Sensi Paradise Resort

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Welcome to Sensi Paradise Resort Koh Tao

Located just outside of the pier town of Mae Haad, the Sensi Paradise Beach Resort of Koh Tao is one of the longest running higher-end resorts on the island. Having been established over 15 years ago, Sensi is continually striving to make additions to their resort in order to keep it clean and up-dated. While some people may be put off with the idea of being close to the harbor, Sensi Paradise has done a fine job with providing guests an area with a beach for sunbathing, shaded paths for walking and quiet places simply to sit and relax.

Accommodation at Sensi Paradise Resort Koh Tao

With a variety of villas, houses and bungalows to choose from, guests are able to select accommodation based on their style, tastes and budgets. All of the buildings are eco-friendly so the travelers know that they are supporting a business that encourages being environmentally conscious of a fragile ecosystem. All the rooms are tastefully decorated with an Asian décor and a polished hard wood interior. All of the houses and villas have in-suite Western styled bathrooms – some of them located outside for the ‘bathing under the stars’ opportunity in the natural surroundings.

For those who are on more of a budget, some of the houses come with fans as opposed to air-condition; however, you are still given a quality room for your stay. There are several villas that have air-conditioning and can accommodate several guests. These types of villas are ideal for larger groups and, of course, another bed can be arranged in order to accommodate more individuals.

The restaurant at Sensi Paradise Resort Koh Tao

With the restaurant built on a sturdy wooden platform next to the sea, the guests have the pleasure of dining by candlelight in the evening with a clear view of the scattered lights dotted on the coast. Open from the early morning till the late evening, guests have the choice of Thai fare or Western food and diners will be pleased with the freshness and quality of either one. The restaurant has played a major role in many wedding dinners and after parties over the years! Additionally, there is room service available for those who would prefer to have their meal in the comfort of their own villa.

Amenities and Services at Sensi Paradise Resort Koh Tao

Sensi Paradise has plenty of amenities and services for the guests – a lovely swimming pool, laundry service and taxi service to any desired location on the island. The rooms are cleaned daily; however, for the more eco-friendly guests, requests can be made to not have the towels changed on a daily basis in order to save the supply of fresh water on the island. Additionally, since Koh Tao is fairly new to getting steady wireless internet service, Wi-Fi is a bit limited at the resort, so this is something to keep in mind if you need 24/7 access for business or personal use.

Things to do at Sensi Paradise Resort Koh Tao

As Mae Haad is only a 5 minute walk away, guests are able to take in the town by shopping at the local stores, having coffee at the international cafes or walking the extra ten minutes into Sairee Beach – the longest and busiest stretch of beach on the island. In either town, travelers can find places to rent motorbikes, organize snorkeling trips or enroll in diving courses. If beaches are more appealing, guests can put on their walking shoes are make the quick journey to Jansom Bay around the corner. Hiring a long-tail boat is another excellent way to reach other beaches that are more difficult to get to by bike or by foot.

What Sensi Paradise Beach Resort is offering is a place where travelers can relax and partake in leisurely activities while having access to the busier side of Koh Tao. When the traveler has spent the entirety of the day exploring, swimming or playing, the comfort of their luxury villa is just a short distance away.

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Tanote Villa Hill

Tanote Villa Hill

Welcome to Tanote Villa Hill Resort Koh Tao

On the lesser-developed eastern side of Koh Tao lays the secluded bay of Aow Tanote. Not frequented by many travelers, this area has avoided becoming quickly developed like the busier Sairee and the compact Mae Haad due to the rough roads and steeper mountain terrain. However, this has led to Tanote Bay being labeled as a more unknown holiday destination that few people are lucky enough to experience, or let alone see. If you are the type of traveler that is looking for a place located on the ‘road less traveled’, Tanote Villa Hill may just be the place for you.

Location of Tanote Villa Hill Resort

The newly developed luxury accommodation Tanote Villa Hill is located on the hillside with the Bay of Tanote glistening below. Since the resort is continually up-grading the standards for the new generation of travelers in Southeast Asia, renovations have been made to the swimming pool in order transform it into an infinity pool built into the rocks with the ocean view. The resort has constructed a wooden pathway through the jungle that leads you to the beach within five minutes. The walkway is a bit narrow and steep at times, but stable and shaded as it leads you under the canopy near a gentle stream. With that said, some individuals may have difficulties handling a coarse terrain, so it is advised to proceed with some caution.

