We just spent the 1st week of our honeymoon at Jamahkiri, and had a wonderful all-round experience from start to finish. We were greeted by the excellent, friendly reception staff upon our arrival and shown to our deluxe room (number 9) which was a great size and had the most breathtaking sea views with balcony (pls be warned however that this hotel is not the most suitable choice for the elderly or infirm as there are lots - and lots - of steps on the resort as it is built into the mountainside).
The decor of the room was not ultra-modern, but this only added to the charm of the place for us, as we wanted to feel like we were in Thailand and not sitting in an IKEA showroom - a look which some of Thailand's more modern resorts seem to go for.
The pool area is beautiful and the water temperature is incredibly inviting - to make things even better, the resort was pretty quiet when we stayed and at most times it was like having the place to yourself.
The host and hotel manager William is an absolute star - a real character who not only ensures you get great service and useful information, but does so with the ultimate charm and grace.
Every member of staff we encountered on the resort - from the waiting staff to the cleaning staff - were always courteous and helpful and offered excellent service whilst making you feel like like you weren't 'just another guest'.
If I had on small criticism, it was that the room smelt heavily of chemicals on our arrival. Not sure if this was wood-polish or insect repellent, but we felt like a more organic treatment would have made for a more pleasant welcome to our room.
Top recommendations are; visit the brilliant Eagle View restaurant (situated just behind the hotel) for a real traditional thai home-style dining experience, where you can enjoy a fantastic home-cooked meal for around £2! The views from this tree-top hut are probably the best you'll find on the island.
The nearby hotel - Haad tien - has a really good restaurant which is open to non-guests and is worth a visit.
HIre a bike from Lederhosen; they're not the cheapest on the island (we paid 800baht per day - around £18) for a 300cc quad, but the bikes are really well maintained and we felt more than comfortable leaving our passports with them as 'insurance'. I hasten to add that they do a condition check before the bikes go out and there were no 'games' on returning them (which you can find with some companies).
Also check out the little vegan cafe/aromatherapy shop in Mae Haad which is located just up the street from the Safety Stop pub. It's run by a lovely ex-pat lady who makes delicious gourmet bean salads and veggie-wraps for when you're wanting a break from Thai Cuisine. They make a really refreshing lunch time snack.
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- Also Known As:
- Jamahkiri Hotel Koh Tao
- Jamahkiri Spa And Resort
- Jamahkiri Boutique Hotel
- Jamahkiri Boutique Resort