Shantaa’s luxurious villas sit scattered across a large hillside lawn and garden that touches down to the far north end of Ao Tapao on one end, and the resort’s own smaller beach on the other.
We once 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 has been full on each of our visits and we’ve yet to see inside a room.
The freestanding villas appear modern and done up with the same tasteful minimalist style that pervades the resort. They all sport wide glass doors opening to decks that, in many cases, are truly private thanks to abundant greenery and carefully thought out placement during construction. While all rooms are spacious and afford some type of view, the “Shantaa Extra Sweet” villas bag you 67 square metres and the sweetest views.
Shantaa covers a large expanse of seafront land backing up to coconut trees and forest, but the location and spread-out design make the whole place feel exceptionally tranquil. In what we’d term a natural horizon pool, the resort has cleverly placed sun lounges and umbrellas before the drop to the ocean and it creates a classic horizon pool effect.
At the centre of Shantaa’s hills stretches a restaurant with semi-private dining salas as part of the elegant ambiance. It’s reservations only for non-guests and we’ve heard good things about the food and service. Staffers donning Thai-style baggy cotton outfits were polite and patient on our last visit.
Though we adore the views and overall design, Shantaa’s small private beach and the nearest beachfront on Ao Tapao are both just okay by Ko Kut standards. On the Ao Tapao side, a chunky concrete pier with a rather cheesy Trat provincial tourism sign detracts a bit (though probably means more fish for the snorkelers).
Still, if you’re looking for a smart getaway where you don’t have to share the seafront with interlopers, this could be the right choice. Good for lovers.
Address: North end of Ao Tapao, Ko Kut
T: (081) 817 9648 ; (081) 566 0607;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º31'59.48" E, 11º39'12.35" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||3,800 baht||5,000 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
Plus 2,000 for “Extra Sweet”.
|5,000 baht||6,500 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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