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“How can this place be only no 6 on the list?”
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Lipanaa Villa
Ranked #73 of 153 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Reviewed April 26, 2009

I have travelled extensively in Thailand and love the islands, especially Koh Phangan, Samui and Koh Tao. I am pretty familiar with what is available and I was very surprised to see that this villa is rated as just number 6 on the lists her on Tripadvisor. This place is a hidden gem and I am almost embarrased to not having paid more than I did for my 4 night stay. Unfortunately someone else had booked the villa or I would certainly have stayed longer (luckily I could move to Anankhira afterwards - which was also great!).

If anyone need any info feel free to contact me and I will be happy to provide you with me experience details.

Cheers Dan

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank DanTheMan999
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Reviewed January 30, 2009

I have nothing negative to say about Lipanaa. Everything worked perfectly. The location is not a problem at all, there is a bumpy road leading to Sairee - that is true, but walking to Sairee takes only a few minutes. I will definitely stay in Lipanaa again if I return to Ko Tao.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank Venga
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Reviewed August 9, 2008

This is a small private villa. We had a great deal of difficulty finding the villa as we thought we were going to a resort, but in fact it is a small house with pool and private garden. The villa itself was lovely and very clean. It is well maintained and furnished. The staff came everyday and cleaned the villa to a very high standard.

the villa itself is a little off the beaten track, up the road opposite the 7 eleven in sairee beach, left at the divers resort place and keep going up a dirt track. We rented quads for the 3 days we were there so that we could get down town and to the beach easily. Without the quads it is quite a long walk in the heat on a dirt track where alot of local people live, not many tourists around the villa.

it was a really enjoyable stay in the middle of a hectic month of travelling around thailand. We were able to order take away to the villa and watch dvds. we really made ourselves at home.

One downside to the villa was that the airconditioning was only on the bedrooms and it was not very efficent,

Overall for the money it was an excellent stay, beautiful villa and i would stay there again if I was in koh Tao.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank Dublin_Aoife_8
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Reviewed June 5, 2007

Lovely villa. Nice, quiet and away from it all (Its behind Sairee Village up the road behind The Brother bar and restraunt). We hired a quad bike for the duration but its easily walkable from Sairee Village. Really nice staff and very helpful. Stayed for 10 days in late May and it was hot, the beaches were nice and quiet and it only rained one night. Planning to go back already!

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with family
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Thank joelgilbert
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Reviewed February 7, 2007

I stayed at one of these villa for one week in mid January and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The location is great and in my humble opinion very accessible - i.e. not more than 3 minutes away from the closest dive center (Asia Divers - where I did my Open Water Course), restaurants and about 600-800 mts from Sairee Beach (didn't measure it, sorry). True, as Sodophe writes, not the best road leading from the main road to the accommodation, but it can easily be walked or biked. Overall I would say that I found it to be great value for money and the garden and pool is just a great place to hang.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled with friends
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2  Thank goldiebkk
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Reviewed January 28, 2007

This is more like a nice rented home than a luxurious 5 star hotel. If you are expecting 5 star hotel service, then this won't be the place for you (it doesn't even have a reception!)
Lipanaa Villa is a sister villa of Jivarah Villa (Jivarah has beautififul seaviews where as Lipanaa just has the view of your own pool).

Overall, I had a great time staying there. The villa consisted of a living room, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a kitchen (the actual villa does look like what's shown on their website).
As my boyfriend had upset tummy due to the travelling, we made full use of the kitchen by cooking some simple, light meals in the villa.
The Villa staff brings breakfast to you every morning at your requested time (they buy breakfast from an ourside restaurant, there's a breakfast menu in the living room) and while they're there, they also change your towels, make up the beds and do a bit of cleaning. (Note, there's no telephone in the villa, so if you want to contact the villa staff, you'll have to use your mobile to call). If you request your breakfast in the morning after you've had enough sleep, it takes them about 30~45mins to bring the breakfast over (so call them as soon as you wake up).
Koh tao is a beautiful island, we spent most of our time on the beach, so we didn't actually step into the pool at all... not even sunbathing on the sunbed!

However, I must warn people that the villa is located at the back of the main road and the only way to reach the villa is by a bumpy, rough dirt road. I would say walking back to the villa from the main road is quite far (approx 15~20mins) and there's no street light. The best way to travel around by motorbike (which is what we did), but as mentioned previously, the dirt road is bumpy and rough, it's a bit like riding in a rally race, so if you are not an experience biker, it's definitely not recommanded. You'll be better off renting an quadbike (ATV), which is much more stable than motorbikes.

And also, the island is full of mosquitos, so no matter where you stay or go, there will be mosquitos. Make sure you keep the doors closed all the time to keep the mosquito outside the house. If you leave your bedroom windows open, then you are just inviting the mosquitos to your tasty blood!!!

Stayed: January 2007
5  Thank Sophdobe
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Reviewed January 8, 2015
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank 3Nicki
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Address: No.17 Moo 1 | Sariee Beach, Koh Tao 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #73 of 153 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Price Range: $129 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our newly renovated and luxuriously refurbished romantic pool villas are nestled in an old coconut plantation in the heart of Sairee Beach on Koh Tao's Northern End. Located just 600 meters from the beach and a few minutes walk from restaurants, night life and markets - the villas offers tropical luxury in a tranquil setting. Set within in landscaped gardens, you can enjoy a private pool and all the amenities of home. Enjoying the villa's private pool and garden guests can view a beautiful sunset with green clad mountains and coconut palms as a backdrop. ... more   less 

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