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“A fantastic getaway” 5 of 5 stars
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GLOW Elixir Koh Yao Yai
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   99 Moo 3 | Prunai, Ko Yao Yai 83000, Thailand (Formerly Elixir Resort)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Ko Yao Yai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dee Why Beach NSW Australia
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“A fantastic getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Not for those seeking nightlife but fantastic for those that would like somewhere peaceful and quiet. Koh Kao Kai is a very underdeveloped island 19 km from Phuket.

We stayed at this lovely resort for four days from June 10, 2012. The food in the resort was good and moderately priced. There are also some local places a short walk from the resort. The staff were exceptional and provided service with a smile.

The only problem I have is getting back there as soon as I can.

Room Tip: Make sure to take a tour of the island either on a bike or the tour offered by the resort.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in May (start of the rainy season) and the resort was incredibly quiet! Approx 10 guests. This was EXCELLENT for us but I would be slightly worried about not enough space by the pool or the restaurant service during the peak season. Although the pool bar may be open in high season.

We arrived and checked in with no problems, although I was disappointed that we didn't get an upgrade seeing as though there was no one there!

The room itself was a self-contained hut - very nice and kept very clean (outside shower which I really liked).

Our tips would be to eat dinner outside at sunset for a beautiful evening views, which is the same time as cocktail hour :-), also there was no one on the beach but we found a very secluded part any way where no one could see us ( behind the large rocks), the beach was dirty when we went because of the tides so maybe bring jelly shoes, although we did see jelly fish in the sea so I don't know how safe it was!

They only provided 2 free bottles of water a day and additional bottles were 60p each. This doesn't sound a lot but if you're having 8 bottles a day not including your other drinks it does add up.

BRING ANY EXTRAS WITH YOU you cannot buy sun cream, tampons etc without renting a motorbike and having embarrassing conversations with locals trying to act out what tampons are...and being handed a pregnancy test.

Absolutely would stay again as it was so relaxing, tranquil and completely different from Anywhere else we stayed in Thailand.

Room Tip: Pool villas looked nice but no privacy, so no skinny dipping!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Koh Yao Yai is only half an hour by boat from Phuket but it feels like it's another country altogether. It's quiet and beautiful and the local are very friendly. The hotel is peaceful and charming with a private beach and a nice pool. It's a great place to chill out and read some books or just watch the sea. The dive shop is run by friendly Czech guys who know their stuff and my friend who dived with them said the equipment was in very good condition. The evening yoga class is good for all abilities and watching the sunset as you do it adds to the relaxation.

If you want to explore the island by moped or by foot you should remember that it's a traditional muslim island so you need to dress modestly e.g. cover your shoulders. Not many people speak English but are happy to try and learn!

Finally, Niina the manager can answer pretty well any question you might have. Enjoy!

Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012 via mobile

Hotel is really nice, located in remote area of the island. The island of koh Yao yai is quiet in general, but this location doesn't have much near it apart from a few shops.
If you want a peaceful getaway not doing much but sun bathing then this is ideal, as the plol is nice and the beach is a few metres away. But apart from that there isn't much to do.
Rooms are good with a great shower. Beds were quite hard though.
There is a nice restaurant is you come out of the hotel dirt track, turn left and walk for about 200 metres. Cheaper than the hotel and makes a nice change.
Staff were friendly, Niina the manager was helpful and speaks fluent English which is needed as the other staff's English isn't the best.
I recommend this place for couples and honeymooners as it is a taste of true Thailand away from mad places like patong!

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

We booked 3 nights here, in the middle of our 12 day island hopping tour in Thailand. We stayed an extra night and abandoned our plan to go to Phi Phi, after warnings from people on Koh Yao Noi and here. This proved to be an excellent decision. The place is a haven. Far-away from any hustle and bustle, no hassle from the locals and no noisy motorbikes spoiling the peace. Although the place was full, it never appeared busy, most of the clientelle apparently preferring the quiet life of lying by the private pools, or on the loungers over-looking the sea. Rooms were well-maintained, roomy and private. Linen was changed almost too frequently, with beach towels included. The resort management (European) was well-informed and helpful, especially when negotiating cheaper rates than those available online, for our extra night. The only negative point was the restaurant. Service was often slow - especially if the resort had visitors from the flotilla companies, with 3 yachts arriving at the same time, causing us to have to wait over an hour for our meal. The outside tables could benefit from provision of sun-shades or a completely covered area as they were extremely uncomfortable due to the strength of the sun if having a late breakfast or lunch. No protection from the rain, either. I found the shower temperature was almost impossible to regulate, although my wife was happy with a 'cold' shower. There was a very nice English couple, working at the hotel, offering free massage, yoga and painting lessons, although they will not be there now, until next high-season. For us it's a short 1 hour flight from Penang to Phuket, followed by a 2 hour journey by taxi/ferry/taxi from airport to resort, so we'll be going back when we are in need of peaceful R&R.

