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“Great time at Koh Yao Island Resort” 4 of 5 stars
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Koyao Island Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   24/2 Moo 5, Ko Yao Noi 82160, Thailand   |  
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Perth, Australia
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“Great time at Koh Yao Island Resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Fantastic stay - our room was simply heavenly with incredible views of the beach. Highly recommend hiring a scooter and driving around the island, or using one of the free kayaks at the resort to paddle out into the endless blue! Meant to be rainy season when we went but barely trickled once.

Essentially have your own private beach, the water is always warm! An infinity pool to spend time relaxing and a bar to enjoy a few cheap cocktails. The owner and staff are incredibly friendly - on one day a soccer game was organised in which all the staff and the majority of guests joined in, fabulously uniting experience - and this was in off-season! Might be better to lodge in the on-season as their appears to be more activities held every night.

Only negative were the prices of the food and excursions - if you do a little research you can find much cheaper options around the island (snorkelling and kayaking tours, restaurants and massages). Also the price of hiring a taxi compared to hiring a scooter for the entire day is incomparable - if you have little experience with one don't worry, their easier than riding a push bike.

Also while off-season can be much cheaper, the island is almost asleep! Most of the restaurants we wanted to visit were closed so you may have to consider going when it's high season.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I have always loved little island getaways..through recommendations, made our way from Phuket to Koyao on a 30min speedboat ride. The weather was excellent. The view, simply breathtaking! Highlight of our trip, Koyao Island Resort's friendly and charming General Manager Miss Regina Salzmann - thank you for a wonderful experience on the island..we will definitely be back!!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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KoyaoIsland R, General Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Dear Rachel

Thank you for taking the time to post this review. We are delighted to hear that your and your husband enjoyed your stay and I will pass on your kind comments to the team

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your personal recommendation, which has already resulted in another guest reservation. It is very much appreciated and please rest assured that your friends will be looked after.

Thanking you again for your kind comments and we look forward welcoming you back in the not so distant future

Best regards

Regina Salzmann
General Manager
gm@koyao.com
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

The most wonderful place and in such a fabulous location. The bungalows have so much character, whether the spectacular views of 'garden' bathrooms. The staff were wonderfully friendly and helpful, although the dining staff need just a little more guidance. Well done Tom for such suitable attention, without being overly friendly.

Sitting in the pool with the breath-taking views was such an amazing experience, whilst strolling along the private immaculate beach was so special.

We unreservedly recommend this to anyone, whether families or honeymooners.

We loved it so much..

Room Tip: Go fro the bungalows...wonderful
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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KoyaoIsland R, General Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Dear Guests

Thank you very much for taking the time to post this nice review. We are dlighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and I will pass on your kind comment to both Tom and the team.

Thank you also for your comments about the service staff. With Tom placing great emphasis on staff training, we aim to constantly improve our service standards.

Thank you again for your kind recommendations which are very much appreciated and we hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you and your family back in the not so distant future

Best regards

Regina Salzmann
General Manager
gm@koyao.com
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012 via mobile

I stayed at the resort with 3 friends in August 2012. The location is absolutely superb, on the beautiful island of Koh Yao Noi. The food, whilst more expensive than in Bangkok, is absolutely delicious (which helps when you are a good half hour's walk from the nearest restaurant), and the breakfast, included in our rate, very filling.
We stayed in a family villa - very romantic, with walls on the side, open at the front with roll-up shutters, and a beautiful outdoor rain shower.
It is so relaxing to be able to fall asleep to the sound of the sea.
The service is exceptional, even by Thai standards. Regina and her deputy Tom go the extra mile to make you feel at home, and all the kitchen and bar staff are attentive without being constantly on your case.
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Phuket, this is the place for you, whether you're a couple in love, a family, or a group of girlfriends.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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KoyaoIsland R, Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Dear Ladies

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review and a personal thank from Tom and myself for your kind comments. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed you stay so much and I will pass on your kind comments to the team.

Thank you also for your recommendation of our family villa, which is a very good option for a family or friends travelling together.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind recommendation, which has already resulted in another guests arrival. We sincerely appreciate your support and hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back to the resort in the not so distant future.

