Accommodation rating: Superior
The Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa is an eco-chic natural hideaway on the beautifully isolated island of Koh Yao Yai, just a 20-minute speedboat ride from Koh Samui. The Santhiya Koh Yao offers luxury accommodation decorated in natural teakwood, each of its 79 guestrooms capturing the ambience of traditional Thailand. Beyond the full length glass-panelled doors awaits a 180-degree vista of the ocean from your private balcony or terrace.
'By The Sea' bar and restaurant features gourmet Thai delicacies, fresh succulent seafood and classic international dishes, all served to the gentle accompaniment of the rolling waves of the sea. Of an evening, the bar provides an inviting spot for a soothing pre-dinner cocktail while gazing out over the magnificent sunset.
At the Ayurvana Spa, a wide range of treatments is guaranteed to remove the cares of the world, and a large, meandering freeform swimming pool conceals cosy nooks where you can take in the ocean views in blissful peace. The lush pool area also houses a children's pool, a massaging water jet pool, and a man-made waterfall cascading directly into the pool. Refreshments are on hand at the poolside bar, and for those wishing to bask on the sands, sunbeds are laid out for you along the private beach.
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.