I'd really like to give the Aminjirah a 3.5 rating. After reading such fabulous reviews I expected more and have mixed feelings of the hotel.
The Aminjirah is in a fantastic location with wonderful sunset views. It is just outside of Sairee (for those who wish to get away from it all) and while it may be possible to walk into town I rented a scooter and thought this was the best way to get around.
The pool area is well maintained with lovely views. I can not say enough about the staff by the pool and restaurant. They were friendly and always reading to help with a smile. They really made my stay. The drinks in particular are good.
I stayed in an Ocean Fantasy Suite room. The suite itself was large and well equipped. As it was described as having 'truly lovely ocean views' I was rather disappointed and actually asked if this was the correct room. While I could catch glimpses of the sea through the trees it was certainly not what I was expecting and I think the Superior rooms may actually have better views. My major problem with this room was the bathroom. On the site it appears to be fully rennovated with mosaic tiles. I am particular about bathrooms and this is one of the reasons I chose this room. The bathroom has a small mosaic tiled area around the sink but the rest was quite old. No windows, dark and the shower was attached to a wall without any kind of enclosure so the water went everywhere. There was what seemed to have been a spa bath at one time that was filled with rocks??
There is not a lot of mid-priced accommodation in Ko Tao and after seeing my room I felt that the price was a little high (particularly since booking through the site the Baht price is put into dollars which was then converted into Euro on my credit card). With taxes and all the price was almost 100 euro per night.
San (the manager) was very helpful and gave a lot of information about places to visit. Provided pick-up and drop off from the port.
San recommended someone to rent a scooter from who is 'honest' Nang Oil on the main road just up from the port. The scooter was very new with good brakes and tires which are needed on the island. However when I returned the bike there were some scratches (which anyone knows after being there) WILL happen inevitably because of the roads (potholes, large speedhumps, dirt roads etc). I was happy to pay something however the owner insisted that every single panel with a tiny scratch must be replaced. He wanted 20 000 baht for scratches (no dents, nothing broken, some of which were barely visible on a panel). After much arguing and discussion (I was running late to catch a ferry) I had to give him 250 euro (as he had my passport) in order to leave. This was absolutely extortion and I felt it left a very sour taste in my mouth after such a nice vacation. My advice is to not use Nang Oil bikes as you will most certainly be charged.
- 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