Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Making memories at Santhiya Resort & Spa - Koh Phangan, Thailand

Sigh. I've been day dreaming about an escape to one of my favourite islands in the world - Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. And after staying at Santhiya Resort & Spa for a week of tropical bliss a little while back, my mind has been wandering to that luxury little villa we had, set in the jungles in the hills surrounding the perfect crescent beach of Tong Nai Pan. 

Santhiya really embraces the natural beauty of such a stunning position - the resort has a very strong eco chic ethic, and the beauty of Thai culture and architecture shines through in the glorious teakwood accommodations. We even had our own private pool complete with outdoor bath tub and lush tropical gardens bursting with the sounds of wildlife. 

Cascading waterfalls run in to the amazing pools that stager the walk down from top of the resort to the beach below, which is calm and quiet - perfect for lazy days lying on lounges and dashing in to the ocean for dips! There's an amazing spa where you can bliss out, and the staff here are just so friendly. As for the ambience, couples will really appreciate the total privacy and peace here - romance is always on the agenda!

And though there is little reason to leave the comfort of the resort - everything you need for a holiday is right here - if you do feel like getting out to explore, the main beach of Tong Nai Pan is just a short stroll away over the headland. It makes for a lovely way to spend the afternoon sunsets, wandering along the shoreline to find the perfect little beach bar to pull up some sand under a coconut palm and enjoy the view (cocktail optional!), before wandering back to your resort retreat for a candlelit dinner by the beach or at the hilltop restaurant with a view of the bobbing lights of fishing boats below and the starry sky above.

Santhiya is only 30 minutes by speedboat from neighbouring island Koh Samui, so it's easy enough to tie it in to a longer stay and go island hopping around this incredible part of the world. 

Seeing these images makes me wonder .... what's taking me so long to book my next holiday? Time for another idyllic escape I think!

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