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Why InterContinental Samui is a top Thailand hotel for families

An hour’s flight the the Thai capital, Bangkok, a beachside paradise welcomes families from all over the world. The most magnificent sunsets you’ve ever seen are said to occur on the west coast of Koh Samui. And at InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, you have the best view on the island.

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Aerial shot of the resort. Photo: Supplied

Why we stayed here

InterContinental ticks all the right boxes for a luxury family getaway. There’s a never-ending choice of activities for kids with an undeniably romantic ambiance that invites you to simply relax. The resort’s lavish suites and villas are surrounded by tropical gardens and offer breathtaking views. Guests are treated to a few perks like a kids’ club, complimentary water sports and free meals for kids under four.


There are 79 rooms, suites and villas at InterContinental. Each one comes with spacious balconies, opulent bathrooms and state-of-the-art entertainment amenities. Inspired by traditional Thai architecture while retaining a contemporary sophistication, they feature high-vaulted ceilings and splashes of traditional colour and crafts throughout. Opt for one of the Club Ocean View Terrace Suites or splurge in the Club Beachfront Pool Villas. You’ll have your own private pool and shaded pavilion where you can relax in total privacy.

Intercontinental Samui family room

Private jetty and beach below the resort. Photo: Supplied


With seven pools scattered throughout the property (including two infinity pools) and a private stretch of sand, it’s a hard task trying to drag yourself away from the resort. InterContinental Samui also has plenty of entertainment for young guests at the Planet Trekkers kids’ club. They’ll get to try crab hunting, traditional Thai games and craft activities. Activities are designed for 4- to 12-year-olds, run by highly trained staff. 

Parents can switch up their daily workout with a Thai kickboxing session or start the morning with yoga on the resort’s oceanfront platform. You can take a Thai cooking class, including a visit to the local market, with InterContinental’s skilled chefs. You’ll also have beach volleyball, stand-up paddle boarding and aerobics classes on offer. Kayaking and snorkelling excursions are available for those who want to explore further afield. The spectacular coral reefs of the Ang Thong National Marine Park just a short boat ride away. 

After an active day in the majestic Thai islands, take some time out at the award-winning Baan Thai Spa. This luxurious outfit offers an exclusive range of HARNN body and beauty treatments. After the sun goes down, settle in with the family at the beachfront fire show.

Travelling with young kids? A nanny service is available for children under four, together with an evening babysitting service for date nights. Spoil yourself during a night out at the cliffside Air Bar while sipping on signature cocktails. These are perfectly paired with tapas, sashimi and unforgettable Gulf of Thailand views.

Intercontinental Samui family room

Who doesn’t love an infinity pool? Photo: Supplied

Food & beverage

Begin the day with an international buffet breakfast at the stylish Amber restaurant. Then, feast on seafood and prime cuts at the nightly charcoal grill while sinking your feet into the sand at Flames. You can enjoy the spectacle of the resort’s skilled Japanese chefs during Teppanyaki Night or experience an exclusive barbecue dinner cooked in the privacy of your villa. Kids under four eat free at InterContinental Samui, while those aged six to twelve receive a 50 per cent discount on food and drinks.

Staying in a Club InterContinental suite or villa gives you access to additional perks, such as complimentary afternoon tea and sunset cocktails and by gourmet canapés.

InterContinental Samoa Baan Taling Ngam Resort
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295 Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand


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