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, became 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. Note that Stefano left Conrad Rangali mid-2020
- December 2018: Lyle Lewis has retired and been replaced by Ruben Dario Gabino (previously hotel manager at Conrad Seoul) as the GM of Conrad Koh Samui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

- As of July 2020 it looks as if the resort has reduced the number of rooms available for points bookings. See this post for more details


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), (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 May 2, 22, 1:37 am
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Originally Posted by mb123 View Post
Stayed here during Easter time/ Songkran =Thai New Year. Even if the hotel was fully booked, there were only 2 couples at Jahn. It was announced as a special dinner event for Songkran.
Menu attached. Food was ok, but nothing special regarding the price tag. (175$ ++) and definitely not at Michelin Star level.
Some friends currently staying there sent me their menu ( left one was their special kids menu).
They also did the elephant sanctuary and really enjoyed it with their 3,5 years old.


Gosh, Jahn is open again? We were at the Conrad KS late March/early April for 10 nights and it was closed other than for private dining with menus created in collaboration with the chef. Basically, the only evening venue available was Zest and although the restaurant and the staff were excellent, it would have been nice to have had a change of scenery although I agree with MB123 that it wasn’t Michelin standard when we ate there on a previous trip but it was certainly different and worth at least one visit. It will be interesting to hear if Jahn opened just for Songkran or if it’s now back as a permanent feature.
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Old May 2, 22, 2:38 am
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During Songkran, Hotel was fully booked, i guess 90% Thai, an indian Wedding group and 2-3 western families.
Breakfast was served at Zest and despite additional tables at Ko Lounge, there were not enough tables for all guests .
Azure was also open for dinner, same menu all day.
Jahn open every day, but needed 24hrs advance reservation.
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Old May 2, 22, 7:51 am
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Thanks for posting the menu!
While not Michelin quality, the menu looks interesting enough, that I think it'll be worth it to change things up one night and dine at Jahn!

We've got several Michelin starred reservations lined up in Singapore (and hopefully also in Bangkok -- too early to book), so we will get the opportunity to see how Jahn compares to Sorn and Le Du (assuming the Waldorf Astoria concierge team can get us in to both of those restaurants!).

Thanks again for posting! I'm sure the menu will change by July and I'm guessing that's why Ms. Amy at the Conrad KS didn't send me a menu.
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Old May 3, 22, 10:25 am
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Dumb question but which suite do you guys recommend me booking:
  • 1 Bedroom Premium Ocean View Pool Villa
  • 1-Bedroom Five Islands View Pool Villa
  • 1-Bedroom Ocean View Infinity Pool Villa
Based on what I've read on this thread, it looks like the 3rd level has the best view so I'm leaning towards the Five Islands villa. What do you guys recommend between the 3 villas?
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Old May 11, 22, 11:18 am
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Noticed that all award availability was suddenly removed from August 1 onwards. Not even premium award availability showing, just so no rooms available when searching on points. Seems unusual.
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Old May 16, 22, 10:11 pm
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Originally Posted by partsunknown View Post
Noticed that all award availability was suddenly removed from August 1 onwards. Not even premium award availability showing, just so no rooms available when searching on points. Seems unusual.
Nothing available in June or July as well..
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Old May 19, 22, 2:56 pm
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Originally Posted by jxd View Post
Nothing available in June or July as well..
Check again. June and July are wide open - standard award avail every day (screenshot of July below). Meanwhile, still nothing starting on August 1. Must be intentional, and not actually booked up, given the lack of any sort of award avail for all those months (standard, premium, etc). Hilton has no clue either.
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Old May 19, 22, 3:46 pm
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Is the property going to be closing or being sold or not affiliated with Hilton?
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Old May 20, 22, 5:52 am
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why would you be asking?
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Old May 21, 22, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by Abidjan View Post
why would you be asking?
Due to completely removing HH award inventory. I think its unlikely, but its odd that it has not been updated for a while now.
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Old May 25, 22, 1:27 pm
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Pretty frustrating. I am going to Thailand in November and availability was wide open when I looked a month or so ago so I figured I would wait just in case any covid weirdness closed the country down again, now availability ends in July.
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Old May 31, 22, 10:44 pm
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Looks like you can book longer stays. 7 days or longer for reward stays but anything shorter doesn't show up. Wonder if they will release shorter stays closer we get
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Old Jun 1, 22, 1:34 pm
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Checked again today to see if they would open up August and instead see that they removed all June/July availability. I do availability for 7 night stays up until mid-November (ironically it ends the day before I'd like to arrive, not that I want to spend 7 nights here)
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Old Jun 3, 22, 7:24 am
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I cancelled two nights in July booked with points, hoping the room would go back to award inventory, so I can rebook using free night certs. The nights never became available. The hotel must have done something to disable award booking, not because of availability of standard rooms.
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Old Jun 3, 22, 9:13 am
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This hotel is now playing games with award availability. Standard rooms are not showing as available when booking points no matter which date you use. Contact the Diamond line to report this + send the email to the diamond desk. This really needs to stop.
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