To really understand how great Tongsai Bay is, you have to understand what it is trying to be. Koh Samui is full of ultra high-end resorts by world-beating brands like Four Seasons, Amansara, and Six Senses. What is so special about Tongsai Bay is that it successfully meets the same standards as these heavyweights while coming in at a significantly lower price point and also maintaining a more laid back atmosphere that reminds you of its family-owned status.
Pros: The staff are EXTREMELY friendly and really seem to enjoy having you as guests. The variety of food options is perfect to stay interesting for a few days before feeling the need to explore other options in nearby towns. The all-suite rooms are beautiful, spacious, and demonstrate a real eye for interior design.
Cons: The beach staff are friendly but not the most attentive. The daily activities (yoga, fitness center) were a bit limited when we came in the off-season. The food was very good but you would do well to enjoy some of the other resort restaurants and popular venues in town.
Even with the few improvements possible above, I think it's important to put these in the context I noted at the beginning of this review. Tongsai Bay hits the right notes for a secluded vacation resort, and it is much more reasonably priced than its competition. I definitely would recommend this venue to friends.
- 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