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“Amazing place, beautiful nature”
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Tenta Nakara
Ranked #64 of 98 Hotels in Thalang District
Reviewed 27 February 2014

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.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Stayed here for only two nights, but loved it! You have to know what you're getting into - no air conditioning and no heated showers. We didn't mind those things - but we didn't particular like the only restaurant's dinner options. Ended up walking 40 mins to the other side of the island to eat at the Naka Resort for dinner one night (breakfast was great though!). We arranged for a day tour to pick us up at the hotel beach, which worked out well. We also saw one family had their own boat, and most people paid boat transfer fees to be shuttled to the mainland during the day. Several families were staying and it was nice to see the kids around.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

We did not stay at this resort, however we visited for dinner as we were sailing in the area.

The restaurant was excellent. Lovely food and great service and in fact looking back they offered great value for money too.

The overall vibe of the place is wonderful and I would love to go back to stay in the eco tree houses they offer.

Lovely staff and great service.

Wold go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Tenta Nakara was just amazing we had the most amazing time with the tree house being the best part. The tent was very clean and exactly like the pictures on the website, we had the panoramic sea view room and it was lovely. It isn't luxurious as there is no hot water to shower in but considering it was 33 degrees it was a benefit there was no hot water. (check for insects before you go into the bathroom).
The restaurant was lovely and the food was great, we had some of the best service in this place. Take a walk through the jungle path to the village on the other side to find a deserted beach.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Tenta nakare is not a luxury place,the bungalows are nice but very basic,the food is very good but expensive,the staff is very nice but not professional,the VAT added to the bill is for thai standards a shame(just an extra for the owner)and,and,and….BUT the FEELING after 6 days here is totally unbeatable!!!!We visit one day the islands other resort(naka island resort)with cost 10 times more and i was happy to get back to tenta nakara.when the light turns down at 22.00,and the nature plays her symphony,your soul will feel free and you never will leaf this special resort.I hope to go back soon.greetings.

Room Tip: The higher the room,more breeze and more privacy.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

We just came back from a 10 day trip in Phucket and its surroundings. We all agreed that Tenta Nakara was the best place we stayed at (and we stayed at 5 star hotels within this trip). I will not get into the description of the tents, beach etc (great for us) which is well done in previous comments. Apart from the concept which seduced us in first place, we have met really great people (staff and guests). This reflected in the rest of our trip when we then noticed how unpersonal those big resorts and 5 star hotels can be... After all, it depends it depends on what you are looking for when traveling.

This is a great place to relax and get a real break from our hectic life.

Room Tip: We heard that the tents up the hills have better views but they also tend to be a bit more chilly. O...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

Back to basics, this eco friendly resort allows you to wind back and enjoy nature as it is. No air conditioning (though there is a nice seabreeze), no hot water and a very hard bed takes some getting use to. However, the tent/hut is quite roomy and the restaurant has loads of character and very genuine staff. It's hard to find such genuine service these days!

Wireless is also available in the main restaurant and electronic devices can be charged after 5pm (when they turn the generator on). Though if you come here, you want to come here purely to enjoy nature, wind down and laze about.

One more thing, don’t forget the insect repellent!!!

(Whilst they welcome kids and have kids books available at the restaurant, I would probably not recommend it - I have a 3 year old with me. The beach was quite rough when we were there and not many activities available that she could have joined in for – ie. kayaking, thai massage. We had planned to visit the islands by boat tour but the weather didn’t hold up for us).

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Thank chchan
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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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Tenta Nakara Phuket, Thailand

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