I’ve never visited Koh Tao before but I know lots of people who have chosen this island as part of their Thailand adventure and loved it! Richard wanted to dive so after some research, he chose Koh Tao as the destination for when our parents joined us over the new year.
We needed a villa for six and came across Cape Shark villas. They are made up of a few pretty and modern cliff face villas, quite secluded away from the bustle of the main town. This was fine for us for a few days!
When you arrive, because you are quite remote, they give you a Thai phone that you can use to call reception or taxis and also to order in food for breakfast and dinner from the take away menus they provide. You get a choice of Thai, western and Italian food. It was all delish and cheap!
The villa itself had wonderful views over the bay, as it’s quite high up. This of course means the way down to the beach is a fair few steps. It will keep you fit! But also keen on mind, the way out of the villa and up to reception is very steep and the taxis there are all utes as the way down to the town is very bumpy! It was fine for us but a struggle for older people but that’s why you can get take away, everything you need is there and there’s no real need to leave!
We had three identical double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms on the middle floor. The deck below was sunbathing/yoga area. The highest level consisted of our pool and decking area with two seating areas, one with pillows for relaxing and the other with a table and chairs to dine outside on.
Inside was an open plan concret walled kitchen and lounge with another bathroom too. It looked very stylish and neat. All essentials for cooking were there and they fill your fridge with eggs/milk etc for added costs.
The main thing that attracted us to Cape Shark villas is that’s it’s on Shark Bay. Clues in the name guys, a lot of sharks live here! On our first snorkel session, a huge black tip reef shark swam between me and Richard and later on he was circled by about 8. Don’t be Scared to go in the beautiful water though! These guys are harmless though. They quite timid and afraid of us.
The other epic moment was a coming across a massive Hawksbill turtle just floating and nibbling at the coral. We followed him for ages. They’re so calm and chilled you cannot help but relax when you’re with them! He was gorgeous.
The main town is full of quirky cafes and restaurants. It remains quite traveller and diver orientated and the beaches are beaut!
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