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Hotel Mys Khao Yai – a Sanctuary for the Soul

Discover Hotel Mys Khao Yai, a boutique resort nestled within Khao Yai National Park, offering luxury, relaxation, and culinary delights amidst pristine surroundings.

THAILAND – Nestled 190 km north of the bustling metropolis of Bangkok lies a tranquil retreat within the beautiful Khao Yai National Park – Hotel Mys Khao Yai. ‘Mys’ is a Scandinavian word that translates to ‘coziness’ in English. It was my observation also that ‘Mys’ also promises relaxation and an escape from the rigors of everyday life.

The Skylight Pool, a cantilevered marvel of modern design. Made to resemble a clear mountain stream looking down into the world below

Exclusively for adults, this boutique resort offers a sanctuary where guests can unwind amidst pristine surroundings. Our recent two-night stay provided a glimpse into a world of luxury coupled with nature – altogether peaceful and embracing, invoking a sense of wellness and calm.

Upon arrival, we were shown to our pool villa. The water was pristine and I immediately wanted to jump in! The saltwater pool, cocooned by high walls and greenery, offered complete privacy, with its mountain backdrop it felt secluded and serene. A full size sliding window opens to a bathtub, inviting indulgent luxury in the open air.

Apart from the full sized bathtub, the large marble bathroom has a separate shower-room, and a separate WC. Well designed and most comfortable.

The villa’s separate living room with a bar, cosy settees, a second TV, coffee and tray tables. A great space to chill, watch TV, chat, play games or eat and drink.

Adjacent is the entrance vestibule with a tree swing!

Evenings were a culinary delight, where fine dining awaited. Truly a gastronomic journey,

with each dish a masterpiece in flavour and presentation. From tantalising starters to mouthwatering desserts, every bite was a revelation. The pièce de résistance? A warm quince pudding with wild blossom honey, butterscotch and homemade sweet corn ice cream, a delightful naughty treat!

Exclusively for adults – Hotel MYS Khao Yai

Morning dawned, and it was time for breakfast with organic and locally sourced produce. Afterwards a leisurely dip in the Skylight Pool, the resort’s signature glass-bottomed pool made from one large piece of acrylic over 10cm thick, that stretches out over the hotel entrance.

The Skylight Pool, is a marvel of modern design, one thinks of a clear mountain stream looking down into the world below, with V-shaped supporting pillars mirroring the branches of the forest.

The resort’s attention to detail was evident at every turn, from plush amenities, high-end equipment that included coffee machine, kettle, Bluetooth speaker, large flatscreen WiFi TVs, power showers, hairdryer, L’Occitane toiletries, digital scales, cute flip-flops, slippers and the softest bathrobes I have ever worn! The bedroom was large with an equally large flatscreen TV with a rotating wall mount. The bedding and linen were luxurious and full picture windows brought the outside in. The windows flooded the room with light and slid open to the pool area and a fully enclosed small private garden. And for those like me that need darkness to slumber – black out curtains to ensure a restful sleep.

Architecture at Hotel Mys Khao Yai seamlessly blends with its natural surroundings. Rooms are inspired by the forest, the generous use of wood and leaf patterns adorn screen-printed glass. The room has many natural accents and the use of warm hue ties the design naturally together.

As we bid farewell to this idyllic retreat, we reflect on its charms and impeccable service – a haven where luxury meets nature in perfect harmony. Hotel Mys Khao Yai is not just a destination; it’s an experience to savour, a sanctuary for the soul amidst the majesty of Khao Yai National Park.

Andrew J Wood

News Editor

Andrew J Wood was born in Yorkshire England, he is a former hotelier, Skalleague and travel writer. Andrew has 48 years of hospitality and travel experience. Educated at Batley Grammar School and a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew started his career in London, working with various hotels. His first posting overseas was with Hilton International, in Paris, and he later arrived in Asia in 1991 on Bangkok with his appointment as Director of Marketing at the Shangri-La Hotel and has remained in Thailand ever since. Andrew has also worked with the Royal Garden Resort Group now Anantara (Vice President) and the Landmark Group of Hotels (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.

A past board member and Director of Skål International (SI), a former National President with SI Thailand and a two time past President of the Bangkok Club. Andrew is the former President of Skål Asia. In 2019, Andrew was awarded SKÅL’s highest award the distinction of Membre D’Honneur.

He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Asia.

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