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The Tongsai Bay
Ranked #4 of 185 Hotels in Bophut
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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“First class resort”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Enjoyed a relaxing 6 nights at the resort. We stayed in the spacious Beachfront Suites which are very convenient for the pools, beach and main bar. It is quite a trek to many of the cottages and villas but the staff are very willing to give you lifts in the electric buggies. Staff were all particularly friendly and helpful. The food was excellent in all the restaurants - the two most popular are the beachfront restaurant and the Thai restaurant (Chef Choms) in the main building, which was also where the extensive breakfast buffet was served. Hard to understand why the tapas restaurant (Butler’s) was not more popular since we loved the food there. Great to have a 3 hour “happy hour” (5-7pm and then 10-11pm) when drinks are half price. Very handy for all the nightlife in Chaweng (10 min taxi ride). Overall, an excellent resort.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Largs, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We stayed in a Tongsai Grand Villa which lived up to its title, the accommodation and views were spectacular. If you wish to completely relax in a superb setting then we would highly recommend Tongsai Bay. The staff are excellent, from the house staff, to restaurant staff, to management, nothing is too much trouble with fantastic attention to detail. In summary we had a wonderful experience at Tongsai, surrounded by beautiful scenery in an unspoiled setting and staff that were second to none.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

In one word: "Heaven".
In three words: "Heaven on Earth".

In few more words:

This is our third trip to Thailand, mainly Samui and Phangan. We always liked small hotels, where after a short while you already know everyone and get this "homey" feeling far from home. That's why had some doubts regarding Tongsai Bay, it's not a huge hotel, but not a small one at all. We feared that we'll be getting an industrial, fake experience, far from the well-known Thai hospitality. But boy, all the fears and doubts went away the second we entered the lobby.

Everyone, and I mean everyone - The waiters, the front-desk team, the gardeners, the buggy riders, the cleaning ladies, the maintenance guys and the pool guys and of course the management - Everyone here makes you feel welcomed, feel at home. They are "God's" little Angels making this Heaven on Earth real. All with a great mixture of Thai and British manners.

The rooms are luxurious, specious, clean as a whistle and maintained to the highest standards. Well decorated in a way that infuse all your senses. Beautiful flowers, exotic fruits and intoxicating smell that’s follows you everywhere you go. The rooms are very well equipped (even small things like having plenty of AC outlets to make your life easier). The view from our room was breathtaking, blending with the sounds of waves, birds and insects into a perfect tranquility. Also important to note that we've traveled with a 1 year old, and the crib the hotel gave us was absolutely amazing – safe, comfortable and beautiful.

The beach is like a dream. A beautiful postcard. Shiny blue sea, white grainy sand and a wild green nature wherever you look. The staff keep it clean and pay attention to the guests needs from towels and tanning beds to cold water and treats like fresh fruits and refreshing cold towels to keep you happy . The pool has a unique design that blends with the surrounding nature – the beach, sea, rocks and forest. We found the shaded areas in the pool very helpful to hide for a little while from the hot Thai sun.

The nature and gardens of Trees, flowers, grass and various fields are all perfectly maintained and gives you a true feeling of nature all around you. All pavements and paths are beautifully maintained and blends right in with the nature.

Never dined in Thailand and enjoyed it like we enjoyed the food and drinks at Tongsai Bay. When you enter the breakfast area you're welcomed with a smile and a colorful picture of on-the-spot cut fruits, ridiculous variety of breads, salads, eggs, muesli, nuts and dried fruits, on-the-spot made waffles are few of the vast breakfast options which will make any food lover smile for a long while. Lunch and Dinner falls not far from breakfast, we loved every dish we tried, from Thai to European cuisines. The guys here believe at freshness and you can taste it!

In a bit lesser words:
God is in the small details, and lives in a peaceful luxurious heaven called The Tongsai Bay.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2014

PROS:

*Ocean Front Pool Villa resembles a little dream home - spacious, cozy, and spotless

*Staff are happy, hard-working, and accommodating (mainly at breakfast.) Nearly a year since our first stay and we were still remembered by many

*Good breakfast and nice dinner at Chef Chom's

*Still my favorite hotel in Samui and probably at all

*Family friendly yet suitable for couples


CONS:

*It's very dark at night, the grounds could use more light. Fairy lights around the upper restaurant would be especially nice and desired

*No shuttle bus into town

*We happened to get a villa with (fire) ant nests under the deck so I left with about fifteen bites. They would come up through the deck and the cracks in the steps leading to the pool which was very bothersome. I also found that there was some ant problem on the tables in the restaurant as well

*The pool is absolutely freezing without the sun out

Room Tip: Choose a villa. Ocean Front Pool Villa is your dream accommodation.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Westerlo, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We had booked the family cottage , which is a large two bedroom-two bathroom-two terraces cottage on the hill with a nice view on the bay. Very spacious rooms and bathrooms , very luxurious. You need to do some Climbing to get to your room , but it is worth while. Nice pools , nice beach , never had to look for chairs on the beach , free water and fruit on the beach.
All staff is very very helpfull ; great service.
Only minus : a whole lot of mosquitos.

Room Tip: if you travel with kids (ours are 20 and 17) the family cottage is very good.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

The service here is excellent, all the staff are extremely attentive and willing to please, always with a smile. We stayed in a beachfront suite with 2 children and there was plenty of space. The bathroom is huge and the views from the balcony are simply to die for!! The beach front massages are a must. Wifi is available throughout the resort which is handy.Food is very good but is fairly expensive, to be expected from a 5 star hotel. The location of the hotel is about 15mins taxi ride away from Chaweng, the closest town where there are plenty of bars, restaurants and shopping. However, you can only catch a taxi from the hotel which is 400 bahts (approx £8) one way. This can get quite expensive if you want to go regularly.
Other than that this place is absolutely flawless and I would not hesitate to come back again.

Room Tip: Beachfront suites on the 3rd floor provide superb sea front views (we stayed in Room 125)
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Copenhagen
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

The TB was the highlight of our vacation in Thailand. We travelled with our 2 kids aged 4 and 8 and the hotel catered perfectly for our family. Their is a great atmosphere at the hotel with some great facilities. We enjoyed the free water sports, the pool and private beach.

The Thai restaurant was excellent and the buffet nights at the beach restaurant brilliant. The dinner at the beach restaurant was however a disappointment on non buffet nights.

The staff at TB are exceptional and you get a feeling that they really like what they are doing. They managed to interact with us in a very informal way yet fulfilling our every need. Excellent!

Normally we would not go back to a resort already visited but we might change this strategy after our visit here.

We stayed in a beachfront suite and this should be you choice if you have small kids as you are close to the pool and beach.

Stayed August 2014
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Property: The Tongsai Bay
Address: 84 Moo 5, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Tongsai Bay Cottages & Hotel)
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Bophut
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
#4 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
#5 Family Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Tongsai Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 83
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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Tongsai Bay Cottages And Hotel
Tongsai Bay Cottages Hotel Bophut
Tongsai Bay Hotel
Tongsai Bay Resort
The Tongsai Bay Ko Samui/Bophut

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