THE FORTRESS by pengxuezhi


November 2006
                        THE TONGSAI BAY
                         AT A GLANCE…

Description:     An idyllic and distinctly rustic resort, full of character and built
                 within lush tropical gardens overlooking a secluded bay, The
                 Tongsai Bay is located on the exclusive northern coast of
                 Koh Samui in Thailand and is a member of Small Luxury
                 Hotels of the World and Summit Hotels and Resorts.

Opening:         1987
                 Full refurbishment completed in 2005

Location:        North-eastern tip of Koh Samui, Thailand


Address:         84 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320, Thailand

Phone and Fax:   Tel:    +66 7724 5480 – 5544
                 Fax:    +66 7742 5462

Airport:         5km from Koh Samui airport
                 Bangkok Airways currently operates 15-20 flights daily from
                 Bangkok to Koh Samui. Journey time one hour.

Ownership:       Privately owned and managed by the Hoontrakul family
Key people:      Khun Chompunute Hoontrakul, proprietor
                 Khun Thanakorn Hoontrakul, general manager
                 Khun Saisiri Hoontrakul, deputy general manager
                 Khun Burath Mangalakiri, resident manager
                 Mark Harrison, executive manager
                 Khun Chanok Chamnibannakarn, front office manager
                 Khun Vasin Supavej, sales and marketing manager
                 Khun Peerapan Mangij, reservations manager
                 Khun Piengchom Darbanand, culinary consultant
Guest rooms:     83 suites, all of which feature stunning sea views, spacious
                 terrace with an outdoor bathtub, air conditioning, satellite
                 television, DVD/CD player, IDD telephone, fully-stocked mini
                 bar, in-room safety deposit box and tea/coffee making

24 Beachfront suites
The beachfront suites are located within the main building,
adjacent to the free-form freshwater pool and beach. All
suites have a generous terrace.
41 Cottage suites
The split-level cottage suites are scattered along the hillside
leading down to the beach. 12 of the suites are located on
the seafront.
Hideaway and McGuigan Cottages
These two ‘special cottages’ boast the best views in the
resort and offer an extra large terrace with gazebo.
View Point Family Cottage
The largest of all the cottages, the View Point can
accommodate up to five adults or three adults and two
children. It features an L-shaped terrace, which offers
stunning sea views.
Nine Tongsai Grand Villas

The Grand Villas opened in 1998 and are located on the
hillside to the right of the bay. Having been meticulously
renovated in 2005, each of the villas now features a vast
open-air terrace area complete with an outdoor bathtub,
gazebo, bar-pantry area, dining table and sun loungers.
Four Tongsai Pool Villas
In addition to the same facilities as the Grand Villas, each of
the Pool Villas features its own private 15m² plunge pool,
surrounded by palm-fringed gardens.
Akorn Villa
Named after the late Akorn Hoontrakul, creator of The
Tongsai Bay, this two bedroom villa is the largest of all the
guest accommodation and extends to a total 264m², of which
over half is the open-air terrace. The villa can accommodate
up to four adults or two adults and two children.
Nang-gong Villa
Perched high on the edge of the hill overlooking Tongsai
Bay, this villa also boasts views of the neighbouring
Choengmon Beach. Similar to the Akorn Villa, it also features
a plunge pool and secluded rear garden.
Guvnor Villa and Guvnor Pool Villa
Two adjoining Tongsai Grand Villas, which can be linked
together, to provide and additional bedroom and/or a private
plunge pool.

