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“Great place to escape from the real world” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa

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Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Ko Yao Yai
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“Great place to escape from the real world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Santhiya is one my my favourite place when I want to leave everything behind. Great location and it is not far from land. Food is gorgeous with excellent services. Pool villa is stunning and it is actually POOL, it's not just like other that call pool but it's a bathtub. With all the best recommended, and do not miss it at once if you have any chance.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Dear Bombmania,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa!

"Great place to escape from the world."

It's pleasant that we have receive from you and we would like to thank you for this comment that able us to achieved our goal of service.

Your presence in the future at the resort once again is highly appreciated.


Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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Grovedale, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Santhiya on Koh Yao Yai (pronounced Ko Yow Yay) is sublime. A beautiful setting on a quiet eco friendly island. Magnificent infinity pool villas. A pool in which you can actually swim laps. The biggest bathroom I have ever seen connecting both indoor and outdoor facilities. Attention to detail is great. The interior of the villa is fantastic with carved teak and gorgeous furnishings. A view to die for that can be seen from throughout the villa. The best thing was the service there. Starting from our taxi ride, to the speed boat trip, the welcoming staff and then upon arrival a full turn out of staff with the manager to greet us personally. OMG. Lloyd the Manager was fantastic and his personal service amazing. Everyone remembered us and treated us like royalty. Special mention to Dean, Ao and May for their brilliant service, kindness and smiles. Also the food and general service was wonderful and the food was of very good restaurant quality for a reasonable price. The other great thing was the little cars painted to look like wood and used to transport us around. The drivers were great and we never waited more than two minutes. Even maintenance staff would stop their work to great you. Amazing place and highly recommended for a bit of service and serenity, with superb views, personal service above and beyond, wonderful food and amazing accommodation. We will be back. Never been treated so well in all my travels. (20 trips o/s) Margaret & Dale Smith, Geelong Australia

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marglyn2
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Dear Marglyn2,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa!

"Serenity, Service, Superb."

It's really good to know that we have achieve the satisfaction that you want to see during your stay with us.

In regards of the place its really amazing tot know that you're fascinate with the interior exterior design of the villa.

Thanks fort he names that you have mentioned that gave you a superb service and relaxing time with us.

Let me take this opportunity to invite once again to visit us.


Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

We visited this little gem back in May13 for 4 nights and I have to say, this place is amazing!! This beautiful resort is located in Koh Yao Island, a speed boat ride away. Everything was well-planned, from the moment we landed at Phuket International Airport, up to our checkout on the last day. We got an Ocean View Pool Villa, and the views from the room is spectacular- we loved the sunset views especially! Breakfast selection is relatively little, but it was sufficient. Be sure to have your fill of the fruits at Santhiya! I've never tasted sweeter watermelon or mangos anywhere else!

All in all, even though the overall stay was relatively expensive, we felt that it was worth every penny! Great job Santhiya team and we really hope to visit you again!

Room Tip: The Ocean View Pool Villa is perfect. Private Pool, Ocean View, what more can you ask for?
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank xue888
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
Dear xu888,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa!

"Best Luxury Resort.. EVER!"

Your feedback was very inspiring that gave us time to see that we have done something special on your period of stay.

And its good to hear that your experience with us was out stunning feeling that amazing you.

I hop there will a time for you to visit us once again in the future.


Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

This is absolutely a beautifully built resort, from the all-wooden constructions with fine touches, to reasonably arranged individual villas, oh and the lovely gardening. Everything seemed delicate and just right in places.
We stayed for 4 nights in a villa that was high on the mountain, with of course a grand view of the ocean. The resort offers free tuk tuk car rides from villa to and back restaurants/beach/lobby area.
We were very happy with the villa itself, it was spacious and well arranged, made us really feel like home. It was quite a relaxation to watch the beautiful sunset from your room, on your balcony, or in the private pool.
They were still building up more villas and rooms on the hill, but the construction was not very disturbing. So it was quite okay.
The restaurant was a surely a wow! For dinner they offer with some delicious Thai food and western cuisine. At least all the dishes we’ve tried were terrific! Breakfast was on the other hand quite standard, but good enough for refreshing your sleepy head.
The beach was quiet, but it needs more cleaning I think, as there were a bit too much tree branches and leaves on it.

