The Tongsai Bay

84 Moo 5, Bophut, Ko Samui, Surat Thani, , Koh Samui, 84620, Thailand
#162 of 274 hotels in Ko Samui
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 5 reviews

Tags

Spa and Resort Romantic Travel and Honeymoons Luxury Travel
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices

Not a 5 star luxury hotel-beware....

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 20, 2007

Having stayed in other 5 star resorts in Koh Samui and Thailand over the past 10 years, I expected a luxury hotel. Why it isn't:
1. Typical resort greets guests with drinks, flowers, etc. This resort greeted us with a glass of tea and a drink menu to buy a drink. Our villa was not ready as the air conditioner was broken. They sent us to another villa with a broken air conditioner.
2. Our lunch at the beach was met with the baby being given a rusted spoon, paper napkins, mildewed chair and a 12 inch hair found in the soup. We also had to ask for silverware.
3. The sand is the worst in Thailand. It is rocky and impossible to walk on.
4. Room features are horrible. They are outdated, poor, and both villas had broken tubs.
5. Food is horrible- Being Asian I am familiar with Thai food and food served at the Thai restaurant was not Thai. Also, it was terrible and served improperly.
6. Room amenities- Provided each day with a bowl of fruit that was old and only consisted of one apple and several oranges. Typical Thai resort will provide you with mongusteen, rombutans, passion fruit, lychee. Also, they provided us with 3 cookies each day and called it a traditional Thai biscuit. This is hilarious as they are basic cookies you can buy in bags of a hundred for pennies. Then, they had the audacity to say that we could buy them from their gift shop.
7. Staff was unprofessional and could hardly speak English. Similarly, literature left in the rooms was grammatically incorrect and poorly written. They also had a cheap sign that said that mice and animals might be found in living conditions because they are not killed and a part of the natural habitat.
I have traveled the world and especially Thailand. I know a 5 star hotel and also know that I could have received better service at a 3 star.

Ko samui, it doesnt get any better than this!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 13, 2007

This is without doubt the best hotel i have ever stayed in! everything from the staff, service, food rooms, and area was truely wonderful.

To have a bath outside overlooking the sea (but still private) was amazing. Each day we had 2 house maid calls. in the morning she Cleaned the room and refilled the free water bottles, cookie jar & fruit bowl. and in the evening she turned down the bed and left a little treat on my pillow such as a choc or a flower.

The food was out of this world to Keith Floyds restaurant on the private beach is only 1 of the 3 on site.
not a good place for kids but thats even better for me!

Unique Quality: The half moon pool is fantastic, amaizing views

there is also an on site spa and treatment rooms.

A dvd library which you can borrow for the evening free of charge and watch in your own room.

Staff are fantastic

WoodyWoodpecker's Profile Photo

Outdoor Bathtub

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 18, 2004

We very much enjoyed the secluded privacy in our cottage. The greatest feature is an open air bathtub on the balcony of your cottage. Our offered an ocean view but it was well secluded and still as private as a bathroom - just much nicer...
For an extra touch, collect some frangipani in the garden to add to your bath.

Dark wood prevails in the cottages which gives a slightly rustic, but not overly bright atmosphere.

Since the Tongsai Bai is built on a small hill, be prepared for a few steps whereever you want to go.

The only way to more or less avoid is would be to choose a beachfront suite. These 24 units are all in one building close to pool, beach and reastaurants but I would not recomment this as the essence of the tongsai bay lies in the secluded cottages in the jungle. (Maybe this works for the bigger villas too, but I've only seen them from outside.)

The beach is nice and hawker free. The sand is a bit coarse.

Food quality was good and original Thai (i.e. not too much westernized Thai), with cooks allways happy to help for any special requests.

Unique Quality: Romantic cottages with great bay views.

Directions: North eastern tip of Koh Samui.
Not much within walking distance.

