I have a love/hate relationship with Charm Churee.
When you arrive at CC, you realise that your in a jungle. If your older or have a walking impedement, this is not the resort for you as there is an immense amount of walking to and from ammenities within the resort and its up and down hills like i have never had to climb before. However...
On arriving, we managed to change our room to 30A. What can i say...absolutely amazing location. Uninterrupted view of Nang Yuan Island and the water and shared walk down to a small rocky beach...shared with only about 4 other units. The unit was completely privtae and the water was so clear and full of vibrant fish that i was gobsmacked when i took my first swim. However...your paying purely for location here. The accomodation is rustic...and by rustic, i mean bamboo structure, no TV and at night, we had the horrendous task of listening to all sorts of live animals playing cat and mouse games on our tin roof. A giant water spider on our toilet paper on the first night in the bathroom was a ghastly surprise, but again...your in the jungle.
Despite all this, i love the location and the private beach at Jansom Bay. So prvt and protected, the snorkelling was amazing and i couldnt get out of the water since there was sea life everywhere, from feeding schools of fish on coral to even a blue spotted sting-ray. Absolutely heaven.
I will be back i am sure, but only due to the location and Margo and her team, including Ben at the Charm Churee Dive shop. They made our experience truly worthwhile and we survived on snorkeling and scuba diving for 5 days, wishing it was longer.
All in all, loved the place and a little hint..take your own mossie spray...the buggers are the size of mice over there. Also, be wary of organising excurision through the hotel as we did a fishing trip which was a disaster and the long tail boats are easy enough to hire from Mae Haed harbour and a lot cheaper than through the hotel. Also, there Starlight restaurant is a very pricey, but a beautiful location. However, we found the Elvis bar at the beach was great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Founded in 2002, Charm Churee Villa plans to develop our resort to be the best for our guests. Charm Churee Villa is located on a 300-Rai (120 acres or 48 hectares) seaside piece of well preserved jungle, facing west. With more than 1,500 meters shoreline, the estate consists of 4 beaches. Pak Bung (which means Morning Glory) Bay is the most northern beach (about 10 minutes walk from the main pier) consists of sand, gravels and rocks, it is about 80 meters in length. The next beach southward is Jansom Bay, which is another 5 minutes walk from Pak Bung Bay (named means Moon-Like) is around 160 meters wide consists mostly of sand, huge rocks, corals and colorful fish. Perfect for snorkeling. Neptune is the next one down south; about 20 minutes walk from Jansom Bay. Neptune, one of the best kept little secret coves in Koh Tao, consists of mostly rocks is perfect for private sun bathing with small sandy beach. It's approximately 80 meters in length. Last but not least, is a twin: Sai Nuan beach I and II. It's mostly sandy beaches with a set of big rocks between them. Sai Nuan I is a sandy beach with the width of 240 meters and Sai Nuan II is a little smaller. This shoreline estate is not only known for the well kept jungle land, but also its pristine underwater world. Along the 1,500 meters coast consists of several famous snorkeling and scuba diving sites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Charm Churee Villa Hotel Koh Tao
- Charm Churee Hotel
- Charm Churee Resort