The only true resort on the bay
If you're looking for flash lodging right on the beach at Haad Yuan, Pariya is pretty much the only show in town with smart rooms and a beachside swimming pool.
Pariya's large and octagonal rooms with clean white painted walls and simple but minimal modern decor and inviting beds run up the wooded hillside from the beach offering, in some cases, terrific views over the ocean. We say sometimes because the rooms here are quite tightly packed and while on the ground it can feel like a jungle of concrete as you walk back to your room, in the room itself the majority of the view is, well, of another room and the trees that surround it – so if you're specifically chasing a view, be sure to say so when making a reservation.
As with the main part of the rooms, bathrooms are oversized and luxurious, with large shower heads, hot water and a deep (also trapezoidal) bath. While the rooms are generally of a high standard, the quality can be a bit variable and it would be wise to have a look first (if possible!) as the ones right at the rear of the resort are not a great option. Facilities include air-con, TV, couch with coffee tables and at least three of the rooms here have a Jacuzzi on the deck.
Pariya is the only place on Haad Yuan to have a (guests-only) swimming pool set within a clean and manicured area dotted with sculptures near to the beach. The surrounding area has a variety of seating from cushioned deckchairs to cushioned salas. Close by is the beach bar on the sandy area just off the beach and large hammocks and beanbags scatter the border between the resort and the beach.
If you're looking for resort style accommodation on Haad Yuan, this really is your only choice and it should suffice, but if you're looking for something more hippy chic with wood rather than concrete, consider Sanctuary over the headland on Haad Thian.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 24th October, 2016.
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