Although an active user of Tripadvisor to check out prospective hotels, this is my first review.
All in all, I would say that we were satisfied by this hotel, but not inspired, and would not seek to return. I'll list the pros and cobs below:
Great rooms, with sea views, hot showers, comfortable beds, AC, TV etc- all very modern.
We visited out of high season, so the enormous restaurant was about a quarter full, if that. While the food was pretty good, the ambience was sadly lacking.
It's an ugly resort to look at - when you take a boat trip out from the resort you can really see how much better other resorts have tried to blend into the natural environment.
Sea views in ECG of the bungalows means you are a long way from the water as all the bungalows are situated on a steep hill.
Distance from town - this really limits your ability to walk to other restaurants and check other food options. There is a free shuttle leaving several times a day, but this really inhibits your ability to be spontaneous.
The name Pinnacle 'dive resort' is deliberately misleading. Given the premium price of the hotel, I thought the dive centre attached would also offer a premium service - don't make the same mistake as us! Instead you have to pay a premium price (double that of the more professional outfits in town) for a mediocre service, including old and badly looked after equipment (regulators not working etc). You are far better served going into town and arranging yourself.
Top tip: if you do stay here, save some dollars and get a better dining and drinking experience by heading to the beach restaurant on the water on the right hand side.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pinnacle Koh Tao Dive Resort provides an island escape for the true leisure traveler and dive aficionado. Spend your days exploring the beautiful world underwater either snorkeling, or diving with our state-of-the-art dive school located within the Resort premises. Watch a spectacular sundown from the lounge bed on your room balcony, each of which provides unblocked panoramic view of the Gulf of Thailand. Our resort is located on the hidden-away June Jeau Beach and features Restaurant, Bar, BBQ Terrace and Pool, allowing you to experience true relaxation under the world famous Thai hospitality. Should you wish to explore the nightlife of Koh Tao, we offer a free drop-off service to the pier every evening. We also provide a golf cart shuttle service within the resort. All our rooms are fully equipped with mini bar, LCD flat screen television, refrigerator and air conditioning. We also offer room service and tours. Guests will find that this service-oriented resort with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. ... more less
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