We just finished 5 nights at the Koyao Island Resort. It was not nearly enough! Our 3 kids and 2 adults stayed in unit 15, the one with the best location in my opinion (it's the one in the first picture on the resort). The waves literally were lapping about 8 feet from our unit. The kids could play on the beach in front of the unit under the shade of trees for almost the entire day. A perfect set up!
The resort itself is spacious and doesn't feel crowded. Centrally located is the the bar, restaurant, main pool and check in area. Spread either side of this are the beach side villas. At the far end is the second pool and the larger villas. There is plenty of space and even though most units were occupied during our stay, things never felt busy.
The resort manages to combine a rustic setting and design with luxury. For example, our unit was essentially outside, with a roof to keep the rain off. Yet the beds and bedding felt luxurious and the lack of AC was no problem as fans were provided for use as needed. The resort has tons of character missing from large resorts, yet enough luxury to feel pampered during your stay.
The staff and very friendly and helpful. Our requests were quickly met and things such as transportation and tours were reliably organized. There are any number of nice touches while staying here : two free massages were included for us, breakfast is included in the rate as was unlimited free bottled water. Additionally, the usually run one or two free activities, like Yoga or a boat trip each day.
We took two boat trips directly from the island. As the sun was strong and we have three pale kids, we stuck to the half day trips but they were well worth doing. Ask for Yone as your guide on the boat trips. He was friendly, knowledgeable and never rushed us - he made sure we knew that we could move on only when we wanted to.
Here comes one or two negatives : the pools are not suitable for children who cannot swim. The restaurant has no kids menu. The beach is not of the calibre to be found in Phuket and the water was quite murky during our stay.
This is however going to be our go-to place for vacations in SE Asia, until at least we find somewhere even more amazing.
- 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