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GLOW Elixir Koh Yao Yai
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Ko Yao Yai
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Reviewed July 23, 2011

The Elixir Resort, created in 2006 and meant to be a 4*- 5* accommodation, benefits wonderfully of its unique location at a pristine beach on the all but touristy island of Koh Yao Yai. This island, situated at a 30-min. speedboat ride from Phuket, offers the visitor a totally opposite image of Southern Thailand than the one found on Phuket Island. Of course, Phuket also offers a number of great beaches and (some) patches of unspoilt nature but the tourists, and the tourist industry in its various forms, is literally omnipresent here. No such thing on Koh Yao Yai. On this sparsely populated, and dominantly islamic island, you’ll meet locals, young and old, living in their mostly traditional wooden houses, and only very few foreign visitors will cross your path. This greatly adds to the quality of this long-shaped island (hence its name, meaning Long Island). Green is the dominant colour, through its original nature, together with rubber plantation and rice-paddies which you’ll also find on your discoveries on Koh Yao Yai.
The Elixir Resort still has a lot to offer to the visitor wanting to get away from it all, aspiring for quietness and an original Thai feeling. Its setting on a 400 m private beach, and facing Phuket in the west, is magnificent and will guarantee some spectacular sunsets, if the rain doesn’t spoil it… The beach itself offers excellent quality golden sand, good swimming opportunities and nice patches of natural shade, but it would even be better without the remains of broken bottles here and there…
The resort was initially meant to be a 5*-accommodation, but to a certain degree, some lack of maintenance makes it vulnerable to inevitable criticism by the more discerning traveler. The rooms have a nice layout, some original architectural features, and almost everything was in good working condition. But a number of minor and less minor issues downgrade the overall rating of the room facilities. The aircon is ok but somewhat noisy, there is only an outdoor shower (which is pleasant only if it doesn’t rain) with no hot water, the room has a DVD-player but only an old-fashioned TV, but our main negative comment regards the poor quality of the mattress. There is no real bed, only a mattress put on a higher wooden floor level, but that’s no big deal. But the mattress itself is not comfortable, considering its metal springs you can distinctly feel once you try to get asleep…
The mini bar provides the usual stuff, but prices are quite high. Considering this is an Islamic and thus non-alcoholic island, drinks have to be imported, resulting in higher prices. The restaurant drinks are equally expensive and so is the food, if you consider the not so large portions. Food quality was satisfactory, and there is a quite large food selection available. We would rate the breakfast – consisting of 3 set choices – only average. Bread and croissants were not that “daily fresh”, and coffee was quite poor quality.
Some other things :
- The resort offers free wifi but only in the activity center (run by Chech staff, including a diving center) and in one segment of the restaurant.
- The swimming pool is certainly ok but the pool area lacks maintenance.
- Pick-up and drop-off at the pier (coming from Bang Rong pier on Phuket Island) was well organized.
And one last but important factor : the staff were all very friendly and helpful, trying to accommodate us in the very best way.
To resume : the visitor looking for isolation and quietness, a great natural setting on an unspoilt island, great water sports activities (weather permitting…), and an original and friendly accommodation will find this place a “heaven on earth”. The client looking for top class rooms and prime facilities will not be happy to the same degree. The choice is yours to determine whether you belong to the first or second category …

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

We stayed at Elixir for only one night, but it was leaps and bounds above the other resort we stayed at on the island. Elixir is one of the two best (and only) resorts on the island. Koh Yao Yai is an island that you should research extensively before traveling to it. The pool and grounds are absolutely gorgeous. The staff cleans the beach every morning, which is really necessary because this part of Thailand has a bit problem with litter and glass bottles washing up. The swings on the beach were a great touch. Everyone was very friendly and we wished that we had stayed at Elixir form the start!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 24, 2011

