My husband and I chose Koh Yao Noi Island on our first trip to Thailand because of its small size and natural environment, a far cry from crowded Phuket and Krabi nearby. Koyao Bay Pavilions seemed to be exactly the place we were looking for. After arriving at the Phuket dock, we rode for 1 hour on a long tail boat with about 20 or so locals and arrived at the dock of the tiny island. Driven by tuk tuk, we were introduced to the island, which has a few small resorts, restaurants and a little town.
I knew the hotel would be charming from the website, but NOTHING on this Earth could prepare us for the reality. We were met on arrival by Olivier, the French manager. He gave us a welcome drink and showed us the dining room and kitchen, and said the ladies who cook here are the best on the island and the food is fabulous. I can tell you now he is right. The cuisine is wonderful. Then he brought us to our "room", which is really a huge private bungalow constructed completely of teak, absolutely gorgeous. In front of the bungalow is a private open wall roofed pavilion with couches, hammocks, chairs. The massage ladies, who came by each afternoon, set up their mats here. The bathroom is amazing, enormous and elegant. All open to a private walled garden. Honestly I feel like I found myself in a photo spread in Architectural Digest. This whole piece of heaven is just steps from the beach across a small lawn. There are 3 of these bungalows which share a beautiful pool in front of them. There are other accommodations for families as well. The ocean is perfectly calm and VERY warm. In the near distance you can see many cliffs jutting out of the water. About 10 years ago they were adapted for rock climbing. We were the only people on the beach each day. The only sounds you hear are a motorboat engine far away and the waves. The hotel offers a range of activities such as kayaking, yoga, and cooking classes among others.
If you are looking for peace and quiet, a beautiful unspoiled environment, delicious fresh food, gorgeous accommodations and a great staff, look no further. Koyao Bay Pavilions has it all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between the natural shoreline, paddy fields and forested hills, a coconut plantation along an untamed and deserted beach shelters three Pavilions arranged around a central swimming pool. Two-bedrooms pool Cottages & Villas, particularly adapted for families with children, are within small distance from the resort... A haven of peace for nature lovers, in search of uttermost privacy and serenity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koyao Bay Pavilions Hotel Koh Yao Noi