10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Beautiful and relaxing
"We spent 6 days at the Santiburi as part of our honeymoon trip to S. E. Asia.
A beautiful place to be to relax and enjoy the sun, sand and sea. The swimming pool is like a lake and is very quiet. Guests seem to prefer the beach to the pool area, however the beach area never really gets crowded as there are plenty of sun loungers (and hammocks) and a long beach.
We stayed in one of the garden villas. Very pleasant but I am not too sure about the bathroom. A little dark and not helped by having a black bath.
Food in the hotel restaurants was excellent - definately 5* + cusine. Buth the icing on the cake was a special romantic dinner for 2 on the beach for honeymooners. We had the beach completely to ourselves, whilst the chef cooked our meal on the barbeque and a the hotel musician played his guitar and sung. Truly a very special expereince.
Staff were very friendly and would do everything possible to ensure your stay is a comfortable one.
This area on the island does not have much to offer but Chaweng is a short and cheap ride away. Shopping is good here - copy CD's (albums)for Â£1 and good quality.
Anyway, back to the Santiburi. There are plenty of activities to do - tennis, squash, table tennis, etc and they are all free.
Overall a great hotel. Enjoy."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of May 2006
"we (2 adults and 2 children, aged 11 and 8) spent a week at the hotel in April 2006. on arriving at the hotel we were told that we had been upgraded from the 2 bedroom equitorial suites to 2 interconnecting garden villas, a lovely gesture. the villas are in relatively good shape, although the bathrooms could perhaps do with updating. ours had views only of greenery (they were near to the spa) and were some way from the main hotel. all in all we prefered this location to those that looked over the inland waterway which we found too static/stagnant looking. obviously, the beach front villas would be the way to go but they seemed significantly more expensive. swimming pool is massive and never busy. beachfront nice, with hammocks etc although sea not particularly inviting. restaurants all good and lovely service. formal thai restaurant particularly good. we were there for songkran festival and enjoyed the dinner on the beach with lantern launching form the beach, thai entertainment etc. childrens entertainment fairly limited but was available effectively on demand eg candle making, garland weaving, batik prints. all in all good. not marked as excellent simply because not 5 star feel throughout."
- Travel date: Sun 14th of May 2006
Decent, but not worth it
"The resort is very nice, save for the truck tires on their beach. No Thai Iced Tea, which was surprising being an American, as it's in all our Thai restaurants here in San Francisco, even the one called "Koh Samui and the monkey". The staff actually got pissed at me when I asked for it more than once, which was surprising since they say Thai people never get mad. Anyway, the hotel is indeed very nice, and the staff is attentive and attempts to give you good service without getting in your way. That said, there seem to be a lot of other options on the island, and I get the feeling that Santiburi just isn't worth the price. Also, the island is trashed, so if I had it to do over, I'd take a boat to the neighboring island where things are probably a bit more low key, or go to a different area, such as Shinoukville in Cambodia."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of May 2006
"Last June we went on honeymoon to the Santiburi in Koh Samui. I don't have words for it. I still whish I was there. We were welcomed by the very pleasant and helpful manager and shown to our rooms with all the help one would expect from a property in this class.
It is fantastic 5 star hotel! We stayed 10 nights in a garden villa and had a very romantic stay. The room is of high standard. You also have separate shower and huge bath.
The service is very good: the staff's ability to anticipate and look after your every need in such a friendly yet professional manner.
We always took breakfast and dinner in the hotel. The food was excellent, certainly the Thai evening (floating market) and the restaurant at the seaside.
This resort would suit a wide range of holidaymakers. If you are looking for a quiet romantic holiday you will be pampered in its tranquil surroundings. If, on the other hand, you want to fill each day with activities there are many options and they will be efficiently organised for you.
The pool is huge and looks like a lake! And the beach is very nice. The only minor was that the snorkelling was not so good (lack of visibility in the water).
The Santiburi is an excellent hotel and we would not hesitate to return to Santiburi on any future visit to Koh Samui. Congratulations to the manager and staff for running such an excellent resort!"
- Travel date: Thu 4th of May 2006
A beautiful place for a relaxing holiday
"My husband and I spent two weeks at Santiburi from end February to mid-March and really enjoyed it. The fabulous gardens really make it, along with the lake-sized pool.
It was actually less expensive than we expected. Wine and Cocktails are much less pricey than in the Maldives, for example.
The hotel restaurants were perfectly acceptable, if not particularly exciting, but we quickly got bored with them, and ate out most evenings. Zazen became our favourite, followed by Prego. I agree with another reviewer that the bar needs a rethink!
However, the weekly cocktail party and Thai Buffet are spectacular.
All things considered, it was one of our best holidays."
- Travel date: Wed 12th of April 2006
Check out time 5 AM
"This is quite a funny story, we wanted to go to Samui but because of the weather we landed in Phuket.
We stayed at the Marriott Hotel, what an experience.
2 days later we went as planned to Samui.
