We stayed in the Seaview Fantasy Room in mid july 2012, and was welcomed by the owner, Jacob, a Dane who opened Aminjirah with his wife. Normally he lives in Bangkok, but he spent the holidays here as well, with his two lovely kids.
Everytime we met him, we were greeted and he was very interested in hearing our opinion, and if everything was okay. The staff on the resort was also very helpful and polite, some of them don't speak much Thai, but they speak english though, so you will not have any difficulties communicating with them. We had a lot of questions before arrival, but they respond to e-mails very quick, almost instantly.
If you choose to stay at Aminjirah, you have to be advised, that Koh Tao is a small island, and just because you pay a bit more to stay here, it doesn't mean that water pressure and electricity is stable. Electricity and water worked really great during our stay though, a few times the water pressure dropped to zero, but it was only a matter of five minutes, before it came back. The electricity worked perfect - a couple of times it was out, but in one second at was restored - perfect!
Another great thing about living here, was the short distance to Sairee beach and all the restaurants and supermarket. The taxi drivers are very expensive - 3-400 baht oneway, depending on your destination (Sairee/Mae Haad). We rented a motorbike from a small place located just before entering Sairee (first house you meet before entering Sairee, on your right side, a nice old lady takes care of the place and she is very honest). We recommend that you walk to Sairee - it is not as bad as it looks, and then take a taxi on your way home, as it is a bit of a climb up the steep road.
The resort itself is really nice, landscape looks great and the view is amazing. You sit on the front row to the sea, and you can follow the dive boats during the day, and at night you can watch as all the fishing boats take place on their spot and stay there.
We could not be more happy with our stay, and could not ask for any more. Everything worked perfect, bed was comfortable, the huge tv was new and signal was perfect. They have a lot of channels to choose from, so on rainy days you will not be bored.
All in all we had a wonderful stay, and we would definately come back, should we be so lucky to come to Koh Tao again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aminjirah is nestled on a dramatic cliff side, overlooking Sairee Beach and Koh Nang Yuan. The Aminjirah features just 22 rooms and one pool villa + 2 two amazing sea view pools including a 16 metre dramatic sunset infinity edge pool. We also offer free pier transfers and 4 daily shuttle transfers to Sairee beach. Access to beautiful small beach with clear water and fun pier to jump from available via little bit steep stairs through next door resort - you just need to purchase a little from their bar or restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amanjirah Hotel Koh Tao