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The Tongsai Bay
Ranked #4 of 186 Hotels in Bophut
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Horsforth, United Kingdom
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“If you cant enjoy this place you might as well give up living!”
Reviewed 21 May 2009

My partner and I have just returned from an amazing 10 night stay at the Tongsai Bay, where we were on honeymoon. This place is just amazing, from the moment you get there till the minute you leave the whole experience is phenomenal. Attention to detail, wonderful staff, nature and beauty - the Tongsai Bay has it all.

We spent our stay in one of the hotels cottage suites - which was larger than most one bedroom apartments in the UK. We had a balcony - with stunning view - with two loungers and a very nice large bath, a 'living' area with everything you would expect, a beautiful 4 poster bed on a raised 'mezzanine' and a stunning huge bathroom complete with his and hers sinks, a massive shower and lovely sunken bath. The resort has beautiful grounds which are immaculately kept with wonderful flowers, trees and plants - there are also a huge range of different wildlife to see every day. After a good thunderstorm the frogs chorus is an acoustic pleasure to behold!!

The resort has three restaurants, all providing beautiful meals and catering for all tastes. The breakfast buffet is wonderful with everything that anyone could possibly require from a breakfast. Special mention must go to the lady who prepared our fresh fuits and juices each morning - i honestly believe that Pu is the worlds friendliest and happiest lady! Enjoying breakfast in the open air every day is wonderful - even if the odd cheeky Mynah bird can try and steal the bacon from your plate!

There are two beautiful swimming pools with tremendously attentive bar and beach staff. All guests are kept supplied with water and ice (which was vital in the heat) and for something stronger the bar staff are on hand immediately. The daily happy hour cocktails became a daily ritual for many of the couples that were there at the same time as us! Bar prices were similar to what we would pay in Britain in an 'average' bar so pretty reasonable for 5 star luxury. The hotel also organised a number of events including the managers cocktail party (with lots of free drinks) a wonderful beach BBQ with jazz band and an authentic Thai culture evening with food, music and dance.

The resort is situated about 4km from the airport and around 5km from both Bophut and Chaweng Beach. The hotel has its own reasonably priced taxi service which we used on a few occasions - however when you are in this amazing place it seems a waste to visit the neon lights and McDonalds restaurants in Chaweng! Bophut on the other hand is a lovely village and we visited restuarant there on a few occasions.

Tongsai Bay has two lovely swimming pools and its own private beach where kayaks and sailing boats are provided free of charge. The beach is a little coarse but that is what nature provided and although not perfect for lying on, it does not matter when you have a sunbed for that purpose!

There is also the Prana Spa which provided us with 2.5 hours of sheer bliss - body scrubs, relaxing baths, massages!!

All in all we could not have asked for any more from a honeymoon hotel and we would go back in an instant. We visited a few of the other highly rated resorts during our stay on Samui and i do not believe they are anywhere near as good as this place.

Amazing and helpful staff (keep up the great work), wonderful food and drinks, unbelievable location and scenery. The perfect hotel for a special holiday.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 May 2009

When you stay at this hotel you are a paying an arm and a leg to be treated like royalty. We stayed at Tongsai Bay in a Grand Villa for 11 nights and it was worth remortgaging our home. The service with a smile is out of this world. They can’t do enough for you. The beach is very nice because it’s very private but it’s not the best. We took a kayak to the Choeng Mon beach which is fantastic, not too busy and shallow enough for the kids. This beach is well worth a visit.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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devon
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Reviewed 17 May 2009

We have just returned from an 11 night stay at Tongsai bay, we where celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary so spent 18 days overall in Thailand. We wanted something special and where prepared to pay a good price and i think we got it here. The place itself is lovely, very green, nice clean beach, which is made up of small stones and little shells (great for collecting). The beach shelves off quickly, so be aware you are soon out of your depth. However the water is warm and no current, so safe to swim and use the kayak’s which are provided free of charge. Only fault with beach is that water is cloudy, so no good fro snorkelling. The rooms are older than I expected, but still very nice with lovely views from most. There was a lovely bath outside on veranda which two can use with ceramic ( not plastic) bottles of bathsalts, shampoo etc. I would say it’s this sort of thing which makes it feel different and special. The staff, and the attention to detail, things like little biscuits and sweets left in your room, and flowers on your bed made you feel very well looked after, likewise the beach/pool staff, who bring you regular ice and water, with iced towels throughout the day. I could not fault the staff, each and every one was nothing but polite and helpful. The breakfast was fantastic with a huge range of food, from noodles and soup to smoothies and freshly cooked bread. The food in restaurants was good, but if you prefer European food, Floyds on the beach will cater for most tastes. Wine is expensive, but it is in Thailand. The average cost for two with local beers was around £26 - £30 a couple. Yes you can buy cheaper in town, around £10 -£12 a couple, but due to location you need to take a taxi which costs about £14 round trip and personally we didn’t feel the area was really worth visiting that much, whilst we loved the resort we where sadly disappointed with Ko Samui as an island. If you are expecting an unspoilt tropical paradise you will be disappointed because it appears the island has become a victim of its own success, and in the last 15yrs has started to develop rapidly (not for the better). Unfortunately this means that most of the other beaches we stopped at (we hired a car) where polluted by rubbish and not what I had envisaged. Would I return to Tongsai Bay again? Yes, if it was on the mainland, the Golden Triangle area was well worth the visit ( use Diethelm Travel who where excellent, we had our own driver and guide for 5 days) and the Thai people are so nice and welcoming, plus they have been hit really hard by the recent slump in tourism due to unstable political situation but I would not return to Ko Samui again, it was a letdown. Incidentally we experienced no feelings of unrest, and always felt safe whilst out, even in Bangkok, I would happily walk around by myself at night which I would think twice about in most European cities.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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South Africa
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Reviewed 11 May 2009

