This resort blends eco-friendly luxury with traditional Thai style in an beachfront setting.
Overlooking the ocean and backed by dense foliage, the Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa evokes a real sense of exclusivity, with the only traffic coming from the boats of the nearby pier. Take trips to small isolated islands, swim, snorkel and laze on sun-drenched beaches as you find yourself relaxing and unwinding in this little slice of paradise. Yet this beautiful hotel has more to it than its idyllic island location. There’s plenty to do and experience here, such as learning how to cook delicious Thai cuisine, or how to box. Or you can opt for a gentler pace and spend your day lounging by the freeform pool before relaxing in the spa with a Santhiya Signature Massage.
When it comes to dining, Chantara Restaurant serves simple yet delicious Thai and international cuisine to a backdrop of the Andaman Sea. Perched high above Phang Nga Bay, Saaitara Restaurant is an excellent place for meals any time of day, with the adjacent infinity pool set to breathtaking panoramic views. For fresh flavours straight from the grill, head to The Titan Grill and visit Jetinn Teppan at Pier, the resort’s private pier, for an intimate romantic dinner. And for the perfect after-dinner cocktail spot with great sunset views, head to By the Sea Restaurant and Bar.
The rooms and villas here are simply stunning. Supreme Deluxe Sea View Rooms are ideal for couples or smaller families, and for a little more space, choose an Ocean View Pool Villa. These large suites sit high on the hillside and come complete with a private pool, while the extravagant Royal Grand Pool Villas have two bedrooms, a private pool and uninterrupted ocean views.
On beautiful Koh Yao Yai in Phang Nga Bay, in a quiet bay close to a couple of local restaurants
Good to know
Minimum stay: 2 nights Dec 28-01 Jan; 2 nights 31 Dec. Compulsory New Year’s Eve gala dinner, supplement applies. The hillside setting makes this resort unsuitable for those with walking difficulties. A traditional wooden vehicle is on hand to transport you around the resort.
179 rooms and villas
• Try a Thai cooking class* • Snorkel in emerald waters in search of colourful marine life* • Discover the art of Thai boxing*.
7 restaurants, 3 bars
Breakfast at Chantara Restaurant or Saaitara Restaurant.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £24 • Breakfast and a small set dinner menu at Chantara Restaurant
Full Board from £48 • Breakfast and a small set lunch and dinner menu at Chantara Restaurant.
*Denotes local charge