Palm Leaf Resort Koh Tao
We travelled as a couple in our 50’s and stayed 10th -21st January 2013. We were picked up as arranged and driven the 10-minute journey from Mae Haad. The resort is at the Northern end of Sairee beach, next door to the Cabana Hotel, and about as far as you can get from the beach parties on South Sairee.
We were advised by Tony, the manager that The Palm Leaf resort was created by a split off from the Bow Thong Resort by the common owner, with a new entrance road, separate reception desk, but with a shared restaurant and bar. We were very confused by this, as we had booked into the Bow Thong, but found ourselves in the Palm Leaf!
Check-in was very fast and smooth and handled by Julie and Caroline, both were charming young ladies with excellent English.
Our Superior Sea View room had a beach view, with the water about 15m away. It was equipped with an external veranda, a double sun bed, and table and chairs. Inside was a double bed, wardrobe, room safe (too small for a net-book laptop), air-con, and a floor standing fan which we had requested when making the booking. In addition there was a fridge, kettle, teas and coffees, TV, en suite bathroom with hot shower and wall mounted liquid soap/shampoo dispensers. Two bottles of complimentary water are left each day.
Breakfast was a choice from a set menu and nicely presented. Sam, our waiter, was even happy to bring breakfast to our room.
The room was serviced daily, and was left spotless. The only minor irritation was having to ask for additional toilet paper because the single roll left each day was a bit small. We found the mattress to be very hard, but the management provided a quilt to soften it with. A minor electrical fault was fixed within an hour of reporting it.
All of the staff are friendly, and helpful. We would like to give a special mention to Sam the waiter who speaks excellent English, and was knowledgeable about the local area. Thank you Sam! Both receptionists, Julie and Caroline were a credit to the hotel, always smiling and helpful, even after a long day. Tony the manager was attentive, without being overbearing, and also speaks excellent English.
We encountered some very high tides during our stay, with the result a large section of Sairee Beach had no sand left. This had the unfortunate result that the area of beach in front of the Palm Leaf got very crowded, as it was one of the few stretches of sand left. There is also a resort rule that sun loungers for guests cannot be moved around (even in front of the hotel) – I found this out when one I tried to move about 20m away from a crowded section, was impounded and moved back by the staff! In fairness, they did find us a couple of deckchairs and put them where we wanted them. We discussed this with Tony, who confirmed it to be correct. So we could only conclude the sun loungers are for the convenience of the management and not the guests. We thought this most peculiar for a resort heading for the top end.
We did a little snorkelling along the rocks beside the Cabana, and found shoals of rabbit fish, baby parrotfish, red- breasted wrasse, mullets, eight striped butterfly fish, sea cucumbers of all varieties, plus boulder corals, staghorn coral and a whole host of the other usual coral reef suspects.
The Palm Leaf resort is probably in one of the better locations on Sairee Beach, away from the parties at the south end. We did hear some noise one night from a music festival, but the background music in the hotel bar is unobtrusive, and seemed to be turned off around 9:00pm, so our sleep was not disturbed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You find us at the north end strip of Sairee Beach. Palm Leaf offers the best view at the bay with its grey boulders and the colourful sea. Just a 5 min walking distance away from the village, it is still a very calm and private place to be. Moreover it is the only snorkeling side at Sairee beach.Set in a nice garden our lovingly furnished bungalows and rooms await your arrival. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bow Thong Hotel Koh Tao