First of all this is a review of the panorama villa , which is quite different than the straw hut that the rest of the resort offers. Not really luxury for the price paid, about $200/night low season, but HUGE and for the view it comes with is worth every penny. The two bedroom villa has a kitchenette, but bot much stuff to cook with, even the coffee maker did not come with coffee, and there were no other glasses or mugs other than the 4 red-wine glasses. There was a TV but not television :), no ice cube trays in the fridge (expected it so I brought my own), no paper towels, the list goes on and on, but I was able to forget all that because of the staggering setting around this place, you have to be there to believe it: leaning forward palm trees on the edge of the beach, calm clear and warm water, soft sand and the most spectacular view of the rocks and mini islands in the bay in front of the hotel, I couldn't get my eyes of it, all this coupled with sun shining and birds singing,making it a blissful total relaxation.
It's also nice that between low and high tide, the sea does not turn into a mud field, like that in other parts of the island or other hotels. If you are just a beach goer, not caring for parties and such, this is the place for you, very quiet and laid back, without pretensions. The only place to eat serves delicious food but only if you stick with thai, the western food we tried one night was kinda strange , the breakfast they have included in the morning is also plentiful, with excellent fruit (when they did not run out of it ). Prices for dinner were also very decent, for thai food, about $10 per entry , but western food will cost you twice as much if you prefer that. If you want even cheaper, outside of the hotel couple of hundred yards to the right there is a local restaurant that has good food and offers excursions too, at prices less than half that the hotel has, although for the second one I scheduled there they didn't send a boat to pick us up, ruing everything for the day, so beware, it's due to the locals who like most of the hotel staff barely speak English, only the girls at the front desk speak it but not fluently.
Anyway, a fantastic and unforgetable stay overall, I was there for over a week starting in the middle of April and it rained a little only the first 2 days and sunshine all other time, absolutely beautiful weather , although a bit humid. If you want to be pampered with luxury and fancy meals and such, go to the next door Six sense, they will gladly take all your money for that, but if you're just looking for peaceful endless beach that looks like your own private, no crowds and blasting music ,and the most gorgeous scenery you can imagine, then Koyao is the place to be.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Koyao Island Hotel Koh Yao Noi
- Hotel Koyao Island