With its bright, tasteful design, meticulous gardens and efficient service, Nadapa Resort is a delightful retreat after a day on the waters, beaches or trails of Koh Tao.
Its garden gnomes, which may take over one day, for now still add whimsy and joy. Parts of the property yet to be developed are bordered with potted plants.
The rooms are divided between a three story hotel and half a dozen bungalows. All are neat and tidy and all have porches or balconies. We stayed on the third floor of the hotel and enjoyed views of a forested slope, the sea, and a sunset every night.
The rooms, all ensuite and air conditioned, are colorful and functional with plenty of counter space and an exposed cement motif which adds a modern, sturdy feeling.
The WiFi even works in the farthest rooms - almost all the time.
Located straight up from the pier in Mae Haad, and half a block from Koh Tao's main road, Nadapa gives you convenient access to all the island's attractions.
You can rent motorbikes, bicycles or ATVs nearby, but Koh Tao is small enough that you can get virtually anywhere on foot as well. The pier is a five minute walk, it's a pleasant 15 minute walk to Sairee Beach, and about 20 minutes down the main road to Chalok.
Koh Tao seems hell bent on losing its charm to overdevelopment a la Koh Samui, but its rugged, rock-strewn terrain is likely to make it a long haul. Nevertheless, conspicuous consumption is starting to scar the hillsides, particularly at the south end. So go soon.
As a one-year-old hotel, Nadapa is part of the growth, but since it's in town, is not really part of the problem. It's a stretch for the budget traveler at 1500 baht, but a good value.
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