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The Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Taling Ngam
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Taling Ngam
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

We have just returned form 10 nights at this resort. The resort itself is small and intimate and exactly what we wanted. We had been to this side of the island by bike the previous year when we’d been staying just outside Lamai and had already decided we preferred the “quieter” side of the island. The location of this resort is idyllic and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The buffet breakfasts where great with a good selection of continental meats, fruits, cereals, pastries and bread etc. There were eggs and bacon cooked to order daily and a hot box with various hot offerings every day, if I was to offer any feedback it would be that I personally would have liked a noodle or rice option daily, everywhere else we have stayed in Koh Samui and Ko Tao there had been an Asian style noodle or rice dish available each day.

The pool was a great size and there were always plenty of loungers and towels available. The beach was cleaned daily and again plenty of loungers, free water available and fruit kebabs brought round in the early afternoon which was a very nice touch. The beach itself was great, as mentioned in other reviews, it is a little stoney underfoot in the water but it was not really an issue for us. We were in Sunset Jacuzzi Room 5 upstairs on the second floor and we were delighted with our room. The aircon was not the quietest or the most efficient, probably something that does need to be sorted, but for us it was fine, we had the most spectacular view out to sea and of course of the amazing sunsets.

The spa treatments are also fabulous, both my partner and I had a traditional Thai massage on the beach and he had a male masseur who he said was excellent, I also had a herbal oil massage in one of the treatment rooms which was also amazing (both massages were with Ta who was both lovely to deal with and extremely professional). I would have definitely had more treatments if I hadn’t overdone the sunbathing one day!

The resort is right next door to the Intercontinental and we both agreed we would pick the Sunset Beach Resort any day. Both of these resorts keep their sections of the beachfront extremely clean and tidy however we thought it was a shame that the same could not be said for the rest of the beach. In fact we both felt that all the beaches where there are not resorts directly on the beach front were looking quite un-kept and we were alarmed by the amount of rubbish was washing up (mainly glass and plastic bottles), it seemed to be worse than when we were here previously. This of course is no reflection on this resort and a common problem throughout Koh Samui.

We have no hesitation in highly recommending this resort if you are after total rest and relaxation. We hired a scooter for the duration of the trip which gave us more options when it came to dining and is a great way to explore the island. I would not recommend hiring a scooter however unless you are already a competent rider as the driving skills of both the locals and the other tourists are pretty questionable.

We would also like to make a special mention for Tum, Chid and the other awesome team members at the pool side bar, any limitation in English speaking was more than made up for with friendly enthusiasm and last but by no means least, Donni, who's dulcet tones and fabulous repertoire never failed to entertain us.

Room Tip: Go for and upstairs sunset jacuzzi room, Rooms 2, 3 & 5 would be our pick
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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SSBR, Resort Manager at The Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Taling Ngam, responded to this review, 17 September 2013
Dear Nzmozz,

Thank you very much for choosing us and sharing your comments. It is such a joy to read your feedback. I have got more excited to know that the quality service and hospitality from our team members provided were the highlight of your holiday experience.

Regarding to the beach cleanliness, we do aware of the same issue, as a matter of fact, on last weekend, our team had just finished beach cleaning in front of our resort and further up to our neighbor as well.

Your constructive notes in several areas do help us to improve. We hope to see you back soon!
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Holland, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We spent 4 nights here, and just loved every second of it! After staying here, we traveled to the other side of the island and stayed closer to Chawang, but this side of the island was our favorite because of the scenery and the lower key part of the beach experience. The beach itself is just the right size - not too big and not crowded at all. We scheduled a long boat tour (snorkeling and picnic/beach bumming on a remote island!) one of the days of our stay, and we would totally recommend it! SO much fun, and a great way to spice up those days of beach sitting/sleeping! We also enjoyed the pool bar and daily happy hours too! Another highlight was our massages on the beach - definitely one of the best massages I've had in my life. Loved it!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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SSBR, Resort Manager at The Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Taling Ngam, responded to this review, 4 September 2013
Dear Gretta V,

Thank you very much for taking time to post the nice review on Tripadvisor. It is such a joy to know that you enjoyed your stay and our activities. Your compliments are definitely the motivation to the team.

Should you plan to visit Samui again in the future, we would be delighted to welcome you back
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

We stayed at this resort for part of our honeymoon and we absolutely loved it. It was off-season but it was incredibly relaxing and peaceful. Days spent relaxing by the pool - enjoying the poolside drinks (fantastic cocktails and smoothies) and time on the beach too - which felt very private. The beach was lovely. The restaurant was fantastic - food amazing and a great selection. Breakfast was also plentiful and set us up nicely for the day. Staff were brilliant - incredibly polite and helpful. We full recommend this resort if you want to relax and enjoy a beautiful, quiet location - the sunsets are also stunning. We enjoyed a romantic dinner/BBQ on the beach which was something we will never forget.

Room Tip: We stayed in a sunset jacuzzi room which was delightful - try for the second floor for a great view...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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SSBR, Resort Manager at The Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Taling Ngam, responded to this review, 4 September 2013
Dear Christ W,

Thank you very much for staying with us and for sharing your memorable experience. It was such an honor being part of your wonderful holiday. It is always encouraging to hear that our guests enjoyed our many of our facilities and activities and have so many positive things to say. It is much appreciated.

