Nicci Gelder Singapore
Right from booking the holiday, the communication was very helpful and informative. The car and boat transfer was prompt and comfortable and we were greeted with a lovely cooling welcome drink on the island. The resort itself is beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. The grounds are lush and there is even an organic mushroom shed where the staff grow the mushrooms which are then used in the yummy food. The breakfast was so tasty and varied each day, there was so much choice each day - something for everyone and all types of diets and food preferences. The yoga was great (we are beginners) it was fun, peaceful and challenging. Overlooking the ocean in the morning was so good for the soul and mind. The teacher was able to tailor and adapt each class to the different abilities and levels, so that everyone was challenged and supported in their movements. The massages were out of this world, you need to experience them for yourself. The rooms and accommodation were luxurious, clean & comfortable. Every member of staff we met were friendly, helpful and the whole place was well established and very, very professional.I would thoroughly recommend this resort and would go back in a heartbeat.
This is just the most beautiful place on earth! I have never seen any place so breathtakingly beautiful before.
We had the Plunge Pool Villa with view of the beach which was just a dream.
Activity wise we can totally recommend the morning Yoga class which takes place at a beautiful open sala at the beach and has the most amazing view.
Also you should definitely go on the kayak trip to Thalen Bay- just magical and pure nature!
And if you want to/can just take one massage at the resort spa, upgrade to the paradise signature one- it is just an amazingly relaxing and beautiful treatment.
Also all the staff were super nice and helpful all the time and everywhere and the breakfast buffet is out if this world.
If you want to go to the Phuket area and choose a nice resort, the Paradise is just the right one for you. Just the place to hide away and relax for a few days.
Monica C Australia
We had an amazing holiday, thanks to the wonderful, friendly and helpful staff. We found that the staff were so willing to help you if they could and if they couldn't then they found someone who could. The place was beautiful with the jungle and the backdrop and the vista off the beach looking out at the awe inspiring limestone islands and Krabi in the distance. This then allowed the nature to be a wonderful balance between resort and glamping. The rooms with the outdoor shower and the verandah in each allowed you to relax totally. The yoga in the hut at the end of the beach was one of the most amazing places to practice that it will be a lasting memory and a cherished one. Thanks to all the staff once again that made our holiday such a memorable one.
Michael N Australia
Transferred out by speed boat to the island which was a great way to arrive. We were warmly welcomed and shown to our room which was right at the top of the complex. A few stairs to negotiate but the peace and quiet made it very worthwhile. Wi-Fi was excellent.
We had breakfast in the al-fresco restaurant included in our package and the range of food was excellent. This restaurant is then open all day from 10am to 10pm for lunch and dinner. (There is also a fine dining restaurant to which we went one night but were a bit disappointed with both the meals and the long wait) No money needed on the island, just charge everything to your room and pay by credit card when you leave.
The pool in the resort is excellent and scrupulously clean There are a few lounges on the edge of the pool and lots more right along the beach. Plenty of opportunities to relax.
Kayaks, badminton, table tennis and lots of other activities. There are no shops in the resort but a trip into "town" is easy and quite interesting. There are also lots of activities which can be arranged for you like fishing or snorkeling expeditions or trips to the sea caves or to ride the elephants. The staff in the activity centre are helpful and speak good English.
We had a lovely experience and will recommend this resort to our friends.
LordPeter Victoria Australia
My partner & I have been fortunate over the past few years to have visited a number of countries: in Europe, North America, New Zealand & Asia, as well as doing a fair bit of wandering in our own little plot of Australia.
What has that to do with Paradise Koh Yao? Well. Simply that it is the ONLY place we have ever stayed at more than once. This time was our third stay & our opinion has not changed at all.
A second bit of pertinent information is that we do not greatly like resorts - in fact we usually try, wherever possible, to avoid them.
So, I guess I'd have to say (in our opinions) that makes the Paradise Koh Yao a very special place indeed.
Since our last visit they have changed the name (which WAS a bit of a mouthful) & have made subtle, but significant changes to the rooms & about the resort in general.
Which is definitely not to say that there was anything wrong previously - just that it was obvious that a lot of time (& doubtless expense) has been made to freshen things up & make the resort that little bit more welcoming & comfortable for guests.
