More about Baan Taling Ngam Resort & Spa
They are two big and very intersting statues in the way from the main road in the west part of Ko Samui island to the five islands beach and to Taling Ngam.
Name: Elephant Gate
Attraction Type: Statue
Close to: West part of Ko Samui island
Last visit: September 2009
Island: Ko Samui
Province: Surat Thani
Location: South Thailand
First Photo: The elephant statue
Second Photo: Baan Taling Ngam
Third Photo: The elephant statue
Fourth Photo: The elephant statue
Fifth Photo: Wat Kiri Wongkaram
A remote peaceful location
This was our first trip to samui and our fifth to Thailand. We considered many hotels, eventually deciding on Le Royal Meridien Baan Taling Ngam. The trip from the airport did not inspire us, the least beautiful island we had visited, but on arrival at the hotel we were made very welcome. Check in was courteous and efficient, we were escorted to our room and only allowed entry when the room had been inspected by the front desk staff. We had, an Ocean View deluxe room, it was superb and views were magnificent. The bed was extremely comfortable apart from usual fittings the room also has a cd and a dvd player, a generous fruit basket which was renewed daily. The bathroom was brilliant, two basins , seperate shower, seperate toilet and a bath big enough for three people.Laundry cheaper than many hotels we have stayed at.
The balcony was fairly private with two sun chairs and a table with two chairs. Unless you have money to burn I would suggest these rooms offer better views than many of the more expensive chalets, and you are better protected from the wildlife. We used three of the restaurants, Thai, promenade and the main restaurant. Food quality was high, sevice was generally excellent but one night slow. Breakfast was excellent, dont leave the table unattended or our feathered friends will help themselves. There are several pools, the infinity pool could be dangerous for young children, sheer drop to one side, you need to take a buggy to the seafront pool. We had no delay with the buggies,once the drivers knew we gave a small tip there was never a delay in getting one. The staff are poorly paid and acts of kindness are most appreciated.
The hotel has two speedboats for hire, excellent crew and they will cook you a barbie on one of the remote islands. We hired a private driver 1000 baht return to Chaweng, we ate twice there. The beach was ok , but we were lazing one day when a snake fell out of a tree, evidently fairly common but to our relieve if the snake is green it is not poisonous. The hotel spa was excellent, we spent a pleasant two hours there. To summarise if you want peace and tranquility this is the place to stay. Enjoy
Incredible Views and Food.... Villas so so....
Stayed in 2BR cliff villa (Dara) over Christmas (5 nights). As family of 5, villa was spacious enough with bedrooms downstairs and open lounge/dining table upstairs. Unfortunately the villa was in dire need of refurbishment from the torn and faded drapes to the crumbling bathrooms to the patio doors which simply would not open! The grounds were superb as were the ocean/sunset views from the balcony. Food was very good although we were surprised by the expense as we easily spent over £100 per night. Lemongrass (Indian) restaurant was great as was beach restaurant (Promenade). Did not have a good meal at the Royal Thai as service was slow and we were not fans of chicken legs cooked 3 different ways! Christmas eve buffet was very good as the staff went all out and had gifts/Santa for the kids. Service overall was impeccable particular in the restaurants and housekeeping. Massages at the spa were again expensive but well worth it as a splurge. Pools and beach were well maintained although we had to ask for towels to be provided to the Dara pool twice (we had it to ourselves all 5 days although the kids preferred the pool next to the beach). Hotel arranged elephant trekking (recommend 1 hour trip and we also saw no signs of the animal abuse reported in the forum). Also highly recommend free shopping shuttle to village of Nathon. Great fakes and souvenirs and only 15 mins ride from the hotel. 2 hours is plenty of time for a visit.
Overall we had a good time but would probably not return unless we were assured of a completely refurbished villa.
Undistinguished all around, but very expensive!
Stayed in Le Royal Meridien in Ko Samui for 1`week (December 17th through 24th, 2005) with my family in a large cliff villa (three bedrooms, living room and kitchen). Not the quality of experience I expected particuarly given the price- general cleanliness problems, old and unmaintained rooms, etc. Specific issues included that internet access was non-existent in all the villa rooms (available in the main lobby via wireless broadband, but slow), there was no business center and staff was entirely incapable of even receiving faxes competently (an eight page fax had to be resent 5 times with 1-2 pages arriving each time), the beach was horrible - small (non-existent at high tide) and dirty, and the food quality was very low (especially at the Thai specialty restaurant).
