We were apprehensive about the resort when we read about the mixed reviews on Trip Advisor. As my wife and I were traveling with friends, we kept to the itinerary. And were we glad we did!
The resort is located at the end of the road in the remote north-western corner of Koh Tao and overlooking Koh Nangyuan. Designed in a rustic style with lots of wood, it is built around huge boulders and over steep slopes. The resort is an exercise to walk around and certainly, does not need a gym at all! As we were staying in a deluxe sunset villa at the water's edge, it was a short walk (although steep each way) up and down from our villa to the restaurant and adjoining pool. We counted a climb of 69 steps from our villa uphill to the walkway's branch before we walked downhill to the restaurant.
The sunset villa is one of two in the resort. It has 2 outdoor private terraces, with a dining table for 2 and a sun lounger in one, and 2 sun loungers in the other. The air-conditioned bedroom is small but guests are supposed to enjoy the outdoors anyway. The non-airconditioned spacious bathroom has a big shower area. The drain pipe of the wash basin was dripping and there wasn't much space to place toiletries.
As we read about reviews on mosquitoes, we brought along mosquito coils and insect repellent. Although there is a small private beach just in front of both sunset villas, it was rocky and the steps do not extend all the way down to the beach. So, we gave the private beach a miss which was a disappointment as the clear water and rocks were teeming with fishes. Nonetheless, we enjoyed a comfortable stay in our sunset villa.
At the restaurant, the breakfast and other meals were good. Portions were sizable and prices were reasonable. We had all our meals in the resort. Service staff was friendly. Obviously, the resort's owners and management staff had made it a point to improve on previous negative reviews. Throughout our stay, we saw the elderly Thai owners, whether dining in the restaurant or checking the private jetty or doing their inspection rounds. We were pleasantly surprised with their fitness level as they hardly struggled with the steep climbs while we had to catch our breaths.
We did not explore Koh Tao even though we read about the few attractions on the island. There was enough to occupy us at the resort. In the resort grounds, the constant sound of crickets throughout the daytime was a most pleasant reminder of nature. In the evenings, the sunset behind Koh Nangyuan offered a fantastic night show. We had a good and enjoyable rest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our beautifully laid out resort makes us the ideal choice for both couples and families. We have a wide variety of accommodation to suit all needs and budgets. Dusit Buncha Resort is the only Resort on Koh Tao that uses a solar cell system for almost all of the bungalows to save electricity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dusit Buncha Hotel Koh Tao