W Hotel brand’s “whatever/whenever” approach to guest service will set a new benchmark to rival the existing hotel properties on Koh Yao Noi, a small island playground set amidst the limestone crags of Phang Nga Bay, Thailand. On one side, blessed with abundant beaches asking to be explored and reefs begging to be snorkeled, whilst on the western side of the island, surreal expanses of green rice fields lay basking in the sunshine. The island is one of the last real bastions for unadulterated relaxation Thai style, in a land unspoilt by the hectic frenzy of most tourist areas. Rich in local culture and complete with sea gypsy villages and colorful traditional fishing boats, Koh Yao Noi is a beach lovers dream destination.
The adventure begins before you arrive at the W Retreat Phang Nga Bay. Being an island, once you arrive in Phuket or Krabi, transport to the resort is either via the resort’s high-speed boat or if you wish, a helicopter ride over this stunning national park area that appears to have been the stage for Avatar, the movie. On the trip you will catch glimpses of the natural wonders waiting for you in a haze of aquamarines, blues and the limestone cliffs soaring to the sky dotted in the expansive bay. Your welcome is the feel of sand between your toes and big smiles from the staff.
The Retreat will have 79 stand alone villas of utter luxury, all featuring their own plunge pools and private outdoor spaces, whilst Phang Nga Bay will lay before you in a vista of beauty that is not found anywhere else. An innovative and cutting edge design, W Retreat Phuket – Phang Nga Bay, will offer dining all day in one restaurant, a specialty restaurant and bar, meeting and event space, workout facilities, swimming pool and a modern spa and treatment rooms. The conference or event market is catered for with fully adaptable equipment and audiovisual facilities that are state of the art for either indoor or outdoor presentations.
Currently there are three W Retreat Properties in the Asia Pacific; W Retreat & Spa Maldives, W Retreat Koh Samui and W Retreat & Spa Bali, whilst a further one is planned for Goa which is scheduled to open in 2015. The Starwood Hotels & Resorts vision to seek out unique destinations and to give the traveler the ultimate in the best of service ensures that this hotel will be another gem in their crown.