Private setting in a central location
This midranger has a private feel thanks to its location at the far northern end of Mae Haad beside the rocky headland.
It vies with Sensi Paradise, located at the opposite end of the beach, for the resort with Mae Haad’s best stretch of sand.
Koh Tao Beach Club is a medium-size family beach resort and not some kind of private beach club, as the name may suggest. A patient receptionist sent us off to check out one of the resort’s cheapest rooms set in a pair of two-floor stacks built on either side of a very large emerald-tile swimming pool.
Though not the newest room on Ko Tao, it appeared well kept and comfy, with desk, fridge, LCD TV and hardwood floors. The small wet bathroom was a little disappointing, though a large pool-view terrace with wooden chairs and patterned tile floors compensates. These are accessed through wide glass doors; you’ll need to draw the curtains when wanting privacy.
More cash bags you a four-poster wood-frame bed and sea view from a beachside villa. These are smart but don’t expect too much privacy. We liked the lounge chairs designed to look like wood rowboats, but they could be comfier.
Neighbouring Regal Resort has a similar setup with less character, while if you don’t require the beachfront location, nearby DD Hut and Clear View Resort are both decent options with slightly cheaper rooms set up on the headland.
Address: North of the piers, Mae Haad, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 222; (077) 456 079;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'33.2" E, 10º5'14.23" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||2,600 baht||2,900 baht|
|Superior double room|
Direct pool access
|3,000 baht||3,300 baht|
|Deluxe double room||3,300 baht||3,600 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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