The Tacola Resort & Spa3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
This place was great! It was a fabulous deserted retreat from the hustle and bustle of the common tourist spots. I had the beach to myself and a beautiful villa. I highly recommend Tacola to those looking for a secret private getaway! Some parts of the facility could use better upkeep, but from a girl who stays in hostels, I must say it was fabulous.
Outdated buildings, some of the roofs leak, but the rooms are clean. Breakfast is OK (though not great), but don't bother with any of the other meals - they have no idea what they're doing. Also, when we visited in the rainy season, the whole island was deserted. One small store and one restaurant were open - besides the hotel itself.
We arrived to Ko Kho Khao late at 6 pm with no hotel bookings, we rented a motor bike in one of the shops of the pier (on the island side - 200 THB/day). Then we took the main road to find a hotel we visited 2 hotels and were closed due to low season, then we found Tacola resort, the entrance and reception looked promising, after checking a couple of different rooms we decided for a front beach bungalow, the manager was sincere and said that it was the same price as the regular bungalows due that the private pool was out of service. The room was very good, clean sheets, decent mattress, pillows didn't smell and the overall setting was good, however as we started using the toilet and bathroom, the signs of poor maintenance were evident. The shower head was falling apart and the water was spraying everywhere (but I must say it was fixed next morning), the toilet was constantly dripping water (into the bowl) therefore every two minutes it was refilling. The cold water had a soil smell, however the hot water didn't smell and the bath had stain marks of the dripping tabs. The good stuff: Aircon was very good and it didn't blow in your face, so we had a very cool nice night. Towels were clean and they provided a good amount for the pool and room. The mini fridge was big and quiet, no items in it besides the complementary water bottles. The room was big and very comfortable with an area for reading/watching TV and a small dinner table setting. During the day the room had plenty of natural light. Breakfast was good and included in the room price (1500 THB), it was supposed to be mini buffet but they gave us a fruit plate, a simple but big salad, eggs, sausages, bacon, ham and bread, along with tea or coffee. The restaurant food was absolutely delicious, we opted for Tom Yam soup and fried rice... twice. The not so good: The hotel has a big potential but is now poorly maintained, you can see it in the restaurant, the paths, the overgrown weeds around the rooms and light fittings. the swimming pool area "looks very nice" but when you get close is a different story, the bottom of the pool is dirty, although the water looks clean is also is missing chlorination. Sun chairs are functional but in poor condition, colours are fading and the fabric tearing apart. The gym is functional but rusty on the surface. Communication: 3G is available 3 bars out of 5, wifi is also available for free with a decent speed. Transport/location: you need a motorbike to move around, although the Hotel has a shuttle bus, some places are better going by yourself. You can actually drive on the beach very carefully. We went to Sunset beach (north west corner of the island) and drove on the beach to the river delta. There is a Tsunami muster point 100 metres away from the hotel, the building is more than 5 metres elevated from the ground and has another two levels on top (as a recommendation we always kept our bag Tsunami ready just in case). Mini markets are located in the pier where you can also get gasoline and only one ATM (up to 20000 THB in one transaction). If you are with kids, this hotel cannot be recommended due to the bad condition of the swimming pool. You better check the sunset beach resort, it has a very nice swimming pool and a child friendly atmosphere, I'd say is the best one of the island as we check all of them. This hotel is actually good if you are planning to go out and explore the island the whole day. But not as a resort.
We stayed at this hotel two years ago and it was already a bit shabby then, it hasn't gotten any better. It could be absolute paradise if they would only renovate the place, especially pool area and bathrooms! However the rooms are generally clean, the sheets are lovely and the breakfast is decent. The beach by the hotel is fantastic, there are no people and the beachside restaurants are good. If you want to get away from people and have a nice relaxing holiday this island is perfect - just pick a different resort.
