After spending 5 days at Sensi, we moved on to a much ritzier and much more expensive 5 star resort in Phuket. Yet Sensi was the highlight of our trip. Wonderful staff, great snorkelling with a shipwreck metres from the resort, beautiful pool, great seaside restaurant. Getting vegan meals for me was no problem (though I didn't fuss too much about whether fish sauce was present).
We took extensive walks around the area, and - at least from the outside - Sensi seemed to be the nicest resort in the whole place. The huts are tucked away in what could almost be called a jungle. Sitting on the verandah surrounded by lush greenery and watching the tiny monkey/squirrel critters fooling around like maniacs on the trees is a great way to relax. The huts themselves are rustic but still luxurious. We were lucky to get a big lizard in ours (it kept cautiously to the top of the wall, so we had no fear that it would accost us in any way)
Ko Tao itself is wonderful. Dirt roads surrounded by greenery, locals that practically radiate good will, relaxed atmosphere. Make sure you hire a motor bike and go riding around. We were charmed by the place, and Phuket seemed a bit sterile and aggressive by comparison.
The town has something of a trendy 20-something party vibe. If you're a cool cat, you'll want to get accommodation somewhere closer to there, because Sensi feels more peripheral, secluded, and family friendly. For us, that was perfect: walking distance to the livelier areas, but tucked away in heaven for when we just wanted to relax.
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- Also Known As:
- Sensi Paradise Hotel Koh Tao
- Sensi Paradise Ko Tao