We read some reviews of koa yao and thought it sounded worthy of a visit. If you don't like beaches then this is the place for you. A very chilled out island with not a lot to do but relax. If you type in "kao yao" beach into google you see beaches which you won't be able to access. These are on the north of the island and on a private resort. The beach outside the hotel is dirty, muddy and the sea is very uninviting and murky. There is also a lot of litter floating in the water as well as leaves. The best thing to do is go exploring on a moped. There is an amazing road which follows the west coast up to the north which offers some amazing views of the bay and a peaceful shoreline at the end of the road.
Our first impressions for a hotel we paid £45 a night for were not good. Being valentines day I decided to treat my girlfriend and I to a deluxe room instead of a standard. If this was the deluxe I dread to think what the standard was like. The thing that annoyed me most was the quality of room for the price. This was the same price we paid for an amazing 4 star hotel along phuket's mai khoa beach, and the differences were very clear.
Everything in the room seemed to be roughly moulded from chunks of concrete which made the room look very odd. The television didn't work and the minibar was just a battered old fridge. The broshure also stated there was a room safe which was not to be found in a broken wardrobe. The bathroom was situated at the back of the room with no window or ventilation so the whole place smelt, with the bad lighting illuminating a very unwelcoming shower.
Because the beach was covered in litter we thought the pool may be our saving grace but it was tiny. Considering the hotel has well over 30 rooms a pool the size of one you'd expect in someone's garden was unacceptable.
Other reviews have mentioned how friendly the staff were and this was very true. The man at reception was more than happy to help and tell us about the island, but this happy outlook on life is probably due to him laughing all the way to the bank after we pay our room bill.
Overall the room was totally unacceptable for the price we paid, we even had to check we hadn't made a mistake by asking another couple how much they paid. We definately wouldn't stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 10-minute boat ride from Hong Island, home to a beautiful sandy beach, Koh Yao Chukit Dachanan Resort features private and comfortable bungalows with balconies. It boasts an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.Lading Island is within a 10-minute boat ride from Koh Yao Chukit Dachanan Resort. James Bond Island and Phuket Town can be reached in a 1-hour boat ride. ... more less
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