Paradise Koh Yao
What We Love
- A secluded island hideaway on a private beach, with breakfast, a massage and much more Getting off the beaten path and discovering a place of amazing natural beauty
- Enjoying a variety of cuisines at the resort's beachfront restaurants, with everything from local specialties to wood-fired pizzas
- Indulging in spa treatments at the beautiful, tranquil spa
What To Know
- Reaching the resort from Phuket requires a 60-minute boat ride and then 30-minute car ride; from Krabi, expect to take a 40-minute boat ride (for an additional charge, you can arrange private transfers via the resort)
- Shuttle service is provided into Koh Yao Noi
- Free WiFi is available throughout
Sometimes the most heavenly destinations are off the beaten trail. That’s definitely the case on the sleepy Koh Yao islands, reachable in less than an hour by speedboat from Krabi or Phuket. These virtually untouched islands offer secret beaches, lush landscapes and incredible vistas.
On one of these dreamy islands, Koh Yao Noi, you’ll find Paradise Koh Yao. Tucked away in a rain-forest reserve on the remote northern tip of the island, this boutique hideaway is designed in an easy-going, island-chic style. Luxurious accommodations, impressive facilities and no shortage of hammocks and daybeds make this destination the perfect place to relax and recharge.
And there’s no need to worry about being too far off the grid. You’ll enjoy two exquisite restaurants, a beach club and a laid-back bar offering live music. Fill your days with kayaking trips, Thai cooking class, yoga and meditation sessions or treatments at the spa. And if that’s not enough for you, we haven’t even mentioned the best part: the private white-sand beach with mesmerizing views of Phang Nga Bay.
It doesn’t get much better than the accommodations at Paradise Koh Yao, with lovely tropical-chic décor and stunning views. Each studio features an open-air living area with an inviting swing, as well as a semi-outdoor bathroom. The Superior studio starts you off at 580 square feet, while the Jacuzzi studio provides a bit more square footage and a private Jacuzzi on the deck. The Plunge Pool Deluxe studio is the most impressive, with 667 square feet, stunning views of Phang Nga Bay and a private plunge pool to cool off in.
Amenities- Wi-Fi access- King-sized bed- Air conditioning- Ceiling fan- Flat-screen TV- Phone- Minibar- Tea and coffee facilities- Safe
The resort’s signature restaurant, Seafood Terrace, offers both Thai and Western fare, as well as themed buffet evenings at least three times a week. You’ll find a more casual ambience at Al Fresco, a laid-back beachfront dining spot serving Mediterranean dishes, pasta, pizza and dessert. There are also two bars to enjoy: The Beach Club, which also serves snacks and Italian ice cream, and Sundowners, which hosts live music in the evenings.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more ideal, peaceful location for a spa. Set in the jungle, this soothing sanctuary features a waterfall plunge pool, an herbal steam cave and a number of private treatment salas. Yoga and meditation sessions are held daily on the beach.
Paradise Koh Yao is hidden away on the lush northern tip of the island, within a protected reserve. You can arrange island-hopping trips in order to experience more of the region. The island can be reached by speedboat from Krabi or Phuket, and the resort is more than happy to help organize transfers.
How to Get There
My wife and I recently spent eight nights at this resort. We opted for airport transfers organized through the resort as the sea portion was included in our package anyway. Both transfers went like clockwork. On arrival we were offered a welcome drink and a refreshing towel. Our room 271 was exactly as described on their website. It was spacious, clean and had a fantastic view over Phang Gna Bay.
The general atmosphere of the resort was sort of shabby-chic and very very relaxed. Housekeeping, restaurant and bar staff very friendly at all times. Service was casual but efficient. The resort is quite hilly and widespread. However, there a buggies available to take you where you want to go at any time. Just call for one through reception.
Breakfast choices were very good though a bit sameish after a few days. We left the Western food alone at lunch and dinner. The Thai dishes on offer were tasty with good size portions and a reasonable prices.
We were surprised about the number of young couples from all over the world who stayed at the resort to enjoy the peaceful and relaxed vibe. If you are looking for a hectic nightlife and loud music this is not the place for you.
To sum up: we really enjoyed our time at Paradise Koh Yao and recommend it to anyone looking for a few days of rest and relaxation in a tropical climate.
This place was one of the best we stayed during our honeymoon. Beautiful romantic rooms and resort that lives its own peacefull life, with nice beach and pool, happy hours four times a day and amazing breakfast buffet. Personel which was very kind and help us with our transfer when thunderstorm hit the island and we can not use previously arranged carrier.
It's in a stunning situation, quite isolated from anywhere else, but comfortable, beautifully designed, and with excellent service. We've stayed before at the Float House on the River Kwae, which is part of the same chain, and so our expectations were high; if anything Koh Yao is even better, and of course, you have the beautiful ocean here, rather than the rather dirty river.
The first great quality is the huge amount of space that there is, with the long curving private beach and the beautifully varied gardens that are full of birds and butterflies and the occasional monitor. We were in a room with a plunge pool on its huge balcony, and I recommend them because they're high up on the steep hillside with wonderful views, especially at dawn. Some people on here complain about the climb, but to us it was well worth the exercise several times a day. The rooms themselves are beautifully designed and executed, spacious and comfortable in every way. The rustic effect works very well indeed, except with the furniture. Thailand has lots of excellent carpenters working in the hotel construction industry, and tables that are held together with occasionally protruding nails are not rustic - they're just cheap. The room was very clean and well stocked, but the cleaning staff seemed to be fighting a losing battle with the bats on the balcony.
I've left till last the other great positive element in this resort and that is the people who work here. Everyone was really friendly and welcoming: the gardeners, the large number of people who clean the beach every morning, the bar attendants and most of all the servers in the restaurant - they're really good at what they do, attentive, funny but not intrusive, and always with helpful advice. At first, I thought the warmth was there because we were speaking Thai, but then I saw that it was just the same with the English- speaking visitors. One of the chefs took a lot of time one morning to explain to me exactly how the local Thai desserts of sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves were made, just which kind of mango was best to balance the taste, etc. Since returning to Samut Prakan we've made them ourselves, though they're still not quite as good as on Koh Yao. And it's that connection with the local that I like so much about this resort. It fits into its environment socially as well as environmentally. Most of the staff are local people and the management has gone to a lot of trouble to employ them and train them well. Though it's a luxurious environment, you don't feel completely cut off from the real world that surrounds it.
I had stayed here only one night. The hotel itself is so beautiful, quiet beach, large room and good view But the service was very poor like 2 stars hotel I don't know because we are Thai and the staff haven't treat me like foreigner!!
First I asked for buggy to pick me up from the hotel entrance to the room and I got the answer that the staff go for dinner no one can pick me up !!!!! Seriously !!! how can you manage all of your staff to go for dinner in the same time??? and I have to walk back to the room.
Then I had no water 2 times in the room during my stayed. Upon calling them and we had no apology just a simple “we’ll send someone to fix it” !!!
Last but not least, I asked for towel from the lady at reception because I forgot to bring from the room, she bringed me towel with her annoying face!!?? and turned around back to work like I wasn't there.
However, what does bother me is poor service where staff simply don’t give a damn about your experience.
The place is amazingly beautiful, the hotel itself is decided in separate houses, so it makes the experience really romantic. The beach of the hotel is private only for guest thereof. The downside is that for Thailand the hotel and offered services inside are expensive and the complex is far from anything else (the main village of the island).