I’m writing this on the balcony the morning after an overnight stay and truly can’t remember having seen a better view anywhere in the world. Truly awesome vista with nothing breaking the silence except the lapping of the waves – just wonderful. If there is no other reason (there is!) to visit the new IC then come for this.
I live on Samui. There is a soft opening at the moment so tempted by great rates my OH brought me here for dinner and an overnight stay to celebrate my birthday. I have visited this hotel many times and under two previous managements and can honestly say it has never looked better.
Gone is the dark wood replaced by glass balconies which allow the spectacular view to seep through at every opportunity.
We took just a basic room which has a bright white interior with a sunny, uplifting feel. More than adequate. The bathroom is fresh and bright, the Harnn toiletries a nice touch and the shower superb. If I were staying here for any length of time however I would stretch for one of the beachside villas as the main building is a bit of a concrete maze of steps and corridors and in parts is downright ugly.
In the normal rooms the almost private (slightly overlooked) balcony is large and has a concrete plinth with cushions in lieu of sun loungers – brilliant idea as you can have a proper sprawl or snooze. It also has a scruffy old table (residue from the previous iteration of the hotel?) and a couple of chairs. Would suggest these are replaced – or at worst painted as they let the room down.
In company with most of the truly swanky hotels on the island the IC is on a steep hill and in order to fully get about the hotel – from main building to beach - you need to take a buggy. For me this is fine for a couple of days but could get old for longer – another reason to have a room by the beach.
I don’t want to be too down on the experience as the hotel is bedding in staff and our rate reflects the fact that currently things are a bit of a rehearsal. Suffice to say there is an air of inexperience which will have to be ironed out substantially for this to become a top notch hotel. Our dinner reservation not reaching the restaurant despite being in my email booking and reconfirmed on check in being the stand out. I should say however that having established there wasn’t a decent table left the staff moved an inside table onto an outside patio thus giving us the best table in the house - a brilliant and much appreciated solution.
Dinner was average – nothing to complain about but totally unmemorable. I would suggest not a special occasion restaurant more of a hotel dining room – albeit a very pretty one. I think the menu pretty much was the same as room service – a lot of the usual suspects. I believe they will open the beachside restaurant – currently only open for lunch – in the evening in the future and hope that they do something better there. That would be wonderful.
My main gripe with the hotel is the price of wine. Because of huge taxes average wine in Thailand is horrendously expensive to start with so marking up at international normal levels is simply adding insult to injury. I drink Overstone Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand which is widely available over the island and costs around 1100 baht per bottle – retail - at Wine Connection near Tesco. Probably around 200 or 300 baht less wholesale. Here over 3000 baht + tax + service – the most I’ve seen! So if you are a wino my advice would be to pack a couple of bottles in your checked baggage then during your sightseeing pop into a wine shop and stock up. You can fit a couple of bottles in the door of your minibar easily (I tried for you!).
- Also Known As:
- Baan Taling Ngam Hotel Taling Ngam
- Baan Taling Ngam Resort And Spa
- Baan Taling Ngam Hotel
- Hotel Baan Taling Ngam
- InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort Ko Samui
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam is renowned for its legendary status as Koh Samui’s first ever luxury resort. Nestled on a dramatic cliff of Taling Ngam, with spectacular views over the bay and the neighboring Five Islands. The resort features chic and innovative dining, seven swimming pools, 79 beautifully appointed rooms, suites and villas including the iconic Beachfront Pool Villas. Baan Thai Spa and the famed Air Bar complete the picture ... more less
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