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A piece of paradise with the most wonderful staff.
It's hard to know where to start with this place. This place is just beautiful. The hotel itself is placed on its own bay with its own beach. The cottages and villas are sparsely spaced so that whichever room you have, a feeling of privacy is always present. The hotel is known for their ecological conservationism. During the building of the resort, they kept most of the flora undamaged which in return kept the wildlife extremely alive. Walking out of your room and hearing the hundreds of birds will instantly make you realise you are living in nature. If you are lucky, you will get to see some of the native monitor lizards which are just awesome to see! Now, let's talk food. I love to have my holidays turn into gastronomic extravaganzas where I explore nothing but the local food. And it must be said, after being all around the island and other parts of Thailand, Chef Chom's restaurant in the hotel makes some of the best Thai food I have ever had. The executive chef Eak was wonderful. Although not on the menu, upon request chef Somyos has made us his Pad-See-Ew and it truly was the best Pad-See-Ew I have ever had. The breakfast buffet is also lovely with fresh juices, smoothies, eggs made to order - the whole nine yards, especially would recommend chef Somyos's Thai omelette. The hotel has their own allotment where they grow their own vegetables and fruits. Unfortunately we didn't get to try Chef Eak's special night at Butler's but it was meant to be great. The Thai food at Po-Lad was also brilliant. (I say Thai food because that's the only food we ate although they have a selection of western food which also looked great). Now the most important part of staying at Tongsai Bay is the staff. Most of the staff who works at Tongsai has been there for decades. Some up to 30+ years from the day the hotel opened. When we first arrived, we read that most of the people who come to Tongsai come every year - some 10-15 times or more. I think quite a lot of this has to do with the staff. They are just incredible - they are friendly, respectful and sincerely there to make your stay as pleasant as possible. I know it sounds a little strange, but when we left, I genuinely felt like I left behind my friends. We spent 2 weeks here, and I could have spent another month without getting bored. I only have two regrets. I wish I had done the cooking class at the hotel given the quality of the food. And I wish I had gone to chef Eak's Thai inspired tapas evening. If you are going to Koh Samui, really, think of nowhere else. This place is truly paradise. Thank you to all the staff who have made our stay so special. We will see you next year.
Where do I start!! ‘This is the first time we’ve been to Tongsai and certainly won’t be the last!! This has to be the most beautiful tranquil and most relaxing place we’ve ever been too!! We booked Tongsai to celebrate our friends 20th anniversary, they were married here and continued to holiday here every year. They had a blessing by the beach which was so beautiful, couldn’t think of a more perfect setting. The staff here work so hard and nothing is ever too much trouble, We’ve never encountered such amazing service and always with a smile. Room are cleaned daily and kept spotless and also they come to your room in the evening and get your beds ready for you for bed time, they also leave you little cookies in jars too, such a nice touch. The pool and beach are lovely and like every where else are kept spotless!! The pool boys are brilliant, as soon as you go they come straight over with towels and get your sun loungers ready and come round with complimentary water and cold towels and small pieces of fruit. The food here is amazing, definitely the best breakfast ever!! So much variety and everything freshly cooked. We tried the Thai tapas night and loved it. We were lucky to experience a private dining one evening for our friends birthday cooked by chef Eak and wow what an experience, beautiful food. We also tried the spa, had a fabulous massage, so relaxing. We don’t have any negatives to say about Tongsai bay, the staff here are some of the nicest people we’ve ever met. Thank you Tongsai for making our holiday so special, we really can not wait to return. Love Kelly and Lee xxx
20 years of wonderful Tongsai memories
This trip marked our 20th wedding anniversary and 20 years since we discovered this gem of a hotel. From the moment we saw the smiling staff waiting for us at the airport, to the moment we left, we could not stop smiling . The warm welcome from Martin and Mark was wonderful, and as always the view of the bay from the lobby was breathtaking...you can never get bored of that view! The food at the hotel has gone from strength to strength since Chef Eak has been at the helm. His Thai Tapas nights are an absolute must with some extraordinary dishes which look as amazing as they taste. We tried each of the restaurants and they were all exceptional. The private dining experience was really wonderful; we opted for dinner on the veranda of the room which was such a beautiful and romantic setting. We were lucky enough to stay in Akorn villa (501) which is stunning, with it's own L-shaped private pool and uninterrupted views of the sea. We had a gorgeous Thai blessing ceremony on our anniversary which was organised by Khun Hiro, who's attention to detail made the day so very, very special. Chatting to other guests across the bar makes you realise that Tongsai has it's own special magic which keeps them coming back time and time again, and it is lovely to see familiar faces whenever we return. As always, the staff welcomed us as though we are family and, yet again, made it hard for us to say our goodbyes at the end of our stay; needless to say there were tears as we headed out of the resort to the airport, but we made a promise to ourselves that we will be back as soon as we can.
Would we come back?!!!
So as I lay in our secluded perfumed open air bath, with fantastic views of the beach at Chongmon and open sea views to the rear in our sea view cottage, drinking our chilled white wine with my loverly wife taking in the remains of the day. We posed the question would we return to Tongsai after this our 10 visit to The Tongsai bay , there are other luxury hotels, with wonderful amenities, what they some times lack is heart and soul and Tongsai has this in abundance, you can feel it in the wonderful staff , you can taste it in the wonderful food all three restaurants are fantastic, from the exceptional breakfast, in the authentic Thai restaurant Chef Chom’s, from the beautifully situated Po-lad restaurant to the triumphant and inspired Thai tapas in the Butlers restaurant a really cleaver concept with a sublime delivery. And you can see the heart and soul in the number of return guests who gather under the magical Tongsai tree to great each returner and new coverts to the cause. On check out you are asked if there are any staff who stand out or are exceptional it is much easier to say the ones who do not, as there are none from top to bottom they are the heart and soul of this wonderful establishment, that improves and evolves whilst maintaining the ethos of its founder Akorn Hoontrakul. So the question was would we come back ? Yes and so would you.
Lovely hotel. We stayed in a Beachfront suite for 10 days and nights. This room is the lowest priced room and absolutely fantastic. The views are as described. You can see the pool and beach and see which is a beautiful view. We wanted to stay somewhere quiet and typically Thai and with great beach views and service and Tongsai meets this criteria. Previous reviews complain about the price of drinks and food but we thought prices were normal for a hotel. If you want cheap food go to Fisherman’s Village, which is about 15 minutes away in a Taxi. We didn’t leave the hotel much as every setting there is so beautiful we made the most of it. The breakfast is very good with a huge range and good service. There was one thing that niggled us. There was a 10% service charge added to everything. We therefore didn’t tip. We wanted to tip at the end of our stay those people who gave exceptional service. However it was clear some people were tipping in advance and they were getting preferential treatment at the pool and breakfast with sun beds and tables reserved. Every morning the table we had on our first day was not available to us even when we were there early and was left available for another couple. Very annoying as often the table had no one sat there the whole time we were at breakfast. I was ill after day two and having informed the staff after attending the hospital on day four due concern was demonstrated. I can recommend the Thai cookery class which still went ahead even though there were only two of us. I can also recommend the Spa treatments, definitely worth a visit. We took out a kayak and one of the beach boys took us out on a Hobie Cat.
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