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“Amazing”
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Conrad Koh Samui
Ranked #23 of 316 Hotels in Ko Samui
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
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“Amazing”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights at the beginning of April. We rented a car at the airport in Koh Sumai and drove to Conrad ourselves. We arrived at reception and from the minute we stepped out of the car we were taken care of. They quickly pulled our bags from the car and sent them to our room and our car was swept off to parking. While all of this was happening we were greeted with cool tea and a wonderful smelling cool cloth, all while taking in the view. Our entire visit was perfect and the hotel staff did everything they could to make sure we were taken care of. We walked down to the pool and breakfast many times, calling the buggy to take us back up. The floating pier is great to spend time on and the beach was clean with white sand. It is amazing how the staff are always present when you need something, but you never feel like they are hovering.
If you plan on leaving the resort at all we definitely recommend renting a car. Driving was not a hassle and it allowed us to get out and drive the entire island. After visiting the touristy beaches we were even more pleased with our selection of the Conrad. The beach in the town at the bottom of the mountain was our favorite and the few restaurants that are down there are worth a visit.
We have stayed in Hilton properties all over the world and this resort, with the combination of the view, villa rooms and service has to be one of the top.

Room Tip: Rooms in the low three hundreds seems to be the best location if you want to walk anywhere.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

We spent new year eve in Conrad Koh Samui and stayed 5 nights. Resort is really very nice. Great villas each has very big private swimming pool. Resort built on the hill and it is quite hard to go to restaurants or to the beech. But if you call reception they immediately send a buggy to take you where you want to go. We were lucy to get a villa very need to main restaurant and the beach and did not need often a buggy.

Choice of restaurants is limited (in menu also not many choices) and prices are quite high but Ok for such resort. A bottle of wine starts from 60 USD per bottle. You have to count USD 200-250 per dinner including wine. Thai restaurant brings a new modern look to Thai Cuisine with its famous chef. For lunch it is good to have pizza next to the main pool. Staff are very polite and friendly in whole hotel.

Only negative point is you are very isolated in the resort. No chance to walk away from resort. Finally we rented a car for 2 days and visited Koh Samui.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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munich
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

A very exclusive property with nice villas and your own pool

Room Tip: It is a new hotel and a very good service.If you want only relaxing it is fine.But if you want to se...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 3, 2012 via mobile

We were booked in the Banyon Tree and they cancelled, so we were put here, well what a lucky break! We had a two bedroom villa that was wonderful, great views and we lazed by our own pool most days. All of the food is good, Jahn resturant is terrific, although we thought some drinks were a little too expensive. You need to get a golf buggy to most places, although it is very efficient, also be aware there are stairs everywhere, so access may be a problem for some.
The staff are great and made every effort, the only reason I did not give this place full marks is that it is still a little new (8 months I believe) and as the operation gets polished it will get better.

Stayed April 2012
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Dubai
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

My family (wife, 11 year old and 6 year old boys) stayed at the hotel in December. Car service from airport was ontime and helpful. Upon arrival at hotel property was greated with drinks and quickly registered for the room. Was upgarded to a two bedroom, two story villa that was nicer than any hotel or villa I have stayed in (previous night was at the St. Regis in Bangkok). The staff was amazing and always willing to help. Did the cooking class onsite and the chef picked us up and took us to the garden and then back to the kitchen for the cooking. They took pictures with their own camera and provided a memory stick of the photos. Next day the hotel driver took us all over Koh Samui and translated when needed. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the property was fantastic. At the end of the four days we didn't want to leave however after departing and getting back to Bangkok for our flight home we realized we forgot a couple of items. The staff quickly located them and got them to Fedex to be sent back to our home in Dubai.
In short - the location is awesome and just beautiful. The staff could not have been nicer as they were always willing to do what ever they could to ensure your stay was great. If I could remember all their names I would call them out each individually and make sure they get the recongnition they need. The food was excellent and all other scheduling and services (including the spa) was the best I have had to experience.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

We had a two-room villa where we stayed, along with my mother in the second room. The villa was expansive and had every amenity you would want, including an infinity edge pool with fantastic views of the sea and the five islands just off the coast. You did need have them pick you up and drive by golf cart anywhere you wanted to go as the resort "spills" down the side of a cliff - but if you know this coming in, and plan for it, it is just fine, and it gives you chances to see just how attentive and friendly the staff is. We ate at each of the restaurants through our five day stay - Zest for breakfast every day and once for dinner (food was good, but service at dinner was slow - but shared this with the service manager and she really appreciated the feedback); Jahn, the high-end Thai fusion restaurant for a very nice dinner one night; in our villa a couple of times; and at Azure, the pool side bar/grill a couple of days for lunch and once for dinner. All the food was very good, and pretty well priced (for a resort). The cocktails were reasonably priced as well. However, the wines and champagnes were very, very expensive. The best way to have some good wines at a reasonable rate is to get the tasting menu with wine pairing at Jahn's.

