Conrad Koh Samui {THA}

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NEWS & IMPORTANT INFO
- May 15, 2013: Stefano Ruzza, formerly general manager for Hilton Manhae Golf and Spa Resort, Korea, is the new General Manager
- March 2017: Changeover in management; Stefano Ruzza has moved to, and taken over management of, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island while Lyle Lewis (of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island) has replaced Stefano here at Conrad Koh Samui
- December 2018: Lyle Lewis has retired and been replaced by Ruben Dario Gabino (previously hotel manager at Conrad Seoul) as the GM of Conrad Koh Samui.
- Jellyfish season is in October / November
- The resort was a Category 10 property and point redemption rates are 95k/night. They were 80-95k/night (either 80 or 95k, depending on season) up until around mid-2017. Here's what it used to look like (in chronological order from January through December):

Jan - Apr: 95K/N
May - Jul: 80K/N
Aug: 95K/N
Sep: 80K/N
Oct: 95K/N
Nov: 80K/N
Dec: 95K/N


HOTEL WEBSITE: http://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/h...CI/index.html#


USEFUL REVIEWS
1. Weatherboy's review Jul 29, 2015
2. http://www.jarvismarcos.com/2016/10/conrad-koh-samui-may-2015-part-1/]Jermyn's review (Part 1)[/url], (Part 2)
3. Jermyn's Second Visit review


COMMUNICATION
- Hotel email: [email protected]
- Concierge email: [email protected]
- Reservations (Assistant Manager): Chaiyo


ROOMS
- All villas have pools
- Several villas have been recommended in this thread. All villas in the 200s and 300s seem to have unobstructed views. 100s are at sea level
- Villas mentioned with unobstructed view: 204, 206, 207, 209-218, 302, 306, 308, 311, 501-503 for 2-bedroom villas
- Villas mentioned with trees blocking the view: 202
- Direct view to the Five Islands: villas on the left side on the map, like 306-310
- General info on rooms and selection click here and advice on which is the best in the 300s click here (Courtesy of monahos)

UPGRADE POLICY
- Resort is not exempt from the upgrade policy for Golds and Diamonds like Conrad Rangali is
- As of August 2017, the standard room for redemption / points bookings is the Ocean View Waterfront villa (100s, beach level). This was previously the Ocean View villa (200s)

Conrad Koh Samui (one bedroom villas)
- If you book an Ocean View villa (200s) the next upgrade would be the Ocean View Waterfront villa (100s)
- If you book an Ocean View Waterfront (100s) the upgrade goes to the Ocean View Retreat villa (300s)
- If you book the Ocean View Retreat the next upgrade is the Conrad Royal villa however they have only one Conrad Royal so the upgrade is difficult to get as it is based on availability

Conrad Koh Samui Residences (two bedroom pool villas)
- If you book or reserve a two bedroom villa the upgrade is a three bedroom villa however, as per above, an upgrade hinges on availability and this upgrade is also difficult as they have only 1 unit at the resort


SPA / WELLNESS / SPORT
- CKS spa is very good, but also quite expensive
- Alternative 1: Elements Spa and Resort, www.elements-koh-samui.com
- Alternative 2: Carnation, they may or may not come to your villa, www.samuimassageservice.co.th. See this post and this post.
- Alternative 3: Tamarind Springs - will pick you up from hotel if you spend a minimum dollar amount. Jungle resort with (cold) natural springs, saunas and spa treatments. Great half-day excursion.
- Standard equipped Health Club
- Resort offers several complimentary activities, such as Yoga, Thai Boxing, etc


BEACH
- The beach area has completely changed from a couple of years ago. The sandy beach is bigger and there is now a nice promenade along the beach to enjoy the sunset (courtesy of Claudioplanet on TripAdvisor)
- Resort is pretty isolated and not located in a typical tourist area. Be prepared to just relax and chill at your private pool
- Hotel offers a complimentary boat trip to a nearby island where you can hang out on the beach (mixed feedback)


