We had booked transfers from the airport and were expecting to arrive with a driver ready and waiting to take us to the pier for a boat ride over to the island. Unfortunately this wasn't the case and after contacting the reception staff many apologies were made and a taxi finally turned up (albeit after a 30minute wait outside the airport being hassled by other taxi drivers). The taxi that eventually picked us up was a thrilling ride with several dangerous overtaking manoeuvres on blind bends and the usual sob stories of not having enough money for food but apparently plenty for a flashy cd changer and smartphone coming from the driver.
The boat ride over to the island was a great experience, but not for the faint hearted! We clambered over several other boats and onto on a old long tail open topped boat with an extremely loud and old car engine strapped to a propellor on the back. The trip was fairly choppy with a fair bit of sea spray but a good bit of fun and a chance to travel like the locals. Upon arrival at the beach we were greater by the entire staff (3 workers, it's a very small resort) who helped us carry our baggage to our room and were very accommodating giving us complimentary cold drinks and all the information about the resort we needed (in pretty good english).
The room was a large canvas tent built on a timber platform and frame, very back to nature! The room had no air conditioning so quite hot in peak season, yet the bed was decent and it was all done to a clean and comfortable standard. The rooms had running water and a flushing toilet but no lights and no electricity, however we were aware of this and the provided lanterns were adequate. The restaurant building provided an opportunity to charge electronics between 6 and 10pm and the wifi internet connection was also available free of charge between these times. Food and drinks were served throughout the day. In general the food was very nice, although there are no other options on the island so you are forced to pay their fair yet slightly inflated prices. The fruit smoothies are highly recommended.
The beach in front of the resort was nice, yet a fair amount of rubbish had washed up onto the shore and the rocky seabed made for uncomfortable swimming. However the secluded nature of the resort made it very relaxing and we were happy to laze about on the sun loungers listening to the sounds of the rainforest surrounding the resort.
Overall the resort was great and I'd definitely recommend it for a 2 or 3 day stay, any longer and you'll risk boredom from the limited activities on offer but any less and you won't have the chance to experience the peacefulness and tranquility on offer.
Well done Tenta Nakara, thanks for a brilliant stay/experience!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tenta Nakara Hotel Thalang
- Tenta Nakara Phuket, Thailand