Ok so I warn you my review will be a long one......
We booked Chintakiri months and months in advance as we were meeting our friends there from the UK who we hadn't seen in a long while and wanted to make sure we were on the same resort. I then got pregnant which meant I would be 5 months pregnant at the time we were due to visit. Almost all the reviews had mentioned about the hill and I was slightly concerned being pregnant in the heat struggling up a steep hill, but thought I could deal with it when we get there. Anyway to make it worse one week before we were due to fly to Thailand I fell down some steps and broke my ankle. We debated cancelling the whole trip and I emailed the resort to explain about my injury. They were lovely and sent me pictures of the steps, walk ways etc and it was literally all steps!!! However we wanted to see our friends and the doctor gave me the all clear so we went....
From the very second we arrived at Chintakiri I knew I was in good hands. Oi (manager), Nun and the staff all greeted us a the front and helped me up the steps with my crutches. They raised their concerns and advised they would do whatever they could to assist. They had moved our room to the closest to the pool/restaurant area and Nun would be looking after me for our weeks stay. I cannot praise the staff at this place enough, they are the nicest most beautiful people and looked after me better than I could have ever imagined. The two girls in the restaurant (A and Sensen) have a smile all day long and nothing is too much trouble. They are lovely girls and enjoy a chat improving their english. Without the staff my stay would have been very hard and difficult but they really did go above and beyond to ensure I was safe and looked after.
The resort itself is lovely, beautiful views across the bay and a lovely pool/restaurant area. Not too big but enough. The atmosphere is chilled and relaxed and far better than a huge commercial resort with hundreds of people. being so high up it feels a world away from the busy diver filled resorts that surround Koh Tao and its super relaxing during the day. The rooms are really nice, private, huge balcony, basic but very clean and comfortable. One of the highlights for me though was the food. The food here is superb, fresh and very well prepared. Being a bit stranded I ate at the restaurant everyday and it was delicious every time. The breakfast is pretty basic but enough.
The resort is perfect for solo travellers/couples/families wanting a quiet laid back relaxing place that offers a real Thai friendly feel (party people look elsewhere!). Koh Tao is full of places for all budgets but I think it would be hard to find another like Chintakiri.
Now the Hill...Obviously I never had the pleasure/displeasure of walking up and down it but my partner and friends said it was a bit of a tough climb. They hired scooters one day and struggled. However they did say it was a small thing compared to everything else at the resort. I did venture out and the 4x4 taxis have no problem with the hill at all. They will also pick you up at the pier free of charge if you email them.
I would 100% recommend and stay at Chintakiri resort again and again and would like to thank all the staff that looked after me each day of our 7 day stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Chintakiri Hotel Koh Tao
- Chintakiri Hotel Surat Thani
- Chintakiri Resort Surat Thani