Amazing location, high up in the hills of Koh Tao overlooking the bay with some stunning views. The rooms are split across two levels with the bathroom and foyer being on a slightly raised mezzanine, with a few steps leading down into the bedroom proper. A large french window opens out onto the balcony. The rooms look lovely, clean and well maintained. The food in the hotel is also worth noting. Great breakfast, though not a huge choice, eaten outside overlooking the bay. We had dinner here on our first evening and it was very good, with a fairly varied menu. Beautiful pool and generally very appealing surroundings.
Being higher up in the hills (and amid the vegetation) it is hotter with less breeze and the mosquitos are huge and insatiable. The aircon was not on prior to our arriving so it was roasting, the room tended to get very hot during the day. Internet and television reception were not good but they have DVDs you can rent. The hill to get up to the resort was punishing, it's no Everest but it is a very steep hill to climb on foot and I defy anyone to not have broken a sweat by the time they reach the top. Also, it is very far removed from what little nightlife there is on Koh Tao.
There are a number of good places on the beach to eat and drink but generally speaking, after ten things tend to quieten down. The nearest beach takes ten minutes to walk down to and is very clean and uncrowded. The water is clear and you can swim out at least 300 metres without any danger of being unable to touch the bottom. If you're looking for peace and quiet and happy to embrace island life then I could not fault this place in terms of value for money, service and looks.
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- Also Known As:
- Chintakiri Hotel Koh Tao
- Chintakiri Hotel Surat Thani
- Chintakiri Resort Surat Thani