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Koyao Bay Pavilions
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   46/7 Moo 5, Ko Yao Noi 82160, Thailand   |  
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“Paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Where to start? By the very best quality of the staff, the delicious food, the stunning rooms, the beautiful garden, the best massages? We really got spoiled here and Olivier made our very special night at the beach, we'll never forget! Many thanks to you all!

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Lyon, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Koyao Bay pavillions is not a hotel nor a resort, it is more a guest house (3 or 4-star guest house). We were staying in the Taraa villa. Note that the pool is shared with another villa located few meters away from Taraa villa. The villa is ok, maybe a bit overpriced during peak season, especially because it does not include breakfast. We paid over 350€ per night. Also because the service should be improved compare to what you could have at that price (a real 5-star hotel). We also found that there is a big gap between what we paid for the villa (excluding breakfast) and the price of a beach pavillion (including breakfast + 2 hours of massage PER DAY). The host Olivier is very friendly. You will prefer to talk with him rather than the owner. Staff does not always speak english but that's not a problem. Their restaurant is really good and prices are not too expensive. I recommend to do your own laundry and own excursions. You willbe able to find laudry by walking 5 minutes feom Koyao Bay Pavillions at 50 THB per kilo whereas it is overpriced if you decide to ask the hotel to take care of it. For excursions, you can easily find a boat for 2800 THB max instead of the minimum 4000 THB the hotel is charging you. We had a pleasant stay even if it was not matching our needs/requirements in terms of service.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Crusoe78, General Manager at Koyao Bay Pavilions, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Dear ShenMueFan,

Many thanks for taking some of your time to write this review.

As much as we appreciate your feedback, we would have been grateful to read more specific issues in order for us to improve our service which you deemed not up to par... Or even better, letting us know of flaws during your stay would have allowed us to make sure your requirements were met.

Regarding the difference of price between the Beach Suites and the Villas, please let me emphasize on the fact that you booked a two-bedroom villa which can accommodate up to 6 persons (at a cheaper rate than the Beach Suites), and that we in fact offered you complimentary breakfast, because you were only two persons occupying the villa... We hope next time you will be able to enjoy our Beach Suites more suitable for couples, and whose rate include breakfast and massages.

One last precision regarding our excursions, if you allow me : while other operators may indeed be cheaper, in your case we were able to personalise your trip to nearby islets as well as to include the private transfer directly to your hotel in Krabi to meet your needs, which made it even cheaper than our usual price for private transfer alone !

All in all, I'm very pleased that you have mostly enjoyed your stay with us, and hope to have the opportunity to greet you again in our little paradise !

Warm regards,

Olivier Collineau
General Manager
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

After the horror at the river Kwai we were delighted to find this little pardise. Everything is very relaxed, but also very tidy and well organized.
The animals who live there are also very friendly. There is Georgy the cat who visited us on a daily basis, at nighttime we had a Tokeh living on the walls of our pavilion. And a hornbill family was living outside in the coconut palm trees. One day even a monitor lizard walked past our sala - exciting!
The restaurant is very good and we had some delicious dinners there. Breakfast is also very good. But after some days you wish it was a bit more varied.
We booked the "Robinson Package" with the daily massage, a boat trip and the thai cooking class at Minas house.
The massages were very relaxing. The boat trips they offer don't go to big touristy places but to small not so well known islands where you have maybe 5 -10 boats instead of 50.
The cooking class at Minas House is a big recommendation - we had loads of fun there!
(And our meal was also brilliant!)
The Island itself is also not so touristy. If you seek silence and relaxation this is your place to go. If you want partys go elsewhere...
Olivier (the manager) is a very likable person. He's very helpful - if you need anything just ask him. The rest of the staff is also very friendly and doing a good job.

Thank you very much for everything, and a happy new year!!!

See you some other time!

