Sustainable Serenity – Escape To The Tongsai Bay On Koh Samui By The Luxury Channel

Surrounded by 28 acres of lush tropical gardens on a hillside on the north east coast of Koh Samui, the five-star Tongsai Bay resort overlooks a private beach lapped by azure waters. A total re-design of the Tongsai Grand Villas, however, means that guests choosing to stay in the newly re-named Tongsai Pool Villas can keep cool in their own private pool, with views across the beautifully kept grounds to the glittering sea below. Each villa has a terrace as spacious as the villa itself with outdoor bathtubs boasting breath-taking views across the Gulf of Thailand.

The Tongsai Bay is proud to be the first five-star green hotel on Koh Samui, as owner Khun Gob–Thanakorn Hoontrakul explains: “At The Tongsai Bay, trees are not felled, no insecticides or chemical fertilisers are used and humans are kind to animals. In keeping with this respect for nature, when we decided to add new swimming pools to our existing villas, we adapted existing structures so as to cause the least disturbance to the natural environment.”

The family-owned hotel works hard to protect and preserve the environment and while the newly upgraded Pool and Seafront Pool Villas retain the authentic and elegant features the resort is known for, with rich, dark wood complementing crisp, white linen, they also blend in harmoniously with the spectacular surroundings.

The Tongsai Bay used only eco-certified tiles surrounding each pool and bathtub on the villa terraces, with recycled wood used for flooring, doors and walls, and artificial wood to replace the wooden railings on the terrace. In addition, they also feature decorative artwork made from recycled ‘‘Nang Gong’’ wood.

Other eco-conscious elements include using drinking straws made from lemongrass and offering coral-friendly sunscreen – perfect for refreshing drinks around the pool while you sunbathe!

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