Koh Tao: The “Other” Greek Isle

As I began researching for a place to stay on Koh Tao, I knew that I wanted to stay somewhere romantic, somewhere beautiful, and of course, somewhere safe. I didn’t want to stay too far from town as we were planning on diving frequently throughout our stay, yet I wanted to avoid staying right in the middle of the action on Sairee Beach as it can be quite loud at night thanks to all of the popular beach bars scattered along the shoreline. Hell, I’m getting picky in my old age, and I’m not even that old… 😉

Aminjirah

After months of thoughtful consideration, we decided to book a room at the Aminjirah Resort. An island-favorite, family run, cliff-side resort located about ten-minutes north of Sairee Beach, this resort boasts 23 unique rooms ranging from basic backpacker rooms to spacious villas with your very own private plunge pool. We specifically booked the Sunset Ocean Dream Room because it was spacious, had an incredible cliff-side balcony, and was adjacent to the resort pool. It also included A/C and hot water (these are not always standard amenities in Thailand), had a mini-fridge, a large flat-screen TV, and included daily breakfast.

Aminjirah

Aminjirah

Aminjirah

The picture on the left is the view out of the bathroom window… so incredible.

Aminjirah

A quick peek at the budget-friendly rooms

Aminjirah

My communication with the resort staff was always prompt and helpful–from my first email to inquire about availability, to scheduling our pick-up at the Lomprayah pier–and during our stay, the staff continued to impress us as they were always happy to help, no matter the request. Stellar service and large pool-side rooms aside, this resort earns its island-wide reputation thanks to the incredible infinity pool:

Aminjirah

Aminjirah

Aminjirah

The vast panoramic views leave you pondering if you accidentally walked through a portal and magically teleported to Greece. Although this location is much quieter (and a lot less crowded) compared to that famous sunset view in Oia. The views from the infinity pool were postcard worthy and let’s face it, every instagrammer’s dream. 🙂 Every afternoon as the sun inched closer to the horizon, we relaxed in the poolside loungers or on our private balcony, and watched the incredible sunset from one of the best viewpoints on Koh Tao.

Aminjirah

During our stay we ate at the on-site restaurant multiple times, and although pricey for Thailand, the dinners were delicious. The breakfast buffet ranged from yogurt, to fried noodles, to omelets, and was just okay (although if I were paying for it, I would have looked elsewhere).

The only criticism I have for this resort is a few small maintenance issues–minor improvements that would instantly give the resort a more polished feel–things like hammering down the few nail heads sticking out of the baseboards, addressing the dim lighting in the bathrooms, and touching up the chipped paint around the resort.

When we booked this resort I was hesitant about staying so “far” from town, but at the time, I reassured myself that a ten-minute walk to town was manageable. What we didn’t consider was the smoldering heat…that ten-minute walk into town was pretty brutal (and we were going down-hill). The bright-side is that the resort provides a shuttle to town at 11am and 3pm daily, and there is also a vendor next door renting motorbikes.

Aminjirah

The Aminjirah is not a five-star resort and does not pretend to be, however, if you like smaller, boutique, off-the-beaten-path kinds of resorts, you will also enjoy the charming Aminjirah. If you don’t feel like staying so far from town, visitors can enjoy the infinity pool and those instagram-worthy sunset views by spending 1,000baht ($30USD) at the on-site bar and restaurant.

When you travel do you like to stay in the middle of the action or off the beaten path?

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    • July 13, 2015 / 9:37 PM

      Thanks, Jamie. The sunsets were so colorful. Definitely some of the prettiest sunsets we’ve ever seen.

  1. July 14, 2015 / 9:49 PM

    Aloha Krystle

    Good piece young lady. I like your presentation of the Aminjirah Resort, looks like a place I would want to stay.

    It is good that you mentioned the heat. I recently turned down a trip to Thailand because I remember the crushing heat.

    Oh, if I may make a suggestion – put captions on all of your pictures. I’ve been told that if viewers read anything, it will be the picture captions.

    A Hui Hou,
    Wayne

    • July 20, 2015 / 10:58 AM

      Hi Wayne.
      Great tip! I also like to keep my blog posts around 500 words or less to keep my readers engaged. Too long and they tune out, not long enough and you can’t capture all of the details… 🙂
      I think if you visit Thailand at the right time of year the heat isn’t so bad. The locals told us that June was one of their hottest months in the Gulf of Thailand. Maybe next time we’ll try February or March.;-)
      A Hui Hou!

  2. July 19, 2015 / 8:36 PM

    To answer your question, I love staying in budget friendly, off the beaten path places. I much prefer them to classy hotels. I always say I love local over luxury. This place looked wonderful with the sunsets and pools. I loved the steps. Our stay in Thailand was heat crushing as well, except when we went ziplining in the mountains of Chiang Mai.

    • July 20, 2015 / 10:56 AM

      Wanda,
      Thanks for your comment. The Aminjirah would be just what you are looking for. For myself personally, I like staying at a mix of places… I like the hidden gems but a little bit of Luxury is nice every once in a while too! 🙂
      I wish we could have gotten up to Chiang Mai, however, two weeks just wasn’t enough time. We will get up to Northern Thailand on our next trip, I really want to go to the Elephant Sanctuary. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

  3. July 22, 2015 / 5:27 AM

    Looks gorgeous! Sounds like you had a fab time! Can’t wait to travel to Thailand 🙂

    • July 22, 2015 / 9:08 AM

      You’ll love it. I want to go back and do more diving! 🙂

  4. Keirstin Ritchie
    July 22, 2015 / 6:41 AM

    Looks like a beautiful spot!

    • July 22, 2015 / 9:39 AM

      It was very beautiful.

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