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Koyao Island Resort
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Ko Yao Noi
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“Relaxed, Friendly & Stylish”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

We loved the week we spent here, were made really welcome and would happily have stayed longer. Both the island and the resort are extremely friendly, relaxed and small enough to feel intimate but not claustrophobic and we feel very fortunate to have found both. The setting of Koh Yao Island resort is beautiful with majestic palms, sandy beach, dotted with coral and shells and muted limestone silhouettes jutting dramatically out of the Andaman sea. The beachfront rooms and grounds are stylish and well cared for. The resort (which catered for all our needs but didn’t feel ‘resorty’) rents mo-peds enabling us to zip around the island where so many people smile and seem glad to share their space with strangers. On enjoyable boat trips, we snorkelled and did 2 person kayaking through caves into concealed lagoons. We enjoyed cocktails at the bar, easy chat with our hosts and other guests, the whole experience feeling natural, classy and never too buttoned up. All the staff were friendly and service-minded. The very hospitable owner Jean-Michel was there, mixing with everyone and clearly regarded with affection by his staff. We definitely hope to return.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Management T, Guest Relations Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Thank you so much for sharing your positive feedback with us, we appreciate this very much.
It was especially nice to hear that you enjoyed the setting and location of the resort, we have passed on the message to our gardening team who work very hard to maintain the beautiful surroundings, they are delighted to hear your positive feedback.

Everyone here at Koyao Island Resort are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and made the most of your time here by exploring our beautiful island and all it has to offer.

We sincerely look forwards to welcoming you back again in the not too distant future.
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed at the Koyao over our honeymoon. We were looking for a place that would offer a chance to relax on the beach while also appreciating the native culture - we couldn't have found a better spot. The Resort itself is tucked away on a small island that still holds the flavor of a fishing village. The resort feels spacious and allows plenty of lounging areas for everyone to find there own place to lay in the shade for the day whether by the pool or along the ocean. The rooms are romantic, open air with the bed covered in netting. A large outdoor shower. And a big front patio with a couch and small lounge chairs to sit while enjoying tea or a beer while looking at the ocean. The rooms and restaurant are all close enough that you can constantly hear the rolling waves. At night, you can hear the crickets and frogs too. I know some who would have considered these things "rustic", but we loved it. We felt welcomed both by the resort and the island itself. The staff was friendly, the food and drinks were very good and reasonably priced and the grounds were stunning. We may fly back just to stay here in the future. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Management T, Guest Relations Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Dear CAWeekender29

Thank you very much for writing this wonderful review.

We are very delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us and that we met your full satisfaction.

It was a pleasure to welcome you at our resort and we are looking forward to seeing you again in the hopefully not too distant future here on Koh Yao Noi.

Kind regards

The Koyao Island Family
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

When I arrived at Koh Yao Island Resort I asked myself: "What will I do here the next days". Eight days later I didn't want to leave anymore! When you arrive you feel immediately silence, calmness, just a peaceful place. Koh Yao and especially Koh Yao Island Resort is not at all to party but it is a perfect place to relax, calm down and recharge your life battery. The resort has a small bar, but around 10 pm it was quiet and dark in the resort and you just listened to natural sound as palm leaves in the wind, waves, etc.
The bungalows are very nice, clean and have an "open" design and architecture, e.g. with outdoor garden shower. The view from the veranda or bed to the Phang Nga bay with all the rocks and small islands is just unique and amazing! In only a few steps you reach the nice beach of the resort. As probably everywhere in Thailand the cuisine was delicious, I had no reason to go out for dinner. The spa area is small but sufficient to me, I had very good massages and my back felt better every day. With mopeds or more sporty with bicylce, offered by the resort, you can discover the small island with some nice places to have a rest. Last but not least: tourism is a people business and the staff at Koh Yao Island Resort was very friendly, relaxed but very attentive.
Take some good books with you and store your favorite tunes on your MP3 player and relax, relax, relax. I am looking forward to go back to Koh Yao. To be continued...

Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Management T, Guest Relations Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Dear Sildinho,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share this wonderful review.

I am happy to hear that you could fully enjoy your stay after your first concern.
It is true that some people are asking themselves how they will spent their time here but as you mentioned our resort provides several excursions, free rental bikes and kayaks to discover the island by yourself. There is plenty to do on Koh Yao Noi so that you never get bored on the island.

Your kind comment will also be passed to our stuff and we are all looking forward to welcoming you the next time at Koyao Island Resort.

Kind regards

The Koyao Island Family
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Luzern, Schweiz
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

We spent 3 nights, early November, at the wonderful resort.

The Resort is not in a touristic place on Kho Yao Noi. The Hotel es perfect to relax. There is enough place around each Beach Villa so even the Resort is full you feel nearly alone.

