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Tenta Nakara
Ranked #60 of 97 Hotels in Thalang District
Reviewed January 6, 2013

The eco-friendly ressort of Tenta nakara on the sleepy island of Koh Naka feels like a haven of peace and serenity just 20' by long-tail boat off busy Phuket. TN is based around 16 or so tents built into wooden structures well separated from each other in a preserved natural environment. The tents offer quite a high level of comfort with good if hard beds, private decked terraces and attached open roof washroom (taking a shower under the moonshine is a must). The resort has its own access to the sea and includes a massage area. Enjoying the warm seawater is best at high tide. At other times, you will be able to rent 2-seat kayaks, take a walk to the fishing village on the other side of the island, the resort will arrange excursions at your request or you can go to the larger beach further on where Phuket tourists come to snap a picture of the granite rocks rising from the sea (which are your daily treat). It is in principle a no electricity in the resort and hence no hot showers but the water is normally warm enough for showers and shaving. But at 6 pm, the resort lights up for 4 hours at the sound of US West Coast Rock, Southern white blues or the occasional jazz piece, the owner Pol's obvious favourite stuff, time to enjoy very good thai food cooked with enthusiasm and proficiency by the house cook. Time also to reconnect with the world enjoying the free wi-fi and to recharge your various hi-tech gear in the plentiful sockets provided around the restaurant area. A 10 pm electricity switches off and you can either regain your tent or enjoy a last drink or do some reading at the light of the old-fashioned oil lamps that are provided at the pure sound of nature. A walk on the beach will reveal the bustling activity of crabs. Finally, this idyllic place comes at a very economic price: we paid 18.400 THB (about €95) a night for a 2-room tent for 5 at Christmas time breakfast included. TN gives an almost incomparable feeling of freedom for both couples in a romantic outing or families with small children like ours. But, the area in which TN probably stands unrivalled is the incredible warmth and availability of the staff and home dogs Dara and Chaia probably inspired by the tranquil but alert management style of Pol and his manager Sak. The image of the whole staff gathered on the beach and waving us farewell will remain engraved in our memories for ever as a symbol of Thai hospitality.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Just got back from Thailand and had two fabulous nights at this wonderful place, the staff are fantastic and really can't do enough for you. The food is really good with a wide choice, the beer is cold, the tents are sooooooo comfy and the hammock is a nice touch. This really is the place to go if you want to get away from it all lazy days by the beach or if a bit more adventurous there is Kayaking and several tours that you can go on.
As already mentioned the night time swim is a must!
I really love what Paul and the team are trying to do here with an eco friendly approach that allows you to really chill. If it helps at all I had a pick up form the airport and transfer on the longboat both ways organised through Tentra Nakara which went really smooth and saved the hassle.
Can't wait to go back next year

Room Tip: We had bungalow 8 which was awesome
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

We revisited the resort during September 7 - 8, 12. MD Paul and GM Payoongsak gave a very warmth welcome to four of us. After six months of our first visit, we notice that there was more space at the restaurant and more variety of good Thai dishes. You may have sayed at 4 - 5 star hotels but you will forget those hotel when you stay here at the "thousand stars resort". I really enjoyed taking a shower in an open-air shower and counting the stars in the sky above. With the nice sea breeze, I slept soooooo well all night. Relaxing on a private beach and having a Thai traditional massage was great. This reallly is a paradise to us.

We cannot wait to go back to Tenta Nakara again this coming November.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

we stayed for 3 nights and enjoyed them very much! friendly staff, nice tents with outdoor shower, good food!
in summer it can get quite hot and there is no elextricity for ac during nighttimes.
you MUST go swimming after the lights have gone out, you will be amazed!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

For something a bit different to your standard accommodation this is more than worthwhile. There is pretty much nothing to do here - but that is the attraction. Sat on the beach and read, dozed under a couple trees, it was quite lovely. Snorkelled a bit but there wasn't anything terribly spectacular to see. Beach was a bit rocky so reef shoes are a good idea.

The accommodation was quite comfortable but also basic. But you don't come here for the salubrious accommodations. It is a chance to get away and relax. Thought the lack of air conditioning might be a challege without any electricity for most of the day - but sitting down on the beach it was quite cool. Sleeping wasn't too bad either.

Bathrooms were clean. The cool water woke you up but was fine once you got used to it.

Restaurant menu was a bit limited but not surprising really. Mixture of Thai food and a few western dishes. Need to cook their french fries a little longer!

Not an accommodation for those who like their creature comforts but for a getaway with a difference highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

I stayed here for 2 days around xmas and that was enough. The room was simple but nice, only downside was bathroom trips in the middle of the night, had to be aware of the creepy crawlies. The food was excellent, and you could order in the morning what seafood you wanted that night. The beach was OK, lot of rubbish washed up and tiny little crabs everywhere so not ideal for sunbathing. As for the rest of the island, not much going on.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

Best place we have stayed so far. Probably the best island in phuket. You have everything here. Complete privacy for you and your companion. You also have all type of food available here. Wifi is available only during dinner but tats okay. A perfect place to chill, relax and enjoy. This place will surely be in my honeymoon package.

Room Tip: It is slightly tough for vegetarians as they do not allow outside food and their menu for veg is too...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Phuket, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phuket > Thalang District
Hotel Style:
#26 Top resorts Hotel in Thalang District
#31 Romantic Hotel in Thalang District
Hotel Class:3 star — Tenta Nakara 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Possibly the only Luxury Tent-Island Resort in Phuket. The limited use of this small-unspoiled Island hideaway enhances the genuine feeling of inner peace. Guests are provided with oil lamps and candles used for light while electricity are generated and used only in the restaurant area. Luxury tent accommodations under the palm trees and the stars in permanent tent structures comfortably furnished with wooden floors, raised 6 ft. bed, en suite bathroom. Chill out at your own outdoor terrace. All units have magnificent view of Phang Nga Bay and stunning beauty of surrounding islands. ... more   less 
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Tenta Nakara Phuket, Thailand

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