As they say Tenta Nakara is not for everyone, but if you are looking for a secluded, back-to-nature kind of a holiday, this is the place to be. There is no electricity in the tent-bungalow-rooms (it is provided by a generator in the restaurant area only from 5 to 10 pm), no AC either and the running water is not that hot. There are, however, rechargeable batteries that provide light and lanterns are provided. We brought a torch with us and was ok. An effort has been put in keeping the place as close to nature as possible so you wake up in the jungle with the view of the ocean through the mesh screen. Views are much bettter on the higher-up tents. We had the basic panorama room. Beds are a bit hard, but comfortable. The bathroom is in open air, so be aware of small creatures like lizzards, moths and frogs. Because it is a tent under the roof of a bungalow, you should keep in mind to colse the zippers tight at all times and not to keep any food inside as it can attract wildlife. Take some repellent wtih you. The rooms are spotless and provide all the basics you need.
The beach at high tide is beautiful, the water is crystal clear, you have it only for you and some of the few other people (the tents are around 15 in total). You have nice sunbeds and umbrellas, but do bring you own beach towels. There is also an amazing beach a couple of hundreds meters away, accessible by beach walk on low tide and through the forest in high tide. Be careful while walking in low tide, as there are crabs, other sea animals and potentially stingrays. Try also the massage at Tenta, it is great. The breakfast is included in the price and is very good. The food at the restaurant though pricey for Thailand (with additional service and VAT charge), was quite delicious and had good variety including vegetarians. It is also said to be using natural ingredients so it is definitely worth it. Try the fruit shakes with coconut and banana! Amazing!
What I would suggest it to check more thouroughly in advance the tours. We took one to the Nga bay, which was interesting but not very well organised. The staff recommended we take a long-tailed boat, which was nice but there was some miscommunication and a mix-up. Reaching Koh Phi Phi from there, though advertised, is not very convenient to reach from there (I know it is too touristy, still was willing to see it).
Overall I would recommend it to anyone willing to get lost in nature and tranquillity.
- 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