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Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Ko Yao Yai
Reviewed 30 May 2014

We chose to have a weeks break and visit Phuket 1st and then spend a couple of nights relaxing in this resort before returning home to Hong Kong.
I am glad we did it this way round as the Santhiya is the perfect place for relaxing, enjoying the surroundings and being pampered by the staff and facilities.
We opted to get ourselves to the resort by way of taxi from Patong to Bang rong pier, then speedboat to Koh Yao Yai and local taxi to the hotel which works out rather cheaper than if they organised it.
But right from the arrival, we felt relaxed and looked after, the staff explained everything to us and the guide around our Ocean View Pool Villa was excellent and they even supplied a complimentary bottle of wine for us which along with the other touches was greatly received.
The Villa is amazing and huge as it is double the size of our Hong Kong apartment so a real treat for us.
The food at the restaurant both for breakfast (part of room package) lunch and dinner were a very reasonable price and absolutely amazing taste and quality made it all the more perfect.
I think that they should organise the transfers as part of the deal rather than charging a high price to do it, I believe the wifi should be improved and possibly increase the amount of water-sports and day-time activities but these are minor points in an altogether wonderful experience and we left (not wanting to) with certainty of returning.

Room Tip: For the romantic, and pampering room, go for the Ocean View Pool Villa, for the experience of being...
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Sukomol, Deputy Managing Director at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2014

Dear Simonb2646,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa – Traditional Thai-style luxury beach resort on tropical island.

We’re very happy that you’ve chosen staying with us before traveling back to Hong Kong with a great experience on our room size and friendly team members. Your positive comment will be further enhance our motivation to make all of guests satisfactory on their holidays.

Thank you for your comment on water sports and activities, we will be definitely working on it but non-motorized water sports.

Once again thank you very much to spend your valued holidays with us and looking forward to warm welcome you in your near future trip.

Truly Yours,

Danny K Sukomol
Deputy Managing Director.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We were in Phuket for a wedding at the end of April and were looking for an Island retreat. Phi Phi and Krabi were options but we really wanted something a little less commercial. Koh Yao Yai was Perfect.

We loved our stay at Santhiya. The ocean view pool villa was breathtaking. The quiet, relaxed atomospher - Amazing. We only spent a few days at this resort but they were exactly what we needed to feel relaxed and rested before moving on.

The food was brilliant and the fact that there is very little else to do but lay on the beach or next to the pool was a welcome changed from the fast paced activities on the bigger islands.

Loved everything about Santhiya and the attention to detail the resort offers. If we ever find ourselves in Thailand again, we will definitely make our way to this resort.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank DarrenBester
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Sukomol, Deputy Managing Director at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2014

Dear Darren Bester,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa – Traditional Thai-style luxury beach resort on tropical island.

Thank you very much for your valued holidays with us, we truly appreciate your positive feedback at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa recently which will be motivating our team member to maintain the top class service standard to ensure our guests satisfactory while staying with us .

We will pass your compliments to our Food & beverage team, thank you very much.

We hope you will return and experience once again the tranquility place, during this time we assured that we commit ourselves to the standard of service that you could experience.

Once again thank you very much to spend your valued holidays with us and looking forward to warm welcome you in your near future trip.

Truly Yours,

Danny K Sukomol
Deputy Managing Director.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This resort has a serene aura of undisturbed wilderness.. it was our honeymoon trip and we found everything as we expected... privacy, relaxed environment, super friendly staff...

We were in villa 1212 and there was some construction noise in the morning but the resort staff was super friendly and supportive to help sort it out for us. They moved us to a another ocean view villa in no time...

Room Tip: Ocean view villas are superb..
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Sukomol, Deputy Managing Director at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2014

Dear Mr. Gaurav,

Greetings from Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa – Traditional Thai-style luxury beach resort on tropical island.

Thank you very much to spent your valued holidays with us, we truly appreciate your positive feedback of your staying at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa recently.

Your very positive feedback will motivate our Strong team member to maintain the top class service standard that meet yours requirements.

We are really sorry about the noise that you experienced on your first day, actually we just left some of our interior work which will be finish in coming few months.

