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Reviewed 25 July 2011

The KYY Village is a 'Eco-resort' on this large island (I guess second only to Phuket island itself in the area) called Koh Yao Yai. We were there for a one-night break with 2 yound kids plus a snorkelling trip to nearby Koh Khai island.

We were transferred from our hotel on Mai Khao beach, Phuket, supposedly with easy land-sea-land rides to this quiet and secluded destination. However, the start was terrible.

After a 30-minute private car ride, we boarded the joint speedboat at a busy but unorganised pier I believe called Bang Rang - our impression was like one for the refugees or smugglers. It was an uneasy and somewhat unsafe move, especially with two luggages and two young kids. I was grateful for the helping hands of the 'staff' (uncertain) on the boat. The speedboat was so over-crowded that in my opinion, in danger of overloading/sinking. I could barely find two isolated spots for my wife and the kids to squeeze in and sit down while I had to stand all the way for 30+ minutes to the destination. It was a pity that the ride was ruined because of over-crowdedness.

The land transfer to the Village at the back of a hotel private truck was also quite 'adventurous', which means very bumpy because of the muddy road. My t-shirt was tainted by the old/fading paints on the seat, obviously for rubbing against it during the ride.

Having said the above, the Village was quite nice itself.

The reception area was cozy. We were offered a cold fruit juice upon arrival. The check-in paperwork was done in the comfort of the sofa there with the staff coming to help us instead of us waiting in line. Every staff we met, from receptionist to buggy driver, was very friendly and helpful. We were greeted with big smiles everywhere. They might not look the most high-end but certainly make you feel a welcomed guest. We had booked a trip to go to the Koh Khai Island on the first day but due to the wet and windy weather, we decided to withdraw last-minute at the pier after a 40-minute truck ride and return to the Village. The driver kept his smiling face at our decision, and the hotel even took us back there again the next day without extra charge.

The grounds were well maintained while preserving the natural landscape -- as this was an 'eco' resort, you shouldn't expect it to be shinny or tiled everywhere.

The 73-sqare-metre bangalow was big enough for the four of us but only half of it was indoor/air-conditioned. It was built and decorated totally with local raw materials with recommendable design features in details. I liked it a lot but would wish it to have polished wooden floor and walls instead of concrete. It would also have been a nice, unique and close-to-the-nature experience to sit out in the covered salon and sun deck if not for the intermittent rain we were in. The toilet was clean enough but the one in the first bangalow was unfortunately stuck resulting in our undesired re-packing and moving to another one. The outdoor shower was interesting but would have been perfect if accompanied by a bathtub.

There was a one and only 2-Bedroom Family Villa which we had hoped to book but were unsuccessful. It was in a prime location -- close to the restaurant, the pool and beach, and had an extra air-conditioned living room. Highly recommendable for families.

As other reviewers mentioned, the infinity pool was outstanding and the best feature in the Village. Quite large, separated corners for different needs, stunning view over the beach/sea, and most importantly, quiet.

The only restaurant besides the pool was quite nice. The food choice was not too good but fine for us, as that was not the main attraction to be there.

All in all, it could have been a much nicer experience if not for the poor transportation and unavailability of the Family Villa.

Room tip: Choose the Family Villa if you are travelling with your family. Ask for a bangalow closest to main facilities/the beach.
Date of stay: July 2011
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6  Thank Hongkong123
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

The food, cottage, SPA, outdoor activities etc all services were awesome. The hotel staff including the reservation staff and our outdoor activity representative Mr. Yope who guided us for a lovely 2 day tour were all cordial and very helpful. The entire staff was quite professional which made our stay comfortable & joyous.

We do not have a slightest concern for choosing over a stay at KOH YAO YAI Village and would say that it was one of the BEST RESORT ever stayed at.

Needless to say, 100% marks goes to the hotel management who looked after their customers in such a fantastic manner.

These wonderful memories will be cherished forever.

Wetake this opportunity to thank all your staff for the excellent hospitality and comfort showered on us during our stay.

