For over two decades The Tongsai Bay has remained one of the leading family-owned resorts on Thailand’s paradise island of Koh Samui. Set amidst lush tropical gardens on a hillside overlooking a secluded bay on the north-eastern tip of the island, The Tongsai Bay comprises 83 suites, cottages and villas. Hidden amongst 28 acres of breathtaking natural beauty and wrapped around a private bay, the hotel is renowned for its privacy and tranquility, its passionate love for the environment and friendly staff.
The posh property is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World which represents over 520 small independent hotels from Singapore to San Francisco. SLH carefully selects each hotel in its portfolio to celebrate its individual quirks and characters. The brand receives over 1,000 hotel applications each year, but accepts just 5%. Perfect proof that Small Luxury Hotels of the World tracks down hidden treasures and seeks to only mix and mingle with the creme de la creme.
If you’re here to make your honeymoon dreams a reality and keen to spare no expense book yourself into the resort’s most luxurious retreat, the Nang Gong Villa. The 244 sqm space sits perched high on the edge of a small hill, offering guests a 360 degree view of the sea. In addition you’ll find a private garden out back, a “loo with a view,” and a breezy terrace featuring massive soak tub, comfy cabana and private plunge pool.
If you’re keen to stay active on holiday The Tongsai Bay offers two swimming pools (a freeform swimming pool and half- moon pool overlooking the sea), a tennis court, exercise room and games room.
Beach bums can easily find a quiet spot to rest and relax along the resort’s secluded bay. If you’re getting restless and keen to enjoy an ocean adventure take a break from under your umbrella and take a tour of the coastline via kayak or catamaran.
If you’re looking to enjoy a morning of rest and relaxation, wake up to the world at Prana Spa. The Tongsai Bay’s petite pamper centre offers guests ultimate privacy with a string of spa cottages perched high above the beach. Each cottage is uniquely designed for 2 adults (romance me now!) and features an herbal steam room, al fresco floral bath, outdoor foot treatment area and massage bed duo.
Each morning Chef Chom’s Thai Restaurant bustles as guests wake up to the world while nibbling through an East meets West breakfast buffet. Enjoy a selection of freshly squeezed tropical juices, lime muddled iced tea, an assortment of cheese and charcuterie, freshly baked pastries and a selection of spicy Thai treat.
Craft cocktail fans looking to thirst quench through the afternoon heat wave can be found sipping at Po-Lad Beach Bistro & Bar. Grab a seat on the sun-soaked deck and you’ll enjoy a perfect perch for people watching while slurping refreshing vodka, rum and gin tipples through lemongrass straws.
The Tongsai Bay’s most intimate dining room can be found at The Butler’s. The restaurants name pays homage to the fact that the space was originally built as a Butler’s service station when The Tongsai Villas were first opened. Today the cozy space offers a backdrop for romantic couples to fork their way through a tapas inspired menu. Paying homage to the Spanish tradition of sharing small plates, The Butler’s culinary team have created a menu that offers both Mediterranean and Asian influenced tapas while at the bar a selection of fine wines and jugs of Sangria help whet your whistle.
The resort’s signature culinary experience (not to be missed!) is a weekly Thai Cultural Night featuring a grand buffet where live cooking stations showcase the various flavours of the four regions of Thailand. Thai folk music and talented local dancers perform in traditional costumes as tongues wag over an endless parade of spicy curries. With over 30 dishes on offer, The Tongsai Bay’s Thai Cultural Night is a perfect way to fall in love with new Thai dishes while enjoying a live performance fit for a Thai King.
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