The Haad Tien

The Haad Tien

Tranquil splurge

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The Haad Tien sprawls along the entire length of Haad Tien Beach, with a second, slightly cheaper resort, Beach Club by Haad Tien, wedged into the eastern corner of the bay.

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We're covering both properties in the one review as they share the same owner and are sometimes a little difficult to unravel. The Haad Tien (why is it that hotels incorporate the leading The into their name? Please stop it.) sprawls across the palm grove lawn gardens with very generously spaced out and luxurious wooden bungalows scattered over the grounds.

A sala with your name on it. : Stuart McDonald.
A sala with your name on it. Photo: Stuart McDonald

They're in pockets here and here, scattered across the grounds and up the hill, with a single row or absolute beachfront bungalows attracting the uber premium pricing but there is plenty of space to go around. All but the furtherest away garden bungalows have at least a limited ocean view but if you absolutely require a sandy view, you'll need to go for one of the beachfront shacks.

We were shown a garden bungalow that seemed to be about 14 kilometres from reception, but it served to give us a good idea of the standards they're trying to deliver here. The dark wooden decked, glass fronted bungalow had a decent sized terrace with two recliners and a table (no hammocks). Inside was a wood finished room, smooth underfoot with a mosquito fitted white linen bed and bedside lamps positioned to take in the best of the view – which was most definitely a garden view – though our guide did point out a blue triangle in the distance.

The lawn pool overlooking the sand. : Stuart McDonald.
The lawn pool overlooking the sand. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The room is air-con with a hot water bathroom but when we asked about the WiFi, specifically the in-room WiFi, we got a long garbled explanation that really was nonsensical – this, combined with a sign at reception stating that internet connectivity is beyond the control of the resort, left us thinking perhaps internet is a bit of an issue here. So, if you've specific internet needs, do check with the resort beforehand.

Rooms closer to the beach (but not on it) are more appealing than the back-blocks room we were shown and have a shaded sala out front – a tad exposed for our tastes, but good for frolicking and relaxing. Also near the beach is a lap pool that seemed small in such a spacious resort (there is a second pool up by the reception for the Beach Club), but we guess when it gets too crowded you can just head to the beach!

Garden views with a hint of blue. : Stuart McDonald.
Garden views with a hint of blue. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The Beach Club by Haad Tien offers hotel style rooms in a couple of blocks at the eastern end of the resort. When we asked at reception if guests at the Beach Club could use the main pool we got an answer that rivalled the WiFi question for incoherence, so again, run this by the resort before making a booking if it is of concern. The Beach Club website is at

The Haad Tien doesn't come cheap and you're paying a significant premium to be in such a spacious resort on such a glorious beach, but it is considerably more appealing than the nearby Jamahkiri (which, while especially friendly is too big to the point of being unwieldy for our tastes) or the more isolated Cape Shark, which is extremely isolated.

Contact details for The Haad Tien

Address: 19/9 Moo 3, Ao Thian Ok, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 580;  F: (077) 456 827  
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'56.71" E, 10º3'58.54" N
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Room rates: 4,000B to 8,000B

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Standard double room
Up to 3,136 baht These are rooms at the Beach Club property
2,646 baht 2,646 baht
Superior double room
Hideaway Villa
3,510 baht 4,680 baht
Deluxe double room
Getaway Villa
4,388 baht 5,558 baht
Deluxe Suite
Beach Villa
7,371 baht 7,956 baht
Private pool villa
Haadtien Pool Villa
8,249 baht 8,834 baht

Reviewed by

Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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