Accommodation at Tanote Villa Hill

In terms of accommodation, the resort offers a few different types of private villas – all of which include modern amenities such as air-conditioning, private furnished balconies, hot water showers within the in-suite Western styled bathrooms and WiFi access. They can accommodate individuals, couples, friends and families. Extra beds can be added for an additional cost if the group size exceeds the number of sleeping spots available. The villas are divided up into two basic categories – the Garden Villas and the Pool Villas with various up-grades for each category (ie – Executive Deluxe Pool Villa).

The Garden Villas live up to their name by providing guests privacy among the landscaped hillside by giving them some distance from the reception and pool area. However, access to the walkway to the beach is still easily accessible. The Pool Villas are more centrally located on the resort, placed closer to the infinity pool, which makes it ideal for early morning swims.

Things to do at Tanote Villa Hill Resort

There is an onsite restaurant that is open all day until the late evening. While many restaurants on the island try to offer a menu that encompasses an international cuisine that covers the four corners of the globe, Tanote Villa Hill restaurant has decided to customize their menu so that it focuses solely on the tastes of Thailand. With direct access to fresh ingredients, the Thai dishes prepared will satisfy any guest. There are also barbeques in the evening that serve fresh grilled fish, kebabs and other meats.

The outdoor activities that are available range from hikes along the mountain roads to look at the major viewing points on the island to water activities such as swimming in the bay, snorkeling around the shallow reef or diving at one of the many places on the island. Reception will be glad to assist you with organizing snorkeling tours, daily dive trips or long-tail boat rides around the island. Of course, many people are simply content to lounge around the central area of the resort and simply read, sunbathe or just relax.

While some travelers may write off Tanote Bay as being isolated and hard to leave, it does provide the guest with an ideal place to focus purely on relaxation and the natural surroundings. Tanote Villa Hill gives the individuals the chance to experience a side of Koh Tao most people never get to see. Enjoy the serenity that the quieter side of the island has to offer!

Prices for mid range accommodation Tanote Villa Hill

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Dusit Buncha Resort

View from the resort towards Koh Nangyuan

Welcome to Dusit Buncha Resort

The newer resort Dusit Buncha was designed for those looking for some seclusion on a small island. Set far apart from the main beach of Sairee, the resort is located towards the most northwestern part of Koh Tao. The rugged surroundings, narrow pathways with steep steps from villa to villa and a ten-minute taxi ride to the populated part of Koh Tao makes this a place for the particular type of nature loving guest.

Location of Dusit Buncha Resort Koh Tao

The location of the resort has an amazing view of island of Koh Nangyuan. It is one of the best places on the island for a sunset view – and with the fully furnished terraces and the Nangyuan Terrace Restaurant, the guests can appreciate it in full. However, there is emphasis on seclusion. The road to Dusit Buncha is dotted with a few houses for the local residents, so in order to reach the island hub of Sairee a taxi ride is a must. For those thinking they make the journey on foot, it is possible for the physically fit. While the 45 minute to an hour long walk has many great views and is canopied by the jungle surroundings, there are many steps hills to climb up and down.

Those who plan on staying a few days usually hire a motorbike, enabling them to come and go with ease without relying on a taxi each time they want to go exploring. But most people are pleased to stay at the resort exclusively by passing each day with sunbathing on their decks, kayaking in the sea, lounging in the swimming pool or by simply drinking a cocktail while reading a book.

