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“Devine simplicity” 5 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Resort   |   25/2 Moo 1 Aao Tapao, Ko Kut 23000, Thailand   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“Devine simplicity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We had such an amazing time at Shantaa because it is everything we love about Thailand reduced into simple luxury. At booking we were a little surprised that the resort is at pains to tell you what they don’t have e.g. mini bar, 24 hour air conditioning, a pool but on arrival one quickly realises that the resort offers qualities which are difficult to describe in adjectives and the panoramic beauty that cannot be captured within a border.

I think what captured our heart was the positioning of the bungalows situated on a small hill amongst lush green grass, palms, and coconut trees. I fondly remember sitting on our balcony after our evening massage with the birds singing and the crickets chirping, sharing a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc watching the sunset into the sparkling sea and reflecting on another day in paradise.

The staff at Shantaa are a highlight and I have to thank them for tolerating my embryonic attempts at learning Thai which provided hours of amusement.

The Kayaking was a lot of fun and I went down the South coast one day and then up the North coast on another evening. Shantaa is next to the main wharf which impairs the view of the long white sand beach from the sun loungers and beach bar but does mean that the snorkelling is very good and accessible.

Kayaking south I saw some smaller resorts down which look nice but not to the same high standard as Shantaa and a bit more “Robinson Crusoe”. Whilst kayaking north I visited the beach where Soneva Kiri is situated and that stretch of the coast is sensational which one would expect at £900 p/night!

We hired a scooter and we walked down a jungle track and clamoured over rocks to find Klong Chao which is beautiful waterfall and great for freshwater swimming. Standing underneath the deluge is the ultimate shower. We were fortunate as we had a window between two large tour groups which certainly diminished some of the serenity!

It is hard to compare Koh Kood with Koh Chang. The 5* hotels on Koh Chang offer brilliant service and I would recommend the Dewa but in retrospect our time split between Koh Kood and Koh Chang could have been completely different holidays. I think it would have been really draining to travel from London to Koh Kood in one day so it made sense to stay in Koh Chang for a few days at the start and end of the holiday. I don’t think the typical traveller to Koh would enjoy the divine simplicity of Koh Kood. The detail and elegance that Shantaa offers would find a different definition for a traveller that is expecting blue curacao based cocktails and towel origami.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

came here with my boyfriend for only 2 night. If you enjoy quiet, relaxation and nature you should definitely come here.
staff is great and king, food is yummy and scenery is wonderful.
We had a sweet room which was immaculate. the bathroom is excellent and the cleaning ladies are doing a hell of a job.
Will be back, hope it will stay the same :)))

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

The concept of this resort makes it undoubtedly the perfect place to relax, while enjoying great service and great food.

The family run property is located on a west facing hillside, where the villas were built apart enough to allow you a degree of privacy. The view from the balconies is stunning, particularly at sunset.

The villas are very well designed with a bathroom in the back where a small garden allows you to enjoy an al fresco shower. All this is very well kept and impecably clean.

The dining area is on top of the hill with, again, amazing views.

Although I stayed over 2 weeks I didn't have the time to try every item in the varied menu. The food was always delicious. And reasonably priced. The staff is very friendly and helpful and this has to be the only resort in Thailand where you don't pay for water. Apart from the standard complimentary water bottles in your room, the staff is always ready to serve a glass of iced water the moment you sit at a table, which shows the care they take in pampering their guests. Plus, you have free water bottles at the beach.

The beach is comparatively small but very clean. Just across the pier you have a long stretch of cocoanut tree lined beach (Ao Tapao). The beach bar is a great place to have a meal and enjoy one of their fabulous fruit shakes.

From the end of the pier you have an amazing view of the coastline.

This was my third visit here (December 2013) and will most certainly not be the last. Thanks to Ms. Kai, Zero, Dja, Fein, Tao, Im and all the other staff members whose name I haven't learned so far, not forgetting the kitchen staff and housekeeping.

And please, don't you ever dare build a swimming pool!!!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

So this review comes a year too late, but the holiday stands preserved in our memory forever.
Everything about Shantaa will make you want to forget the world outside- the amazing rooms, the gorgeous property, the thougthful staff. Sigh! If I could go back, I'd have found a job and stayed. :)
And the food...lip smacking, really. Clearly the best we ate in all of Thailand.
We stayed at the Suite for a whole week, and enjoyed every minute of it. The outdoor bath, so luxurious and yet so comfortable. The sit-out, so charming, we'd spend hours staring at the pier.
Am lizard phobic, so that was a minor distraction. That said, everything else pretty much made up for it.
My husband thoroughly enjoyed the beach, while I spent my time lazing under the outdoor canopys, reading and catching more than few winks.
Dream beach holiday. Truly.
Thank you Fawn, Kai, Zero and the rest of the staff for your warm hospitality.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Private bungalows with sea view on beautiful hillside. Amazing food! Very nice beach. Peaceful and quiet. Friendly, helpful and always smiling staff. Flawless service. Perfect for couples and families who are looking for a get away from the city. It's a treat for your heart and soul! We hope to go back soon again!

Stayed December 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great staff that speaks English. The service is very good. When you are sitting in the restaurant you always get a cold glass of water. The food is superb!!
The room is so nice, especially the bathroom. It is clean and the beds are really nice. We definitly comming back!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

This place is amazing. Beautiful, peaceful location. Thoughtful, intimate resort design. Amazing food and attentive, friendly and discreet service. Great value. We stayed 11 nights in a sweet and would love to come back. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

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Address: 25/2 Moo 1 Aao Tapao, Ko Kut 23000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Kut
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Kut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Shantaa Koh Kood 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
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