Santhiya Koh Yao Yai

Luxurious resort set on a private stretch of beach

Located among tropical rainforests and nestled on a private beach, the Santhiya Resort & Spa Koh Yao Yai has a true castaway feel and affords you stunning views across tropical landscapes.

Start your getaway with picturesque scenery, coupled with fresh sea air in the resort’s speed boat transfer, travelling from Ao Po Grand Marina across the Andaman Ocean right to the resort’s private pier and spend lazy days around the huge freeform pool by the beach complete with a waterfall before rounding off the day with a relaxing treatment at the Ayurvana Spa. For meals, two beautiful restaurants await serving Asian and international delights throughout the day.

With just 90 elegant teakwood rooms, suites and pool villas decorated in a traditional Thai style, the resort has an intimate feel. Rooms are beautifully appointed with natural materials, ornate teak wood carvings and stunning fabrics to create warm interiors that combine an oriental ambience with modern day luxury comforts. For ultimate luxury opt for a pool villa with sea views. 

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

 £1,399  per person
Hotel Category
Location Type
Away from it all
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 3791 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Wide range of activities and facilities
  • Romantic Island Setting
  • Great For Couples
  • Eco Luxury Resort

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 54 rooms

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Authentic
  • Boutique
  • Hidden gem
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Kid's Pool

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Santhiya Koh Yao Yai

  • Away from it all
  • approx. 30 minutes by land from Phuket Airport and 20 minute speedboat from Ao Po Grand Marina
  • Located in the middle of Phan Nga Bay
3791 Reviews 85% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 2390
  • Very Good 729
  • Average 319
  • Poor 173
  • Terrible 180

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jan 26, 2020

Just a marvelous paradise

Munich, Germany

We were very lucky to spent 13 wonderful and relaxing days in one of the Ocean View Pool Villas at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa. It was just fantastic and we would have loved to stay much longer. It couldn't have been better - our guest supervisor Nan (Hospitality Management) was available to us at all times and with great enthusiasm and attention and to our complete satisfaction she did everything to make our stay an unforgettable experience. Questions and requests were always taken very seriously by Villamanager Jimmy (Villa Management) and we got all the help we wanted. So everything is great. We will definitely come back. In case we haven't mentioned it, the view from the terrace of our Ocean View Pool Villa at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa to the sea was just a dream and we slowed down immensely! Our villa had 3 rooms and an outdoor bathroom. From all rooms we had a wonderful view of the pool, the sea and the unspoilt natural landscape. Our Ocean View Pool Villa was completely invisible and offered us perfect privacy, peace and relaxation. The Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa had different restaurants with changing offers that all of us loved - as well as the great and delicious breakfast buffet. The sandy beach was beautiful and clean and was wonderful for walking and swimming. Numerous wooden-look shuttle cars were offered for transfer within the resort at any time, but we hardly used them. We mostly ran for personal fitness. Back to the beginning: The reception and check-in went very quickly, personally and everything was perfectly organized. Starting with the shuttle service from Phuket Airport via speed boat to the reception of Nan at the pier of the speed boats to the shuttle to our Ocean View Pool Villa. The entire area was well-kept and the rooms were to die for. Everything was made of wood and thought through to the smallest detail. Everything was very clean. We ate at the hotel and were very happy. Both pools were well-kept and invited you to linger. The loungers at the main pool were in the form of boats and the infinity pool had a great view. The staff were very friendly, courteous and service-oriented everywhere. Thanks again for this great service that we enjoyed a lot, especially to Jimmy and Nan! We were amazed and are very happy to have booked the Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa. We felt very comfortable in this heavenly environment and will definitely be back! What we particularly liked at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa: - our villa with private pool - the view - a lot of original nature in the resort - the comprehensive services - the particularly friendly staff What we didn't like: nothing! Our suggestions for improvement: - Conversion of all transport vehicles in the resort from diesel to electric drive. - Conversion of the route for longtail fishing boats. No shipping directly in front of the Ocean View Pool Villas, but circumnavigate the small island in front of the villas; therefore less noise pollution.
Jan 26, 2020

Beautiful beyond words, lovely staff, excellent service

Singapore, Singapore

We stayed in one of the Ocean View rooms in Hotel 2, for two nights. We also pre-booked both the shuttle and speedboat. Everything was very smooth, from being picked up at the airport, to the speedboat ride, and the complete check-in process. We received a thorough tour of the facilities from someone's whose name I really wish I remembered so I could give him a shout-out here. The resort is huge and a bit intimidating at first, but the view, the beach and the gorgeous facilities will impress from the beginning, and once you understand how the bus system works to get you to and from the beach to the rooms, you will be at ease. We were here in high season, and even so there were always spots available at the beach. If you want a good spot at the absolutely STUNNING infinity pool, you may need to get there early, but we were able to secure seats with no problem one of the two days we stayed. The food was good, and the drinks reasonably priced for a resort (although, coming from Singapore, it's easy to be impressed by cheap drinks). Everywhere we went, there was someone to answer any questions we had, and our whole stay was smooth. I will agree with other reviewers that if you have limited mobility, this is not a great fit. There are cars to take guests around, but even climbing in to those might be hard for some. Other than that, I can't think of a single complaint. It was just so stunningly beautiful.
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Swimming Pool

Overlooking the azure walks of the Gulf of Thailand, the resort’s expansive swimming pool covers 1500 square metres and is surrounded by a lush tropical landscape. Guests can enjoy the massaging water jet pool, and a manmade waterfall cascading from a 2.8 metre high boulder directly into the pool, whilst for little ones there is a children’s swimming pool.

