An Untouched Island
A secluded hideaway located on an untouched island in the middle of Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay, Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas is the latest addition to Anantara’s world-spanning archipelago of hotels and resorts. On the pristine Koh Yao Yai, couples and families will find a nature-ensconced sanctuary to rest, connect and play, with its unspoiled beaches, lush jungles, picturesque sunsets and amazing sea life.
Once a coconut palm plantation, the 27-acre site occupied by Anantara Koh Yao Yai is wedged between a wooded hill and a turquoise bay dotted with jungle-clad limestone islets that countless birds call home. Unfolding over a kilometre of golden beach, this new luxury resort is the height of tranquility, spaciousness and luxury just a 45-minute boat ride from Phuket and 20 minutes from Krabi. From the moment travellers arrive at the resort’s private jetty, they are immersed in the atmosphere of exclusivity and luxury. A sprawling green lawn with mature trees curves between a shaded swimming pool and the golden beach, perfect for swimming and snorkelling, creating a feeling of safety and privacy.
Anantara Koh Yao Yai’s 148 suites, villas and penthouses are classically designed, with a layer of Thai heritage adding depth and local charm. Couples will enjoy the secluded luxury of one- and two-bedroom villas hugging the shoreline and offering private butler services, complimentary bicycles and direct beach access. The 300-sqm Two-Bedroom Beachfront Pool Villa, the resort’s largest, features a central living space, a kitchen, a dining room, two en-suite bedrooms and a pool terrace with an outdoor rain shower. All beachfront villas have been designed with eco-friendly grass roofing to blend into the natural surroundings without blocking the panoramic views of the beach for other guests.
Families will love the generously spaced Family Pool Access Suites with their handsome beechwood furniture, bunk beds plus a terrace opening directly onto the resort family pool where comfy sunbeds and all-day fun await. The Family Sea Views Suites cater to the whole family, with one part for adults and another for kids, complete with bunk beds featuring an in-room slide and hidden play areas.
The resort’s eight butler-attended Sea View Pool Penthouses are 366-sqm cocoons of luxury where panoramic views of the glittering Andaman are the main attraction and outdoor living is the order of the day. In addition to a living and dining room, a kitchen and a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom featuring two skylight-lit rain showers, there are also two dressing rooms, an infinity-edge pool, sundeck with daybeds and a covered cabana for al fresco dining. As well as featuring an oversized soaking bathtub with sea views – a key feature of all Sea View Pool Penthouses – one of them also comes with a unique glass bottom infinity pool seen from the living space below.
Set apart from the rest of the resort, Wellness Lagoon Pool Villas offer perfect seclusion amid soothing landscaping and lagoon views. From yoga and meditation on a private pool deck to workouts with a personal trainer and private in-villa spa and wellness areas, the wellness villa experience promises a revitalised existence, a renewal of vitality and a deep connection with self.
The resort offers a host of dining options serving a wide range of cuisines from the signature Beach Restaurant, which serves the freshest seafood, plus an impressive selection of dry-aged steaks and specialty sushi offerings. At Pakarang the menu spans contemporary Thai dishes, breakfast items and light bites served throughout the day, while Omakase enthusiasts will find plenty to love at Anantara Koh Yao Yai’s Japanese restaurant serving traditional and modern Japanese delicacies.
Koh Yao Yai is still wonderfully undeveloped and devoid of mass tourism, meaning that an enriching journey awaits foodies, nature lovers, yogis and marine enthusiasts. Guests can choose from a range of inspirational excursions and immersive experience, such as vintage sidecar tours to a rubber plantation, batik-making, tie-dye classes, island-hopping, mountain climbing and scuba diving. Hikers can venture off the beaten track to tranquil Hong Island to discover a pocket beach with a crystal-clear lagoon, drift along mangrove canals in a kayak as native Hornbill birds soar above or take a cruise on a longtail boat to a natural sand bank for a candlelit dinner. Onsite activities include stand-up yoga and paddle boarding, (SUP) mountain biking, nature walks and more.
Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas places great emphasis on environmental preservation and the nurturing of the abundant natural beauty found on the island. From the diverse flora in the Southern region’s ecosystem to the pristine sandy beaches, the resorts commitment to sustainability is evident. This is exemplified by the numerous ghost crabs in the beach area and the stunning sandbank, creating a delightful walking experience and serving as an educational resource for children.
For more information and reservations, call +66 (0) 7667 – 5888 or email: email@example.com.
Source: Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas.