My wife and I stayed here for 5 nights and had a fabolous time at Santhiya.
First impressions - very profesional tranfer from Phuket airport - carrier/van which was clean and had excellent a/c and nice cold bottle of water so the VIP experience started already there.
Santhiya staff offered us a complimentary drink and cake while waiting for the boat to arrive. Speed boat transfer in Santhiya's own boat was very pleasant, smooth and gave the opportunity for a few good views and photo moments on the way across to Koh Yai Yai.
Reception was quick and effecient and the usual complimentary drink at reception was extraordinaryly good - freshly made watermelon juice from the bar.
The Private Villa - wow, beautiful location on the side of a cliff to make sure the views are stunning and made sure it was and felt very private. The teak wood with lots of ornate touches to the woodwork and the finish of this place was amazing.
The private balcony/veranda with two sun loungers, two chairs and a table and last but not least a beautiful salt water pool with access directly from the bedroom was unreal.
Bathroom is 3/4 enclosed with one end open which has a Grohe rainfall shower and an enclosed big walk-in shower at the other end - amazing to be showing under the blue sky when you felt like it.
The views from the private balcony and rooms where just amazing - small uninhabited islands in the distance and with Phuket in the back where you could see it lighting up at night.
For once I have to say that the pictures on a WEB site is what you get when you arrive to Santhiya's Koh Yai Yai Resort - it's amazing.
In the resturant and bar which was essentialy the same - the food there was of excellent quality. Very good value for money of both local Thai dishes and western type in a small and good selection but presented VERY nicely and all we tried was high quality in both taste and presentation. No doubt the moto in terms of the menu here was less is more - which was certainly true in the positive sense at Santhiya.
Breakfast was excellent as well with choice of hot and cold dishes but still kept simple and delicate to the quilty of food and presentation was in top.
Santhiya's bar have a nice little afternoon "Happy Hour" where they serve 2-3 cocktail (free drinks) which was a good way relax with a beautiful view out over the beach.
The staff's enthusiasm, friendliness and professionalism was always on show and overall everyone there made you feel special - so thank you to James in the bar, May in the restaurant ,Lolita singing and Che playing acustic guitar for us during our "private" beach dinners.
The only remark we have is that there is not a lot of other things to experience on the island.
We rented a scooter two days and was both north and south and except some very nice views there are not really anyhing to spend time on outside the resort. The day after our scooter ride we where told by one of of the local Santhiya staff that Koh Yai Yai is predominately muslim and quite conservative - which would have been good to know in order respect proper clothing while being in the "local" space.
Instead of exploring the island you should explore the islands around on one of the boat trips which takes you to the islands close by or to Phi Phi which is about one hour away in a speed boat.
We did a day trip to the islands close to Santhiya and like the rest if was very professional, well planned, nice lunch and we where well taken care of.
Thanks again to Lloyd and his staff at Santhiya for making our "Second Honeymoon" so fantastic - we are ready to do it again very soon.
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