Santhiya's eco-luxury beach resort properties are situated on Koh Phangan and Koh Yao Yai, two island gems in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea respectively, and sister islands of the two most popular island destinations in Thailand, Koh Samui and Phuket.
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"Beautifully designed resort without the crowds"
We stayed at Santhiya for five nights. We aren't usually beach resort people, but this was a relaxation week to follow up a week elsewhere in Thailand. Santhiya was a fantastic decision and we would stay there again for sure. We spent a long time trying to choose between different resorts in Koh Phi Phi, Krabi or Koh Yao Yai. In the end we picked Santhiya in Koh Yao Yai because it seemed like it was the best value for the money and we had heard that areas like Krabi and Phi Phi were overwhelmed with partying backpackers which we were trying to avoid. Although the resort is a 45 minute boat ride to Phi Phi and Krabi there are day trips every day to some part of the gulf. Santhiya provided great value, a peaceful location and great trips to the key tourist areas. Overall the resort is beautifully designed and doesn't feel very touristy. It seemed pretty quiet when we were there (no waits for beach chairs) and that may have to do with the fact that many stay in the villas that have private pools so they stay there during the day instead. The staff were all genuinely warm and friendly. Not all the staff speak very much English, but there will always be someone nearby that does. In fact, we liked that because it added to the more genuine Thai feeling. We would absolutely stay there again. It was extremely good value for money and a great experience. Facilities: the resort itself is beautifully designed in a Thai style. Everything is beautifully done in wood with ornate wood carvings throughout. Hotel operations equipment is carefully hidden away in beautiful wooden buildings. The resort is situated on a lush green point and whichever way you look, you always feel like you are in a remote location, not in the middle of a large resort. There are 5 hotel buildings and a number of additional private villas. Rooms: We stayed in a deluxe supreme room in hotel 6 at the top of the hill. The room was beautifully designed with a spectacular view- it felt open and airy, with a bathtub and day bed on the balcony, a king size bed with draperies, a good size bathroom with a great shower that had a glass partition allowing you to look at the scenery while showering. It felt very luxurious. Everywhere there are lovely little touches of decor that add to the great ambience. We could have spent the entire time in the room and still have been happy. I would expect all the hotels to have similar views given their location. Because of the steep hills on the resort there are trucks that will shuttle you around. They are supposed to go by every ten minutes but it's a little bit hit or miss if that happens. There's one by soon enough though so it wasn't really a problem. Amenities: there are five restaurants, two pools, a spa, and a gym that we used. The restaurants serve various styles. Although most have a western/Thai mix of options, Khantok restaurant is specifically Thai and had great food. Some of the Thai dishes are very spicy (we are used to spicy food) which was a surprise because we expected everything to be watered down. The buffet was well stocked with a wide variety of choices, a tepanyaki grill and a "live" cooking area where the chef would cook various meals in front of you by request. If you stay here for two weeks you might start to crave something different but for that you can always stroll down the beach as well (try Mama's Seafood). We always found something new. The breakfast buffet had most tourists from the world covered - dim sum, eggs and bacon, fruit, croissants, etc. A little more daily vareity would be nice perhaps but it's not a deal breaker at all. And the view from the breakfast buffet at hotel 4 was spectacular. Both pools are very nicely done. We only tried the spectacular infinity pool. The gym is well equipped - 6(') treadmills, two bikes, dumbbells and several machine weights. It wasn't too busy when we were there and we didn't have to wait. Activities: Bicycles, kayaks and paddle boards are all available for use. Bicycles could be in slightly better working order but everything we had no complaints. I recommend borrowing the bikes and cycling an hour to Lohjark pier to the south. It gives you a better sense of the island away from the resort and is a beautiful spot as well. Excursions: We took the Krabi and the Phi Phi day trips. These are extraordinary. The trip takes 45 mins across the bay. The bay can become choppy but the crew are clearly very experienced. The locations we visited were some of the most beautiful places we've ever seen and the staff made sure we had everything we needed. Snorkeling gear can be provided although the waters were a bit cloudy and would disappoint avid divers, but we thoroughly enjoyed it. The provided lunch was delicious and very filling. A day trip to these locations was plenty of time to get a good experience of each area even though it seemed like we moved around a lot. Being 45 mins away by boat didn't detract from the experience at all. Don't forget to order beers beforehand if you want a drink on the way home!
