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The hotel was everything we expected and more. Stunning location, beautiful rooms and great service. We had a deluxe ocean front room and liked it very much as it was central to everything. We had some stormy weather in the first week so it was useful to be able to use the infinity pool and run for cover in our room. The second week we had consistently sunny weather and saw the beauty of the villas - although some did not have a sea view so I guess that's luck of the draw. We might try one next time. At any other resort we would normally have a beach villa, but here they seemed rather isolated from the main part of the hotel. One thing that was not clear from any literature that we saw was that there is a road between the main part of the hotel and the beach area.
We had wondered whether we would find the lack of local eating options to be a bit limiting. However, the hotel restaurants were exceptional. There is a new airconditioned one called Lemongrass, so now a choice of four for dinner. We tried all but Lemongrass. We thought prices were fair for that quality of hotel and comparable with the high end restaurants outside - also fantastic value for money compared with say Maldives or Mauritius. There are now some local eating choices too. There's a new-ish restaurant called Five Islands which specialises in seafood and is five minutes walk from the hotel. They offer a free pick up service. Prices are only slightly less than the hotel, so for anyone on a tight budget the only local option is Big John's seafood (which also offers a pickup service). That was a bit rough and ready, but lots of fun (although I didn't enjoy the after effects of the food). We forced ourselves into Chaweng one evening - couldn't wait for the hotel shuttle to pick us up!
Watersports were available, but if there is one weakness it's the watersports staff (ex diving) - no safety briefing, no mandatory wearing of life vests. The new Sports Manager has that under control and there are to be a number of changes over the coming months. The lack of waterskiing, banana boat rides and jetskis was bliss. The hotel uses its own snorkelling and dive boats and organises some excellent trips.
We were very glad to have chosen a hotel with its own dive centre - the large dive boats were unappealing. Baan Taling Ngam dive centre is very well organised and the staff dealt with beginners and advanced divers by sending out two instructors. There is one main instructor and the Sports Manager is himself an instructor so led the advanced divers on some very good dives. Initially they were inflexible with regards to diving - young Thai instructor told us only Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and must be four people to go out as the best sites are Koh Tao. That was a bit of a shock to my husband who is used to Maldives and Mauritius where there are a couple of trips a day and sites are very close. We were irritated by that, particularly as the stormy weather resulted in cancellations. However, we quickly met the Sports Manager who was much more flexible and organised some extra trips. They were very happy to have me on board for snorkelling - although at 3000 baht ++ a trip it was a very expensive snorkel! Despite initial problems with flexibility on days, and cancelled trips, my husband managed to fit in 8 dives at the princely cost of £500. He enjoyed it a lot, although anyone who wants to do 10/12 dives a holiday it's an expensive place to be. For students the school is great, but the open water dives might be a challenge - I would be a nervous wreck after a 1.5 hour boat journey in choppy seas.
Hotel staff couldn't have been more helpful. We had no need to contact our rep. We had a problem with our room and were moved within an hour.
We did hear that a renovation is starting later this year. Parts of the hotel will be closed at various times, including swimming pools. From what we heard it's going to be phased and is not intended to cause major disruption however the timing of the various phases might influence choice of room type.
The spa was the best I have ever experienced - both location and treatments.
We were very happy with our choice of hotel and pleased we chose it over the Santiburi. We would recommend it for couples 30s to 60s but not families. There were a couple of families but they commented that the multi-levels made their lives difficult. They also felt rather uncomfortable every time their children played in the pool - the hotel was very very quiet and everyone just lay reading/sleeping. We noticed younger couples were off to Chaweng every other night, so there might be hotels more suited to them - there is no night life and we hardly ever saw anyone in the restaurants/bar after 10.30.
Wake up each day to a WOW..
My wife and I stayed here to attend a family wedding. From the moment we arrived late Sunday night, it was overwhelming.
