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Tongsai Bay Review: Why You’ll Love This Luxury Koh Samui Resort

Open the front gate.

Walk up to the private deck fronting your villa.

Take in the views over jungle to beach cove and ocean.

And exhale…

You’ve arrived at the most serene rainforest oasis on Koh Samui, an island gem in the Gulf of Thailand.

If you’re looking for Thai-style coddling in private pool villas, read on for our Tongsai Bay review!

The beautiful beach fronting the Tongsai Bay

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A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Tongsai Bay is set on 25 lush acres embracing its own crescent of golden sand beach.

Remarkably, not a single tree was cut down to make way for its 83 understated suites, cottages and villas that dot the hillside – and the brown wood buildings are in perfect synch with their tropical surroundings.

Stylish in a back-to-nature way, they delight honeymooners, couples and families alike.

Tongsai Bay on Koh Samui is a lovely place to get married on the beach!
We watched this couple get married on the beach at Tongsai Bay

Tongsai Bay grand villas

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Tongsai Bay Grand Villas come with large private swimming pools

The Tongsai Bay Resort has 83 rooms, suites, cottages and villas. All have ocean views.

Because there are so many different types of accommodations (some have private pools, others have an outdoor “bath with a view”), you should visit the resort’s website to see what particular accommodation you’d like to book.

Inside our spacious Tongsai Bay Grand Villa bedroom
Inside our spacious Tongsai Bay Grand Villa bedroom

Our Tongsai Bay Grand Villa coddled us with gleaming hardwood floors, an air-conditioned master bedroom, lots of closet space and a spacious bathroom with separate dressing area.

Outside was the enormous covered deck – really an outdoor living room.

Tongsai Bay Grand Villa deck
We loved lounging about on our huge deck

It came with a “sala” (open pavilion) with a curtained double-daybed, kitchen sideboard with fridge and coffee-making supplies, dining table, sturdy lounge furniture – and even a freestanding tub.

Romantic bath with a view, anyone?

And let’s not forget the private pool!

Tongsai Bay Grand Villas come with large private swimming pools.
Is this private pool big enough for you?

You want swank? These 27+ luxury villas with private pools are epic!

Breakfast and afternoon tea

For breakfast, the resort’s famous “fruit lady” (Pu) whips up the most delicious fresh fruit smoothies.

Pu, the "fruit lady" at Tongsai Bay Resort, always has a smile on her face.
The ever-smiling Pu, the resort’s “fruit lady,” at breakfast

Our welcoming waitress also remembered how we liked to have a skim milk latte (for Janice) and double cappuccino (for George).

And in pool villas like ours, sandwiches and chocolate brownies are delivered for afternoon tea.

Recycling containers at Tongsai Bay, Koh Samui
The resort recycles – we think these recycling containers are cute…


At night, three onsite restaurants are available for dinner.

Chef Chom’s is a Thai restaurant serving traditional Thai cuisine from different regions in the country.

Green chicken curry, rice noodles and Tongsai salad at Chef Chom's Thai restaurant at Tongsai Bay
Green chicken curry, rice noodles and Tongsai salad at Chef Chom’s

The Po-Lad Beach Bistro is a casual option for burgers, salads, pizza and pasta.

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The Po-Lad Beach Bistro & Bar is open for lunch or dinner

The Butler’s is a new dining experience, featuring Pan-Asian and Mediterranean dishes prepared by a Michelin-trained chef.

The restaurant only caters to 20 guests, so advance reservations are recommended.

Things to do at Tongsai Bay

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You can be as active, if you like

Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding are complimentary.

And no motorized sports spoil the peace.

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Sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are free at Tongsai Bay

There’s also a large infinity pool (adults only) and a freeform family pool.

And the romantic spa offers acupressure-style Thai massages in bamboo huts with outdoor showers.

If you prefer a massage by the beach at Tongsai Bay Resort, this spa tent is a pretty nice spot!
If you prefer a massage by the beach (not in the spa), this spa tent is a pretty nice spot

How fortunate, we thought, that years ago the owner’s visionary father fell in love with this secluded cove – and built The Tongsai Bay.

Tongsai Bay Hotel, Koh Samui: Details


The Tongsai Bay is located on the northwest coast of Koh Samui, on a gorgeous private beach – one of the nicest beaches in Koh Samui. Reason enough to stay here!


Rates typically include a delicious and bountiful breakfast.

Be aware:

The property is spread out, so you’ll end up engaging in a little walking (up and down stairs) to get to and from the beach and/or your room. Think of it as “natural” exercise…

Tongsai Bay, Koh Samui

Check rates and availability here

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Photo credits: 2, 5, 7, 8, 13 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Other photos The Tongsai Bay Hotel, Koh Samui

About the authors

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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Charles Clapham

Wednesday 28th of December 2016

Arriving April 2017 for 2 weeeks, first time back in 15 years can't wait.

Janice and George

Wednesday 28th of December 2016

Lucky you! You'll have a fabulous time - the beach is beautiful and so are the villas and suites. Say hi to "Pu" the fruit lady!

irene levine

Saturday 17th of December 2016

I'm sitting in my home in the Northeast U.S. with six inches of snow outside. I want to be in Tongsai Bay! What a beautiful resort~

Janice and George

Sunday 18th of December 2016

It's a lovely resort - definitely one of the best on Koh Samui! (And one of the nicest in Thailand too) You'd like it :-).