The staff was very friendly, the Beach is great and it is very quiet.

The food was good but not the best we had on our Trip in Thailand.

We will definitely go back to the Koyao Island Resort - Thank you all for the great relaxing stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Management T, Guest Relations Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Dear AndreasSteinman

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this kind review.

We are happy to read that you had a relaxing stay with us and will pass your wonderful comment to our staff.

We hope that on your next visit in Thailand you will get the best food in our restaurant.

Thank you again for your comment.

With kind regards

The Koyao Island Family
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Östersund, Jämtlands Län, Sweden
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

My first time here and it will not be the last. This place got everything I’m looking for in a high class resort. When I arrived I first saw the view over the beach and all the islands nearby and I got a nice greeting from the staff, I felt very welcome. They got a bar and a resturant with some great thai food, my favorite was the “Pad Thai” This resort is very relaxing and beautiful, especially in the evening when some type of lanterns light up the place and sets a really nice vibe. This place is great for a holiday with a significant other or a holiday with the family, I recommed this place!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Management T, Guest Relations Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Dear 989Robin53

Thank you very much for writing this wonderful review.

It was a pleasure to welcome you at Koyao Island Resort and we are pleased to hear that you will come back to Koh Yao Noi and especially to our resort.

We are happy to read that you have enjoyed your stay with us and the fantastic view as well as our food from the restaurant.

Your kind comment will be passed as well to our staff.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again at our resort.

Sunny regards

The Koyao Island Family
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

We stayed the second time at this marvelous and paradisiac place. After a one hour passage with a typical long tail boat, we were dropped right on the beach of the resort. The hotel staff and the receptionist again received us in a very friendly way and took care of everything. Staff is laid-back and this helped us to unwind within a short time. We had a beach villa, which was situated in a well-kept garden with lots of flowers and old palm trees in a traditional open style, approx. 50-80 meters off the beach, which gives you the feeling to be in the midst of nature. Great atmosphere! No locks, just blinds, a safe is in the wardrobe. Open air shower in your private garden. If you don´t like that open and close-to-nature-style you may stay at the panorama villa, with A/C and kitchen. On our first visit we had the panorama villa, but we prefer the open style more. The villas were clean and proper. Food and services are very good, kitchen offers sometimes a Thai buffet. We dined at the resort mostly. This spot is a place of calmness. If you are looking for nightlife and discotheques, this is definitively not the place to be. Spa is small but absolutely appropriate, staff is well trained, very polite and professional. Beach is very nice and the view to the bay and the rocks is gorgeous. While swimming in the sea you have to watch out for coral reefs particularly at low tide. Regrettably the seawater is not crystal-clear, so not a place for snorkeling. But you can take kayak-trips to explore the coastline. Or you may explore the island with its rice fields and rubber tree plantation by bicycle or moped (can be hired at the resort) within a few hours. You will experience the friendliness of the people. Don´t miss to see the sundown from one of the piers situated westerly of the island. This will be definitively not the last stay we made at Koh Yao Island Resort…..

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Management T, General Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Dear Thailito W

Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful comment and pictures.

We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay in one of our Beach Villa, which provides a truly unforgettable holiday experience.
It is true that our sea water is not the best for snorkeling but we provide several excursions, which includes snorkeling as well.

We would like to thank you again also pass your kind comment to our staff.

We hope to welcome you again in the not too distant future at Koyao Island Resort.

Kind regards
The Koyao Island Family
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

I am coming to KIR every 2-3 months over the last 5 years, so can say have seen several generations of staff and management. Still the atmosphere is great and once there you feel that all troubles are far away and you can concentrate on something “serious” , like checking what kind of bird is waking you up every morning, whether the tide is high or low to go out for an islands trip, thinking how to cook the fish, caught during a fishing trip, teaching your friend how to drive a motorbike etc etc.. And walking along the empty beach in the night under the Moon, accompanied by the sound of lazy waves, outdoor shower at night.. Koh Yao Noi + KIR, The place I will be coming to again and again. It has all you need for life.

Room Tip: My personal preference is the room above the SPA.. Open-plan, you can see everything, nobody can see...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Management T, Guest Relations Manager at Koyao Island Resort, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Dear STLZ07

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this wonderful review.

It is always a pleasure for us to welcome you back at Koyao Island Resort.

We are very pleased to hear that you are enjoying your stay over and over again.

We are already looking forward to seeing you next time at Koh Yao Noi.

Best regards

The Koyao Island Family
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Property: Koyao Island Resort
Address: 24/2 Moo 5, Ko Yao Noi 82160, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Yao Noi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Ko Yao Noi
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Yao Noi
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Yao Noi
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ko Yao Noi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Koyao Island Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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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