High in the Koh Tao hills sits our unique home - Top Of The Rock Villa. A large, modern, open-plan, 3 bedroom pool villa overlooking Shark Island & Aow Leuk Bay.
Our beautiful home has been built on to and into large granite boulders and is surrounded by tropical jungle. It was first built in 2006, and has been totally refurbished in 2016. It includes everything you will need! Come here for privacy, nature, scenery & adventure. We will welcome you into our home & make your holiday a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the help of our extensive island knowledge.
The panoramic sea views from Top of the Rock Villa are breathtaking! The height and circular design gives a 270 degree vista allowing guests to lazily watch dive boats around Shark Island, snorkellers in Aow Leuk Bay and day-trippers on long-tail boats. Allowing guests to enjoy breakfast sunrises and cocktails at sunset. At night the view allows you to watch the lantern lights of the fishing boats stretching to the horizon.
As well as offering absolute privacy and serenity, our villa boasts all the modern amenities needed for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. These include swimming pool, wifi, TVs with media box full of movies/TV shows, Bluetooth music speakers (bring your favourite music/movies on a memory stick), board games and a small library. It is also a great idea to bring your own movies and music as both TVs have USB/HDMI connection ports as does the CD/speaker system, which also has bluetooth connection.
Measuring approximately 400 square metres there is plenty of living space to relax and chill. Including a large outdoor dining area with BBQ supplied, sun terraces and two indoor living spaces complete with comfy sofas. There are three separate dining areas for dining privacy. Complimented by airy interiors with modern decor fitting neatly with the contemporary architecture.
Due to the elevated position of the property with it's high ceilings, granite core structure, open-plan design and large windows there is an almost-constant breeze passing through which is perfect at keeping the villa cool and comfortable in the hottest of days. Or take a dip in the pool. The villa doesn't require air conditioning. Due to it's design, fans are more than adequate at keeping the place cool.
Top of the Rock comes with a fully equipped kitchen that includes a 4-burner gas hob, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster and cooking utensils. However, if you are one of those people that doesn't wish to do any cooking whilst you are on holiday there are numerous delivery menus provided so you can order from a large variety of different foods delivered to your door, from 06:30 to 22:00. One of the best restaurants here can also provide a free taxi service from and back to the house. We also provide tea, coffee, milk, sugar and drinking water free of charge. Personal grocery shopping can be carried out every 2 days on request.
A welcome hamper is available if requested. When we receive your booking we will supply you with a shopping list of items and their prices. You then choose the food and drink listed and your selection will be waiting in the kitchen for you. Many guests love having their favourite snacks/food/fruit/drinks filling the fridge on arrival. Shopping requests can be sent to the host every 2 days. Meaning you never have to leave the villa. If you have any special requests we will try our very best to meet them. Birthday cakes can be arranged with prior notice.
It is a 3-bedroomed villa that sleeps up to 8 people. Bedroom one and two both have king-size beds, and bedroom three’s bed is queen-size. All feature luxurious new mattresses. Bedroom one is en-suite. With a large and uniquely tropical ground floor bathroom servicing bedrooms two and three. There is no need for air-con’ but all the beds have wall mounted fans. The kitchen and all living spaces have wall/ceiling fans. Every room from kitchen to toilet have stunning sea views.
NB At maximum capacity, 2 of the 8 guests would be sleeping on a large European-made sofa-bed in the upstairs living area which is fitted with blackout curtains and a flat screen TV.
Cleaning and laundry is provided every 4 days including fresh bedding and towels. We will come up regularly to clean the swimming pool, re-supply drinking water and remove rubbish. We supply all guests with bath towels, pool towels and shampoo/conditioner/shower gel.
We will be there to greet you at the pier upon arrival and will provide you with a full orientation of the property and the island. Top of the Rock Villa supplies a phone that can be used to contact the hosts if there is anything you need throughout your stay.
This same phone can also be used, free of charge, to contact any local businesses in order to book taxis, arrange activities, excursions and make restaurant reservations/deliveries.
A welcome pack is provided to all guests which includes many helpful telephone numbers, hints and recommendations of where to go and what to do on Koh Tao. I am happy to make any activity bookings for you on your behalf. Examples of these include; speed boat charters, sea fishing, snorkelling, wake-boarding, cliff-jumping, rock climbing, cooking classes, underwater photography/filming, scuba diving, free diving and Muay Thai training.
As one of the world's most experienced scuba instructors, over the last 15 years, private courses taught by myself can be arranged in the villa pool. We would join a boat from a local, reputable dive school for completing the 4 necessary dives in your PADI Open Water/Advanced Open Water qualifications. Lessons and exams can be completed in the luxury of the villa. This is perfect for family/friends to learn together in privacy as a group. This is best booked before arrival as I am often teaching during your stay and therefore unavailable.
Top of the Rock Villa is located 5 minutes taxi ride to Mae Haad, and 10 minutes to Sairee. It’s closest beaches are Aow Leuk and Tanote Bay which are two of the island’s best snorkelling spots. On the property’s land you can access jungle hiking. Walk out the front door and it’s 100m to one of the island’s favourite view-points.
This is a great place to stay if you wish to be away from the 'backpacker' scene and the noise of the beach bars. Perfect for groups of friends or families wanting to spend quality time together.
We will provide a free taxi to and from the pier upon check-in and check-out. Please let us know what boat company you are travelling to Koh Tao with and what time you boat is due to arrive so we can be there to meet you and have your taxi arranged.
Road access to the villa is steep in some parts, and sandy in others. However, it is easily reached by taxi. As Koh Tao is such a small island (only 21 square km in size!) it never takes long to get to where you want to go.
The villa comes with a mobile phone to use throughout your stay, which guests can use to call our kind and reliable taxi driver Mr Bear in order to arrange any journeys. We have managed to negotiate the best rates possible with him. The prices beneath are at the lowest level which means no haggling with taxi owners over the price. This can be a problem here sometimes.
Mr Bear's Taxi prices are:
Top of the Rock > Sairee 500THB (USD $13)
Top of the Rock > Mae Haad 400THB (USD $11-12)
Top of the Rock > Chalok 500THB (USD $13)
Top of the Rock > Aow Leuk Bay (nearest beach) 400THB (USD $11-12)
(Prices increase by 100THB after 8pm, and before 8am)
(Prices are based on 1-6 people sharing. If there are more than 6 people you will be charged 200THB extra per journey)
Many people choose to get around Koh Tao by motorbike as it is the cheapest way to explore our beautiful island and gives you the freedom to go wherever you wish, whenever you wish to. However, we strongly recommend that you only rent a bike if you are confident driving one and you have driven before. Koh Tao roads can sometimes be a challenge! If you still wish to rent a bike, we can provide you with the number of a trustworthy rental shop that charges from 250THB per day, including helmets. Insurance is also an option at extra cost. Motorbikes can be delivered to and collected from the house. Please ask for our advice before renting.
Due to the position of the property, it is not suitable for the elderly or anybody with walking difficulties. We also wouldn’t recommend staying with small children. Due to the villa's elevated position you can survey the entire south end of the island, (this also means the refuse point for the area is visible). However, this is along with the all of the surrounding islands, blue ocean, lush jungle, coconut trees and local beaches. It is a pleasure to watch the dive boats on Shark Island dive site. When we say you see everything, we mean everything!