Samui Wining & Dining
Golfing in the Gulf

With a golf course, spa, restaurants and an enormous pool, Santiburi Beach Resort has it all.


14-15Golf and spa holidays are the ultimate in relaxation. You’ve got sprawling, manicured resorts with all manner of luxuries on hand. And when you combine that with a beach, fantastic weather and great restaurants, it’s akin to what many would describe as heaven – or at least a golfer’s heaven. Santiburi Beach Resort, located on Maenam Beach, is renowned on the island for being a top-notch golf resort with all the frills.

    You can easily spy the grand entrance of ‘Santiburi’ from the Maenam section of Samui’s main ring-road, complete with a guard box and tree-lined promenade. The resort is comprised of 59 private villas and 12 duplex suites all set into the lush beachside grounds.

   And it’s not short of those all-important drinking and dining options either. First there’s the Lobby Bar, a colonial themed space complete with a grand piano, TV playing live sports and big comfy lounge chairs. It’s a great meeting spot, or place to kick back with a cocktail.

      In terms of the foodie offerings at Santiburi, the pièce de résistance is Sala Thai Restaurant. This wonderfully authentic restaurant serves Royal Thai Cuisine. Presentation is intricate and preparation meticulous – each dish looks like a work of art. Fruit and vegetables are carved into delicate patterns, and all bones from the meat and fish are removed. Appetisers on the Sala Thai menu include grilled marinated beef with lemongrass and vermicelli noodles. And for mains there are seafood dishes such as deep fried whole grouper with Szechuan pepper, and meat ones like grilled beef tenderloin.

       The décor is a mixture of colonial and Thai styling, with rattan chairs alongside Thai tablecloths. A huge gong at the entrance further emphasises the Asian theme, as well as an ornate wooden door frame. The restaurant’s central space is air-conditioned and indoors, while around the perimeter is a balcony where you can dine alfresco with views over the pool below.

      A little further into the resort you’ll find Vimarnmek Dining Room, where guests have breakfast. A stylish red and white colour scheme is offset perfectly by marble floors and columns. Large floor-to-ceiling glass panels allow diners unobstructed views out over a fish-pond complete with free roaming baby ducks! A number of tables are situated alongside the pond too, for those who prefer to eat in the leafy gardens.

      The inside part of the breakfast buffet area features all your cereals, breads and such, as well as Santiburi’s very own home-made jam and a vast selection of teas, which range from the usual suspects to some really quirky ones you probably haven’t heard of. And the outside area is where the fresh juice station, cooked foods and made-to-order items are.

      If you continue out through the other side of Vimarnmek Dining Room you’ll reach the pool, which has its very own pool bar serving food and drinks. It’s an intimate cabana, situated right by the edge of the pool, where swimmers have easy access to an energising bite to eat and refreshing drink before heading back in for some more laps.

      Behind the pool there’s the herb and vegetable garden, called Chef’s Wonder Garden. Here you can find things like chilli plants, banana trees, turmeric plants and a whole array of lettuces, including romaine and rocket. These plants are lovingly tended to by the gardeners and chefs, who then serve them in the restaurants. This way guests eat only the freshest produce.

      Nerxt there’s Rimtalay Beach Restaurant, where you can enjoy open-air dining. There are a number of themed nights, including the rib-eye and lobster night. But the a la carte menu has a number of fantastic options too, both Western and Thai. One of the signature main courses is phad si-iu moo rue goong, dry fried noodles with egg, chicken, pork or shrimp. And there’s also pizza and pasta as well sandwiches and light bites. Situated on a particularly long and private section of Maenam Beach, dining at Rimtalay you get a real sense of being in a tropical paradise.

      But to really get in the holiday mood there’s nothing better than a relaxing spa day. And Santiburi Spa has everything you need to unwind – from traditional Thai massage to more modern therapies, like the “office syndrome” massage. There are also treatments designed specifically for golfers and those with post-exercise woes.

      Between the golf club, fantastic food and beverage venues and the spa, there’s really no reason why a guest at Santiburi should ever need to leave – except, that is, when they have to reluctantly go back home again.


Christina Wylie


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