As a family with small children, who have seen and experienced most parts of the world, and gotten tired of the ordinary 5 star luxury resorts, we now wanted to experience "the real thing". After a thorough research on the web our eyes landed on Koyao Island Resort. Our family are the kind of travellers who like to find a base and from this base do various trips. We decided directly that this was the place to go and we were bold and got a very fine deal for a four week stay at the resort.
It was magical to arrive at the resort, not by the usual means of transportation, but by a longtail boat managed by fishermen and getting ashore on the beach of the resort welcomed by the staff and management.
We directly felt that this was a perfect decision on our part and we got a feeling of being at home rather than beinga guest at a traditional resort.
The staff and management always had an extra minute taking care of our needs and wishes and made also our children feel accepted and liked.
Being a resort which clings to the words "close to nature", it was fantastic to learn that this was not just words - but 100 % true. We had booked a Deluxe Villa 15 meters from the beach and in front of the bungalow magnificent coconut palmtrees provided us with a nice shade during the hot hours of the day. The bungalow is open to nature. No closed walls or doors, outdoor shower, open air living room gave us a feeling of being secure but still very much in connection with the nature around us. This made it natural to see gecko lizards in the living room or even crabs in the bathroom.
Being a resort of only 15 bungalows there was always a sense of privacy and seclusion, yet not deserted. We had the beach to ourselves and the facilities in the resorts were not crowded at any time, giving the staff the full opportunity to pamper the whole family, doing hair arrangements for our three year old daughter, receiving lovely spa treatments within an hour after booking, having our favourite table at the restaurant both for lunch and dinner which by the way always were perfectly made.
The excursions were also privately arranged with experienced guides employed by the resort. We always were ahead of the big Phuket tourist boats making our excursions feel that they were arranged for us and only us, and this of course also made the sense of being close to nature even stronger.
The management, Bas and Herman, had both a very professional and friendly way of "hanging" with the guests and it felt right away that they were there for us. We got the impression that the staff enjoyed working at the resort and that made of course the service even better.
We would like to thank everyone working at the resort, from housekeeping to the restaurant staff, spa staff, garden staff, front desk and the management, not forgetting the fantastic guides! Hats off to you all!
As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in Terminator - We'll be back... already in 2010 for another long stay.
The Johansson family, Staffan, Eva-Lotta, Edward and Cornelia
- 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 an 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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- Also Known As:
- Koyao Island Hotel Koh Yao Noi
- Hotel Koyao Island