Hotel opening | Leave everything behind and escape to Anantara Koh Yao Yai

Imagine leaving the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind to escape to a hidden paradise, where nature and luxury come together in harmony.

This is the experience offered by the new Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas in Thailand, a jewel located on a pristine island close to Phuket, but far off the beaten track. Laem Had beach, very close to the resort, was recently ranked as the 21st most beautiful beach in the world in 2023 by Web World Beach Guide. Welcome to Anantara Koh Yao Yai, where every moment is an escape.

The resort’s unique charm – for couples and families alike

Anantara Koh Yao Yai stretches along a golden beach, offering stunning views of the Andaman Sea. The hotel’s architecture harmoniously embraces the panoramic view, offering a natural spectacle of the sea and dense tropical forest. The view from the spring varies with the rhythm of the tides, offering an ever-changing panorama, with Phi Phi Islands visible from a distance. A little paradise that can be reached by boat in 30 minutes from Phuket airport.

With an investment of 94 million US dollars, Anantara Koh Yao Yai is an ambitious project that has just gotten off the ground and which reflects the Anantara group’s commitment to luxury. The hotel’s villas and suites are havens of refinement and serenity. Each accommodation is designed for privacy and comfort, with private butler services accessible via WhatsApp. The seaside villa, equipped with a swimming pool, is particularly successful. It includes a central living room, an equipped kitchen, a dining room, two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and a terrace with an outdoor shower and panoramic views. We really appreciate the small details in the room that make our stay easier, such as the presence of after-sun milk or mosquito repellent.

The design and open interior of the suites at Anantara Koh Yao Yai © Anantara group

The hotel offers two experiences distinct : for adults, there’s everything there: a complete gym and the possibility of taking yoga and Muay Thai classes, Thai boxing (ask for Siripol Dechprasit, nicknamed O, for a memorable experience). Anantara Koh Yao Yai is also an ideal destination for families – the resort has rooms that specifically cater to the needs of all ages, with separate areas for adults and children, for example with slides in a separate pool and play areas.

Staying on Koh Yao Yai: Savor and Relax

  1. Savor Thai cuisine: Gastronomy is at the heart of the Anantara experience. The exclusive restaurant offers refined cuisine, combining fresh seafood and local dishes. Little advice for ordering: remember, however, that our sensitivity to spices is stronger than that of a Thai! A little spicy for them might be too spicy for us! Plus, there’s no need to go to Italy for great coffee; the hotel’s barista has mastered the art of preparing coffee. The resort also offers international breakfast and organic, lactose-free and gluten-free options, catering to all tastes. We loved enjoying a fresh coconut marked with the Anantara logo with a stunning view.
  2. Relax: It’s well known – Thailand is one of the top destinations when it comes to massages. And Anantara Spa on Koh Yao Yai lives up to the country’s reputation: a sanctuary dedicated to well-being and relaxation. With its five treatment rooms, the spa offers a full range of massages, ancient wellness practices and refreshing treatments. Facilities include a vast hydromassage pool and hammam, offering a holistic relaxation experience. Gentle massages for children and teenagers complete the offer, promising well-being for the whole family.

Anantara Koh Yao Yai in the heart of lush nature © Anantara group

Swedish General Manager Patrik Ilstam’s vision for the new Hotel:

What makes Anantara special is its unique location, in an unexplored part of southern Thailand, on a forgotten piece of land that no one had considered before. » begins the Swedish hotel manager. In Thailand since 1997, Patrik explains to us: This country offers something for everyone, from the young backpacker attracted by Phuket’s nightlife, to the businessman looking to relax, to families looking for calm and security.. For me, the Thai people are my favorite thing about the country. » he explains to us. The General Manager (GM) discusses the specifics of opening a luxury hotel “ A GM is typically hired 12 months before opening: then human resources are recruited 9 months before opening, then finance positions 6 months before. » Anantara Koh Yao Yai also demonstrates a deep commitment to preserving the environment: “ We use solar panels to produce 20% of our electricity. The water is taken from a deep well on the island, as we are not connected to the city water network. An artificial reservoir was built for this. »

The hotel manager explains some secrets of the country’s culture :“To better understand Thailand, I recommend the book” Working with Thais » by Henry Holmes and Suchada Tangtongtavy. The concept of ‘Nam Jai’ (literally water that comes from the heart), the typical Thai affability, is for example central : Thais perform acts of kindness without expecting recognition, such as washing the car or offering cupcakes, a bit like the concept of karma in India. Another important concept is Wai, the traditional greeting in Thailand where physical contact is avoided. In fact, it’s rude to show people your feet and touch their hair across the country. »

The Legacy of Anantara and the Minor Group

What is the group that manages Anantara and handled the opening of the hotel on Koh Yao Yai? ? Behind Anantara Koh Yao Yai is the Minor Group, famous for its diverse portfolio of hotels. The Minor group, founded by billionaire William Heinecke at the age of 17 (hence the name “Minor”), he continued to make himself known in France with its recent opening in Nice. Today, this hospitality giant manages more than 530 hotels and 2,500 restaurants around the world, including the Anantara brand. With origins dating back to the early 2000s, the Thai group has established itself as a reference brand in the high-end hotel industry. Each property reflects the culture and traditions of its location while offering a modern, sophisticated experience. Anantara Koh Yao Yai is part of this tradition, offering a peaceful sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.

Two culinary exploration ideas to finish

Finally, two small ideas to shine around the hotel. Firstly, the partnership between another Anantara hotel 30 minutes away by boat and Zuma in Phuket. A beautiful example of the fusion between high quality accommodation and exceptional cuisine. “ Our collaboration with Anantara Layan in Phuket is a celebration of fine dining and exceptional hospitality: Izakay is a kind of traditional Japanese bistro where you relax with tasty dishes and drinks and we take this concept to the extreme” explain Siyad Karam, general manager of Zuma in Thailand. “ For 6 months, we offer an experience at this pop-up restaurant that is authentic but not traditional. Finally, both the champagne and the chicken are always French at Zuma. ” he explains. And for the more adventurous and festive souls, why not try a cabaret restaurant, o Ka Jok Seeone of the best tours in Phuket – a simply indescribable tour (must be booked)?

7 reasons to check out Zuma's seasonal pop-up in PhuketZuma Pop-up in Phuket opens during peak season and is located at Anantara Layan © Zuma Phuket

For more

Kuoni Émotions, luxury specialist of the Kuoni France Group, offers a 5-night stay from €3,100 including taxes per person. Price includes international flights on Singapore Airlines A/R, via Singapore in economy class, variable rates mentioned, airport/hotel A/R transfers by car + boat. A 5-Night Stay at Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas Hotel in Deluxe Sea View Suite with Breakfast


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