Stayed: Conrad Koh Samui
Words: Jeremie Schatz
Photos: Conrad Koh Samui
When it comes to the diverse hotel industry, few have a reputation matching the Hilton group. The name is synonymous with a high standard of quality and service. Amongst the extensive list of Hilton properties around the world, a select few of the most prestigious or exclusive have earned the Conrad label.
After navigating a lengthy jungle road, which snakes its way up and over a rugged mountain, you suddenly emerge from the foliage directly into the lobby. At this point it’s clear why this location was included in the Conrad group of properties – and this is before you’ve ever seen any of the villas. Spoiler alert: it’s the view. “Breath-taking view” is often thrown around haphazardly, but you’ll soon discover a new appreciation for this phrase.
The elite collection of one, two, and three bedroom villas cling to the side of a steep mountain which flattens into azure tropical waters fringed with reef. In the distance across the shimmering waters lie strong promontories on the horizon which give depth to the surreal sunsets.
Each private villa is adorned with at least a 10-metre infinity pool or bigger. As the pools extend out over the hillside, their edges blend into the ocean’s horizon – giving the term infinity in “infinity pool” a whole new meaning. Once you’re able to pry your gaze away from the view, you notice the unique style of the villas. The architecture, furnishings, and art are modern yet stylish with a hint of traditional flare. Stylish is the operative word here, everything just feels cool and by association – you feel cool too. A mysterious nagging instinct in the back of your mind urges you to order a vodka martini – shaken, not stirred.
The huge open-plan marble bathrooms have luxurious oversized bathtubs, rain showerheads, and are stocked with lavish amenities. You’re kept connected with the latest tech including an in-room iPad, Bose surround sound system, Apple TV, and more. If you want to keep it more analogue, the walk-in closet is stocked with board games and the mini bar is fully stocked to keep the games interesting. And we’ve only been talking about the entry-level villas; they just keep piling on the opulence as you get into the larger accommodations.
Down by the sea, you’ll find the stuff tropical dreams are made of: super cushy daybeds and hammocks that dip slightly into the sea. A well-outfitted fitness room helps you burn some calories and a divine spa offers up a spectrum of treatments and equipped with private relaxation verandas overlooking the sea. Many activity options on offer include snorkelling trips to a nearby island.
When it comes to dining, Conrad Koh Samui happens to be somewhat of a local legend with arguably the island’s premier fine-dining restaurant, Jahn. You’ll likely have to make a booking to reserve one of the 28 seats but experiencing a meal at this exclusive eatery should be mandatory. The mesmerising Thai-fusion menu is mind-blowing and with more than 3,000 wines hidden away in the private wine cellar, you’re likely to find a label that fits your taste.
Conrad Koh Samui clearly has a long list of very desirable attributes for the discerning vacationer. If it’s your first stay at a Conrad property, you’ll soon understand why they’e earned such a sparkling reputation.
49/8-8 Moo 4, Hillcrest Road, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui
+66 (0) 77 915 888