Dining & entertainment:      Chef Chom’s Thai Restaurant (service hours 07.00-10.30
                             breakfast and 19.00-22.00 dinner), serves authentic Royal
                             Thai Cuisine accompanied by spectacular views over the
                             bay. At breakfast, the restaurant also serves as an open
                             bakery, where guests can watch their bread being freshly
                             baked before their eyes. In the evenings, the restaurant also
                             offers an ‘open kitchen’ experience, with a mouth-watering à
                             la carte menu as well as seafood specialities and tasteful
                             themed nights.
                             The Butler’s Restaurant (service hours 19.00-22.00 dinner
                             only) is situated on the hillside overlooking the crescent-
                             shaped pool, this intimate restaurant seats just 20 guests
                             and offers contemporary Mediterranean cuisine.
                             Floyd’s Beach Bistro and Bar (service hours 11.00-22.00
                             lunch, dinner and snacks, 22.00-midnight late supper, 11.00-
                             02.00 bar) is named after the charismatic British TV chef,
                             Keith Floyd, who was a friend of the late Khun Akorn. The
                             bistro and bar are located right on the beach and are partly
                             open-air and partly air-conditioned, offering contemporary
                             Thai, Chinese and Western cuisine and snacks throughout
                             the day.
                             The Lobby Lounge Bar (service hours 10.00 – midnight) is
                             the perfect place to relax with a cool drink in the heat of the
                             day, or to while away evenings listening to live music.
                             Sip Internet Café (service hours 11.00 – midnight) is located
                             on the beach and offers a range of tea, coffee, cool drinks
                             and homemade cakes. It also has two computers for
                             Internet access.
Spa:                         Prana (meaning vital life energy) Spa offers guests a haven
                             of relaxation and privacy, with three uniquely designed spa
                             cottages, each catering for only two guests at any one time.
                             Each cottage consists of two massage beds, two treatment
                             beds, outdoor foot massage area, rain or waterfall shower,
                             open-air floral bath and steam room. The spa offers a range
                             of treatments and relaxation techniques, which aim to control
                             and decrease stress, reducing susceptibility to stress-related
                             illness. The ingredients used in treatments are all native to
                             Samui and mixed according to Prana’s original recipes.

                             All spa therapists have been trained in the art of Thai
                             massage by Master Somkiet, head trainer at The Traditional
                             Thai Massage Revival Foundation of Southern Thailand.
Resort leisure facilities:   Secluded 200-metre beach
                             Free-form swimming pool
                             Half-moon shaped swimming pool
                             Jacuzzi pool
                             Children’s pool
                             Tennis court
                       Exercise room
                       Non-motorised water sports (includes sailing, canoeing,
                       windsurfing and snorkelling)
                       Recreation room with pool table, television, DVD/CD library
                       and second hand book library
                       Gift shop

Services:              Room service (breakfast 07.00-11.00, all-day service 11.00-
                       Twice-weekly cocktail party hosted by the management
                       Car rental
                       Local taxi service
                       Tour desk
                       On-request activities including private dinners
                       Delightful themed nights including Beach BBQ and Thai
                       Classical Night

Wedding services:      Tongsai Bay offers a complete wedding service for
                       ceremonies of up to 40 guests. Couples may choose
                       between a Western or traditional Thai ceremony, with
                       optional extras including Thai dancers, a traditional Thai
                       band or a unique couples’ spa treatment.
Resort excursions:     Scuba diving
                       Elephant trekking
                       Wat Phra Yai and Big Buddha
                       Naga Pearl Farm
                       Na Muang and Hin Lad Waterfalls
                       Kayaking in Ang Tong Marine National Park

Awards:                Trip Advisor 2006 Traveller’s Choice Awards, no. 44 in 100
                       Best World Luxury category

                       VIP International Traveller (Germany) Reader’s Travel
                       Awards 2005 – Best Wellness Resort.

              no. 13 in Top 25 Best Spa Hotels in
                       Asia 2005.

                       Trip Advisor 2005 Traveller’s Choice Award.

Credit cards:          All major credit cards accepted.
Current air services
from the UK:           British Airways:
                       Daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok
                       Thai Airways:
                       Daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok
                       EVA Air:
                       Daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok
                       (except Mondays)
                           Qantas Airways:
                           Daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok
                           Indirect flights three times per day from London Heathrow
                           and London Gatwick to Bangkok (connecting in Dubai)
                           Qatar Airways:
                           Daily indirect flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok
                           (connecting in Doha) on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and

                           Twice daily indirect flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok
                           (connecting in Doha) on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
                           Twice daily indirect flights from London Gatwick to Bangkok
                           (connecting in Doha) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and

UK tour operators:         Gold Medal Travel Group
                           Hayes & Jarvis Worldwide
                           ITC Classics
                           Magic of the Orient
                           Northenden Travel
                           Roxton Bailey Robinson
                           Thomas Cook Signature
                           Travel 2

Reservations:              Tel: +66 2381 8774 - 6
                           Fax: +66 2381 8772

For further press information please contact:

Alex Everall, Trudy Stone or Manuela Robson
Bacall Associates, 79 Wimpole Street, London W1G 9RY
Tel: 08704 288 401        Fax: 08704 288 402    E-mail:

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