"Definately has the "WOW" factor"
We stayed in this resort for 2 weeks in February 2017 and what an experience! This was our 4th trip to Thailand and we can honestly say it was the best place we have ever stayed. We stayed in a Deluxe Ocean View room and it was very spacious with beautiful carved timber furniture. We loved the bath on the deck overlooking the ocean - superb. The food was absolutely first class in all restaurants and every single staff member was friendly, smiling and happy to help with any request. Travelling to your room by the resort cars was easy and you never had to wait to catch one. There was plenty of room at the 2 pools and the beach and you had use of paddle boards and kayaks throughout the day. The resort itself is beautiful and the ocean views amazing. It definitely is a stunning place to stay and has that wow factor. Getting to and from the island is easy and hassle free. I would recommend this resort to anyone.
"WELCOMING TO YACHTSMEN"
We were a group of 9 sailing around the Andaman Sea Islands for a week and this was the last stop on our voyage. The Santhiya Resort was very welcoming to us, so much so, that part of the 'crew' abandoned ship the next day and extended their 'Thai' adventure for 3 more days at Santhiya. Santhiya welcomed us with open arms, allowing us to sit in the bar and enjoy wonderful cocktails. We also ordered from their Thai menu and the green papaya salad was as good as we had had. They also allowed us to wonder around the resort without restriction admiring the decor and beauty (probably why our crew mutinied). Having sailed many, many exotic destinations (Tahiti, Belize, Tonga, etc) and enjoyed many Michelin rated resorts/restaurants, really liked Santhiya and their treatment of 'yachtsmen'. Would recommend any sailors make this their first or last stop of their voyage out of Ao Po Grand Marina here. Nice job.
"Total Relaxation "
We have just got back from 12 nights at Santhiya and all I can say is that the only bad thing was we had to leave! The whole place is about relaxation and to make your vacation stress free, we did not find the service poor but relaxed and if you need attention smile and ask politely and you will get it. Having traveled all over the world I can honestly say this is in my top 5 of places I have visited with all of he restaurants serving good quality food & drinks and the resort far exceeded my expectations. Thanks the whole Santhiya Team
"Family of 5 with 3 young Boys - very happy with Santhiya"
First review of any kind but felt obliged to share our wonderful experience. We have been back in reality for about two weeks and are still shaking our heads in disbelief at how wonderful our 4 nights at Santhiya were. This part of our trip i kept as a surprise for my wife and children. Wasn't sure what to expect because you do get varying reviews and everyone has their own experience. From pick up at our Patong resort we knew we were in for something pretty special. Although the reception area at AO Marina is a bit average- ie too small, a little hectic and a bit impersonal, that quickly subsides to the humming of the speed boat leaving the luxury yachts at the marina. I thought the look on my wife and children's faces as we pulled in to the jetty was something special but that was nothing compared to when we were shown our royal pool villa..my wife burst into tears and the kids were beside themselves, they had the whole downstairs to themselves and just so excited. The pool, the view, the decor just perfect and the sunsets wow... what a place to remind yourself the reasons you fell in love with your wife 18yrs ago. This was a great trip the resort is fantastic and the staff were the best we have had in Thailand for a long time, in addition Koh Yao Yai is a great Island it reminded me so much of traveling through Indonesia +25yrs ago (unfortunately without the surf) so do yourself a favour when you are there, hire a bike and go and get your self lost....there are still amazingly beautiful and thankfully, deserted beaches to be enjoyed.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM