I stayed in the resort for 3 nights in the beginning of April. The resort is very hard accessible. U have 2 possibilities - rent a motorbike and use it to commute when you start to be bored at local beach or want to have a little nightlife... But in this case - YOU HAVE TO BE VERY SKILLED DRIVER! As the way from the top of hill down to the resort (last 200 metres) is VERY STEEP. The other and safer possibility is to order resort 4x4 car to drive you to the town, which costs 100 baht one way. I stayed in the normal bungalow for 800 baht a night / a fan room, no aircon. Not including breakfast. I was welcomed by not really welcoming stuff at reception and had to pay stupid deposit for a key. Which was actually normal simple key which can be made for 20 baht. So this is the first scam - of course - when you check out, the stuff tend to "forget" to give you deposit back. The lock at room is very simple and there is possibility to use padlock - if you bring your own! The room has no tresor or safety box. Bungalows are built in the hill, so be prepared to be able to put physical effort to reach some of them, which can be very uncomfortable for older or disabled people. On the other hand, resort has a beautiful garden and a perfect view to a Shark Island, which is about 200 metres from the beach. The sand on the beach is not soft - it is a mixture of small stones. Don't expect white sand. There are sun beds for free, but not much of them - i counted about 8 at the time I was there, but maybe they have more somewhere in the storage. There are also 2 convenient, but a little worn and old hammocks. Some of sun beds are already old and need maintenance... The room is pretty big and has a lot of space. There is a small table, 2 chairs, bigger table and big bed. No wardrobe or cupboard, so you have to find a place for your clothes (but you don't need much of them in tropical paradise...) Very useful and nice is a big bamboo towel hanger inside a room. There is also a smaller one outside the bungalow. The bed was nice, the mattrace convenient. I should sleep well well... Well I DID NOT. The reason - my bungalow was number 9 - the one closest to the trees up on the hill so about 4am i was awoke by the cicada concert. Damn, it was loud! But that was not the biggest problem. Next night I forget to put sandwich bread out of the room, which was a mistake... This is in the middle of the nature so there are many hungry animals around... The rats or mouses also. And one of them tried to make its way into my bungalow trough the bamboo cover of inner wall... Damn that was noisy also! But when i moved anything what smells as a food outside the bungalow (including a trash bin) - problem was solved :-) I have to admit - I live in Bangkok and I am used to buy a cheap street food. So the island like Ko Tao is like a Norway for east european tourist to me... I was able to get my food from local markets and streetshops, but if you will be reliant to resort's restaurant, be prepared to pay around 200 baht for a lunch. One particular moment totally damaged my perception of this resort as a nice place to be and it was the manager's (maybe owner's - a thai lady about 60) attitude to me as a visitor. I knew, that most resorts (especially secluded ones on the east cost) wouldn't be able to make a good coffee, so i brought my own filters and grinder fresh beans. When I asked Myanmar kitchen staff (there is Myanmar staff everywhere on Ko Tao) to pour some hot water for me, they were very helpful and also curious about my private small "coffemachine". The problem accrued when malicious manager/owner - the lady saw it. She made a small scene and asked me to apply for hot water on reception - not at back door of kitchen. I asked her what is the problem. She said I have to pay 5 baht for every hot cup from them. Do I have to say more about this lady? On the other hand - the beach was clean and as i said before - their garden is beautiful. The rooms are big and also shower room with toilette. Compared to the cheap 500 bungalows at Sairee beach - this was luxury! There was a problem first night with water - apparently the waste pipe was stuck and I had a small swimming pool for couple of hours in the shower. This year there is also a water shortage on Ko Tao and one evening there was no water from the shower at all! Wifi is working only on reception where the restaurant is situated. Resort has couple of canoes - ideal for trips to a Shark Island and of course a snorkelling equipment. Some english language books & magazines on the reception also. There is one other resort next to so if you want to try different type of food - you have this possibility. Which is more convenient as the bar from Coral View which is situated on the beach opens only late afternoon, so you have to climb all the steps up to the reception to order juice or a beer. So it is more convenient to use the neighbouring resort, which has a bar&restaurant right on the beach... My overall impression is bad - due to a grumpy woman - the owner or manager. I am not going to stay here another time and also not going to recommend it to my friends. Just in case they are Thai nationals - then it seems a woman has totally different attitude...
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