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GLOW Elixir! If we were about to invent a potion that would turn stress into a relaxed holiday modus, we would call this GLOW! On a not too large and rather authentic island in the south of Thailand, we experienced the ultimate holiday feeling at the Glow Elixir Resort! Imagine a private pool villa, a private beach and a fantastic service-oriented team that is constantly on hand for you! At the first step we made on this wonderful place we were glowing with happiness!
Koh Yao Yai
Koh Yao Yai is a medium-sized island between Phuket and the province of Krabi. An ideal island for a few relaxing days on your trip through Thailand. Speedboats depart all year round to nearby destinations such as, Phi Phi, Phuket and Krabi Town and Ao Nang. GLOW Elixir even offers its own speedboats to / from Phuket. We came from Railay Beach and with the speedboat we arrived on Koh Yao Yai with a small stopover in an hour. The costs for the speedboat are 800 baht one way per person. It was a 45-minute taxi ride from the pier. For this you pay 600 baht per taxi.
The GLOW Elixir Resort is located almost all the way to the south of Koh Yao Yai on a small bay with a beautiful (private) beach on its backdoor.
Welcome to the GLOW Elixir Resort!
Once we arrived at the GLOW Resort we were welcomed by Agnes, the incredibly friendly manager of the resort. We sat down on a couch in the beautiful wooden lobby and were offered a small cold towel and a fresh welcome drink. Ladies also receive a beautiful flower in their hair upon arrival, which will immediately put you in the holiday mood! While we were sitting on the couch, we were told everything about the resort and we were able to check in while we were sitting on the couch, very nice after a day of traveling!
GLOW Elixir Superior Villa
Just before we wanted to go to the bungalow we had booked, Agnes told us she had upgraded us to a Pool Villa! We would actually sleep in the Superior Villa. A nice bungalow of 44 m2 including terrace, outdoor shower and fully equipped. Also close to the swimming pool, beach, lobby and restaurant. We didn’t have much to wish for anymore. But of course we didn’t say no to the Pool Villa!
GLOW Elixir Superior Villa | Images: Agoda.com
GLOW Elixir Deluxe Pool Villa
Upon entering we could only think of one thing … Dive into our own private pool as quickly as possible! Before we could do that we were given an extensive tour of the spacious room of 88 m2. On a coffee table in front of the bed there was a fruit basket and on the bed was a green leaf on which a personal welcome text was written. There was also a small magazine (GLOW Gazette) and two small birds created small towels were folded with beautiful flowers next to it. The room had an oil burner which made it smell really nice. A very nice entrance!
After the tour ended, it was time for a cooling dip in our own private swimming pool! The view from our terrace was really amazing! Because the GLOW Elixir site is partly built on a hill, we looked at the sea from our swimming pool and terrace over the terrain! Despite the wide view, we still had a lot of privacy due to the vegetation around our villa. In addition, all villas are also detached, what a fantastic place! On the terrace there were two sun loungers and further on there was also a large built-in bathtub where you can easily enter in two. In addition to the swimming pool, there was also a roof with a table and two chairs underneath. A nice place to wake up in the early morning and enjoy the view.
The Deluxe Pool Villa of the Glow Elixir Resort on Koh Yao Yai is highly recommended!! In a few minutes all your worries will disappear like snow in the Thai sun and you will never want to leave the villa again! The spacious double bed is wonderful and the room has thought of everything! There is, for example, mosquito spray, a DVD player and TV (DVDs can be borrowed at the reception), a safe, air conditioning, but also a ceiling fan and a mosquito net.
We appreciate a good cup of coffee and in Thailand good coffee in a resort is not always easy to get. That is why we were pleasantly surprised with the Segafredo Zanetti coffee machine and cups in the room. Now we could wake up with a good cup of coffee before a dive into your own pool! Prefer a shower? The spatial outdoor shower will ensure that you wake up wonderfully with the sounds of nature in the background.
The GLOW Elixir terrain
Because of our great upgrade we decided to stay on the GLOW Elixir site for the rest of the day. From our beautiful Pool Villa (# 191 on the map below) we made a nice walk through the grounds with a covered gazebo and a swimming pool with sun beds. Along the way we also encountered a few monkeys. At the pool was a small building where massages were offered by friendly smiling ladies. Everywhere on the site are signs with all kinds of nice texts on it, a nice detail! On the beautiful beach was the restaurant with a sea view.
GLOW Elixir restaurant Waves
The Waves restaurant is, as the name suggests, on the private beach of the resort. Great food with a view of sand and sea, always nice! During our lunch we shared a pizza and a meal with rice and Thai basil (holy basil), very tasty! Waves is a really nice place to enjoy your stay at the GLOW Elixir Resort!
In the high season (November to April), the BBQ is also lit regularly. Delicious fresh fish or nice piece of meat from the BBQ!
Breakfast is also served at Waves from 07:00 to 10:30. Inside the restaurant of GLOW there are plenty of dishes with all delicious things. There is even cheese and different types of fresh bread! As Western people, we can appreciate that. Prefer something else? There is something to choose for everyone. Such as an egg station where you can, for example, order a boiled egg or omelet. And if you eat just a little too much here and still want to stay fit, you can use the consumed calories in the resort’s small gym.