Sincerely yours,
Sandra & Daniel

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Seriously! That is if you enjoy nature at its best...beautiful grounds, nice little beach without crowds, umbrellas and beach chairs, and open air living. We stayed in one of the three beautifully designed open air beachfront villas and we loved it! Spacious, comfortable, and feeling luxurious without overdoing it. Every detail is so beautiful and meant to enhance what nature has to offer. Sleeping with the sound of the ocean and birds in the background, having our own little frog visiting the house daily, chilling in the hammock, hanging out on the beach, enjoying Thai massage in the sala, and eating delicious food at the restaurant - kept us busy for 7 unforgettable days. The owner George and manager Olivier make you feel at home and it is a pleasure spending time with them learning about their resort, Thai food, organic farming, nature and other world matters. Did I already say the food was amazing? We ate there 3 meals every day, and could not get enough of the food! Fresh ingredients - including home made bread, coconut cream, curry pastes, daily catch (seafood), individually cooked meals by talented cooks under the guidance of manger and/or owner. Long review, I know, but we loved it so much, we will be returning for sure! You should too...this is the place to stop and smell the roses, or frangipani rather:)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

It is a very relaxing and peaceful resort. Far away from crowds and somehow far away from everything ;-). The rooms/houses are very spacious (we stayed at a beachfront villa), wonderful to hang out in a hammock. The beach is rural, beautiful, very few people, a wonderful place to sit, when the night comes. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The overall impression is: rural, charming, familiar, informal, peaceful, somehow romantic. The long review by "paper duck" provides an excellent description....

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

We were so thrilled to discover Koh Yao Noi, and in particular Koyao Bay Pavillions. What a perfect place!

Having been to many other places in Thailand years ago, our family of 2 adults and 2 children were keen to try somewhere different. Wanting to avoid the main tourism centres and enjoy some of the peace and natural beauty of Thailand, we discovered Koh Yao Noi. And how pleased with our choice we were! Koyao Bay Pavillions are just like we remembered Thailand from years ago - and a world away from the large, crowded, noisy tourism driven resorts of Phuket etc. In a very peaceful and natural environment on its own private beach, Koyao Bay Pavillions provided a perfect, restful holiday for our family.

While the villas at the front of the resort on the beach were reserved for couples, our family had a large 2 bedroom villa at the back of the resort, about a 100 metre walk to the beach and restaurant. The villa was very peaceful and and there was plenty of room for the family to lounge around in the open air living spaces. The villa also had a small pool which was shared with one other villa. At most times we could have had the pool to ourselves, however, we found we did not use the pool much as the view from the beach was spectacular and the kids were so happy playing games on the beach. While the beach is rocky at low tide, at all other times it was a pleasant place to swim, relax and gaze out over the beautiful limestone islands of the Phang Nga Bay.

Did I mention the food? It was amazing! It was by far the best we had in all of Thailand - authentic Thai, prepared with fresh ingredients and the utmost care. You must try the banana salad! While we tried a couple of other restaurants, the food was much better at Sala than anywhere else on the island.

However, despite all the other amazing aspects of the environment and our stay what we most enjoyed about Koyao Bay Pavillions were the people. Olivier and his team were relaxed, charming and looked afer everything we needed, taking great care to ensure we had the experience we wanted. And as an added bonus, his two boys entertained our children for the entire holiday! My 10 year old children played like children again - there is no need for organised kids activities or electronic devices when you can ride bikes down dirt tracks, build crab houses, swing on a giant swing and circus rope on the beach and take a canoe on an adventure with four friends on board! They had an absolutely fabulous time, made great friends with the boys and already miss them terribly.

Overall, we would highly recommend Koyao Bay Pavillions to anyone who appreciates the natural beauty of Thailand, enjoys great food and wants to stay somewhere authentic and personal that really allows you to disconnect from the world and totally relax in beautiful, peaceful surrounds. We feel priviledged to have stayed at Koyao Bay will definitely return.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Such a pleasure to discover this place, for sure it worth it.
Far from Phuket and Krabi tourism business enjoy this place with very nice rooms and sea view.
Olivier and his team will welcome you, just for the best. Enjoy thai recipes with just 4 tables in the dining room. just relax, enjoy swimming pool and massage.A place to discover if you like "insolite" places, very calm during the day at night listen birds, frogs or unknown animals.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Address: 46/7 Moo 5, Ko Yao Noi 82160, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Yao Noi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Ko Yao Noi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Koyao Bay Pavilions 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between the natural shoreline, paddy fields and forested hills, a coconut plantation along an untamed and deserted beach shelters three Pavilions arranged around a central swimming pool. Two-bedrooms pool Cottages & Villas, particularly adapted for families with children, are within small distance from the resort... A haven of peace for nature lovers, in search of uttermost privacy and serenity. ... more   less 
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