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Cosy, great staff and awesome beach cottage design vibes
I stayed at this hotel for three nights in January and the whole experience from pre-booking to arrival, and on-site to departure could not have been any better. I was initially skeptical about the attentiveness of service I will get at this property, as thai hotel brands can be hit or miss, but when I inquire about the hotel before I booked it, the team was very responsive and helpful to my questions, calming my nerves and paving my faith for the level of great service I will get. The hotel was very quiet during my stay due to the fact that it was at the start of a new Covid wave in Thailand, so people are mostly not traveling at the moment. Therefore I can only speak from my experience from staying at this hotel with a lower than usual guest count (apparently there are less than 10 rooms with guests) Interestingly, Koh Yao Noi falls under the jurisdiction of Phang Nga province, and is different from Phuket and Krabi, although weirdly, Phang Nga does not have an airport so you can get here from both Phuket and Krabi. I stayed in a Seaview room, and the room was elegantly designed with tiled floors. Overall the design of the hotel, from the gorgeous open-air check-in area, to the pool, and onto the rooms, is reminiscent of a coastal beach cottage - with alot of wooden details and nautical elements. Think Hamptons and Brighton vibes. The good point for the room I was in, located on the third floor, which was also the highest, is that you will get an awesome view of Phang Nga Bay. The large balcony has a clothing rack for drying wet swimsuits, a hammock chair, and two outdoor seats for you to enjoy the breeze (there’s also a ceiling fan), and catch sun rise. The bedding was firm, and the pillows given were amazing. They are fluffy and give very good and adequate support with its microgel material (read on the pillow menu). There are also additional pillow choices of combi down/feather, buckwheat and latax. AC units in the room were wall unit type and can be individually controlled. The spacious room also has a big two seater sofa and a coffee table, and the dresser with mini bar is adjacent to the sofa facing the bed. The only weird part in the design is that the TV is perpendicular next to the bed, so if you want to look at the TV from your bed or the sofa, you have to pull out the TV from its mounting unit and tilt it. Channels are rather limited but you probably dont spend much time watching TV at this hotel. Wifi is very fast and can be accessed for three devices for guests. The bathroom is very functional (single sink) with a bath top and a separated standing shower stall with rain shower faucet. Water gets hot very quickly and the pressure is alright, although you can feel that the water pressure consistency differs from time to time, but you have to bear in mind that this is a small tiny island so to get hot water with this kind of pressure is already good luxury. Bath amenities are in ceramic containers, although there is a little note saying that if you prefer plastic bottles, you can request them from housekeeping. I did not see any toothbrush or shaving kit, and since I had my own, I did not ask for them from housekeeping so can’t confirm if they’re available. The closet is big with a good amount of hangers available, and it has a cabinet with shelves as well for your belongings. The hotel also provide bath robes, flip-flops, bedroom slippers, and a beach tote bag for your use during your stay. Service from staff at this hotel is very attentive. Throughout the day, staff will approach you and chat with you to ask you how’s your day and recommend activities you can do in and out of the hotel, or go on tours and daytrips that the hotel can arrange for you. You can get a map from the staff and they will recommend you interesting places to visit and eat when you travel along the ring road around the island (which you can either cycle or rent a model bike). I had the hotel organize a half day trip on a long tail boat to the four islands nearby, and I highly recommend everyone to go for this. You can start your day at 8 or 9am and be back in the hotel by noon or around 1pm. Facilities wise, the main swimming pool is gorgeous. Although it’s not an infinity pool with awesome views, it is still very calming to laze by it or take a dip in the white granite pool. Next to the pool are the restaurants where you can get your breakfast, lunch and dinner (the food are amazing with huge variety of local thai and Western options and are very reasonably priced), and there is also a quaint and picturesque gazebo with breathtaking view of Phang Nga bay - I spent many afternoons just sitting on the comfortable chairs here sipping beer and gazing out. Speaking of beer, happy hour is from 4 to 5 daily. I would also highly recommend you to go to the hotel café that is at the foot of the hill, and have some brunch a coffee and dessert. The cafe is housed in its own photogenic cottage. There is also a small sand area (I wouldn’t really call it a beach - its more of a sand floor with deck chairs) across the road from the foot of the Hill, with a great view out to the sea and the bay. Its so quiet and peaceful to sit on the lounge chairs there and just stare at the sea and so nothing. The hotel staff also told me that you can do stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking, and the hotel does provide those equipment for you. There aren’t many good luxury options on this island, and the Cape Kudu is a solid option. The other luxury hotel is the Six Senses down the road, which can get expensive during peak season, but then again, thats a different ball game. Considering that both hotels face the same direction, you probably get the same view. After all, one stay on this island for the awesome view of Phang Nga bay, where the islets stick out from the sea like chess pieces, and Cape Kudu is a solid hotel for any traveller. I highly recommend it to travelers wanting to visit Koh Yao Noi.
