| 5th January 2016
Following a short boat trip from Ko Phangan we arrived at the Santiburi Resort in Mae Nam on the North side of Ko Samui. Literally translated as Santi’s – Town, the resort is aptly named and is spread across 23 acres of pristine Samui coastline. This is one of the more established resorts on Ko Samui and has long been the destination of choice amongst those who know the island well.
The resort offers a range of villa style accommodation across the grounds as well as duplex suites set back from the beach connected to the hotel proper. Deluxe Beachfront Villas offer sea views allowing you to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean. Spa Pool Villas, nestled away in quieter areas of the resort offer an even more tranquil experience and come with an outdoor spa area with couples’ treatment beds, garden shower and a relaxation zone.
The Beach Restaurant and Bar, Rim Talay is the jewel in the crown of Santiburi. Breakfast and lunch can be spent relaxing to the view of Mae Nam bay, while at dinner the lights from neighbouring Ko Phangan sparkle in the distance. Offering a range of both Thai and International cuisine the evening buffet is a must, the Papaya salad and grilled fish were particular favourites.
As an alternative to Rim Talay, the Hotel’s specialist Thai restaurant, Sala Thai offers an authentic taste of Thailand setback from the beach on the first floor of the Hotels main building. Traditional Tom Yam soup and Massaman Curry with coloured rice (white, red and blue) was a highlight. Accompanied by (several) freshly made cocktails, this was the perfect way to enjoy our last meal in Thailand.
With our two-week adventure about to come to an end we made the most of our last day kayaking around Mae Nam bay, just one of several water sport activities on offer to guests. Other activities included Tennis, Gym and Golf (the resort has a chipping area where guests can choose to practice before heading off to the Mountain-side 18 hole course).
Before we left, the staff at Santiburi took one more opportunity to showcase their fantastic hospitality once more, escorting us into our Airport shuttle with a traditional Thai song and dance. At least for a few days, Santi’s town really felt like Viva’s town – Viva-Buri!