We'd talked to a couple of Californian guests the day before we visited Shantaa -- they were gushing in their praise -- and we'll have to take their word for it as the resort was full when we visited and we were unable to see inside a room.
We did take in the grounds though and they're lovely. The more affordable bungalows are to the south of the restaurant and look over a lawn garden running down to a small "beach club" and the beach. To the north of the restaurant are larger, more expensive bungalows with more lawn views and what we termed a natural horizon pool -- the resort has cleverly placed sun lounges and umbrellas before the drop to the ocean and it lends a classic horizon pool effect. The beach section is quite small and abuts onto the large Nam Leuk pier, which detracts a bit (though probably means more fish for the snorkellers). From the exterior the rooms looked very smart and well kept. The restaurant also gets good reports -- both from the Californians we talked to and others. If you're looking for a smart getaway where you don't have to share the beach with interlopers this could be the right choice. Good for lovers.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 6th June, 2014.