This is the first time I've stayed in a luxury resort and felt a little redundant having everything done for me. Staff looked horrified that I walked to collect ice rather than ringing room service.
The rooms are immaculate, tastefully decorated, large (we stayed in the villa suite). Staff were polite, sociable to chat with.
Weather was humid and hot (32-34degC), tho' there was the occasional once-a-day sharp shower (refreshing). That said, all rooms had functioning aircon. restaurants too had fans at the ready without having to ask too.
If you want somewhere where you can be pampered or read the latest novel outdoors on a pool side bed, then this is certainly a candidate if you're on Koh Samui. It's a quiet location, though that may in part be due to the time of year we travel with respect to school terms.
The 2 pools were excellent.
We tried 2 restaurants and both served v.good food with London suburb prices. NOTE: fish is on a different scale. King Prawns are mini-lobster sized creatures.
We had breakfast included and the choice was beyond my expectation, but perhaps that's not something to go on. So much choice in the morning. The freshly made juices (right before your eyes) were addictive (and one/two/three of my five a day so I didn't feel guilty).
We also had the room service menu on a few occasions during our 10 day stay. 45mins wait is usually 20mins early (I'm cool with that). They set the coffee table up for you with cutlery and a cloth and crockery. We felt so humble.
There is free wireless internet in every room, but connection on my phone was a little flaky. That said, they did have 2 PCs at each of 2 locations on the site, and they were connected. Skype was a little funny, but not sure if that's due to bandwidth restrictions in the Far East. They even had a Wii, which was a nice retreat from the midday sun. There's a pool table near the main Foyer.
We indulged in a Thai massage one day, and this was again a new experience for me. For 30mins, we were squeezed and pinched and rubbed. I'm glad I opted for the medium pressure. Bravado's need not apply for sake of their dignitiy. You'll feel the pain if you think you're hard enough and this is the first time you go for one. (Of course, these are the tasteful massages)
The site also has a nice gym. Aircon is active and the gym in my opinion is well equipped. I feel sorry for the owners that this facility isn't used more. Is clean and has a nice shower, yet seems underused. perhaps one person a day at the most.
They can arrange a selection of excursions if you want (no pressure), or you're at will to arrange your own. There's also a themed night most nights from Thai cooking to BBQ.
One thing that struck a good chord with me was the approach of Sue Goodall during one of the mornings whilst having breakfast. At first I thought it was a random visitor making conversation, but then I saw the name tag and she introduced herself. Such a welcome and friendly face doesn't cost a penny in my book, and I thought such manners sets apart chain Hotels from those run by caring owners. It brings everyone to the same level and destroys any sense of hierarchy within the organisation including the visitors. Makes them approachable and you genuinely feel they're your friend. She was very professional and didn't intruded whilst we were having breakfast. She knows her target market and that reciprocates from appreciative visitors. Faultless!
I marked one dot off 5 because not sure if it means affordability or value for money. If the latter then it should be 5. As well, the sand on the beach is rather coarse but I think that's mentioned in the blurb. It is secluded and to walk to the nearest town (Choeng Meong), takes 15mins at a leisurely pace due to the humidity, else you'll look a mess. That said, most visitors of the resort tend to take a taxi. We just wanted to avoid putting on weight and not letting our muscle turn into fat from all the relaxing!
Genuinely a nice resort, and applicable to those who want to retreat their rat-race lives (of which I'm not one of them).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tongsai Bay is located on Ko Samui, an island in the Gulf of Thailand just a short travel distance by air from Bangkok and across the southern peninsula. The view of Tongsai Bay is hypnotic, as its set amidst a secluded ocean cove; an eco-friendly colony of cottages, low rise buildings and villas barely displacing the lush greenery on the hills of the island's northeast corner. 3 restaurants serve Thai, and international food and the hotel hosts regular live music for evening entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tongsai Bay Cottages And Hotel
- Tongsai Bay Cottages Hotel Bophut
- Tongsai Bay Hotel
- Tongsai Bay Resort
- The Tongsai Bay Ko Samui/Bophut