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“Wonderful introduction to Koh Tao”
Review of Anankhira Villas

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Anankhira Villas
Ranked #16 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
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Liverpool
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful introduction to Koh Tao”
Reviewed September 21, 2011

My boyfriend and I tried to book a 1 bed villa but were a little late. I was delighted to receive an offer of the 2 bed villa with bigger pool for the same price! Of course we snapped that up!
Excellent comms from Michelle before arrival and no probs with the pick up from the pier.
The lovely Kit met us with welcome drinks and showed us Mokara villa. It really is just like all the photo's. Fabulous outside livingroom, small infinity pool but big enough for a decent swim and the most lovely views of the sea. Our bedroom was simple but beautiful and spotless. Comfy bed and lots of windows to allow for the views to continue and a large bathroom with hot shower. We enjoying jumping in our pool every morning before breakfast and im missing that very much now!
The living room had 2 sofas and a table to lounge around. A mini bar, large LCD TV and DVD player and a fan if it got a bit sticky.
Kit speaks perfect English and we felt confident that if we had needed her at any time she would have helped us. The staff working there who i believe are mostly Kits family, were just so friendly and genuinely smiling. Everyone seemed so laid back but yet efficient at the same time. We totally overslept for breakfast once and they were happy to still provide us with whatever we wanted. Other resorts would have turned us away.
We felt looked after when we needed anything but aside from that we hardly saw anybody. You are just left to do your own thing and chill out in your tranquill villa.
There are many mosquitos as with any island, we just lit the coils provided and doused ourselves in repellent in the morning and evening and we emerged with only the odd bite.
To get in and out of the villa there are a set of steps. Think about 110 of them. We counted a few times but kept getting different answers.(our villa was the highest i think) We just took it easy and didnt find it too difficult even when a little drunk! There is a rocky and uneven road which only takes a few minutes to walk down and then we cut through the opposite resorts grounds to get to the beach. It really doesnt take longer than 10 minutes from villa to beach. Saying that, we are in our twenties and early thirties and quite fit. I imagine it may be more difficult for those who are not fit.
We had dinner and drinks from the villa restuarant a few times and from the mini bar and it was very reasonably priced for the kind of resort it is. The food was very tasty and there was lots of it.
There were only a few things to mention which were not perfect such as no replacement flannels after housekeeping had been and no shampoo or conditioner provided. But if thats all there is to moan about (which we were not really bothered about) then i think you are on to a winner! If re visiting Tao we will definitely want to stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, October 8, 2011
Thanks so much for your lovely review. All out staff work very hard at trying to make your stay one to remember. I'm glad your mentioned Michelle she's a little gem!

Please come back an visit us soon.
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

I would recommend a stay here to anyone who wants to relax and have an upmarket experience at a pretty good price- The villa we had was fantastic , great views of Sairee Bay, the staff were great, in fact you didn't even know they were around, and the plunge pool made you not want to leave the villa.

We're definitely coming back because 4 nights is just not enough!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, October 8, 2011
Thank you Julia for your review. We get a real buzz our from our guests having a great time!
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Ko Samui, Thailand
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Reviewed May 22, 2011

A great place to stay, if you want to be near amenities, yet in the peace of quiet of a tropical island.
Individual villas with their own pools, with fantastic sea and sunset views.
Villas have en-suite bedrooms and unique open air lounges with DVD player and LCD TVs. Staff were really helpful and also arranged a taxi pickup for us directly from our boat arrival, which made our transfer swift and easy.
A great place to stay, if you like to get away from it all, yet be only a 5 minute walk to the beach or 7 minutes to the town of Sairee.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, May 23, 2011
Thank you very much for your lovely review of Anankhira.

Just to add that all our villas have sea views as they are all set into the mountain so enjoy a high aspect.

Please visit us again soon.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed May 16, 2011

We stayed at Anankhira Villas for 6 nights and would have no hesitation in staying there again, in fact we are next year... The staff are EXCELLENT and would go out of there way to help with anything at all. The rooms were spotless and what an amazing view, Kit you are the best!!!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, June 21, 2011
Thanks for your review. We are very proud of our staff who offer an excellent service. Please come back and see us soon.
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2011

We arrived at the pier to find our taxi "truck" waiting for us and we were taken straight to Anankhira. We were informed that the road had been very bad after the rains, but they had just had it flattened/repaired and it was fine. You go about 200m down a dirt track and then there is a short steep incline to the top of the villas, but the truck had no problem dealing with it.

We were then taken to our Villa, which was Villa Cattleya, open plan living space, indoor bedroom/bathroom and our own small plunge pool with amazing views over the Gulf of Thailand. This is not a resort with staff everywhere, there are staff there to clean the villas, provide you with your breakfast and any other meals you ask for - at a very reasonable price - offer help on booking trips, bikes etc.. but you are very much left to your own devices, given privacy and which is great if you want peach and quiet or are on a romantic break, it is a very peaceful place.

If you don't like bugs, then you should probably not visit Koh Tao or Thailand. Do make use of the mosquito repellent provided, as at sunset they do come out in the living area but after dark they seem to go.

We were only a short walk to Sairee beach - about 5/10 minutes walk from the restaurant and bars there for some nightlife. We were provided with both a torch - it is very dark on the short road back, but you can get a taxi back, we were happy to walk. The staff also kindly gave us our own mobile, that comes with the Villa, so we could contact them if we had any problems either off or on site. We were also able to give our family back home the number for any emergencies which was great.

