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GLOW Elixir Koh Yao Yai
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Ko Yao Yai
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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57 reviews
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“Fantastic and relaxing”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is a great hotel for relaxing and lying on the Beach. The hotel area is clean and the staff helpful and smiling. A nice Beach but be aware that it's only usable when there is high tide. The pool area is nice but not huge if the hotel is full, which it wasnt when we were there.

There are some thing around the grounds that could use a Little bit of maintanence but I wouldn't say that it is run Down.

The foodprices are a Little bit higher than other Places but it's not too bad.

The best thing is that there are no hotels close by so it's calm and quiet when you are at the Beach. We had a fantastic stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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brisbane
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

We extended our stay from the original 3 nights planned to 6 as we absolutely loved this resort. Bungalows were immaculate. Beach was beautiful, private and very child friendly, swimming at high tide and beachcombing at low tide. Nice pool and good food. Staff was very friendly en extremely helpful. Special thanks to May for being our friend and showing us the local delicatesses. Also special thanks to Poh for al your efforts in helping us organise our further travels. Much appreciated. I hope we can come back soon.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

We stayed here six nights in January 2014 in one of the beach front villas. The island is calm and still authentic with only a few tourists. It is the optimal location for those, who want to relax in peace and do not feel the need to go out of the resort much.

The resort is beautiful and not too large, so that it was never too crowded and there was always a familial atmosphere during our stay. The location is simply like paradise, with a small little beach facing west and therefore with beautiful sunsets over Phuket. The infrastructure is luxurious and very well maintained.

The villa was fantastic with only a small lawn separating it from the beach. The lawn and beach are accessible for everyone but that does not compromise the privacy feeling in the villa and on the veranda. The furniture was comfortable, in very good shape and there was a nice outdoor shower to the back. The only small drawback was that the AC was a bit noisy, which can be a problem during the night for those who are noise sensitive.

General infrastructure of the hotel was also nice and adequate for a four star resort. The gym is basic but in a good condition with two treadmills and facing a beatiful little pond. The only restaurant serves a tasty variety of Thai and international cuisine during the entire day. The staff is very friendly and caring, however the English skills of some were insufficient. Especially in the restaurant and in the reception that was a problem sometimes. The manager is very friendly and made a very professional impression.

Room Tip: Take one of the beach-front villas they are worth every penn. However avoid the first one from the f...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

We were a couple - stayed for four nights. Booked via discount on Expedia.

We had a lovely stay. Enjoyed the clean and well maintained bungalows with outdoor shower. Restaurant and breakfast were great. Staff was friendly (May/Mei was especially fantastic!).

The only con was the beach - it was rocky with washed glass from the tide (from Phuket). The water is still swimmable, but we found the beach at Lo Pared Bay (also on Koh Yao Yai) to be much better.

Koh Yao Yai is a truly untouched, authentic island. Get out of the resort - the island has one main road which is paved and easy to get around. You can rent a scooter right outside the gate of Elixir for 250 bhat (rather than 500 bhat in the resort). With a scooter you can access some great restaurants near Lo Pared Bay (one overlooking the water with great noodles, the other within the Heimat Gardens guesthouse). We also booked a Mangrove kayaking excursion through one of the tour operators on the island (one third of the price of the hotel).

Loved our stay. Would come back to the island? Absolutely. Would come back to the resort? Probably. The debris on the beach would be our only hesitation.

Room Tip: We were fine with the standard bungalow. That was more than magical!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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Reviewed December 17, 2013 via mobile

This resort is laid back and provides total relaxation in a beautiful setting. The food is fantastic (and cheap by Australian standards at least) the service impeccable, the rooms are clean and the massages relaxing and a bargin. However, don't make the mistake we did by flying into Krabi and transferring from there....unless you want to go to Krabi first of course....if your purpose is simply to get to the island for some down time make sure you transfer from Phuket because coming from Krabi takes twice as long and if you miss the local ferry (it only goes twice a day) then the private transfer will cost you a lot. The hotel is also very family friendly....

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Esbjerg, Denmark
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

We wanted to go 'off the beaten track' and maaan we found it when we went to Koh Yao Yai. This resort was quiet and romantic, where we just spent a whole lazy week chilling out on our private deck. It was so quiet, and there wasn't loads to do within the resort - but that was just what we wanted. Chilling out with some wine watching DVD's in the cosy, luxurious bungalow. The food wasn't entirely suitable for a vegetarian, and there wasn't much variation. We ended up walking to the nearest village for dinner one night, which was fine. Just watch out for the dusk sneaking up on you, and definitely watch out for snakes!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Phuket, Thailand
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

I can't remember when was the last time I came back so relaxed form a weekend. Glow provides everything one needs to recharge and refresh. The setting is stunning - a lush tropical garden right by the sea, next to a lovely strip of white sand beach. The sunset viewed from the beach or from the bungalow terrace already make the trip worthwhile.

The rooms are clean, tastefully decorated and comfortable. I especially enjoyed the big, wooden terrace with a bathing tub and the outside shower.

The staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. I live in Thailand and I know quite a lot about different kinds of Thai smiles but the ones I encountered in Glow were genuine and friendly. The waiting staff in the restaurant has a bit to learn but whatever little they lack in skills, they make up for with friendly, generous attitude.

And then there is food - the Thais dishes prepared by chef Scott are a level up from any other traditional Thai delicacies I tried in Thailand. He sticks to the authentic recipe, uses local produce and proves all over again that Thai cuisine is among the world's best. The seafood is amazing - you can actually see it being unloaded by the fisherman on the beach. There is some great western choices too but I believe in eating locally.

Talking about locally. The Yao Yai island let's you glimpse the authentic, rural Thailand with a lovely, colorful Muslim twist. Fisherman villages, rubber tree plantations - well worth exploring.

In short - I wish I could stay longer....

If you need rest, a getaway, a break - Glow Elixir is the place to go.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Property: GLOW Elixir Koh Yao Yai
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 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Yao Yai
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Yao Yai
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ko Yao Yai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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