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!
Tongsai Bay review – the location can’t be beat!
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 (we watched a couple marry on the beach here), couples and families alike.
Our 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.
It came with a “sala” (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!
We loved the “fruit lady”
For breakfast, the resort’s famous “fruit lady” (Pu) makes the most delicious freshly-made fruit smoothies.
Our welcoming waitress remembered how we liked our skim milk latte and double cappuccino.
And in pool villas like ours, sandwiches and chocolate brownies are delivered for afternoon tea.
Things to do at Tongsai Bay (beside the beach)
Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding are complimentary, and no motorized sports spoil the peace.
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.
How fortunate, we thought, that years ago the owner’s visionary father fell in love with this secluded cove – and built The Tongsai Bay.
Our Tongsai Bay magazine story
Our Tongsai Bay review was first published in print in Cruise & Travel Lifestyles magazine. See here for the PDF, or click on the image below.