We wanted to be near a beach for morning swims and snorkeling, where the water is clear, and still near restaurants, shops and bars. Settled on Mae Head and the Blue Diamond was the only cheap hotel on the beach there. The resort is really nice! We stayed in a triple bungalow, and our friends had a poolside room with balcony. Their room was bigger and had a more modern bathroom, but our veranda was the gathering spot for after dinner drinks. We bought a couple of citronella candles and lemongrass incense, and that made the evenings smell nice and be mosquito free. The resort has a sandy beach, which was nice, and a lovely restaurant where you can get a pretty bad American brekky. The Asian brekky was better (noodle soup, topped with yummy toasted garlic). The coffee was unbearable but the Coconut Monkey a few doors down served proper coffee so we survived.
There is a garden hose near the beach, usefully for swilling off the sand.
The pool was really clean and the grounds well maintained. I didn’t know until our last day, but you can keep walking out of town along the beach through a concrete path for a really long way, through the pricier resorts. Go in your swim gear with mask and snorkel, barefoot, to Janson beach, and drift home. There is a good sunken vessel to explore just off the Blue Diamond’s beach.
They should provide cushions for the wooden loungers on the beach, they are hard! The pool loungers are great, but they won’t let you take them down to the beach.
We would definitely stay here again!
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Diamond Dive Hotel Koh Tao