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Esmeralda View Resort
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

We had the great pleasure of staying at this perfect place during our 3 week vacation throughout Northern and Southern Thailand. Already calling Miss Pond to ask about vacancies was very delightful. Even through the phone you feel the welcoming warmth and happy spirit we were about to experince a few hours later upon our arrival. Pond runs this treasure together with her family and that is exactly what makes it feel so special. You don't feel like just another guest but instantly like a family member.
The setting is gorgeous - from the grand veranda where you can dine and chill you have the most astonishing view over the bay of Phang Nga with all its beautiful islands. This makes you not want to leave for your room but then you are suprised a second time. Set on the green and foresty family grounds there is a numerous choice of beautifully created wooden bungalows, some with a similar asronishing view as from the veranda. The bungalows are very clean and spacious and some even have an outdoor bathroom.
Some chicken run around the grounds having a wonderful free and happy life until one or the other ends up as your delicious home-cooked thai dinner, thoughtfully prepared by Pond's mom. The same goes for the daily caught fresh fish from the bay.
If you ever wondered whether there is a place inThailand where tourists can experience a real thai breakfast with great sticky rice with mango or rice noodle curry, here is where you have to go.
But if you prefer a rather classic break you can be sure to get eggs any style and tasty pancakes. Oh, before we forget - not only the chicken is self-grown, so are all the vegetable and fruit, 100% organical. Pond is incredible in sharing the thai way of thinking and gives you a lot of insights on the geography and culture of her habitat. She accomodates her guest by arranging scooters for rent, massage by the great local Mrs. Pai, boat-tripsto the islands, laundry service and so on....
We just wish our travel schedule had more room to stay longer ....

Room Tip: Take the sea view, it's worth every baht...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

We loved staying here! These wooden bungalows are on stilts built into the hillside and the ones at the front have fantastic views. We left the curtains open (no-one can see in) so that we could lie in bed and see the sunrise each morning. The room had everything we needed, including a fridge, huge comfy bed (with mosquito net), very effective air con and hot water from an electric shower in a decent bathroom. There's also a TV but we never switched it on. Everything is made of high quality wood. The big balcony is a wonderful place to relax, with comfortable sun chairs provided and a wonderful view across to neighbouring islands.

The bungalows have access to a small beach area. There's a canoe that you can take out for free and we paddled down to a nicer beach area that was totally deserted and stretches for miles. It's also an easy canoe trip to the Twison resort and we stopped here for drinks and lunch.

I highly recommend hiring a moped (Pond can arrange this for you) and exploring the island. I wouldn't ride a moped in Phuket but I felt safe here because the roads are quiet, with little traffic. This gives you a glimpse into life in the villages on the island but there is hardly any tourism so don't expect to find loads of bars, restaurants, etc.

The accommodation here is fantastic but our holiday was made wonderful by the host, a delightful lady called Pond. She does everything she can to make your stay enjoyable but without being intrusive. If you want fish for dinner she will go to the local fishermen and buy it for you. Breakfast was amazing for a resort this of size. This was partly a buffet choice, which includes cereals, toast and bread, with a wide variety of jams, spreads etc, there's sticky rice, fresh fruit, we were served delicious pancakes and this was followed by a choice of eggs and all of this is included in the price. I also counted a choice of 17 different types of coffee, numerous types of tea and various other hot drinks! Bottled water is provided free each day.

There is an extensive menu for evening meals and these were delicious. The restaurant is in a stunning position on the hillside. Pond and her family are Muslim so you cannot buy wine but we drank plenty of beer whilst staying here. Pond allows her workmen to supply and sell beer so this wasn't a problem. There's a fridge in your room so you could drink your own wine or beer if you wanted to and there are other places on the island selling alcohol.

I would advise you to book directly with Pond. I kept her details so that I can book again in the future but I notice a previous reviewer has added Pond's contact details so I advise you to use these. We booked using an agent called Koh Yao Travel but they failed to pass on our booking details to Pond so she wasn't expecting us. Fortunately for us she had an available room. Another place that we stayed at said that they had also had problems with Koh Yao Travel.

