THAILAND: Treehouse Villas is possibly the most exciting luxury boutique resort to enter the market in a long time.
Treehouse Villas is located at the tip of Koh Yao Noi (literally the small long island) between Phuket and Krabi in the stunning Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park. Access is by boat. We travelled from Krabi, just a 25 minute boat ride. The views are simply world class. Surreal and magical. You know at once you’re in a very special place. Truly stunning and unique. Out of this world in fact.
Coming from Phuket and Phuket International Airport, it’s only a short journey too (approx 50 minutes). Most guests arrive and depart by boat from the Yacht Haven Marina via speed boat. It’s a free ‘tour’ as you experience the extraordinary scenery through the world famous Phang Nga Bay. It was here where the James Bond Movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” was filmed.
The resort itself is located in a beautiful bay and nestled within a national reserve in a tropical rain-forest, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. Located on the same stretch of secluded beach as its sister hotel, the Paradise Koh Yao Resort.
If you want to experience living amongst the tree canopies; in a super deluxe treehouse with 5-star luxury, just steps away from the beach, then this resort is for you. Set amongst the treetops the villas offer a unique experience. I was in awe at the views as I kicked back and soaked it all in. I found myself smiling as I realised I had discovered a real gem.
The pleasing circular design by architect John Underwood
The adult-only resort offers 25 signature Tree House Villas with 100sqm of duplex living space and private infinity plunge pools. All accessible via their own suspension bridge. An additional six single-storey Beachfront Pool Villas are available. Each one equipped with a seven metre infinity pool with direct beach access. The resort also has one 2-bedroom suite with extensive grounds that offer complete privacy.
Each Villa comes complete with a private dining facility, two complimentary daily refilled mini bars (bedroom and pool deck) stocked with your favourite drinks, expresso machine, a double swing, day beds and a cloakroom.
Over the next 5 days, at every touch point the resort never failed to please. I gave it a perfect score.
The eButler service which is available in every villa, allows you to request anything you desire via the in-room tablet; such as in-room dining, spa treatments reservations (in-room if you wish) or simply to arrange dinner reservations.
Spa treatments are available at the spa or in your private villa (pictured above)
Some of the spa treatments can be brought to you if you wish to remain in your private villa. With portable massage tables you can enjoy some of the best treatments in the privacy of your own villa. Spa treatments will be performed in the outdoor sala section of your villa.
Open plan kitchen at Roots Restaurant
Roots restaurant and adjacent bar are exquisite. Located in the heart of the resort – undercover poolside. Breakfast is one of the best I’ve experienced anywhere. The service a dream. Effortless and friendly, an unmistakeable hallmark of Thailand.
We couldnt wait to return for dinner. The à la carte menu has something for everyone. Expertly prepared with care and flair, it was fresh and delicious.
The resort has many interesting activities available from Thai cooking classes; traditional Batik painting, kayaking, jungle hiking, beach volleyball, badminton and table tennis.
The resort can also offer day trips for shopping to Krabi and Phuket or island tours to see the fishing villages, rice fields and rubber plantations that are still the main activities for the local communities. Mountain bikes are available if you feel like cycling to the villages.
Treehouse Villa pool deck
Our first activity after unpacking was a dip in our own private Jacuzzi plunge pool. Afterwards a long cool G&T from the complimentary bar and relaxing around the pool deck settee swing and loungers.
This groundbreaking resort uses structural architecture by Australian John Underwood who designed the villas that combine a rustic industrial design with a love of the environment. A Phuket based artist, John specialises in environment friendly ‘green buildings’.
Stunning interior design
The interiors were overseen directly by Swiss MD Josef Raess, who felt that his vision needed a hands on approach to ensure the best possible outcome. The results speak for themselves. Like the Underwood structures the interiors are simply stunning. Elegant exclusive and luxurious.
With one of the best websites I’ve seen its worth you taking a tour, you wont be disappointed.
About the Author
Andrew J. Wood
Born in Yorkshire, England, Andrew was educated at Batley Grammar School and Napier University, Edinburgh. He started his career in London. His first posting overseas was with Hilton International, in Paris, and he later arrived in Asia in 1991 with his appointment as Director of Marketing at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok, and has remained in Thailand ever since. Andrew has also worked with the Royal Garden Resort Group (Vice President) and the Landmark Group (Vice President of Sales and Marketing). Latterly he has been the General Manager at the Royal Cliff Group of Hotels in Pattaya and the Chaophya Park Hotel Bangkok & Resorts. Andrew is currently President of Skål International Bangkok and Vice President Skål Int’l Asia (Southeast) and continues to travel and write.