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Esmeralda View Resort
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Singapore, Singapore
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13 reviews
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“A silent hideaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

Stayed here three nights in February. There are only around ten bungalows and only a few of these were occupied, meaning it was very silent and calm. We had a bungalow with a sea view and were very content with it. On the terrace you can lie down in chairs and enjoy the view and silence. I would rather had hammocks than chairs, though. The bungalows are orderly and nice. Bed is huge.
Ms. Pond is a wonderful hostess, the friendliest of beings. We miss her.
The breakfast was ok, but nothing to write home about. The food was also nothing more than average, so we went off to eat at orther places.
Ms. Pond is extremely helpful in arranging for whatever you want to do, in our case, to rent a moped, the resort's kayac, a boattrip to go snorkelling and taxi trip to pier. All highly recommended.
There is no real beach and the waters are not clear at the shore so you cannot snorkel there.
We came here foremost to enjoy the silence and escape the tourist hells - and we got what we desired. We will return!

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

An authentic island, with authentic thailandese people.. Pond the owner is a wonderfull woman, her mother wonderfully cooks fresh seafood that you can choose directly from the village seamen shop.. The bungalows are modern and cosy, the view is wow.. Perfect!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

If you're looking for a secluded hotel with a beautiful view where you can relax, this is it.
Your host is Pond, who will take so good care of you, the food is divine and the rooms are beautiful with a nice bed.
There is no pool, however the beach is at the bottom of the resort's hill.
Our stay was a part of our honeymoon and lovely Pond made us feel like we we're home. We rented a scooter and had a thai massage which Pond arranged. We only stayed for two nights but could easily have stayed longer. It is definitely the best view on the east coast of Koh Yao Yai.

Thanks for a great visit, Pond. We will be back!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

We spent a week at Esmeralda View and this was truly the most relaxing week ever. The bungalows (superior with seaview) are comfy and clean with a great view. Pond is a wonderful hostess who does not speak the best English but does everything to help or explain or show things. The food is simply amazing, fresh and very thai. If you order already during the day, you can tell her when you would like to eat and you will have your food on time. We loved the banana pancakes in the morning. The island is wonderful if you are looking for a quite time with nice beaches, small villages and few tourists. We hope it stays as calm so that we can come back some time to this wonderful place.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

We arrived at the pier in Koh Yao Yai by longtail boat as dusk fell and the approach was magical. A taxi to Esmeralda View was easy to find and although late, we were welcomed by Pond, the proprietor and shown to our sea view bungalows on stilts looking straight out over Phang Nga Bay. Rooms were clean and beautifully presented, one with an outdoor shower room. There was a fridge with complimentary water supplied daily and the beds were enormous and comfortable. Pond helped us to arrange a tour of the island and lent us beach towels although the water on Koh Yao Yai was not as good for swimming as other islands that we visited. The papaya salad demonstration was fun and the food was great. This is a friendly and quirky resort which we would recommend to anyone wanting a quiet visit to a beautiful island.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Beijing
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

We didn't make a reservation here but got the last villa when we arrived. The staff is super friendly, all cottages have great sea views. We rented a motor cycle to tour through Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi. It's located pretty convenient to see both.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

nice location, no real beach, enough to do, good prices.
totaly friendly and familier.
dont order dinner! you will have to wait over 2h and you will never eat together. everything is served with a seperation of 20min.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Property: Esmeralda View Resort
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 7 Specialty Lodging in Ko Yao Yai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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