The Elixir was all I had hoped, the chalets were exceptionally well designed and mine had its own exclusive pool with a view to die for. It was clean and comfortable in a simple, stylish way. The staff were eternally helpful and did all they could to make our stay one that we will remember for the rest of our lives. We ate Thai food throughout our visit and it was of the highest standard. We used a speedboat to get there and I suggest getting advice on where and when to catch the best boat, we used the ferry on our return to Phuket and I made sure I was near a door, just in case! The island is totally untouched and the bay on which the Elixir sits is a dream with thick, exotic planting both stretching behind into the hills, and within the complex so that the Elixir is a part of the island and not apart from it.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 11, 2011

From the moment we stepped off the speed boat at Koh Yao Yai island, we knew we'd stumbled upon somewhere special. Having visited practically all the islands Thailand has to offer, I didn't think I could be surprised any more. I was, as usual, totally wrong! Koh Yao Yai is utterly beautiful and idyllic but without much to do on the island itself, the resort had a lot of pressure riding on it.

Thankfully the resort MORE than delivered. Set right on the beach, rooms were immaculately clean and beautifully put together. The private pools were gorgeous. There is a real attention to detail here. Someone has put this place together with care, attention, and a lot of love :)

The food, always a priority of mine, was OUTSTANDING. I have been working in Thailand for 18 months - this is some of the best Thai food I have had the privilege of eating.

Most importantly of all the staff were simply delightful. Made us feel so so welcome and comfortable from start to finish.

What more can you ask for????! Go!

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed April 28, 2011

Big rooms, good furniture, best view, with own swimming pool in the villa, and big swimming pool in the resort, also private beach, very good restaurant and so nice people working for ...

Place only for family, couple, without alcool, bars, night-clubs, to find good health again ...
A quiet and muslim island, we love it also ...

I will comment more later ...

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 24, 2011

We stayed at Elixir for one week and loved it. This place is great for people who really want to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and quiet. The staff were all really friendly and helpful through out our stay and picked us up direct from the airport- arranging all the transfers with no problem. We were able to use the pool and the beach almost to ourselves, sharing with only one or two other couples most days during our stay. We did hire motorbikes and explore the rest of the island which is great if you want to experience a part of Thailand not touched by tourism, it is still un-spoilt and very quiet. We found a place called 'activities resort' which is out of the elixir and on the left and here we found Teh (an extremely helpful local) who took us out for a day kayaking- which was great value for money- I would recommend a visit to activities resort as they do lots of other trips and visits. Overall our stay at elixir was excellent. If you are looking for a place to escape and relax I would recommmed a visit here!

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2011

We booked for one night and stood 7. The place is very nice, clean and comfortable. People are very Nice, excellent service In the Hotel and restaurant. When we left M. Utaih had organised all our transfer to the airport and as it was at 7 AM, a delicious picnic breakfast was waiting for as.
It was the perfect place to leave and visit. If you want to do some tours, you CAN or use the diving center of the Hotel but quite expansive, you are with a group so not very personal, or go outside of the Hotel, on your left, left side of the Road, Tourism www.kohyaoyaiactivitiesresort.com
Teh Will organize for you your private tours, much cheaper and you have thai guides. Diving center of Hotel are from tchèque république.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Address: 99 Moo 3 | Prunai, Ko Yao Yai 83000, Thailand (Formerly Elixir Resort)
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Yao Yai
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Yao Yai
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Yao Yai
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ko Yao Yai
Price Range: $97 - $272 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — GLOW Elixir Koh Yao Yai 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
GLOW Elixir Koh Yao Yai is an ideal island resort situated on a peaceful and private beach on KohYao Yai in Phang Nga. The 35 midscale all-villa property sits on a 300-meter stretch of beach just steps away from the glistening Andaman Sea.GLOW Elixir Koh Yao Yai is the first GLOW by Zinc resort worldwide and the third property in Thailand.The resort features 35 private suites/villas in contemporary tropical design with a rustic island style set amongst lush tropical gardens. The unique island layout provides each of the villas with a stunning sea view and direct access to the enticing beach of the Andaman Sea. ... more   less 
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