A real disappointment, ha a massive pool, really needs a re-furb, the beach is awesome but neither pool nor beach has any service, none so if you would like a drink, no chance. Rooms where really great, nice and big, the deluxe lake view is not deluxe, the lake stinks and is not a great view. Rooms where clean and big and bathrooms where only just nice, but not dirty. You get the feeling that your in a ghost town, we where told the place was full, at capacity, yet there was noone around. The breakfast is bellow average, for this alone I would no suggest this place, I won't even explain it was that bad. There is a heavy presents of both Russian and Chinese. On average I would suggest an overal paint, pool refurb, upgraded kitchen and menus. I have travelled to Cambodia, vietnam and all over Thailand and this place was the most disappointing. :( I didn't hate it here but I didn't love it. If it rained here I would have been devastated.
The hotell is ok but needs a good overhaul. Rooms are ok but cleaning and freshness is lacking. Pool and decking is in urgent need of repair. Garden around bungalows is nice and well keept. Personel is helpfull and very kind. Breakfast is plentyfull and fresh, thou bread is a bit dry and boring. Its sad to see what coud be a realy nice place who could score another star and good revues with just some TLC.
When we were here 2 years ago we thought we'd found the perfect place. Kho Khao Island is wonderful remote, not touristy at all yet with all the good features of a nice thai holiday (endless beach, tropical scenery, nice restaurants at the pier, nice people and unspoilt nature). This time everyhing was still there yet the hotel was a total let-down. The management had changed, and the majority of guests were Russians. There seemed to be no maintenance of the hotel anymore: the gardens overgrown, the beach dirty with garbage (empty bottles etc) which had not been removed for days (we checked), the sand overgrown with plants which limited the already small number of (partly broken) beach chairs even more. The water in the pool was so murky one couldn't see the bottom. Also the quality of the rooms had changed considerably after two years: the mattress was old and the bed was creaking so loudly that whenever someone turned it was wake-up time. What else: dust on side-boards, broken lamps, and the cushion on the porch furniuture was in such a state that we preferred not to sit down. Some of the roofs of the bungalows looked like huts in a shanty town since the hotel didn't even bother to replace the palm leaves with which the iron sheet roofs were covered originally, the pools of the "private pool villas" remained empty . I could go on with more dirty little details but I think the picture is clear: the whole place is so run-down and without care and maintenance - it's depressing. We moved out after one night and went further up the beach into "The Kib" where we had a wonderful time. All people considering going to Kho Khao - do it! It's a beautiful. But DO NOT book Tacola. It's a total rip-off. Shame on the people responsible for letting a wonderful place deteriorate to such an despicable level.
We came to The Tacola looking for a week of relaxing and bathing, which it's ideally located for. It's got a great strip of beach facing the beautiful Andaman sea in the west (you'll catch some lovely sunsets if the weather allows for it!). We were looking for an area that didn't feel like a tourist ghetto, and while Kho Khao is fairly quiet it's certainly not an untouched gem of genuine Thai culture either. A big part of the small island's economy seems to revolve around gift shops and tourist taxis. And the hotel itself was a let-down for us. The restaurant was the most expensive we encountered in Thailand, and the least impressive. For dinner the only alternative was a 300 BHT buffet. Once a dish ran out they apparently never replaced it, so if you came late to the restaurant it was more of a collection of sad empty trays than a buffet. This coupled with multi colored blinking mini-light strands and some guy singing covers of 70's hits in broken Engrish (the same songs every night) meant we soon found other places to eat. Luckily there's a fairly good selection of restaurant within a few kilometers from the hotel. The rooms looked great at a glance, but once we looked closer they were simply filthy. Layers of dust everywhere, weird looking discolorings in sink and bathtub (all the porcelain was matte and sort of rough to the touch), unidentifiable yellow and brown stains on the textiles, cockroach poo in the curtains, fuzzy spider egg balls on walls and ceiling, mould on the walls (and in the electric kettle!) etc. It had just been raining when we arrived, and in the bathroom water was literally running down the insides of the walls. One of the electric sockets had water