Koh Samui’s The Tongsai Bay Relaunches as a Garrya Resort

It will become the inaugural Thai property of a new wellness-focused brand from the Banyan Tree Group.

All photos courtesy of the Banyan Tree Group

A longstanding Koh Samui resort that opened back in 1987 as the island’s first five-star retreat is turning a new chapter under a slightly different name. Following multiple phases of remodeling and refurbishment, Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui will open its doors this Thursday (December 15), joining a sister hotel in Kyoto and two in the Chinese cities of Huzhou and Xi’an as the fourth outpost of the Banyan Tree Group’s Garrya brand. Travelers checking in to a Garrya property can expect a simpler, pared-back design; they’ll be encouraged to slow down, savor nourishing food, get better quality sleep, and make ample time for self-care.

Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui occupies 11 hectares of forested land descending to a private cove on the northeastern shores of Koh Samui. All 82 suites and villas here are set within lush gardens on a hillside, offering unobstructed views of the Gulf of Thailand. The accommodations come in a range of family-friendly configurations, and no less than 74 suites and villas feature an outdoor bathtub on the terrace.

The trio of dining venues at Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui all highlight local flavors. Open for breakfast and dinner, Rhoy Rhoy! serves unpretentious Thai cuisine in a courtyard with sea views. As its name suggests, casual beachfront spot Fish Tales will plate up seafood dishes for lunch and dinner, while EVOL focuses on wholesome, nutritionally balanced meals with vegan options; most ingredients will be sourced from local farmers and the resort’s own garden. Guests can also request candlelit dinners on the beach and in-villa barbecues on their terrace, complete with a bespoke menu and a personal chef and service attendant.

Terraces of the Beachfront suites at Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui come with an outdoor bathtub.

Inside the living room of a Sea View Hillside suite.

A Beachfront suite bathroom.

Spa cottages at the in-house 8lements Spa are each equipped with two massage beds, a separate treatment area for Thai massages, an outdoor foot wash and relaxation area, a herbal steam room, and an open-air bathtub for floral or milk baths. Other recreational facilities around the resort include two swimming pools (one of which is adults-only) and a gym. The on-site Kids’ Club will offer art classes, outdoor games, and wellness activities such as yoga and stretching, alongside spa treatments for children. Remote workers, meanwhile, will find a 24-hour co-working space just off the lobby.

Nature-centric excursions organized by the resort range from island-hopping in Mu Koh Ang Thong National Marine Park to jungle hikes to the Na Muang Waterfalls. Day trips to the islands of Koh Taen and Koh Matsum for snorkeling sessions and time spent on deserted beaches are also on the agenda.

Valid for stays until June 30 next year, Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui’s opening special is bookable from December 15, 2022 through January 2023. The three-night Exclusive Wellbeing Package promises 10 percent off best available rates for a Wellbeing Pool Villa, on top of extra benefits.

garrya.com; doubles from US$370

On the ocean-facing deck of a Grand Seafront Pool villa.

Grand Seafront Pool villas offer 141 square meters of living space.

An aerial view of the resort’s lagoon pool and private beach.

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