Aside from the facilities, the staff while friendly was generally both inexperienced and unhelpful. The manager in particuar was unresponsive when issues were raised. Massages were decent but unexceptional, which is essentially how I would characterize the entire place- nothing stands out about this hotel versus any other, other than the very high price which is not backed by correspondingly high quality/service.
Other more minor things to be aware of: the hotel is VERY isolated- 50 minute minimum drive from virtually everything of interest on the island. The two room villas do not have king beds in both rooms. The hotel itself is very spread-out, you have to be driven in golf carts everywhere and these can take 10-15 minutes to be provided. The hotel can lose electricity for everything outside the main lobby (including the rooms)- this occurred 3-4 times each day over the week we were there, for 2 hours each time.
Peace and quiet - at high price and with some hiccups!
We stayed here for 2 nights and we had one Cliff Villa and one Deluxe Room. The things started badly, for some reason the Deluxe Room was not ready when we arrived at 2pm. So we went all to the Cliff Villa and were promised that the Deluxe Room would be available at 4pm. At 4.15 we called the reception and they promised that it would be ready at 5pm! Ok, so we went personally to check what was going on, asked again at the reception and they now promised that it would be ready in 15 minutes... We then asked politely what was the reason that the room was not ready when it was supposed to, and the receptionist started to panic and...gave us the Deluxe Room just next to the Deluxe Room which they had "reserved" for us - apparently this other Deluxe Room (exactly similar than the one they originally reserved for us) had been empty all along. Oh well..Some other small hiccups occurred too during our time there, but these were less important. After this incident I remembered recently seeing this hotel advertising a large number of open positions in a Bangkok newspaper.
After this, everything started to go along better. The place is nice, good views, beautiful surroundings etc. Of course, nobody should go to this place without understanding that it is in the middle of nowhere - if you want some action go elsewhere. Both the Villa and the Deluxe Room were quite nice, although not worth the price tag. An odd feature in the Villa was that there was no internet at all - you would expect that USD 400 would get you that. So clearly, not the best place for businessmen either.
Good thing about the hotel is that it is peaceful and quiet. There are a number of pools (if you stay at the Cliff Villa) and many of them are unoccupied, so you get a pool to yourself. The golf cart-thing is a bit funny, but generally it worked well, and we did not experience any of the "10-15 min" delays mentioned by somebody else. When you called one from your villa, it took less than 5 mins. When you asked one at the beach or lobby, it took maybe 1-2 mins.
My feeling is really that this hotel is for short term stays only. If you stay longer, the food starts to become a problem. As the hotel is so far from everything else, you in practice have to eat at the hotel. There are a total of 4 restaurants, of which we tried two, the Thai restaurant at the main lobby and the Italian at the beach. We have lived in Thailand a long time and therefore are well familiar with both the Thai food and International food that you can get in Thailand. The food at Le Meridien was pretty poor, tasteless and ridiculously expensive. If you want to eat good food, better try some other hotel, e.g. Amari at Chaweng beach.
Staff was nice and very helpful, in a true Thai fashion. So overall, the positive sides where the beautiful and peaceful surroundings and friendly staff, and the negatives were the poor food and some hiccups which you would not expect in a hotel like this. To summarise, we could go there again for a few day visit, but if we can choose, and especially if we need to pay the normal price charged from foreign tourists, we rather try some other place.
After careful consideration of the reviews on this website, we selected Le Meridien for our 8 night honeymoon in December. While we did enjoy ourselves, I cannot say that it lived up to my expectations.
Rooms - I thought this was the highlight. We stayed in a Deluxe Oceanview Room, which was fantastic. At first we thought it looked a little small, but with the generous balcony with sun loungers and a table you don't need much more space. People we meet were not so complementary of the Cliff Villas.
Grounds - Unfortunately while we were there, the floorboards in the 'Main Sala' (lobby area) were being ripped up and replaced. Unfortunately this was right next to the main pool so it wasn't very tranquil. Moreover, right next door to the other pool and beach area, there are some new villas being constructed. So basically it was hard to find some peace and quiet. Being Australian I may have high standards but I thought the beach was pretty ordinary - there is hardly any sand before the water starts and the water itself looked pretty brown when we were there. I didn't go in once.
We were often left waiting 10+ mins for a golf cart to take us to/from the beach or car park, which was fairly frustrating.
Location - it took us 1 hour 15 mins to get to Chaweng on the hotel's shuttle bus. You really don't have much choice but to eat at the hotel and the prices are what you'd pay at home.
Overall - we had a nice time but I will probably stay somewhere else the next time I go to Samui - I'm sure there are better 5 star experiences to be had elsewhere.
What a lovely place
We have just returned from celebrating a few days over New Years Eve at Meridien Samui. This resort has the most incredible views on the island.
