We stayed at Ban's for a week on our honeymoon. We originally only planned on the 4 days it would take to get the scuba certification, but then we kept extending it.
Our room had a/c and was pretty and very comfy. We found the service incredibly nice and helpful. We liked that having the garden view, with its jungly trees, gave us a feeling of more privacy even when our curtains were open.
The restaurant was also surprisingly good, with good Thai and good Western food. They have great BBQ skewers at dinner. Later on, there is live music and dancing, but we were always too tired from a day spent diving that we never had the energy to stay up that late!
The diving is obviously what sets this place apart. I took my Open Water course here; it took 3.5 days. My instructor, Mario, has been teaching for 14 years and he was fantastic. I felt very safe with him, and he was unbelievably patient with me even when I had some difficulty with one of the required skills.
You get a good deal on the room if you go diving that day. After I finished my course, we stayed several more days and did some fun dives. The dive sites are beautiful (but crowded). We JUST missed seeing a whale shark one of the days we were there.
I loved the Sairee Beach area and never had to go into the town (Mae Hat) for anything.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Owned and operated by a local family Ban’s Diving Resort has a very special family oriented hospitality that keeps customers coming back year after year. Within our resort are all the amenities needed to make your holiday on Koh Tao both comfortable and fun. Our facilities include a dive center, beach front restaurant, Darawan Restaurant, spa and hair salon, 24 hour mini mart, 4 swimming pools, and the Fish Bowl bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ban`s Diving Hotel Koh Tao
- Bans Diving Hotel
- Bans Diving Ko Tao