We sayied here for our honeymoon in December 2010. Being used to cheaper accomodation, I had high expectations...
All in all, I felt very welcome here, the staff was helpful, the manager tried to have contact with the guests and give them a good time. The location is exceptional and we also booked two trips with a private boat and guide, the first one of which was memorable (exceptionally good). For the second, we wanted the same guide "if possible" and I have the feeling he was sort of forced into it and was very tired. The accomodation itself is in large open bungalow houses along the beach and it feels a bit like the cross between hotel and camping, I liked it. we didn't really use the backyard except to shower, it's like a small closed private zen garden.
As the island is quite remote and not yet completely overrun by tourists, there are no annoying "discos" or loud bars in the area. That is for my taste a great thing. Party tourists, please continue going elsewhere and leave us this place ;-).
What I liked a bit less was the daily spraying of moskito-repellent smoke in all the bungalows (did not work and stinked of kerosene). There is definitely a problem with moskitoes due to the humidity and complete openness of the bungalows, but I was not extremely disturbed (we used the moskito-nets and I never was bitten in the night). Maybe a more natural solution to the problem should be found?
The food was good, but not gastronomic. Don't order non-thai food, they can't do it (at least in 2010). There are a few simple but excellent restaurants around the island, just on the road behind the resort for example, or a scoot away.
We got to and from the island by our own means (there is a pick-up and drop-off by speed-boat, which is definitely much more comfortable). And we had no problem coming from the Phuket pier with a funny little tcho-tchoo boat among the locals. Going away to Krabi, the boatride was easy from the east pier, but we had difficulty getting a ride into Krabi from the arrival pier (and that's quite a distance).
All in all a very good resort, we loved it there, but as a backpacker I still like the little cheap pearls you occasionally find by chance (or guided chance).
- Also Known As:
- Koyao Island Hotel Koh Yao Noi
- Koyao Island Hotel
- Hotel Koyao Island
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our villas are built in the original Andaman Sea - gypsy style which is optimal for comfort and for the environment. We have used unique local resources with a traditional background while still maintaining, if not surpassing, all modern standards. The mangrove palm leaf roofs of our villas breathe and do not store heat, and air conditioners are definitely not needed.All villas have and undisturbed, spectacular, sea view of the famous Phang Nga Bay and can be opened up to the stars at night - and in the morning the rising sun shines onto the beds. ... more less
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