I was led to this resort by complete and utter accident, when I decided to push my last date in Koh Tao by an extra day right before boarding my ferry. I walked out of the pier, suitcase in tow, when a gentleman right outside convinced me to give Montalay a shot. The brochure seemed enticing, but what nailed it for me was the free taxi ride to the rather far off part of the island which would have cost me a fortune So, I excitedly hopped onto the taxi and was greeted by a beautiful 600 baht cottage, basic, non AC but well appointed. Shared bathroom though.
The snorkeling there was fantastic, the beach was not too crowded and was filled with interesting people from all over. Not the best beach, but having such a pleasant resort next to it made up for the otherwise poor swimming experience (very shallow water - for better swimming visit ao leuk!). The staff was very helpful; besides being always courteous, I left a few things at my hotel room before leaving and they very kindly couriered it back to me. The free wifi was tremendously convenient too. The food in the resort was average, a little too westernised for my liking, but that seems to be what most of the guests like. A little pricey too, but I think the quality makes it worth it. Killer pancakes though!
I'd love to revisit this resort!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montalay Beach Resort is a small to medium size hotel, locate in the eastern part of Koh Tao (Turtle Island) called "Ao Tanote". It is a beautiful secluded bay and is a great place for snorkeling and diving. Ideal for families with children or couples to chill and relax. All rooms, cottages and suites are close to the beach and nestled amongst the trees. ... more less
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