Stayed at the Intercontinental Samui for 7 nights in early October. The property is amazing, with stunning sunsets and views of the 5 islands and national park west of Samui. We stayed in a beachfront villa, with private plunge pool, outside shower. The room was very comfortable with all the needed amenities, and a huge bathroom with central round bathtub. There are a few villas directly behind the main beach pool, but all villas still have great views of the sea. The staff are well trained, lots of smiles, and are very accommodating but not overly intrusive. We added the Club Intercontinental benefits, which i highly recommend. This package provides the guests with a personal butler (available by hotel provided cell-phone 24/7), who really went out of her way to please us (Tui!). Buggies were always at the villa within a few minutes to whisk us away to the upper levels of the resort. With the package you also get free evening cocktails each night, unlimited drinks all-day anywhere in the resort, 1 free massage, airport transfer, and much more. We also went to the GM cocktail, which included drinks with Arnaud, the GM and some of his senior staff. A nice touch!
Lots of gifts were received throughout our stay, including endless coconut triangle sweets, local village souvenirs, a CD with the Air Bar ambient music mix, traditional Thai lanterns, etc.
We enjoyed a massage at the spa, but if this is out of one's budget there are more local options nearby.
The only negatives of the IC in my opinion are the beach, which has a lot of coral and driftwood wash up, as well as some garbage. The hotel tries their best to clean this, but the location on the west coast makes it hard. Also, the a la carte dinner at Amber was not great, the Thai options were weak in flavor. On the other hand, the breakfast at Amber was excellent, especially the baked goods. A lot of the f&b at the property is sweetened, so make sure to ask for drinks without sugar/syrup. We had a few towels at the beach that were stained, possibly from sunscreens/other lotions. Finally, our villa had an annoying bright blue light coming from the AC controls that could not be dimmed.
There are 2 or 3 restaurants within walking distance, of which 5 Islands was most enjoyable. Excellent food and great service and very romantic moonlight dining on the beach. The other restaurant on the other side of the resort, while cheap, was not so great. We rented a bike for 3 days and rode around the island trying different restaurants and beaches. It was low season, so most beaches were very empty. Silver Beach was our favorite, as were the very local restaurants along the northern beaches. The whole ride around the island takes roughly 1.5 hours.
Overall a very enjoyable trip and will definitely be back!