It would be our pleasure to welcome you back here again in the near future.
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

This is a hidden gem!! We stayed 10 nights in a luxurious garden villa (no. 5).
It was always lovely to get back to our villa after a day of sightseeing, it has such a
calm and relaxed environment, unlike most other areas on Samui.
Also great to just spend time at the resort, by the pool, on the beach or having a massage.

The buffet breakfast is excellent (not over the top extravagance), a lovely selection of fresh
fruits, homemade breads, jams, granola and eggs cooked however you like with TLC.

All the staff were fantastic and eager to please. Nothing was too much trouble no matter
what our request was.
We would like to thank Tim (manager) and all of the team, for making our stay at this resort
so enjoyable and perfect.

Room Tip: Garden and beach villa's are well worth paying the extra.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Baghdad, Iraq
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

What a nice afternoon find ;-) This place is about 30 min down the mountain from our villa in Taling Ngam, what a hidden surprise ;-) It was (obviously) a resort style spa service as opposed to a local, off the road shop, but the pricing was fair for the treatment we received. We did their 90 minute special, that consisted of oil, the herbal massage, and traditional Thai Herbal Massage Ball one of Thailand’s Traditional Massage tools, which have been used since ancient times. The Herbal Ball is a netted bag, filled with more than ten varieties of local healing herbs, Before, during and after the massage the ball is applied against your skin allowing essential oils and heat to transfer to your body, and relax the muscles, and the tension melts away. We thoroughly enjoyed our therapist hard work on us. They assigned a female body worker for me, and a male for my husband. That is the first male therapist we have ever had while here. Husband gave him a thumbs up. We may well return as it is so close to the villa. All around great afternoon. Namaste'

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

We traveled to Koh Samui in June 2011. We decided to stay in this place for 5 days in the sunset Jacuzzi room where the wasn't sunset view at all. All we saw from our room was massive coconut trees. Our room was above the maintenance staff room where they were performing general cleaning and maintaining from 6am. We could hear the guys sweeping outside area and washing their vehicles early hours in the morning. After 2 nights of broken sleep we decided to speak to the manager about our concerns. They offered us an upgrade to garden villa which was lovely and quiet. Unfortunately the villa garden room had an issue with air con which wasn't working. We had to take the unit apart and clean the filthy filter covered in dust! On the last night we were woken up by a mouse! Yes, mouse was having a lot of fun eating all the fresh fruit left by the staff for us to enjoy. Shame it was mouse who enjoyed it rather than us. When we asked for some help to chase the mouse away, the staff seemed to be more scared than the mouse. There is nice private beach right outside the hotel but forget about swimming! There is dead coral all around which makes very difficult to enjoy dipping in the water. All in all the place is really lovely, staff are helpful and will try to make your stay comfortable. There is a need for some updating, chopping down the coconut trees for the sunset views, sorting out the air con and for the staff to be more proactive. Breakfast was lovely though.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2013

We stayed for a week for our honeymoon and has a lovely time, really enjoyed lounging by the pool and taking advantage of an excellent happy hour (about £1.80 for a cocktail and they were really good!) the beach is clean and there are plenty of sun loungers as well as free water all day long which us chilled in a cool box on the beach.

We stayed in a sunset jacuzzi room which was spacious and the jacuzzi bath was nice. The staff made the bed and put petals in the bath one day for the honeymoon which was a nice touch. Breakfast was good and the thai buffet one night was lovely

However a few things could have been done a bit better. For example, we had the Private Sunset Dinner on the Beach. This was very disappointing as we booked for 7pm and waited on the beach. There was no table set up or anything so my husband went to reception and we were told to wait at the beach. 20 mins later and no sign of anyone and we were told it would be at the poolside instead as it was too windy by the beach. We were taken to a table by the pool and then another couple were placed right beside us. So it was not private and not on the beach!

Also, we had a voucher for the Thai Moment package at the spa from a wedding guest. We booked in for this 2 hour treatment which was due to last 2 hours each for my husband and I. after 1 hour we were told that it had finished. I asked at reception and the lady said that my friend had only paid for 1 hour for us. I pointed out the voucher and she said my voucher was wrong. Then I asked her to double check and she checked the computer and then told us in fact, we were entitled to 2 hours each. However ladies in the spa were great and we really enjoyed the treatments!

These small issues mean I have given the resort 4 but I would still recommend it, just check things and make sure you get what you have paid for

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Taling Ngam
Address: 126/9 Moo 3, Taling Ngam Beach,, Taling Ngam, Ko Samui 84140, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Taling Ngam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Taling Ngam
#2 Luxury Hotel in Taling Ngam
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Taling Ngam
#2 Romantic Hotel in Taling Ngam
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Taling Ngam
#2 Spa Hotel in Taling Ngam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Taling Ngam 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury boutique resort and spa located directly on the beach front commanding spectacular views of the Koh Samui coast and nearby islands, Sunset Beach Resort & Spa's superbly appointed beachfront villas and sunset rooms sit amidst our private, tranquil spa and gardens where the only sound is the gentle rhythm of the sea. The Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Taling Ngam offers 21 uniquely decorated rooms and villas. Sunset rooms are located above reception in a two storey building. Garden villas are positioned around the swimming pool and of course the beach front villas are right by the sand and sea. ... more   less 
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