Le Royal Meridien Baan Taling Ngam Hotel

, Koh Samui, Thailand
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Le Royal Meridien Baan Taling Ngam Hotel

, Koh Samui
295 Moo 3, Taling Ngam Beach - Koh Samui - Thailand Hotel Website | 77-423019
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Not your five star hotel

from OutOfUSA
Nov 20-26'05. LAX-BKK-samui :We are a couple seeking peace, luxury and snorkling and water sports. First. Getting to the hotel. Arrived in BKK midnight, stayed at Penisular hotel, then fly to samui then drive 50 min. Long way. Beaware, Samui road is chaotic -I thought "depressing", my husband thought" lively". your pick. Booked 1brd rm suite at the main hotel.(The best, I am told). No high thai wooden ceiling, cheap beddding, leaking room, nothing like what we envisioned. But We liked bathroom opened to outdoor. Dinner at royal thai is very disappointing but main thai dining was good, breakfast was great with free bubbly-enjoyed throughly. French Fries are great as was wine of the month. Beaware.. Do not book spa package. Not only it is more expensive, they don't let you have your choice of services. Disappointing signiture massage, but Thai massage by a male (don't remember the name) was heavenly. Me and my husband loved it. Don't bother with facial. Monson, so flew out of suth..(forgot name) via ferry-much better choice than flying into samui. Wrong time for snorkling but beach was ok. Memorable part? breakfast, french fries, bathroom with orchids, lunch in the rain, sea&sun cocktail. Would go back? NO. Recommand to friend? NO. Experience, but not worth it.

Checked out after one night

from escholte
We had such high expectations of this resort. I'm usually cautiosuly positive of my tripadvisor input but if it wasn't for the nice meal we had in the "Lemongrass" restaurant - a wierd add-on, I would have given this resort no stars. We had booked to stay in a one bedroom Cliff Villa for 7 nights, but were so shocked and unhappy with the room we checked out after one night. We booked directly with the hotel website months ago and when we said we were leaving they wanted to charge us an extra night cancellation fee. After much to-ing and fro-ing and 3 hours hard work we managed to find another resort. The management staff although polite were unhelpful in trying to help us and it took a little arguing for them to waive the cancellation fee. The resort manager introduced himself when we arrived, but disappeared every time we saw him again. The bedroom was sparsely furnished, the bathroom was in a poor state - miniscule bath, no seperate shower, mould on the walls; one has to exit the bedroom go outside and up a flight of stairs to enter the lounge or kitchenette - great when you want to drink in the middle of the night. The pictures on their website looked like no-way near what we got. Maybe we got a bum room, but at $400++/night - I expect resort wide excellence, cleanliness and A1-standard. Access to the private pool meant going gown a flight of stairs, walking 20yds up the path and then going up 2 flights of stairs!!
I could go onto to list the disappointment of our stay, but I would suggest you spend your money elsewhere - there a a lot of boutique resorts popping up all over Koh Samui and next time I'll be staying at the "Napasai" - an "Orient-Express" hotel. Went there for a meal and it was out of this world.

Perfect

from KarenMiltonKeynesUK
From the moment we arrived to the moment we left our holiday was perfect, from our room, to the pool, the spa, the excellent food and the friendly staff. We stayed at this hotel after a 5 night stay in Singapore and this was the relaxing part to our holiday. We stayed at the hotel for 9 nights and only left the hotel once to go exploring, we hired one of the Le Meridien staff to take us around the island in Le Meridien's own car. He took us to the waterfall, aquarium, grandfather/mother rocks, big bhudda and the main shopping areas.
If you want 5 star luxury stay at this hotel you will not be disappointed.

For anyone who wants relaxed luxury

from Femalereviewer
This was our first time to Thailand, and following a few days in Bangkok we were looking forward to a relaxing time in Koh Samui. From the moment we were met at reception to us leaving the staff could not have been more friendly and helpful, without being over the top.
We had booked a deluxe room with which we more than happy with. In fact on the last day we were moved to a villa which we could use until we checked out in the evening, and apart from the extra space we thought the room was a lot nicer and had a much better bathroom with huge bath and separate shower, than the villa.
We ate at the Lom Talay and Promonade restaurants, both of which were excellent and particularly enjoyed the meal on the beach.
My husband booked a dive but unfortunately this got cancelled due to lack of numbers, which I can see would be a regular problem unless both of you dived. I had chosen to have a spa treatment and having had his dive cancelled by husband decided to join me. The spa and staff were wonderful and it was a most relaxing experience which I would have loved to gone back for more.

