My husband and I spent 6 nights at Sensi Paradise and absolutely loved it. We stayed in the Romantic Sea View bungalow which had air con, a really nice sized room with a huge bed with mosquito netting and an incredible private terrace with a bed to take in the stunning view of Mae Had harbour. We stayed in Bungalow #33 which was well located in terms of the pool, reception and restaurant.
As some of the other posts noted, there are lots of native visitors that share the resort, but we found that to be part of the overall charm and experience and loved the sounds during the day and night of all the life around us. If you shut the doors to the room and also the bathroom, you will avoid having any creepy crawlies in your room.
We ate in the restaurant quite a few times for dinner and thought the Thai food was really excellent and well priced relative to other restaurants on Koh Tao. I would recommend eating there. We also had dinner a couple of times at Whitening which is a very short walk down from the resort towards Mae Haad village. We enjoyed the ambience and food there as well. It is very romantic.
We rented a moped from the guy right up from the resort - one of the servers at the restaurant arranged it for us but reception could do this too. It was incredibly cheap at 250 baht a day and we were told that renting from his is better than other places in town in case of any incidents/scratches, not to mention it is convenient when returning the bike at the end. We found the moped indispensable and explored Koh Tao daily on it - it would be hard to do without it, unless you are willing to get taxis everywhere and there are some of the less developed stunning spots that would be difficult to get to without it.
The beach at Sensi is really beautiful and it is possible to snorkel there as well, although it can be hard with a low tide as the corals are very shallow. We also tried Jansom Bay, which is the next resort over from Sensi. It is exclusive to the Charm Churee Villas and so they charge 200 Baht for the privilege of letting you go there.
To put this in perspective, the gorgeous Island of Nangyuan charges 100 Baht entry! So this is very expensive in relative terms and to be honest, there are better places to snorkel and swim on the island. We found that you could not linger in the water too long once you get in because the fish are quite aggressive there - they bite!! Once you start moving (swimming away!) they stop.
We found Tanote Bay to be the best snorkelling and swimming spot. It is pretty straight forward to get there from Sensi on the moped. If you do go, I recommend the stunning tree house/bungalow restaurant at Ao Leuk II, close to Tanote. It had the best Pad Thai I have ever eaten! Loved it! And the view from there is incredible!
We did yoga almost daily mostly at Shambhala Yoga in Sairee. We were taught by Kester and Cynthia and found their classes absolutely fantastic and the studio was great too. Highly recommend it. We also tried Grounded but preferred Shambhala. We followed the morning classes with fab brekkie at the Sairee Sairee café, which I think is French owned. They do great omelettes!
We managed to get out in Sairee one night, following the Koh Tao Festival. I guess we might be getting too old for it - it is a fairly young crowd out there! Koh Tao is not known for its crazy nightlife but this is one of the reasons we picked it.
We loved the location of Sensi, because it is far enough from the more touristy and "party" part of the island, Sairee, but close enough to get there if you need to. Mae Haad itself has shops, restaurants, bars and services and is also big enough if you want to avoid Sairee altogether.
Sensi tailors to the family and couples holiday seekers, although I believe Samui is better suited for families as it could be difficult to get around Koh Tao with kids.
We had a wedding in Samui following this fantastic week and stayed in the seemingly more luxurious Amari Palm Reef. And we missed Sensi! It really depends on your preference: if you want flashy, resorty, expensive and a more developed feel then stay in Samui if you want a more tranquil, remote, less developed and truly unique experience - a true paradise in our opinion - then Tao and Sensi are the choices for you! We prefer the more rustic experiences and actually found Sensi to be incredibly luxurious and fantastic value. I couldn't recommend this place enough! It was like being on honey moon again and we couldn't have picked a better place to spend our 2nd wedding anniversary! Enjoy!
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