Paradise Koh Yao is a secluded & relaxing retreat, a delightfully easy going hotel…
Paradise Koh Yao is a secluded retreat. Delightfully easy going. Wonderfully tropical setting, with a forest-clad mountain backdrop leading down to a secluded cove beach. The design style is rustic chic and deliberately minimalist. It fully captures the Robinson Crusoe castaway flavour, but with contemporary comforts, and a bright tropical design theme. Boutique in the highly individual style & ambience and the incredible location.
Koh Yao is located in the Andaman sea, 40 minutes by hotel speedboat east from Phuket (daylight hours only) or 45 minutes south-west from Krabi, passing numerous limestone islands en route. Less than an hour from commercialised tourism, this is a very different world.
For clients departing from Phuket or Krabi Airports, particularly with international connections, we strongly suggest flights from midday onwards – this information would apply to all of the outer islands in the region. For clients arriving, the last boat tends to leave the marinas for the resort at around 1500, slightly later you opt for the private speedboat option. After dark travel by speedboat is not suggested.
As with all of the islands in this region, there are noticeable tide fluctuations, particularly during the Full Moon periods and in the spring months. See Tide Tables here.
Paradise Koh Yao has a selection of 72 recently enhanced tropical influenced studio rooms and villas. Most have Queen size 4 poster style beds.
The Superior Studio Villas are located hillside, with some having Jacuzzi or plunge pool. The Villas are either beach front with their own pool and garden area or elevated high above the resort with infinity pool and fantastic views. All, apart from the beachfront, will require walking up some steps or steep pathway.
New for the spring of 2018 are the fantastic Treehouse Villas. These are located in a separate area of the resort grounds, tucked away into the forest-clad hillside. There are just 15 villas, all duplex style with elevated bedroom and downstairs you lounge and plunge pool.
Relaxed restaurant and bar with feet in the sand option
Extensive natural tropical gardens
Eco influenced activities including trekking, island tours by bike, offshore islands touring either by canoe or speedboat
Paradise Koh Yao Boutique is a very well priced retreat.
Phuket is the gateway, but this is a very different holiday option. It is simple, totally relaxing, wonderfully natural, with a spectacular setting. The beach is extensive, but swimming can be limited due to the shallow water (see tides table here). You do need to be comfortable with the realities of living alongside nature, but that is all part of the tropical experience.
The resort is essentially couples focused, but children are happily accepted although there are no facilities other than what nature has provided. In many ways, it is a good option for more independent curious children who have outgrown the face painting stage and are looking for mini-adventures. The beach generally has a gentle shelving.
Be sure to check out our feature on the neighbouring adults only Treehouse Villas.
You choose Koh Yao Noi for the simplicity, discovering a Thailand well away from commercialised tourism. Night-life might be limited to a few glasses of wine and easy conversation with fellow travellers. Island shopping might be limited to a few t-shirt boutiques and the delights of a 7-eleven shop! The island is still authentic and natural, small villages, one or two tarmac roads, but mainly sand & dust paths, dense forest and mountain treks. So close to Phuket but yet so far in terms of appeal.
We think Paradise combines well with a classic combination tour of Thailand (we suggest Mode Sathorn in Bangkok for 3 nights, followed by 3 nights at Tamarind Village in Chiang Mai, ending with 6 nights in Paradise). And as you travel usually via Phuket why not look at staying 3 /4 nights at the unique Keemala Resort.
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