We ended up visiting this resort and spa because it was close to the full day trek and absolutely loved this resort. We decided to go back the next day for lunch and the spa. It's brand new (2004)...and is a gorgeous resort blended into the natural beauty of the island.
It may be more expensive...but worth every last coin.
It was a perfect place to come for a spa experience. My husband was not much of a "spa" person at all before our trip...and was addicted to the thai massages after we left. We ended up getting 3 different massages! The hot tub/spa and the whole experience was first class...
Right on the beach...and the pool is great. They have mopeds and brand new kayak and snorkeling equipment right on the premises. If you like the outdoors...there is plenty to see and do. Right in the back of the hotel...are treks..that kept us occupied for hours...
We stayed at the Ko Yao Island Resort and absolutely loved our experience.
The rooms were big, the bed was comfy and clean...the bathroom/shower was an outdoor villa...and it came with a big fridge for holding our cocktails and fruit for the day. The food was inexpensive and good...and the thing we were most impressed with here...was the service.
The manager, Gavin... and his staff gave us one-on-one attention...and would ask what we were hungry for that evening...and would came back from market with something new and yummy. We tried chicken legs and foods we have never eaten before...and along with their excellent wine selection...we were in heaven.
You can rent mopeds to travel around the little island for cheap...and there are amazing hikes, markets and beaches. It's absolute escape from reality...
We went the week after the tsunami...and there was not a lot of damage on the island. There are really only 2 main resorts, and probably 8 smaller resorts on this island. You won't see alot of tourists...and it is not commercialised at all. There was only 1 7-11...which we were happy to see after a hot day b/c it had a/c and cold drinks in the fridge.
If you want a relaxed, laid back holiday...away from lots of people and big city life...this is a great escape.
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