Charm Churee advertises as "a rustic boutique resort" - and that's what it is. Our bathroom was outside the villa adjacent to open rock and built around a tree, with the consequence of some flatmates: Fred, the friendly crab, and Mary, his mate, watched us carefully each time we entered the bathroom. Additionally, be prepared to find scorpions in the bidet or the sink... just small ones, but irritating. Furthermore, some hundertfeets were visiting from time to time.
Cleanliness is not at such a high level: a killed scorpion remained on the floor for 2 days in the middle of our living room, until we wiped for ourselves.
The aircondition stopped working one day and it took more than one day for someone to fix it - meaning basically a night with no sleep.
Since there is NO FRESHWATER POOL and no lights in the bay, swimming after 6pm is hardly possible. The water at Jansom bay is quite shallow, but with corals everywhere, so better wear shoes.
Also, the area is quite big - from reception to our villa it was roughly a 10-15min walk. Annoying when arriving late at night.
Two times the beach was closed at the evening due to a private wedding event, so we felt a little bit disturbing among the celebration's guests.
Also, Internet access is not free as advertised, but costs 100 THB per hour. Diving courses offered at the resort are 150% more expensive than in most other dive shops.
The goods: Exquisite snorkeling site in the bay. Lots of fish, quite safe. Villas with more bedrooms available, so suitable for groups or families. The restaurant is quite well located, overlooking the bay, but as expensive as the rest of the resort.
Overall: There are comparable possibilities in Koh Tao at half the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Founded in 2002, Charm Churee Villa plans to develop our resort to be the best for our guests. Charm Churee Villa is located on a 300-Rai (120 acres or 48 hectares) seaside piece of well preserved jungle, facing west. With more than 1,500 meters shoreline, the estate consists of 4 beaches. Pak Bung (which means Morning Glory) Bay is the most northern beach (about 10 minutes walk from the main pier) consists of sand, gravels and rocks, it is about 80 meters in length. The next beach southward is Jansom Bay, which is another 5 minutes walk from Pak Bung Bay (named means Moon-Like) is around 160 meters wide consists mostly of sand, huge rocks, corals and colorful fish. Perfect for snorkeling. Neptune is the next one down south; about 20 minutes walk from Jansom Bay. Neptune, one of the best kept little secret coves in Koh Tao, consists of mostly rocks is perfect for private sun bathing with small sandy beach. It's approximately 80 meters in length. Last but not least, is a twin: Sai Nuan beach I and II. It's mostly sandy beaches with a set of big rocks between them. Sai Nuan I is a sandy beach with the width of 240 meters and Sai Nuan II is a little smaller. This shoreline estate is not only known for the well kept jungle land, but also its pristine underwater world. Along the 1,500 meters coast consists of several famous snorkeling and scuba diving sites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Charm Churee Villa Hotel Koh Tao
- Charm Churee Hotel
- Charm Churee Resort