Koh Yao Yai Village Resort
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Quiet island resort a short boat ride from Phulet Oct 15, 2011
Koh Yao Yai is an island a short boat ride away from Phuket. Despite giving notice to the resort about the transfer between the pier and resort, no one from the resort was there to pick us up.
Then when we checked in, they told us our bungalow wasn't ready even though we arrived after 2 PM, which is the official check in time.
Our bungalow was ready at 4 PM and it was set among trees and spaced quite apart from each other, feels like we were in a little jungle.
The bungalow was spacious, with an outdoor terrace where there are sun loungers, a daybed and the refrigerator. The placement of the refrigerator baffled us a little as we had to go out of the room/bungalow every time we want a cold drink etc.
The bed was big and a little on the hard side but it was still comfortable. The bungalow had a huge window looking out into the "jungle" and the resort main path as well as an outdoor rainshower.
The infinity pool is gorgeous overlooking another island across from Yao Yai.
The beach in front of the hotel wasn't good for swimming as you had to walk a long way out to reach the water.
We stayed for 3 nights and ate all of our meals at the in-house restaurant. The menu was varied and prices are comparable if not just a little higher than Phuket.
Our flight out of Phuket was at 7 PM and even though we had to check out at 12, we were welcome to use the resort facilities until we left at 4 PM (last speedboat out to Phuket).
The staff at reception and housekeeping were very friendly and helpful but the staff at the restaurant and bar not quite so. We had to seek them out every time we wanted to order drinks or snacks by the pool or when we sat down lunch and dinner.
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Koh Yao Yai Village Resort Overview
This resort is located in the heart of Phang-Nga Bay on the Andaman Sea. It is surrounded by 42 beautiful islands and is easy to reach via a short 40-minute crossing by speed boat from Phuket (Bang Rong pier) or Krabi (Ao Nang or Thalen pier).
Built in 2009, this property is a boutique hideaway, a private and peaceful retreat on the gentle shores of Koh Yao Yai that captures the enchantment of the unspoilt natural surroundings. This beach hotel comprises a total of 40 rooms, a terrace and a garden. Facilities on offer to guests include a lobby, a currency exchange facility, a restaurant and an air-conditioned library with Internet access. Guests can also take advantage of the laundry service and there is a bicycle hire service available (for an additional fee).
Each of the private bungalows is individually styled in soft furnishings and decorated with Thai folk art featuring handcrafted woodcarvings. The outdoor living area is a great way to appreciate the natural tropical forest surroundings. The rooms offer full amenities and all come with a large private outdoor bathroom with a rain shower and a hairdryer and offer a king-size or double bed. They are equipped with a direct dial telephone, satellite/ cable TV, Internet access, a safe and a fridge. Furthermore, tea and coffee making facilities and individually regulated air conditioning are provided in all accommodation as standard and all units feature a terrace.
This hotel features an outdoor infinity pool and poolside snack bar overlooking the sandy beach and the islands beyond. Guests can also enjoy the activity centre, which offers sightseeing tours, bicycle tours (charges apply), fishing, batik painting and local handicrafts.
The hotel offers a continental breakfast; local and international cuisine is offered a la carte for lunch and dinner.
American Express, JCB, MasterCard and VISA are accepted at this hotel.
Check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is no later than 12 pm. A 24-hr reception desk is available. The electricity supply is 220 volts.
How to get there
To arrive at the resort, land transfers can be arranged to take guests to the pier for the connecting sea transfer from either Phuket or Krabi International Airport or from any hotel in Phuket, Khao Lak, Aonang and Krabi. Upon arriving at the island of Koh Yao Yai, a hotel representative will meet guests at the pier and provide a direct free transfer to the resort.
Koh Yao Yai Village Resort Amenities