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Hotel Tongsai Bay Cottages Hotel 5 star
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84 Moo 5, Koh Samui Suratthani 84320. Koh Samui, Thailand -
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The Tongsai Bay Cottages follows its own rhythm. Enjoying a more remote location than the complexes at Chaweng Beach, this hotel thrives in its surroundings. Here, life takes on the relaxing and tranquil pace guests usually look for when on holiday and the complex has all the facilities you could need: spa, pool, beach, table tennis, and a relaxation area. It's true that this isn't a luxury resort, but it still holds a few secrets. In this complex, couples, families, and groups of friends all fit in in their own way. The establishment especially attracts a Japanese and Korean clientele.

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    Location 10.0 /10

    Located on the northeastern side of the island, the Tongsai Bay is not far from the airport; allow around 10-15 minutes by car to get there. However, it will take about 30 minutes to get to Chaweng and its animated nightlife.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    Accommodation at The Tongsai Bay is spread over 25 acres. Centred around the bay, there are numerous different types that can be grouped into 3 main categories. First, there are the 15 relatively modern villas, located on the left-hand side of the bay. Some of them have a private pool and feature lots of wood. Among these is the Akoan Villa, the most elegant of the complex; it is not a coincidence therefore that it is reserved for the owner when he stays in Koh Samui. Its greatest asset is the outdoor terrace with a sea view and private pool.
    Next, the standard rooms are located in a more ordinary building, but nonetheless they have beautiful views of the sea. Wood is the dominant material and although some of the furniture is slightly worn, everything put together is rather nice. Finally, the second and third floors have rooms with a private balcony and an outdoor bathtub, which is very pleasant indeed, given that many couples choose this hotel for their honeymoon.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The origins of the Tongsai Bay seem to be lost somewhere in Thai mythology. As with any myth, it is unclear as to what is the truth and what has been invented. However, the story is worth telling. It is said that the owners of the complex, originally from Thailand, fell in love with Tongsai bay when they spotted it from the sea. This was over 24 years ago and at the time it was a deserted beach. The owner then pitched a tent and slept there for a month, dreaming of how to build his hotel.

    Whether myth or a publicity story, it suits the resort rather well. Situated along the entire length of the bay, the resort stretches out on all sides, with large spaces in an skilfully maintained lush green setting. It is possible to get around by golf cart, even if the majority of the common areas are thankfully located at the centre of the complex. The reception is in a semi-open pavilion at the entrance to the property and has various different relaxation areas with small sofas and swing seats. The resort's spa and two swimming pools are located on the beach in the lower part of the property. The view of the bay is nice, but it is a pity that the area around the pool includes so much concrete, detracting from the beauty of the natural environment offered by its proximity to the beach. In general, the pool area shows the most obvious signs of the passage of time (the complex is over 20 years old), because although well maintained, there are some signs of wear and tear.

    The pool reserved exclusively for adults is in better condition; perched on the hillside, it is sheltered by plants and offers a beautiful view of the sea. With a no children rule and the chaos they bring, this is a space dedicated to tranquillity.

    On the opposite hillside is the Prana Spa. Nestled amidst beautiful and abundant vegetation, this small spa has a subtle and surprising charm. The treatment room is entirely clad in wood while the shower and outdoor bathtub (also used for body treatments) are made of stone. The hotel has really managed to create a pleasant (modestly-sized) spa that emanates a delicate graceful feeling.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The Tongsai Bay restaurant will seduce you right away. Located next to reception and looking over the greenery in the property's tropical garden, Chef Chom offers various indoor and outdoor dining spaces. In terms of cuisine, 'traditional' Thai dishes are prepared in the style of Chef Chom, who worked here for 20 years before retiring.

    It is obvious that close attention is paid to the ingredients and the dishes, starting with the breakfast buffet. Bread and cakes come straight from the oven and smoothies and fruit juices are freshly prepared from various tropical fruits. More international dishes such as eggs, pancakes, and cereals, or Japanese specialities such as sushi and maki are also offered. The verdict is unanimous: breakfast is the most important meal of the day at Tongsai Bay and we especially appreciated the importance it is given.

    The Po-Lad Beach Restaurant, located directly on the beach, offers lighter cuisine for a seaside meal: burgers, salads, etc.

    Beach 8.10 /10

    The beach is nestled in a small private bay, which gives it a pleasant feeling of privacy, and the vegetation provides a natural and colourful setting, making it the complex's greatest asset. The wooden beach chairs with their comfortable mattresses are also very pleasant. The complex has its own water sports club where kayaking, windsurfing, snorkelling, and diving excursions are available upon request.

    To know

    The Tongsai Bay is relatively isolated. Far enough away from Bophut and Chawend Beach that you have to take a taxi to get to them, guests choose this establishment for a peaceful holiday.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, golf, kayak, canoe, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The vegetation in the tropical garden
    • The bay with its beautiful and private-like beach
    • The Chef Chom restaurant

    disadvantages

    • The somewhat worn main swimming pool and its surroundings
    • Some of the lodgings are located far from the beach and reception

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