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- December 2018: Lyle Lewis has retired and been replaced by Ruben Dario Gabino (previously hotel manager at Conrad Seoul) as the GM of Conrad Koh Samui.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 Apr 30, 18, 5:50 pm
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Is there no reasonable award availability at this property anymore?

Iíve combed through all of 2019 and most of 2018 and canít find any availability for less than 280,000 points a night. Even the Conrad Bora Bora has availability 9+ months out... what am I missing here? I would assume Hilton would not allow them to block all availability in the 80 to 95k points range.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 6:31 pm
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Originally Posted by EdChambers View Post
Iíve combed through all of 2019 and most of 2018 and canít find any availability for less than 280,000 points a night. Even the Conrad Bora Bora has availability 9+ months out... what am I missing here? I would assume Hilton would not allow them to block all availability in the 80 to 95k points range.
Are you somehow looking only at the residences? I just randomly checked Jan 18, 2019 and see availability for 95,000 pts.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 6:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Ripper3785 View Post
Are you somehow looking only at the residences? I just randomly checked Jan 18, 2019 and see availability for 95,000 pts.
Looks like thatís exactly what happened... I redid my search and see the availability you where referring to now.
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Old May 7, 18, 12:46 am
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Anyone recently stay and recommend a nearby massage place/one that will do pick up? Or one that will come to the resort?

Looked into Elements (can't find any information on the massage and the Wiki link is dead) and Carnation (doesn't seem to exist anymore and Wiki link is also dead) but came up empty handed unless I've lost touch with my sleuthing skills..
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Old May 14, 18, 10:13 pm
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Originally Posted by reverted View Post
Anyone recently stay and recommend a nearby massage place/one that will do pick up? Or one that will come to the resort?

Looked into Elements (can't find any information on the massage and the Wiki link is dead) and Carnation (doesn't seem to exist anymore and Wiki link is also dead) but came up empty handed unless I've lost touch with my sleuthing skills..
Tamarind Springs is wonderful and will pickup if you spend a nominal amount at the facility. A nice half-day excursion.

Updated the Wiki with that and some more info .

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Old May 19, 18, 1:02 am
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Pier Construction

There's a warning up when booking about pier construction beginning May 18 potentially causing noise between 8 am and 6 pm. Not familiar with the layout here - how bad is this likely to be? Or even better - anyone there right now who can comment? Looking at spending a couple nights next week.
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Old May 19, 18, 5:09 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
There's a warning up when booking about pier construction beginning May 18 potentially causing noise between 8 am and 6 pm. Not familiar with the layout here - how bad is this likely to be? Or even better - anyone there right now who can comment? Looking at spending a couple nights next week.
I am currently here and have heard no sounds coming from the construction. Seems like the area is fenced out but no real work is happening. At least not yet. I didn't see any construction material in the area either.
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Old May 19, 18, 9:51 am
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Originally Posted by Havek View Post
I am currently here and have heard no sounds coming from the construction. Seems like the area is fenced out but no real work is happening. At least not yet. I didn't see any construction material in the area either.
Thanks. How close is it to the villas? Would you be concerned?
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Old May 19, 18, 10:04 am
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It is night time here but I will try and take a couple of pics tomorrow to give you a better idea.
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Old May 19, 18, 6:35 pm
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It is night time here but I will try and take a couple of pics tomorrow to give you a better idea.
Awesome, thank you. Hope you're enjoying your stay.
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Old May 20, 18, 10:18 am
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New pier construction near villa 110, 111.
I did start hearing construction today. Mainly hammering and digging. Wasn't noticeable from the villas in the higher levels or the ones on the left or rightmost side. They told us they plan on finishing the pier in about a month.
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New pier construction near villa 110, 111.
Could be a bummer if you're in one of those. Definitely a concern booking an award, particularly as a no-longer Diamond.
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Old May 20, 18, 1:41 pm
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New pier construction near villa 110, 111.
I did start hearing construction today. Mainly hammering and digging. Wasn't noticeable from the villas in the higher levels or the ones on the left or rightmost side. They told us they plan on finishing the pier in about a month.
Thanks - will be there end of July. Any idea what the pier will be used for? I'm guessing it's for their boat trips to Ko Mat Sum?
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Old May 20, 18, 7:22 pm
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They will use the pier for their boat excursions as their current pier will become unavailable soon. To be honest, I only heard the construction while having breakfast. Never heard it from our villas. But we started with 301 and upgraded the last day to 501. We definitely enjoyed our stay in CKS.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 2:45 am
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Originally Posted by osmantrex View Post
Just booked five nights with HHonors points in July. Will be our first trip to a resort like this so my wife and I are pretty excited. She recently picked up the Aspire so we'll be going in with Diamond status over Gold, although I'm not really sure how much extra that will get us.

I'm assuming it's worth contacting the hotel beforehand to let them know about what we're celebrating?
We went there last year for our wedding anniversary and are doing it again for this year.

The hotel as very accommodating both before and during our stay. The room was made up in their "romantic setting" on our anniversary night while we were having Dinner at the Cellar. Petals everywhere, bubble bath run, swan towels on the bed etc.

Depending on what you are doing and how long you are there but if you plan on going to Jahn & The Cellar then the Hilton Premium Club/Hilton Dining Asia Pacific can be very worthwhile at the CKS.
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