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
After travelling round Thailand for a few weeks, paradise was calling! It took approx 45 mins by speedboat to reach koh yau noi. Although the tide was out on arrival we were aware of this and our expectations were met. We had our room upgraded to a jacuzzi bath room on the second floor, the views were amazing!! Thank you. We had an excellent time here and really enjoyed the 4 Happy Hours every day. There was only one let down and that was when the moored our yacht people came ashore, the restaurant couldn’t cope very well with all the extra people wanting to eat at the same time as hotel guests. Apart from this we had a fab time and will definitely return one day soon.
Speedboat transfer from Phuket Yacht Harbour took 40 mins and there was even time to stop off for a quick view of some the nearby rock formations.
The rooms are more than adequate. The nightly turn down service pulls down the mozzie netting and light the candle. A semi outdoor shower, balcony and enough home comforts to make it a good stay.
Beach is great with sufficient beds for everyone. Shade is provided by natural trees.
When the tide is in its good swimming. When the tide is out, the sea floor is exposed so no swimming except in the pool. Its an interesting concept that the tide subsides so far.
Happy hour 4 times a day is essential when prices are 5 star hotel prices.
We were on a B&B basis and didn't find the same level of breakfast choices as we have done in other hotels - might be something to do with their position.
Lunch in the main restaurant. For dinner we used the a la carte restaurant. That's because on night 1 we found ourselves with a buffet costing 1300bht without drinks which we thought was over the top. Instead the a la carte was offering individually freshly cooked Thai food which was outstanding and drew us back every night we were there and we made sure we complimented the chef every night as we left. Good food and good service.
Never found the way out of the resort but really didn't need to for those few days.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket, and to experience a picturesque beach and resort to lay back, relax, sip cocktails n take in great food, friendly service, and amazing wildlife, then this is the place for you. My wife and I returned 5 years after our first stay, and were impressed once again. Whilst we had some minor issues with our room, the staff were extremely helpful and accommodating. Highly recommend the Ocean View Jacuzzi Rooms, the views are amazing. Can’t recommend enough, we will be back again!!
We have visited Phuket many times and have always planned to spend time on an island in The Gulf of Thailand. We were lucky enough to select Paradise Koa Yao on the island of Koh Yao Noi, a 30 minutes fast boat ride from the northeast side of Phuket. When we arrived the tide was out and the beach looked disappointing, but this was short lived and when the tide was in we had a beautiful beach to settle in to. The resort has a wonderful atmosphere, with beach type rooms that are quirky, well set out with large windows, great storage and a huge outdoor shower. The only place to eat and drink is the resort restaurants and bars, which is a bit concerning until we sat down to our first meal that was well priced, with beautiful fresh tasty choices and well priced. They have several happy hours throughout the day, so plenty of opportunities to grab a bargain. If you would like to travel into the village, choose to go via long boat. It is a short trip but a great experience. We shared the boat with two other couples for 800 BHT each way. Staying here was a highlight of our trip to Phuket and we will return here when we are back again. Staying here is a wonderful escape, with lazy days in a beautiful, peaceful environment.
Stayed here for first 3 nights of our honeymoon, we wanted somewhere relaxing where we could recharge after our wedding and the long haul travel.
Pros of this place -
Beach setting is beautiful - lovely soft sand, calm sea and limestone karst
Fairly nice pool area
Food is relatively nice
Prices are expensive for what the standard of the hotel. A cocktail is £10 - London prices. I don’t mind paying this if the hotel itself is pure luxury but it isn’t.
The hotel has a rustic style but feels in need of renovation - the rooms at the top of the hill look like traditional dated 1960s Caribbean hotels which are dirty and need a good lick of paint. The grounds are quite barren and dirty looking - usually in Thai hotels the grounds are very floral and manicured but there isn’t anything like this here.
Food was okay but also expensive for what it is.
Pool is dirty again just needs renovating the wooden boards around the pool are old looking and some need replacing.
It costs 1600 baht return (£50) to get a taxi to the town, to then hire a scooter for 250 baht. So for a day out to explore including food etc would cost well over £150. This was a bit frustrating for us as it means you are stuck in the hotel.
It has been a nice 3 days but the pictures of the hotel online make it look so much nicer than it is in reality - if like me, you are one of those people who wince at rough, bare walls in the bedrooms and old painted “shabby chic” wooden furniture which you hesitate to unpack your underwear into then this place isnt for you.