InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort
What We Love
- Many rooms have views of the Five Islands and Ang Thong National Marine Park
- Holistic spa uses top-tier botanicals from Sothys and Harnn
- Glass-walled fitness center adds panoramic beach views to cardio and weight training
What To Know
- The Baan Thai spa will take walk-ins, but it’s primarily by appointment
- A roll-away bed for a guest staying in your room is extra
- The Amber restaurant hosts small Thai cooking classes for an additional fee
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Once the famous Baan Taling Ngam Resort, the 79-room InterContinental sits on 22 manicured acres along the western shore of Koh Samui. The island is known as one of the most beautiful in the world, and the hotel’s slew of amenities only adds to its appeal. Seven pools offer a daily alternative to the private beach, and four restaurants serve a selection of Thai, Southeast Asian and fusion flavors. The guestrooms are done up in polished hardwood floors, deep soaking tubs, Egyptian cotton linens, goosedown comforters and a beachy color scheme with pops of turquoise and violet. The cliffside Baan Thai spa provides ample relaxation for adults, with holistic treatments like the Siamese herbal body scrub and a healing tea ritual. And for the little ones, the Planet Trekkers kids club offers an array of activities, from cooking classes to environmental restoration projects.
In the Area
Koh Samui earned its reputation as a bucket-list getaway thanks to its untouched sand and undersea attractions. Beyond the resort’s private beach, there’s Lamai and Chaweng, two of the most popular sandy stretches on the island, or you can head inland to Namuang Falls for a short hike with a breathtaking payoff. Across from the resort, Ang Thong National Marine Park has a cluster of protected islands with hidden coves and first-rate snorkeling. Charter a half- or full-day boat trip through the hotel concierge and explore the area on your own.
How to Get There
I booked an ocean-front pool villa for a week-long vacation with my girlfriend (room strongly recommended). I am a seasoned traveller and stayed in several high-end tropical resorts in the past but this one... this one is special. You will not find the ultimate (often impersonal) luxury, but the vibe and the location are one of a kind. Also, the extremely nice staff will really go the extra mile to accommodate any wish you might have. If you are planning to travel to Samui, don't think it twice. I was comparing with the Conrad, Six Senses, 4s... I am glad I chose this one. Finally, words cannot express how beautiful sunsets are from any point of the property.
We had our perfect wedding here. We communicated only through emails before the wedding and everything turned out to be exactly what we expected and some even exceeded our expectation. The hotel staff and the wedding planning team worked hard to make our wedding a perfect memory. All of our guests enjoyed their stay here. The beach is beautiful and the pier has gorgeous view. Want to come back for vacation next time.
The hotel property is the most beautiful location I have ever seen. And I have seen quite a lot hotels so far...
The staff was very kind, the Food was incredibly Good and the location in mind blowing.
It is a lovely hotel with stunning ocean view from high up on the hillside.
But this is spoiled by too many guests smoking, stubbing out cigarettes on the outdoor terrace area and then spitting on the floor or in the bushes!
This was the usual view every morning and evening, it is hard to enjoy breakfast/dinner with a group of smokers less than 4 meters away hawking up smokers phlegm.
The hotel should have a designated smoking area (as most buildings do these days) and lots of 'No Smoking/Spitting" signs around the outdoor areas!
Also, my wife who used the spa was very disappointed, despite giving feedback after her first session about staff talking too much or cleaning the room before she has left, they did exactly the same mistakes the 2nd time around, why ask for feedback from guests if you are going to ignore it?
The spa package my wife booked was supposed to come with complimentary gifts or something similar but she only learned of this afterwards from the in-room hotel information material, the spa staff either forgot to or chose not to provide so that was bad form. The spa manager did apologise after we raised the issue.
The initial arrival was not great, at check-in they had did not have our correct booking details, it was a slow disorganised check-in.
Prior to arriving at the hotel we had via email booked a dolphin boat tour and spa package. I was assuming on check-in these would have been confirmed with us as some details were still outstanding but no, we had to later go to concierge to find out more information.
At that point were were told the boat tour which we had booked was not actually confirmed at all, apparently they require a minimum 3 paying guests before they take the boat out. Nothing was mentioned about this very important fact beforehand when we booked, in all the material they had sent us there was nothing about minimum 3 people (in the hotel they do state that condition on promotional material but nothing beforehand when making the booking).
They did however say if we (2 people) paid the price of 3 people they would honour the booking, a very shabby compromise.
But the holiday did eventually improve, thanks to the leisure complex guys Rit and Nook, they were great, extremely helpful and fun instructors.
an excellent hotel with very charming and always helpful staff. a place to feel at home and welcome from arrivel till departure.
if you look for a quite and truly relaxing and comfortable stay than this is the right hotel.