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Review of the Conrad Koh Samui

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After checking out of our two bedroom villa at the Intercontinental Koh Samui, we headed to the Conrad Koh Samui — the whole purpose of this 2 week trip.

Conrad Koh Samui View of Villa 110

For some reason I love having a private horizon pool and it’s a perk I can rarely afford. So when I heard years before it was built that the Conrad Koh Samui would feature one and two bedroom villas with private horizon pools, I fell in love! Originally a good deal on points as a category 7, it was one of the properties affected by Hilton points devaluation, becoming a category 10. So I booked a stay as far in advance as possible (15 months)  to get in at the category 7 pricing and built the rest of the trip around those dates.

Check rates at this hotel:   Hilton  |   Booking.com   |   Orbitz   |   Expedia  |   Priceline

We arrived at the Conrad Koh Samui late at night, having stayed at the Intercontinental long enough to catch the sunset. Check in was in the breezy lobby at the top of the hill.

Conrad Koh Samui Night Entrance

Conrad Koh Samui Late Night Lobby Check In

 

 

 

As a Hilton HHonors Gold I got free breakfast and our choice of what scented lotion and soap we wanted in our villa.Conrad Koh Samui Check in scent choice

It was dark so we could vaguely make out lights below, but had no idea how steep it was until the morning! I’d read reviews and seen pictures, but hadn’t really internalized why we’d need to take golf carts everywhere we wanted to go.

Conrad Koh Samui Golf Cart

Conrad Koh Samui Steep Hills

Villa 110 was at the bottom a few down from the main pool and fitness center, which meant we had alot of privacy since our pool overlooked nothing but the ocean.

Conrad Koh Samui Villa 110

After anxiously awaiting coming to the Conrad Koh Samui I was surprised by my first reaction. Since we’d arrived at night, all the floor to ceiling drapes had been drawn and the space felt surprisingly dark and claustrophobic, especially since we’d just come from the 2 bedroom villa at the Intercontinental!

Conrad Koh Samui 1BR Villa bed

Conrad Koh Samui Sitting Area

Conrad Koh Samui 1Bedroom Villa Bathroom Tub

Conrad Koh Samui villa toiletries

Once I’d walked outside to the pool I started to feel better and when I woke up in the morning with the drapes open, I was very happy.

Conrad Koh Samui Horizon Pool South view

Conrad Koh Samui Horizon Pool North View Night

Conrad Koh Samui Sunrise Villa 110

There was welcome fruit waiting for us, as well as a nightly treat with turn down service.

Conrad Koh Samui Gold Welcome Amenity

Conrad Koh Samui Turn down chocolates

The villa is great, but for friends traveling together, it can be a little tight and feel rather on top of each other at times when both people are inside. Having your own private pool makes a big difference though and I would spend many a delightful hour toasting on the edge of the horizon pool looking out at the water or taking in the gorgeous sunsets.

Conrad Koh Samui Keri Horizon Pool

Conrad Koh Samui Sunset from Villa 110 Living Room

Conrad Koh Samui Sunset View Villa 106

The rest of the hotel grounds were lovely, though we wound up spending very little time during our 4 night stay outside our Villa (except to go to a Thai boxing match).

I did go to the kickboxing class with hotel fitness expert at the main pool. It wound up being a great workout and wasn’t boring even though I had some familiarity with the technique.

Conrad Koh Samui Muay Thai Class

We decided to avoid the pricey reservation-only restaurants for dinner and mostly ate at Azure by the main pool or had room service outside on our deck.

Conrad Koh Samui Azure Grill view

Breakfast was served at Jahn every morning and had an amazing view.

 

Conrad Koh Samui Jahn Breakfast

There was a decent breakfast buffet that had the usual array of pastries, meats, and cheeses. My favorites were the fresh smoothies served in little bottles a la Alice in Wonderland and the little jars of yogurt.

Conrad Koh Samui Jahn Breakfast Smoothie yogurt

While the buffet had a limited number of hot dishes that changed up every day, you could also order entrees off the menu (included as part of a buffet).

Conrad Koh Samui Breakfast Menu

 

I tried the Thai Eggs Benedict that had dried shredded pork that looked rather like rope. 🙂

Conrad Koh Samui Breakfast Thai Eggs Benedict

Normally I try out that spa, but with prices starting at over $100 and no great specials, I decided to skip it on this stay.

Service was great (with the exception of trying to book tickets to the Thaiboxing event and the hotel car dropping us off at the wrong place). Given how empty the Intercontinental was, I was surprised to find out the resort was at high occupancy, but at no point did it feel crowded or busy.

Despite my initial disappointment, I wound up loving my stay here and would happily do so again, though now that it’s a Category 10, it’s no longer a great value for points redemptions.

Check rates at this hotel:   Hilton  |   Booking.com   |   Orbitz   |   Expedia  |   Priceline

More posts from the trip:

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Korean Airlines First Class IAD-ICN
Hyatt Regency Incheon: Great Service, Hard Beds
Accidentally Seeing Seoul Like a Native
Tight Quarters at the Park Hyatt Seoul
Worth a Hike — Bukchon Hanok Village
Checking In for a Flight from Downtown Seoul 
Korean Airlines First Class Lounge Incheon Airport
Korean Airlines First Class Seoul to Kuala Lumpur
You Don’t Get Massaged By a Blind Paralympic Everyday...
Great Value at the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
Flying Firefly Airlines from Subang to Penang
Is Penang Hill Worth It?
Tour Bust in Penang
Campbell House: the Highlight of Penang
Penang to Koh Samui on Firefly
Sunsets & Villas at the Intercontinental Koh Samui
I Went Looking For a Fight in Thailand

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5 Comments

  1. The Style Dancer

    August 31, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Love the proximity to the water with the private pools.

  2. Troy

    August 31, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Breakfast is served at Zest not Jahn.

  3. MarkJ

    September 1, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Great property and I truly enjoyed my stay there.

    GIven all the turmoil in Thailand this year I did notice the was a pretty fair amount of cash and points rates that made this a fairly attractive place to go. If I remember right it is like $200 plus 38,000 points a day which isn’t terrible.

  4. TM

    September 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Your pics looks a lot like Andaz Papagayo, golf cart on the pathway and all.

  5. Paul

    September 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    All things equal would you pick the intercon over the conrad?

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