If you're considering Koh Tao as a vacation destination, then Jamakhiri is a definite option!
We stayed for 4 nights (5 nights would be perfect though) in the rooms which are very comfortable, have everything you need and a cool view of the ocean and bay.
I couldn't see much benefit in paying nearly double to stay in the pavilions, and felt that 5900 baht/night we paid was very good value for what feels like a 5* resort.
The service was excellent and the breakfast was the best we experienced in Thailand.
Yes, the road to the hotel isn't great but we managed it often with both of us on the scooter and at night time, it's not that bad if you take it slowly.
If you can ride a scooter/motor bike you're sorted, if not you'll be limited to the free pick-up service leaving the town center every half-hour till 8:30pm, and the taxi back after that will cost you like 800baht plus for 2 ppl, which could be an issue when choosing resorts.
We didn’t have a problem with the steps, though try not to plan to many trips to the room and back.
I scoured the whole island with my scooter and IMHO the beach that Jamakhiri is located next to is undoubtedly the best beach on the whole island.
We snorkelled there from Jamakhiri once and walked (+- 7mins ) the rest.
We didn’t have dinner at the hotel though as it was a bit pricey, and really enjoyed our dinners on the beach in Sairee.
There’s a cool little restaurant above Jamakhiri called the Eagle’s Nest, which serves excellent Thai food at very reasonable prices and has a very nice view of the bay.
Jamakhiri and Koh Tao was our favourite part of the trip, highly recommend both and will be back!!!
- 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