We were so thrilled to discover Koh Yao Noi, and in particular Koyao Bay Pavillions. What a perfect place!
Having been to many other places in Thailand years ago, our family of 2 adults and 2 children were keen to try somewhere different. Wanting to avoid the main tourism centres and enjoy some of the peace and natural beauty of Thailand, we discovered Koh Yao Noi. And how pleased with our choice we were! Koyao Bay Pavillions are just like we remembered Thailand from years ago - and a world away from the large, crowded, noisy tourism driven resorts of Phuket etc. In a very peaceful and natural environment on its own private beach, Koyao Bay Pavillions provided a perfect, restful holiday for our family.
While the villas at the front of the resort on the beach were reserved for couples, our family had a large 2 bedroom villa at the back of the resort, about a 100 metre walk to the beach and restaurant. The villa was very peaceful and and there was plenty of room for the family to lounge around in the open air living spaces. The villa also had a small pool which was shared with one other villa. At most times we could have had the pool to ourselves, however, we found we did not use the pool much as the view from the beach was spectacular and the kids were so happy playing games on the beach. While the beach is rocky at low tide, at all other times it was a pleasant place to swim, relax and gaze out over the beautiful limestone islands of the Phang Nga Bay.
Did I mention the food? It was amazing! It was by far the best we had in all of Thailand - authentic Thai, prepared with fresh ingredients and the utmost care. You must try the banana salad! While we tried a couple of other restaurants, the food was much better at Sala than anywhere else on the island.
However, despite all the other amazing aspects of the environment and our stay what we most enjoyed about Koyao Bay Pavillions were the people. Olivier and his team were relaxed, charming and looked afer everything we needed, taking great care to ensure we had the experience we wanted. And as an added bonus, his two boys entertained our children for the entire holiday! My 10 year old children played like children again - there is no need for organised kids activities or electronic devices when you can ride bikes down dirt tracks, build crab houses, swing on a giant swing and circus rope on the beach and take a canoe on an adventure with four friends on board! They had an absolutely fabulous time, made great friends with the boys and already miss them terribly.
Overall, we would highly recommend Koyao Bay Pavillions to anyone who appreciates the natural beauty of Thailand, enjoys great food and wants to stay somewhere authentic and personal that really allows you to disconnect from the world and totally relax in beautiful, peaceful surrounds. We feel priviledged to have stayed at Koyao Bay will definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between the natural shoreline, paddy fields and forested hills, a coconut plantation along an untamed and deserted beach shelters three Pavilions arranged around a central swimming pool. Two-bedrooms pool Cottages & Villas, particularly adapted for families with children, are within small distance from the resort... A haven of peace for nature lovers, in search of uttermost privacy and serenity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koyao Bay Pavilions Hotel Koh Yao Noi