Our family went with another family who'd been to the island three times before. They had previously stayed at Charm Churee which they said was getting rather frayed around the edges. So this was much better.
Our four kids altogether (ages 5 - 9) absolutely LOVED sitting in the back of the 4X4 on the roller coaster ride in and out of the resort. I was impressed by the 45 degree slopes and didn't mind the bumpy ride but our friend who has a back problem said he wasn't returning there.
The stairs were indeed a challenge, considering all of us adults are v fit (gym rats, treadmill runners etc). Obviously the porterage staff hated it too because they gave us dirty looks when we made the mistake of buying a lot of bottled water that they had to lug to our rooms.
Food was not bad -- we had many meals there which were pricier than town but also of better quality.
We decided against diving in the end as all the snorkelling around the island, whether at this resort or others we visited on a long tail, was so-so. Little fish were plentiful but only the occasional fish big enough to eat, and certainly no shark. And since it was the monsoon season, with little sunlight, we figured diving would be worse. Not to mention all the coral reefs being dead and brown, thus providing an unattractive backdrop to the sea life.
My kids enjoyed the holiday but us adults didn't feel the island was worth a second visit, esp with the long transfers.
- 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
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