Santhiya Resort and Spa
Voted the 8th Best Hotel in the World by Expedia in 2015
Santhiya Resort and Spa is perched on the hillside at the northern end of Thong Nai Pan Noi beach. It is easily one of the best hotels on Koh Phangan in terms of luxury experience, hotel design and facilities offered. As an example of this, Santhiya has the largest swimming pool on the island.
The resort has a strong design theme: everything is made in traditional Lanna style using a lot of teak hardwood. Furthermore, the 3 restaurants, spa, gym and landscaped garden have all been designed with careful attention to decorative features.
There are three restaurants. All the cooking is supervised by the head chef, Alex. The Chantara Restaurant is open on 3 sides to allow a panoramic view of the bay. House specialties include beefsteak, BBQ and seafood.
The resort features a multi-level pool with a tall waterfall. Just in front of the pool is a 'private beach'. It is not often used by guests as the sand is slightly coarser than on the main Thong Nai Pan Noi beach. It should be said that even if you are not staying at Santhiya you are fully entitled to use this beach. There is no such thing as a 'private beach' in Thong Nai Pan.
The Ayurvana Spa offers beauty and massage treatments in a stunning natural setting. There is also a fitness room equipped with weights and exercise machines. As well as an internet room, free wi-fi is provided in the lobby and main restaurant.
All rooms have air-con, cable TV, safe, DVD player, hot water bathrooms with separate bathtub and shower, and a fridge. Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities as well as a hairdryer and kimono bathrobes and slippers. The most luxurious villas for rent include private pools with spectacular views.
Santhiya expanded in 2011 and now offers several pool access rooms. These rooms are high up on the hill next to a giant seaview pool with boats fixed in the pool as wet sun loungers.
Santhiya Resort and Spa now offers wedding services: they will organize a Western wedding or a traditional Thai Buddhist wedding complete with Buddhist monk.
There is a speed boat transfer service available to Koh Samui airport.
Whereas Sathiya offers free transport within the resort it doesn't give free transport to Thong Nai Pan Noi beach or village. To get to these places you have to take the back jungle road. In a sense guests are trapped at the resort - but there are worse things that could happen than being forced to spend your time in a paradise 5 star resort!
Children from 3 to 11 can stay with parents free if no extra bedding is needed. Children are charged a compulsory breakfast that costs 325 Thai Baht a day.
Santhiya is a bit out of the way, on a beach next to Thong Nai Pan Noi. The beach path to Noi has been blocked. The jungle route is slightly longer. The hotel offers a shared taxi at 10 am that costs 300 THB a person. They do the return journey at 2.30 pm. A private taxi arranged through Santhiya to Thongsala costs 1,200 Thai Baht. The beach in front of Santhiya is good but not as good as neighbouring Thong Nai Pan Noi.
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