Phuket Gazette

The highly anticipated InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort has announced its opening date as February 1, 2012.

Located on the former site of Baan Taling Ngam Resort, the stunning 22-acre property has a legendary status as Koh Samui’s first ever luxury resort and opens following a 10-month multimillion dollar renovation project led by some of the region’s best known consultants.

She boasts 79 luxurious guest residences, seven stunning swimming pools, a quiet beach with a150m licensed jetty, a number of unique 2-bedroom villas, world class dining and an expansive spa raised 120 meters above sea level.

Ranging from 67 to 320 sqm, each residence will boast a private balcony, large bathroom with soaking tub and waterfall shower - and is adorned with unique ‘pops’ of color adding a contemporary edge to the resort’s strong Thai heritage.

Twelve signature standalone beachfront pool villas are just steps away from the shoreline and feature luxuriously appointed living and lounging areas in addition to a private sundeck, swimming pool and 24-hour butler service.

Seven swimming pools throughout the resort will give semi-private pool access to villa guests looking for space; whilst a 150-metre licensed private pier will be home to three resident luxury boats available for guest use.

The "must try" destination of the resort will be Air Bar, an ultra lounge bar offering 360-degree views of the Gulf of Thailand and a unique menu of molecular cocktails from Joseph Boroski of Sip Slowly New York featuring Sakes and unusual tapas, sushi and sashimi.

Gourmet dining will come in many forms with beach-side restaurant Flames serving up modern European cuisine cooked live, grilled or flamed in front of guests - and Amber restaurant, a range of delectable Thai and Asian cuisine through an open dine-in kitchen concept with onsite bakery and multiple live cooking stations allowing guests to get up close to the action.

With InterContinental’s “In the Know” Concierge program, guests will be guaranteed a journey of discovery with the hotel’s "insider experiences" showcasing the best the island and surrounding areas has to offer, as well as the ability to create a range of tailor made and bespoke packages to engage customers with the local community and rural Thai life to ensure lifelong memories to take home.

Baan Taling Ngam has been ranked in New York Times’ best seller book “1000 Places to See Before You Die,” for its stunning sunset views and vistas across the famous “Five Islands” and Angthong National Park.

Well-loved throughout the years by discerning travelers who have come across the world to this idyllic destination, the Baan Taling Ngam legend gets even better as it flies the new flag of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts.

Opening rates for the resort’s signature Beachfront Pool Villas will start from 17,195 baht ++ per night available until 31 March 2012, including:

- Breakfast at Amber Restaurant
- Welcome cocktails at Air Bar
- Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access throughout the resort
- Complimentary use of the resort’s fully equipped fitness center, tennis, golf practice area, mountain bikes, kids club, library etc.
- Complimentary use of the resort’s many non-motorised water sports activities including kayaking, sailing, and wind surfing.

Bookings can be made online at W: intercontinental.com/samui or by contacting the resort’s reservations department on Tel. +66 (0) 7742 9100 or [email protected]

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