Submitted: 3 Jul 2012
"The Best Part of our Thailand Tour"
I stayed at Baan Santi with my fiance and two other couples from april 11-15. It was the last part of our tour, after seeing Bangkok, Phuket, and Koh Phi Phi. While all these places had their certain highlights, we all agreed that ao Nang was the best part, and the reason for that was Baan Santi.
It is a bit off the main road and we knew this going in. Since we stayed in hotels and resorts for the rest of the time, we wanted to have our own private luxury place, and Baan Santi delivered.
Its perfect for 3 couples because all three bedrooms were pretty much the exact same, with lots of closet space and en suite bathrooms. The place is huge, like 4300 sf., and that doesnt include the grounds, which are just enormous. Its immaculately kept, as housekeeping comes every day to clean, the pool guy cleans the pool every other morning, and Im not sure when the grounds are done, but it was perfectly maintained.
The cost was less per couple than what we had been spending on hotels per night, and with the rate, we got Ching, the Property Manager, who greeted us with drinks and a tour from the start. She was attentive to our needs and arranged Thai chefs for us to come in one night and make an incredible meal, scooter rentals, as well as massages for me and another girl, right on our shaded deck area. We also got Pong, who would drive us anywhere in ao Nang from 9-10 PM, and would deliver whatever we needed (food supplies, drinks, ice, etc.). We also got a cell phone which was useful to keep in contact with Pong, and arrange our elephant trekking tour (which was just ok, I dont really recommend that.)
The only reason I took a star off for service was because we were told that Pong would do drives after 10, but for a fee. We tried to use this feature but when we called him at 11 his phone was off. Im not sure if it was a miscommunication between us and him or the management and him, but we ended up having to get a tuktuk late that night.
Which brings me to why I took a star off for location. Now this is seriously off the beaten path. As in, its on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. Ao Nang is super small (literally takes about 5 minutes from the villa to drive into town and we even walked it once.), and it took the tuktuk an hour and half of driving around, calls to Ching in the middle of the night, and bottoming out several times on the dirt road to find the place when we couldnt get a hold of Pong.
That said, it was small potatoes compared to what we gained from that enormous, private, and luxurious villa, and being away from the whole tourist crowd (there are lots!) made it totally worth it. We were on holidays and stuff like that isnt worth complaining about. I would stay there again in a heartbeat, and longer than just 4-5 days. As in, I would live there right now if I could!