Located on Koh Yao Noi Island, just a few miles away from Phuket, 9 Hornbills Tented Camp is the latest addition to the Koh Yao Island Resort. Glamping has been in vogue for the past few years and it was time for us to experience it once again, but this time, with magical views of Phan Nga Bay. It was a wonderful and exceptional experience for travelers looking for an original beach retreat. Where authentic simplicity meets an Eco-conscious spirit with a sense of relaxed adventure in mind. The idyllic location in the remote jungle with the million dollar view of James Bond made famous stunning limestone isles rising from the ocean of Phang Nga is unmatched by non others in Thailand and that of South East Asia. This is most certainly the ultimate tropical island dream that one shall experience once in a lifetime. Get ready for luxurious pampering among the great nature where soul soothing is guaranteed.
9 Hornbills Tented Camp is a luxury safari tented villa, nestled on its own hill site which is named after and home to our 9 hornbill birds, comprises of 10 exclusive tents and a villa attendant station and a pop-up bar. Each Tented Villa is set up with luxurious, locally made furniture from sustainable teak forests, and is equipped to function as indoor living – sleeping and bathing areas, fitted with a unique air-conditioner for your extra-large bed, meant to keep you comfortable but not take away your glamping experience, as well as having a separate outdoor shaded lounge area, private swimming pool and a beautifully designed outdoor shower area as well.
When arriving into our tent, we felt welcomed to paradise, the view is merely just to die for and be prepared to get your breath taken away. All you need to do is gazing to the horizon and drink in the spellbinding view of magnificent turquoise water studded with limestone zeniths, the mesmerizing backdrop of the legendary James Bond’s movie “The Man with The Golden Gun”. This is undoubtedly one of the most miraculous views you will possibly ever witness. Fortunately you can enjoy this unobstructed 180 degrees panorama view of Phanga Bay from your bedroom, bathtub, private pool, spacious terrace for dining area and lounging private sundecks.
The tent is designed using natural material to harmonize the natural landscape and reflect their strong commitment to the environment. Built in local teak wood and nestled into a lush tropical forest facing full view of Andaman Sea with options for both open air or air-conditioned atmosphere. Dip into your private pool that blends seamlessly into those aquamarine calm seas beyond and deep blue sky above. Floating and feeling as if you are swimming off the edge of the horizon. 9 Hornbills Tented Camp is facing the direction of sunrise; the most magical moment is unquestionably at dawn when you can see the golden sun rising from the ocean. So yes make sure you wake up for that! This is a MUST.
On the day we are feeling adventurous we went on full day island hopping to discover the longing private paradise and the underwater beauty of Koh Hong (the ultimate picturesque lagoon), James Bond Island, Koh Lao Lading and Koh Yao Yai via a traditional longtail boat. This has been an epic experience tailor made by Koh Yao Island Resort. Highlights of this incredible journey are beating the crowd and paddling the board alone in perfect lagoon of Koh Hong in early morning, having our alfresco picnic lunch on the secret beach with nothing but us against the crystal clear aquamarine water and purely white sand, and feeling like a five years old running freely on the quiet sandbank.
For our last day we decided to go for the unique ultimate romantic experience which includes waking up to the iconic Koh Yao Noi sunrises from the oceanfront of Koh Yao Island Resort, having healthy breakfast served in our very own tent and the even the better floating breakfast in the private pool. We embraced the Thai Massage experiences, enjoying delicious Thai food for lunch and a romantic candlelight dinner in our garden. Lastly, we felt asleep under the stars, there is no better way to finish this magical trip in tropical paradise of 9 Hornbills, we are sure to be back! Stay tuned.
Jibbie & Patrick