Nestled amid a lush tropical forest on the northern tip of Koh Yao Noi, you’ll find Thailand’s most unique hotel, TreeHouse Villas Resort. If you thought you knew what paradise looked like, you’re sure to swiftly re-evaluate once you pull up on the twinkling sands at this small, secluded island – because, like all the best hotels, this 5-star jewel is set on a paradise isle only accessible by boat.
Located between the popular tourist resorts of Phuket and Krabi (not too far from the famous Phi Phi Islands) within the Phang Nga National Park, you’ll be easily fooled into thinking this spectacular adults-only resort was created by Nature’s own Architect, thanks to its ancient jungle backdrop. This new visionary property provides guests with a tranquil beachfront oasis, albeit not too far from the action and adventure.
Activities & Recreation
When you’re not admiring the island’s natural beauty or sinking into the private pool of your jungle canopy, there’s a host of activities (with an emphasis on environmental pleasures, naturally) that adventurous guests can get involved in, without leaving the resort.
There’s no better location to seek R&R than on a paradise island, right? Which is why the Serenity Spa makes for a perfect pastime for health and wellness enthusiasts looking to unwind for an hour or two. Overlooking a pretty lily pond, this luxury Spa provides a glimpse into Asian secrets of wellbeing, featuring a unique Waterfall Plunge Pool, Herbal Steam Room, plus various treatment Salas offering treatments such as body scrubs, oil massages, and traditional Thai massage.
Pamper sessions aside, the island has everything from light recreation to high adventure activities sure to entertain a variety of guests wanting to stay closer to home. Whip up a storm in the kitchen with fantastic Thai cooking lessons, where you can learn how to prepare authentic local dishes, make a splash with kayaking, get artsy with a traditional Batik painting class, brave a Jungle Hike tour, or blow off some steam with games such as beach volleyball, badminton and table tennis.
For those eager to explore the island’s surroundings in more detail, located a stone’s throw from the resort and the rustic island of Koh Yao Noi, is the wonderful playground of Phang-Nga Bay, just waiting patiently to be discovered. First stop, the Ao Phang-Nga National Marine Park is known for its limestone rock formations jutting dramatically out of the Andaman Sea (oh, and for being star of the show in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”) and it’s one of the most beautiful places you’ll visit. Whilst you’re here, be sure to look out for fascinating reptiles including lizards, gibbons and langurs, hiding in the rocks.
Want to learn more about local Koh Yao Noi life? Head to the Khao Pier and take a guided village tour or an eco-bike tour, where you can get a taste of how the locals live. Admire incredible views over the resort’s open rice fields as you make your way to one of the many rubber plantations, browse the main island market, and meet local fisherman, eager to show off their latest catch! Or if you want to woo your loved one while soaking up the sights too, opt for a guided evening sunset tour and indulge in stunning views as the skies beam with warm orange and red hues – rounded off with a delicious Thai seafood dinner at a local restaurant.
It’s clear that this rural corner of Thailand isn’t the place for partying, which is exactly why it’s so loved – but if you do want to let your hair down, the neighbouring isle of Phuket is right around the corner, so you can have the best of both worlds.
This rustic island getaway remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism, meaning a visit here is nothing short of spectacular. Whether you explore all that the national parkland, turquoise waters and neighbouring resorts have to offer, or simply spend a week or two soaking up the R&R in your luxury treehouse villa, Koh Yao Noi is a destination that certainly won’t disappoint.
The 31 stunning two-storey villas are designed in a remarkable space for guests with a love of the natural environment, each offering unspoiled views of the gorgeous Phang Nga Bay, tropical gardens, or verdant forest that surrounds them. Built within the towering trees, each accommodation type offers total seclusion and privacy sure to make you feel world’s away from the hustle and bustle back home.
- 25 signature 100m² duplex villas
- Private 4x2m infinity plunge pool
- Suspension bridge entrance
- Signature custom hammock bath
Beachfront Pool Villa
- 6 luxurious 110m² single-storey villas
- Private 7x3m diamond infinity pool
- Direct walk-on beach access
- Signature custom hammock bath
- An extravagant 390m² two-storey villa
- Two identical master bedrooms
- Two living areas
- 12m private infinity pool
- Separate private plunge pool
Each of the luxurious villas includes a grand king size bed, twin bathrooms, exotic jungle shower, a walk-in dressing room, two personalised bars and in-room dining facilities, so guests can experience first-class facilities, despite the natural surroundings.
Food & Drink
The main on-site restaurant, Roots, is at the heart of this resort. You’ll find an eclectic menu featuring a variety of Western, Mediterranean, and traditional Thai dishes here, so you can guarantee there’s something to suit all tastes. With an excellent choice of spirits, wines, beer, cocktails, and mocktails too, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration.
Fancy a something a little more low-key? The “Al Fresco” restaurant is located right on the beach with an elegant seating area underneath tropical palm trees, perfect for those casual evenings. Since it’s run by a European Host Chef, much of the cuisine is Mediterranean including tasty pasta dishes and wood-fired oven pizzas – each of which are easily paired with a refreshing international wine. Equally, if you’re simply after a drink or two, head to Sundowners – aptly named, it’s the perfect place to socialise, sip cocktails, and sing along to the live music available.
TreeHouse Villas is extremely popular for couples holidays in Thailand, whether you’re seeking a romantic week away or you’re on honeymoon. Whatever the occasion, this adults-only resort can certainly ramp up the romance and cater to your every need – particularly thanks to its spectacular candlelight dinner on the beach. Wine and dine in a romantic setting as you listen to the calming waters lap the shore at the resort’s private beach dinner experience; complete with chilled champagne and personalised dinner menus upon request – it’s a special way to celebrate in paradise.