The Place Luxury Boutique Villas are the perfect holiday destination, particularly for couples and honeymooners. Located in the heights of Koh Tao you can see both the beach, the sunset and the mountains all at once.
We were lucky enough to experience the luxury of two different styled villas over the space of four nights. Both villas shared similar designs but each had their own different perk. The first villa was named the ‘Luxury Pool Villa’ and it certainly lived up to the name. When entering the private villa we were faced with a panoramic view of Sairee beach which was surrounded by huge mountains. An infinity pool was situated in the most ideal spot to soak up the sun and enjoy the spectacular view. Our villa was perfect in size and included a kitchen with a small living area, a bedroom and a bathroom. We noticed that the staff have made a conscious effort to not only focus on the large details but also the smaller ones. An example of this was that in all villas they have their own drinking taps and we were yet to find this anywhere else. The bathroom was spacious and certainly had a real outdoor vibe with lots of plants and natural light. The second villa was the honeymoon suite and it included the only red love heart pool in the world! Just imagine relaxing in a love heart pool with your partner whilst sipping on champagne and admiring the sunset…could there be anything more romantic?
The staff were very helpful during our stay and offered great advice when required. They let us know of endless great activities and where to safely do these which was a big tick. We were also told of the free bikes available at The Place which we found we used regularly to explore the island. We received a phone to use during our stay which assisted us with cheaper taxis and takeaway foods!
The Place was extremely hard to fault and the only real critique we have is that the occasional creepy crawlies would venture into our villa. However, the staff have managed this as well as they can by providing all the repellents but nature still has a way of ending up indoors.
A La Cigale is a group of villas located within the ‘jungle’ of Koh Tao. The outdoor-themed bungalows showcase stunning views of the island and are just a short 5 minute walk to the beach front.
The property we had a pleasure of staying in was quirky and architecturally inspiring! During the construction of A La Cigale the owner made a conscious effort to keep and include as many original, natural resources for building as possible, and so the property literally brings the outdoors in. We were welcomed to our villa which had a spacious kitchen but also 2 large boulders peeking through the walls. On the kitchen table were two fresh coconuts waiting as well as a thoughtfully picked-out hamper including staples such as eggs and bread which were restocked regularly. The bathroom was both indoor and outdoor with creeping vines and pebbled pathways leading to the shower and other bathroom facilities. Stone steps scaling the side of our villa led us to a rooftop which had tanning beds and also a small hut which sheltered a table and chairs for an outdoor eating option. A La Cigale provides a very relaxed and laidback vibe with the inclusion of a hammock on the balcony and in some cases an outdoor swing too. Rustic pathways connect the villas to one another and also guide you to a cute café. This café specialises in breakfasts and is run by the kindest staff!
It is approximately a 20 minute walk to the popular tourist destination Sairee Beach where you find all your restaurants, clothing stores and recreational activities. This walk is easily do-able however, if you’re not up for it on any particular day A La Cigale staff provide you with a mobile phone plus sim plus credit and a list of numbers to call for services such a taxis (and takeaway foods). The distance between the hype of Sairee beach and A La Cigale creates a refreshingly isolated feeling when at the villa.
The only real negative of A La Cigale is that you often find various animals in and around your villa. These are mostly just small geckos but you can come across the occasional larger lizard, spider or even squirrel too. Whilst these can sometimes be a shock in our opinion it definitely adds to the experience and created many laughs but it’s certainly something to be mindful of if this isn’t your type of environment.