I have recently returned from a 10 night trip to Tongsai Bay and all I can say on reading a few negative reviews on my return is that these people really should get a life... So the buggy took more than 2 minutes to reach me on a couple of occasions and made a no-show once - how hard is it to give reception another bell? Not very hard! So the beach is shingle and the sand sharp to walk on - put your flip-flops on and take them off at the waters' edge! Again, not difficult!The pool boy left his post to sit in the cool for a while, but left plenty of towels and water for customers to help themselves to - get off your behind and walk the 10 steps to get what you need! The showers, the fans, the air-con is fine, and yes, the maids do turn the air-con off during the day after they've come in to clean the room - but who would not want to do their bit for the planet and try to be 'green' if possible - it's not much of a hardship! Our accomodation - pool-side villa - was nice with a lovely view of the main pool and the sea beyond. We spent much of our time at the half-moon pool, which was very quiet and relaxing as it's 'child-free' - perfect for us teachers! The main hotel buildings were very nice and, yes, maybe a few areas could do with a lick of paint but so do most places every couple of years and this is definitely nothing to complain about unless you have complete and utter OCD...
There is plenty of lovely wild-life around - the variety of birds and bird-song was fantastic. The staff are polite, helpful and discreet, there if you need them and not intrusive, just as I like it. The food was good, the breakfasts excellent. I did find the evening meals a bit pricey, especially after the compulsory 7% VAT and 10% service charge had been added - I would have preferred this to have been discretionary - and the hotel is missing a trick because we quickly discovered that it was a lot cheaper to hop in a taxi to Cheong Mon down the road (300 BT in total) and eat out at a different restaurant every night and pay about a third in total of what we would have paid at the hotel, taxi included. Just lower your prices a little, Tongsai Bay, and more people will stick around in the evenings. There is plenty to see if you want to get out-and-about. I would recommend Fisherman's Village in Bhoput on Friday's market night. Chaweng has a nice stretch of beach and plenty of shops for those who like bargain-hunting and we also enjoyed a tour of the island to see the various sights the island has to offer. Closer by is Cheong Mon - a bit of a scruffy place but it's nice to mingle with locals and try the various restaurants. It also has a market there on Wednesday nights. All-in-all Tongsai is a lovely hotel in a beautiful location a peaceful distance away from all the hubbub, but near enough to get more of an authentic Thai experience - would definitiely recommend!
- 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