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Haad Yao Villa
Reviewed October 1, 2013

Where is excels:
Really nice and clean room, hospitable staff, quiet location.
Close to a 7/11 so you can easily buy missing stuff,
they do laundry very quickly and cheap so no need to bring too much stuff.
Nice porch to sit together in the night after coming back from events

Where it falls short:
Bed is too hard.
No included breakfast, and the breakfast they DO have is expensive compared to close resorts, and without fresh coffee.
high prices on Booking.com,
Wifi is unreliable,
location is problematic in terms of transportation (if you don't rent a motorbike).

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Gil Z
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Clean and spacious rooms with great wifi. Staff is reeeally nice and extremely helpful. The hotel restaurant is located right on the beach and serves nice Thai dishes. You can lay on your back after a meal and enjoy the gorgeous sunset. There isn't too much to do in Haad Yao, but you can rent a motorbike from the hotel for the price of 250BHT/day and explore the island. Basically Haad Yao Villa was our excellent base camp for Koh Phangan.

The beach isn't the best for normal swimming but good for snorkeling. 7/11 is just around the corner and on the other side of the road there's Crave, a popular Canadian burger joint. Overall we recommend this hotel!

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Gusse C
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Nice a/c bungalow. Clean. 50 steps from a beautiful beach. Restaurant nice cheap food and friendly service. Substantial free breakfast included. Rented a scooter from the hotel desk, everything went smoothly with this. Nice bars and restaurants in walking distance. Beach restaurants are all lovely. As you come out of the resort you will find Haad Yao Longe and Fitness which is actually predominantly a restaurant bar so don't let the name put you off! Beautiful Thai food ran by a dutch guy and his thai partner. Crave burger bar opposite ran by Canadians if you fancy something western. And you must try the rasta bar which is absolutely hilarious. Loads of Thai islanders convinced they are bob Marley with dreads and black tans passing spiffs around and jamming very crap music.

Very good hotel and location and beautiful staff.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank GarethR2
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Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

First of all the location of the resort on this amazing beach is perfect. I'll miss having breakfast at the beach. The food is the best available in the area. Try a mango banana smoothy and the thai red fried curry!! The staff is very friendly and works so hard. The room was specious and clean. I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank Marjolein K
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Good clean hotel with friendly staff, right on the beach. Do not use haad Yao travel next door (not part of the hotel) they will rip you off. We rented a bike for one day and they wanted us to pay for scratches that were already there. They refused to give us our passport back until we paid. Be warned!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank Anna3490
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

I stayed at Haad Yao Villa for 2 months earlier in the year, having moved from the resort next door, Haad Yao Beach resort, which was a great disappointment. I have booked to go back to Haad Yao Villa in September and will be staying on and off until April. The staff are charming, the rooms clean and the location superb. As a solo traveller I felt completely safe and was made to feel very welcome. Haad Yao is not for those wanting 5* amenities but rather for those wanting to 'kick back' and chill, or in my case, to write.
It has with enough western facilities to ensure you are never too far out of your comfort zone. The rooms are simple but spaciousThey are cleaned and sheets are changed every 3 days. They come with a TV, aircon a fridge. All have a terrace or balcony and the sea is never more than 50 metres away.
The restaurant serves a mix of Thai and western food and, while it may never achieve a Michelin star, provides good fresh food and excellent service.
The pool is excellent for lapping, though perhaps not the best for tanning, but with a white sandy beach on your doorstep that is hardly a problem.
Best of all are the staff who are kind and courteous, attentive to your needs and who make you feel part of their family.
If you are looking for a little piece of home while you are away, Haad Yao Villa is a must.

Room Tip: The rooms downstairs have double beds. Upstairs rooms have twins.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Boots180
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We stayed here for 6 nights at the end of our Asia trip. We booked in advance, paying a 50% deposit via paypal and also booked a taxi pick. We received the automated email replies so had to assume everything was in order. When we arrived at the pier there was no one to pick us up. We paid for a taxi to the hotel. They then said that we had not booked a room. I had to prove this with showing them my emails on my phone. The mix up was all cleared up and we got on with relaxing on the beach.
We stayed in a deluxe bungalow which was very nice and clean. It was very big with a good shower and also a TV. The hotel is in a brilliant area of the island, very laid back with excellent beaches / coves to explore.
They have a restaurant bar right on the beach which has a big menu. We ate and drank there everyday at some point. But there are many other options along the beach. The staff are very helpful and very very friendly. They went out of there way to make sure our holiday was special.
When we left they organised a free taxi back to the pier as compensation for not getting the taxi pick up. This was kind of them.
We loved our time here and would stay here again. Tip....try the 'after eight' ice cream cocktail....immense!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank David S
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Address: 53/3 Moo 8 Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
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Ranked #152 of 383 Specialty Lodging in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range: $24 - $55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Haad Yao Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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