All in all I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to have a relaxing holiday in luxurious and peaceful surroundings.

out of this world

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is out of this world. We have stayed in many luxurious hotels around the world but i would rank it as one of the best. Considering the price, it is one of the best deals in Thailand. Hotel of this quality and service can easily set you back at 700-1000 usd a night in Europe. The food at Royal Thai restaurant is exceptional and breakfast buffet is fantastic.
I really recommend the Spa, we went for the best and longest package called DETOX, there were about 7 different treatments plus Spa cuisine lunch. You really do feel like a totally different person after 6 hours of indulgence. Overall go for this hotel, it is a beautifully secluded heaven of Earth.

Royal Meridien - Lovely but not up to expectation

from MissBeeHaven
We stayed at the Meridien for the last four days of our month long honeymoon and while it was easily the most expensive resort we had stayed at while in Asia it was not without its faults.

The rooms were lovely but disrepair is starting to show and quite frankly I expected better from a five star resort. The outside of our door was missing half the paint and the view from our balcony was wonderful as long as you didn't look down (there was a mass of rotting and broken vegetation directly below our room). The bathroom however was one of the nicest we came across and apart from these things the rooms were very nice.

The beach itself at Taling Ngam is rocky which we hadn't realised prior to our trip. You need to wear water booties for comfort if you intend on spending much time in the water. Obviously this does bring some good snorkelling though! The view and setting is wonderful and if you are more interested in suntanning than water this is the perfect spot.

The beach is also a VERY long way from the rooms - the view is spectacular but if you are wanting something where you can just walk out of the room and wander down to the beach this is not the place for you. The hotel offers a transfer via golf cart to the beach and around the resort which is fairly regular and you should only have to wait a couple of minutes for a ride. This is still an issue though if you get to the beach and realise you have left something in your room - its a LONG walk and even the golf buggy will take a good 15-20 minutes to get up and back.

Staff were polite and helpful. Privacy however is not overly well respected and we had numerous occasions when the staff would knock once and open the door via key within seconds. As this was our honeymoon this did cause a problem for us although not everyone may be bothered.

Apart from this the resort is beautiful and we had a wonderful stay. The seven pools (most with infinity edges) are pretty spectacular although the spa was maintained at a temperature which was uncomfortably cool.

Restaurant food was overpriced (to be expected though in a five star resort) and disappointingly greasy. Cocktails and drinks however were spectacular and the service on the beach without fault.

The position of the resort can be a positive or a negative depending on your view. It is extremely secluded and can be quite difficult to view a lot of Samui. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus for Nathon if you want to do some shopping which leaves reasonably regularly but books out very quickly. A service to Chaweng has a minimal charge and likewise requires early booking. As honeymooners we appreciated the seclusion but this may not be to everyones taste.

Overall, for the price I couldn't help wondering if there is a better deal on offer. We stayed in far cheaper accommodation in Bangkok which I rate much more highly than the Meridien and while beautiful I expected better.

Royal Treatment at Le Royal Meridien

from Rolydog1
Just a note about my rating for food: Not because of the quality but more because the choice of menu was limited.

Having said that the head chef introduced himself to us one evening and when he heard that we loved Indian food he said that he would prepare a special meal (starters and main course) especially for us the next evening. He was true to his word and he really made us feel special and cooked an amazing chicken dish with fresh garlic,ginger and lots of fresh vegetables. This combined with the fact that it was my birthday and we were serenaded by a lovely Thai family trio on the terrace of a beatiful location brought a tear to both our eyes! The girl singer has a wonderful voice and an amazing range of old, new and traditional songs: Ask and she will sing.

We stayed in a cliffe villa with a fantastic view of the 5 islands and the coast line. What can I say about the villa? Absolute luxury, the upstairs living/dining/TV area was 300 sq YARDS this is before you take into account you also have a fully fitted kitchen and third bathroom (to use when you return from the beach) in a separate building off your balcony. Downstairs you have two bedrooms each en-suite wuth TV etc.

Room service is first class and they come and set out dinner for you on the balcony or inside on your six seater dining table! Or if you prefer the chef will come and prepare dinner for you in your own kitchen or prepare a barbeque.

The grounds, pool areas and beach are superbly maintained with freindly and attentive staff who do make you feel special.

