Michael Shin, General Manager

Michael Shin, General Manager, InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort

What do you do and how did you get into the industry?
I’m the General Manager of the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort. I fell in love with the idea of living in a beautiful hotel and moving around the world so I chose Hotel Administration for my study at University and I have been doing this since 1998.

Share with us an interesting story from behind the scenes.
Last year, we had a wedding couple come to us asking if we can do a wedding party for the next day. Unfortunately, the resort that they were supposed to have a wedding canceled the event on them the day before. We had literally 20 hours to prepare for a 50-guest wedding ceremony and party – in the end we were able to arrange everything in the way the couple wanted.

What’s the best/ worst part of your job?
Best – to see young and passionate colleagues grow in their career
Worst – when I see a disappointing face from a guest

What’s your favourite experience at the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort?
InterContinental is always about providing our guests true ‘In the Know’ experience where our guests can enjoy authentic local cultural experience. The Concierge team really goes above and beyond to ensure we can design the ‘Perfect Day’ for everyone.

What’s one of the funniest things you’ve seen behind the scenes?
I only wish I can share how much fun we have behind the scenes… even in the most pressured moments, the team always pull it off with joyful spirit and laughter.

The perfect day off would be…
A relaxing afternoon with family by the pool.

A day in the life of a GM is…
lots of fun conversation, learning from colleagues, smiles …. and emails.

What do you do for fun?
Play with my children and golf.

What’s something you’d like guests to know about the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort?
We have the BEST PEOPLE to provide True Thai Hospitality …. And a SUNSET view to die for.
A sunset cocktail cruise cocktail to the hidden gems of the Five islands in Samui with the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort is an unforgettable experience.

For a truly intimate experience, dine under the stars at one of a number of secluded locations around the resort, including our 150-meter private licensed pier, with your own personal waiter and a menu of your choosing.
And if you can’t get enough of Thai cuisine, don’t miss our deliciously entertaining cooking class led by our Master Chef Tao.

What’s your favourite food and wine pairing?
Lobster Thermidor with Pascal Jolivet Pouilly Fumé, Sauvignon Blanc, Loire 2013

What’s your view on the luxury travel scene in Koh Samui?
Thailand is one of the world’s great culinary destinations, and at InterContinental® Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort you’ll enjoy authentic and artfully prepared Thai cuisine along with Asian and international delights. From elegant fine dining to a beachside grill to stirring views offered at Air Bar cocktail lounge, there’s something for every mood and palate. Koh Samui really offers the unspoiled beauty of the Gulf of Thailand.  The island balances well between authentic Thai culture and modern convenience for leisure travelers.  The island will continue to develop as top destination in Thailand offering true luxury experience.

What’s in store for you in the upcoming months?
To celebrate its sixth birthday Koh Samui’s most coveted world-class resort has launched two romantic offers featuring the perfect mix of luxury and adventure ensuring unforgettable stays. *Stay for two nights and enjoy the third complimentary – Club Beachfront Pool Villa or Club Two Bedroom Residence Villa.
Couples offer: Club Beachfront Pool Villa: from THB 61,000 nett for two adults for three nights.
Family Offer: Club Two Bedroom Residence Villa: from THB 71,000 nett for two adults and two children for three nights.
*A Five islands of Koh Samui tour is included in the offer for the first 25 guests to book.
Available to book from now until the end of March 2018, the Summer Birthday Packages at the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort create tropical holiday-magic stays for families and couples.

Take a look inside InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort here.


  1. Sounds like a really great job!

  2. Love these posts, always so interesting. Cheers Diane

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