Robachu1's Profile Photo

Koh Samui Paradise

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 25, 2003

We had a wonderfully relaxing trip to Koh Samui in 2001. It was one of the first times that I did all my research and trip planning via the internet. I chose Tongsai Bay because they advertised an ocean view from every cottage and a bathtub on every veranda. The idea of watching the ocean while taking a bath was too good to pass up and I was sold. It was truly paradise. The cottage was beautiful and quite large. Not only did we have a bathtub on our veranda but we had another one plus a shower on our back patio.
This resort had everything that we went to Thailand for. Beautiful scenery, luxurious accomodations and of course the best food. We especially loved the traditional Thai dinner we enjoyed while seated on the Thai cushion and listening to the live traditional Thai music.

Unique Quality: Small but private beach

ubiq's Profile Photo

Extreme luxury at Koh Samui

by written on August 26, 2002

If you like once in a lifetime extraordinary luxury or ultimate honeymoon place, then consider Tongsai Bay Resort at Koh Samui.

Resort has long private beach, super villas, 3-storey hotel and some dozens private deluxe cottages. Try to get cottage instead of hotel room because the price is (was) same, but there is more privacy in cottage.

Tongsai Bay is pricey but definitely worth of every cent. Food is excellent; best we found at Koh Samui and the privacy is very relaxing. In our bungalow we had outdoor bath tube and another backdoor jacuzzi. Villa has also possibility to sleep outside on the veranda with mosquito net.

My sample images do not make justice to the destination. Check the site for adequate images, including overall views, gazebos etc.

Unique Quality: Outdoor bath tube; private outdoor jacuzzi in every apartment / room, private beach, outstanding modern Thai food
Member of Small Luxury Hotel www.slh.com

Directions: East-northern end of cape of Koh Samui, Thailand

3 Photos of The Tongsai Bay

Ko Samui Travel Forum

Need advice about Ko Samui, Thailand? Visit the Travel Forum for Ko Samui and ask our Answer Gurus.

Latest Ko Samui hotel reviews

The Briza Beach Resort & Spa
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 3 Reviews
Amari Palm Reef Resort
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 10 Reviews
Centara Grand Beach Resort
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Sareeraya Villas And Suites
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 3 Reviews
Nora Beach Resort & Spa
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 5 Reviews
Baan Samui Resort
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 5 Reviews
Mai Samui Resort & Spa
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Samui Resotel
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Smile House Resort
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Chaweng Cove Resotel Hotel
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 7 Reviews
 
Explore Deeper into Ko Samui
Beaches
Things to Do
Wildlife & Nature
Things to Do
Big Buddha
Things to Do
Samui Aquarium & Tiger Zoo
Things to Do
Thai Boxing
Things to Do
Mummified Monk
Things to Do
On The Beach
Warnings and Dangers
Con Artists & Scams
Warnings and Dangers
General Transportation Tips
Transportation
Airplanes
Transportation
Sunburn
Warnings and Dangers
Rental Cars
Transportation
Falling coconuts
Warnings and Dangers
Waterfalls
Favorites
Transportation & Getting Around
Favorites
Big Buddha
Favorites
Temples & Wats
Favorites
Currency Exchange
Favorites
Escapology Koh Samui
Things to Do
1st time playing real escape game and get addicted
Things to Do
Idan Rent Motorbikes And Cars Rent
Things to Do
Very affordable automatic scooter motorbike rental
Transportation
Very affordable automatic scooter motorbike rental
Transportation
Na Muang Waterfall II
Things to Do
Get to Mae Nam beach
Things to Do
From Surat Thani and return by Air Asia
Transportation
Transport to Ko Samui
Transportation
Elephant ride
Things to Do
Hilux
Transportation
Waterfall Na Muang
Off The Beaten Path
The Duke
Nightlife
Geeco Bar
Nightlife
Mummified Monk
Things to Do
Koh Nang Yuan
Things to Do
Koh Samui taxi drivers.. can be killer
Warnings and Dangers
Excellent cooking class on Koh Samui
Things to Do
Avoid!
Things to Do
Busy v Quiet
Favorites
Thai Kick Boxing
Things to Do
Lamai Village, girlie bars galore.
Things to Do