Set on a hillside, the view from all aspects is over a beautiful marine blue sea; the sun sets directly offshore, so the evenings are magical.
The staff were superb, so polite and helpful. There are 'guards' at various points around the complex, basically to direct traffic (golf buggy's and small mini buses, provided to carry guests around!!) and it's so nice to be greeted each time you pass.
Everything is kept to such a high standard; the rooms are more than functional - the biggest bath I have ever seen - and the grounds are absolutely beautiful.
Food in all restaurants is excellent, and it's lovely to eat in the varied locations.
But waking up each morning to look out over such stunning views is a memory that'll last a long time.
My husband and I stayed here for 1 week in September 2003. A while ago I know but I am new to Tripadvisor.
We lived in Thailand for 2 years back in the 90's and returned to Ko Samui for a holiday, stopping off in Bangkok first. We have stayed in a number of 5 star hotels in Thailand but this one, although not brimming with the "all inclusive style activity programme" was traditional and peaceful.
We were booked into a deluxe room but upgraded on arrival to a hillside villa. It was to say the least FABULOUS! 2 storey, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with a terrace/balcony of both floors, at least 35 feet long with sunloungers and a dining table. The views were awesome especially the sunsets. Extremely romantic if you want to get away from it all. The villa was beautifully furnished and had a hi-fi, TV and DVD player (you can rent DVDs from the hotel shop) with an indoor dining area if you did not want to eat on the balcony. Also there was a guest bathroon and separate fitted kitchen at the entrance to the villa but separated from the main house. We stocked up on beers, spirits etc from the local town, Baan Nathon, reached by a free bus service provided by the hotel.
The villa shared an infinity swimming pool with 3 other villas but we had it to ourselves the whole time we were there.
The restaurants were great (really liked the beach bar) and the Thai food was some of the best I have eaten. Room service was exeptional, efficient and courteous, nothing too much trouble.
The spa offered good value treatments along with an excellent hairdresser.
This hotel is ideal for a romantic get away - we spent 80% of our time in the villa, sunbathing, looking at the view and eating wonderful food on our balcony. Highly recommended.
My boyfriend and I took our first trip to Thailand and we can't say enough about how great our stay in Ko Samui was..the Le Meridien was top notch the staff was wonderful and the hotel did a fantastic job at creating a relaxing and luxurious envirnoment. We would definitely go back and next time we'll stay longer...one week was just not enough. Thanks to all who made our travel from the United States so memorable!
Stunning views and secluded location
Everybody smiles in Thailand and this hotel is no excemption. The staff must be the most welcoming I have come across.
The rooms are very nice with great views and luxurious furnishings, a little tip is to book a sea view deluxe room initially and with luck you will be upgraded to a villa, everybody was when we were there.
There are 3 restaurants, 2 of which have a comprehensive range of dishes and the third being exclusively Thai (with plinky plonky music included).
My favourite was the Promenade, which is close to the beach, has a very good menu and excellent service, although the wine is expensive but other drinks are ok.
The hotel is secluded but the shuttles into Nathon, nice town with good shops, are regular and free, the shuttle to chaweng, not my favourite place, is 300baht return each.
The only downside was the lack of diving from the hotel as the dive master was "ill" but the alternative suggested at Coral Grand Divers was excellent. The dive master with them was starting to work at the Baan Taling Ngam from the end of march so this service should now be available.
Go there and enjoy the lap of luxury.
Wonderful Beach Villas
Stayed here for six nights in January 2005, we were originally booked into deluxe rooms in the main hotel which were very good but after exploring the hotel decided to upgrade to a two bedroom beachfront villa (No 501 - Khon Din). The beach villas are split into two buildings with bedrooms separated by an open terrace area, a separate sitting room with kitchen and toilet. Both areas are extreamly well furnished and a step from the beach. Fabulous views of the sunset from loungers and open air eating area. The beach villas are a short hop on an efficient private golf cart service from the main hotel. The beach was pretty but a little rocky. Another nice touch was the fragrance menus in the bedrooms.