Accommodation at Dusit Buncha Resort Koh Tao

High-end resorts and accommodation are fairly new to Koh Tao in comparison to the rest of Thailand. The island was once known to having only rustic wooden bungalows with mosquito netting surrounding a hard mattress for the young and unfazed backpacker. However, over the years Koh Tao has strived to change it’s image and started developing places that are more solid, comfortable and containing western amenities. With that in mind, the staff at Dusit Buncha are welcoming and well presented, but often times the ‘island mentality’ is evident when it comes to efficiency. While the staff members are experienced in the hospitality industry, maintaining a more relaxed atmosphere does sometimes take a toll on how things get done. For travelers who have experienced Southeast Asia before are often prepared and can take this with a grain of salt. For those who are coming to Koh Tao for the first time, it might be a bit hard to get the type of service one would expect at the Ritz!
With said, emphasis should be put on the fact that the resort is located in a stunning and peaceful location. Being far away from the main roads that have constant traffic and being removed from bars and clubs that blare music until the early hours of the morning is most welcome for travelers looking for a place to clear their mind and enjoy their surroundings. The villas are creatively built upon the sturdy rock formations near the sea or on the rugged hillside. In addition to the outside ascetics, each villa contains the modern amenities of home: comfortable furniture, clean bathrooms, air-conditioning, a television, refrigerator and mini-bar. Depending on your level of travel, there are additional facilities and upgrades that you can take on for your stay at Dusit Buncha. For example, the Deluxe Romantic Seaside Villa has a panorama sea view as well as a wider terrace for leisurely outdoor activities. In addition, this particular villa incorporates the natural surroundings of the mountainside and uses the natural rock as part of the wall interior.

Dusit Buncha is striving to become one of the most recognized resorts when it comes high-end and luxury accommodation. Despite what some would call a ‘slow start’, the potential for this place becoming well known is great. The backdrop of Koh Nangyuan, the peaceful jungle surrounding and the beautiful rock formations do add magic to the resort that will certainly enhance your stay on Koh Tao.
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New Heaven Resort

Budget to medium range resort on Koh Tao

One of the amazing things about Koh Tao is that for a small island there is a wide range of accommodation in order to suit the needs of any traveler. There are high-end resorts with all the luxurious comforts and modern amenities of home and then there are quaint wooden bungalows that are spread out over the mountain.
New Heaven Resort offers the right combination that caters towards comfort and privacy in nature.

Location and accommodation at New Heaven Resort

New Heaven Resort and Bungalows is situated outside of eastern Chalok Baan Kao on top of a hill facing Thian Og Bay (or to the locals known as Shark Bay), New Heaven is a small family run resort that offers their guests a chance to have a bit of seclusion with island hospitality on Koh Tao. Foliage canopied balconies and open-air bathrooms continue to add to the jungle ambiance. Being submerged in nature is a welcome change to the busy city of Bangkok or the bustling streets of our neighbor island, Koh Samui.

Many of the rooms have a clear view of Shark Bay and the looming dive site of Shark Island on the horizon. The facilities range from fan bungalows with double beds for those who want a more authentic backpacker experience to larger and family bungalows that can accommodate up to three people with air conditioning, hot water showers and cable television on request. Each room is decorated in a simple yet creative Thai style décor. The restaurant is open from early in the morning to late in the evening and offers a delicious array of Thai cuisine and Western foods. Additionally, New Heaven strives to have an option of dishes for the health conscious – including filling tropical fruit shakes with almond milk and very satisfying vegetarian food.

Activites at New heaven Resort Koh Tao

New Heaven is known around the island for having intensive involvement in the eco side of sustainable development and greener tourism. Those interested in environmental and eco activities can get information from reception or by visiting the dive school by the main road in Chalok. Once you have experienced staying at New Heaven Resort, you will be motivated to learn more about what one can do to keep this paradise pristine and healthy! They also offer dive courses for those wanting to learn and those wanting to continue their underwater education as well as daily fun dives to individuals and groups.

In addition to the diving, guests can make their way down the stone steps to their own private bay or towards Shark Bay for snorkeling. Reports of seeing small black tip reef sharks swimming over the shallow coral are numerous! But do not let this frighten you; these beautiful creatures are used to human presence and are not dangerous in any way. For on land activities, the resort offers yoga classes for the beginner and advanced student at a very reasonable cost. After a few classes, the guest will feel confident enough to take their new skills back home!

New Heaven Resort welcomes travelers to breathe in the cool sea air and start each day fresh nestled within nature.
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