We had a Deluxe Room Sea view and liked it very much; it only needs some renovations.
Hotel staff couldn't have been more helpful. We had a problem with our room, contacted the Manager and were movedimmediately.
You need to use the Spa, it is amazing. We had a flower bath outside with the nice view and many other treatments; we went there almost every day.
For New Yeas Eve they organized a great buffet dinner with a show of different Thai dance and modern Thai music.
They have 4 restaurants and the chef even cooked some special food for us. All the staff is friendly and helpful. We were very happy with our choice of hotel but it's not for everyone. It's 45 minutes away from Chaweng, the hotel is running a Shuttle bus. It's ideal for a romantic getaway, the view and hotel facilities are worth it.
A beautiful hotel
I stayed for 12 nights here with my boyfriend from December 29th. Admittedly the hotel is a long drive from the airport but on arriving at the lobby we didn't mind, the place is stunning. The staff are so helpful at this resort and nothing is too much trouble for them. I did see people being extremely rude to the staff and this angered me, in Thailand the atmosphere is laid back and many people seem to expect the same service as if they are in the Ritz in London. Yes it is very expensive to stay here but I think it is worth it. We had a normal Deluxe room and it was lovely. The pools were great and the beach is fine for a swim and sunbathe. I think some reviewers who have not been to Thailand before expect too much from Thai resorts, hotels here are a little more rustic but that is part of the charm. I can't believe people are criticising the food here, having eaten at some fantastic restaurants around the world I can honestly say the food was delicious in all of the restaurants. In summary the resort is expensive but once you see the views you will unwind and have a great time. The hotel facilities are very good and the staff are amazing. As the hotel is very far away from the main nightlife area (Chaweng) I would not recommend staying here is you want to go out every night. We took the shuttle to Chaweng a few times and it was fine but tiring.
Paradise in Samui
The moment you step into their reception area, you'll be overtaken by the breath taking sea stretching right in front of your eyes, especially when it's bathed in the golden sunset after a hot day. That's the view we had when we checked in mid-February 2006. We got upgraded to a 2-storey 2-bedroom ocean cliff villa with a balcony all to ourselves for bathing in the golden sunset. Beach down there is excellent for a morning job or evening walk. It's only a ten-minute walk down (if not by golf-cart) downhill. The walk gave you an unforgttable experience that led you thinking that you're in an ancient Hawaiian forest for the "qi" there. Food in the Thai restaurant with live performance and the theme night (featuring BBQ crabs) by the beach are excellent. Their service was exceptional that when we couldn't finish our dessert, they offered to pack it and send to our villa in "room service" style! Don't miss the morning breakfast which is more like a brunch with sparkling wine and fresh fruit juice. A little note to remember though: do make a reservation before visiting the Spa as the afternoon that we dropped in, we had to wait for the staff to emerge with lukewarm reception. Overall speaking, our stay was memorable. It's a paradise in Samui.
Anyone tried the Baan Taling Ngam on Koh Samui?
Hi fellow virtualtourists!
My partner and I are off to the Le Meridien hotel Baan Taling Ngam next July for a couple of weeks, and wondered whether anybody had any reports (good or bad) having stayed there..
Thanks in advance, for any replies.
all the best,
Darren (and Joan)
Re: Anyone tried the Baan Taling Ngam on Koh Samui?
umm... i have never stayed there but my friend who is a business developer that deals with the Le Meridien Hotel group said it is pretty nice ..and it is five stars hotel as you know. ... it was promoted with a California fitness once and those who went there have no complain about it .... so , it should be nice.....
Re: Re: Anyone tried the Baan Taling Ngam on Koh Samui?
Great stuff - Thanks for much!
Re: Anyone tried the Baan Taling Ngam on Koh Samui?
Le Meredien is very luxury, expensive, and is situated outside the popular shopping and nightlife centres las Chaweng and Lamai beach.
If I were you, I 'd choose for ex. Aloha resort or Galaxy Resort in Lamai instead. Good luck!
Re: Anyone tried the Baan Taling Ngam on Koh Samui?
It's a lovely hotel but way to far from chaweng where all the restaurants and shops are. We stayed at the Central hotel & loved it.
Re: Re: Anyone tried the Baan Taling Ngam on Koh Samui?
We are also staying at the Le Meridien with our 2 girls in for 2 weeks in July and then on to the Shangri La in Bangkok to show them the sights. I have researched both hotels and they have glowing reviews.. We are not bothered about nightlife just want a nice relaxing holiday for swimming, snorkeling a bit of sightseeing and plenty of reading!! See you there