My husband suprised me with our honeymoon and i only found out where we were going at the airport! Coming from South Africa, we travelled to Bangkok first, followed by Tongsai Bay. The resort was pure heaven, the rooms, the outdoor bath tub, the view was amazing, but most of all, the service was spectacular! Mark and his team truly went out their way to make it the perfect honeymoon, we really enjoyed that there were different festivities happening almost every night, saving us to travel to some restaurant or other venues. I could not believe my hubby had chosen such an amazing place and i can truly recommend it to any other honeymooners to be....this place will fullfill all your expectations and more!!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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dublin
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Reviewed 4 May 2009

Tongsai Bay is around 30 -40 mins from the airport. When we arrived at the airport we were greeted by a waitng txi to bring us to the hotel. when we arrived at the hotel the receptionist handed us our keys and we went to the rooms. We had been upgraded as not many people were there. We stayed in a villa overlooking the bay.
Breakfast was amazing there were fruit stands that you could pick out fruit hand it to a lady and then she would make them into a smoothie. After breakfast it was straight to the baech it was pebbley but there were sunchairs and a pool behind them. If you were hungry you waved a flag and a waiter came running over to you. If you want to stay in paradise for a week then come here. I know it is expensive but worth every penny.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 May 2009

The Tongsai Bay is located on a secluded bay on the gulf of Thailand in Koh Samui yet close to Chwang, Big Buddah, Chong Mon and Bo Phut (Fishermans Village). We stayed there for 12 nights, along with our 4.5 yr old son and 16 month old daughter. The Hotel is perfect, the location ideal, the food addicting and the service flawless. Our excellent experience began with the reservation office, located in Bangkok. We were travelling from the east coast of the U.S. with 2 small kids, and therefore I had many questions. JItladda, from reservations, tended to all my questions and needs, from sending me a floorplan to make sure the villa was suitable, to arranging that diapers, wipes, high chair, crib, be in the room, to airport pickup. Her attention to detail, was flawless. When we arrived at the airport, both a driver and one of the incredible staff from the front desk were there to pick us up and drive us straight to our room, bypassing lobby check in after such a long flight. We stayed in the Akorn Villa, which was just exquisite. A 2 bedroom Villa which opened onto a large (approximately 1000 square foot) veranda, which included a wetbar, outdoor bed, with mosquito net, outdoor bathtub, all facing the magnificent bay. The first morning, we walked into the main building for breakfast for a beautiful and broad spread, with every fresh fruit imaginbale, fresh baked breads (baked in hotel's bakery), eggs, thai noodle soup, just to name a few, we were greeted by the hotel's executive Chef, Alvin Tan, as well as Chef Kak, Chef Alvin's soux chef. They could not have been more gracious, inviting and genuine. The next day, my husband took a semi-private thai cooking class at the hotel, taught by the 2 chefs and immediately a friendship began. Chef Tan is charismatic, funny, knowledgable, professional and an absolutely phenomenal Chef. I highly recommend this class to anyone staying at the hotel. The chefs went above and beyond, making sure we had a perfect stay,always inquiring what they could do to improve our experience. Chef Alvin took it upon himself, to make sure our family's visit was just perfect...from recommending that we partcipate in the number of special events hosted by the hotel on a weekly basis (beach bar-b-q, hotel's full moon party, seafood bar-b-q, etc) to guiding us and on occassion accompanying us to local restaraunts. Chef Alvin's dynamic personality and love for both the island and Tongsai Bay Hotel, made our experience. We also had an amazing experience with other staff members, who were our babysitters (often front desk personnel). Aom and Micky, were our "regulars" and Nan, on occassion. They were delightful, trustworthy, kind women who our kids absolutely loved. This extra help enabled us to stay on the beach while our baby was napping and to go out in the evenings, once the kids were asleep. They too went above and beyond to make sure we always had what we needed in the most gracious and hospitable way. Mark, one of the assistant hotel managers stood out in his effort to make sure that our trip was great. Overall, our time was just flawless. In general, we found the entire staff to be exceptional and we would recommend this hotel to couples and families without hesitation. We are back home now and are daily reliving this dreamy family experience.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Seattle
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Reviewed 1 May 2009

Tongsai Bay stood out for several reasons: -- It is truly a world class resort, with a private bay with a lovely beach, main pool and a quiet adult pool area - giving you three sunning options all perfect in their own way. -- The cottages were secluded, yet open to the outdoors with a lovely deck and tub overlooking the beautiful coastline. -- The resort is run by a local Thai family, so it is culturally authentic, the staff were all Thai, and were lovely, gracious and spoke English, so communication was not an issue. -- The cuisine was excellent - you could be as adventurous or conservative as it suited you. -- The spa was one of the finest experiences you could have, from stepping on steping stones with a water treament all around you to the locally inspired treatments, it was a fine way to spend the afternoon. I would recommend booking soon after arrival so you can make the most of your options. -- Location was not far from the airport and the taxi process was straightforward and easy to manuver. -- Lastly, there is a very eco-conscious element to this resort, from no pesticides used at the resort to the construction, and even the fresh, local cuisine.

A quick note about the source of this review. My husband and I have traveled the world and enjoy both high-end and more rustic trips, but regardless of the level of travel, we prefer smaller, unique, cultural accomodations, rather than a stay at a ubiquitous hotel. We also try to patronize environmentally-minded properties. Our passion for travel is to seek out and find those true experiences around the world.

You can stay elsewhere for the glitzy, party atmosphere that has sprung up around Koh Samui. But for an rejuvenating and authentic experience, go no further on your search and book Tongsai Bay.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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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
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Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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#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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