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“A Romantic Hideaway”
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Thipwimarn Resort
Ranked #44 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Singapore
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“A Romantic Hideaway”
Reviewed January 9, 2010

The first thing that strikes you when you get to the resort is the uphill location. Traveling from the ferry terminal on a lorry can be quite an experience, be prepared for a bumpy ride!

The reception staff and drivers are all warm and accommodating,if you are a dog lover, you would love the adorable 7 dogs there (don't worry, they are clean, friendly and hardly bark, they won't bother you if you don't approach them)

There are plenty of steps for you to climb around this hilly resort but the breath taking view is worth it. I tried the boutique and romance suite, the view may be better at the romance suite but looking at the price, I would stick to the boutique suite for its oh-so comfortable bed. The free wi-fi is good too but don't forget to ask for the password from the reception, not sure if its available at all rooms.

The amenities are good and the rooms are clean and well kept. The infinity pool is gorgeous but what I like best is the quiet and relaxing ambiance of the place, if you are tired of the loud thumping music of the island with the many loud beer louts with bad tribal tattoos in bermudas and their sun burnt bleach blonde girlfriends hanging around.

Its not cheap but worth the price if you want to be kept well away from loud beer swigging college grads that occupy most of the island.

Be sure to enjoy their breakfast, not for the food but for the awesome view over looking the cliff.

I tip rather generously there as I find the staff very accommodating and warm. The location may be a little out of the way so you may have to call the hotel to come pick you up from the main town area and each ride is 50THBT per person. The hotel service is cheaper than the ones offered in town (don't bother bargaining with the local taxi drivers cos they all charge one fee). Just remember that its 150THBT per person after midnite for the ride back from town. The hotel's taxi service ends at 8.30pm.

Didn't try their spa services but do book in advance.

Overall, the view would keep me coming back for more.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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cyprus
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

We stayed for 2 nights.

The rooms we were given first were terrible, so small, the entrance door had no lock. Then they moved us in a big suite which we shared with our friend. That was excellent.

The restaurant service was very poor.

The view was very nice but you need to climb a lot of stairs from the rooms to the reception. With the heat and the humidity was unbearable.
However almost all hotels in Koh Tao are built in the same way. Stairs everywhere you go.

The hotel does not provide atmosphere to make you want to stay, no music at the restaurant.
The service in general was very poor
There is no beach to swim.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed January 3, 2010

Our stay at Thipwimarn was our "splurge" for New Years and our final destination after an 11-day holiday throughThailand. We were impressed with the stunning views of the resort. Everything was waterview and the grounds were scenic and well maintained. We stayed in a Superior Room and were impressed with the room and the beautiful view. However, aside from the scenery, the hotel was a huge disappointment. Although we stayed at some remote locations throughout our trip, we never encountered as huge communication difficulties as we did at Thipwarmin. Eating at the restaurant was always an experience because the staff could not describe to us anything on the menu or answer any questions. Everything we asked for led to confusion and miscommunication from selecting an ice cream flavor for the banana split (apparantly it doesn't come with ice cream?) to a Jack Daniels on the rocks (try one piece of ice floating). We ordered dessert with one server only to be approached by another twenty minutes later to take our order...who then couldn't seem to understand when we had explained to him that we had already ordered. The entire restaurant seemed hopelessly disorganized likely due to the extreme communication difficulties. There was only one young girl at the front desk who spoke English well enough and she was brought in as our translator frequently--not something you would expect at a "luxury" resort. The staff was young and overworked (we saw the same servers for breakfast as we did for dinner). Service for the "compulsary" New Years Gala dinner was poor, slow and overpriced and mired in confusion. We were convinced that the same staff serving our meals was also running down to the beach to light off the fireworks for New Years. A wake-up call for one morning never took place, we called the spa to find out they were all booked for our entire stay...only to ask the front desk to recommend another spa in which they suddenly had openings for two people for 2 hour spa treatments that day. The New Years Gala dinner was compulsary for some and not for others. A lot of things about the resort made us very confused and we were not the only ones hugely frustrated and disappointed. Our room had no hot water which was what we had paid for but surprising considering such basic amentities were offered for free at all the budget accomodations we had stayed at before. Overall this resort had the feel of a place newly opened and inexperienced... although I don't believe that's the case. Aside from the gorgeous scenery, there is little positive things I can say about this resort. For this price, I would not stay here again. The scenery alone was not enough to win me over.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed September 22, 2009

Thipwimarn was a wonderful hotel for our honeymoon, a hundred times better than our original resort choice (which we walked out of after 1 day) and also a bit cheaper too.