FOOD & BEVERAGE
Breakfast:
- Complimentary for Gold and Diamond members and half price for kids under 17. Prices follow:
--- THB1050++ if purchased when not included in the room rate
--- A la carte pricing is available. Continental is THB850++, many other items available too
--- THB600++ if breakfast is purchased together with the room as inclusion, and thus vary depending the promotion of the room package. The THB600 is one of those options

Happy Hour & Free Drinks:
--- Locations are Azure Bar & Grill (pool) 4-6PM and Main Lobby Lounge (mid-level) from 5-7PM
--- Non-alcoholic beverages are subject to the happy hour too
--- Only selected alcoholic beverages are included
- Diamond members also receive 4 drink coupons, Gold members receive 2 coupons (good at pool or mid-level hotel bar). Note: Coupons can be used throughout the day and are separate from the Happy Hour
- Free bottled water at the resort (get more at health club or call reception)
- Tips
--- Stock up on drinks at Tesco, 7-11 or other supermarket when getting to the resort (taxi or Mr. Samui will stop for you) or (when you have a rental car) during your stay
--- Due to law Tesco doesn't sell any alcohol between 2pm and 5pm (smaller supermarkets maybe aren't that strict)
--- www.samuixl.com/lotus-chaweng/index.php / www.bigc.co.th/en/stores/bigc/samui/

Restaurants:
- Several on-site restaurants, but with typical (high) resort prices (approx 2000 to 4000 Baht for a full meal)
- Several restaurant alternatives not far away from the resort (distance is not walkable, use rental car or hotel transportation)
- The Green Talay www.nuchsgreentalayrestaurant.com
- Coconut Villa Resort www.coconutvillageresort.com
- Sabeinglae http://www.sabienglae.com/ (~30 minutes)
- Bang Por Takho (~40 minutes by car)
- Fai restaurant and Bamboo Restaurant right next to Elements Spa - Five Islands Restaurant and The Island View


MAP (NOTE: Cut and paste the link into a NEW browser tab, otherwise it will likely be blocked)
- https://www.myoverseaswedding.com/wp...0314_HiRes.jpg

TOURS:
Ocean Samui have been appointed as the official tour operator for the Conrad.
Tours and pricing here: http://oceanasamui.com/conrad/

TRANSPORTATION
- Drive from the airport: approx. 45 minutes (GPS required)
- No parking fee at resort
- By taxi/cap: around THB1000-1500 Baht one-way
- Pickup by hotel: around THB3000 one-way (Quoted in March 2017 for THB1,500 one way using Hotel's Toyota Fortuner)
- Mini van from Nathon: THB200 PP to hotel through Lomprayah High Speed Ferries. Great for those arriving via ferries from Koh Phangan - Koh Tao - Chumporn - Huahin - Bangkok
- Mr. Samui, THB2200 roundtrip
- Navigo App - ride-hailing app. Prices are relatively cheap, but the drivers tend to usually be on the NE corner of the island. If you plan in advance (i.e. give them ample time to arrive at the resort) you'll be fine.

Mr Samui, [email protected],
Website: http://mrsamui.webnode.com/
THB1500 from airport to hotel including 2 hour sightseeing and stop for beverages
THB1000 from hotel to airport (quote as of May 2013) (THB1200 as of January 2014)
THB2200 R/T from/to airport (as of December 2013; January 2014)
THB2000 R/T from/to airport (July 2016)
THB3000 Day Tour of Island (6 hours); THB400 for each extra hour.
Best way to reach Mr Samui is actually not via email (email goes to his friend that helps out) but to make arrangements via his cell phone +66 89 060 6440
He uses Whatsapp on that number. Or just text him. He has an iPhone so texts are free iMessages.
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Old Jan 25, 18, 11:46 am
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We have just booked this on points for august. What is the typical cost of flying from Singapore- book now c300 each or wait?
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Old Jan 26, 18, 2:36 pm
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Staying here 7/28-7/30. Nonstop flight from Chiang Mai is currently $300/pp on Bangkok Airways, but flight still seems pretty empty. Any chance it will go down or should we book now? Would rather avoid a connection in BKK and get to the resort earlier. Thx.
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Old Jan 26, 18, 11:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Barnaby100 View Post
We have just booked this on points for august. What is the typical cost of flying from Singapore- book now c300 each or wait?
There are only two carriers on that route, Bangkok Airways (PG) and Silk Air (MI). The fares really don't move. They're not going to get cheaper.