We stayed in one of the basic suites which are irregardless, suitably plush: spacious, with a very comfortable bed, TV, WiFi - a nice desk to write, read, or draw at. A beautiful terrace with a swing lounge as well as lounge chairs. We love the indoor/outdoor shower room - which can be made private by simply drawing louvre doors across.
Other levels of accommodation feature spa baths (huge! We once were given a upgrade). Others offer plunge pools.
There is a beautiful pool available for general use, as well as kayaks to paddle, a badminton or volleyball court as well as an activity centre which this time around was offering batik painting lessons. That said there are many activities available for romantic meals, visits to the villages at the southern end of the island, snorkelling trips & so on.
The resort has two restaurants: the main one plus another, slightly more up-market one featuring more Mediterranean & International cuisine.
We only patronised the main restaurant this time around & have to say that we greatly enjoyed the Thai dishes on offer (we can get a pizza round here). That said, there is a wide range of both Thai & other cuisines on offer.
The main restaurant also is where the breakfast buffet is served. I read one review saying that the reviewer felt the choices there were a bit limited. I do not know where he or she normally has breakfast, but would be astonished if there were many places boasting a wider range. My partner is a noodle freak, so generally started with the Asian dishes on offer, then onto the egg station & an omelette, or if not, delving into the pancakes etc., before finishing with fresh fruit. An innovation she really enjoyed was being able to order a cafe latte from our table (mine was a pot of tea). Oh & the fruit juices were nice too...
I've left out the sybaritic pleasures of the spa - partner & I succumbed to the lure of the beautiful massages on offer...
There is also a yoga centre as well.
That kind of gives a very basic overview of the resort. It however leaves out easily the more important feature in my opinion, & that HAS to be the staff.
One policy that we loved & which continues, is that the Paradise, wherever possible, employs local people. The staff are delightful, friendly, welcoming, accommodating & helpful.
I went down to dinner one night on my own: partner was suffering a migraine. A number of staff asked after her & when I mentioned that she was ill - one staff member went off & prepared a little basket of breads for her. The basket's appearance was followed by the duty manager, who came over expressing concern & offering to have some boiled rice with steamed chicken prepared & sent up to the room...
So. Once again I have to say that the mention of Paradise in the name of the resort is remarkably apt - & that is not even talking of the Eden-like surroundings, or the clouds of butterflies, the beautiful lily pond, or the Oriental pied hornbills coming in late afternoon to argue with squirrels in the over-arching trees. The Paradise Koh Yao is somewhere we will definitely return to yet again & perhaps, more than anything else, it will be the people that lure us.
maryann D Australia
Lets put it this way, we've just come back from Paradise Koh Yao for the third time. We will definitely go again and again. I am forever raving on about to my family and friends about this place, and i want all of you to know how great place this is.
The staff are absolutely wonderful, they simply cannot do enough to please you. The rooms are immaculately clean and serviced twice a day. The resort is impeccable, the amount of activities you can do is endless, the atmosphere is calm, pleasant, respectful and totally enjoyable. The resort food is wonderful, with a choice of Thai or Western food and the restaurant is so peaceful.
As we have been to Paradise three times already, (and we have been given the same room, with a beautiful, "Welcome back to Paradise" crafted on our bed, the second and third time, and to Phuket a further two times, we have already done heaps of activities, so we love to rest, relax and swim when we go to Paradise.
Typically our day starts with opening our eyes to the amazing view of trees and ferns with the sea and other islands in the background. We walk to the restaurant where we are met with a wonderful wait staff, who amazingly remember our room no and our choice of warm drink. We have a delicious, wholesome, healthy or maybe not so healthy breakfast, and then we go to the sunbeds, under the shade of some trees and spend our time there, swimming, reading, relaxing, chatting etc. When we are hungry we walk about 20 metres,barefoot and on the sand to the open restaurant where we have lunch, followed by the same routine on the sunbeds in the afternoon. Total peace - the only thing you hear is the gentle rustling of the trees, the birds singing and the lapping of the water on the sand. Late arvo we go back to our room, shower, get ready for Happy Hour and dinner afterwards. What else would one want?
I can keep going and going. This place is to be on everyone's bucket list! It is a must! They even have buggies to take you to your room if you are situated on the top of the hill were the views are magnificent.