This was the best place we stayed during our 3 week trip to Thailand and definitely had the most hospitable and welcoming host.

Room Tip: Go for a seaview, it's well worth it!
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

We wanted to stay somewhere away from the crowds and party atmosphere of Phuket for at least a night. We flew in and went straight to the pier (be careful, the taxi company assumed we were going to Phi Phi and took us to the wrong pier). We arrived in time for a long boat over to Koh Yao Yai (120 baht each) about 40mins. The resort is a lovely small one, with about 6 bungalows that are beautifully built in thai style. We were at one of the front sea view bungalows and had an uninterrupted view to the water. We swam in the water at the front of the resort though it's not great. Pond is lovely and will do anything for you. She organised our long boat trip the next day out into the bay. The food (and view from the restaurant) is lovely. Don't forget the island is a Muslim island, so no beer (though you may be able to get the workers to sell you theres). It was perfect just sitting back on your balcony over looking the water....just wish I had a wine. Go if you want to get away from it all.
To book a bungalow email Pond on yadamon_pond@hotmail.com or call (+66) 087-2748832 or 081-9587410.

Room Tip: Go for the seaview bungalows. Uninterrupted views of the water. Our was on the far left the furthe...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

We found the most stunning views of the Islands with the resort perched on a large Headland, great airy Teak bungalows, AC, big balcony, huge comfy beds with semi open bathrooms, My wife goes strait for the best view Bungalow and we settled in, Pond's Mother (a retired school teacher for 35 years) looked after us and we celebrated our 3rd wedding Anniversary with great dinner of fresh fish, my Wife ate 1 kg of fresh cooked crabs in the restaurant looking out on nearby Islands. kayaks are available or exploring the Islands in a fishing boat, small beach for a swim but can organize a fishing boat to a nice island close by. Definitely going back for a longer stay next year !

Room Tip: a front bungalow with view. we had one looking east to see the Sunrise
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mak1551
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

We arrived here by happy accident. Our children (13 and 10) loved it.Our daughter is now saving up to come back as soon as she's old enough to travel on our own. An unforgettable experience for all of us. Thank you Pond and family.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank julia c c
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

We loved our big, new, luxurious, wooden bungalow in big distance to the other 8 bungalows, with new kingsize bed (bigger than in Germany) and great seaview, a big porch with wooden sunbeds, open air shower, happy chicken walking around and under the bungalow, best thaifood ever from the mother cooked with love and superfresh fish (bought at 5, grilled at 7pm), the 2 cats, fresh free fruits, free wi-fi and great organized tours with the best and experienced fishermen...
we stayed a week, felt like family in the end because of the heart and sould Pond, the owner of the resort. she gave us a great time!!! afterwards we never found a remotely nice resort. it was like leaving paradise!!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank DanielaXberg
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

This resort is so much worth a long stay! We had a Sweet Seaview Aircon Bunglow and it was the most wonderful stay on our whole 3-weeks-trip. This resort is run by a very nice young Thai and her family. They create a unbelievable warm and feel-like-home atmosphere. We have also had the best food there because the owners mom is a really good cook. You can choose to eat what you want and you tell the time of you dinner. You can have fresh fish every day, what we really recommend. There are 9 nice wooden Bunglows in Thai-Style, absolutely clean and comfortable. You can always have fresh fruit for free and the owner offers the full range of island activities, from motorcycling to canoeing and lot more. They also help to arrange day-trips to the near-by-islands. The owner takes care of everything the guests need. Right now there is no beach in walking distance but by motorcycle you can discover the whole island and visit all the beautiful beaches. The people living on Koh Yao Yai are all really nice and helpful. Till now it is really an amazing, quiet island and kind of a hidden paradise. Some day we will definitely come back!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Stefanie K
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Address: 63/7 Moo 4 , Baan Klong Bon | Koh Yao Yai, Phang-Nga, Thailand, Ko Yao Yai 82160, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Yao Yai
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Ko Yao Yai
Price Range: $46 - $126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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