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“Very nice and rather cheap hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Baan Taranya Resort
69/8 Moo.4 Baan Klong Bon, Ko Yao Yai 82180, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Ko Yao Yai
Boom, Belgium
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Very nice and rather cheap hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Ideal for relaxing and taking a motorcycle trip around the island.
Do not expect a beach, the coastline is really tiny here and there and not so clean. But the hotel has a nice pool and you can rent a motorcycle in the hotel.
The manager is friendly, while we were more than an hour late for breakfast, he still did not charge us for our breakfast (early lunch).
Beautiful, clean, comfortable rooms and a very cute cat! :-)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for 10 nights in Feb 2013, and were quite worried before arriving because of some of the reviews on various sites. We were very pleasantly surprised when we arrived as it's a great little resort.

The rooms are all new, clean, and beautiful. The bathroom was pretty basic, but still much nicer than most places I have previously stayed at in Thailand.

The pool is very nice, and we spent many days just lying around there, swimming, and sunbathing. The downside is that they didn't seem to leave the pool cleaners running often enough so there were a couple of days mid-holiday when the pool turned a bit cloudy but was fine again afterwards.

The beach, as with all beaches on the east side of the island wasn't particularly nice. The sand is full of crabs and depending on when you go in the lunar month, the tide level varies drastically. However, the pool was so nice, we didn't see why you'd want to go into the sea there. There are some (2 nice beaches) on the west side of the island. One is where the Glow Elixir resort is, and that was lovely. White sand & clear water. Well worth a visit. The other is further up the west coast but a massive new hotel is being built there at the moment, so not worth visiting.

I definitely recommend hiring a moped / scooter when staying. The resort charges 400 Baht for pretty small taxi journeys, and you can hire a scooter for 400 Baht per day, so well worth getting the scooter. Petrol is about 50 Baht a little and you could travel the length of the island and back again on one litre. There are cheaper places to hire a scooter than from the hotel, but then you have to walk there to pick it up, and back again after dropping it off so we opted for the convenience of getting it at the resort.

The restaurant area is a mix of some nice wooden tables, some plastic furniture inside, and some very nice tables outside. In the evening, there is also some nice lighting in the gardens making it a lovely spot. However, the food wasn't particularly good when compared to other places and seemed to vary in quality from day to day. If the resort got a decent chef, it would be one of the nicest places to eat in the evenings, on the island. We ate at Ko Yao Yai village one evening which was very nice, but pricey with it. Glow Elixir mucked up our order and didn't understand much so we didn't eat there again. The best food was to be found at simple roadside places where there wasn't much to presentation but the taste and price was amazing.

We found the staff friendly, fairly helpful, and nice, but they hardly speak any English, which is a real shame. OK, I don't speak any Thai, but then I'm not trying to sell a service so they would do themselves a massive favour if they all learned a bit more. It didn't cause any problems for us, but we could see how it has frustrated some other people.

We found it so amusing that some people have complained about noises from animals at night. You're on an island, surrounding by nature!!! Yes, there are some strange noises, but nothing that bothered us.

There resort is next to a pier, which many local fisherman use so there is some noise from them coming and going on their scooters, and from the boats themselves. It was never to a level that particularly bothered us, but its best knowing this before booking.

When we booked, this resort was the best option for us as it offered AC in rooms, nice accommodation, and not extortionate prices. It meant we could use the place as a base to explore from and have more money in our pockets to use for excursions and meals. If the owner gets a new chef, plays a bit of mood music in the evenings, and the staff learn some more English, it could definitely compete more with the best resorts on the island, but being so close to the pier, it may be better keeping it's prices down to attract people.

We enjoyed our stay there and would stay there again.

Room Tip: All the rooms looked nice but if you want a view of the sea, you need to go for a honeymoon villa wi...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

bad workmanship, unfriendly & uncooperative staff, food and drinks insufficient - far from being satisfactory!

We arrived in the morning, the room wasn't ready. Not really a problem, we were too early. The hotel looks nice for the first moment. We checked in. The room was pretty, clean and big enough for two people. The wifi connection is really bad...(not the biggest problem at all), 2h later they told us that we're in the wrong room, we had to change the room. No assistance from the hotel staff, no idea in which room we had to move now.

We ordered some drinks and food, takes hours! What a poor crew. The tables are still occupied with dirty dishes from the breakfast five hours before. Later we saw some people in our room, we asked what's happend and they told us that the toilet is broken. The "technician" came after our repeated requesting. Now we're sitting in the restaurant since what seems forever and have no room and nobody will (or can) tell us anything. That's the worst staff I've ever seen! The staff displays an incredible arrogance and they don't speak English.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Terrible experience I had in this Hotel. The beach in front is awful, full of trash and there is a pier full of motorcycles ALL DAY LONG.
The rooms are tiny, shower is also a bad experience. And there was lots of noises going on nightime.
When I went on complaining to the resort's "manager" he started yelling and telling me to "shut up" (literally and I'm not exagerating).
Worst hotel ever. And TOO EXPENSIVE.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We stayed at this resort for three nights while visiting Koh Yao Yai and loved our stay here. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The rooms were spacious, bright, and very clean. We rented bicycles from the resort one day and cycled all around the island. It was fantastic! We also took a boat tour of the surrounding islands one day. This was also arranged by the resort. We took advantage of the lovely swimming pool every evening. It was so relaxing. We would definitely stay here again if we have the opportunity to return to the island.

Room Tip: There are only 10 rooms at this tiny resort and all rooms looked beautiful.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Its nice place beautiful garden and less rooms are very quiet. Unbelievable lazy stupid staff!!! They are sitting all days in restaurant watching TV thai serials, dont care about you. It is problem to make order its problem to get something!! Three days no clear room till we have to adk them. They cant change towels or clear glases! Dont understand english. Breakfast is always late and almost cold. We have photo where stuff sleep in rooms or swim in pool !!! Wrong experience in Thailand with servis! Owner of this hotel must by crazy.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

The resort was very beautiful, and seemed brand new. We had the first room on the hill in the back. I agree with anne the view from the 1st bungalow is ruined by the construction but from our room on the hill you see over it. The island its almost completely undeveloped which is the main reason we choose it over phiphi and it was fun to rent a moped and cruise around the island. The ladies who worked there seemed nice enough, but the guys were not friendly. The main reason I did not give it 5 stars was the service in the restaurant was bad, the food was decent but overpriced.

I would suggest getting a cab at the pier when you get off the boat as it is cheaper than going through the hotel. I used Bung 086-2675931 for the cab ride and he suggested a boat tour for us that was 1000B cheaper then through the hotel. The captains number is 084-4469175. I would definitely take a day boat trip regardless of who you go through.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 69/8 Moo.4 Baan Klong Bon, Ko Yao Yai 82180, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Yao Yai
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Ko Yao Yai
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Number of rooms: 10
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