I'll tell you a little travel secret of mine: I like going to new luxury hotels because they often have opening-related temporary special offers with incredibly good value to introduce themselves to the market.
I just found one such hotel on a beach in Thailand -- the perfect last hurrah for summer -- and the online photos are so tantalizing that I'm determined to try it out one of these days.
For anyone looking for a last (luxury) summer escapade for the family, this is the perfect retreat at exceptionally reasonable prices for a luxury hotel. These are certainly not luxury hotel prices as the package already includes a two-bedroom villa for four, breakfasts, airport transfers and spa treatments for mom and dad -- talk about a stress-free holiday with the kids!
InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam is the new ‘grand dame’ of five-star resorts on the idyllic Thai island of Koh Samui in Thailand. They've just launched a great family offer called "Reconnect," good only until July 15, that includes a stay in one of their beautiful hillside stand-alone villas.
The resort is one of Koh Samui’s only luxury child-friendly resorts to fully cater to families with a dedicated Kids Club and numerous land-based recreational activities.
THE RECONNECT PACKAGE
The Reconnect Family Retreat Package is available starting from THB 13,982 (USD 452) per night for a minimum three-night stay.
- Plush accommodations for four in a two-bedroom villa with daily breakfast
- Complimentary airport transfers by car
- Complimentary kids amenities
- A 60-minute spa treatment at Baan Thai Spa for mum and dad
- Complimentary dining for children when parents eat at any one of the resort’s bars or restaurants.
THE KIDS WILL LOVE IT
A paradise for families with its own private beach, seven swimming pools and ‘Planet Trekker’ kids club to keep youngsters entertained with handicrafts, games and supervised play, the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort recently opened following a multimillion dollar refurbishment.
The two-bedroom Panoramic View Villas are a spacious 210-240 square meters offering sweeping views over nearby islands, whilst private sundecks lead to one of the resort’s five colored swimming pools.
PERKS OF VILLA LIFE
Both bedrooms have extensive living, dining and outside space for families to spread out. The hotel also provides complimentary in-villa products, especially developed for the resort by Harnn include customized room scents and “tropical survival kits” complete with his and her sandals, Sothy’s facial products, fisherman style sarongs and a beach bag.
Children also get their own kid-friendly amenities including a miniature bathrobe, slippers and child friendly products.
THE KIDS EAT FREE
As part of this promotion, children under 12 years old will enjoy complimentary meals when accompanying a paying adult in any of the resort’s dining destinations.
There are many dining choices as well in this child-friendly hotel:
- Abeachside restaurant called Flames which serves up a menu of Modern European cuisine cooked live, grilled or flamed in front of guests.
- Amber, a menu of Thai and Asian cuisines
- Air Bar, the resort’s must try destination for molecular cocktails and unusual tapas, sushi and sashimi.
Family activities available onsite extend to snorkeling, sailing, ocean kayaking and mountain biking, whilst the resort also boasts two tennis courts and a unique suspension bridge for guests to enjoy walking on.
Complimentary Wifi and a library of DVDs and ipods for hire will keep kids of any age entertained.
|Sunset at Koh Samui|
THE UPGRADE OPTION
Guests may also choose to upgrade to “Club InterContinental” to enjoy 24-hour butler service, complimentary soft drinks throughout the resort, daily afternoon tea, laundry services, babysitting services and the like.
Stylish speedboat transfers from Koh Samui International Airport can also be arranged for an additional THB15,000 (USD 485) each way. The leisurely trip includes a glass of sparkling wine and canapés while taking in the best of the island’s scenery to get a holiday underway or go home with lifelong memories.