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“Wonderful Staff”
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Tenta Nakara
Ranked #60 of 95 Hotels in Thalang District
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Wonderful Staff”
Reviewed 21 March 2013

Hi there, thank you for the wonderful hospitality and we had a great stay ! hotel is quiet, back to basics & i think that's the whole aim of the hotel anyways. appreciating lush greenery, pure fresh air and practically like living in a rainforest. thoroughly recharged & rejived!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

We absolutely loved staying at Tenta Nakara. Waking up to the sound of the waves and the sun on your face was one of the highlights of our whole trip to Thailand. Because there are no walls around you, you feel like you are sleeping out in the jungle, it was wonderful. The only trouble is the cost of the transfers. There are no buses as far as I could tell to the marina, so you have to get a taxi to/from the airport and to Phuket town or other marinas to catch ferries. The taxi plus the longboat ride to get to Tenta Nakara costs more than a night's lodgings! So, even though it looks excellent value for money when you book the room, once you factor in the transfers, the cost quickly escalates.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

The tent bungalow and accomodations and staff were great. The beach was pretty small. We were in #10 right above staff and generator.... generator runs from 4pm to 10 pm certainly not conducive to a restful afternoon reading. The concept pretty good but not to well executed... if you go make sure you are far away as possible from the generator kind of a bummer for us...

Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

My Wife’s honest account of TentaNakara visit on 7th Feb 2013 to 11th Feb 2013 (Chinese year of the Snake).

TentaNakara is a great place to visit, friendly staff, great food, a beautiful island and clear blue waters. They do tell you it’s going to be back to nature; no electric etc. and the fact that they spray the poles of the huts to discourage snakes and spiders. They also tell you to keep your zips closed on the tents at all times and I was fine with this info and happy to go, after all it really is on the edge of the jungle so prepare to go back to nature in a big way. This spraying is all to stop animals crawling up into your bed chamber, but the trouble is if you have a tree overhead your hut then things are just as likely to drop out of it from above, which defeats the afore mentioned objective.
And these precautions are all very well as long as the resorts Staff adhere to the same rules. We went to TentaNakara arriving Feb 7th 2013 just in time for my birthday and our 38th wedding anniversary. First night all went well then the second day (my birthday and wedding anniversary) we popped back to the room at about 4pm to collect something and I said to Dave look there is a snake crawling up my curtain. Pulling it forward we were to be confronted with a 4ft long golden tree snake hanging from the curtains directly over our bed!! When we requested for the staff to help remove the snake they got all panicky and said “you didn’t keep your tent zipped up”. “Oh Yes I did” I said.
Any way along came 3 men with a stick and bit of wire and after what must have been half an hour with men jumping all over the bed and no sign of being able to catch the serpent, Dave my husband threw a towel over its head and grabbed it and gave it to the staff to remove. Then as promised the cleaning staff came and put clean bedding on our bed while we went for a walk to the restaurant to get a drink. On our return to a clean room we found that the staff had duly closed the front of the tent but had left the back zip completely wide open from the open air bathroom into the bedroom! I was not happy at all I can say and so we had to then do another full check of the room for any animals. We did not make a fuss to the staff as there seemed no point and we didn’t want to make more of an incident out of it. I did not sleep or even close my eyes that night until, totally exhausted, finally at 5am I dozed for 2 hours.
We had two more nights left with me on edge and the next night Dave went to check the room before we went to bed and said all was ok. I had a lot of wine and slept better that night then had one more restless night and we left. It wasn’t until we returned home to England that Dave told me that on one of the other two nights the staff had not zipped up the tent properly, leaving a bottom zip undone when they changed the bed linen again.
So please if you are going to TentaNakara then check your rooms carefully. We were told a green tree snake is not poisonous, but on looking on the web its does say that they can be mildly poisonous so take care. Also be aware that you will also be likely to get frogs in the bathroom as Dave had to eject many on a daily basis although I can cope with these even if they do hide in your bath towel and make you jump when you pick it up.

Jane Hanna

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chisinau
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Reviewed 11 February 2013

We stayed for 4 days at Tenta Nakara, booking it as an ending for our holiday.
We got the first line tent, thinking it you be nice!! But, in front of the tent we could only see the grass clippings and two geese, yelling all day long, what made an impression of a poor village.
Territory: not really clean, you guys can do better!
Restaurant: tasty and nice atmosphere! but prices are exaggerated, some even higher then Phuket restaurants and that does not include 10% service and 7% VAT which they will charge on your check out.
Beach is not clean at all. In some places it is even dangerous to enter the sea cause there are many objects on the bottom.

Room Tip: There is a nice beach just 200 metres south. That is a really amazing and clean beach and you will b...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

The staffs were very welcoming and the the tents were neatly made. The surrounding and beach in front (during high tide) gave a beautiful look to the resort. The advantages of the resort you can read from number of reviews here. What is missed out in most of the reviews are the disadvantages. The main cons of the resort were
- The beach looked filthy when the tide was low.
- The beach wasn't clean. If you would like to venture into the sea for swimming, it's sure you'll come out with cuts because of broken glasses. (I got my souvenir)
- Not all tents embrace nature. Except for few, most of the tents have asbestos roofing. Not considering the health effects (It is banned in most of the countries), asbestos roofing is definitely a discomfort for sleeping. Especially if you want an afternoon nap. We were forced to rest in the beach instead of the room because of the heat.
To sum up, if you want to enjoy swimming and the sea, this is not the place to go in Phuket. There are lots of better beaches in Phuket. If you just want to relax seeing the beach and the greenery around this place is a definite yes. But make sure you ask for a room with thatched roof and not the asbestos one.

Room Tip: While booking make sure you ask for a room without asbestos roofs. Trust me if you don't you'...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

Tenta Nakara is a small eco-resort made up of powerless bungalows with integrated tents. Do not have any illusions, this is a rustic place and if you are looking for a more all inclusive resort type feel you might want to look elsewhere. For those of you that relish in the idea roughing it a bit this place is perfect. The only power on the resort is at the restaurant, and you get a oil lantern and a battery to power the fan in your bungalow at night. The staff is very friendly and intent on keeping the fast pace of Patong and the like out. Everything is well maintained, but not overly intrusive. Do not be surprised if you get up at night to go to the bathroom and you step over a frog or other animal (all bathrooms are private and attached, just outside). The beach itself is like many of the other islands and not the best for swimming, esp at low tide when it is tidal flat for about 75 meters. There is an in-house masseuse as well as many board games when you need a break from lounging on the beach and playing with the two very nice dogs that live at the resort. If you are looking to do some day trips on the island, there is a small village about 15-20 minute walk away that has a small store, watering hole, etc. The only gripe we had is that the bed is pretty firm, so be prepared for that. The boat over will cost you 600-800 baht and resort will only accept cash, so make sure you have plenty before arriving. All in all, if you love to be surrounded by nature, you should book this place at once and not think twice.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tenta Nakara
Address: Phuket, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Thalang District
Hotel Style:
#26 Top resorts Hotel in Thalang District
#31 Romantic Hotel in Thalang District
Hotel Class:3 star — Tenta Nakara 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Possibly the only Luxury Tent-Island Resort in Phuket. The limited use of this small-unspoiled Island hideaway enhances the genuine feeling of inner peace. Guests are provided with oil lamps and candles used for light while electricity are generated and used only in the restaurant area. Luxury tent accommodations under the palm trees and the stars in permanent tent structures comfortably furnished with wooden floors, raised 6 ft. bed, en suite bathroom. Chill out at your own outdoor terrace. All units have magnificent view of Phang Nga Bay and stunning beauty of surrounding islands. ... more   less 
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