It can be argued that Thailand is not on the typical ‘hot spot’ in 2023. It’s always been a favourite of mine, so I jumped at the chance to check out the incredible Santiburi resort in Koh Samui on a trip around Thailand.
From the moment we landed at the airport, we were treated like absolute royalty. The hotel arrange a pick up from the airport in a luxury comfy WIP mini bus – complete with air con, water and fresh wet towel – heaven! Transfer to the resort was approx 20 mins from the airport.
Upon arrival at the stunning Santiburi resort, my partner and I were greeted by Pimpa, who served us with another (very welcome) cold wet towel that smelled of refreshing mint, which gave us the pep we needed after the flight from Bangkok. As we checked in, we were presented with a fresh delicious watermelon drink in ‘The Lounge’.
Pimpa led us to our beautiful private pool villa suite which would be home for the next five nights. It’s safe to say that we couldn’t believe how incredible it was. From the fresh smell of the towels each day, the space and design of the room, coupled with the bed made up fresh every day, we didn’t want for anything. The room was so spacious and flowing open plan living felt so inviting. It was so clean and the comfortable beds and pillows were the icing on the cake – it felt like a home from home, it was palatial.
The Grand Reserve Pool Villa comes complete with coffee machine (gotta get that caffeine fix, even when on holidays!) mini bar, iron, wash service, high quality shampoo, conditioner and body wash is provided as standard.
We even had our own private pool (yes you read that correctly) attached to sliding doors of bedroom villa – complete with floating lilo to lie – just amazing!
Pimpa was on hand to provide any information we required, including the four (yes four!) restaurant options we had to choose from. We truly were spoiled for choice and had access to all of them each day.
The food, glorious food… Where do I begin? I can safely say it was the best food I’ve ever tasted in my life! Each dish was SO full of flavours, freshly made before your eyes, well presented and plentiful:
- SalaThai – Thai famous dishes – Thailand’s famous Panang Curry
- The Pool House – Cocktails happy hour 5-6pm every day buy one get 1 free, great food choice available.
- The Beach House – Favourite restaurant, plenty to choose from, absolutely delicious. Camembert, Steak, Cocktails
- Vimarnmek – Breakfast varied international choice – fresh smoothies, lots to choose from, calm, clean, relaxing, well presented. My favourite was the bone broth fresh made soup and freshly made banana and nutella pancakes.
The Len Spa was another addition to the trip which just elevated our experience beyond all expectations. We had the Couples Thai Silk Aroma Massage – The experience was so immersive! The intoxicating smell, relaxing vibe, and beautiful setting, not to mention I felt amazing after.
If relaxing by the pool, including in spa treatments and eating your body weight in food isn’t enough, ha! There’s also an array of water sports on offer for free including: Paddle Boards, Sailing lessons! There’s also tennis courts and and a gym.
Nothing was too much for the incredible staff! Event the maintenance staff on site couldn’t do enough to make our stay special. They were friendly and on the ball. Keeping areas well maintained and clean and safe. Always there to help.
All in all we couldn’t recommend the Santiburi Koh Samui resort more highly! It was out of this world and we can’t wait to go back!
If you’re planning to go to Koh Samui, here are some suggestions for activities to do with a loved one:
- Beach Picnics: Koh Samui is known for its stunning beaches. Pack a picnic basket with your favorite treats and enjoy a relaxing day on the sandy shores. Popular beaches for picnics include Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach, and Bophut Beach.
- Sunset Cruises: Experience the magic of the sunset aboard a romantic cruise. Many tour operators offer sunset cruises that provide breathtaking views of the sun setting over the Gulf of Thailand.
- Spa Retreats: Indulge in couples’ spa treatments and massages. Koh Samui is renowned for its luxurious spas that offer traditional Thai massages, aromatherapy, and other relaxing treatments.
- Private Beach Dining: Arrange for a private beachside dinner under the stars. Many resorts offer this option, allowing you to enjoy a delectable meal in an intimate setting.
- Visit the Secret Buddha Garden: Explore the Secret Buddha Garden, a serene and mystical spot nestled in the hills. The garden is adorned with statues, sculptures, and lush vegetation, making it a tranquil place for couples to wander.
- Explore Fisherman’s Village: Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village is known for its charming atmosphere, quaint shops, and seaside restaurants. Stroll along the narrow streets, indulge in local cuisine, and shop for souvenirs.
- Island Hopping: Embark on a day trip to nearby islands like Ang Thong Marine Park or Koh Tao. Snorkeling, swimming, and exploring the pristine nature will make for a memorable adventure.
- Cooking Classes: Learn to create traditional Thai dishes together by joining a cooking class. It’s a fun and interactive way to connect with the local culture.
- Water Sports: Engage in water sports activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding. Many beaches offer equipment rentals and guided tours.
- Big Buddha Temple: Visit the iconic Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai) and marvel at the massive golden Buddha statue. The panoramic views from the temple grounds are breathtaking.
- Jungle Safari Adventures: Take an off-road adventure into the island’s lush jungles. ATV tours and guided hikes are available for couples who love a bit of excitement.
- Candlelit Dinners: Many resorts and restaurants on the island offer candlelit dinners on the beach or with stunning sea views. This is a perfect way to enjoy a romantic evening together.
- Yoga and Wellness Retreats: Koh Samui is known for its wellness scene. Join a yoga class or consider a wellness retreat for couples to rejuvenate your mind and body.
- Night Markets: Explore the island’s night markets for a lively and authentic experience. Sample local street food, shop for unique handicrafts, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.
- Private Pool Villas: Consider staying in a private pool villa for the ultimate romantic experience. Many resorts offer villas with private pools, ensuring maximum privacy and luxury.