During our 7 days trip to Thailand in Feb 2013, my husband and I decided to spend 2 days in the beautiful Koh Yao Yai island. During planning, Santhiya caught my eye and seemed to be the perfect place. Even though it hadn't opened yet at the time we were planning and had no reviews to form any opinion from, my darling husband booked it for me :) And my expectations were not just met, they were surpassed by all means! The resort is luxurious and very well designed. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a peaceful vacation in a serene and beautiful 5 star place and is ready to spend a bit more for that ;)
Getting there - We took a ferry from Phuket (Ban Rong Pier) to Klong Hia Pier and were there in half an hour, easy and enjoyed that ride as well :) From the pier we hired a taxi to reach the resort. It is a small island so not many taxi options but you can try to negotiate on the rates if you have good skills.
For our return journey we hired the taxi through Heimat Gardens (which is near Santhiya). You can also rent bikes for a day from here.
Resort - We stayed in an ocean view pool villa. Outside - a private pool and a deck next to it to relax and enjoy the ocean view. The interiors - very tastefully done, everything is made of teak wood. The view from the comfortable and cozy bedroom bed was stunning- you see the pool and beyond that the ocean - it was breathtaking!! After two days, I was left wanting for more!
The villas are uphill and carts are always available. I noticed that we could see a very small area of another villa's backyard, not too much of a concern for me though, if it is then one can opt for villas at a higher level to avoid this.
Coming to the service - excellent. Everything was in order and if anything needed, it was just a call away. Our basket of fruits was there everyday.
I experienced Thai hospitality in it's true sense here. Everyone was very polite and ready to help if needed. During the ride from the restaurant/reception to the villa, we could see that people working to maintain the garden would stop their work to greet us!
Food - Breakfast was standard with decent options. We had dinner at the resort restaurant on both nights and it was good. It is a bit expensive as expected. The restaurant is on the beach so you get an amazing view. We had lunch at the nearby Heimat Gardens (walking distance via the beach route or the road as well) which was also good and not expensive. There are some other options also available nearby so you are not stuck with what the resort has to offer.
We did all the activities and adventure in Phuket and came here for relaxation. We left happy and rejuvenated! Overall a wonderful experience!
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