Just returned yesterday from a very relaxing and peaceful week at Koh Yao Yai village resort. It was an exceptionally quiet time with only about 20% of rooms taken which was bonus for us and added to our enjoyment. We stayed in one of the bungalows which was delightful, clean, spacious and beautifully furnished. They are basic but this adds to their charm. We had everything we needed in the room, fridge, tea making facilities, loads of towels, and lovely sarongs. We loved showering looking up at the sun glimmering down through the trees. It is hard to explain just how much we enjoyed the stunning infinity pool and the amazing views from it of the numerous limestone islands rising out from the ocean, the local fisherman standing up to their waists in the sea, the long tail boats coming and going and the variety of birds, especially the sea eagle & herons.mWhoever designed it got it just right. We also enjoyed the other pool in an equally lovely setting that most visitors appeared to be unaware of.
Yes the sea does go out a long way leaving an enormous expanse of exposed sand, but this in itself is fascinating teeming with wildlife, huge crabs and herons, both the grey & smaller brown heron. It is well worth walking on the beach when tide is out especially early in the morning and watching the sunrise. It is possible to swim in the sea at high tide which we also enjoyed.
Previous reviews had criticised the restaurant as being expensive but we did not find this to be the case and our meals there were generally very good. I think it is a pity that the chef does not offer a different " chef's special" dish every day. I also feel it is a shame that the little cafe bar at the smaller pool is not promoted and used more especially for lunch. It has great views and a lovely atmosphere. We found all the staff everywhere to be friendly and eager to please.
The spa and activities are on the expensive side and like other reviewers we booked a scooter for two days from the guy just up the road to the right of the resort. The roads are quiet and the island well worth seeing. Sadly there is a lot of roadside rubbish which spoils the beauty and will only get worse if the islanders do not take some action now.
We definitely think that the Koh Yao Yai village resort is the best place to stay on the island and if you are looking for rest and relaxation in a beautiful location and not a lot more then it is absolutely ideal. We are aware that our experience may have been very different had the resort been at full occupancy.
- 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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