This hotel definitely deserves the good reviews it gets. It's located on the rocky outcrops of shark bay. Each of the rooms are ocean facing and have an incredible view. There is amazing snorkeling right in front of the hotel. Go out between 4-6pm and you should see many black tip reef sharks and maybe even a giant turtle! Don't worry, the sharks are harmless and will not come near you. Please give the turtle plenty of space and DO NOT touch or hold onto him or he may drown (turtles need to come up to the surface to breath!) Also, please don't touch or step on the reef, no matter how "dead" it looks, as this will destroy it for future generations.
IMO it's much better to stay at this resort than on the actual beach itself because the views you get of the beach/bay are far better! There is a free shuttle boat service on demand to the beach if you want but hanging by the resort deck in front of the ocean is just as nice, if not nicer.
The staff are great and the food was good, although overpriced. You are quite isolated so there isn't much of a food choice unless you want to mission into town. This brings me to my small bit of criticism:
There is no other place to get drinking water except the hotel. And they charge 50THB for a small bottle of water. Firstly, this is extortion, but more importantly, for a hotel that claims to be environmentally conscious, surely forcing it's customers to consume so much plastic is contradictory to it's stated goals as well as being morally questionable. I suspect that they have a water purifier that they choose not to use so that they can squeeze every dollar out of their customers... A real pity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jamahkiri Resort & Spa, is a comfortable and sumptuous living resort located in Thian Og Bay on the south side of Koh Tao, a serenity area of the island, easily reachable by a panoramic 10 minutes drive from the harbour, offering a spectacular view over the gulf of Thailand. Once settled in, you will quickly discover that there are very little reasons to leave the resort, lush tropical garden, cooling pools, the Jamahkiri Spa, a fitness room, the marina and our private PADI diving club, recreational facilities, and fine cuisine, compliment the beauty of the resort's magnificent surroundings. Our place is the perfect combination for peace, serenity and nature lovers; add to that comfort, natural surrounding, and pristine services and its no wonder that since welcoming his first guest in 2002, Jamahkiri has established its distinctive reputation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jamahkiri Hotel Koh Tao
- Jamahkiri Spa And Resort
- Jamahkiri Boutique Hotel
- Jamahkiri Boutique Resort