In regards to the service, I wouldn’t say that there were no complaints though. Firstly, nobody gave us villa key, and we didn’t realize this until the 3rd. day, when we retuned to a locked room with no keys in hands… But the front desk sent us one immediately after I called via my mobile.
Also the housekeeping needs to be improved, 1 towel in our room was obviously stained, but was kept unchanged for 2 days.
Last but not least, we were shocked when being told that they couldn’t offer 2 glasses of bottle water after our last dinner! Well we had dessert and felt a bit too strong in the mouth, and would like to have a bit water. I don’t know what’s wrong, because I clearly saw bottle water offer to other guests before. Weird.

On the whole, staying with Santhiya Koh Yao Yai was an unforgettably nice experience. And I would like to see further improvements on their service when we come back for holidays next time!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank minmin170
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Dear minmin170,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa!

"Close to perfection"

Thanks for the feedback that we have received from your experience that you have accumulate during your stay.

For the point that you have mentioned we have gained the service that you're looking forward the end of your holiday.

Still there will always be a place for improvement prior from your complain that seen from the day that you expect that should be given as complementary.

It might be misunderstanding coz the water during dine-in should be order not a complementary as you have notice from other tables.

But anyway I do apologise if there was a mistake on our behalf.

Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to see you on your next visit in the future.


Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

Best experienced!
Fabulous infinity private pool with the most breathtaking view...
Awesome breakfast buffet.
Delicious dinner... Perfect service with professional staff performance..
Highlight of your next honeymoon trip... Santhiya is the best sea view hotel I've ever been...

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank pukandpug
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Dear pukandpug,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa!

"Choose Santhiya for your next honeymoon trip"

Thank you for your fabulous comment during your stay with us and your experience that make your honeymoon unforgettable.

Also for the appreciation of the food that been service on the length of days that you dine with us.

I hope you have the time to come back in the future.

Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

My wife and I spent a week there in an ocean view pool villa for our honeymoon in August 2013 It was much more than what I excepted , everything was so beautiful ,clean and very well taken care of to the very last detail. The view from your villa is just breathtaking exactly like the pictures .Nothing overlooks the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi in your villa ,it is as private as it can get .The breakfast and food quality is very good at a restaurant that is overlooking the ocean. Candle light dinner at the beach with a live band playing .The staff there are extremely extremely friendly and polite , I have never seen anything like it not all of them speak English but that didn't bother me at all . They have an amazing huge pool at the resort and the beach is cleaned all the time .The island where Santhyia resort is located is extremely beautiful and quite mostly locals live there . you won't find loud night life there ,no exchange offices or banks , only a couple of ATM machines that are NOT near the resort so if you are going HAVE YOUR MONEY IN BAHTS ready. its just the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature .I couldn't ask for more.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ahmed S
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear Ahmed S,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa!

"Amazing and can't get any better"

The feedback that we received from you have given us another stage of accomplishment o0f service.

As for the private dinner that you have during your stay where yourself very happy and satisfied.

I hope you can come back in the future and see the Island grow........


Yours truly,

Mr. Lloyd B. Maravilla
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Beautiful resort in very quiet area. If you want nothing but relaxing this place is perfect! Bars and restaurant don't have much of a vibe, think most people stay in their rooms for the majority. Maybe some sort of evening entertainment would be good. Rooms are beautiful but some parts need a bit of TLC, our room leaked from the doors when it rained. The staff are brilliant maybe even too attentive but still great! The tour we did was great and the guide was fantastic. Would definitely recommend this hotel! My fiancé and I loved it!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Annaleise C
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LloydMaravilla, General Manager at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear Annaleise C,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa!

"Beautiful"

Thank you for lovely comment that you have experience at the Santhiya during your stay.

Yes, your right most of the guests stay in their specially at 5 p.m. to relax at the same feel the ambiance of the pool at sunset time.

i hope to see both of you again in the future visit.


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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Number of rooms: 79
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