Located in stunning Phang Nga Bay, Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas is the end-of-summer escape you deserve.
It doesn’t get much better than Thailand for a quick break from city life, and if you’ve tired of the tourist traps, head to sleepy Koh Yao Yai, home to the region’s newest luxury retreat.
Situated on a former coconut plantation at the heart of the UNESCO-listed destination, the new Anantara Koh Yao Yai is home to unspoiled beaches, lush jungles, picturesque sunsets and amazing sea life.
Unfolding over a kilometre of golden beach, this new luxury resort is just a 45-minute boat ride from Phuket and 20 minutes from Krabi and with its sprawling gardens, shaded swimming pool, and the golden coastline, its a little slice of paradise for the urban warrior.
Anantara Koh Yao Yai’s 148 suites, villas and penthouses include 300 sqm Two-Bedroom Beachfront Pool Villas, the resort’s largest, each of which features a central living space, kitchen, dining room, two ensuite bedrooms and a pool terrace.
While families will love the Family Pool Access Suites with their handsome beechwood furniture, bunk beds, and terrace opening directly onto the family pool, for a little splurge, try one of the eight butler-attended Sea View Pool Penthouses, 366 sqm cocoons of luxury with living and dining spaces, a kitchen and a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom with oversized soak tub and two skylight-lit rain showers, an infinity-edge pool, and a covered cabana for alfresco dining.
And if you need healing, try the Wellness Lagoon Pool Villas with their private pool decks for workouts with a personal trainer and private in-villa spa and wellness areas; try out the modern fitness centre, or make for the Spa, with its five treatment rooms and menu of ancient wellness practices.
The resort also offers a host of dining options ranging from the signature Beach Restaurant, with its menu of fresh seafood and dry-aged steaks; and Pakarang, home to Thai dishes and international breakfast favourites prepared at live cooking stations; to an intimate Japanese restaurant serving traditional and modern Japanese delicacies, and a range of fun pool bars.
Once you’re sated, head out to explore the destination; you can take a vintage sidecar tours to a rubber plantation, learn to make batik, island hop, mountain climb, scuba dive or hike to tranquil Hong Island to discover a pocket beach with a crystal-clear lagoon.
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