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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Great staff, super nice hotel owner and great location on an island that is not as touristic as the ones on the east coast of thailand. Stayed at a family villa and had a blast of a time! also a big pool for everyone and delicious food!

Date of stay: September 2012
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1  Thank PaddyPaddyPaddy
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Holiday with our 10 yr old girls. The Island itself was the trump card with its laid back unhurried atmosphere. A destination as best as we could tell free of crime and hastles. I got the impression the tourists also maintain the laid back approach without taking liberties; admittedly we did visit in low season. The villa complex faces the main road with the sea immediately opposite. Main being subjective, as the traffic is light; the most common method of transport is moped. The use of which was a distinctly safer proposition than on the mainland. Try to stretch for a room with a small pool as it gives options if the main pool becomes busy. The complex layout means properties are close together, private aspects are not its strong point and the pool area could suffer from being monopolised by an overbearing family group. However resort was always quiet by late evening. Interior decor was good, rooms cleanly maintained and well equiped; our villa was a good size for us. Wife missed not having a bath, but the showers were large and worked well with both bedrooms having good size ensuite accomodation.(Did not notice unpleasant plumbing aromas as described in some reports) By keeping all doors closed once in or out and use of the air con, we did not find mosquitos to be a problem. However a prolonged drink on the terrace at night without masses of repellant would i'm sure produce a wealth of bites! Staff were consistantly friendly and helpful, making us always feel welcome. The drink and food on site was of a good standard but fairly expensive, worth mixing up with some meals taken in nearby restaurants, where its a little cheaper. The pool itself was in good condition and an attractive place to be. The immediate beach gave great views, but once you visit beaches on the island hops it suffers a little in comparison. Also the main negative in low season was not rainy days, as we were relatively fortunate with lots of sunshine, but rather the prevalance of jelly fish in the seas at this time of year, making even shallow dips a dicey undertaking. Not life threatening, but these can still spoil an afternoon. However we loved exploring the island with its attendant Water Buffalo and a myriad of exotic birds. Great frog and insect chorus at night, but the villa's are well sealed so they do not have to keep you awake. All in all can recomend this resort, perhaps avoid high season as will be expensive, and full occupancy may emphasise its slight lack of plot size. Resort does not have a great deal of competition on the island if you like your creature comforts. We combined a week on the island and 4 nights on the mainland in a larger resort, It worked well for us and possibly a good idea if you have older children or just like the bright lights in smaller doses.

Date of stay: July 2012
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3  Thank Hiroshi1
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We loved this hotel. The remote island, and the quiet life was fantastic. Very welcome after leaving Phuket. The help here is amazing, the rooms beautiful, and our own private pool was our oasis. Rent mopeds and tour the island. great restaurant, they invited us to watch them cook.. a few other restaurants nearby. Very quiet and layed back - if you are looking for nightlife, do not go! great for families and couples out for relaxation. beautful sunrise views! recommend highly.

Date of stay: August 2012
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Thank cmsknyny
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

We were very happy with our stay and the accomodation. The staff were excellent and the food that we ate there was very good. The villas have their own pool which is not clear on the wibsite so it was an added bonus. Good restaurants near by. A motorbike hire is necessary to get around the island. This is the best place to relax and enjoy the local atmosphere. We were there in low season and had the best weather and the place to ourselves. The cooking school and the island tours were all excellent. Homestays are also available,

Room tip: We had the villas at the front but the family rooms are two story and look like they would have a good view.
Date of stay: June 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank Racheala
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

We spent 5 nights of our honeymoon at Niramaya and this was the best part of our 2 week honeymoon (we also hit Singapore and patong). The staff at Niramaya are clearly of 5-star standard, and a huge kudos to Lek and Vishyan for making our stay as good as it was – not only did we get along well with these two leading staff members/managers, but they always seemed to be around and shared their advice on what to do etc. The island isn’t too big so I wouldn’t recommend staying any longer than we did on it unless you plan on doing a lot of boat trips out to the various islands/regions in the vicinity, or literally plan to laze around in the same resort the whole time.
We luckily got a free upgrade to villa 9 which was in the back corner, which suited us as it was more private. These corner villas won’t have anyone walking past on their way to reception/the beach, and I caught the best sunrise i’ll ever see from the balcony in #9. All villas have a private pool, but use of a larger communal pool is also available, with ample space to lie out and read a book/sunbake/drink a cocktail on the deck-chairs surrounding the communal pool.
We were there in April and although mosquitoes were prevalent, we came prepared with spray so they didn’t really pose a problem for us. Climate was also quite nice/not too hot considering it was supposed to be the hottest month of the year.
Regarding our villa, the upstairs bathroom did have a rather bad smell most of the time, particularly in the evenings/night/early-mornings. Potentially an issue with the plumbing or maybe just the hot weather. Upon voicing this to Lek, the resort manager, he offered a change of villa but we declined and put up with it, making use of the downstairs bathroom more often.

We hired the resort scooters for 3 of our 5 days which were a lot of fun. I read a lot of bad stories/warnings about scooters in Thailand, but this island is great for them as there’s only really 1 main ringroad (c.a. 15km round trip) and zero traffic. They were great to explore the island – we doubled up and only had to fill it up once in 3 days (3-4L capacity).

The breakfasts are great with choices of fresh fruits, eggs the way you want, cereals, coffee, juices, croissants, pancakes etc. Dinners there are also very nice – they bought in some fresh seafood one night and we feasted like kings.

Room tip: villas in the back corners are more private and won't have other guests walking past your front door. Number 9 is one of them (where we stayed)
Date of stay: April 2012
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Thank OzMinga
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