As soon as we stepped into Amanjirah's reception area we knew we would have a fantastic time and we weren't disappointed.. The resort (or luxury guest house as rightly described by a previous reviewer) is stylish and feels very intimate. The owner has obviously taken great care to make the resort look as nice as it does, the rooms and common areas are beautifully decorated with meticulous attention to detail, the furniture is exquisite and of very good taste and the grounds are very well maintained (we often saw the staff working in the gardens watering the plants, sweeping and tidying up). Some have said that Amanjirah is small (in my opinion this just adds to the ambiance and feel of the place) but the grounds/gardens are so well laid out with lovely 'hidden' spots that one is under the impression the place is actually much bigger.
Their menu is fantastic, we stayed 3 nights and never felt the need or urge to eat anywhere else. There isn't an indoor eating area but one can order the meals to be served on their balcony/bedroom (or anywhere else in the resort as a matter of fact), bear in mind you will need to make your way to reception in order to do this as there aren't intercoms/phone in the rooms so if you wish to have breakfast in your room make sure you order it the previous night so you may laze around in their comfy beds as long as you wish. We stayed in a Fantasy Seaview Suite and it was magical to have breakfast in our balcony overlooking the stunning turquoise seas or having pre-dinner drinks enjoying the equally sttuning sunsets And if you step back into your room just after breakfast and sit quietly you might even see a squirrel running across your balcony attracted by the delicious aroma of food...If it's too windy out just ask one of the staff to bring the balcony table and chairs into your room, we did that one night, turned the lighting down and had a very romantic meal in the comfort and privacy of our own room, just perfect!.
Service was outstanding, friendly and non-intrusive, we would only need to make eye contact with the waiter and he would come to us obligingly. Some people have complained that the staff doesn't speak English, that's not entirely accurate, I agree that the room boys/waiters have quite limited English but we had no problems communicating with the ladies in reception, in fact considering that we are visiting their country I admire and am quite grateful that they make the effort of learning OUR language.
As the other reviews mention, Amanjirah has their own (very comfortable) air-conditioned vehicle which will take you anywhere on the island for a set fee (100B to Sairee, 200B to Mae Haad, each way; the pick up and drop off trips on check in and check out are not charged), just make sure you schedule it with a little notice.
We had the opportunity to have a very friendly chat with the cook (I'm sorry but I didn't quite catch your name!). She told us I had unknowingly became her 'guinea pig' as she had just introduced a new dish to the menu and I had been the first one to order it (Red Duck Curry). Like all the other dishes we tried during our stay (and we had quite a few) it was delicious , my husband had the Red Chicken Curry one night and he said it was the best he had tasted in Thailand. The cook was so nice and friendly that when I told her that we loved Thai food she said that she could show me how to cook some dishes but alas we were leaving just that morning so I couldn't take her up her word, oh well I suppose we will have to go back sometime soon won't we? :) I have got a copy of the food and drinks menus and would be happy to share it or answer any questions.
TIP: There is a very nice viewpoint with views to Nangyuan Island just 5 minutes walk up the road, just turn left upon leaving Amanjirah, walk along the main road (look for signs for 'Dursit Resort') till the road ends, take the path going down straight ahead of you, walk underneath these 2 massive boulders and go through to reception (don't worry, the resort welcomes wandering visitors), follow the 'Viewpoint" signs and be prepared to say WOW! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aminjirah is nestled on a dramatic cliff side, overlooking Sairee Beach and Koh Nang Yuan. The Aminjirah features just 22 rooms and one pool villa + 2 two amazing sea view pools including a 16 metre dramatic sunset infinity edge pool. We also offer free pier transfers and 4 daily shuttle transfers to Sairee beach. Access to beautiful small beach with clear water and fun pier to jump from available via little bit steep stairs through next door resort - you just need to purchase a little from their bar or restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amanjirah Hotel Koh Tao