We hope you will return and experience once again the tranquility place, during this time we assured that we commit ourselves to the standard of service that you could experience.

Once again thank you very much to spend your valued holidays with us and looking forward to warm welcome you in your near future trip.

Truly Yours,

Danny K Sukomol
Deputy Managing Director.

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

We booked an ocean view pool villa for our honeymoon, and it was marvelous. The best thing is the privacy. The whole villa and the pool cannot be seen from anywhere, and u can enjoy the ocean view from the pool or from your bedroom without any intruders (suitable for Muslim women wearing Hijab).
The pool was quite large (for a pool inside a villa) and very very clean. The linens and towels were clean (something no hat common in Thailand), WiFi worked well. The staff were very very polite and helpful.
If you don't like the sun, the pool is usually covered by the villa shadow from 8 am to 1 pm, and then very sunny may be till 5 pm. Afterwards you can enjoy the sunset inside the pool.
Things I didn't like: there are only fixed time when they run the boat (to and from) the island, so we had to wait for 3 hours at the mainland to get to the island (that was boring and there was no A/C).
There is no A/C in the restaurant or the reception (apparently it's something common in Thailand), but prepare yourself to hot and humid weather, and some flies.
If you don't like Thai food, you are in trouble, as you are on an island with limited resources in food !! there aren't too many places to go to.
There were some insects in the villa (but that was expected anyway, you are in the middle of a tropical forest).

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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Room was really wonderful with sunset view. Most of the staffs are very pleasant and helpful.
The location of the hotel
Is net that easy to access but then we could enjoy the stay in the hotel wights facilities. Pool is wonderful and clean. Comparing to the hotels next to santhiya, it was definitely the best choice to stay with santhiya. Quiet and relax.

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2  Thank Zoe C
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Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

I stayed here with my wife for out honeymoon for three nights in December 2013. We had a one bedroom villa with a private pool (approx 20m) with the most unbelievable view of the sea.

As our flights arrived in the afternoon we didn't have the option of taking the resorts speed boat. Instead we took a taxi to a pier and got on to a local boat to the island. Boat trip takes up to an hour but very relaxing, beautiful scenery and cheap! Taxi from pier to resort tasks another 30 mins.


Upon arrive we were greeted by what looks like the entire resort staff and 2 delicious ice cold fruit cocktails and a damp towel to freshen up. Check in was quick and we were driven to our villa (there are cars free of charge taking you from villa and main resort). The villa was huge! Bedroom, living room, the longest and biggest bathroom (indoor and outdoor shower) and sunken bath tub with view of sea. Then there is a decking area to enjoy breakfast/dinner if you wish. But most importantly there is the swimming pool with jets (like jacuzzi) for added comfort!!!!


The wifi was quick and reliable and the breakfast everyday was delicious. The one thing that surprised the most was the quality of their lunch and dinner - they have professional chefs at the resort and the food was the best I've ever tasted. Simple dishes like tom yum or even pizza was stunning. Some of the more exotic dishes were to die for.

Also went on one of their boat trips which was a great experience.

This place is not cheap but the service, quality and value was amazing!

Best hotel ever... I miss it and will be going back soon hopefully.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
3  Thank MRA86
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

The views, rooms, local, people, food (Restaurant and room service), atmosphere, pools and service are nothing short of perfect. I would have traded our 4 days in Patong for one more day here. We hired the Villa (Ocean View Pool Villa Suite) which was just like the pictures!. We hired a scooter from the hotel and explored the beautiful island. I can't express how great this place is. The food and drinks at the hotel are more expensive than locally which is the usual deal at resorts. Dinners can be from 400-700B each but worth it!. You can leave the resort and go locally (Need a car or scooter) and find cheaper in the local villages which the food ain't bad. Only found one place on island to buy take away beer (apart from the hotel).

Room Tip: From what we could see, all the pool villas were laid out in a way that none of them are bad.
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1  Thank Craig E
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Address: 88 Moo 7 | Prunai Subdistrict, Ko Yao Yai 83000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Yao Yai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre 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
Price Range: £26 - £333 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 79
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