We stayed in a beautiful traditional sea view villa half-way down the hill and had fantastic sunset views from our balcony where we sat with axe pillows while giant butterflies flew past. The grounds are like a well-tended botanic garden but on a very steep hill (lots of steps!) Every night we'd see bats and during the day there would be frogs and squirrels around the grounds - but never did we have trouble in our teak room with bugs and geckos.

The infinity pool, the excellent spa and the hammock area feel perched above heaven and are amazing places to return back from after a day out on the island. The reception terrace and the restaurant also have wonderful spots and the staff here are so kind and attentive that they more than anything make this feel 5 star. There are also some incredibly cute and well behaved dogs and rabbits here too!

The new rooms that aren't villas but in a very small condo set are now finished and don't impact at all on the ambiance. They look fantastic value for money considering the luxury and service of the resort, they were all booked-up too.

You need to be fit to stay here given the number of steep steps between rooms and reception and definitely if you're planning on taking the steps down to the sea to snorkel in the private shared small bay (which is reasonably good for fish and coral). I'd also recommend renting a motorcycle too as the resort is away from the rest of the island and Koh Tao is too hilly and hot for walking. Staff can easily help you with that. Of course, you'd have a great relaxing time if you never left. Dining at the restaurant at least one evening is a must.

The highlight of all highlights proved to be the buffet breakfast on the stunning terrace every morning. Lying back on axe pillows while ambient music played and being offered custom-cooked eggs to go with our dim sum, pancakes, toast, soups, salads and fresh fruits... no need for lunch after that, something really worth waking up for.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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Reviewed August 13, 2009

Went there after having read the reviews here on tripadvidor, we choosed this hotel, hoping to find a lovely place with high level and so.

The result was not that nice...
First we arrived in the early morning, so hungry, we wanted to have a breakfast. They served us but did not say how much it would cost...
Then, the bathroom was not in the same place, and this is not very practical especially in the dark (sunset is at around 6PM)
There was some work and our view was not that nice.
The beach is not there, it's 20 min walk from the ressort.
The swimming pool is small.
Everything is added to your bill.
If you want to change your mind and stay 2 days instead of 4, you have to pay a big amount of extra charge.
Then we broke the stuff were the shower gel was. They added it (big price) on the final list.

Well, to summarise, we did not appreciate much that place. We would have prefered to pay 1/4 of the price for something close to the beach...

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 14, 2009

We were really excited about this part of our trip- Thipwimarn was to be the luxurious and decadent part of our backpacking honeymoon! We had booked the superior room for 7 nights and when we checked in the staff were great, the views from the main deck to die for and we couldnt wait to jump into the infinity pool. Our room, however was a complete disappointment- the room was tiny, tv tiny but the worst part was the bathroom flooded everytime we had a shower. We had little visitors (geckos etc) but that was to be expected given the surrounds. Given the price we were paying we decided we could do better at another resort down the road (and also be closer to the main st and not have to pay for a hotel taxi everytime) and approached staff. They were very polite but adamant about no refunds on our deposit so we were just going to cut our losses and leave anyway, when the manager stepped in and offered us the seaview studio for the same rate- which we jumped at. The room was a vast improvement but overall, i didn't feel the rooms themselves justified the rates- we were essentially paying for the view. The bathroom was separate to the room itself but facilities modern and the room itself was nice. The restaurant food is amazing but exxy for Ko Tao prices and after the episode with the room the staff were sullen and not so friendly. Ah well.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
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Reviewed January 7, 2009

Our room (honeymoon) was secluded and private with a beautiful view of the ocean. The view is stunning & the total resort has an "eco friendly" feeling with great service. The food in the restaurants was all delicious; staffs were impeccable and so friendly. The scenery from the hotel was breath taking and the place was so beautiful. The hotel does not have a beach front because it is located on a cliff top. However, the spectacular views from the swimming pool more than makes up for a beach front. I highly recommend this place for couples seeking a quiet getaway with plenty of privacy and breath taking views.

  • Liked — Breath taking scenery
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Thipwimarn Resort
Address: 16/7 Haad Sairee, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Thipwimarn Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our resort is located in north Sairee, Koh Tao, where all of our suites have a spectacular view of Sairee beach and Nang Yuan Island.Perfect for your dream holiday. Surrounded by nature, overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand, our suites are peaceful, luxurious and romantic. From everywhere on the resort a spectacular sunset can be seen, a different scene every night. ... more   less 
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