In the first part of our three part series about the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, we introduced you to the property. In this installment, we look at the resort’s key activity: relaxing.
The beach is great for that. Certainly no beach vendors here.
In our view, the water isn’t for swimming due to rocks and other sea junk in the water. That didn’t seem to deter some other guests, although they never stayed in long.
Curiously, a small set of beach lounges were vaguely marked out as being Club InterContinental.
The sunsets from this part of Koh Samui are legendary. Enjoying it on the beach with a drink is really a great way to finish the day.
The resort has a solution to the sea swimming problem: seven pools. Two are located in handy locations for guests of the main building and five are set out on the hill amongst the villas.
The below property map might be helpful (click on the property map below to expand it) in understanding the layout of the pools.
The first pool, at the beach, was always crowded. Not what we were here for (and also not that we could get pictures of without looking strange).
The second, the Panoramic View Infinity pool, in the main building was much quieter.
The five pools set amongst the villas are described as ‘semi-private’ in the resort’s marketing materials. That might be underselling them. Whenever we used any of them we found that we were the only people in any of these pools. Occasionally some people would come along, see the pool was occupied and move on to another. There was one notable exception, when two gentleman arrived smoking cigarettes before diving into the orange pool. We escaped back to our villa.
Presumably the concept is that you go to whichever one is closest to your villa. You can of course call a buggy to take you to a further pool from your villa but its getting back that is difficult with no way to call for a buggy.
So which of these pools is best?
Usually there were towels a matching colour out. At the yellow pool when we visited there was only a single towel.
Orange (Chantra) pool
The blue pool is by far our favourite. It isn’t shadowed by trees and has an excellent view.
The resort’s Baan Thai Spa is located at the very top of the resort grounds and charges usual high end Thai resort prices. For those looking to save money and go drastically downmarket (massage in a shack on the beach), there is a little shack located to the right of the hotel on the beach.
Up from the purple pool at the top of the resort, across from the spa is a run down villa with a sign on reading ‘Napa Villa for sale’. The sign looks like it has been there for some time.
Of the Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort’s seven pools, the five pools set amongst the villas stand out. While they are overlooked by the surrounding villas, they still feel very private and, for the most part, we were the only people using them. That makes a big difference to the experience.