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Koyao Island Resort

Koyao Island Resort is located on Koh Yao Noi in the famous archipelago of Phang Nga Bay in southern Thailand. Remote, yet easily accessible, we are surrounded by secluded beaches, rain forests and uninhabited islands in a place where mass tourism and hotels are far away and the original Thai hospitality has free reign.

Our resort is designed in a traditional Thai architectural style which blends graciously into a coconut palm setting. Each villa faces the beach for stunning views over the bay.

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Koyao Beach Villas

Our Thai-style villas are created to strike the perfect balance between nature and a bespoke, western-style luxurious standard. Our villas are an open style design and encompass the beautiful surroundings. They are made from local materials with natural palm leaf roofs, which along with the glorious sea breeze, allow for a cool and comfortable stay.

Our beachfront villas, direct on the beach have spectacular views over the James Bond archipelago with over 220m of our own beachfront.

  • Infinity Swimming pool
  • Stunning Landscaped Gardens
  • Sea Views over Phang Nga Bay
  • Pum Pui Restaurant & Bar
  • Best view in Asia
  • Complimentary WiFi in all rooms
  • Koyao Spa
  • Free Kayak and Bicycle hire

“Amazing Island Retreat”

casiegel90 (Baltimore, Maryland)

Jun 2020

I had a really hard time deciding which Island to go to. I wanted a place that had a great beach, crystal clear water, and an amazing resort. We did not have that much time so I struggled to decide if it was worth going to an Island that was further away. We finally decided on Koyao Island Resort but it was hard to get a lot of information so I am hoping to provide that here for anyone doing their research.

We stayed in the Family Beach Villa (2 beds, 1 bath, A/C) which was directly on the beach. There are two parts to the resort. The beach front property includes the Family Beach Villas as well as Sea Breeze Studio (without A/C). That is also where the restaurant, Spa and Pool are located. The back part of the resort has the Tented Villas with a Pool. Each tented Villa has their own pool and sits high up on the hill (behind the main resort) and has an absolutely amazing view but you have to take a golf cart to get to the main resort where the spa and dining are located. One night, they offered a free happy hour at the back part of the resort and at the very top (behind all the hilltop villas) they have a bar. It was amazing and the view was breath taking.

Family Villa - This was a very nice room. As you can tell from the pictures, it is "open air" in the sense that they have glass doors and open slotted walls but they do have A/C and it works amazing. We were so comfortable and were even too cold some nights. The shower is outdoor but very private and very nice.

The beach is nice with very soft sand. They have lounge chairs throughout the property but none of them are setup on the beach. They are setup on the grass behind the beach and right in front the villa. It was very nice as you could go for a swim but then dry off in a less sandy location. The water can be crystal clear some days and murky other days. It just depends on how rough the current is. I would say the water was very clear 50% of the time during our stay. A lot of reviews for this island talk about there being no water at low tide but we did not experience that in March. They have free paddle boards and kayaks as well as bicycles. The pool looks right over the water and was very nice to have a drink at. Lots of sun and shade depending on what you are looking for.

Breakfast was very good and had a ton of options. I was impressed with the quality and the variety. We also eat lunch here which was very good but rather expensive. We usually filled up at breakfast and went for an early dinner outside the resort. There are a ton of options to eat outside the resort if you do not mind walking. The roads are dark at night but the Resort provides everyone with a flash light. We went out for dinner every night and had a great time exploring. Directly outside the resort, you will find a cute little coffee/book shop as well as a bar.

Excursions. We book a day excursion as we wanted a chance to get to see the other islands and go snorkeling. While the prices at the hotel are not cheap (compared to what you can find if you go for a walk) you know that you are going to get quality service. We had a wonderful time and they packed us a delicious lunch and took lots of photos for us. I would highly recommend their excursions.

We booked for a private transport to the hotel upon our arrival and I would definitely recommend this for when you first arrive. If you do, you can go straight to the resort and do not waste time waiting for the ferry. On the way home, we just took a tuk-tuk to the ferry and then had a private car from there. That was also a nice option.

All in all, for being so close to Phuket, you really felt like you were in a whole different world. The resort was fantastic and the location was superb. I would definitely come back here.

Ps. the ppl that own this resort also own Six Senses so you are really getting a quality offering for a very reasonable price. I will definitely be back and will be recommending to everyone I know traveling to Thailand.
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“A get away from it resort and island”

jeff_whiteway (Epsom, United Kingdom)

Mar 2020

Having spent the first part of our Thailand holiday in a super 5 star hotel, we were slightly concerned as to whether we had done the right thing in going to a tent for the second part of our holiday! We need not have worried as the 9 Hornbills tent which are separate to, but part of the Kayao Island Resort was fantastic.

Everything you would want from a room, with super comfortable bed, living area and indoor bathroom and outdoor shower. And just outside your door, an alfresco dining area and then your own pool in your own gardens. Fantastic.

The views are out of this world. The sunrises are worth the early morning as were spectacular. Breakfasts can be delivered to your tent, (both in pool or on table) or an electric buggy will pick you up to take you to the hotel's restaurant. We certainly preferred at tent dining. Daily maid cleaning was efficient as was the nightly bug preparation, which seemed to keep the blighters away. Mosquitoe spray was provided and actually smelt OK - We didn't get a single bite so nothing to worry about there.

