I chose Montalay Beach Resort at the last minute, and they were very accommodating. I went primarily for a diving course and also to relax and Tanote Bay is the perfect place for both.
Location: the location is quite isolated, but luckily they pick you up at the ferry for free which makes things easier and got me chatting to a nice couple in the same jeep. The bay is beautiful, sunny and the sand is clean and relatively fine. The first night I went wading and thought the water was very rocky but in daylight the next day I realists it was not rock but coral and there is a beautiful coral garden literally 1 meter out from the beach, perfect for snorkelling. I saw blacktip reef sharks, all manner of fish and anemones. Please be careful though, it is sharp and coral is not for standing on: I saw so many people stepping on it on purpose and probably destroying life left right and centre.
Accommodation: I was originally in the Economy cottage which was 2000 bht per night, which was a lot for a very very small room without private bathroom, although very clean and pleasant. After one night I asked to switch to the triple cottage which was bigger, with a private bathroom and with diving reduction was the same price as the smaller one. They switched me very quickly and were very helpful. The food in the restaurant is a bit limited but there are other resorts along the beach with nicer food and fish BBQs etc which are a couple of minutes walk away.
Service: the staff were great and Id who answered all my emails has great English and did everything she could to accommodate me.
Diving. I loved me course and John, the English instructor was a gem. very level-headed, patient and fun; a really good teacher. The dive sites were
Great (to my inexpert eye at least), lots of biodiversity, and I happily went from nothing to advanced open water in 5 days, although it was tiring. Would highly recommend it for this reason.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montalay Beach Resort is a small to medium size hotel, locate in the eastern part of Koh Tao (Turtle Island) called "Ao Tanote". It is a beautiful secluded bay and is a great place for snorkeling and diving. Ideal for families with children or couples to chill and relax. All rooms, cottages and suites are close to the beach and nestled amongst the trees. ... more less
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