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Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Ko Yao Yai
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Gatineau, Canada
1 review
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“Beautiful seaside resort is an ideal get-away”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

It's easy to be mesmerized by this beautiful island get-away, with its gorgeous sea-side setting and outstanding architecture that seems to nestle comfortably into the hillside. The private villas are gorgeous hide-aways, each with their own infinity pool overlooking the ocean, four-poster bed and both indoor and outdoor showers, and accessed by the buggies that deliver you to your door. Although we arrived for three nights at the beginning of the rainy season, and experienced a fair amount of rain, it was easy to enjoy the atmosphere with a drink at the bar or a swim in the large and well-landscaped resort pool until the sun peaked through again. From the moment of our arrival until our departure, the staff was smiling and gracious, eager to ensure that our stay was pleasant and memorable. Even the rain couldn't dampen the smile on the servers at dinner or the enthusiastic singer and guitarist who entertained us each evening. And the food was excellent, particularly the buffet breakfasts. Also, we highly recommend the Thai massage provided by the spa -- one of the best we've ever experienced. The boat ride off the island was quite an adventure -- we got totally soaked, but it was all part of the fun. If you want to feel pampered, you can't go wrong by choosing this resort.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Dear Jayne S.

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa!

"Beautiful seaside resort is an ideal get-away"

I'm delighted to hear that we meet your expectation during period of your stay at the resort.

Your feedback had give us a throughly amazing touch that our service and standard have drown us to high stage of hospitality.

As you said from the moment of our arrival until our departure, the staff was smiling and gracious, eager to ensure that our stay was pleasant and memorable. Even the rain couldn't dampen the smile on the servers at dinner or the enthusiastic singer and guitarist who entertained us each evening, that's the way WE serve our dearest guest like you.

Let me say Thank you for this moment and looking forward to see you on your next visit in the future.

Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Hello folks, I hope this review will help others.....I visited santhiya from 06/06/13 to 09/06/13 and from the time I entered their private yatch from marina bay my experience was tremendous.

The welcome by the staff as soon as I entered the yatch was overwhelming, then as soon as I reached the resort again they welcomed me with a warm smile as if they really appreciate me coming to the property.

The entire staff and mr.lloyd the gm of the resort ensured that I am having a gala time.

The room was fantastic, the food was amazing and the hospitality was to applaud for.

I will be uploading a video of the room which we were put up in. Please make aure u guys take a look.

I take full guarantee that if you ate looking to relax or need some alone time with your loved one, this is the place to be.

Just make sure that you guys are carrying water and mosquito repellent. ...and the rest will be taken care by the staff there.....also just one request I would like to make is that please have a few more options in vegetarian food and a plain cheese pizza.....

cheers to santhiya and the staff.

I will surely be coming back again in the near future.

  • Stayed June 2013
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
Dear KayDee85,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa!

"Honeymoon at the right place"

We were delighted to know that you have appreciate the hospitality that render by our Team Member.

It's really at most fact the we have achieved another milestone of our standard of service that you have felt from us.

Nevertheless this good feedback that we received gave another reader a chance reevaluate the place and what they can miss upon turning their back to see Santhiya.

Once THANK YOU for the fine words that you have written for us.

TIll then we will see your next visit in the future.

Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

What can i say we were group of 4 and had booked this hotel for 1 day only as we were tight on schedule but it was the best experience ever.
the pvt pool
the location
the huge rooms
the love and affection frm the staff
on top of it...
Mr. Viren`s amazing hospitality and his ability to take care of all the needs is praising.

If we had the time we would have stayed here for many days.

We would recommend using their pvt boats for transfer.. it is costlier but saves you a lot of time....

  • Stayed June 2013
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Dear Himain K,

Greetings from Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa!

"Sail with your dreams to this heaven on earth"

It's good to hear that all of you have a fantastic stay even only a day of relaxation and satisfaction.

Also find our Team Member very helpful during your short visit to us and your comment of our private speedboat that make things easy.

Please give a everybody a chance to come back and feel the ambiance of the Santhiya once again.

Yours truly,

Md. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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Pattaya, Thailand
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Unforgettable staying, fantastic sea view, amazing location, very nice hotel for couples and honeymooners. transfer- speedboat to the hotel was fast and convenient, the road from pier to the hotel took about 25 minutes. The staff provide cold water and fresh cold towels on board.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Dear Albina P,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa!

"Very private Hideaway luxury resort"

I would like to take this time to say THANK YOU once again for your satisfaction and fulfillment of our hospitality.
In this moment we were glad that you appreciate the list of time that you spent with us and gave us another star on our shoulder for excellency.

May i invite you once again to visit us and enjoy the ambiance of privacy of your life at Santhiya.

Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B, Maravilla
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Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

After a crazy few days in Phuket we were ready for some R&R. Santhiya was by far the smartest choice we made this entire trip. The villa was incredible, spectacular, amazing.. I could go on forever about how nice it was. Just imagine waking up to the view of dozens of islands in the distant and jumping out of bed and dive into you own private pool every day. Not a bad way to start your day.

The free breakfast buffet was great with a good variety of Thai and Western choices. Lunch and Dinner menu was the same menu but they do offer chef's creations menu in addition to the regular menu in the evening. Everything that we tried was fantastic. The service in the restaurant was exceptional with one outstanding staff name James. He spoke perfect english and was extremely helpful in any inquiries we had. Thank you James for making us feel like a VIP. I want to also say Thank you to the 2 singers in the evening that plays wonderful music while we dine.

Our trip to Thailand was great but I think Santhiya definitely made it unforgettable. We will be back again very soon.

PS. Hello Mr Maravilla. Keep up the good work. You have great staffs that enjoy working for you. It was wonderful to meet you and we hope to see you again next year.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Thank JimmieJones
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Dear Jimmie Jnes,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa!

"One of the best resort in asia"

This exceptional words that you have written make us proud that we have achieve another milestone of our standard of service.

The small things that make you special really made a change of feeling they way you have stay with us.

As for the outstanding Team Member James and the lovely entertainers that you have mentioned just colored your dreams thank you.

Therefore, your presence in the future will be well waited please don't forget in your calendar date.

Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 5, 2013

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.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Dear Martin C.

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Rsort & Spa!

"Fantastic second honeymoon at this romantic resort"

Probably the best words that I can say is THANK YOU SO MUCH! for those wonderful and indulgence things that you said through your experience.

And for those TEAM MEMBER James,May,Lolita and Che where been part of this unforgettable
moment that you spent to us, they were felt happy to know your though during that time.

Nothing-less can be more important, your presence prior from the period of stay made under star on our shoulder that we have achieved a milestone of excellency.

Sincerely yours,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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Guangzhou
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Have spent 4 days within this dreaming hotel. Everything(Location,Food,Service & SPA) is extremely EXCELLENT. Also the GM(Mr.Maravilla) ,who is a very nice guy, helped make my stay more relaxable & unforgettable. Will definitely come back one day with my firends in the near future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Dar Scott W,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort .& Spa!

"Great Hotel"

The opportunity was given to us to serve and look over you during your stay with us.

Its really big thing to us to know that you where very satisfied and enjoy our hospitality.

May this experience of yours give yourself another chance to visit us and we will be waiting for that day.


Once again thank you for your short and encouraging words.


Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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Property: Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
Address: 88 Moo 7 | Prunai Subdistrict, Ko Yao Yai 83000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Yao Yai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Ko Yao Yai
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Hotel Class:5 star — Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 79
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