The staff of the Santiburi was very friendly, they adjusted the reservation and although the hotel was full we could stay for 4 nights.(at least that is what we thought)after the second night they woke us up at 5 in the morning and told us that we had to leave?
I have heard about check out times but at 5 in the morning?
Luckily we could move to an other hotel and enjoyed the other 2 days in a nice villa on Lamai for half the price.
For 700 USD per night you would expect something else.
Ko Samui was a great Island though definetly have to try the canape tour!"
- Travel date: Mon 27th of February 2006
a wonderful resort
"I and my family stayed here for six nights over Christmas 2005, flying from Singapore where we all based for a festive season family get-together. On arrival at the hotel late on Christmas Eve we were welcomed by the very pleasant and helpful manager and shown to our rooms with all the help one would expect from a property in this class.
We all stayed in garden villas with private jacuzzi. The rooms themslves were very elegant, spacious and comfortable with plenty of outdoor space including the enclosed private courtyard in which the jacuzzi was situated on a raised deck. Beautifully designed lighting and vegetation enhanced the feeling of luxury, tranquillity and privacy, as it did throughout the resort.
The standard of service and maintenance of this resort is superb. We tried all the restaurants and bars, and made full use of room service, and the standards were excellent throughout. Facilities are all one could wish for. Particular highlights included (in no particular order):-
The swimming pool - huge, one of the largest I have ever seen, it must be over 50 metres at its longest, and never crowded whilst we were there.
The spa - easily on a par with the acknowledged best in the world - and not expensive by these standards.
The activity centre and its manager and staff - who organised for us an unforgettable private boat trip for us to the Ang Thong Marine Reserve, including a full barbecue lunch on a private island - I can highly recommend a trip to Ang Thong if you are in this area.
The staff's ability to anticipate and look after your every need in such a friendly yet professional manner.
The standards of maintenance - immaculate throughout.
The spaciousness of the resort - even at what must have been a busy period over Christmas it never felt crowded. As a family of all adults we were particularly impressed to see how happy families with children seemed - the children had plenty of activities and space in which to play.
The location - not far from the airport yet in a peaceful part of Koh Samui, the resort has a broad beachfront and massive grounds separating the accommodation areas from the main coastal road.
This resort would suit a wide rande of holidaymakers. If you are looking for a quiet romantic break you will be pampered in its tranquil surroundings. If, on the other hand, you want to fill each day with activities there are many options and they will be efficiently organised for you.
We would not hesitate to return to Santiburi on any future visit to Koh Samui. Congratulations to the manager and staff for running such an excellent resort!"
- Travel date: Sat 4th of February 2006
"My boyfriend and i have just returned from a weeks stay at the Santiburi Hotel & Spa. It was a beautiful hotel. We were lucky enough to stay in a Garden Jacuzzi Villa about 10 steps from the beach, room 305! Our villa was lovely, simple Thai decor, you can never go wrong! It was abit of a trek to our room, but we enjoyed the peaceful walk. We didnt use the hotel restaurnt once, although the food did look and smell great, to be honest we thought it was abit pricey. About Â£20 each for breakfast and Â£30 each for dinner. Taxis were so cheap that we went out every night for half the price. My only negative point is that the hotel itself could do with a bigger indoor bar, with aircon! The indoor bar is abit of a walkway and reception area.
The spa looked lovely, but was always booked up and was expensive. Outside the hotel, directly opposite were 2 Thai massage shops, and they were great, Â£2 a foot massage and Â£4 for a full body. The girls in there were lovely.
We found a fantastic retaurant in the Fishermas Village called THE SHACK, owned by a crazy american called Larry!it was the best food we have ever eaten. I reccomend the Garlic Butter Prawns, they were to die for! Chewang is 20 mins away and there is a fab restaurant there called RICE, very classy! Chewang is very busy and abit touristy but good fun! Lady boy caberet was excellent!
I would definatly reccomend the Santiburi to anyone, but i would also reccomend that you go out and explore for dinners!
- Travel date: Thu 5th of January 2006
"We fled the Le Meridein for the Santiburi and had a nice stay. The villas are lovely except for the small round bath we had that took an hour to fill. The jacuzzi was a great extra and nice to relax in with a glass of champagne. The restaurants were a bit tired,lacked va-va-voom and the resort could do with some re-investing but we still had a good time.
I would advise pepole to look for some of the boutique resorts that are opening up all over Koh Samui - Zazen, Napasai and others that are new, small and offer great facilities. I'll be staying in one of them next time however."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of November 2005
your private beach house
"The Santi Buri resort is a beautiful setting, offers great comfort and privacy.
The staff and management is very successful in keeping the place clean and beautiful all the time.
We enjoyed the beach, warm water and local food.
Our villa on the beach with a private jakuzi-pool was a dream tool.
The Spa is very modern and professional.
Thanks to Atilla, the manager and his boss for making our stay very pleasurable.
- Travel date: Thu 17th of November 2005