This hotel could be good for some people, but it was not the right fit for us. My wife and I were excited to stay here and partake in the yoga and some diving. MAKE SURE YOU READ THE WEBSITE CAREFULLY! This resort is very remote and there are few shuttles throughout the day. The dive shop and yoga studio is a good 20 min.+ drive on treacherous road. The most frustrating part was that the shuttle didn't even line up with the one yoga class they had going on a day you have to take the shuttle and then wait a couple of hours for the class to start. Huge disappointment from the moment we arrived.
The Baan Talay was the second stop on Koh Tao during our stay and after seeing the steep path to the water, the boulders that you need to cross to access the water, the lack of yoga, and the effort required to get out of the resort, we decided to return to our previous resort after about 30 min... No problem, no hard feelings, right?
The real kicker was when we dealt with the owner/manager upon leaving. While we were ultimately able to get some of our deposit back, it required a lengthy and at times hostile conversation that didn't make anyone's day better. A great example of our interaction is the response written to RonanBzH from the owner here on TripAdvisor.
If you are seeking isolation and decent accommodations, this could be a good choice for you. More likely, you will see that this place is not as advertised. This could indeed one day be a decent resort, but there are plenty of other wonderful places to stay in Koh Tao. Don't get into a frustrating stay with this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eco resort for nature lovers, nestled in the tropical forest, with access to first class snorkelling amongst beautiful coral reef. Yoga classes and courses available on scenic open-air sala. Authentic Thai food served throughout the day, peaceful, secluded and natural environment. Amazing location in the gulf of Thailand. ... more less
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