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- December 2018: Lyle Lewis has retired and been replaced by Ruben Dario Gabino (previously hotel manager at Conrad Seoul) as the GM of Conrad Koh Samui.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 Jul 4, 18, 9:42 am
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Upgrade?

Would appreciate any feedback. My husband and I are staying at CKS in August for three nights and are HH Gold. We are currently booked in a waterfront pool villa using HH points. My husband emailed about an upgrade and was told it will be subject to availability, or we can confirm an upgrade to a oceanview retreat villa for 3000 THB/night. Is this an offer worth entertaining? Thanks!
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Old Jul 4, 18, 7:35 pm
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Originally Posted by seat2seat View Post
Would appreciate any feedback. My husband and I are staying at CKS in August for three nights and are HH Gold. We are currently booked in a waterfront pool villa using HH points. My husband emailed about an upgrade and was told it will be subject to availability, or we can confirm an upgrade to a oceanview retreat villa for 3000 THB/night. Is this an offer worth entertaining? Thanks!
Not really. The rooms are almost identical it is only position (and some room amenities) that dictate the room type.

Last year as a Diamond we were pre-upgraded (was in the app a few days before) to an Ocean View Retreat in the 300s. We are also returning in August.

If it was me I would see what you get. As an aside I was quoted 10,000THB for the Royal Villa which if you are going to pay for an upgrade may be more worth while doing that for a night instead.
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Old Jul 5, 18, 6:11 am
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Hello - - any advice on transportation options to/from airport? Not looking to rent car. Curious to know what other have done, recently. Thanks.
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Old Jul 5, 18, 6:29 am
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Originally Posted by Abidjan View Post
Hello - - any advice on transportation options to/from airport? Not looking to rent car. Curious to know what other have done, recently. Thanks.
Have an upcoming stay end of July and booked transfer with www.samuiislandexplorer.com for 1000 Baht each way. Paid one way in advance and will pay cash for the return.
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Old Jul 5, 18, 6:53 am
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Originally Posted by Abidjan View Post
Hello - - any advice on transportation options to/from airport? Not looking to rent car. Curious to know what other have done, recently. Thanks.
We just get the hotel car 1,500THB each way for the Toyota Fortuner and we stop at the Tesco Lotus on the way to pick up some beer and snacks.
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Old Jul 5, 18, 9:20 am
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Originally Posted by seat2seat View Post
Would appreciate any feedback. My husband and I are staying at CKS in August for three nights and are HH Gold. We are currently booked in a waterfront pool villa using HH points. My husband emailed about an upgrade and was told it will be subject to availability, or we can confirm an upgrade to a oceanview retreat villa for 3000 THB/night. Is this an offer worth entertaining? Thanks!
The CKS is one of the very few hotels, where an upgrade can be worse. The waterfront pool villas are close to beach, main pool, gym and breakfast. You can easily walk from your waterfront villa to that destinations. The oceanview retreat villas are more up. the hill, so you need to call a hotel cart to go there. But the villas itself are almost the same.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 7:51 am
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So in an email from CKS, they mentioned that there is no alcohol sold in restaurants on July 27 & 28 due to the holidays in Thailand. Anyone know how strict they are about this? Can we get a drink to go or a cocktail in a coffee cup? That's a bummer (but we'll survive). More annoying that we can't have drinks with dinner.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 2:02 pm
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Originally Posted by pjs View Post
So in an email from CKS, they mentioned that there is no alcohol sold in restaurants on July 27 & 28 due to the holidays in Thailand. Anyone know how strict they are about this? Can we get a drink to go or a cocktail in a coffee cup? That's a bummer (but we'll survive). More annoying that we can't have drinks with dinner.
Have never heard of an alcohol ban in Thailand. Seems to be an isolated decision.

BANGKOK, 27 July 2017: Thais will honour His Majesty the King’s 65th birthday, Friday 28 July; a new annual holiday for the nation.
All government offices, banks and businesses will close. However, shops will remain open and there is no ban on the sale of alcohol.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 2:30 pm
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Have never heard of an alcohol ban in Thailand. Seems to be an isolated decision.

BANGKOK, 27 July 2017: Thais will honour His Majesty the King’s 65th birthday, Friday 28 July; a new annual holiday for the nation.
All government offices, banks and businesses will close. However, shops will remain open and there is no ban on the sale of alcohol.
Think it also corresponds with Asahna Bucha, one of the five Buddhist holidays on which the sale of alcohol is prohibited.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 2:31 pm
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I was in Bangkok when his father passed away. Alcohol sales were banned. Have to think, for a bday celebration, that wouldn't be the case.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 3:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Ripper3785 View Post
Think it also corresponds with Asahna Bucha, one of the five Buddhist holidays on which the sale of alcohol is prohibited.
This is correct. And the day after (7/28) is the beginning of Buddhist Lent which also bans alcohol. Apparently they didn't use to extend this ban to hotels but the military government extended the ban.
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Old Jul 10, 18, 4:01 am
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You are free to buy alcohol before or bring it with you from your home country. That is why they announce it.

If they announce that ban, they will handle it strictly at the CKS. Maybe other bars and restaurants in the near will sell alcohol. But in general Buddhist holidays are handled strictly. Nobody wants to get reborn as a worm just for providing some cochtails to tourists.
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Old Jul 10, 18, 4:26 am
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Originally Posted by thbe View Post
You are free to buy alcohol before or bring it with you from your home country. That is why they announce it.

If they announce that ban, they will handle it strictly at the CKS. Maybe other bars and restaurants in the near will sell alcohol. But in general Buddhist holidays are handled strictly. Nobody wants to get reborn as a worm just for providing some cochtails to tourists.
Update: “You can order drink from restaurant and we can delivery to room .”

So I guess they’re not being that strict. Room service it is!
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Old Jul 18, 18, 11:21 pm
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Originally Posted by thbe View Post
The CKS is one of the very few hotels, where an upgrade can be worse. The waterfront pool villas are close to beach, main pool, gym and breakfast. You can easily walk from your waterfront villa to that destinations. The oceanview retreat villas are more up. the hill, so you need to call a hotel cart to go there. But the villas itself are almost the same.
I was there just last month and we had an Oceanview villa, which are the 200s. I think these are ideal because they are on the same level as the main restaurant and walking down to the pool or beach isn't that tough. Anything above the 200 level would require a buggy. Walking up one level to the spa was quite a hike in the heat and humidity. I saw some of the 300s and they looked to be on slopes that you really wouldn't want to walk up. The views higher up really are amazing though.
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Old Jul 19, 18, 12:17 am
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301-305 are a relatively easy walk as are 306-309, it is still steep but not far to Zest.

We stayed in 301 last year and had no issue walking to and from Zest.

Will be back there in just over 2 weeks
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