In terms of accommodation, you’ll be greeted by welcome fruit, canopied four-poster beds and a gorgeous dark-wood aesthetic. And, while all options feature oversized balconies, those with views over the bay and ocean are particularly special, showcased by deep-soaking balcony bathtubs and private infinity-edge pools. However, for the Santhiya’s finest offerings, look to the stand-alone villas. Here, you’ll be treated to daily traditional Thai snacks and giant private terraces that host everything from sun loungers and a pool with Jacuzzi to outdoor bathtubs and rain showers. The handcrafted details are also particularly exquisite.
This being Thailand, the dining is superb. And, many of the options at Santhiya are delightfully positioned down by the water’s edge. Perhaps indulge with teppanyaki delicacies on the pier, treat yourself to grilled favourites on the terrace or pair gourmet Thai cuisine with mixologist cocktails by the beach. Then back on the hill, views over the green-dappled bay are taken in by a small-dish degustation restaurant, where guests are seated, as is tradition, on the floor. The Mediterranean favourites served poolside are a further highlight.
In terms of facilities, no Thai getaway can be complete without a spa, with the Santhiya offering its signature massages on the beach or in a gorgeous teak-wood house. There’s also a full spread of complimentary activities. Each day, you’ll be able to enjoy everything from yoga and Muay Thai classes to kayaking, paddle-boarding and dancing lessons. There’s also the optional extra of booking onto a cooking course or an island tour. Ultra-scenic cruises will bring you among spectacular limestone islets, fishing spots and snorkelling sites. The chance to visit local villages and rubber plantations are additional favourites.