We stayed at Tenta Nakara for 3 nights before heading to Bangkok and it was heaven! We were lucky enough to be one of two couples staying at the resort, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves which really added to our island experience. To get there you have to charter a longtail boat from Ao Por pier in Phuket which costs around 500 baht each way. As soon as you jump off the boat into the beautiful blue sea you are in paradise. Ao (think that is how you spell it!) meets you from the boat and takes you to check in. She is one of the main staff who speaks good English and was so helpful throughout our stay.
The accommodation is on wooden stilts with a traditional Thai thatched roof but the actual room itself has a tent interior that attaches to the wooden structure. This overall effect feels like you are staying in the jungle and was a truly unique experience. The bungalows have an outside bathroom with concrete walls, so you can shower in the sunshine! You do need to be a bit more careful of mosquitos here though as they get you despite spraying loads of repellant. Outside the tent there is a wooden walkway that goes around the room and has benches and a hammock to relax on, which is really nice when you want to get out of the sun, and has fantastic views of the bay.
The resort does not have electricity so when you arrive you are given an oil lamp for light. This does mean that there is no fan or air con either and as we went in the high season it did get quite hot at night. This is no problem at all though, and we really enjoyed the feel of getting back to nature. There is a generator for the restaurant however, and this is a good place to relax and have a drink and some great food. The staff are very helpful despite not all speaking English, and whenever we arrived for breakfast, lunch or dinner, they would all rally round to get us whatever we wanted. As this is the only restaurant on the island for you to use, the menu is quite advanced so that you don't get bored. They also serve alcohol now since the owner built the new bar in July 2008.
The beach itself was one of the most beautful we saw in Thailand, largely due to being so unspoilt by tourism. We were lucky enough to be the only people on it for the times we were there and it was so romantic. You do need to be careful though as there were some pretty sizey jellyfish washed up on the sand but I don't know whether we just happened to be there in the jellyfish season.
There are some tours available that the hotel organises but we didn't go on any as we didn't realise that it was a cash only resort and we had only bought a little with us which was unfortunate. There is not a lot to do other than relax, read a book, swim in the sea and eat the great food, which was perfect for us but not for those who are looking for nightlife. Overall we absolutely loved our stay and would return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Possibly the only Luxury Tent-Island Resort in Phuket. The limited use of this small-unspoiled Island hideaway enhances the genuine feeling of inner peace. Guests are provided with oil lamps and candles used for light while electricity are generated and used only in the restaurant area. Luxury tent accommodations under the palm trees and the stars in permanent tent structures comfortably furnished with wooden floors, raised 6 ft. bed, en suite bathroom. Chill out at your own outdoor terrace. All units have magnificent view of Phang Nga Bay and stunning beauty of surrounding islands. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tenta Nakara Hotel Thalang
- Tenta Nakara Phuket, Thailand