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Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Mae Nam
Certificate of Excellence
Ireland
1 review
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“the best thing in kosamui”
Reviewed 23 September 2009

the best hotel for service, food and accommodation that i have every been in...if you go to kosamui you have to stay here...if you are looking for romance and the beautiful thailand and have a few days to travel...go to KOH TAO which is an hour boat journey and the little island in front of koh tao.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Milan
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Reviewed 21 September 2009

We spent in Santiburi the last week of August, after an exhausting China tour.
We had the the luck of being upgraded to a really superb Beach Pool Villa. (The private pool is really an oversized Jacuzzi).
Santiburi is a classy resort, where you can enjoy perfect relax. The beach never looks crowded and there's nothing better than lazying all day in a hammock under the shade of palm trees.
Of course you can play tennis or golf or work out in the gym, but you'd miss being pampered in the beach by the staff with fresh water, fruit and ice cream and sweets.

Water was warm but not crystal clear, no Maldives, but beach is nonetheless very good.
Breakfast is really amazing, the swimming pool huge, the gardens fantastic. Restaurants are expensive by Samui standards, but not in absolute terms, so we ended up having most of our dinners in the resort. You can find cheaper alternatives along the beach or in Fisherman's Village, not far away.

Weather was cloudy for three days, that's all went wrong.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Cascais, Portugal
1 review
Reviewed 9 September 2009

This is a good Hotel/Resort.
The beach is fantastic. Our intention was to have a very calm and relaxed holiday. This is the place to be if one wants a relaxed place to stay.
The food needs some improvement.
The service is not at the top, but in holidays our standard evaluation is more relaxed also.
Comparing with other parts of the world the service is below the 5 star level.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2009

Brief summary of our recent experience at the Santiburi: We are a couple with discerning tastes, travelling in August with kids aged 4 (boy) and 8 (girl). We all loved the Santiburi. Spent most of the time on the beach, but also at the pool. Went on some excursions in Koh Samui (to waterfalls, elephant rides etc) and also partook in some of the Santiburi's events and theme dinners. What a great holiday!

Things to note:
- Our kids were probably on balance a bit bored. The hotel is laid back and classy, and very international. This meant quite sedate and people kept themselves to themselves. Mixing (which our children craved!) was mostly within language groups (eg English-speakers, German-speakers, French-speakers). While we were there, most of the kids were German-speaking and so it was hard for ours to make friends initially. Solution? Move downmarket....?!?!?
- Golf is separate, not near the hotel. We didn't do it.
- Beach restaurants are good and you can feed 4 for 1000 baht easily. Whereas in the hotel it's 4x dearer. But still the food is ok value in the resort. For example, the AMAZING thai poolside buffet themed night was 1250 per person which is 20 pounds which is superb for the best buffet I've ever been to
- We stayed in a 2 bed suite, which was great. although our adult double as o the mezzanine floor... Result: Nice living room, comfortable kids, not much privacy for the adults. Maybe go in the bungalows and share one room next time...?
- Lots of things are free / included, such as sailing and tennis
- Staff are incredible. Out of this world.

Highly recommended. Please feel free to shoot questions.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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New York
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Reviewed 11 August 2009

These points were shared with the management.

- The pool is old with missing floor tiles (rough surface).
- They have serious problem with frogs, roaches and small salamanders, where you can easily find it in the rooms; bathrooms, shower stalls on the walls etc.
- Problem experienced with hot waters, AC controls, Lighthing etc. Despite the fact we were staying at their premier villas.
- You need to be in the newer side (closer to the beach) to get a good value Villas, as the rest of the properly is old and the villas has a serious mildew smell.
- Unpleasant smell was noticeable in the breakfast serving area.
- The concierge or lack thereof, has no knowledge of the area and provided the wrong information on restaurants, places to see, amenities on the island etc.
- They need to improve on the availability of the water sport activities. They have only one catamaran and one windsurfing board with a long queue

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Rudersdal
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Reviewed 19 July 2009

After a business trip to Taiwan I went to Koh Samui for a few days to find a hotel that would suit my family for a vacation early next year. I explored the island and its hotels and Santiburi Golf & Spa was exactly what I was looking for. The garden villas have a good size with a very good bathroom and own terrasse, daily house cleaning and fresh fruit. Further, they are located very privately. The beach is fantastic and not too crowdy, and the service with water and towels is great. The spa/massage/wellness is terrific - very professional and comprehensive. The restaurants are great and very international, and you can enjoy your dinner on the beach. The breakfast is top! The entire staff is not only extremely friendly - they are all very professional and committed. Before I left the hotel, I booked two weeks with my family - and we look very much forward to going there early next year.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
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Austria
1 review
Reviewed 24 June 2009

Resort/Hotel: Villas are well kept, Service and Cleanliness superb, staff generally motivated and in good spirit. Athmosphere is relaxed ,all staff at the site are attentive and obviously they also enjoy their work. This for sure also has to do with an excellent and experienced management, that obviously brought the Santiburi back from a low in the past years.
Restaurants /food: Thai cuisine is top! Western style could be better, but who cares, go out and dine (e.g. Villa Bianca in BoPhut, Zazen....). Breakfast buffet is grand!!
Beach: best beach on the island (always "water", also at low tide). Beach very clean and lots of palmtrees...............you get ice cream, fruits, cold towels, water, even sun lotion......
Location: MaeNam Bay is quiet, but thats what we enjoyed. We would not have stayed in Chawaeng
Golf: great design, excellently maintained and kept ! Quite challenging, Asian Open will be there in August
Watersport: HobieCats, windsurf....
Tennis: too hot for us
Excursions: staff arranges everything. We went to Angthong Archipel by boat,: great experience. On the island: best take the hotel cars, new and well kept cars, only small premium and no hazzle/discussions/negotiations with the taxi drivers

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa
Address: 12/12 Moo 1, Mae Nam, Ko Samui 84330, Thailand (Formerly Santiburi Beach Resort, Golf & Spa)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Mae Nam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Mae Nam
#2 Family Hotel in Mae Nam
#2 Spa Hotel in Mae Nam
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Mae Nam
#2 Luxury Hotel in Mae Nam
#2 Romantic Hotel in Mae Nam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Santiburi Beach Resort and Spa is a five star resort and a Member of the Leading Hotels of the World, with 65 villas, 12 Suites and four restaurant outlets, a Royal Thai restaurant, a Beachfront restaurant, a Pool Bar & Restaurant, a Breakfast restaurant and a Lounge Bar. The resort also consists of an Activity center, Water sport center and Santiburi Spa by Bhawa. The Santiburi Beach Resort and Spa is well known in Thailand as a first class Resort with a high level in both standard and in the quality of services. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Santiburi Golf Hotel Mae Nam
Santiburi Golf, Resort And Spa
Santiburi Resort Koh Samui
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Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa Ko Samui, Thailand

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