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Koh Yao Yai Village
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Ko Yao Yai
Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed April 28, 2011

I have stayed in lovely hotels before but this one beats everything. The bungalows are very spacious, the place is very well maintained, the staff is very helpful and the swimming pool is just OUTSTANDING!
It is not a place where I would stay for a long period because there is not much to do but it is an ideal spot to relax for a couple of days. I would definitely recommend hiring a motorcycle or bicycle to discover the island. It’s a pity that they don’t have a more detailed map of the island…

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 27, 2011

These islands between phuket and Krabi are yet to be overtouristed so don't expect much to do. This is a place to hang out at and read books etc. They will do local tours but if you start to ask for interesting things you will find that you are sent back to phuket first (eg. Phi Phi island tour).The infinity pool is very very nice curving round staring out at the bay and this is where you will hang out. (The beach is shallow and tidal...it will not be stunning white sand with the mangroves but due to less people around might have less rubbish than the mainland..people explore the beach then swim in the pool. The villas have an airconditioned concrete mosquito proof box as the bedroom with the traditional thai thatched villa built around it. You can sit out under the fan in the open plan during the day but have an escape if it gets too hot or mosquitoes appear....maybe the best of both worlds. (I have stayed at the eco friendly Kohyaoislandresort and the romance of hiding under the mosquito net in the evening lasts only a couple of days). People complain about the food in some reviews. It is acceptable but the prices are what you would expect at a four star resort in thailand....starters around $6 simple mains $8 (european stuff upt to $20) soft drinks $2 (while the cheapest street pepsi bottle I saw was $0.33). There is variety enough to survive 4-5 days. The kitchen is small so expect to enjoy the view over a game of cards if you come last. There a little other options as this is a nice quiet island (bascially go to a different resorts restaurant) so I guess they could have charged anything they wanted but showed some restraint. They cook nicer food if you book a meal or are on a menu plan (told it was very very nice) as they know what to buy and can take time making it. I assume the australian beef steak and Lamb provencal is very frozen and best avoided.The transport in relies on the local speed boat ferry then the bus. ( A traditional long tail is three times slower). It is still only a couple of hours from an international airport. The spa is up and running with one busy therapist. The library have enough books to help pass the time. The rooms satelite TV normally works. There was no free internet (they will sell you access) but you are suppoesed to be on holiday anyway. For any nervous people nobody died on these islands due to the tsunami and the resort was high enough not to have any of the main buildings affected.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 21, 2011

The hotel grounds, facilities and rooms are all superb, with the best pool I've ever had the pleasure of using in a hotel. Rooms are also excellent, spacious, very tastefully designed and full of nice touches like classy dressing gowns, sarongs and a beach kit-bag, and very comfortable beds. The expansive and well tended hotel grounds included some small rice paddies and other crops and livestock which are fun to explore, especially with small children.

Service was also excellent, with every member of staff we dealt with friendly, polite and very helpful. I got the sense that they were perhaps a bit understaffed, but not ridiculously so.

The island of Koh Yao Yai is large but very undeveloped, and we had a fascinating tour around the island arranged by the hotel which included a delicious local lunch, a demonstration of how one of the island's main crops - rubber - is farmed and processed, a small jungle trek, a visit to a lobster and fish farm and plenty more exploration of the island and its various villages and industries.

The beach in front of the hotel is pretty far from the best Thailand has to offer though. The view from the hotel and the pool is absolutely stunning - but get down to beach level and it's pretty messy, muddy and rocky. This didn't bother us too much as we were happy to use the hotel's pool and sun-loungers - but those who like to sunbathe on a pristine tropical beach will be sorely disappointed.

The biggest letdown with the hotel was the food though. We looked at the menu on the first evening and saw a list of all the usual Thai fair: phad Thai, chicken green curry, etc. - but hardly any seafood, which was slightly odd given our position on a tropical Thai island! We explained our disappointment at the lack of seafood to the waitress, and arranged for the staff to go to the local pier to get fresh seafood from the fishing boats for us each day, which was excellent, beautifully fresh and cooked very well. But if we hadn't made this special arrangement we would never have known about this option and would have been stuck with chicken, beef, etc. every day - which is, presumably, what most of the other guests would have had. So why not advertise this 'catch of the day' thing to all customers? I can't imagine we were the only people who had longings for freshly caught seafood as we arrived on our beach holiday in Thailand.

Another example, breakfast was pretty good, but only had instant coffee, not really acceptable in a 4 star resort in my opinion. I think the worst thing of all was "fresh fruit shakes" being served with cartoned fruit juice! There were coconuts growing of dozens of trees throughout the resort, yet a coconut shake we ordered (which cost 120 Baht, by the way, about £2.40 and 50% more than the price of a small beer in the hotel) used canned coconut milk! Mango shakes used cartoned mango juice - we were right in mango season, fresh mangoes were served at breakfast, so this was also pretty poor form in a hotel of this standard.

