If you are looking for something well off the beaten track and with absolutely no distractions then this is the place for you. If, however, you want to be entertained, steer well clear.
We wanted to chill, relax and be completely out of touch with the world and we got exactly that!
The island is on a fairly large tidal range and the beach disappears twice a day but the resort is built on an raised beach, protected from tidal surges.
The food in the restaurant was fabulous with the best Mussaman Curry - we could both eaten it every day, with piles of buttery roti to mop up the sauce! With VAT and hotel tax, the prices did seem a little high but we had absolutely no complaints about the food or cocktails. Try Erik's Wai Tai - I could have drunk these all day long!
We had a beach front cottage (BF01) with our own sunloungers, massive room and impeccably clean linen and towels.
The staff were all unobtrusive and left us alone. Tina on Reception though was a sweetie and organised a boat trip once there were sufficient guests to take the trip.
We didn't take our own snorkelling gear as we had been travelling for the previous 10 days and we so wish we had - the hotels' were old, leaky and poorly fitting and they didn't have fins either. It is such a shame as the reef looked great. If you go swimming, be aware of the tide and make your way back to the beach down a small sandy pathway forged by the longtail boats directly outside the hotel's main steps - otherwise you will have to pick your way through rocks and unforgiving old coral (unless you wear beach shoes).
The boat off the island was 'interesting' - the tide was out and we had to wade out to the longtail boat. As I am very short, despite rolling my shorts up, I still ended up with wet pants - it all added to the romance and atmosphere of the place though!
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- Also Known As:
- Thapwarin Hotel Koh Ngai
- Thapwarin Resort Koh Ngai