Yao Yai Resort was once the only thing going on the fine sands of Loh Paret beach, but it now has the ultra-luxury Santhiya resort hugging up alongside it, while Blue Bay Resort, a rather overpriced destination for speedboat overnighters from Phuket, is found at the south end.
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With Loh Paret’s coveted sunset views and waters deep enough to swim in all day, Yao Yai Resort has long been a favourite place to stay, and there’s still plenty of room to play on the sands. It’s now upgraded all its rooms to air-con, with three room types: standard, family and grand. It was fully booked during our visit so we didn’t get a look inside, but all are equipped with fridges, satellite TV, kettles and private bathrooms. The mostly wooden thatch-roof bungalows are solidly built, and each have verandas with sea views. The large central restaurant – an odd looking concrete open pavilion shaped like a boat -- attracts a good trade with both guests and drop-ins seeking sundowner drinks, and has a fair range of Thai and Italian dishes on the menu. Though prices have edged up here, like most everywhere on Yao Yai, it still offers reasonable value in the mid-price bracket – and those priceless views.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,400 baht, high season 1,950 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 1,600 baht, high season 2,800 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 2,200 baht, high season 3,200 baht. Notes: