Irrespective of whether you arrive on the hotels speedboat from Phuket or Krabi (marginally quicker), the stunning sea vistas (rocky outcrops seemingly as impressive as the regions famous James Bond Island) will have you salivating in anticipation of the Paradise Koh Yao. And for us at Ethos Travel, The Paradise ticked all the right boxes and more.
It’s an enchanting resort, set on it’s own sandy, half moon bay (which is a picture perfect beach come high tide – and if it’s inconveniently low-tide they will boat you to a nearby beach) framed by rocky outcrops, and a handful of the resorts sunseekers basking on what is, in all essence a private beach.
This is a resort based on informality – the restaurant extends onto the beach, hammocks are strung up between random trees, and the staff seem to be constantly beaming, as if genuinely happy to be working in such a captivating spot. The 70 rooms dot the landscape from the hillside unites to the newer, beachfront private pool villas. Rooms are homely more than luxurious, with the priorities based on the large balconies rather than in-room entertainment.
You are rather isolated, with no other resort or restaurant within walking distance, but if you’re needing to escape from the madding crowd this remoteness can be positively idyllic.