The view at Baan Talay was absolutely stunning. We had a great, new, clean room with great balcony and bathroom. The eating area was also great with a space just next to it for yoga held once a day.
Despite this, we cut our stay short here as it was very difficult to get to and from the location. It was at the end of a very bumpy dirt road which could really only be traversed by a 4 x 4 car. The hotel provides transfers from the rooms to the diving centre (closer to shops etc) three times a day but that last trip back to the rooms from here is at 5pm. Any transfers outside of this time will cost you 300Baht and you have to be able to phone the driver to collect you from wherever you may be to bring you back. We had difficulty getting other regular taxi drivers to drive us back to the rooms after we had been out for dinner in town as they did not want to drive down the bumpy road to the resort location.
There is also no sand beach within walking distance from the resort. Just some large rocks that you can climb over to get to the ocean.
Alternatively Baan Talay owners have accommodation that is directly across from their dive school. This is a great location, where you can access the busier areas further north of the island as well as many beaches by just renting a scooter/motorbike for 200baht/day. This location is still very quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the main area and is the same price as Baan Talay. You have a lot more freedom staying somewhere close to the dive shop unless you don't mind staying at your resort every night or paying 300Baht per trip to get home after 5pm.
The yoga was quite nice including AYP Integrated style yoga at the resort in the evenings and more of a Hatha style held at the dive school during the day and in the evening. Yoga was also available at other locations in Koh Tao which were more suited to the style of yoga that I liked so I didn't really go to the classes here more than a few times. Diving was great and gave the option of taking a day off during the 3 day training course to take a break and have a rest from the water.
- 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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