Perhaps the downside (but mostly an advantage) is you are remote from the hotel. When you want to go out, you need to phone for a buggy, but these were prompt and the people charming. It is not a 5 Star resort, but the people are lovely and so keen to help. In the restaurant they employ local people and perhaps the service was not perfect, but when on holiday there should be no need to rush. The Spa was great and pleasingly not the crazy pricing of our previous hotel. The drinks were also priced reasonably. However greater bargains and food available on the small island. The hotel gave us some great tips of where to eat and their TukTuk was always available to take and bring us back. They also arranged a couple of excursions for us, both were great and good value for money. The roads are so quiet hiring a scooter from the hotel is also a good possibility (not something I would say for Phuket!)

All in all, a very enjoyable stay. Could fault be found - Yes if you look hard enough, but when the staff are so supportive and friendly why look - just lay back and enjoy the wonders of Thailand
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“Awesome paradise!”

69katjae (Hofheim am Taunus, Germany)

Mar 2020

Highly recommended, great area, beautiful beach, nice and friendly, helpful staff, good breakfast, nice trips to other islands possible.

This is really a great resort on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Unfortunately, the seawater is not completely clean, suspended matter and nettle plankton, but unfortunately this is now almost everywhere in Thailand.

We were first in a Sea Breeze Studio (17). The studio is rustic but tastefully decorated, it has everything you need. We had a cozy balcony with a sea view and felt very comfortable. However, due to the open room concept, you can hear noises from the neighboring studios, the bar below, the check-in area of the hotel and the restaurant or the kitchen. It wasn't loud, but you can hear more than you want to hear in your private living area. We then had the opportunity to change at an additional cost and moved to one of the Hornbill tents on the hill (30). Paradise is the right word, it was excellent, absolutely great, tasteful, clean luxury tent with everything you need. The private pool is the icing on the cake. We enjoyed every hour and would love to come back to such a Hornbill tent anytime.

The breakfast is delicious and varied (Asian, western and plentiful). The service is excellent. We had booked a special valentines dinner on the beach which was not perfect (meat and fish a bit dry) but the atmosphere and presentation of the food was nice. The staff is obviously trying and is very friendly.
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“Exceptional”

David C (Tiverton, United Kingdom)

Feb 2020

Ignore any criticisms in other reviews, this place is fantastic. The staff are so friendly and welcoming and in particular I would mention Fon. Huge bed, inside and outside showers. Fabulous views of the karsts in the Andaman sea. The 16 villas are spread along a 200m beach and so you never feel crowded. Very urbane Swiss GM. Good breakfast spread with eggs cooked to order. Complimentary cocktails on Mondays, complimentary boat trip on Tuesdays (which I highjly recommend), complimentary 10 minute massage daily, complimentary body massage during visit, complimentary yoga etc, I cannot speak highly enough of this hotel. Oh, and the restaurant was excellent as well.

Lots of very comfortable sun beds.Free kayak and bike usage,
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“Amazing Island Retreat”

casiegel90 (Baltimore, Maryland)

Jun 2020

I had a really hard time deciding which Island to go to. I wanted a place that had a great beach, crystal clear water, and an amazing resort. We did not have that much time so I struggled to decide if it was worth going to an Island that was further away. We finally decided on Koyao Island Resort but it was hard to get a lot of information so I am hoping to provide that here for anyone doing their research.

We stayed in the Family Beach Villa (2 beds, 1 bath, A/C) which was directly on the beach. There are two parts to the resort. The beach front property includes the Family Beach Villas as well as Sea Breeze Studio (without A/C). That is also where the restaurant, Spa and Pool are located. The back part of the resort has the Tented Villas with a Pool. Each tented Villa has their own pool and sits high up on the hill (behind the main resort) and has an absolutely amazing view but you have to take a golf cart to get to the main resort where the spa and dining are located. One night, they offered a free happy hour at the back part of the resort and at the very top (behind all the hilltop villas) they have a bar. It was amazing and the view was breath taking.

Family Villa - This was a very nice room. As you can tell from the pictures, it is "open air" in the sense that they have glass doors and open slotted walls but they do have A/C and it works amazing. We were so comfortable and were even too cold some nights. The shower is outdoor but very private and very nice.

The beach is nice with very soft sand. They have lounge chairs throughout the property but none of them are setup on the beach. They are setup on the grass behind the beach and right in front the villa. It was very nice as you could go for a swim but then dry off in a less sandy location. The water can be crystal clear some days and murky other days. It just depends on how rough the current is. I would say the water was very clear 50% of the time during our stay. A lot of reviews for this island talk about there being no water at low tide but we did not experience that in March. They have free paddle boards and kayaks as well as bicycles. The pool looks right over the water and was very nice to have a drink at. Lots of sun and shade depending on what you are looking for.

