Luxury African-style safari tents on the coast in Thailand? It might sound unusual, but it works so well. Especially when you combine with the top-notch panorama – arguably one of the best views in the whole of the country. The sight of Phang Nga Bay’s limestone karsts jutting from the ocean are extra impressive when viewed from your private pool, cocktail in hand!
9 Hornbills is located on Koh Yao Noi, a sleepy island midway between Phuket and Krabi. It’s perched on a hillside above its sister property - ETG favourite Koyao Island Resort. The camp comprises 10 safari tents, each with its own private garden and pool, offering an elevated perspective of the bay. Deceptively basic from the outside, the tent interiors are beautifully designed, combining spaciousness with a subtle colonial charm and stylish wooden furniture. All mod cons are provided including air conditioning and a proper coffee machine.
Although there is no on-site restaurant, 9 Hornbills guests can use the facilities of Koyao Island Resort which is on the beach at the bottom of the hill. Buggies are available to get up and down but if you prefer to stay in your private paradise, meals can be served directly to your tent.
The island itself has a notable absence of chain restaurants and noisy clubs. Instead, you'll find quaint local eateries, fishing boats, and a friendly local community.
The 9 Hornbills Tented Camp is squarely aimed at couples – as much as anything else, all the tents are doubles and there’s no option of adding a bed. It’s a brilliant option for anyone seeking a unique stay in a tranquil, picturesque location. For families – we highly recommend Koyao Island Resort itself.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
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