I use KF miles - 20k for business class one way on MI.
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Old Jan 27, 18, 1:04 am
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Originally Posted by pjs View Post
Staying here 7/28-7/30. Nonstop flight from Chiang Mai is currently $300/pp on Bangkok Airways, but flight still seems pretty empty. Any chance it will go down or should we book now? Would rather avoid a connection in BKK and get to the resort earlier. Thx.
Earlier this month, I had an itinerary going from BKK -> Koh Samui->Chiang Mai. On Bangkok Air, the fare was more expensive from BKK-USM (shorter distance, but more expensive) than it was from USM to CNX. Round Trip USM-CNX was around 6990 THB (half for one way). That is approximately $223 USD/~$291 Singapore $ (current exchange rates). Although fares on Bangkok Air don't fluctuate often, there is a reasonable chance there may be another fare sale before the summer.

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Old Feb 6, 18, 10:36 pm
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Loved the Conrad Koh Samui and the breakfast was really good. They have fancy weddings here with a glass platform on the pool which is really cool. Everyone is friendly and we drove a small car from Avis- not sure of the name but it was a Toyota. We liked Green Talay for food and Island View Restaurant for atmosphere but the restaurants on property are good and a really nice setting with music so we ate there, too. Beautiful rooms and the layout of the hotel reminded us of Intercontinental Danang with all the hills. The buggies come really quickly so need to worry if it's hot.
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Old Feb 7, 18, 11:05 am
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Hot tip: I assume most people on here do this already, but make sure your points are correctly calculated after your stay - including your incidentals. Mine were a complete mess and I contacted Hilton corporate to fix.
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Old Mar 6, 18, 3:21 am
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I've just completed a stay here with my wife, and I am slowly updating the trip report over in the Trip Report Forum - lots of photos and details to follow.

Our Mini-Moon to the Land of Smiles - UL J / PG Y, Peninsula BKK & Conrad Koh Samui

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Old Mar 7, 18, 3:50 pm
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Plan to put points from new Hilton Business & Aspire & Surpass card toward this property, but want to ask about crowd during February, especially Chinese New Years. I am thinking about staying at this property in early Feb 2019, which overlap with CNY. I should expect 90%+ load? It's reasonable to expect room upgrade during peak season like February, especially anyone who hold Hilton Diamond status.

Grab taxi works in this island, or I would have to deal with taxi mafia and their ridiculous prices?
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Old Mar 7, 18, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by washeelers747 View Post
Plan to put points from new Hilton Business & Aspire & Surpass card toward this property, but want to ask about crowd during February, especially Chinese New Years. I am thinking about staying at this property in early Feb 2019, which overlap with CNY. I should expect 90%+ load? It's reasonable to expect room upgrade during peak season like February, especially anyone who hold Hilton Diamond status.

Grab taxi works in this island, or I would have to deal with taxi mafia and their ridiculous prices?
Upthread a page or two I mentioned trying Navigo over Grab. It's frustrating, but doable. I went during the Christmas holidays and they were at full capacity and it thankfully never felt like I was surrounded by people. I wouldn't let timing dissuade you.
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Old Mar 7, 18, 4:28 pm
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NYCRachel, thanks for datapoint. Yeah, I stayed at Conrad Maldives last month, I'm 99% sure that occupancy rate is over 95% but it does feel like it's just me and few people in whole resort except for breakfast hours. I expect to deal with crowds during breakfast hours, maybe happy hour as well since everyone is basically gold or diamond those days I usually use uber and grabtaxi in Thailand, but never heard of navigo till now, I'll check it out .
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Old Mar 7, 18, 4:56 pm
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Originally Posted by washeelers747 View Post
Plan to put points from new Hilton Business & Aspire & Surpass card toward this property, but want to ask about crowd during February, especially Chinese New Years. I am thinking about staying at this property in early Feb 2019, which overlap with CNY. I should expect 90%+ load? It's reasonable to expect room upgrade during peak season like February, especially anyone who hold Hilton Diamond status.

