Anantara Hotels and Resorts has announced plans to open a new resort on the Thai island of Koh Yao Yai.
Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort is set to open in December 2022 in a location that immerses guests in Thai culture and the natural environment.
Immersion in the room
The tranquil island of Koh Yao Yai sits in Phang Nga Bay between the popular destinations of Phuket and Krabi. This characterful island is known for its traditional Thai culture and idyllic palm-fringed shores.
From here, activities range from island hopping, snorkeling and diving in waters rich in marine life to visiting local fishing villages and coconut and rubber plantations.
The 148-key resort will sit on a kilometer of white-sand beach overlooking the towering limestone formations that jut out from the waters of Phang Nga Bay.
Commenting on the plans, Dillip Rajakarier, Minor International Group CEO and Minor Hotels CEO, said: “The announcement of this latest addition to our collection of resorts in Thailand, developed in partnership with Soraya Development, sends a clear signal our commitment to the industry.”
“With the travel and hospitality sectors in Thailand and elsewhere poised to rebound, destinations like Koh Yao Yai that combine seclusion, easy access to pristine nature and authentic local experiences, are set to benefit from increased demand from travelers around the world.”
Mr. Sornkom Kitprasan, Chairman of Soraya Development Company Limited, added, “We are extremely pleased to partner with Minor Hotels and launch the first Anantara in the Phang Nga Bay area. This project was created with passion. I have paid attention to every detail of each piece since its inception.
“There was considerable interest from experienced operators vying for the right to manage this unique project, but we chose Anantara Hotels and Resorts because of its stellar reputation and experience as a global hotel brand. five-star luxury.”
A family retreat
When complete, the resort will include a collection of one- and two-bedroom beachfront pool villas, as well as spacious ocean-view suites occupying four low-rise buildings that overlook a freeform pool.
The Seaview Pool Penthouses all have large outdoor spaces for entertaining, the Grand Seaview Family Suites each incorporate a play area, and the Lagoon Pool Villas feature wooden decks, outdoor dining areas and plunge pools.
Guests can dine at an oceanfront restaurant serving produce-based Thai and Asian dishes, as well as at the pool bar and all-day dining restaurant and lobby bar with an international menu. The ingredients come from the organic farm on site.
Other resort amenities include a family pool with children’s wading pool, large indoor-outdoor kids’ club, meeting space, fitness center and water sports center, and wellness facilities. be such as a hydro pool and hammam.
Guests will be able to access the resort, which is to have its own pier, by car and speedboat from Phuket International Airport.