Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, Koh Samui

I've been on a bit of a beach resort kick lately. Staying temporarily in a tropical country makes it quite easy to access the hundreds of beachside accommodations in the country and surroundings, whether it is just for a weekend, or a much longer holiday.

Main building of the Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort
Unique light fixtures at the open air lobby area
View of the Gulf of Thailand from the Lobby area
A couple of weeks ago, I left the children with my wonderful parents, and took off all by my lonesome to the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand. An exclusive enclave of just 79 Thai-inspired guest rooms, suites and villas, each featuring a private balcony with spectacular sunset views over the Gulf of Thailand on a dramatic cliffside setting, this is a beachfront resort like I've never experience before!

Looking down from the lobby out to the resort's private pier
The signature Air Bar
The drive from International Koh Samui Airport to the resort probably took about 50-minutes (I'd arranged for a pick-up service from the resort prior to the trip). It was a comfortable ride, with free wi-fi available in the vehicle along with a bottle of cold mineral water and some magazines, but I took the opportunity to gaze outside the window instead and had a glimpse into life on the island, as the journey took me through busy streets and narrow lanes.

A cocktail at the Air Bar is an unforgettable experience
Strategically positioned lounge chairs to enjoy the breathtaking sunsets
The first thing that you'll notice upon arrival at the resort, is the absolutely jaw-dropping view that greets you from the beautifully-designed, spacious and open lobby that blends into the cliff front with elegant ease. I was greeted with a cool towel and an arrival drink as I waited to check-in, and gratefully sank into a cushy armchair while I absorbed the beauty before me.

The lobby overlooks Amber restaurant below, as well as the signature Air Bar, an attraction in itself in Koh Samui. The Air Bar is an open-space bar that allows for an uncompromising view of the Gulf of Thailand, as well as the hypnotic colors of a Samui sunset should you be there in the early evening, all as you sit back and enjoy a refreshing cocktail and some nibbles. It was one of my favorite spots at the resort.

Cocktails at sunset
Gyozas to nibble on while enjoying the view
Premier Ocean Room
My Premier Ocean Room was amazing. Located on the top floor of the main building, the room offered an incredible vantage point over the sparkling sapphire waters and white sandy beaches of Taling Ngam Bay. I loved the elegant decor that was luxurious and comfortable at the same time. White paneled doors separate the room from the bath area, and sliding doors opened up to the most spacious hotel balcony I've ever seen, where a large daybed and dining area provided the perfect place to sit back and soak up the truly amazing view and sunsets.
Rejuvenate in the deep and spacious bathtub
Love the big and cosy king-sized bed
Balcony area of the Premier Room
A roomy 67-square meter interior features the high, vaulted roofs common to southern Thailand, and is outfitted in the resort’s signature blend of plantation style furnishings and Thai décor making for a truly beautiful space to relax and rejuvenate.

Fruit basket in the room
Toiletries and amenities
Looking down onto the beachfront infinity pool and Flame Restaurant 
A special feature of the resort is its seven swimming pools. Yes, seven! The main infinity pool is situated by the Air Bar, incidentally the very first infinity pool on Koh Samui when it was first built in 1993. From this pool, you'll be able to enjoy spectacular 280-degree views around the island from expansive coconut plantations to the Gulf of Thailand below. 

Main infinity pool
More room for lounging by Amber restaurant
The second infinity pool is located by the beach, offering the perfect space for those who enjoy proximity to the sea. This was also where I hung out for most of my stay, alternating my time between the pool, the beach, and of course, the pool bar! This is also where most families could be found, as there is a separate, shallower, kids’ pool for children, a playground nearby, and also a well-equipped kids room where activities are held throughout the day. The remaining five pools are located in different areas around the cliffside, offering secluded and easy access for villa guests.

Suspension bridge that links the main building to the beach below
Plenty of steps, but worth the climb!
Being located on the side of a cliff means there is quite a lot more walking to do than normal to get from one location to another. For those who enjoy walking through nature, it is about a 10-minute walk from the lobby down to the beach, via the island's one and only suspension bridge and through a series of steps, a truly special feature for a hotel indeed. 

Buggies are also available throughout the resort to take you from one location to another. The longest I ever waited for one was a few minutes, so it's a really convenient way to get around especially if you have children in tow or are not so physically-abled. 

The hotel's private pier
Pool Bar
Fire and sand by Flames Restaurant
Children's corner
I also enjoyed an afternoon at the beautiful Baan Thai Spa, where I indulged in an hour and a half of its signature aromatherapy massage. Perched 120 meters above the sea, at the very highest point of the resort, Baan Thai Spa draws on the power of the resort's extraordinary natural surroundings to create an intimate sanctuary for healing and relaxation. 

“Baan” means “home” in Thai language and at Baan Thai Spa, one will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the luxurious treatments and therapies ranging from a half or full day of pampering to a soothing tea ritual performed after a therapeutic head-to-toe massage. Here, treatments blend Thai therapies with Western practices and Ayurvedic medicine with an emphasis on exclusive local herbs and botanicals.

Can't get enough of this view!
Sand and sea
There was a lot of this going on
Dining at Amber restaurant
The two restaurants at the resorts are Amber and Flame Restaurant. Classic Thai dishes from all regions of the country are given a contemporary twist at Amber, with fresh ingredients, traditional techniques and modern presentation bringing you the best of Thai cuisine in an elegant and beautiful setting. Weekly theme nights such as the “World of Siam” on Friday evenings, add to the dining experience with live Thai music and dance performances.

Flame is the beachfront restaurant, where lanterns and torches and a flaming charcoal grill set the mood. The live charcoal grill display on Saturdays are something special indeed, with unlimited choices of seafood and meats cooked to your liking. I especially enjoyed the freshness of the seafood, and loved being able to sample an array of Thai cooking at the buffet at both restaurants.

"World of Siam" buffet at Amber Restaurant 
Traditional Thai desserts
All in all, I truly enjoyed my stay at the Intercontinental Samui. The staff were attentive, pleasant and helpful, the view and location is simply superb, the sunsets stunning. It is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, or a vacation with friends and family. Even if you're traveling alone like I was, it was meditative, relaxing and enjoyable, and never felt too crowded, intrusive, or lonely. 

Requisite vacation selfie
Long Island Ice Teas at Cocktail Hour
Enjoying another beautiful sunset
Would I return again? Without a doubt! Thanks for a wonderful, memorable stay Intercontinental Samui!

Thanks for the memories Koh Samui!

Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort
295 Moo 3, Taling Ngam Beach
Suratthani, Koh Samui, 
84140, Thailand


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