion is Koh Tao a Family destination. For the price we paid we could have had a really fantastic hotel pretty much anywhere in the world.
For all you guys that were in Koh tao 10 or 15 years ago and now want to bring the family here to show them how fantastic this quiet island isn't, then please think again. The beach area is full of techno bars and stray dogs one of which I understand bit a young girl while we were there (that means 5 trips to hospital for injections against Rabies)
( the 20 - 30 age group love it, and I can see why, it's like a permanent music festival atmosphere.)
There are a couple of very good restaurants away from the Hotel, on the back streets ( Potobello and Papas Tapas )
unfortunately neither of which are Thai restaurants, they can be accessed from the beach after crossing the stinking sewer area.
On the positive side
Breakfast was good, with a bit of everything for everyone. they also served a good selection of Lunchtime dishes.
We were met at the ferry by friendly staff and taken to the hotel, which was nice as getting off the Samui Cat-Ferry was bit Hectic.
If you like Diving then the dive operation here is very good. I had an excellent American dive instructor (Daniel).
Also did a couple of dives with Mike from Wales who was very good too. The dive boat was also very good and quick
which means you get to the dive site first in the morning.
Some of the dive equipment seems to be getting a bit old and tired now and despite being well looked after, some of it could do with being replaced.
Hope this is of some use to any families considering going to Koh Tao
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