Santiburi Golf, Resort & Spa
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... men pestering you every 5 minutes and lots of middle aged, fat guys with their newly purchased brides! So we were definitely happy with the beach we decided to stay on! On the last night, we went to a restaurant just next door to our beach huts. The good was amazing and there was a party of 22 Aussies, all one family who were on holiday for a 50th birthday. They took over the music and had us all up dancing with them, basically they were ...
... all the way through this process and us and our carpenter friend are the only ones who have not taken the **** out of him and tried to rip him off. Mike agreed with this but then just repeated that he has made up his mind and he would have to see it out. So he basically ignored everything he said. Mike also spoke about Sandy, and our friend asked if that was more important than getting ripped off and all he got was a worried look.
We know he then ...
... seatbelts too along the back of the truck. The guides had explained that it was a bumpy off-road track and that it would be a 'fun ride', but given that the Thais ride motorbikes pretty fast with 3-4 people per bike in t-shirts, shorts and flip flops, when they hand you a seatbelt you know its gonna be interesting! When this is added to the fact the driver has a 100% Crazy Man bumper sticker on his window, it gives a pretty good indication of the ride up. The road ...
... our plug in thing got used again. Mid afternoon and the weather still wasn't what we were hoping for, but it wasn't raining so we headed out to explore. We found somewhere to have a bit of Thai food, wandered round a few shops and found the beach where we sat for a few hours as the sun set. The beach is lovely with really white sand and relaxing even with the bars all around. Let's just hope the weather is better tomorrow so we can lay on the ...
... were both flagging by the time we made it back, but a seaside Cornetto or two soon had us back on our feet and we were soon whizzing our way back out to sea in search of lunch. This was being held at the Fisherman's Village within the national park (or as the pre-tour information called it - "The Sea Gypsy Village" - has political correctness struck Thailand too?) Lunch was served buffet style and was exceedingly tasty. We chatted to a couple of acrobats ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Santiburi Golf, Resort & Spa Mae Nam
The Best Resort we Ever Stayed in
What a fantastic Resort !!! we are used to stay in 5 star luxury hotels in Europe but the Santiburi has exceeded all our Expectations.
From the Airport Pickup to the time we arrived in our Villa, we were blown away by the kindness of the staff and the facilities of this hotel, the villas are absolutely fantastic (although a little renovation could help thing) the bed is very comfortable and the Bathroom very spacious.
Breakfast was exquisite, the buffet is amazing and they even make waffles fresh in front of you!
We will definately come back to this beautiful island and to Santiburi.
The most wonderful hotel
We have stayed at the Santiburi twice - in January 05 and then again earlier this year - we absolutely love it. On both occasions we took our daughter who was just two the second time we went - although the hotel does not have organised childrens activities (for that age anyway)all the staff were wonderful with her and could not have been kinder. Large selection of really good childrens meals that all went down well. Without exception the service was impeccable, and just incredibly friendly and helpful.
Villas very nice - the first year we went we were upgraded to one with a private jacuzzi which was nice but am not sure I would pay extra for it, the ones without were just what we needed. Breakfast arrived by bicycle and was then served beautifully on the table on the verandah with lovely white tablecloth etc.
Beach - couldn't believe a previous comment, the beach is lovely, white sand, palm trees, easily accessible.
Food - we did what most sensible people do and ate out of the hotel mostly. We walked down the beach and had great thai food for a couple of pounds. we did eat in the Thai restaurant which was very good and not too expensive, but there is so much choice elsewhere. We also took all our laundry down the road and had it washed and ironed for a small cost and took it home freshly laundered - great!
About the beachfront villas
A wonderful hotel, especially, the facilities were gorgeous of the classic Thailand style. The beach is breath-taking woundefull. The buffet breakfast is enough delicious. The problem was not in the staff's service either. The only problem that I feel was, however, there exists the villas called beachfront just behind the true beachfront villas. these villas seem "partial" beachfront. Because the request is not secured, you may need a luck to have the real beach front villa.
Go there for perfection!
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Santiburi from the 30th of August until the 8th of September. We were picked up by two staffmembers from the hotel. They came in a Mercedes, and that pretty much sets the standard for our entire stay. We were welcomed in a lounge at the hotel were we where given a short information about the activities in/around the hotel. There's a lot! Pretty much all of those acitvities are free. I am not the type of guy who can sleep on a beach for a hole day so those activities where very welcome. Then we were taken to our Villa which had an outdoor Jacuzzi. Everything was nice and clean in the Villa. Nice "extras" in the bathroom and DVD/CD with surround sound. Good on a rainy night. We borrowed DVD's from the hotel(free).The outdoor jacuzzi was among those extra jazuzzi's which they have just added to some of the Villas. Read a review earlier saying that they had builded new Villas. This is NOT the case. They have only added jacuzzi's to some of the Villas. The views from the Villas are still very good!
The hotelarea is very large. Took us a few days before we managed to find our way around.
The swimmingpool is....big. It is huge!
Hotelstaff are very polite and they had, which I thought was nice, very good Englishskills. They will greet you everytime you pass them. We had breakfast at the hotel every morning which was very good. Went out for lunch and dinner on the beach on some of the beachbars located close to the hotel. The hotel also have a beach bar but since I'm not a seafoodlover we did only that restaurant once since they did not offer to many dishes not containing seafood.
Staff are very aware of your needs. Most of the staff lives in a dormetary next to the hotel. Therefore they know each other pretty much as a large family I guess you could say. That makes it very cosy being at the hotel with a familiar atmosphere.
