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 is our second visit to Paradise Koh Yao. If you want a holiday where you can just relax at the beach or pool, eat great food and generally slow down for a while this is your place. The staff are very friendly and the place is immaculately tidy and clean all the time. The rooms are all generally a similar configuration, with the differences being their location either being closer to the beach or up on the hill which means a bit of a walk but spectacular views. You would be happy with either. It just depends if you want extras like pools and spas. The power sockets are type B in the rooms however the TV is a Type A socket, so plan for that as well for streaming devices. The activities hut staff are very helpful and offer a range of snorkelling, diving and other excursions. the James Bond Island tour is worthwhile and the island hopping tour is a great way to do some snorkelling and see some great islands. They cater a great lunch, the chicken fried rice is fantastic. The food at the restaurant is a range of Thai and western food. The prices are middle of the range.We had breakfast from the buffet, shared something for lunch and then had a good evening meal. For 6 days with food, the Island hopping tour and a massage and a few drinks, we spent about $800AU. My wife had to get some medicine during our stay the village has a chemist that can provide anything you would need. We have made this our go to unwind destination now and will definitely be back again.
This was our second stay at Paradise Koh Yao. Both times it was the sea front villa we stayed in - very cozy, with a beach just 10 steps away, yet very private. It was my birthday this time, and the resort staff welcomed and treated us with so much attention - as they always do. Amazing how it always feels so quiet and peaceful at Paradise comparing even to Phuket. Truly the place speaks for its name! We loved everything: the food, the activities, the atmosphere, and most importantly, the staff - fantastic people! We’ll be back!
Total back drop in the whole resort was breathtaking. I've worked in travel for 22 years and takes alot to get into my top 3 resorts in the world but this has made it so easily. The staff are amazing, the food choice is off the scale and the view...... Well take a look. Cannot recommend this place highly enough, if you have a bucket list, this place should be on it.
Staying 5-7th November 2019