Prashant Deshpande

Date of stay: May 2011
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5  Thank Prashant73
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Reviewed 6 July 2011

.... because she (and I) are afraid paradise will be spoiled once too many people know about it .....
We live (and travel extensively) for more than two years in Thailand, but this small resort with 30+ villa's with eye for detail and full of perfection and incredible staff in quiet and "undiscovered" Koh Yao Yai (the southern sister-island of Koh Yao Noi ; in between Phuket town and Krabi) is as close to paradise as it can be (for a down-to-earth price). Don't come and see yourself !

Date of stay: July 2011
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4  Thank MichaelNieuwegein
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Reviewed 25 June 2011

We rented a deluxe Bungalow that was as close to the beach as possible as Bungalows are set within beautiful garden settings with some further from beach than others. The natural settings provide a great privacy screen. The resort has only one restaurant and isnt terribly cheap,the menu is good but diversifying it might be better. We visited in the low season and didnt see alot of other guests. The infinity pool with swim up bar and jacuzzi is amazing. The pool winds around below the beautifully presented restuarant and the view of the surrounding limestone islands is sensational. The resort has a library and because no night life wouldnt hurt to have some DVDs. The massages at spa were great but expensive compared to mainland. The bungalow was great. Sarongs, slippers and bathrobes provided. King size bed, spacey rooms., great bathroom that opens out into an outdoor shower that was exceptional.... room cleaned every day and then tidied up with turn down service every evening as well. Each bungalow also has a thatched roof open living area that has 2 sun lounges a great day bed with plenty of colourful pillows and mosquito netting. Along with mini fridge and tea and coffee making area in which supplies are replenished each day. Fresh fruit in an attractive platter is also replensihed each day. The staff were really friendly and helpful. There is a reasonably priced gift shop and an activities area and a bar. The Library has computers and can buy internet access. We hired scooters for one day and went all over Island..people all very friendly. Went on a day tour where we canoed thru caves into hidden lagoons..not to be missed. Yob our guide and Hassan our skipper of our long boat were both great. The island landscapes are absolutely beautiful. Young people looking for a party atmosphere will not find it here. Great for a couple of nights to recharge the batteries though and would be a honeymooners delight. The beach is rocky but went on scooters to a much nicer beach which the staff will show you on a map..Easy quiet scooter driving. We stayed 8nights and enjoyed every minute of it. Would gladly go back anytime. We arranged nights before and after Koh Yao Yai in Phuket so we got a taste of the hectic and the serenity..

Room tip: We preferred to have a bungalow near beach 106
Date of stay: June 2011
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3  Thank brenga
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Reviewed 15 June 2011

A wonderful resort on an undiscovered island. This is what Phuket, Phi Phi and Krabi used to be.

You have the best of both worlds with bungalows perched in the 'jungle' and the restaurant and swimming pool hanging over the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The swimming pool is the major attraction of this resort - no better place to spend your days with a cocktail in hand.

Take a scooter tour around the island, the locals are extremely friendly and you'll stumble across a few nice scenic drives and local food.

You won't find any ATMs or 7-elevens, so make sure you have enough cash when you go there. Same with drinks, you won't find any place to buy alcohol apart from the mini bar which may be rather expensive if you like a beer or two every day. We stocked up in Phuket at 7-eleven before we got onto the boat - that was a great tip i read on here and can definitely recommend.

Unfortunately the resort seems to be expanding with new bungalows at the back and we saw a lot of building activity on our drive, so no doubt it will become the next big tourist hub. So go now before it does.

We also did a day trip to Phi Phi islands which was a little bit expensive as we did it through the resort but they sent a dedicated guide with us and it proved to be the perfect balance between the quiet island and seeing the more beautiful islands. However, we were so glad to come back to our resort and quiet island after all that tourist exposure.

I've seen a few comments on here about the staff and their command of English - note that these people are all recruited from the island and their English may not be the best, but we managed to communicate successfully. I wish people would embrace local cultures more when they travel as what is the point in travelling to such exotic places when you can communicated in the same way as you are doing in England (at least that's where i'm from).

Room tip: The closer to the restaurant the closer to the sea
Date of stay: March 2011
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2  Thank TravelinStyle22
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