Best regards

Regina Salzmann
General Manager
gm@koyao.com
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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

it's a beautiful place, i went there with my friends and family. it is a beautiful place and very peaceful, it is a great retreat for everyone. the food is very good and the spa give the best massages. i really think that i will return again next year because i loved it so much.

the rooms are great, all by the beach and the ocean view is fantastic!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KoyaoIsland R, General Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Dear Isabelle

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are delighted that you, your family and friends enjoyed your stay with us and I will pass on your kind comments to the team

Thank you also for your kind comments about the food and the spa, which is very much appreciated.

I am delighted to hear about your plans to return next year, which is the best compliment we can recieve. Please do not hesitate to contact us direct and I will be delighted to personally look after your reservation

Best regards

Regina Salzmann
General Manager
gm@koyao.com
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China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Spent a week there early this year with the family. Had a wonderful time. Beautiful resort & area. Was exactly what we wanted with very friendly staff. Definitely to be recommended.

The boat pickup was not cheap, but made a wonderful start & end to the holiday.

A couple of notes: The rooms are rustic / natural (some creepy crawlies in the open air bathroom). The hotel is also isolated, the best way to explore is either Kayak (free from hotel) or scooter (can be rented from hotel) which might not be to everyone's taste. Both of these items however added to the charm of the place for us!

Room Tip: Older rooms / huts nearer the restaurant looked better.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KoyaoIsland R, General Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Dear Guests

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and I will pass on your kind comment to the team.

I am also happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience by arriving by our traditional longtaill boat direct to the resort. It has proven to be a very popular choice amongst our guests.

The open air concept of the resort sometimes does invite small visitors, but I trust you were not disturbed as it is unavoidable on some occasions, although we are doing our utmost to keep unwanted visitors outside.

Thank you also for pointing out the availability of complimentary kajaks and mountain bikes available in the resort, as well as the opportunity to rent a motorbike. It certainly is the best way to explore the charm of the still unspoilt island of Koh Yao Noi.

Thank you again for your kind comments and we hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back to the resort in the near future.

Best regards
Regina Salzmann
General Manager
gm@koyao.com
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Frankfurt, Germany
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

My partner and I spent 15 nights here in July 2012, which is very out of the ordinary as most only stay a few days. The new General Manager had a brilliant impact in the time we were there, which coincided with her starting and I think the resort has a wonderful future with her at the helm. I would say though that the Thai food was too tuned to a western palate for my tastes and unfortunately the owner arrived with an entourage taking over most of the place whie we were there and managed to destroy the peaceful harmony we discovered when we arrived. You are in the middle of nature though and given the island setting things like luke warm water in the shower have to be expected, so it might not be to everyone's tastes. That said we would have extended another 5 days if Thai Airways had let us!

Room Tip: Room 16 is the Sea Breezes suite pictured on the website, note is is above the Spa and next to the r...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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KoyaoIsland R, General Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Dear Guests

Thank you very much for taking the time to post this review and a personal thank you for your best wishes. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and I will forward your kind comments to the team.

Together with our new resident manager, we have now been in the resort for a few months and have had the opportunity, with the support of our owners, to review improvements in various areas. I am pleased to advise that the menu has been improved, so hopefully on your next visit you will be able to feel and taste the changes.

We do sincerely appologise that you and your partner felt temporarily disturbed but hope that the overall experience was still peaceful and enjoyable. Your recommendation for our Sea Breeze Studio No 16 is very much appreciated.

Thank you again for your kind comments and we hope we will be able to welcome you back in the not too distant future.

Best regards
Regina Salzmann
General Manager
gm@koyao.com
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Address: 24/2 Moo 5, Ko Yao Noi 82160, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Yao Noi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 4 hotels in Ko Yao Noi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Koyao Island Resort 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our villas are built in the original Andaman Sea - gypsy style which is optimal for comfort and for the environment. We have used unique local resources with a traditional background while still maintaining, if not surpassing, all modern standards. The mangrove palm leaf roofs of our villas breathe and do not store heat, and air conditioners are definitely not needed.All villas have an undisturbed, spectacular sea view of the famous Phang Nga Bay and can be opened up to the stars at night - and in the morning the rising sun shines onto the beds. ... more   less 
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