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
This island is between Krabi and Phuket and is only reached by boat.it is in the most perfect setting with lovely scenery great beach, unusual shaped rocks out to sea and green jungle behind). The staff are all very welcoming and helpful, the accommodation is lovely with everything you may need. As expected, this is not a place with constant a activities but would highly recommend a massage in the beautiful jungle-themed spa and a yoga session on the beach should not be missed. Other guests said they loved the kayaking, the boat trips and the Thai cooking class. The restaurant has a wide and varied menu to suit all tastes, the breakfast is plentiful with a wide choice of food. The beach bar with beanbag seating and candles is the perfect place to end the day.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and loved our room with a view and a plunge pool - Very comfortable & private. The resort is remote and it's a lot of effort to get around the island - so guests are a 'captive' market, and everything is priced accordingly. The resort is set on the edge of the jungle, and the hornbills are fascinating however if you're wanting to experience Thailand, this isn't the place to choose.. If you want to take a break and are prepared to pay 5 star prices for everything - this certainly is.
Arriving by speedboat really sets the scene for this holiday - you feel kinda special & privileged.
The hotel location is fantastic, with a nice beach & a warm sea just steps from your room.
The fabric of the hotel needs a little TLC, but work was already starting on this when we departed 29 May. But everything worked & the feel was very tropical.
Julian does the meet & greet & is a bit of a character. Bonjour mon ami, if you read this! The entire staff were friendly & nothing was any bother to them. Happy smiley people....it's very infectious!
As said by many, the restaurant is on the pricey side, depending on what you eat. Some of the dishes were a bit hit & miss, but in general the food was pretty good.
Have a late breakfast & save yourself the cost of lunch, it's a big breakfast!
Definitely not a party island, most nights there was a singer/guitarist after dinner.
It's really all about stepping out of your room onto a beach, having sand between your toes as you eat dinner, swimming & kayaking & just chilling out.
We booked a local guy (Bass Tour) to take us on a 5 island tour - some great spots, great snorkelling & just spending the day with Bass & his winning smile was pretty cool.
If staying a few days, I'd advise an early use of the shuttle bus to the local village to stock up on holiday gifts, cold drinks etc,
We try not to re-visit places, as there's so many places in the world to see. But we'd certainly come back here & would recommend it highly.
We have been to Paradise Koh Yao twice, loved it there! We have stayed in a Deluxe Room with private jacuzzi and fabulous views over the bay, really great. Restaurant good, staff all great and friendly. Would love to go back.
Wow wow and wow. We enjoyed everything about this hotel. From the pick up by speed boat from Phuket yacht mariner to the studio room overlooking the tropical gardens to the hornbills flying through the palm trees, this was truly paradise.
A little too remote for those who like the raw thailand as there is no way of getting around on your own, you are reliant on the hotels services and they are a little steep. However we had a fantastic holiday and would highly recommend for three to four nights as part of a twin centre. We stayed for 8 nights and if it was more accessible could have stayed for longer.