So, food was a bit hit and miss but had touches of class here and there, such as the excellent seafood we arranged for.

Overall, the pool, hotel grounds, rooms and charming staff made this an enjoyable stay. We had some good meals - albeit with some effort needed, but things like the "fresh" fruit shakes and instant coffee do grate a bit. If they take a serious look at their restaurant and the food and drink which is served, this would become a great hotel.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 22, 2011

just returned from 4 weeks in asia had 5 days at yao yai village . the island is totally unspoilt its like seeing thailand as it was 50 years ago , friendly people, totally magic. our stay at the resort was perfect the rooms are great large outside living area very clean and it gives you a tropical feel, the pool is the very best I have ever swam in , its of course very quiet and yes could do with more staff but all in all it was a joy to stay there

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2011

After slummimg it around Thailand for three weeks we were really looking forward to our time at Yao Yai.

As it was the most expensive resort we stayed at - by far - we expected a higher level of service.

Instead we were greeted by astronomical prices.

Hiring scooters for the day was x3 more expensive than anywhere else in Thailand.

Dinners were at Western prices and were without doubt the worst we had in our entire time in Thailand.

Worst of all the resort had the cheek to charge for Internet at £1 for 15 minutes.

As commented earlier the rooms are beautiful and spacious and the infinity pool has fantastic views. But you couldn't help but feel ripped off.

Finally unlike other contributors we found the staff surly and unhelpful.

A real let down

  • Stayed February 2011
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Reviewed March 11, 2011

My partner & I left Phi Phi as it was to busy in Tonsi and everything was fully booked on the quiter parts of the island so we went in search of the perfect hidden beach and ended up here! I personally was so disappointed dont get me wrong the bungalows were gorgeous very clean, the pool was lovely, the he food was extremely priced and was pretty poor, the only thing i enjoyed was breakfast. The wifi was so expensive, the beach not so good the hotel offer a transfer to a better beach instead we hired a scooter you have to if you want to get anywhere on the island we went all around in under 1 hour and its doesn't really have anything to offer not even a decent restaurant to spare us from the hotel's restaurant, we went to koh yao noi the small island by longtail finally got a decent meal there is so much more to do there, even has super markets and restaurants, tour operators to do excursions I wouldn't go back to either island but if i had to choose Yao Noi for sure ,

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed March 7, 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a week after a busy 5 week holiday. It was the perfect place to relax and unwind. Our pick up and transfer to the hotel was flawless and on arrival we were greeted with smiles and a delicious welcome drink. Our bungalow was a great design. Ample outside space with a great big Mossie netted daybed, perfect for relaxed afternoons reading a good book. The outside shower was a nice touch too. The room was very clean and comfortable. Because there is so much outside space you need to expect the odd creepy crawly/ gecko etc so if they freak you out it may not be for you.
The best thing about this hotel is the large infinity pool and swim up bar with it's stunning views out to the islands. It is exactly like the picture on their website.
The resort was quite busy when we were there and it did become a bit crowded around the pool at times mainly because of people 'reserving' loungers all day and leaving all their gear there. Although the pool rules do say items will be removed if left unattended it never seemed to happen: we thought maybe the staff were too polite to move peoples things.
Dinner service was sometimes a bit slow but always friendly.
I had a couple of fantastic massages in the resort spa
we also did a great day trip exploring nearby islands organised by the hotel.

Be aware that there aren't many other places on the island to go to for meals or entertainment . certainly no other resorts or restaurants within walking distance.
I thought the food was pretty good but did get a little bored of the same menu after 7 days.

Overall we loved our stay and would not hesitate to go back

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Koh Yao Yai Village
Address: 78 Moo 4 | Talad Yai Sub-district, Muang District, Phuket, Ko Yao Yai 83000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Yao Yai
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Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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#2 Luxury Hotel in Ko Yao Yai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Koh Yao Yai Village 4.5*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Koh Yao Yai Island is a yet-to-be-discovered tropical haven utterly untouched, offering guests a rare opportunity to step back in time and join in traditional Thai island life. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of holiday destinations such as Krabi and Phuket, Koh Yao is a charming area of outstanding natural beauty consisting of a cluster of small islands nearby Phuket in scenic Phang Nga Bay. Ko Yao Yai Village is perfectly situated in a sheltered spot offering accessibility all year round with the resort carefully created to echo rural island life whilst ensuring guests are comfortable and well-taken care of with plenty of luxuries. ... more   less 
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