One thing about living at the hotel. Whenever you take a taxi and say that you want to go to "Santiburi" you can expect that the price will increase. We found a bar opposit the hotel and said we wanted to go there and then changed the destination once the driver had told us the price:o). It almost became a sport getting as low a price as possible(The difference is maybe 3 dollars aproxemately...Wont mess up anyones budget)
Went to the Maldives earlier and had that destination as our favourite until we went to Santiburi. We will return to Santiburi for our honeymoon in August 2006. Cant wait.
P.S. Make sure to check the dayli activities at the hotel. They are mentioned in a brochure in the room. It included a weekly "cocktailparty" where drinks are complementary. You can learn to fold napkins if you want to. Learn to carve soap...etc etc
Hoeymoon in the Santiburi
We are just back from our 2 week Honeymoon in Thailand. We stayed three night at the Peninsula in Bangkok (simply the best hotel in Bangkok, you can't be disapointed by the oustanding service and lovely rooms, a real oasis in Bangkok). Forget the Oriental, the Peninsula is The place to stay.
I warn all those who are thinking of going that the hotel is changing quickly. During our stay they were building about 10 new Villas. So apart from the Beach Villas, you can be sure that your view will be an other Villa. A real shame they have decided to build all these new villas especially that the gardens were terrific and there were amazing birds, flowers and trees all around. Unfortunately management seems to be greedy and they are building new villas all over the place.
Apart from that we had a very nice stay. The food is good not outstanding but good, and the choices of restaurants in Samui is large. Breakfast was very nice (although pale in comparison to the Peninsula, but all breakfasts are). We had a Beach front Villa with outdoor Jacuzzi which was very nice although do not expect the plunge pool to be as on the photo (its smaller and not as well decorated in reality, not really worth the extra). The bathroom is large, well decorated and with a nice round tub in the center.
The Beach restaurant is lovely and serves excellent fish and sea food. I did not like the Thai restaurant and found missing charme, but I am not a great fan of Thai food anyway so don't pay too much attention to my comment. Alltogehter the food is good but that is not what you will be missing.
The activities on the Sanitburi boat are not worth it especially the snorkeling tour which is a joke when compared to the snorkeling excursions organised for half the price elswhere on the island.
As for the beach itself is not white powder san like on the Chaweng side but rather brown sand like you find in Spain. Its a little dispointing if you don't know it before choosing the Hotel. However the beach is clean and the water is cleaner than on the Chaweng side. We spent a lot of time on the beach and I must admit that even if the sand is not what I expected all the rest is top notch (service, chairs, coktails, hammac,..).
All in all it was a lovely honeymoon and the gardens are simply incredible even though I am not a nature fan. The gardens are the home of many incredible birds and butterflies all over and this is not the case for the other hotels on the island.
If they were not building new villas all over the place I might have returned.
Best hotel on samui by far
We stayed at the santiburi jan 05, we loved it. The food is quite expensive compared to the rest of samui but good. If you walk along the beach there are some great beach restaurants most of them serve breakfast and dinner the atmosphere is also great. One thing I would strongly recommend is getting a villa, not the main building. We stayed in the jacuzzi villa by the beach it was really big and very nice. When we checked out they gave us aroom to use in the main building you could not compare it to the villas. The staff at the hotel are fantastic also. One more thing we were staying at tongsai bay, after one night we moved to satiburi and we were so happy we did.
Large mega spacious hotel...
large hotel, so luxurious. large pool area, and excellent spas. We had a loft room....very private and conveniently close to the pool and restaurant. the breakfast was great also. Overall i love this place. The only annoying thing was the water pressure. Its not the hotels fault... island resorts have very limited supply of water so they have to save as much as possible. I usually like the shower to be strong...aside from this...the hotel is one of the best ive stayed in.
Great setting, ok service and rooms
We were meant to go to Krabi at the Ravayadee hotel but as the tsunami unfortunately destroyed it we were moved by Kuoni UK here.
Initially, first impressions were good. Reception area etc was nice (not amazing not disappointing) We were moved into a villa, which was facing the little river.
Unfortunately it was smelling of dump, the air-conditioning was noisy and the mosquitoes had a field day. After requesting to be changed the next morning initially we were refused but after politely persisting we have been moved to a villa which is closer to the beach, exactly the same as the other one minus the negative points. The villa itself is beautifully decorated and romantic. Bathrooms are huge with the exception of the colors which are too dark.
Breakfast was good. The setting of the hotel and the gardens are fantastic.
Having though been to the Shangri La hotel in Hong Kong and Bangkok we cannot see a similar level of service, food or famous Thai smile.
Internet though is free which is a plus!
Loved the Santiburi
Great hotel. Lovely staff. Huge pool. Request a newly renovated room or a new villa. Check out a bike, the grounds are big and it helps in the heat.
Gorgeous, Attentive and Relaxed......
We arrived at the Santiburi Dusit in August 2004 and had our wedding celebration there (we had got legally married in Bangkok). The wedding celebration didnt run exactly as we had agreed but it was still wonderful....Throughout the holiday the staff made a big effort and were very smiley and gracious. The resort is in the colonial style. superb villas, bathrooms large but slightly shabby for a 5* resort, still lovely though. Service good. gorgeous beach - go for a trip to the nature reserves if you can. Brilliant beach restaurant and very nice breakfasts. Wonderful pool with fountain and flute players at night. Resort very tropical, lots of cheeky birds near your villa and the odd frog at night. The staff make a fuss of honeymooners ie rose petals in your bath and on your bed at night. Very good mini bar - full sized bottle of champers in it, plus a bottle of chablis and a good bottle of red wine in the room to with posh chocolates to indulge with.
Lovely would recommend it.