Chintakiri is a nice series of villas hidden high atop a hill on the outskirts of Koh Tao. It's near an area called Chalok Bay, about a 3 mile drive from where the ferry drops you off near Sairee Beach. We made our way to the hotel, and were greeted by a wonderful view of the cove, but more importantly we were not greeted at all by the staff. In fact, the staff was very, very quiet and timid during the entirety of our stay. Even though a ride from the pier was promised us, 7pm was apparently too late for them to pick us up.
As I've said, the villas had beautiful views & the rooms are very clean. The staff takes care of the establishment. There is a nice pool you can swim on while overlooking the beauty of Koh Tao. There is an area for food at the Chintakiri that has some cheap food, in both quality and price. Breakfast is complimentary, but you are forced to choose one of a few canned choices. None of which seem to be a solid breakfast, though.
I'm not sure if the cheap cost is worth the massive hike up the hill and the distance from much in the island, especially with the crazy cost of taxis. I especially know it's not worth the service we received. We tried to use the phone once, only to be told the call wouldn't go through. This was to a toll-free number. When I tried to explain, I was met with confusion. I asked for water at breakfast, and got a funny look from the staff, as if she was bothered that I interrupted her talking with other staff. Another renter came down at night to complain of his room smelling like trash and no a/c, and the staff looked at him puzzled, then blatantly ignored his presence.
I would have chalked it up to language barriers, except when we went to check out, the staff all spoke very clear english to explain to me how to pay my bill and specifics of charges. The puzzled staff that ignored the guest the night earlier even seemed to use british slang.
I wonder if the quality of service has gone down since the other reviews had been posted?
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- Also Known As:
- Chintakiri Hotel Koh Tao
- Chintakiri Hotel Surat Thani
- Chintakiri Resort Surat Thani