I recently returned from a holiday in Thailand where my husband and I stayed on Koh Tao, a beautiful Island north of Koh Samui. More photos on Koh Tao to follow however I wanted to dedicate this post, my first of 2014 to the resort we stayed in, which is simply and very appropriately called “The Place”.
There is a reason why The Place has received so many TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards since it opened in 2010 (The Place is currently No. 1 in the World for Hotels for Romance, No. 2 in the World for Luxury Hotels, and No. 2 in the World for Small Hotels). From the moment we were greeted at the ferry terminal on Koh Tao by owners Guy and Bex, and as we like to call her “the lovely Franzi”, until the moment they escorted us back to the terminal at the end of our stay to say goodbye everything was perfect. The owners, Guy and Bex have really thought of everything, I have honestly never stayed anywhere quite like it.
After the warm welcome at the ferry we were driven through Sairee Town in a Taxi by the very charismatic and very cool Mr Bear and up into the hills to our destination at The Place. Franzi then showed us to our luxury private villa, complete with our own sun deck, infinity pool and THAT view – nothing but blues skies, coconut trees and beautiful Sairee beach. And as you can see from the images the villa itself isn’t too shabby either, they don’t call them luxury boutique villas for nothing.
There are only five private villas at The Place and when I say private this is no exaggeration. Franzi explained that at The Place they like their guests to relax and enjoy their holiday in the same way that they do, in tranquility and privacy. The Villas are thoughtfully positioned so you don’t hear or see any of the other guests unless you happen to bump into them walking down the hill to Sairee Town or Sairee beach, which are both only a 10 minute walk away. We were provided with a mobile phone to call or text if we needed anything, from help with dinner bookings, organising a snorkelling trip around the Island (the best snorkelling trip ever – just us and our fantastic driver Charly from Good Time Adventures) to housekeeping – including a regular top-up of coffee pods for the Villa’s Nespresso machine (a godsend for a couple of Melburnians on holiday, hopefully we didn’t deplete their supply of ristretto pods too much!).
The Place can arrange for private yoga sessions, private dining and a range of massage at your villa. We treated ourselves to a Thai massage on our deck one morning (we should have had more!) and I was lucky to have two private yoga sessions with the wonderful and inspiring Tracey from Shambhala yoga. There is nothing quite like starting the day practising yoga on a sunny deck, looking at THAT amazing view (I can also recommend doing a class at Shambhala’s beautiful studio on North Sairee Beach). We also received a call one morning from Bex asking if we wanted tickets to a Thai Boxing Tournament where we witnessed a crowd that was just as, if not more, entertaining than the boxers themselves (remember to sit in the “blue corner” with the locals).
Privacy, luxury and tranquility aside it’s really Guy, Bex, Franzi and the rest of the team at The Place that make your stay. It’s the personal touches, thoughtfulness and willingness to make your holiday on Koh Tao really special that stands out for me. Can’t wait to go back next year (fingers crossed).
Visit The Place at: www.theplacekohtao.com
Visit Trip Advisor to see all of those amazing reviews: http://www.tripadvisor.com.au
Visit Good Time Adventures at: www.gtadventures.com
Visit Shambhala Yoga at: www.shambhalayogakohtao.com