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“Good resort with a 'condition'” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Tenta Nakara
Ranked #59 of 94 Hotels in Thalang District
New Delhi
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good resort with a 'condition'”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

The staffs were very welcoming and the the tents were neatly made. The surrounding and beach in front (during high tide) gave a beautiful look to the resort. The advantages of the resort you can read from number of reviews here. What is missed out in most of the reviews are the disadvantages. The main cons of the resort were
- The beach looked filthy when the tide was low.
- The beach wasn't clean. If you would like to venture into the sea for swimming, it's sure you'll come out with cuts because of broken glasses. (I got my souvenir)
- Not all tents embrace nature. Except for few, most of the tents have asbestos roofing. Not considering the health effects (It is banned in most of the countries), asbestos roofing is definitely a discomfort for sleeping. Especially if you want an afternoon nap. We were forced to rest in the beach instead of the room because of the heat.
To sum up, if you want to enjoy swimming and the sea, this is not the place to go in Phuket. There are lots of better beaches in Phuket. If you just want to relax seeing the beach and the greenery around this place is a definite yes. But make sure you ask for a room with thatched roof and not the asbestos one.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

Tenta Nakara is a small eco-resort made up of powerless bungalows with integrated tents. Do not have any illusions, this is a rustic place and if you are looking for a more all inclusive resort type feel you might want to look elsewhere. For those of you that relish in the idea roughing it a bit this place is perfect. The only power on the resort is at the restaurant, and you get a oil lantern and a battery to power the fan in your bungalow at night. The staff is very friendly and intent on keeping the fast pace of Patong and the like out. Everything is well maintained, but not overly intrusive. Do not be surprised if you get up at night to go to the bathroom and you step over a frog or other animal (all bathrooms are private and attached, just outside). The beach itself is like many of the other islands and not the best for swimming, esp at low tide when it is tidal flat for about 75 meters. There is an in-house masseuse as well as many board games when you need a break from lounging on the beach and playing with the two very nice dogs that live at the resort. If you are looking to do some day trips on the island, there is a small village about 15-20 minute walk away that has a small store, watering hole, etc. The only gripe we had is that the bed is pretty firm, so be prepared for that. The boat over will cost you 600-800 baht and resort will only accept cash, so make sure you have plenty before arriving. All in all, if you love to be surrounded by nature, you should book this place at once and not think twice.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chris B
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Bengaluru, India
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25 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

Tenta Nakara tries to bring you close to the nature, The tents are asthetically designed and simple. Rooms are quite close to the beach. Staff are very friendly and helpful. If you want to swin along the beach whole and do nothing and relax, this is the best place. Beach in front of the hotel is not great , but there is a beach in 10 mins walk, which is very nice. Food is quite expensive, but its tasty. This is ideal place for honeymooners and for rexation provided you dont stay inside the rooms. because the Asbestos shed above the rooms makes us suffocating and hot during day time and by night its better. Hotel management should try to provide full eco resort and avoid asbestos roofing.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank water s
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

Tenta Nakara is a special place. It's not the most convenient or luxurious hotel, but that's also its great charm.
It's on an island in Phang Nga bay, only accessible via a 15-minute longtail boat ride from Phuket. The hotel is a set of tents, each within a bungalow/pavilion structure, scattered up a hillside rising from the beach. The tents are relatively spacious but no frills; ours had a large bed, a desk, rods for clothing, and space for our luggage. Each tent has its own covered outdoor bathroom, with a basic shower (no hot water), toilet (bucket flush), sink. The hotel uses electricity between 6pm and 10pm, but only in the restaurant area; accordingly, guests are given kerosene lamps for their tents at nighttime, and rechargeable batteries to power small bedside fans. So the experience is rustic, but it's fitting for the remote, beautiful atmosphere of this island. The beaches are beautiful, the water is clear, and the sights of Phang Nga bay are a stone's throw away.
Also bear in mind that with remoteness comes cost; meals are pricier here than they would be on the mainland (and the hotel restaurant is pretty much the only dining option available to guests; fortunately it's tasty) and longtail trips to & from Phuket add expense. We felt all these "inconveniences"-- added cost, no electricity, basic plumbing-- were worth it, for the experience on the island and the spectacular scenery. But potential guests should realize the costs & benefits.
The service at Tenta Nakara deserves particular mention. We had a medical problem during our stay, and the hotel went above & beyond in helping us out. They sent a member of their staff to seek medical care with us in Phuket, they changed our tent (and assisted us in re-packing & moving tents) so we could access it with less difficulty, etc.
Bottom line: Great place to stay. You'll be "roughing it" a bit, which is necessary given the environment of the hotel -- but that's also what makes it unique and lovely.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels, Belgium
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank brunochka
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank mark m
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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sirikan K
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Property: Tenta Nakara
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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