We have just spent three very pleasant weeks in the Sensi Paradise Resort and were delighted with our time there. Without exception the staff were always smiling and there was nothing that was too much trouble for them (being nice in return probably is also important I am sure...).
The resort is built on a big site that stretches quite a way up the hillside from the level of the beach where the restaurant is located. This then means that some rooms (bungalows) have easy access from the paths around the site, whereas others are up a series of steps. If you have any difficulties with steps you should make this very clear at the time of booking as there are plenty of choices that the resort can offer.
All the rooms are based on traditional Thai houses that are built on stilts off the ground. This is a delightful style and means that you will have a verandah to look out from. Our room (no. 2) was probably one of the oldest rooms but was in perfect condition and kept impeccably clean. It was interesting to see small gaps in the wooden floors (old style construction) but the excellent air conditioning and the great tent-like mosquito nets (prepared every evening by the room staff) made the whole experience very special and enjoyable. We had a lovely view between the trees out to the main harbour which was constantly busy.
The resort is built on the southern end of the Mae Haad beach and the restaurant is built out onto the edge of the water so you have a fantastic view at breakfast and other meal times. Breakfasts are plentiful and well prepared.
The beach is big enough for sun bathing and the sand is quite fine and generally clean. There is delightful snorkelling off this beach where an old wrecked coastal vessel lies in some 10 feet of water and is now home to some excellent coral growth and many colourful fish.
The resort is 10 minutes walk from the main harbour via a paved coastal path that takes you past local shops, bars and restaurants that cater for everything you might need. Walking further along the coastal path will quickly (20 minutes) take you over the headland and into Siree Beach with it's many dive shops, restaurants and bars. Siree is more 'touristy' (and expensive) than the Mae Haad side but it is a nice walk and give lots of variety of things to do.
A previous reviewer mentioned the Gekko (very small lizards 1"-2") that are often to be seen on room walls catching flies and mozzies etc. There are also slightly larger (6") Gekkos occasionally to be seen which also do exactly the same bug catching. They are totally harmless and do not want to be in your way at all, so scuttle off at high speed. They all catch bugs and ensure that you are not troubled by insects etc, so do not even give them a second thought.
We enjoyed our time here so much that we were very reluctant to be moving to another island for the next part of our journey. I think that you will also enjoy time spent there.
Rooms situated directly between the (excellent) swimming pool and the reception building appeared surrounded by more vegetation and were, in consequence, darker and more prone to mosquitos. If you can avoid these, most other rooms appeared lighter and more airy.
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- Also Known As:
- Sensi Paradise Hotel Koh Tao
- Sensi Paradise Ko Tao