The resort is a little dated but I felt that generally care had been taken to maintain that parts of the units that matter so they still felt clean and comfortable. The location is great, right on the beach (we stayed in a Beachfront Room). We stayed in a deluxe room the first night (because the Beachfront Room was not available and were pleased with the upgrade because it gave us a bit more space and was a lot lighter. In the beachfront room there was a bit of a design flaw with the bathroom so that if you used the shower the entire bathroom floor, including around the toilet, becomes a puddle but this seemed to drain away quite quickly.
We visited the paradise zone one afternoon for a swim and a cocktail. The views from the pool up there are amazing but we were happy we'd chosen to be down by the beach.
We also did the 4-day dive course at the resort and felt very well looked after by the staff at the dive school and the combination of the resort and the dive school was very convenient. We also rented kayaks at the resort and used these to paddle around to snorkelling spots (the beach outside the resort is a bit murky).
Many of the staff at the resort seemed to be quite unhappy, particularly the staff at reception (with one notable exception) but the staff at the restaurant were very good on the whole.
WiFi was free but patchy.
Above all we were very happy with our choice to stay in Chalok Baan. There was enough to keep ourselves occupied but it was quiet enough to be able to relax. We enjoyed strolling along the beach in the evening to find a place to eat or get cocktails. We loved stopping at the pancake cart outside the 7-Eleven in the evenings too!
Taxi rides to the main beach took about 15mins and I think cost about 300baht. Long tail boats cost about the same.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Chalok Baan Kao south of ko tao We have our long and clean private beach with the white pretty sand and at low tide passable for sunbathing, but really there are far better spots elsewhere on Ko Tao for laying around in the sun –and the best location to see the sunset. We are PADI 5 star dive resort and we offers dive courses with PADI Diver Training. Everything from your first dive exp ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ko Tao Hotel Koh Tao