running all over it, leading down to a puddle on the floor. How's that for safety? We also had no hot water, and soon discovered there were ants living in the walls. We immediately informed the staff, who promised to take care of it. The following day we still had no hot water, and there were ants crawling all over our towels, clothes, inside our toothbrushes and all throughout our luggage. Then we were offered a new room. The new room had many of the same features as the old one, but there were less ants (apparently they didn't actually live inside this room, they just wandered in through the many cracks and openings) and it had hot water (enough for about three minutes worth of showering, as it turned out). We noted that two of the bathroom windows were missing mosquito nets. When we told the chief receptionist, who was showing the room to us, that everything from mosquitos to lizards would come into the bathroom and we would like them to put up the missing nets her response was "Yes, yes, insects come in. You want room?". Her solution to the problem was to keep the door closed to the bathroom so the mosquitos wouldn't enter into the bedroom. At this point we were just tired of it all and accepted the new room. As it turned out, stuff did come through. Mosquitos, spiders, lizards and giant wasps all came through. At night we always went to the bathroom in the dark as to avoid attracting more bugs than necessary. There were also plenty of cockroaches. They were in the curtains, on the floors, in our towels and in our pillows. We talked to some of the other guests who shared their cockroach-hunting stories with us, so ours was obviously not a unique experience. All in all the hotel's one saving grace is the beach. And they have a tennis court, a pool table and some other recreational stuff. But would we go back? Not likely.
Although it´s quite new it lacks in maintance. Definitly not a four star hotel but quite ok 3 star. Friendly but rather inexperienced staff. Good location, 10 minutes walk from the pier with shops and restaurants. Nice beach. To get around the island you need a motorbike. Good way of exploring unspoilt beaches with virtually no people at all .Actually cheaper to rent at the hotel since "half day" means 12 hours! Beware of the "poolvillas" - absolutely not worth the money. If you are going here from Sweden it´s a lot cheaper to buy a flightchair from the chartercompany (Apollo) and then deal with the price directly with the hotel.
Tacola Resort is located on secluded Ko Kho Khao Island, getting there is not hard but still has some adventure feeling to it. From Phuket or Khao Lak take a Taxi to Ban Nam Khem (take a left from Route 4 about 5 km south of Takua Pa) Pier. There, load your luggage on one of the taxi boats (20 Baht/Person), once on the island take a taxi to Tacola (100 Baht max.). You will find yourself on a beach several kilometers long, sharing it with only a handful of others. The resort is very modern, rooms are spacios, we had one of the "twin pavillions", which could be best described as bungalow duplex. The rates were surprisingly low (1700 Baht during Peak Season). Tacola is right on the beach, and there is also a huge pool with a swim-up bar. Cool! The kids pool unfortunately is a little too deep for children under 4. Breakfast buffet is great, but lunch and dinner prices are definitely above avarage. However, there are two beach restaurants right next door and it is only a 15 minute walk along the main road to the pier village with plenty of reasonably priced restaurants and several small supermarkets. Caution: Mini Bar prices at Tacola are steep, and so is laundry service. Bad style: All food and drink prices do not include tax and service charge, so always add 17%
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
- Outdoor pool
- Business center
Located in Ko Kho Khao, The Tacola Resort & Spa is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Baan Nam Kem Tsunami Memorial Park. This 3-star resort has 103 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Takuapa Hospital is 7.8 mi (12.6 km) from the resort, which is on the beach.
In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge.
All of The Tacola Resort & Spa's 103 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including balconies, refrigerators, and minibars. 29-inch TVs are available for entertainment, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Coffee makers, safes, and phones are also standard.
Guests of The Tacola Resort & Spa enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. Staff members can help with accommodation requests, and provide a safe deposit box at the front desk. Other amenities at this beach resort include a terrace, laundry facilities, and a garden.
Reviews from Trip Advisor
59% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 35 reviews