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.