This was the hotel I was most looking forward to staying at on our Thailand trip - the reviews and photos looked simply amazing - but I was a little bit disappointed, I just didn't think it was worth the price we paid. Yes, the view and the pool are awesome, but anyone could come in to eat/drink at the bar/restaurant and use the pool. If I had known this, I probably wouldn't have paid the premium to stay here, just visited myself.
The location was peaceful, but it was a bit of a pain if you wanted to go out for the day or into town for dinner. We're young, healthy and usually up for a stroll but it really was too far, too dark and too hot to do the walk, so we had to pay for cabs if we didn't want to go at the complimentary shuttle times. Cabs on Koh Tao aren't expensive in the grand scheme of things, but they are expensive for Thailand.
The room itself was lovely, very spacious and all the amenities you could need. The location wasn't the best, we had an Ocean Fantasy Suite, so a mid-range priced room, but we were at the back of the property above reception and although we could see the sea, it wasn't the best view. The bathroom was too dark and the open plan design meant the floor got completely flooded which was a little slippery. We had an issue one evening with the shower pressure being non-existent, but couldn't find a staff member to notify them, so just made do with a bottle as the taps were still working.
Breakfast on the veranda was lovely, and we enjoyed the company of some feline friends. The manager on reception (apologies I forget his name) was lovely and really helpful, but the bar staff were a little miserable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aminjirah is nestled on a dramatic cliff side, overlooking Sairee Beach and Koh Nang Yuan. Aminjirah features just 17 suites and villas with 2 pools including a 16 metre dramatic sunset infinity edge pool. Aminjirah is but 5 minutes from Sairee Village and it's action and offers a free daily shuttle transfers for it's guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amanjirah Hotel Koh Tao