We arrived at Villaguna after a short taxi and speedboat ride from Phuket Airport. We arrived minus our luggage but received a lovely welcome from Nadine and Oliver. Nadine took our missing luggage paperwork and Amina, the lovely assistant manager, liaised with the airport to get updates and arranged for a taxi to collect our luggage from the pier the following morning. It was great to have them help with this and we were overjoyed when we saw Amina walking up our path with our 2 suitcases.
One of the attractions of Villaguna was the view from the villas across the bay and I have to say the view is exactly as the photos on the website show. Absolutely stunning views. Likewise the beach suites are exactly like the photos - if not better.
We stayed in a deluxe beach suite which was spacious, bright and well maintained. We only stayed 4 nights before moving on to Koh Lanta but the beach suites were the sort of accommodation you could easily stay in for an extended period of time as the bedroom and the open plan living room with kitchenette and dining area were both very spacious. We travelled as a couple but the suites (or bungalows as I would describe them) would be fine for those with small children.
The bedroom had a large wardrobe, television and folding doors that opened to a private patio. The bed was huge. We absolutely loved the outdoor rain shower and en suite bathroom.
Amina, Oliver and Nadine made everything so easy for us from arranging a private boat trip to Phang Nga bay with swimming and kayaking (great), taxi's in the evening to restaurants, massages on the beach or in front of our villa and so on. We also hired scooters from the reception office a few days and had great fun as we explored the island on them. Housekeeping did a great job of keeping the villa immaculate during our stay.
As others have alluded the breakfast which is provided at the restaurant next door is not the best and certainly not on a par with the rest of Villaguna but it was ample and the service was friendly and efficient. We did have a good meal there on our first evening sitting at a table right on the beach. Although there were a few other restaurants near Villaguna we ended up going a bit further to J'Taime (twice) and La Sala at Koyao Bay Pavillions.
There is a small shop/cafe a stones throw from the villas (just past the restaurant) where you could buy beers, soft drinks, cakes and snacks. They also had a small selection of essentials including sun protection and insect repellent.
Koh Yao Noi was wonderful - a small, friendly and unspoilt island. Villaguna an absolute delight. Four days was not long enough and we are already making plans to return next year for at least a week. One of the best places we have stayed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Laguna Villas Yao Noi is a small hotel with 9 Villas for rent. The spacious Villas offer visitors almost city level of comfort, not very usual for the island of Koh Yao Noi which makes us different from other properties here. The guests can enjoy the biggest and deepest salt water pool on the island, almost private beach, wonderful views of the gorgeous limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay. • Very cozy villas with all modern comfort * soundproofed, air-conditioned, WiFi connected * • Tropical environment * outdoor rainfall shower, exotic garden, Thai contemporary decoration * • 30 meters from the beach * exceptional view of Phang Nga Bay* • Great large pool * with jet massage and kid friendly * • Perfect location * you can access many things by a walking distance * • Welcoming Thai staff * smiley and ready to arrange everything you need * • Restaurant Bar Lounge * serving fresh seafood, Thai delicacies and tasty cocktails* ... more less
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