Koyao Island Resort, Ko Yao
|24/2 Moo 5, 82160, Ko Yao, Phang Nga, THAILAND.|
Description: Koyao Island ResortA visit to Koyao Island Resort is not only about ordinary luxury such as exclusive spa facilities, fine dining and a gorgeous pool. It is about the true privilege of really being at peace - in the midst of the most fruitful, pristine and welcoming nature on earth.
Koyao Island Resort is located in the famous archipelago of Phang Nga Bay near Phuket in southern Thailand. Remote but still accessible, surrounded by secluded beaches, rain forests and uninhabited islands in a place where mass tourism is far away and the original Thai hospitality has free reign.
Villas are built in the original Andaman Sea - gypsy style which is optimal for comfort and for the environment. They have used unique local resources with a traditional background while still maintaining, if not surpassing, all modern standards. The mangrove palm leaf roofs of the villas breathe and do not store heat, and air conditioners are definitely not needed. All villas have undisturbed, spectacular, sea views 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.
Type of rooms: Koyao Island Resort23 luxury villas and studios, designed in traditional Thai architectural style, blend graciously into a coconut palm setting. Each villa faces the beach, has its own private garden shower and is equipped with everyday modern comfort.
There are 5 types of studios/villas, different in design and size:
- 3 Sea Breeze Studio: 2 people - partial sea view or garden view - 1st floor studios above the bar, Spa and administration offices .
- 11 Beach Villas: designed for 2 people but can accommodate an additional person. Sea and garden views, double bed, living room, day bed, and bathroom with a shower, 65m2
- 4 Family Beach Villas: accommodates 4 - 6 people. Sea and garden views, 2 double beds, day beds, bathroom with a shower and double basins 100 - 120m2 .
- 4 Panorama Villas: accommodates 4 - 6 people. These rooms are fully air conditioned and each has their own kitchen, living space and two en suite bedrooms. Spectacular sea view 20 meters from the beach and sea. There is also a pool here which the 4 Villas share. These residences are approx. 80 meters from the Resort.
- Private Beach Lodge: the ultimate luxury safari tent experience on Koh Yao Noi. 200 meters of private beach and 7 acres just for two. The Private Beach Lodge is approx. 15-20 minutes from the Resort by vehicle or by boat.
Additional information: Koyao Island Resort
Facilities: you have a hard choice when you get up! On your left, you find the cook making Thai and international dishes, fresh from the nets of the local fishermen, in the cozy restaurant. On your right you can already feel the soothing sounds and fragrances coming from the Spa, and straight ahead the library and its internet corner. Then there are the tropical drinks in the bar. Make sure to experience the famed starlight barbecues on one of the isolated islands in the bay. Thai and European dishes are available a la carte, but they also offer daily themed evenings.
Beach & Pool: All year round, calm and inviting waters enclose the resort's private beach. Sheltered under a palm tree, an afternoon siesta becomes a lazy must. Enjoy the fabulous view over the archipelago from the Infinite Horizon swimming pool.
Activities: The activity centre can help you arrange a boat trip to one of the many delightful neighbouring islands or will pick just the right motorbike or boat for your activity. Baby sitting is available on request and there are books, DVDs and sports equipment for older children. If you still cannot make up your mind, maybe the German, Thai and British Kenyan management team can help you speculate about other options, they are always open for suggestions, and planning is half the fun. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, island hopping, fishing, water sports, kayaking, bird-watching, biking, rock-climbing, boating, and island discovery.
Use one of the resort's mountain or motorbikes and to explore the island. The roads are easy to navigate and local people more than willing to help you should you get lost.
If you feel like a more leisurely day, hire a Tuk Tuk (taxi) and driver guide and set out for a day of fun and adventure. You are highly likely to see some of the region's most beautiful flora and fauna right on site. There are monkeys, giant lizards, sea eagles, hornbills, kingfishers, and of course the charming local buffalos and goats.
For fishermen, take your chances with groupers, snappers, carangues and barracuda.
Diving can be arranged through local operators.
Spa: the Koyao Island Resort Spa provides you with all the therapies to relax your mind, body and spirit. The indoor and outdoor treatment beds are comfortably placed so that some of the island's best views can be enjoyed while you relax and let yourself be pampered. Choose an outdoor bed and hear the sound of waves lapping the shore while you lay in the natural breeze or an air-conditioned room with your own private shower and dressing facilities.
Your personal masseuse will see that every need is attended to and explain the resort's wide range of all natural products used during treatment.
Nearby Islands: do some romantic beach hopping or snorkeling among coral reefs on the lonely neighboring islands. Thailand's vibrant corals and colorful fishes draw divers from all over the world. Most islands are uninhabited. They hold hidden anchorage and secret beaches under soaring jungle-fringed cliffs: The typical craggy limestone formations which rise from the sea like sculptures have taken millions of years to form, and are not to be missed. Take a day trip to one or two of the surrounding islands. Koyao Island Resort staff can arrange a perfect day out for you. There is a large excursion book at reception.
At the resort there are kayaks for those who enjoy canvassing the sea. There are also fishing rods available. For day trips it is normal to use a traditional Thai 'longtail' boat - so named as its propeller is on the end of a long pole. On these excursions you visit mangrove forests, coves and caves, crystal clear waters and uninhabited islets. The islets and islands around Koh Yao Noi are formed by millions of years of deposits and are now made up essentially of limestone. Rock climbing is possible on the limestone cliffs and their weird formations make for some stunning photography at different times of the day. Outings can be arranged to Koh Yao Yai, Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi or even to the popular Ao Nang - all trips take maximum one hour travel time.
Getting around: For your convenience they also provide transportation on the island and to and from destinations such as Phuket and Krabi.
Number of rooms: 23
Official category: 4 stars.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 1998/2000/2012 and continuing
Period of closure: open all year.
Languages spoken: Thai, English, German Swedish.Smoking policy: smoking is allowed in the public areas.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard
How to get here: Transportation services booked and operated by the resort, charged separately. Just tell them what time you want to be picked up at the airport and they will arrange the rest.
The taxi ride from Phuket International Airport to Bang Rong Pier takes around 30 minutes.
The boat trip from Bang Rong Pier to the island takes approx 60 minutes.
GPS Coordinates: 8° 6' 41.21'' N 98° 37' 21.41'' E
Nearest airport: Phuket International - 90 min.