Breakfast was very good and had a ton of options. I was impressed with the quality and the variety. We also eat lunch here which was very good but rather expensive. We usually filled up at breakfast and went for an early dinner outside the resort. There are a ton of options to eat outside the resort if you do not mind walking. The roads are dark at night but the Resort provides everyone with a flash light. We went out for dinner every night and had a great time exploring. Directly outside the resort, you will find a cute little coffee/book shop as well as a bar.

Excursions. We book a day excursion as we wanted a chance to get to see the other islands and go snorkeling. While the prices at the hotel are not cheap (compared to what you can find if you go for a walk) you know that you are going to get quality service. We had a wonderful time and they packed us a delicious lunch and took lots of photos for us. I would highly recommend their excursions.

We booked for a private transport to the hotel upon our arrival and I would definitely recommend this for when you first arrive. If you do, you can go straight to the resort and do not waste time waiting for the ferry. On the way home, we just took a tuk-tuk to the ferry and then had a private car from there. That was also a nice option.

All in all, for being so close to Phuket, you really felt like you were in a whole different world. The resort was fantastic and the location was superb. I would definitely come back here.

Ps. the ppl that own this resort also own Six Senses so you are really getting a quality offering for a very reasonable price. I will definitely be back and will be recommending to everyone I know traveling to Thailand.
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“A get away from it resort and island”

jeff_whiteway (Epsom, United Kingdom)

Mar 2020

Having spent the first part of our Thailand holiday in a super 5 star hotel, we were slightly concerned as to whether we had done the right thing in going to a tent for the second part of our holiday! We need not have worried as the 9 Hornbills tent which are separate to, but part of the Kayao Island Resort was fantastic.

Everything you would want from a room, with super comfortable bed, living area and indoor bathroom and outdoor shower. And just outside your door, an alfresco dining area and then your own pool in your own gardens. Fantastic.

The views are out of this world. The sunrises are worth the early morning as were spectacular. Breakfasts can be delivered to your tent, (both in pool or on table) or an electric buggy will pick you up to take you to the hotel's restaurant. We certainly preferred at tent dining. Daily maid cleaning was efficient as was the nightly bug preparation, which seemed to keep the blighters away. Mosquitoe spray was provided and actually smelt OK - We didn't get a single bite so nothing to worry about there.

Perhaps the downside (but mostly an advantage) is you are remote from the hotel. When you want to go out, you need to phone for a buggy, but these were prompt and the people charming. It is not a 5 Star resort, but the people are lovely and so keen to help. In the restaurant they employ local people and perhaps the service was not perfect, but when on holiday there should be no need to rush. The Spa was great and pleasingly not the crazy pricing of our previous hotel. The drinks were also priced reasonably. However greater bargains and food available on the small island. The hotel gave us some great tips of where to eat and their TukTuk was always available to take and bring us back. They also arranged a couple of excursions for us, both were great and good value for money. The roads are so quiet hiring a scooter from the hotel is also a good possibility (not something I would say for Phuket!)

All in all, a very enjoyable stay. Could fault be found - Yes if you look hard enough, but when the staff are so supportive and friendly why look - just lay back and enjoy the wonders of Thailand
More

“Awesome paradise!”

69katjae (Hofheim am Taunus, Germany)

Mar 2020

Highly recommended, great area, beautiful beach, nice and friendly, helpful staff, good breakfast, nice trips to other islands possible.

This is really a great resort on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Unfortunately, the seawater is not completely clean, suspended matter and nettle plankton, but unfortunately this is now almost everywhere in Thailand.

We were first in a Sea Breeze Studio (17). The studio is rustic but tastefully decorated, it has everything you need. We had a cozy balcony with a sea view and felt very comfortable. However, due to the open room concept, you can hear noises from the neighboring studios, the bar below, the check-in area of the hotel and the restaurant or the kitchen. It wasn't loud, but you can hear more than you want to hear in your private living area. We then had the opportunity to change at an additional cost and moved to one of the Hornbill tents on the hill (30). Paradise is the right word, it was excellent, absolutely great, tasteful, clean luxury tent with everything you need. The private pool is the icing on the cake. We enjoyed every hour and would love to come back to such a Hornbill tent anytime.

The breakfast is delicious and varied (Asian, western and plentiful). The service is excellent. We had booked a special valentines dinner on the beach which was not perfect (meat and fish a bit dry) but the atmosphere and presentation of the food was nice. The staff is obviously trying and is very friendly.
More

“Exceptional”

David C (Tiverton, United Kingdom)

Feb 2020

Ignore any criticisms in other reviews, this place is fantastic. The staff are so friendly and welcoming and in particular I would mention Fon. Huge bed, inside and outside showers. Fabulous views of the karsts in the Andaman sea. The 16 villas are spread along a 200m beach and so you never feel crowded. Very urbane Swiss GM. Good breakfast spread with eggs cooked to order. Complimentary cocktails on Mondays, complimentary boat trip on Tuesdays (which I highjly recommend), complimentary 10 minute massage daily, complimentary body massage during visit, complimentary yoga etc, I cannot speak highly enough of this hotel. Oh, and the restaurant was excellent as well.

Lots of very comfortable sun beds.Free kayak and bike usage,
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