Enjoy People. You will love it.
We came to paradise to relax, and we did! There is nothing around, than the hotel, the beach, bar and restaurant. Wonderful, friendly and always smiling staff. What are we going to do today? Nothing!! What are we going to do tomorrow? Nothing!! The room was nice and spacious with a beautiful terrace. The beach is clean with nice sunbeds. The food is great from breakfast, to lunch and dinner. A very good variety of food! The minute you enter this resort, your shoulders fall down and you get into the Tropical Island mood. It was great!
a traveler United Kingdom
This hotel is in a remote location with most guests arriving by high speed boat. Rooms are well presented and ours, with a plunge pool/jacuzzi was set on the hillside had great views over the bay and offshore islands and was not overlooked. The only criticism was the railings around the outside deck area and in front of the bedroom, the fixings were very suspect and would not have supported the weight of a a stumbling or falling adult. Staff were hard working and friendly and a special mention must go to the girl who ran the Sundowners beach bar at the evening Happy Hour. However senior management appeared disinterested even during the management welcome reception. Food in the Seafood Terrace was of a good standard and the Al Fresco restaurant served excellent food but of course was considerably more expensive. We stayed for 7 nights but if we returned we would book a maximum of 5 nights, enough time to chill without becoming restless. The hotel island boat trip was expensive (no competition) but well organised with a helpful crew.
Paradise Koh Yao was paradise. We relaxed in a beautiful location, swimming in the bay in the morning and in the pool in the afternoon. When we booked the holiday we wanted relaxation without crowds and tourism and that's what we got. We did a couple of tours, one around the island and another kayaking through the caves. Both times our guide was Yip and he really made the tours an experience. His knowledge, stories and timings of the Caves and lagoons ensured we had the best possible experience without the boatloads of tourists that are attracted to the caves. The island tour was a snap shot of island life. The food was lovely, western and thai and they were happy to make any changes we requested. Buffet breakfast left you wanting nothing. I requested gluten free bread and as soon as I walked into the buffet area every morning, it was delivered without me asking for it. The dinners were delicious, we ate either la a carte or buffet. The service was extremely friendly and professional and it was wonderful to see the locals from the island employed at the resort. We'll be recommending Paradise Koh Yao.
The ride to the hotel was a little traumatic as it was unpaved roads and quite bumpy. Better to book a transfer in advance. From Phuket to Paradise it took us 1.30 hours. The ride was worth the torture as Paradise Koh Yao is truly heavenly. We booked a Deluxe studio with spa pool and it was spectacular. Clean with all amenities and an outdoor shower which was pretty cool. There were a lot of bugs but it wasnt an issue for me but someone people like my cousin who was travelling with me had a hard time relaxing. The pool is great and the spa is pretty good too. We even got vouchers for a free 30 min massage and a yoga session which was a nice touch. This place is for people who are looking for some down time....relax, eat and swim. The hotel does offer boat rides and water sports we choose to just chill and do nothing. The restaurant has a good choice though on a little pricey side. There are no other restaurants outside the hotel as it is in a pretty remote spot.
We came here on the second week of a 2 week holiday and in a perfect world we would have come here first. It was a great hotel in a great location with pools and a bar and a beach and not much else. Great for unwinding and reading your book but by the time we got there we had done a week of that and could have had a few more things to do. Can't fault the hotel however. Food was good although expensive for Thailand. We normally have breakfast in the hotel and then wander down the road to a street stall for lunch and dinner. No choice but the hotels restaurants and although very good it added up to a bit by Thai standards. Staff were great and although the English was not perfect was much better than my Thai and they wanted to help. Rooms were clean and nice with all the bits you need. If you want to hit the disco till 2am and then party in the street till dawn then this is not the hotel for you. If you want to unwind by the ocean in one of many beach chairs or a cabana then this place is perfect. Throw in a few nice cocktails and an afternoon nap before dinner and an early night, then this is the place.