Room Tip: We asked for a quiet room away from the pool and got one at the far end of the resort, at beach leve...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

Travelled as a couple. Stayed in April 2012.

Really dont have anything bad to say about the Elixir or its staff.

We were looking for an "off the path" place to stay which would offer "peace and quiet" and that is exactly what we found here.

As many have said there is a bit of maintenance to be done - namely the large resort pool needs some TLC (and from what we were able to piece together from the staff its on the "to-do" list during the offseason. Some of the Pool Villa pools need work as well - again it sounds like that will be done this offseason.

BUNGALOWS/ROOMS - were great - no complaints at all and the outdoor shower is a great feature.

RECOMMENDATION - if you can do so...splurge for a Deluxe Pool Villa. These are on the hill and offer a really incredible view of the sea and its surroundings - really great for Sunset pictures. Beach Villas do not really offer much privacy or peace (most people are lounging between these pools and the beach).

BEACH/POOL - due to tide (in April) we spent our mornings at the beach and the afternoons in the pool. As noted above the pool does need some work - hopefully they tackle this sooner rather than later as it is impossible to swim in the afternoon when the tide goes out. Its a shame they dont have happy hour at the pool bar or maybe its by design to keep the area peaceful for all visitors.

RESTAURANT/FOOD - we enjoyed a good mix, there is alot of "western" food on the menu which is good as there are some days you just want to avoid Thai all together. A bit pricey - with no real options of going elsewhere to get anything but all in all the food was fine.

ALCOHOL - if you have any visions of going to the store to get beer and have them in your room - sadly it is not an option as the community is muslim and alcohol sales are not permitted outside the resorts. Happy Hour - go for the Long Island Ice Tea.

DIVING TRIP - we opted for the James Bond Island outing which was ok/good. There wasnt a swimming stop (which during a hot day is definitely needed)...the kayaking through the mangroves is really cool (be prepared to tip your paddler), the stop at the floating community was neat...James Bond Island is JAMMED with people. It wouldve been good to stop for a swim - even if it was on the outter sand bar that you can see from the resort.

All in all a great little hideaway - we arranged all our transfers through the resort - which allows peace of mind.

Room Tip: Definitely go for a Deluxe Pool Villa (up in the hills) - we had high tide in the morning (swim in t...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

5 stars scene, silence, peaceful and...under develop, which might be good for someone.

I stayed in room on the hill, next by the family suite, room is just ok, bed is hard but still acceptable, TV is so old and small, but we were not here for TV. Outdoor shower is fine, but it's hard to adjust hot/cold water since the water pressure isn't stable. Aircon is noisy.

Dont expect too much here, whole resort is lacking of maintenance, public pool and area are shabby, beach looks amazing but dangerous. so many broken beer bottles and cullet on the beach, the beach is most likely the resort private only but they don't pay any attention there. I cleaned a small area for a safety sun bath, collected all cullet aside and told hotel staffs to remove them, those cullet lay over there until I checked out.
You can also find fire ants around the edge of beach, BTW.

food is ok and you don't have too many choice, I stayed there for 10 days, feel like torture after 4 days. it is also pricy, but think about they need to ship everything from Phuket, take it.
Pool bar? what's that? are you talking about the ruins next by dirty pool?

Diving center operated by another group, I asked them for renting a pair of fin, the baldhead staff was rude and disdainful, I think they only serve professional customers but not rookies.

gym was under construction when we were there. I don't expect anything for that.

The only thing worth to stay here is the view, otherwise, nothing.

Room Tip: prepare a backup plan if you want to be there.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 99 Moo 3 | Prunai, Ko Yao Yai 83000, Thailand (Formerly Elixir Resort)
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Yao Yai
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Yao Yai
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Yao Yai
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ko Yao Yai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — GLOW Elixir Koh Yao Yai 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
GLOW Elixir Koh Yao Yai is an ideal island resort situated on a peaceful and private beach on KohYao Yai in Phang Nga. The 35 midscale all-villa property sits on a 300-meter stretch of beach just steps away from the glistening Andaman Sea.GLOW Elixir Koh Yao Yai is the first GLOW by Zinc resort worldwide and the third property in Thailand.The resort features 35 private suites/villas in contemporary tropical design with a rustic island style set amongst lush tropical gardens. The unique island layout provides each of the villas with a stunning sea view and direct access to the enticing beach of the Andaman Sea. ... more   less 
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