Crocodile Rock is a great choice for its breezy location, simple but tasteful bamboo bungalows, good food and sincere owners.
The small bungalows are built out of bamboo rods with wooden floors and metal roofs amid flowers and trees at the end of the high eminence that gives the resort its name. The best one is set above a steep drop with a large porch bagging you unobstructed views, but they all have hammocks on attached porches with a measure of privacy.
Inside you get a thin mattress with mosquito net raised off the floor and a large wet bathroom with bucket-flush toilet. Electrical outlets are not provided in the rooms, ensuring that you’ll always find other guests to chat with during electronics-charging gatherings in the restaurant. The air is a little cooler here than down on the beach, which is a five-minute walk away.
The restaurant and bar with tables and floor cushions makes the most of the views and is easily the most scenic spot to grab a bite on the island. Striking a balance between laid-back and service-minded, owner Ton draws lots of repeat guests who often come for weeks or months at a time.
To get here, walk up the hill through Ta Dang Resort in the southern corner of Ao Yai and continue until you reach Crocodile Rock at the end of the trail. If it’s full, neighbouring Nature View is a quirky Canadian-run spot with decent rooms in a three-storey concrete structure built along the hill.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 11th January, 2017.