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Ayuvana Spa

The Ayurvana Spa offers a luxurious escape complete with the sounds of breezy island winds. Let the pure tropical water sooth your every being from head to toe and enjoy masterful signature massages, body scrubs, wraps, facials, bath and spa packages for everlasting tropical indulgence.

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Sports & Entertainment

Explore the surrounding area via mountain bike or hatchback car, rented by the resort and experience Island culture. Alternatively back at the resort enjoy kayaking, island trips, fishing and snorkelling.

Fitness Centre

Fitness Centre

There is a fitness centre available for you to use at the resort. Overlooking the ocean, this space is perfect for enjoying some yoga in whilst equipment includes a StairMaster, elliptical machine, stationary bike, array of weight machines, and free weights.

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Thai boxing and cooking classes can be enjoyed at the resort, a great supplement to your stay.

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Room Types

Supreme Deluxe Sea View

Santhiya Supreme Deluxe Rooms come with 60 square metres of living space and are situated on the upper level of the resort’s two-story low-rise buildings. Perfect for couple or small families, all room provide panoramic sea views, with large balconies offering the perfect vantage point to watch the sunset over the horizon. Your bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and separate shower whilst complimentary Wi-Fi is provided for your convenience.

Your Santhiya Supreme Deluxe Room features a king-sized bed and sofa bed.

Ocean View Pool Villa Suite

Santhiya Ocean View Pool Villa Suites come with a generous 150 square metres of living space and is perched on the resort’s hillside providing unobstructed sublime sea views. Your suite features a living room, day bed, sun beds, private swimming pool, expansive patio, indoor & outdoor bathroom, or the outdoor sunken bathtub. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided for your convenience.

Your Santhiya Ocean View Pool Villa Suite features a king-sized bed.

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Food & Drink

Chantara Restaurant

Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa's signature Chantara restaurant offers a delectable array of gourmet Thai cuisine and is spread over 2,000 sq. m. This is the hotels all-day dining venue and is located in a cluster of majestic teak houses interconnected by spacious patios. You will find Authentic Thai & Western Cuisine, as well as a selection of seafood choices on the menu here.Here you can enjoy a sumptuous lunch on the leafy verandas, serenaded by the crashing waves, or be cosseted in the open-air traditional sala over a starlit romantic dinner.Complementing the gastronomic offerings is an extensive wine menu, including vintages from renowned vineyards around the world.

By The Sea Restaurant And Bar

By The Sea Bar & Restaurant serves up sumptuous culinary offerings with a focus on gourmet Thai delicacies, fresh succulent seafood, and international classics.Making the most of the surroundings, the beachfront restaurant and bar is designed to let nature take centre stage and invites guests to relax and dine seaside with the sound of rolling waves nearby.Stop off for a casual bite mid-day and bask in the open air, then toast to the sunset with a pre-evening cocktail in hand, and feel the sand between your toes as you stroll to your dinner table where the twinkling of candlelight mirrored by the sparkling stars in the night sky above await you.

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Private Dining

Experience romantic dining in a tranquil setting, framed by the gentle sound of waves and un-intruded open spaces on the beach. This option is perfect for a special occasion with the sensation of calm, exclusivity and personal space around you, allowing you to enjoy a romantic moment together over a candle lit table.There is a fixed price menu available and this service is available locally subject to availability and weather conditions and reservation's are required 24 hours in advance.


Jetinn Teppan at Pier

Located at the end of the resorts private pier, this is a great spot to watch the sunset – get there around an hour before to really make the most of the spectacular views – and grab yourself one of the "hammocks" hanging over the sea. When the weather is at its best – enjoy a romantic, candle-lit dinner of delicious “surf n turf”, cooked on the pier by talented chefs.

The Titan Grill

The Titan Grill is a fabulous casual restaurant and bar, located right on the beach, with views over the sea, pier and neighboring islands. The menu is diverse, and everything is made fresh to order.

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Khantok Thai Cuisine

A visit to Khantok is a must if you wish to experience an authentic Thai meal. The setting is tranquil and intimate with beautiful panoramic views.

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Saaitara Restaurant

Saaitara restaurant sits at the very top of the resort – offering jaw dropping views over the Andaman Sea. The menu has a distinct Mediterranean flavour, which will be delivered to you with impeccable service.

Board Basis Options

Half Board / Full Board

Applicable restaurants: Chantara Resutaurant, By the Sea restaurant & Bar, Saaitara Restaurant and The Titan Grill.

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Special Offers

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Honeymoon offer

Honeymoon Offer

Honeymoon Offer - receive Floral bed decoration, fruit plate and guaranteed double bed.

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Resort credit

Long stay offer

Book by 28 February 2020

Stay a minimum of 5 nights to recieve THB 1000 resort credit per room per stay for stays in a Supreme Deluxe room

or stay 5 nights or more in a Pool Villa to receive THB 2000 resort credit per room per stay

Valid for stays 06 January - 31 October 2020

Monday, January 6, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020
Offer ends in 31 days
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Sale campaign

Book Early and Save

Book early for travel in 2020 and receive up to 15% discount on your accommodation.

Travel dates: 1st March - 31st October 2020

(Blackout dates apply)

Sunday, March 1, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020
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