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“A little peace of heaven”
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Shantaa Koh Kood
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Ko Kut
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 4, 2012

We stayed at Shantaa on Koh kood for a week and had a wonderful time. The bungalow, one of the sweets, was comfortable and very clean, the openair jungle bathroom cool, absence of the TV was relaxing and we could watch the sunset from the sundeck.
The restaurant had a good selection of food and they could cook everything w tofu! the staff was so nice and attentive, always smiling!
we had a massage on the beach and we took the bikes (free of charge) to see the fishing village.
shantaa has a small private beach with a beach bar where you can get a towel and water free of charge, but the beach on the other side if the pier blew us away. It stretches for miles, white sand meeting clear blue water and no people in sight!

this is a place for relaxing.. the restaurant closes at 10pm and there are no bars near by and no TV. Just you and your company :)

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

I came across Shantaa by chance and was amazed at their rating and just had to check it out for myself.  Which of course meant we went with high expectations, which were met and exceded.

We visited Shantaa in early January 2012 after a wonderful and sometimes hectic tour of Vietnam and Cambodia.  We bought the "honeymoon" package which included transport from Bangkok to the pier at Shantaa.  Our driver was ready and waiting for us when we came down to check out and provided a few DVDs for our journey.  We arrived at the pier in Trat in good time for the speedboat (a must).  There was a little confusion about our boat ticket however when I mentioned "Shantaa package", all seemed to be ok.  After an hour on the boat we arrived at Shantaa and were greeted with wonderful views and warm hospitality.  

The owners and staff at Shantaa went out of their way to make us feel welcome but it was never intrusive.  So much so that I have to point out a few:

1) My husband is vegetarian and Shantaa provided amazing veggie options (minus any fish sauce) for each meal including our gourmet teas every afternoon and they even provided us with a beach bag with a vegetarian meal on our snorkelling trip.

2) I had to make a trip to the hospital and after a few questions Shantaa arranged a shuttle and provided me with a note in Thai to give to the nurses.  The shuttle even waited the hour for us to take us back to Shantaa.

Shantaa is a place to lose yourself and leave the rest of the world behind, so if you want a resort with a lot action, then you should visit Phuket.

Recently Shantaa was awarded the Travellers' Choice Award 2012 which was most deserved although I think they should have been #1!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ColtonClan
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

Shantaa is a tranquil boutique beach resort and we liked it very much. Although the place was booked out there was a relaxed atmosphere, no rush, no crowds. The bungalows are very nice, super clean and are a great location to watch sunsets. The aircon works perfect! Shower is warm and electricity always works. Nothing to complain about regarding the rooms.
The restaurant rather serves small portions but it is delicious food. The Tom Kha Gai is the best we have tasted all over South East Aisa!! The coffee which was included in the breakfast was moderate - sort of nescafe taste. They also have cappuccino which was better (but cost extra). The beach is quite ok, the sand is medium fine, there is a pier cutting the beach in two parts. The part close to the Shantaa resort is tiny and not so good for swimming as there are rocks. But behind the pier the beach is better suited for swimming and collecting sea shells. Shantaa provides great kayaks and snorkel gear- loved it. The foot massage I got at a beach hut was also excellent.
The staff working at Shantaa was attentive and helpful, however slightly reserved. We felt our physical presence and money was welcome but due to a lack of warmth we felt like guests and not so much at home as we felt in other places. Shantaa undoubtly is a very good, yet quite costly option to spend your days on Koh Kuud.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Marcell H
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

Shantaa is fantastic. The rooms are clean, tastefully decorated and comfortable. The food is delicious and the staff is outstanding! The sunsets are priceless! You can take a kayak to discover nearby beaches or explore a waterfall. The staff provided us with packed lunches, bamboo mats and directions as we set out on our kayaks each morning. We had a great time here and would definitely return! Thank you Shantaa.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

Can only really agree with what all the previous reviews have stated. We went with high expectations due to all the positive comments and were not dissapainted. This is one of the rare places that actaully looks like the pictures on its own web site in real life!!! The staff were lovely, food was fantastic and the island it's self is still very un-developed. Hope to return some time soon.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

We have just returned from an unforgettable stay at Shantaa.We loved everything about this place.The family that has created this resort from nothing only 7 years ago deserve enormous credit for what they have acheived.Without any hospitality experience they have built a superbly tasteful and comfortable retreat.Through the years of shaping their resort they have listened to the needs of their guests and responded with incredible attention to detail.As you walk around the resort this strikes you again and again.And they assured us this was still a work in progress.They still constantly look for ways of best fufilling every need of their guests.
The villas are beautifully finished and furnished.They are artfully sited to give the best private view of the sea from their decks.The semi open bathrooms are a tropical delight with hanging and climbing plants.The food in the restaurant is excellent.We always found something new and interesting each day.The staff are quietly but superbly attentive.
Shantaa is a masterful creation of understatement and attention to detail which I am sure will never fundamentally change but only grow organically in response to the needs of its guests.We can't wait to return.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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3  Thank denleigh
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

We have just returned from our wedding on Koh Kood - our actual ceremony was nearby Shantaa at Soneva Kiri but majority of our wedding guests stayed at Shantaa. If you're looking for somewhere with clear blue water, great service, delicious food and completely private then you've just found it. Shantaa is everything you read and more. It is such an incredible haven - so good that I almost didn't want to write a review as we don't want too many people finding out about it! In the lead up to our group booking (we booked out the whole place) the staff were friendly, helpful and made the whole experience easy to plan. Every single person who stayed commented on how sensational Shantaa is. We had the best time and are planning a return trip with the group again! Thank you Shantaa for being such a gem and proving that natural luxury is possible. We stayed at other places in Thailand for twice as much money and they weren't even close to what you get at Shantaa. I can't speak highly enough about our stay!

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank gemlovestravel
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Address: 20/3 Moo 2 | Tambon Kohkood , Amphur Kohkood, Trad, Ko Kut 23000, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Kut
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Kut
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Kut
Price Range: $101 - $477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Shantaa Koh Kood 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to an isolated island resort that you have dreamed of. Located on north Tapao beach of "Kohkood", the last preserved island of Trad Province. Here at "Shantaa", a small resort on Kohkood, you can truly get away from your busy life. You will wake to the gentle breezes rustling through the coconut trees, spend all day with your favorite book, hear the waves roll onto the shore, watch the beautiful sunset in the evening and then join us at the restaurant for a dinner prepared by our local chefs before having a good night sleep in our warm and beautiful accommodations. "Make your vacation memorable at Shantaa" ... more   less 
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