Samui Wining & Dining
Wed In Bliss

The Tongsai Bay has all the elements in place necessary for hosting the perfect wedding.

 

Wed In BlissAlmost 25 years ago, The Tongsai Bay, the first 5-star luxury resort on the island, opened its doors for the first time. And it holds a special place in the hearts of everyone who’s stayed there. Not least the lucky couples who over the years have been married on its secluded beach.

 

It’s tucked away in the north-eastern corner of Samui and sits on a rolling hillside surrounded by native plants and tall trees. More than 60 species of birds nest in the grounds and there’s a family of large monitor lizards that are allowed to roam freely, although they are quite shy creatures and keep to themselves. The Tongsai Bay is noted not just for the surroundings, the fabulous views, wonderful food and friendly attentive service but also for its fabulous beach. All 200 metres are enclosed on either side by huge rock formations and it’s only accessible through the resort or by boat. And that means that your privacy is assured. In addition, they don’t allow jet-skis or motorized watersports so peace and tranquility are guaranteed.

 

Hotel Manager, Mark Harrison, has been with the resort for the last ten years. “It really is the perfect place to hold a wedding ceremony and the team here ensures that it’s everything the couple and their guests dreamed it would be. We proudly boast that The Tongsai Bay is Samui’s most romantic hotel and we have couples that return years afterwards to re-new their vows in the exact same place that they got married.

 

The resort can assist and give advice if couples choose to be legally married in Thailand although most people to do this part in their home country. The most important aspect though is the civil ceremony on the beach where vows, promises and rings are exchanged and the party really begins. At The Tongsai Bay, they have two basic packages, a Western style and a Thai style, which are simply starting points as every wedding is tailor-made to suit each couple.

 

The Western style package includes:

Beach ceremony venue, seating and ceremonial furniture

A spectacular flower arch

Floral decorations

A bouquet for the bride and deluxe buttonhole for the groom

Buttonholes for the parents and groomsmen

Civil celebrant to conduct the service

Printed order of ceremony and wedding vows

Ceremonial certificate

Guest signature book

Sound equipment for bride and groom’s choice of music

Floral honeymoon bed turndown and welcome bottle of Champagne in the bedroom of the bride and groom

A signature 2 ½ hours ‘Return to Prana’ spa treatment for two

 

The Buddhist style Wedding Blessing includes:

Indoor or covered ceremony venue, seating and ceremonial furniture

Buddhist monks to perform your ceremony and blessing

Traditional Long Drum Parade

Traditional Water Blessing

Live Thai musicians during and after the ceremony

Alms for the monks and temple donations

A spectacular flower arch

Floral decorations

A bouquet for the bride and deluxe buttonhole for the groom

Buttonholes for the parents, bridesmaids and groomsmen

Master of Ceremonies

Printed order of ceremony and wedding vows

Ceremony certificate

Guest signature book

Sound equipment for bride and groom’s choice of music

Floral honeymoon bed turndown and welcome bottle of Champagne in the bedroom of the bride and groom

A signature 2 ½ hours ‘Return to Prana’ spa treatment for two

 

In the months leading up to the ceremony, The Tongsai Bay’s wedding co-ordinator works with the couple to ensure that the colour-schemes, flowers and style are exactly right. And they can also arrange hairstylists, make-up artists, photographers and videographers for the big day, and musicians, traditional Thai dancers and DJ’s for the reception later on. Not to mention just about any kind of wedding dinner that you can imagine.

 

Executive Chef, Mark Krueger, personally puts together the perfect menu for the occasion. He has an impressive list of top-class restaurants that he’s worked in, from Paul Bocuse’s restaurant in Melbourne to the Coco Palm Resort & Spa in the Maldives and the Six Senses Hideaways in both Hua Hin and Samui. He led the team at the famous ‘Dining on the Rocks’ restaurant at the Six Senses on Samui for several years before joining The Tongsai Bay and his reputation for innovative international cuisine is well-founded. Just recently they’ve re-launched ‘Po-Lad Beach Bistro & Bar’ at the resort. The concept is all about top quality organic and locally sourced ingredients. And classical and up-to-date cooking techniques are used to preserve the integrity of the original recipes whilst maximising the flavours and textures. And it results in very modern, international cuisine with an Asian edge.

 

Having a very up-market barbecue on the beach though is ideal. And the set-up, location and choices could leave you thinking about getting married on a regular basis. Appetizers can include satays, homemade crab cakes, prawn and pomelo salad, freshly seared tuna, smoked scallops, oysters, sushi, breads straight from their in-house bakery and all the dips and sauces you could think of. Another section could have a whole array of regional Thai delicacies. And yet another could have the chefs ready at the barbecue stations preparing lobster, sea bass, snapper, giant prawns and shellfish. Then there’re also prime Australian steaks, honey and lemon chicken, beef tenderloin, herb infused lamb and basted duck. And, of course, their pastry chefs can prepare all the chocolate- and cream-filled desserts that you could ever wish for.

 

Getting married is such an important occasion and the team at The Tongsai Bay never forgets that. And their professionalism, creativity and desire to make it very special means all you have to remember is to turn up and focus on the person you love.

 

Johnny Paterson

 


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