We arrived in Phuket almost an hour late because our flight had been delayed and immigration was slow to process us. The airline had actually run out of landing forms and we had to fill ours at the airport.
We took the honeymoon package which included airport transfer and the guy from the hotel was there to pick us up when we arrived. The trip to the pier took less than 20 minutes through the Thai roads.
The pier to the island though took about 45 minutes, and we were in what seemed to be a boat transporting food to Kho Yao Noi. The boat ride wasn't much to shout about but nothing much to complain about either. The people were friendly and nice and we arrived at the pier 45 minutes later thinking we'd be at the resort. However, the resort was about 30+ minutes by van from the pier. The journey through the picturesque Thai Countryside was nice, but I'm from Malaysia so this was like a drive back home. Too far.
However, once we reached the Resort it was excellent. They upgraded us to the hillside pool villa with a big pool and fantastic view and privacy. The beach was better than anything on Phuket island, although it's a bit too rocky to swim in. The Resort had at most 5-8 couples and we shared 250meters of beach front. It was a private as it could get during the peak november period, I loved it.
Food was excellent. We had a great bar-b-que dinner with traditional thai dishes on the first day and fantastic authentic Thai food on the second. The prices in the hotel are a bit pricey, so I recommend you take the package, or be prepared to spend around 600-1000 baht for dinner for 2.
The next day we headed up to Ko Khai, which was excellent. The best part about the resort is that it's just 15 minutes from Ko Khai, so we could go there by a long tail boat, far more romantic than those speedboats you see all around. The boat man, even stop us a bit far off from the island to go snorkeling in Jelly Fish infested waters, fortunately we weren't bitten although I got a little too close for comfort to one Jelly fish. The boat man actually stopped his boat and grab up a jelly fish...with his bare hands. My wife and I were both shocked, but she seemed too busy taking photos of it.
The ride to Ko Khai was so nice, we decided to do it on the second day too. It's a beautiful crystal clear water beach filled with fishes. I really had fun feeding the fish, it felt like a feeding frenzy and I think the fish forgot how to swim , as they were so slow I could actually swim with them.
The beach at sunset was magnificient and dinner (and breakfast) by the beach is fantastic. You get these in Phuket as well, but none these private. I loved it.
Now some cons, because we stayed in the hillside villa the water pressure was a bit low and we never managed to utilize our bathtub, which was beautiful.
The Pool was a bit dirty, but that is because it's an outdoor pool, there's no way around it. That being said the deck chairs and the beautiful tree growing through our villa providing shade...is to die for.
On our way back, we took a short 10 minute ride to the pier and a 1 hour ferry to Phuket. It was a different pier. Ask for this if you're not interested in long rides through the Country side.
Overall, I had a great time in Elixir, and I would recommend it to anyone. It's much more private than the rest of Phuket, for a better price.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Elixir Hotel Koh Yao Yai
- Elixir Resort Koh Yao Yai