Pure white sand that seemed to be melted right off the white colonial facades of the resort; turquoise sea water that almost blinds the eyes - yes, that is Koh Samui waving its welcome flag to us when we arrived at the resort. Don’t ask me what the name actually means in Thai, but do ask me how hospitable the Thai can really be (hint: the legends are veritably true. They are so amicable and docile that I could almost say I would love a beach holiday - this coming from a girl who never really ventures out into the sun and finds beaches mind-numbing and more so, unstimulating).
The drive from the airport is a rustic one, and when the car attempts to go uphill, you’d better be prepared to feel very much hoisted up in a rather violent manner. But once that is done and dusted, the panoramic view is the best reward ever, and the lobby itself, another story to tell.
Be prepared to be greeted with smiling faces, a welcome drink, and a flower wreath - everything you can possibly imagine with regards to Thai hospitality. This, combined with the amazing view of the private beach, could make one faint with extreme pleasure - or ecstasy, depending on what you have been expecting. As with all things Thai though, also be prepared to wait. And wait. And wait… before you get to your room/villa.
I shared a villa with another fellow journalist, and the shack was as big as a house. I think they don’t even call it a villa, but a suite - anyway, a moniker is a moniker. Just check out the video to see how big the room actually is. And yes, you get a private sundeck. Just make sure no one is watching before you go full on nude. The distance for most villas are walkable, but for the lazier bums, you can always hitch a ride from the little cubbies. I like the scenic route, but the paths are almost unlit during nightfall, so be wary. Be very wary (as I discovered that there are some altars filled with flowers and incense - you don’t want to be falling face first into these things!). An abundance of sunlight streams through the windows that surround all four walls of the villa, and there is definitely no shortage of fruits, snacks, and water too.
I definitely LOVED the bathroom. Big enough to be a bedroom itself, the toiletries and the pair of straw slippers were bonus points to the splendid offerings the villa already has. I liked the bathtub, the style of the interior design. Everything was marble, and white, so it gives off a great minimalist modern whiff. Although I am not too keen with being so close to nature as it always draws more insects than I would like, this bathroom was kept clean and pristine most of my stay.
Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, 295 Moo 3 Taling Ngam Beach, Koh Samui, Koh samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand