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Paradise Koh Yao

On route to arriving at Paradise Hotel, we took a stunning speedboat journey that passes Phang Nga Bay (famous from the James Bond Island, featured in the film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’). On arrival one has no doubt that there is absolutely nothing ironic about the name of this hotel, the rugged natural beauty and the rich array of colours combine to instantly stir the soul.

Paradise hotel is situated on the island of Koh Yao Noi, a small island, 7km in length about an hour speedboat from Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket. It has been open for 10 years and underwent a major renovation in November 2014. Thick, luscious rainforest meets white sandy beaches, the Paradise, provides the perfect hideaway to forget the pressures of work and city living.

The Paradise celebrates its tropical setting with open communal areas, organic huts and covered pathways. Hanging baskets are made from coconuts and the outside steps to the hilltop have local leaves imprinted into the plaster. The natural flora and fauna interacts with the interiors in such a way that you almost feel like you are outside even when you are not. It is impossible to take this magnificent setting for granted and will leave you feeling at one with nature.

Choose one of the beachfront pool villas, directly on the beach. They have a private pool with Jacuzzi, garden, an outdoor living area, private pool and bar. The design of neutral colours, clear glass and accent tones of turquoise and orange pick up on the sea and imitates the ‘bird of paradise’ flower. Romantically placed the mosquito nets drape loosely over the washed driftwood bed framing the view outside. Tiled bathrooms with polished plaster walls are the perfect canvas for the rustic jacuzzi hot tub. Bamboo ladders and concertina shutters soften the look and open the bathroom to the outdoors for that natural experience. All the rooms overlook the sea and have balconies with swinging chairs adorned in patterned cushions, great for watching the amazing sunset and drinking in the tropical surroundings.

The communal areas at Paradise are light structured buildings with open sides or covered verandas. Neutral base palettes are injected with pops of colour that come through the soft furnishings and tropical flowers. Lighting plays an important role. There are beautifully apt driftwood wall lights throughout the communal areas and the surrounding landscape is carefully uplit at night to enhance the natural beauty.

The spa has a distinctively laidback vibe and is nestled into the tropical jungle. It features a unique waterfall plunge pool with a herbal steam cave underneath. There are breezy treatment Salas and exclusive treatment huts that are scattered within the foliage along the hillside. It is tropical rusticity at its best.

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life and want to revive your senses with the beauty of nature then look no further than ‘Paradise’. The stunning natural and rustic ambience of ‘Paradise’ fused with their newly updated contemporary interiors means that this charming hotel is really ‘Not too Shabby’ Chic.

Paradise Koh Yao

24 Moo 4, T.Koh Yao Noi, A.Koh Yao, Phang Nga 82160, Thailand

T: +66(0)76 584 450  F: +66(0)76 584 499

 Twitter: @paradisekohyao

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