Getting high on luxury

Thailand November 21, 2012 00:00

By Pattarawadee Saengmanee
The N

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Nestled into the cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort is the perfect place for a break


With blue skies and pleasant breezes heralding the arrival of Thailand’s cool season, the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort is preparing to welcome discerning holidaymakers to Samui’s unspoilt Western coast.
Formerly the Baan Taling Ngam resort, the InterContinental has undergone a Bt500-million transformation at the hands of P49 Design and Associates and offers visitors a selection of rooms, suites and villas perched on the cliffs overlooking a deep turquoise sea and surrounded by some 22 acres of lush landscaped gardens.  A huge Thai-pavilion serves as the lobby and is furnished with comfy sofas, where visitors can sit and look out over the Gulf of Thailand.
The resort offers 79 spacious guest residences ranging in size from 67 to 320 square metres and varying from ocean view, premier ocean view, tropical pavilion, ocean view suite, panoramic view villa, beachfront pool villa and the three-bedroom Napa reserve villa. 
The resort is very comfortable and offers full facilities. There are seven swimming pools with different themes, meeting rooms and an Inspiration Space packed with books and computers. 
The Baan Thai Spa is designed to resemble a Thai house and is perched on top of a cliff offering great views and a wide range of traditional therapeutic treatments. While mum is pampered, the little ones can have fun at Planet Trekkers, a well-equipped playground with plenty of educational toys and cartoons.
I stay in a stylish 67sqm Ocean View Room in the main building, which combines modern-Thai and colonial-styles with polished teak floors, elegant Thai furnishings, white louvered doors and clean lines.
The bed is king-size, the sheets luxurious Egyptian cotton and in addition to the free Wi-Fi Internet there’s an LCD TV, DVD player, a stereo system and an iPod docking station. The balcony is spacious too with a large daybed and offering a spectacular view of the sea.
Families may prefer the 320-square-metre three bedroom Napa Reserve Villa, which has a dining area for six, a self-contained kitchen with butler service and large living area. The master bathroom comes with a separate bathtub and shower, while other bedrooms have their own showers The room also has a private sundeck, private swimming pool and direct access to Baan Thai Spa.
All day dining is available at Amber, which offers Thai, Asian and international cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. Flames serves a range of modern European dishes, along with fresh seafood and meat grilled, baked or barbecued. Lobby bar Serene is a offers coffee, tea and home-made pastries, cognacs and whiskies while the Air Bar will have you sipping molecular cocktails created by Joseph Boroski of Sip Slowly in New York. 
The hotel also offers sightseeing programmes including hiking, treetop tour cable ride, diving and snorkelling at Koh Tao, elephant trekking, buffalo fight show and local fruit farm tour.
      At a glance
High point: In addition to the spacious and luxurious rooms, guests will love the private beach.
Low point: It’s a long way from anywhere else on the island, meaning you are more or less dependent on the hotel for all your meals.
Pay for it: Bt7,500 to Bt19,000. 
Find it: 295 Moo 3, Taling Ngam Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 
Book it: (077) 429 100
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