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Koh Tao Cabana
Ranked #19 of 153 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Reviewed January 18, 2012

We enjoyed staying here. 1 of my husband's favorite things was the outdoor shower & toilet. It was decorated nicely. Size is not huge but acceptable. Loved the view and nice to have our own hammock. Breakfast was yummy, beautiful restaurant. We walked to the bars & restaurants on the beach, Fizz lounge was 10 minutes away and great. The staff was not too friendly here but it was fine.

Room Tip: The sky cottages were the most affordable and they were great.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

After staying at some fantastic hotels in Koh Samui and Koh Phangan our family moved on to Koh Tao Cabanas. It seems a little threadbare compared to the other hotels. The hut we stayed in had spiders and lots of mosquitos. The linen was not cotton and the place had a general air of neglect.
The staff were very friendly but i suspect that the hotel was missing a good manager.
There was no pool but one being constructed so perhaps it's the start of a refurbishment.
A number of the quests we spoke to complained that their orders from the restaurant etc never were what was ordered.
It is a lovely location on Sairee Beach.
All in all i would NOT recommend Koh Tao except to youngsters in their 20's looking to learn to dive.
The whole place has been overdeveloped in a ramshackle way and there was even, a "girlie" bar not too far from the hotel.
If i was young and wanted to go i would stay at the Sairee Hut which has a nice pool and the accomodation was quite new.
Sorry for the negativity as i really love Thailand and it's people but they really know how to exploit beautiful locations.
We did enjoy our trip there but for families there are so many other more beautiful locations.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

A very great place with exceptional accomodation. We had the biggest bungalow for the 4 of us, 2 kids, 2 adults, just awesome. Was expensive for Thai standards but was the best accomodation I have stayed in, the view is breath tking and restaurant is excellent, the service was top class also...2 people were exceptional to us, both Burmese staff from the kitchen, one named Htoun and a girl named Sand, they befriended our children and made every part of our time at Cabana great.....can't say a bad word about it...if you want great accomodation and a memeory to last forever, and are happy to pay a bit extra, definitely consider this place.....

Room Tip: so many good rooms, the honeymoon and family bungalows have pools of their own and amazing views...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 24, 2011

I spent two nights in the Koh Tao Cabana when i visited the island.

The location at the end of the beach is stunning. The water is calm and view of the bay is peaceful. Dining at their restaurant that overlooked the bay was a treat. The food was good, fairly priced and the seating was very comfortable.

In Dec 2011, they are definitely in the middle of building their infinity pool. There's not too much noise from the work, but their is a section of the resort that is blocked off and in the middle of construction.

The noise from the beach bars in Sairee beach somehow makes it across the bay to all the hotels on the on the beach front. It's not that bad, but you'll hear the distant music like if your neighbor had their stereo on. It was easy to get used to it and ignore it, although I live in the city.

The bathroom and shower are outside the main room (apparently a common thing) and was pleasant. I actually enjoyed the outdoor shower (Large and open).

One note about bugs, there are plenty on the islands. You have to just look past that as you can't have both the secluded beach-side villa in the middle of nature and no bugs.

WIFI was good. Spa a little pricey but very nice as well.

Room Tip: Cottage Beachfront was nice.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

We were backapers in Thailand but decided to have a little treat stay in Koh Tao. The reception, resort area, restaurant all very nice with great design. I love the bay with clear water and quiet beach, away from all noisy bars and villagers. We stayed in whitesand villa, it was really great experience, furnishing was amazing. The only negative point was outside shower were mosquitos were attacking us. Would recommend this hotel for honeymooners, very romantic with great service.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

Koh Tao Cabana completely exceeded our expectations! Situated above sai ree beach they have Great positioning at the end of the beach which is quiet, so clean and crystal clear it is breath taking.
The service we had from each of the staff members was exceptional so friendly and helpful, we had an older staff member carry our 25kg suitcase on his shoulders up to our cabana (felt so bad). We have read some reviews about the poor English from the staff, and although their English may not have been perfect, they were more than helpful and willing. (plus remember people we are in Thailand, not an "English as the first language country" think about it!)
When we approached our cabana straight away we can see the breath taking views and the cottage villa we stayed in was so spacious. The only thing we were taken aback by was the forest/open air shower, it looked great but could we do it? Yes it was completely fine.
The only issue is with such a beautiful island there is a number of bugs, mozzies, flies etc not ideal but hardly anything you can do about it. Koh Tao cabana does supply slot of bug spray which is helpful.
The lounges near the beach are fantastic, I don't know how someone complained about there being no one in the towel area there was only 1 instance in the 6 days we were there that someone wasn't there to hand out towels and he was away for a good 3 mins.
Having taken many walks a long sairee beach you do realize what a great place you have with koh Tao cabana the further down you go the more crud and rubbish is around the beach which is a little depressing seeing people disgrace the paradise that is around them with their bottles and plastic cups. And the hotels aren't situated nearly as nicely.
Koh Tao cabana is undergoing renovations only to further improve it they are building a pool from what we could see but with that beach there is really no need!
Also in terms of the noise, the music isn't coming from koh Tao cabana it's coming from all the other bars on the beach so it's hardly their fault, ear plugs are provided but we slept through it it wasn't too bad.
All of this for only $75AUD per night including a great breakfast every morning how anyone could think this is expensive considering what you get for it is crazy!
All in all koh Tao cabana was amazing and was a great start to our relaxing holiday!!!

Room Tip: There are the villas with the private jacuzzi they look brilliant perhaps better with a group of peo...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

When I reached Koh Tao, my partner and I checked out a few different places to stay, but none of them quite fit what we were looking for. We wanted something romantic and private, but not ridiculously overpriced and not too swanky. We also wanted it to be on the main Sai Ree beach but a little bit away from the the crowded areas for more peace.

Koh Tao Cabana was exactly what we needed. We stayed in the Sky Cottage, which was pretty much like living in a treehouse up on the hill. The view was sensational through the large all-around window panels and everything detail, right down to the electronics were somehow made to look like a part of nature.. Which I really loved. The bathroom was a gorgeous surprise that looked like a natural manifestation of the jungle surrounding it.

My favourite thing was to hang out in the hammock on the front porch with cocktails around dusk. The view was simply breathtaking. Room service was a nice thing to enjoy on this balcony, although slow, the cocktails are worth the wait.

Breakfast was decent and large and the restaurant had an impressive relaxing atmosphere to it. I could sit there all day. The staff who were very friendly, always seemed in a daze and appeared lazy. Perhaps, they had been to exposed to the laid back atmosphere for too long. Can you blame them? At night the restaurant completely transforms into a cozy romantic spot, especially on a breezy evening. :)

Down by the beach, Koh Tao Cabana, provide a private beachfront area with large lawn beds and food and beverage service. I liked this a lot. :) I had a Massuman curry in a coconut which was delicious and I highly recommend the smoothies.

Overall, a great place to stay, I would definitely go back, but this time I would try out one of the cottages with a private pool - perhaps something the resort, as a whole, is missing.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 16 Moo 1, Baan Haad Sai Ree, Koh Tao 48360, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #19 of 153 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Price Range: $132 - $203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Koh Tao Cabana 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Koh Tao Cabana is an intimate resort located on Thailand's most secluded island, It offer a brand new alternative for adventurous travelers seeking unprecedented comfort with traditional Thai charm and hospitality. Indulge your senses in one of the most exclusive locations on Sai Ree Beach, You can get back to nature in the peace and serenity of your own private villa, set amid beautifully tropical gardens where you'll feel like your second home! Life takes on a slower pace here with the promise of an untold adventure. ... more   less 
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