First of all let me state that we truly enjoyed our stay at the Jamakhiri. The staff was excellent (and many), very friendly and willing to help with everything.
The original hotel is also very beautifull with the small huts built into the cliffs, but we were given rooms in the new wing which are a classic hotel section. So even though the view is beautifull - it's much like being on a cruise ship - it is still a hotel and not exactly what you dream of when going to Koh Tao.
Otherwise it just worked. The hotel is placed almost out of reach, but the hotel operates a free shuttle every our to the main city that you can use. If you a party goer it might be a problem that the latest shuttle is at 20.30 but we are travelling with kids so no problem there.
From the hotel you can also walk the very steep trail to the beach and enjoy a day there - don't waste your time on the hotels own 5x5 meter beach - it's simply to small.
A disadvantage is also the very expensive food at the hotel it self - it is approx. 500% over city prices but even though it's better than Pranees shack by the harbour and you don't use plastic plates it's not 500% better :-) This has been pointed out by others and we agree.
One thing we will recommend is to use the hotels half day long boat for snorkeling. It's 2800 baht including snacks (dont expect lunch) and equipment and you get to snorkel where you want to and not in a group of 50+ other tourists as we saw in some of the bays. Just remember to bring money to enter Koh Panyang (Spelling might be wrong here). We weren't told so we couldn't enter :-(
But the snorkeling was great - Koh Tao probably have some years left untill we tourists have ruined the last coral.
A really great time, but the fact that it was an ordinary hotel building makes the 5. star unreachable.
- 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