The hotel is not centrally located - in fact it is far away from everything else on the island - situated on the SW tip, whereas most other resorts are on the N or E sides of the island. But if you want to escape, and still be able to get to the various tours (albeit with a bit of a drive, but almost always included in the price of the tour), it is a great location.

During the stay, we had a few small complaints, but those were accepted graciously, always addressed immediately, and we usually were offered something for it (e.g., two glasses of sparkling wine at breakfast when there was an issue with one of our meals).

All in all a fabulous and beautiful resort - a place we would definitely return to again.

Room Tip: 100 numbered villas are on the beach; 200 numbered ones are a bit closer to the restaurants; 300 num...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

My wife and I went there on our honeymoon March 10-17, which we planned almost entirely using tripadvisor and blogs, none of them prepared us for the amazing experience we had at the Conrad (and there are a ton of good reviews). We are both diamond members and stayed using points for 7 nights, which was about right, although a few more would have been just fine. The insland of Koh Samui is awesome, it has a ton to offer all travelers, mountains, beaches, partying and quiet. As others have said the Conrad is on the quiet South end of the island but its not that big of a hassel to leave the property as others have said. To leave the property you pretty much have to use their transportation which runs 750-1250 baht anywhere on the island, but getting back you can negotiate with any cab driver and save a few bucks.

The property itself is simply breathtaking, far better than the pictures or words, if there is a more beautiful hilton property anywhere in the world I'd like to see it to compare. I could not get over the view from the check in area and from every other facility on property. The rooms are very large, lots of space, huge bathroom. Finish out of the villas is amazing, they are absolutely decked out to the max, lighting is the best I've ever seen. The bed is awesome, best hotel bed I've ever slept in, also the best nights sleep in a hotel I've ever had, probably helps that there are no attached walls or floors above or below.

The beach has been downplayed by most, and it is true that the beach isn't perfect but if you wish to swim simply just walk to the end of the pier and the water is gorgeous. One thing the resort did not have was snorkle gear, there are lots of spots right in front of the Conrad that would be perfect for snorkling. Tons of fish right there and coral and rocks to view while swimming, be careful not swim past the the pier as the current is pretty strong. To fill your beach cravings take a day and go to Chaweng Beach or Lamai, the other resorts are happy to have you at their beach drinking their drinks and either beach is more of a traditional beach setting. Also while at those beaches take advantage of the massage places lining the beaches, for 200 bhat ($6) you can get a great Thai massage or foot massage. The massages at the Conrad are good and the setting amazing but they run about $80-$100 for basically the same thing you can get on the beaches or in towns.

Plan at least a few tours of visits to other villages, we went on the Koh Tao snorking trip and the jungle safari trip arranged by the Conrad. Both of them were great and allow you to see a lot more of the island but are in big group settings. We wanted more of a private beach adventure so we also hired the boat that docks at the Conrad everyday, Samui boat charters. Their initial price per hour was outrageous but they will negotiate and if you can find another couple or hotel guests to split the cost they will alllow you to split it. I'm not sure Conrad is promoting this option enough, if you want to see some perfect beach settings this boat can deliver you to the islands just across from the resort, and they are just amazing. Before you book the Koh Tao trip, discuss this option with the conceirge, a 20 minute boat ride will take you to absolute paradise, but again the initial price makes it sound undoable. Also visit Lamai Beach or Chaweng, especially late afternoon when the beaches clear off and you can have it to yourself, then do dinner in either town or shop as the night markets open. Dinner off sight is something to do to, the Green Ta'lay which others mentioned was the best meal we had on our 10 day trip to Thailand and with drinks, mulitple dishes, desert and tip it cost 1800 bhat (60 bucks), its very close to the Conrad.

The management team and all of the associates there were just amazing, never had service anywhere even close to as friendly and competent as this property. It's just first class all the way around and made for the most memorable trip I could've ever imagined. Everyone speaks English and has a wonderful attitude, everyone.

I opened a trip advisor account just to write this review and encourage others to visit this place, it was a close to perfect as I can imagine. It's a must see and even though it took us 4 flights and 35 hours travel time to get there I would do it again tomorrow to be back there. Safe travels!

Room Tip: rooms in the 200 level will allow you to walk to breakfast and the pool
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Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Conrad Koh Samui
Address: 49/8-9 Moo 4, Hillcrest Road | Taling-Ngam, Ko Samui 84140, Thailand (Formerly Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa)
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Samui
#17 Spa Hotel in Ko Samui
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Samui
#21 Luxury Hotel in Ko Samui
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Conrad Koh Samui 5*
Number of rooms: 81
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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