Grab taxi works in this island, or I would have to deal with taxi mafia and their ridiculous prices?
The trip report linked in the post before yours indicated they were full over this CNY and thus a Diamond did not receive any upgrade.
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Old Mar 8, 18, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by washeelers747 View Post
Plan to put points from new Hilton Business & Aspire & Surpass card toward this property, but want to ask about crowd during February, especially Chinese New Years. I am thinking about staying at this property in early Feb 2019, which overlap with CNY. I should expect 90%+ load? It's reasonable to expect room upgrade during peak season like February, especially anyone who hold Hilton Diamond status.
We were there over CNY last month. I think it was 100% full on our dates (they weren't selling rooms online)-- I booked 2 villas on points and didn't receive an upgrade on either, so I wouldn't book with that expectation. The base villas are quite nice, though.

Breakfast was very, very busy. The rest of the time, we didn't feel/notice crowds.

Originally Posted by washeelers747 View Post
Grab taxi works in this island, or I would have to deal with taxi mafia and their ridiculous prices?
We used only the hotel car service to get around, so can't help you there-- I know it's a bad deal compared with other transportation options on the island, but relative to car service in most other places, it's pretty cheap.
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Old Mar 8, 18, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by ps9a View Post
We were there over CNY last month. I think it was 100% full on our dates (they weren't selling rooms online)-- I booked 2 villas on points and didn't receive an upgrade on either, so I wouldn't book with that expectation. The base villas are quite nice, though.

Breakfast was very, very busy. The rest of the time, we didn't feel/notice crowds.
Ah, good to know and of course, I would love to get upgrade but is the difference between base and upgraded room very steep one? I didn't get upgrade at Conrad Maldives but very happy with overwater standard villa room, though.
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Old Mar 8, 18, 3:04 pm
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Originally Posted by washeelers747 View Post
Ah, good to know and of course, I would love to get upgrade but is the difference between base and upgraded room very steep one? I didn't get upgrade at Conrad Maldives but very happy with overwater standard villa room, though.
I believe all the 1br villas are the same size. Upgrades get you higher on the hill and more dramatic views. Ours were unobstructed, but we were down low (just above the main pool and restaurant).
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Old Mar 10, 18, 6:52 pm
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Hi folks. I'm looking forward to my stay at CKS in a couple of weeks time over Easter and keen to understand more about the drink arrangements before I empty out Tesco's entire alcohol supply en route.

The wiki states that:

Happy Hour & Free Drinks:
--- Locations are Azure Bar & Grill (pool) 4-6PM and Main Lobby Lounge (mid-level) from 5-7PM
--- Non-alcoholic beverages are subject to the happy hour too
--- Only selected alcoholic beverages are included
- Diamond members also receive 4 drink coupons, Gold members receive 2 coupons (good at pool or mid-level hotel bar). Note: Coupons can be used throughout the day and are separate from the Happy Hour

A few follow up questions:

1. Does this mean that Happy hour drinks are 4-6pm served in Azure, and that from 5-7pm free drinks (served only to Golds and Diamonds?) are served in the Lobby Lounge?
2. Presumably the comment 'only selected alcoholic beverages are included' refer to the free drinks in the Lobby Lounge? If so, what type of drinks can I expect/not expect for a 5* luxury resort?
3. Does the Lobby Lounge bar get busy between 5-7pm with all the freeloaders like me? Would I need to arrive early to secure a good seat?

Thanks in advance.
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