Sophistication and seclusion in equal parts at this glamorous getaway
Then you arrive the reception lobby of the Conrad Koh Samui resort, perched high atop a sloping oceanfront hillside, the panoramic vista that presents itself—looking out over an endless expanse of clear, blue-green waters—is jaw-dropping. It’s also just a small taste of the pleasures that await at this glamorous getaway. In the hotel world, Conrad is a name synonymous with luxury, elegance, and style, so it’s no surprise that even at the beachfront, an air of sophistication prevails—although sandals and bare feet are more than fine when it comes to apparel.
The resort has 81 free-standing villas, all with private balconies, swimming pools, and commanding ocean views, yet it stills feels immensely private and secluded—welcome news for couples planning a lover’s getaway. The property itself is situated on the Southwestern tip of the island, which makes for amazing sunset views, as the villas are all built on the ocean-facing slope of this dramatic hillside. This vertical positioning also means more steeply inclined paved paths for guests to travel up and down, when going to or from the beach, restaurant, or spa, but thankfully the resort’s 24-hour on-call electric golf cart service can do all the transport work for you.
The guest accommodations here consist mainly of One Bedroom Pool Villas (65 in all), but there are also 14 Oceanview Two-Bedroom Pool Villas, and one Oceanview Three-Bedroom Pool Villa for larger groups. However, your significant other will be eating out of your hand if you manage to snag the one-and-only Conrad Royal Oceanview Pool Villa, which is slightly larger than the other one-bedroom units, and comes with many unique features. Like all the units it features drop-dead gorgeous contemporary Thai-inspired décor, original artwork, a bathroom with a rainshower and an oversized circular bathtub, and state-of-the-art technology (including satellite television, Apple-based TV, iPod dock, and high-speed internet access). However, it also delivers a whopping 434 sq.m of indoor and outdoor space (over two levels), a full kitchenette, a dining table that can seat six, and 24-hour butler service.
Another unique feature is the extra-long 22.5 metre infinity edge pool that extends from one end of the villa to the other, with three access points—living room, bedroom, and bathroom—and a groovy sunken lounge seating area with cushioned benches and a table in the middle. There’s also a super sexy king-sized circular mattress in the bedroom, something found only in the master bedrooms of the larger units. In short, it’s a majestic suite, suitable for a royally romantic rendezvous.
And although it’s tempting to never leave a suite as beautiful as this one, a trip down to the beach is a must. Here guests can take advantage of the main swimming pool, numerous sala-style curtained day beds, beachfront hammocks, sun loungers, and two small wooden floating rafts that are docked in the shallow beach waters. From the main pool it’s also easy access to the fitness center, and two of the resort’s restaurants—the Azure Bar & Grill, and The Cellar, an eight seat private dining area offering unique culinary experiences and interactive wine sessions.
Higher up the slope sits the award-winning Conrad Spa, which features 10 spa treatment suites, a private spa plunge pool, and more. There’s even a compact sauna room with a view—as one wall is a full-length window looking out over the Gulf of Thailand.
Finally, the resort’s all-day dining venue is the 86-seat Zest, which offers casual indoor and outdoor dining options, as well as an outdoor deck with stunning panoramic views. But for the penultimate romantic dinner reserve a seat at Jahn, the resort’s exclusive 28-seat candle-lit dining room. This beautifully decorated, high-ceilinged Thai food restaurant sits an incredible 130 meters above sea level, and the wraparound windows offer unforgettable bird’s-eye views of the setting sun and the moonlit waters (depending on when you begin your meal).
By Bruce Scott
Conrad Koh Samui
49/8-9 Moo 4, Hillcrest Rd., Taling-Ngam
Tel: 077 915 888
Wonderful Wedding Packages
Hold your dream wedding at the Conrad Koh Samui, where your ceremony can be as intimate or as grand as you wish—with capacity for up to 200 guests. There’s a wide choice unforgettable locations for your nuptial ceremony and with the support of the resort’s experienced wedding planner and dedicated staff, you can create the tropical wedding of your dreams during your stay here.
One of the most popular wedding locales is, not surprisingly, the beach, where up to 120 guests can watch as you exchange your vows barefoot on the soft, white sand, surrounded by tropical palms overlooking the azure waters against the backdrop of a majestic sunset. Another popular location is at the Conrad’s Infinity-edge Pool, where a transparent walkway and main stage set in the middle of the pool. Meanwhile, the Poolside Terrace—located at the base of the resort near the main infinity pool—is an outdoor deck overlooking the beach surrounded by lush tropical gardens and palm trees.
The resort also offers an array of indoor venues, including the Aow Thai Hall. Featuring full length glass windows and a grass lawn area overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, this venue seats up 100 guests. In addition, the Conrad’s creative wedding planners can also design innovative themed parties—intimate or grand. The Sunset Lounge is another spot ideal for ceremonies, as it offers a panoramic view of the ocean (ideal for a sunset wedding). Another interesting option is renting the lavish Three-Bedroom Oceanview Pool Villa, which is a secluded two-storey residence that can provide a premium experience in homey and cozy style for a boutique wedding. This villa can accommodate up to 80 guests for a cocktail reception themed wedding party.
Finally, for your post-wedding affairs, the resort’s signature restaurant Jahn can be transformed into an exclusive wedding venue accommodating 28 guests for a sit-down dinner, and up to 80 guests for a late night party with music and dance floor.
The Conrad Koh Samui’s Luxury Wedding Package 2018 starts at B108,888 net, and includes tropical flower decoration (including a flowered arch or gazebo), bridal bouquet, groom corsage, hairstylist and makeup artist for bride, photographer for two hours, personalized welcome message on the hotel TV, choice of a couples’ spa treatment for 90 minutes or one bottle of Lombard champagne, a wedding celebrant to conduct ‘Vow Exchange Ceremony’ and ‘Ring exchange Ceremony’, and much, much more.
Additional necessities—such as wedding cake, dinner, beverage package, videographer, DJ, musicians, etc.—can be added onto the package as required. Even paying the required marriage fee can be handled by the resort’s wedding planning team. Accommodation can be booked directly from the reservation team by email at usmks.[email protected], or [email protected].