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Charm Churee Villa
Ranked #19 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
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“Beautiful scenery, rooms and close to town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

I would definitely recommend Charm Churee to others. We stayed in a Sunset Cottage which had fantastic views, and is built over the rocks. The only downside was the steep steps to get there. On the other hand the staff delivered and picked up our bags, and also provided room service, including to our family who were on the other side of the hill in the bamboo huts (also very nice). The bedrooms and bathrooms were beautiful, and much better than some photos we saw on the web when booking. We did have an issue with the air con one night, and you definitely want that to be working well. You will like this if you don't mind walking, steep steps, and sharing with wild life such as several large lizards, but they never bothered us. The snorkeling at Jansom Bay was brilliant - you are surrounded by fish as soon as you enter. Service was very good, let down only by some communication issues, but more than made up for by the dive shop staff, one of whom ran especially into town to get us sea sickness tablets for a snorkelling tour while we ate breakfast. The Spa prices are high but there are numerous places a short walk into town at half the price. Overall we had a wonderful stay and can't wait to go back.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Bangkok, Thailand
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

Here is one of Hi end accommodation in Koh Tao. 10 minutes walk from resort (inside resort) to the pier. Very beautiful place and beach. Lots of fishes and very clear sea water. Diving service by PADI is available here with the foreigners expert. 180 degree view of breakfast restaurant..good quality of foods and service. Staffs at the Elvis Bar are nice and polite but some of receptionists are not nice and seemed they don't wanna service Thai people. The worst thing for me was TV...I booked through travel agency and there was no information about this facility. When I arrived to the room and found no TV. For me it's very important cuz I have to update news everyday. If no TV so I think resort should provide another options or facilities to support guests. Beach bar close at 5 pm is too short operation hour. I booked Beach Front Villa which very close to the beach bar after bar closed I have nothing to do. Wi Fi service is not available to the guest room so every time I would like to access to the internet I have to walk to the bar...dark and so quiet. At first day I arrived I sent a laundry in the afternoon around 3 pm and it returned in the same day. Next day I sent laundry again in the morning but return in the day after tomorrow. I really confused about laundry service, once I called to reception to checked about laundry found different reasons from staffs. Bathroom and toilet are outdoor. Nice but sometimes too cold to shower outdoor even hot water available but still cold by natural air.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon in August and loved it - Koh Tao is also an island paradise and we are desperate to go back again for more diving. We stayed in one of the deluxe villas which are built into the hillside, and although not super-sleek-modern, the villa was clean, perfectly well-equipped and had a lovely rustic charm to it. The view out over the sea was spectacular and we enjoyed evenings on the front balcony listening to the sea, watching the sunset. Breakfast is served in their restaurant on the edge of the cliff and there was plenty of choice, from cooked breakfast, omelettes, fruit, cereal etc. A particular highlight was going to the hotel's private beach, Jansom Bay, where we could snorkel (no fins, as it kills the coral), swim out to the rafts, have a massage, climb over rocks, and relax on the sun-lougers with a book in one hand and a cocktail from the bar at the back of the beach in the other. Only word of warning, is that as this resort is built into a steep hillside, I would not recommend this for anyone with mobility issues - it is quite a steep climb up to reception and down to Jansom Bay - although it was a perfect way to work off a big breakfast on the way to a day relaxing on the beach!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

I have just come back from a week at Charm Churee staying in a beach front bungalow. It was not long enough! This place is a piece of paradise. There is no need to go on snorkeling tours around the island as it is all available on the doorstep in Jansom Bay. The view from the breakfast bar every morning is one I will not forget. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and quick to attend to any query. The only negative was a glitch at check-out and this took 40mins to fix, leaving us somewhat frazzled to depart on time, and which could be easily rectified by using computer forms - most of the delay was from manually checking the calculation for payment due. Also our bags hadn't been delivered back to reception by check-out time as requested. However this did not detract from the overall experience so still 5 stars from me. Would I stay here again - definitely yes. Would I recommend to friends and family - definitely yes. I have stayed at many hotels and resorts around the world and this one stands out for charm, beauty, scenery, relaxation, swimming, snorkeling, etc It was also good value and not too busy as in off peak season. Oh, and don't forget the spa - great massage and treatments.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

I have never stayed at a better resort. Brilliant service, comfort, facilities and the best snorkeling beach on the island. The dive staff went way out of their way to help us enjoy all that the island can offer. They helped us several times while off duty and were excellent and skilled trainers when we chose to learn scuba. Food is delicious and the views breath taking. Quite hilly so try to get a beach front room, bring good walking sandals and prepare for lots of walking. The day spa was very very good- $75 au for a 3.5 hr pamper package- great value! All staff smiley and welcoming. Can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

We arrived at Koh Toa for our last 3 days of our pre-honeymoon. It was a huge dissapointment. The resort is a mess, pipelines run thru the resort. Front Desk staff is or not capable or totally not empowered by management. We booked an eco-room (do not book this roomtype), which was a small and dark room. We asked for another room and were shown the managers room??! All his stuff was still in the room... On our last night we received an upgrade to a beachcottage. These are nice but still very small and not worth the money.

The diveshop is great and Aa the bellman is a real hospitality guy as well!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg
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23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

After having read many reviews both positive and negative about Charm Churee I was somewhat apprehensive about our stay there. I really enjoyed our stay there! The staff are extremely helpful and attentived to your needs. It is rustic ...... But that is the charm and the appeal of the place. There is no getting past the steep paths and the stairs so if you are seriously unfit, overweight you may struggle somewhat.

Overall I would highly recommend Charm Churee Villas to anybody looking for a little piece of paradise away from the hustle and bustle of life. It is a great place to lie back and chill out and relax!

Stayed September 2012
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Property: Charm Churee Villa
Address: 30 / 1 Moo 2 Jansom Bay, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Koh Tao
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Koh Tao
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Charm Churee Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 108
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Founded in 2002, Charm Churee Villa plans to develop our resort to be the best for our guests. Charm Churee Villa is located on a 300-Rai (120 acres or 48 hectares) seaside piece of well preserved jungle, facing west. With more than 1,500 meters shoreline, the estate consists of 4 beaches. Pak Bung (which means Morning Glory) Bay is the most northern beach (about 10 minutes walk from the main pier) consists of sand, gravels and rocks, it is about 80 meters in length. The next beach southward is Jansom Bay, which is another 5 minutes walk from Pak Bung Bay (named means Moon-Like) is around 160 meters wide consists mostly of sand, huge rocks, corals and colorful fish. Perfect for snorkeling. Neptune is the next one down south; about 20 minutes walk from Jansom Bay. Neptune, one of the best kept little secret coves in Koh Tao, consists of mostly rocks is perfect for private sun bathing with small sandy beach. It's approximately 80 meters in length. Last but not least, is a twin: Sai Nuan beach I and II. It's mostly sandy beaches with a set of big rocks between them. Sai Nuan I is a sandy beach with the width of 240 meters and Sai Nuan II is a little smaller. This shoreline estate is not only known for the well kept jungle land, but also its pristine underwater world. Along the 1,500 meters coast consists of several famous snorkeling and scuba diving sites. ... more   less 
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