We stayed at The Paradise for over a week, and upgraded to a plunge pool villa, which was worth every cent. I cannot express how much we loved this place. We did a fair bit of research before booking, and the remoteness and tranquility appealed to us. This place forces you to relax. We did every day trip we could, and they were all fantastic. The guides were great, snorkelling fabulous and the little touches like the packed lunches (which are enormous), towels and water were much appreciated. The food is great, with a bit of everything on offer. We stuck to the Thai style food, which was fresh, tasty and the staff gorgeous. It isn't the cheap street food you get on the mainland, or in the village, but you're not on the mainland and the setting is spectacular. We used the Spa several times, which again isn't the cheap massages Thailand is known for, but it is just beautiful. The plunge pool which you can use before your treatment is heaven. Our villa was just perfection, we used our pool many times a day and the beach is a 15 metre walk...as is the bar! We will definitely be returning to The Paradise, we loved everything about it.
We stayed at Paradise @ Koh Yao Noi for a week. What a wonderful,enjoyable and totally relaxing stay we had. Thanks so much to the team at the resort for making the stay such an memorable experience. The rooms are spacious and beautifully designed. The whole resort is really nice. No mass tourism since the island is quite remote. Still lots of activities can be booked in the resort and the guides for the tours are really great. I am sure that we'll come again sometimes.
a traveler Australia
The room, location, food and especially the staff were all great. When researching the resort it was recommended that one takes water with them as it was expensive to buy however we found that there were bottles of water in our room every day which was very nice. We had already done a luxury resort in a busy area so this was a nice change of pace.
If you want an island to relax on this is definitely the one, there are no shops/restaurants or other hotels close by. Our villa was very spacious.clean and comfortable, with a lovely outdoor rain head shower and private verandah with sea views. We were able to see the sunrise every morning. and walk along the beach. The pool was a welcome retreat from the hot days, Breakfast was lovely and good selection of food for both lunch and dinner. Staff were amazing and always smiling and willing to assist. We had all our transfers included and didn't have to worry about a thing. The package deal we had was great but I would have preferred to have done Paradise Koh Yao first and then the mainland. We will definitely be back. Thank you to all for making our trip memorable.
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! A better restful holiday than I ever imagined. Standard studio room.10 nights. Amazing, clean, classy, relaxing room. Private, the outdoor shower was fun. Quality plus in linen, towels, soaps etc. Having my bed turned down, the mosquito net lowered, candle lit each night was pure pleasure . Food - choice and quality was impressive. My sorrow was I didn't have enough time to work through the Thai menu.I was overly impressed because the first night I asked which dishes were gluten free, I'm coeliac, and the waitress checked with the chef and all was good. Basically fresh Thai is gluten free. But next morning I went in for breakfast, the waitress looked at me and said 'gluten free' ? I replied yes wondering why she asked. Next thing at my table was a plate of fresh gluten free bread. :) This continued every morning even down to gluten free mini muffins. Buffet breakfast was excellent. Different dishes everyday, fresh western style breakfast for those that need it. Beach and grounds are immaculate, staff are very friendly and helpful. Nothing is too much trouble. Massage is to die for.Try a 90 minute deep massage. Activities are great and adequate.Yoga classes are awesome.Pasha is a brilliant instructor. 7:30 yoga overlooking the water is not to be missed. If you are in to cocktails go for them. Cheaper than wine and all made from a recipe not from a pre-mix. Happy hours by the beach are friendly and relaxed. This is not a party resort. It is idyllic, peaceful, relaxing and respectful.
Easy to get there (boat from phuket 200 Baht per person, then 800 Baht taxi to the hotel. The rooms are beautiful (ask for a second floor room so that you have a view), you get fruits, baygon spray in case of bugs, candles in the evening, you can take DVD from reception, you get a sheet on your bed everyday giving you the weather forecast and activities. You get 30 min free massage, and a yoga session (in a beautiful setting, view on the sea, and the teacher Pacha is great) ! We rented kayaks (super quality and area to paddle). We went also on the snorkelling and Kayak tour with Yib (Great guide!). The snorkelling is not so good in September, but the mangrove forest kayak tour is worth it, and we saw many monkeys! The food is excellent and not expensive. We also did the romantic dinner on the beach. The menu and setting were perfect! The swimming pool is surrounded with trees and beautiful flowers. We could see Toucans (hornbills birds) in the afternoon! The spa is a bit dated but the cabin where they take you for the massage is just amazing, worth to do it end of day when the sun goes down. The colors of the hotel are all off-white and turquoise, it is peaceful. The beach bar for the evening is cool, nice music, nice people, nice happy hours, nice cocktails! Great service as in the restaurant too! Breakfast are very good, and you get free latte, capuccino etc (which is not the case in more expensive hotels!). Everyday at 11 AM there is a complimentary boat leaving to an island (you only need to pay for the island entrance fee) and it totally worth it!! Village is small, nothing to do. We spent 4 nights in this paradise for a very good deal. Then we went to another island to a hotel that cost 4 times more than this one and we were disappointed as the services were not as high up as the ones at Paradise. Thank you, we will hopefully come back one day
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A perfect getaway for family and friends with amazing scenery and private beach. They also offer many activities including yoga class and massage. The place was very nice indeed. The room was comfortable, nice and clean.