The private beach of GLOW Elixir
The very beautiful beach opposite the Waves restaurant is located in a small bay and consists of soft white powder sand! At high tide you can enjoy swimming. Only during low tide do we recommend using the pool for the necessary cooling. Too many rocks will be exposed, making it difficult for you to enter the water. Instead we made a nice walk on the perfectly kept beach. Of all the beaches that we visited on Koh Yao Yai, we found the beach at the GLOW Elixir Resort the most beautiful on the whole island. And because the resort is not too big, you always have a quiet spot for yourself. Another plus of this beach is that the sun sets on this side of the island!
Images: GLOW Elixir Resort Koh Yao Yai
DID YOU KNOW?
Besides that the GLOW Elixir Resort on Koh Yao Yai is an ideal place for your honeymoon, you can actually get married here! More information can be found via this link.
Images: GLOW Elixir Resort
Chen’s Tiki Bar
Next to the GLOW Elixir restaurant is Chen’s Tiki Bar. Here you can watch the beautiful sunset with a delicious cocktail in your hand in a beanbag. Did we mention that we never wanted to leave here?
Everyday from 17:00 – 19:00 is Happy Hour at Chen’s Tiki Bar! You will not get one but two cocktails for 250 Baht! You can choose from different cocktails such as the Elixir Sunrise, GLOW Elixir Cooler, Margarita Classic and Original Mojito.
The supermarket next to the entrance of GLOW Elixir on Koh Yao Yai
Right next to the entrance of the resort is a small supermarket that also rents out scooters. Read more about this in the article discover Koh Yao Yai with the scooter. We bought some snacks and a few nice drinks for in our pool villa. When it became a bit cooler later in the evening we decided to exchange the pool for the outdoor pool with hot water and to toast on this great day!!
(Free) activities during your stay at the GLOW Resort
In addition to exploring the island of Koh Yao Yai, you can book various (snorkel) trips and other activities through the reception. The activity list with prices can be found via the following link. Free activities are also organized every week. For example, you can learn how to fold towels in all kinds of beautiful creations and shapes for free.
With the family to GLOW Elixir
The GLOW Elixir resort is also a great location to visit as a family. There are two spacious family villas here with their own swimming pool. A fantastic place on an authentic island like Koh Yao Yai!
Family villa with private pool | Images: ThailandMagazine.com
Have a GLOWING stay!
We really enjoyed our stay at the GLOW Elixir Resort to the fullest! Thanks in part to the ultimate friendly staff and incredibly nice and committed manager Agnes. Agnes regularly came for a chat and always checked whether everything went according to plan. Agnes is known for its excellent service and hospitality, you can always read this in all reviews about Glow Elixir and there is nothing about it! But not only was Agnes extremely friendly even though the other staff are very attentive and give service with a smile! Because of this we had a wonderfully relaxed holiday feeling from arrival to departure! We had a GLOWING stay!!
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DO YOU KNOW?
The company behind GLOW is committed to Operation Smile Thailand. This helps Thai children who are born with a harelip. For example, GLOW raises money by selling a cookbook where 50% of the proceeds go directly to this charity! Do you like to cook or do you want to bring a nice present then this cookbook might be a nice memento or gift!
Fun to do on Koh Yao Yai
On Koh Yao Yai, besides enjoying your stay at this resort, there are of course many other fun things to do! We have picked a number of nice locations for you. Such as well-appreciated restaurants, places to go out and places of interest that are worth a visit, you’re here now anyway! We hope this will make your visit to Koh Yao Yai even more fun! Via the InfoBox below you can find more information about the subject per tab.
Eating & Drinking on Koh Yao Yai
- Jikgo Bar & Restaurant
Tasty authentic Thai dishes! A fine reflection of Koh Yao Yai! Also for a cocktail or other drink Jikgo is a top location.
- Baan Rim Nam Restaurant
At Baan Rim Nam you can have lunch or dinner with a fantastic view over the sea.
- Chill Chill @ Pai
At Chill Chill you eat delicious cakes and cookies but also fantastic dishes. And after dinner, chill out with a cocktail or two!
- Iyara Cafe
When visiting the Iyara Cafe you can enjoy delicious shakes and cakes! A top spot for a hot or cold coffee!
- Laem Had Bar
Eating and drinking on a special beach in Koh Yao Yai.
- Emm Restaurant
The Emm Restaurant is not far from the Loh Jak Pier. A beautiful location in the middle of a beautiful green garden!
- Together Restaurant
Whether it’s western or Thai food, here you eat together!
- De restaurants van het Santhiya Resort
This immense Santhiya Resort has several restaurants. For example Jettin Teppan at the pier from where you can see a beautiful sunset. Or the Titan Grill for grilled dishes. Besides these restaurants there are also By the Sea and the Saaitara Restaurant. More than enough choice!
Going out Koh Yao Yai
The nightlife on Koh Yao Yai is limited to a single bar, usually in places where most tourists come. Because 90% of the population is Muslim, alcohol is not available everywhere. Small local shops do not sell alcoholic beverages. The Family Shops, 7 Elevens and most hotels do.
Check out our selection of some of Koh Yao Yai’s impressive photos in our fifth Picture This article.
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