The hotel is in a remote secluded location but it is easy to reach Nathon, Chaweng (if that is what you want!) etc but why leave when you can live like celebrities and pretend for a few days.

Not the cheapest hotel you will stay in but worth every penny

The worst thing was that we had to leave!

from TiteG4
We might have been a little too ambitious on this trip with a whirlwind schedule from Bangkok to Koh Tao to Samui and then Cambodia, all in 10 days. If we could do it over, we would have chosen Baan Taling Ngam for the whole duration. Be warned though that this is not a hotel for you if you expect the hustling/bustling of the exotic Far East. This hotel is perfect if you want to get away from it all and be pampered to the nines. We booked a 1-bedroom villa, but got upgraded to a 2-bedroom cliff villa. The one we stayed at have two levels with the living and dining area on the upper floor and the two bedrooms on the lower floor. Each level also has a large deck overlooking the cliff, the beach and the marine national park. The view at sunset from the balconies was just indescribably gorgeous. A group of 3-4 villas share a swimming pool, but I would also recommend the infinity pool at the main hotel. The view there is simply stunning. Because the hotel is far away from other commercial area of Samui, you can see all the stars at night. Plus, there is no traffic noise or music blaring. They even use electric golf carts around the hotel. It was just so heavenly spending the day lying on the chaise reading a book with the birds singing in the background.

In addition to the stunning location, the service is also impeccable. The staffs anticipate your need without being intrusive. They seem to all know you by name even though this was our first time there. We had all our meals at the main restaurant. I had the best Thai food ever (and I am Thai-sorry, Mom).

Now on to some minor complaints. The d├ęcor, though beautiful, is just a little too ethnic for my taste. I would prefer an understated Asian fusion style personally. Another minor inconvenience was the absence of a nightlight in the bathrooms. Having to turn on the main bathroom light at 3 am was somewhat unpleasant.

All in all, we had an almost perfect stay at Baan Taling Ngam and would definitely go back some time in the near future. Though not cheap, it is a much better value than the Amanpuri in Phuket with all other things being equal.

paradise in samui

from JaegerLim
I just came back from samui and stayed for 3 nights in Meridien Baan Taling Ngam.

It is a lovely place and wonderful views although bathroom is abit old but spacious .
Eating breakfast with views of the sea , distance island and mountain are really a great way to start your day .

Food at the beachfront restaurant was excellent ( al fresco pizza n seafood pasta) .

If you are staying in the ocean view room , try asking for 10x or 20x where the view are not totally blocked.

Five Island Resturant nearby was good but the "seafood in a coconut" was over-rated.

for Big John Resturant , the lobster is a must try ...

So good, we went 2 years running

from A TripAdvisor Member
I cannot praise this hotel enough. We first visited the Le Meridien for our honey moon in May 2004 - we got upgraded from a room to a villa - which was nearly bigger than our house. The mini bar was infact a kitchen! The views, rooms and food are amazing. The staff are extremely polite, helpful and friendly.

We loved it so much we went back again in April 05 for 2 weeks. This time we stayed in a room with ocean view which in fact was even nicer than a villa as it was more intimate - but the facilities and in-room entertainment systems were just as good.

Some of the staff remebered us from last year - which was lovely. The variety of resturants and food has increased this year and the speciality nights at the main resturant as well as the promenade bar are great.

The hotel is 40 minutes drive from the main town - which when you've been to Chaweng you'll realise is a blessing. After a night out shopping we couldn't wait to escape back to the peace and quiet.

There is a mix of age groups that go to the hotel - we're in our 20's and we loved being spoilt and not doing a great deal. It is an ideal place to go to relax. The views from the main bar are spectacular and I'd recommend the hotels private boat trip to go out to the islands in the marine park.

It is well worth the money - and i'd go back again next year if my husband didn't have his heart set on Australia.

Top Local Tips for Koh Samui

Location Make sure you know what you want from the Island. If you require solitude, a remote location, with little night life then stay around the South West area. If you want nightlife, restuarants and shops then the North East around Caweng is your location. Hire a jeep not a moped. We saw lots of injuries. The locals may know how to handle the roads, traffic, and pot-holes but the tourists are asking for trouble.

eateries in Chaweng We liked Eat Sense in Chaweng -really nice setting and delicious food

The only rhum in Thailand South of the island, you can find the Koh Samui Rhumerie. No surprise, it's runned by a french woman. Try it. it's really delicious.

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  • Address: 295 Moo 3, Taling Ngam Beach - Koh Samui - Thailand
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