The service in the hotel was exceptional and the food excellent but a little expensive by Thai standards (200 pounds for four inc drinks and wine). We found other local restaurants nearby which had a pickup service from the hotel which were good and a quarter of the price. The room service was suprisingly reasonable compared to the main restaurants and there is a private BBQ service which can be set up on the beach or terrace of your villa for around 20 pounds a head.
The hotel is remote but I think that is an advantage if you really need to switch off. Pool areas were not over busy and there were several pools on the cliff side which we had to ourselves all day.
I'd definately recommend this hotel if you want quiet stay in a wonderful setting away from the crowds of Chewang Beach. It's big enough to offer a sense of privacy in the villas but small enough that the staff will know your name and you choice of drink.
The welcome was exactly what you would expect from a hotel of this quality and we were given coconut milk whilst told to relax during check-in as they did it all for us.
Lovely touches in the rooms such as choosing which fragranced oil to burn as you eat in the evening so the room smells fantastic when you return.
The famous pool is lovely alhough very little room for more than a handful of guests.
Fabulous thai restaurant which i would thoroughly recommend to anyone.
The only downsides were that it is a very secluded hotel. However if you are looking totally for pure relaxation and romantic seclusion, this is definately the right hotel for you. The breakfast was not as good as i would have expected either as the choices were relatively limited.
Overall, would definately stay at this hotel again. The staff were efficient and very helpful .
We really enjoyed our time here. From the moment we turned up and were so warmly greeted to the moment we left were it felt like the entire hotel staff came to say goodbye !
we stayed in a 2 bed hillside villa that shared a small swimming pool with a few of the other villas - although most of the time we seemed to have it to ourselves.
All the resturants were serviced well and food was cooked to a an excellent standard (as with some other reviews, they could increase the variety on the menus - but they do hold regular 'themed' evenings)
entertainment was good and the whole resort had the feel of being very well run.
It's in a nice, quiet location away from all the hectic, commercialised tourist resorts but this nightlife can be easily accesible by taxi if you fancy !!(approx 10 mins to Nahon for souvenir shopping, 25 mins to Lamai for late night bars and nightclubs)
The service and friendliness of the staff, coupled with the views made for a great holiday !
would definately recommend it......
Great Stay... But Lizards galore!!
On our family holiday we spent three nights in Le Royal Meridien Baan Taling Ngam. At the end of the day, the hotel lacked the five-star status of most Royal Meridiens, but it had as much to do with the lack of updating as well as insect-control.
We were staying in villa Baan Napa, this is the royal villa, and at $3000 a night, a treat. Four Bedrooms, private jacuzzi, butler, blah blah... seen it all before, what we fortunately had not seen before was all the lizards! everywhere you looked, it was too much to handle to be honest! Luckily our 24 hour butlers took care of everything, but the other guests wouldn't have been so lucky i'm sure. The fact that Queen and King of Jordan had stayed in the same villa along with mny other celebrities and dignitaries failed to reassure us that this was worth the money. Nicest treat was certainly the private golf-cart. Leisure facilities were great though, scuba-diving, water-skiing, all was easy to participate in. Also, the beach is affected badly by the coral, so not quite the white smooth sand, but a short boat trip easily takes you to lush private islands in this beautiful part of thailand!
We were so disappointed with this hotel. The room was fine and had all the usual equipment for a 5 star, but the food was dull and for a hotel of this size it seemed such a limited choice. There was however an excellant Thai resturant.
Our main complaint was the famous swimming pool which would have been lovely had it not been plagued by large black birds. They dived at you while you ate and landed on you whilst you tried to sunbath. Things got so bad that the hotel took to firing at them with a catapult, which caused further distress to the guests.
The hotel is much larger than you think and it feels like you are staying on a large housing estate. It's sister hotel in Phuket however, is fantastic.
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