We had fairly high expectations from the Montalay Resort before we arrived. Unfortunately despite requesting a quiet room they stuck us in the slightly odd an uncharismatic apartment block opposite the laundry/maid congregation area so we were woken by chattering at 7 a.m. After complaining about this they moved us to one of the bungalows which was much better and far quieter (great service here).
We ate only once at the restaurant which proved to be very average and overpriced so ventured out to the restaurant and bar at the southern end of the beach. We loved the little bar there and the owner was fantastic, Poseidon restaurant was reasonable but service sporadic and bizarre to say the least. Service at the Montalay was generally sporadic with reception not really understanding the concept of phoning to make a restaurant reservation for us elsewhere.
This part of the island is so remote you need to hire a motorbike to get anywhere which we unfortunately did at Lederhosenland Bikes. If you are going to hire a bike swerve this company as they unfortunately ripped me off with 'a repair bill for damage' which was a virtually unnoticeable scratch on the front mud guard (plus same for two other people at the time of returning my bike).
I also used the dive school next door (Calypso) who were absolutely brilliant and professional and avoided the Montalay dive school. There are some great restaurant on the island, namely Eagle View near Shark Bay which was fantastic and Barracuda and The Gallery in Sairee. Overall I probably would not stay here again as slightly too remote and Koh Tao has been unfortunately the sea has been overfished (you see more sharks on ice for the tourists than in the water) and land over developed for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montalay Beach Resort is a small to medium size hotel, locate in the eastern part of Koh Tao (Turtle Island) called "Ao Tanote". It is a beautiful secluded bay and is a great place for snorkeling and diving. Ideal for families with children or couples to chill and relax. All rooms, cottages and suites are close to the beach and nestled amongst the trees. ... more less
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