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Anankhira Villas
Ranked #15 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
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Thames Valley
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Top place overall”
Reviewed March 3, 2009

Loved the location and style of the place if you are lucky to be in Villa 1. I think if you are in the other 2 then your privacy is hampered as you can see into the other villa rooms as you go down the stairs.
Tip - bring a torch! coming home at night after a few drinks always made the climb interesting.
There are lots of critters and bugs about but that is Koa Tao and comes with having the villas in such a quiet and unique spot.
Personally I loved the plunge pool...one thing I would say is you are not really able to chill out in the living room due to the mozzies waiting in the rafters! But as I said, you should expect that, so apply the spray, eat lots of garlic, drink lots of tonic or stay in the plunge pool.
All in all, we really like the place. I have to say, the service was great up until we forgot to tip one of the ladies who serviced the rooms occasionally (ran out of money tipping everyone else!!) The temper tantrum we got was horrific and sadly typified what a walking wallet of Bahts some Thai people really regard us as.
We would recommend this place.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, June 21, 2011
If you returned to Anankhira now - 2 years after your review - I think you would find some massive improvements.
We employ an eco pest company and there are a lot less insects etc and you would find it hard to spot a mosquito!
The staff would not expect a tip for cleaning your room and they certainly would not throw a tantrum if they didn't get one. The number of reviews where are staff are highly praised are testimony to this.
We now provide a torch in the room and even a mobile phone.
Do come back and see the improvements for yourself you'll now definitely think this is a top place without any reservations.
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Reviewed January 11, 2009

We spent 8 nights on Koh Tao island and stayed in 4 different places. For the overall experience Anankhira was # 1.

A beautiful, peaceful property located within (longish) walking distance of Sairee beach and town. 3 villas, each with their own pool, means leaving the actual villa to go into town is a hard decision!

The villas are a perfect place to unwind and relax but are close enough to town to sample the many restaurants and nightlife if that is what you want. An outdoor living room with TV, DVD, hammock and couch (and view!) is perfect for a beach location and the air con bedroom provides the creature comforts too.

Eric & Loulou, the French couple who manage the property, cannot do enough to make your stay exactly what you want it to be. Thank you so much!

  • Liked — private pool, outdoor living area, view, cleanliness, service
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. We hope you will visit again soon.
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Reviewed July 14, 2008

As a frequent traveler to Thai islands I applaud when I see something different than the typical run of the mill hotel. I was pleased experience a private experience at Anankira Villas.

I am not going to go into a long discussion on the facilities, but basically you get a romantic cottage/villa with a private plunge/dip pool, airy living room and a gorgeous and unique bedroom. You have all you really need within the dwelling and need nothing more. The only negative is that there is no restaurant and you need to walk the 300-400 meters to the beach or rent a motorbike if you prefer not too walk.

All in all it's a great place for grown ups that want a bit of privacy and don't want to see a lot of other tourists or snotty kids.

  • Liked — Privacy & location
  • Disliked — no restaurant
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. You will be pleased to know that since you visited us we now have a lovely seating area by Reception where breakfast and evening meals can be served. Of course you can still have meals in the comfort of your villa if you prefer. I hope you will come back and visit us again soon.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed September 30, 2007

We stayed at Anankhira for 3 nights in September, it was a very relaxing place, very secluded with a beautiful private dip pool (and we had no issues with the pool) and in a very eco friendly environment.

The staff are extremely helpful and are just a phone call away, they can organise dinner from a Mexican/Pizza/European take away place called "El Toro" which is not bad and they will go and collect it for you (the breakfast also comes from "El Toro" and was included in the price).

There is only one restaurant walking distance from the Villas which i would highly recommend, at the Koh Tao Cabana Hotel and they have lovely Thai/European food, the restaurant is a 3 minute walk from the villas, i would suggest you take a torch as there are no street lights for the walk home.

Anankhira has 3 villas, we stayed in Villa 2 which was lovely with an outdoor tv/sitting area and outdoor bathroom. The bedroom is indoors and the airconditioning works very well. They have a selection of great DVDs and Sky Tv.

The only warning i can give you is be prepared to see a couple of "little friends" (SEE PHOTOS) in the outdoor sitting area and bathroom, otherwise you will love it!

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for your review. Since you came to visit us a number of years ago now there are many more restaurants within walking distance of the resort and we also now offer a wider evening menu So I hope you'll come back and try it out!
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Silkeborg
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Reviewed September 17, 2007

Just stay there for 4 days......i could stay there forever, this is rearly Thailand when i shows it from the best site. Stunning house, private pool and Great staff, just call, and they arrange everything. Easy booking, and very fair price, i can only say good things about this pearl. I will 100% sure come back. Kindly regards Mr. Lau (Thailand 11times)

Stayed September 2007
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for your kind review and we're really glad you enjoyed yourself and were even more pleased to see you on your following visit, indeed it seemed to become a bit of a regular which is lovely. Please continue to spread the word.
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Reviewed August 31, 2007

Urgh, what a total rip off! If you are looking for a hotel that has zero privacy, no beach, no restaurant, critters galore...then this is your place. The only nice thing about the hotel was the view of the beach. The living quarters and bathroom are all outside, so there is no escaping the heat, frogs, massive lizards and bugs. We are pretty outdoorsy people, but this was a little over the top. We would have been much happier spending half of the amount to get a place on the beach, but we didn't know. Oh, and to top it off, our pool seemed very dirty and we couldn't enjoy it as honeymooners because there is no door to the room. Anyone can peak in.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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anankhira, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, September 6, 2007
Regarding the review "Rip Off!!!!"

While we appreciate everybody comments, we feel that our website very thoroughly explains the concept of our three small villas. The fact that the reviewer refer to them as a hotel, write about the beach, the outdoors living space concept, privacy and so forth seem to indicate a lack of research prior to booking.

We find that happens once in a while and always let our guests check out early if they decide the concept is not for them.

Regarding our pools, then we have a good quality pool machine for each pool and we run them as per standard operating for all hotels. Due to the unique chemical composition of the water on Koh Tao, once chlorine is added, the water will for a very short period turn slightly reddish in color (the water on the island has a high concentration of different irons).

In conclusion, we want every potential guest to very carefully study our website and our concept before making a booking, especially since detrimental reviews due to a misunderstanding of our concept rather than actual problems with our villas are unfair to us, annoying to guests that are looking for a real resort and of course to guests that geniunely like our concept but get scared off due to a bad review.

In the case of the customer writing this review, they were allowed to check out early and helped with finding alternative accommodation.
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Reviewed July 28, 2007

These villas are stunning without a doubt, but..... When we arrived we immediately jumped into our pool to realise that we had dirt all over us? It seemed it had something to do with the chemical reaction of the chlorine? The guy in charge took us to a beach whilst they cleaned it but we couldn't use the pool untill the following day. The pool was fine for a day or so, but we then realised that they hadn't put the filter back on, so we had the same problem all over again!! We have been to Thailand quite a few times and are quite used to the wild life, gheko's, the odd cockroach, but one night we were greeted by two fat rats in our bathroom, which we then realised that there were rat droppings all over our apartment. For the problems we encountered and the reactions of the staff this place is over priced. If they sort out their problems this place is a gem.

Stayed May 2007
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JayneChard, Owner at Anankhira Villas, responded to this review, September 15, 2010
Thanks for your review. Since you stayed we have improved our accommodation and our service. Hope you will visit us again in the near future.
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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 #15 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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