We had such an amazing time at Shantaa because it is everything we love about Thailand reduced into simple luxury. At booking we were a little surprised that the resort is at pains to tell you what they don’t have e.g. mini bar, 24 hour air conditioning, a pool but on arrival one quickly realises that the resort offers qualities which are difficult to describe in adjectives and the panoramic beauty that cannot be captured within a border.
I think what captured our heart was the positioning of the bungalows situated on a small hill amongst lush green grass, palms, and coconut trees. I fondly remember sitting on our balcony after our evening massage with the birds singing and the crickets chirping, sharing a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc watching the sunset into the sparkling sea and reflecting on another day in paradise.
The staff at Shantaa are a highlight and I have to thank them for tolerating my embryonic attempts at learning Thai which provided hours of amusement.
The Kayaking was a lot of fun and I went down the South coast one day and then up the North coast on another evening. Shantaa is next to the main wharf which impairs the view of the long white sand beach from the sun loungers and beach bar but does mean that the snorkelling is very good and accessible.
Kayaking south I saw some smaller resorts down which look nice but not to the same high standard as Shantaa and a bit more “Robinson Crusoe”. Whilst kayaking north I visited the beach where Soneva Kiri is situated and that stretch of the coast is sensational which one would expect at £900 p/night!
We hired a scooter and we walked down a jungle track and clamoured over rocks to find Klong Chao which is beautiful waterfall and great for freshwater swimming. Standing underneath the deluge is the ultimate shower. We were fortunate as we had a window between two large tour groups which certainly diminished some of the serenity!
It is hard to compare Koh Kood with Koh Chang. The 5* hotels on Koh Chang offer brilliant service and I would recommend the Dewa but in retrospect our time split between Koh Kood and Koh Chang could have been completely different holidays. I think it would have been really draining to travel from London to Koh Kood in one day so it made sense to stay in Koh Chang for a few days at the start and end of the holiday. I don’t think the typical traveller to Koh would enjoy the divine simplicity of Koh Kood. The detail and elegance that Shantaa offers would find a different definition for a traveller that is expecting blue curacao based cocktails and towel origami.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Shantaa Koh Kood Hotel Koh Kood