Amazing hotel with beautiful view and many activities
I have been to Cape Kudu 3 times since October 2019. The hotel offers amazing local experiences that even Thai like me found them interesting. Staffs are really helpful in recommending places to go and eat. Most importantly, hotel view of islands is so stunning and different in times of a day. Here is summary of my things we should not miss at Cape Kudu. 1. Fish farm trip: The trip started around 4pm and we went to Bang Need’s fish farm by boat. We can see how local people earn a living and learn about marine animals from Bang Need who explained about various marine lives and allowed us to get close to or play with them. After fish farm, Bang Need took us to Koh Nork, where we can enjoy beautiful beach or hike to see top view of islands. The trip ended at Laem Haad at Koh Yaoyai, where we watched sunset. 2. Floating breakfast at Koh Hong: My trip started at 6:30am to watch sunrise. Anyhow, you can choose to start later. The lagoon, which is normally crowded during daytime by tourists, was empty and not too sunny, and we could enjoy time of ourselves. Cape Kudu prepared so much breakfast than we need. After Koh Hong Lagoon, the boat took us to snorkel or swim at several points around Koh Yao and Koh Hong area. What I am impressed is that the hotel facilitated us by contacting local people for these trips without any additional charge; we pay directly to local people. I heard from my friends who stayed at different hotels that trips offered by some other hotels on Koh Yao Noi are overpriced. 3. Koh Yao Ta Ton Do Restaurant: Seafood here is very delicious and authentic that we went to eat here everyday. The owner is very friendly and gave good recommendations about activities on Koh Yao Noi. I recommend to ask hotel to book in advance. 4. Chilling on the beach: Good place to read books, enjoy the view and relax. Paddle board and kayak are also available. Thank you Cape Kudu for great experiences and hospitality. I will definitely come back.
Recommend resort for your vacation with lot of activities
Wonderful resort & spa facing Andaman Sea where you can spend your vacations with friends, family & couples. Lot of things to do from sunset picnic, island hopping (30mins to Koh Hong), swimming, cafe, spa, kayaking & stand up board. Lunch & dinner are really good with a la carte Thai & international menu. Breakfast should improve for quantity & the speed to add more food should be better.
A gem and so close to Phuket
We stayed for 2 nights last week (November 2020). Beautiful hotel and location. Everything was perfect! The Assistant Manager Antoine Denda couldn't have been more helpful to make our stay so enjoyable. All of the staff were great and the breakfast buffet was absolutely awesome! Thank you all so much and we will be back soon. (Such an easy and fast trip to make from Phuket for those who have never done it. Just 30 minutes by speedboat)
Staying at Cape Kudu is a memorable experience under all aspects: the staff is professional and friendly while assisting in every activity and trips; the food is very good and you ll be equally amazed by the view on the sea and islands, which absolutely deserves to be visited to fully appreciate the beauty of this area (daily trips organized by the hotel). Bikes from the hotel or motorbikes for rent (in front of the hotel) are a good option to go around the island.
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