Very much home from home, but in a beautiful tropical location, would definately go back.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, May 13, 2011
So glad you enjoyed Anankhira. Thank you for all your positive comments. Glad you like the mobile phone. That's a new idea we just brought in! Hope to see you again soon.
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Reviewed April 17, 2011

Maybe our expectations were to high, but it was a dissapointing experience at anankhira. First our booked pick up of the hotel after a long trip was a no show. After we called the reception and a long wait a taxi picked us up and brought us to the wrong hotel. When we finally arrived at anankhira, the road up to the hill was a mess. But that's understandable after the flood. We were brought to our room, which actually had potential, but was a bit messy and unfortunately not very clean. Instead of the planned four nights, we left the next day. And we were happy to go. At the reception they wanted to charge us the taxi. After we complained, they were so friendly to take the costs.

  • Stayed April 2011
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, April 28, 2011
I am sorry that you were disappointed by Anankhira. We have around 2,000 visitors each year and we so seldom have anything less than ecstatic guests. I have talked with the staff and tried to get to the bottom of the problem. Firstly I should make it clear that the day you arrived was Thia New Year - Songkran - this is a day when the traffic virtually comes to a halt as people throw and spray water over anyone and everyone.It's total chaos!! You would not have been able to miss these festivities and these were the reason why the first taxi was so late. It did finally arrive but by that time our staff had organised another taxi for you.

I feel it is a little unfair to mention the state of the road as you are well aware that recently there have been severe floods on Koh Tao and we were highly praised by our guests at that time for our fantastic service and for looking after them so well in very very difficult conditions. We wait in line, along with many others, for repairs to our road.

I see that you say you were unhappy with the room a simple conversation with our Manger at time could easily have resolved this. It is difficult to do this after the event.

Finally you mention about being charged for the taxi. The transfer from the pier to Anankhira is 300THB. . It is common practice to charge a transfer fee and indeed to even add a little extra to it. We do not add anything to this cost that is the actual price. All out guests are made aware of this charge at the time of booking and they can either pay the driver direct or have it added to their bill. You chose to do neither putting our staff in a very awkward position as effectively it was a debt that you refused to pay. In the event out Manger decided it was better just to let this go and I agree with her.

We are not a large hotel with a 24/7 reception. As we say on our website we are a boutique villa resort and I hope that the site gives people a flavour of how we operate. I am sorry if you were disappointed but I think it is a question of having realistic expectations based on the information on our site. I trust you enjoyed the rest of your stay on Koh Tao.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

My partner and I stayed here for 3 nights and they were the BEST 3 nights of our holiday!
Unfortunately the accommodation was so beautiful we didnt venture out into Koh Tao.
The accommodation is Stunning, beautifully decorated with every detail well thought out.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the friendly helpful and all round beauty, Kit. She had arranged a taxi to pic us up at the port and bring us straight there (id recommend this as its tucked away and up a bit of a dirt track)
Kit then showed us to our little villa, Lellia and instantly we knew this would be an amazing 3 nights. The living area is open with amazing views of the hills and sea. There is a mini bar, flat screen t.v, dvd player, tea and coffee facilities and comfy furniture including a hammock. Just next to the living area is your gorgeous cool very own private plunge pool and sunbeds. After the living area its up a few steps to your STUNNING bedroom with canopy over the bed. The bedroom is very spacious with walk in wardrobe and dressing table. As we walked into our room we were greeted with a beautiful aroma from the oil burner the staff had lit to fill the room. The room also has huge folding doors that open out so you can really take in the view (altho you need to keep them closed to keep the insects out and cool air in) The bathroom is off the bedroom and again spacious with a wetroom like shower.
The service in Anankhira it as stunning as the views, the staff are polite friendly and are thereto please you. They will prepare food form the delicious menu including burmese dishes, fill your mini bar or any other whim that may take your fancy (even the handy man downed his tools to take away our trays)
Kit who over sees your stay speaks fluent English and is the most helpfull person i met on the entire holiday! she arranged our ferry and transport for our journey back to Samui, I really can not speak highly enough of the good service here!!!!!!
Slightly cut off from the bars and resturants but you wont care! the food is delicious and very reasonably priced 100bts for beer and breezers and 200bt for meals that are delicious!
Anankhira was the most expensive accommodation of our holiday but by far worth it! I would recommend this place to any and everyone! already friends are booking their stay!
The only down points would be the aircon in the room is a bit pathetic but if you kept it on all day on 16 it was fine and also you are provided with a fan that works fine. The insects are the worst, but hey thats nature, you dont like em....... go butlins! Anankhira provides you with natrual citronella oil and mosquito coils to help the issue but a few bites are worth the stay.
STAY HERE FOR AN AMAZING STAY !!!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, April 1, 2011
Thank you for your fantastic review. It is always lovely to get such feedback. We are very proud of our staff and our service. I am so pleased that you had such a wonderful time. Please do come back and see us again soon.
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Property: Anankhira Villas
Address: 15/104 Moo 1, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand (Formerly Anankhira Boutique Resort)
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #16 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designed in Balinese-inspired architecture, Anankhira Villa Resort is a short stroll from Sairee Beach. We are an intimate resort with four villas – one two bed and three one bed. Each villa has its own private plunge pool and a stunning sea view. All our bedrooms are ensuite and air-conditioned and also have a fan and a fridge. Every villa also has an outdoor sitting area with TV and lots of DVD’s. We have free Wi-FiThe resort is an 8-minute drive from Mae Haad Pier. We provide a free shuttle service to and from the pier. Free private parking is available on-site.We can provide Thai cuisine and Burmese specialties in your villa or in our bijou dining area. Our price includes all taxes and breakfast. ... more   less 
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