Santiburi Koh Samui: Luxurious Villas Meet Charming Thai Hospitality At This 5-Star Beach Resort
Have you made your post-pandemic journey to Thailand yet? When it comes to luxurious beach holidays complete with the best hospitality in the region, you can be hard-pressed to find somewhere better than Thailand.
Whether you are looking to revive the Thai economy, or just enjoy clean beaches and that fabulous service, we’ve got a gem for you. Set on the quiet north shore of the island, Santiburi Koh Samui boasts over 23 acres of tropical foliage, endless garden walks and one of Samui’s cleanest beaches.
As the first of 5-star hotels to open in this part of Thailand, Santiburi is the right mix of Thai traditional and modern, with enough to do for literally everyone.
Suites and Villas
You will find over 65 Thai-styled villas reminiscent of an ancient Sukhothai village sprawled around the estate. The 19 Grand Deluxe Pool Villas come equipped with a modern design and all the amenities you need for a family holiday or to enjoy solo.
Enchanting duplex units, the suites allow two levels of living space, modern amenities, classical Thai décor and a private balcony with views of the pool and gardens. They come with 1 and 2-bedroom options, allowing for ample space and a relaxing area, no matter how large your group.
Take your holiday a notch higher with Santiburi’s private luxury villas(beach-front included), that are set amidst tropical gardens and include an enchanting outdoor terrace - perfect for those alfresco sundowners!
And then, there’s The Reserve. A private residence of secluded, modern villas, each with a minimum of 10 metres between them. Bright indoor spaces, laced by floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook your very own private pool - the ultimate in luxurious island living! These striking villas are done up beautifully in contemporary luxurious accents with ample space for an extra bed, generous open wardrobes and an extra large bathroom - bathtub and amenities included. Even better, opt for a floating breakfast in your own private pool and enjoy a wide range of delectables served on a floating tray with glasses of champagne or prosecco.
Beach. Pool and Kids Club
Located on a pristine 300-meter stretch of the Mae Nam beach, Santiburi comes with all the tranquillity of a beach getaway. Expect clear waters, with ample safe swimming opportunities and water sports offered by the resort’s own club.
If you prefer to just take in the stunning scenery, grab a beach bed or even better, a hammock and order your drinks from the accompanying bar. Pssst…don’t miss the daily free icecreams at the beach!
Meant as a holiday destination for the whole family, Santiburi offers spectacular holiday opportunities for all ages. Whether it's playing tennis, enjoying a round of Thai boxing, cycling on the hotel grounds or swimming in their large free-form swimming pool, you will never be wanting of stuff to do at this luxurious property. There’s even an 18-hole golf course just 10 minutes away from the resort!
The 50-meter swimming pool is one of the largest on Koh Samui island. As the centrepiece of the resort, it is lined with ample shade and allows for plenty of relaxation should you want to leave the sandy coastline.
Is the Santiburi kid-friendly? If you are travelling with little kids in tow, make note of Panya & Yim’s Junior Camp, the resort’s kids’ club offering up a world of fun for tiny guests. Tucked away in a corner, this expansive set-up includes a beautiful outdoor play area with a treehouse, swings, and trampoline, all under splendid and much-needed shade.
Walk inside, and you will find a well-equipped play area with enough room for movie nights, karaoke, hula hooping and art and craft lessons. There’s a daily schedule of activities including movie nights that will keep your little ones engaged as will the numerous friends they make while on holiday.
Speaking of movie nights, every Thursday is Parent’s Night Off, a dedicated date night with the expert babysitters taking care of your little ones, while you dine at one of the stunning restaurants in the resort.
First off, if you decide to visit the hotel’s Lèn Spa(which you should) we highly recommend booking it in advance. An extremely popular destination for residents, Lén Spa is the perfect blend of tradition and innovation. Inspired by the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya, its peaceful setting allows for just the tropical escape you are after. Expect all the grandeur of a Thai palace, with elaborately carved wooden panels and polished mahogany flooring. The spa facilities come with a Turkish massage table, indoor baths, outdoor deep soaking tubs, traditional Thai massage rooms and a special photographic studio where guests can even have a souvenir photo wearing the traditional Thai outfit.
Choose from a wide range of therapies that are blended with southern Thai massage traditions. All treatments draw from natural therapies and make use of local ingredients such as rice, jasmine, coconut and betel leaves. Travelling with your kids? You can also indulge in a Mom and Me massage, where you both enjoy side-by-side massages followed by signature pedicures. There’s also the option of a Family Time package, where the whole family can experience 10 hours of spa time together. Simply choose your treatments, and your spa partner and enjoy them through your stay!
Food, beverage and service - with a hundred smiles!
Santiburi’s food and beverage offerings span from private in-villa or romantic beach dining to its restaurants with a view. From light bites to authentic dishes from Thailand, you will find a wide variety of both celebratory and comfort food during your stay.
The breakfast menu is worth waking up for! Lavish spreads invite you to taste both local and international cuisines, with live stations for Asian dishes, eggs, pancakes, crepes, waffles and more. Start with a healthy drink of freshly squeezed vegetables, roots or fruit from the juice bar. Don’t forget to try the traditional Thai Coffee while you are at it!
You will also be spoilt with freshly baked bread and pastries, cereals, cold cuts and cheeses. We particularly enjoyed the sumptuous tropical food buffet including Mango, Pineapple and a wide choice of other seasonal delicacies.
Our favourite restaurant at the resort, The Beach House & Bar caters with a delightful array of ‘surf & turf’ dishes that complement its beach-side setting. Tables spread overlooking the sandy beach and waters make for a beautiful setting any time of the day or night. You can also choose to sit on tables with your feet dipped in sand, for that complete tropical vibe. There’s even a theme every evening, so you can look forward to enough variety throughout your stay.
If you would rather stick around the pool, the Pool House serves light meals, tapas, healthy salads, skewers from the grill, sandwiches and burgers. Indulge in homemade ice cream, smoothies, refreshing mocktails and cocktails and of course fresh coconuts!
Decadent food delights aside, the service at Santiburi will keep you coming back for more. Smiles all around, nothing is too much trouble for the staff at this quintessentially Thai-at-heart resort.
Location and other details
While there is plenty to keep you busy at Santiburi Koh Samui, a lot of the island’s popular hot spots are a mere short drive away. Fisherman’s village hosts a weekend market and is home to many restaurants and beach bars that are worth a visit. You can also head to one of Koh Samui’s Buddhist temples to admire the stunning architecture and enjoy local traditions. Escape further to Ang Thong National Park where mangrove forests meet aquamarine blues and allow for a full day of snorkelling and diving. The Grab app works for car hiring or just ask the hotel to dial in a local taxi for you.
Whether you are looking for a golf getaway or planning to spend quality time with the family, the Santuburi Koh Samui is well placed for a holiday that will appeal to everyone. Add elegant Thai hospitality, a spectacular spa experience and luxury details, and you have a resort that’s ideal for your next Thai escape. We'll see you there!
Santiburi Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330 Thailand. +66 (0) 77 425 031
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