Although our trip was at the very end of August 2013, I still wanted to post a review because we really did love this hotel. I have visited Thailand several times and aside from a visit to Phuket, have loved every place we've gone. This is no exception.
My encounters with the hotel staff pre-arrival were excellent. We were arriving shortly after my husband's 30th birthday and this part of our trip was really celebrating that, so I contacted the hotel to arrange for a birthday surprise. I emailed with Tey, who set up champagne in the room (for which we paid) and offered a free birthday cake as well. They were also great about not putting the charge through ahead of time, as I didn't want to alert my husband to the surprise. They did an amazing job as not only did they set up cake and champagne, but flowers and cookies and treats, in addition to a happy birthday card signed by the staff. My husband was really pleased (although I don't think he realized exactly what it was when we arrived). A belated thank you all, as that was a wonderful surprise!
We arrived at the Koh Samui airport and were picked up by a hotel car - the driver was sweet and friendly, and offered bottled water. The drive felt pretty long, with some windy roads, and the hotel is located up a very large hill, so it really felt like we were going to a hidden hotel (I realize this is a giant chain hotel, but it felt like a secret hideaway!). Once we arrived, the view was stunning - we sat to check in and were offered welcome drinks and towels, and I just gazed at the view. The lobby is perfectly situated on the cliff with views of the islands and sea, and it's really a stunner.
Due to our Diamond Hilton status, we were upgraded to a Oceanview Retreat Pool Villa. It was so fun to take the golf cart to our villa (it felt like a ride) but we were able to walk to the restaurants/beach, although it was definitely exercise. I've been lucky enough to stay in some pretty nice places, and I was DELIGHTED with our room. The views are amazing no matter where your room is, and it really feels like you're the only one there (of course if you look sideways or up, that takes it away, but just stare straight ahead!). One of the most beautiful views I've had from a room. We had a pool (which was a great size, not simply a plunge pool, so you could actually swim in it) along with two tables, a couch, and lounge chairs. It felt very private and although, yes, you can see your neighbors' villas, you couldn't really see them,and we never heard anybody while there. The room itself is huge - large, comfortable bed, couch, and amazing bathroom, with two sinks, large mirrors and lighting, an enormous soaking tub, and a large shower. You can pull back the blinds and relax in the tub while looking out at the view if you prefer. I could happily live in that room!
As to the hotel setting - if you're looking for peace and quiet and privacy, this is your place. There is a pool near the beach, but you don't need it as you have your own, and the beach is not really accessible. I didn't care about the beach since I wanted to soak in the views from our villa, but if you want a beach, this is probably not the place to go (they do have a boat to take you to a separate beach if you'd like; we did not do this). This is the type of place to only leave for food (if you want! room service is the same price as eating at the restaurants). We spent all our days lounging on our terrace and it was simply lovely. I wouldn't recommend coming here if you want nightlife or excitement or loud guests. Everyone was quiet and respectful and it's the perfect place to relax.
We ate breakfast daily at Zest, which had a nice selection of Western and Eastern cuisine. My husband particularly liked the freshly made juices, although they do go fast! There are cats lurking around, although they don't get to close, but be aware of that if you have severe allergies (or just hate cats). We had dinner one night at Jahn; there were only a few couples there, but we did enjoy the food and were glad we tried it, although it's expensive. There are other restaurants you can go to outside the hotel, but you need to take a taxi- we heard great things about some of them but ended up just being lazy and spent 100% of our time at the Conrad.
The downsides? Not many! I can see how spending many days here might get repetitive, but I really enjoy 'disconnecting' (although the wifi was great!) and enjoying privacy. This resort is perfect if you like privacy and whoever you're traveling with, as it would be difficult to meet new people. There were not that many Westerners there, and the staff did have a bit of trouble with English, but I don't expect fluent English. I'm not sure how great a resort it would be for young children (we didn't see any), due to the hilly setting and villa layouts, but I certainly recommend for adults!
Was it expensive? Yes, for Thailand and Asia overall, definitely. The experience is wonderful, though, and if you're looking for luxury, privacy, and a gorgeous, breathtaking setting, this is the perfect place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conrad Koh Samui is a luxury pool villa resort located on the south western tip of the popular Thai island, designed to ensure each private pool villa enjoys glorious panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand and its astonishing sunsets. Consisting of 81 private pool villas with one, two or three bedrooms, 3 innovative restaurants, 2 lounges and bars, a private wine cellar and destination dining, the resort provides the individualistic sense of luxury that Conrad has become known for. The award-wining Conrad Spa combines international treatments and Thai spa techniques with distinctive design accents and world-class facilities to delight all of the senses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Conrad Koh Samui Resort And Spa
- Conrad Koh Samui Hotel Koh Samui