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The resort was nice and quiet and suitable for tourist who love a private vacation. I love the massage place which is located in the cottage in the forest. It was very relaxing. Also, the hotel crew was polite and friendly.
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The hotel was comfortable, clean, and spacious and the staff was very helpful and friendly. There was a great variety of quality food. It was very relaxing to stay in a hotel so immersed in the serenity and beauty of the Island. I will certainly return to the Paradise Koh Yao and have no hesitation recommending it to others!
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I stayed here for a job. It is very peaceful. Beautifully view and clean air to breath. Room decoration is great and very exotic. I had a comfortable bed and good WiFi. Hotel staff are warm and welcoming!
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Nice and quiet location if you're looking for a slow quiet holiday. The local community is just about 30 minutes away by boat so you won't get too lonely. Perfect for couples. Room was nice and big. The bed was very comfortable.
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I didn't expect much before I went and was exceptionally pleased with everything when we arrived. Secluded. Private. The room was large and comfortable. The staff are friendly and go out of their way to make us feel comfortable. I loved the pool. Don't expect to pay the same for food as you would if you are not staying at the resort. While we stayed for 9 nights, the resort did their best by fogging to kill mosquitoes 3 times. I couldn't stand the smell as I came in the room, but it goes away within an hour. Yes, I would love to go again!
Ben New Caledonia
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I was here in June for few days. Walking around during the day, and I had a very pleasant time at the hotel when I needed to rest. Swimming pool is large, the whole area is very quiet and well maintained. I had a very good time, and dinner was very good (be careful, Thai food is always spicy). Better come here as a couple.
a traveller France
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Rooms are very comfortable and you could enjoy wonderful sea view. I highly recommend Plunge Pool Villa, which is a good combination between intimacy, comfort (excellent sleep quality) and nice location. The staff is very smiling and helpful (especially Fay from the restaurant crew and Laila at the bar).
a Pam Thailand
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Beautiful lime stone shaped islands of Phang Nga Bay and Krabi is the view from my room. Shadow and shading of those island keep changing all day. My business stay with helpful and friendly staff made me in the paradise.
Rough road getting there but worth it!! Everything you'd expect from a Thai trip.Beauty, excellent food, clean rooms with great views.The yoga center on the beach is awesome, don't miss it. This is just a nearly perfect place.Looking forward to returning!
Paradise @ Koh Yao website
Already the first sight of the room satisfied my expectations based on the pictures I saw online or in brochures. As you enter the door, you look through the big floor-to-ceiling window and you have a beautiful view over the rain forest, the beautiful villas, the impressive rock formation, the sandy beach and the little islands on the horizon. You also get the same view lying in your bed, which is located in the middle of the room with a mosquito-net on a bamboo hanger on top. What I really like: the sink, looks like a fictile bowl, is spatially divided, the open and spacious wardrobe without any doors to get in the way, the separate toilet and the half-outdoors shower with no annoying shower curtain. And of course my favorite spot: the wooden swing on the balcony, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean and start dreaming.
Mr. and Mrs. Crighton England
Paradise @ Koh Yao website
The room is spacious, very clean with comfortable bed and the view from the balcony is enchanting. The staff is endlessly accommodating and very friendly. The beach is clean and well maintained and swimming in the sea is safe and crystal clear. Gardens at the resort are worked on daily and are exotically beautiful. Perfect resort for the first trip to Thailand.
Barbara and Eddie
Paradise @ Koh Yao website
Simple, yet tasteful dcor with lovely views. Efficient air-conditioner, great balcony with shower room - great idea! Just perfect.
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