Koh Samui Travel Guide
Someone make it stop! We’re getting a headache from all the new hotel brands and ‘carefully curated’ collections that are being thrown at us. Luxury Collection has been around for ages, then we had Autograph Collection, then Curio Collection (those three cover Starwood, Marriott, and Hilton, respectively), Loews threw in OE Collection, and now here is Louis T joining the party.
Who is Louis, you ask? The name is derived from Louis T Leonowens (we can see how that last name would have been a struggle to use for the brand), “one of the most interesting and revered foreign characters in Thailand during the 19th Century”
The avid traveler moved to Bangkok in 1862 as a boy, when his mother took the role of governess to the King Mongkut’s children. Today, Louis is remembered as a Siamese royal military captain, private timber-trading magnate and luxury hotelier.
Now you know. Louis T will start by transforming the Mantra Samui Resort on Koh Samui, which will be the first hotel of an “expansive, curated portfolio” where the brand will be “synonymous with independent style and local charm”. There is talk of “many innovations” too, so we will have to wait and see how those pan out. Expect a brand new website to go along with the changes, which, seeing that they are only about to start, we predict will last until next year. Perhaps by then we will know more about the places Louis T will travel to as well.
[Photo: Louis T Collection]
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Sometimes there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. At least, so think Starwood, who are on track to open a Sheraton in Koh Samui. It will join their current roster: a W Retreat, a Le Méridien, and Vana Belle, part of the Luxury Collection.
The Sheraton will take over the current Imperial Samui Beach Resort, which had 141 rooms. It’s on the same beach as the Vana Belle, and only two hotels away.
Unfortunately, all good things come to those who wait. The Sheraton was down to open in December, but it’s not yet listed on the Starwood website, and (HT Flyertalk) it’s now showing up on Starwood’s forthcoming hotels list, and is down for March 2015. Although, since it’s not yet available to book, even that may be optimistic.
Sometimes we can just feel our lives ticking away, a feeling we were reminded of when we first opened this link promoting the countdown to November 1st--a.k.a. the opening date for the W Retreat Koh Samui.
It may be a simple piece of marketing flash animation, but it certainly got us psyched about the prospect of jetting off to Thailand to check into this new retreat. For starters, that above is one of the guest villas. That pool is the size of some pools we've seen in New York that are meant to service an entire hotel...
We usually find plenty of good things to say about Langham Hotels and the Langham Place Samui looks like it will follow the good reputation when it opens later this year. With 77 villas and suites suitable for private getaways or arranged together for group vacations, the Langham gang are promising the same good service we expect along with a few interesting innovations.
One is their idea of "borderless dining" which means you can have a romantic meal in "specially-designed dining retreats scattered in the grounds". We also like the sound of the Portal Surf & Play area, which sounds like a combined WiFi zone and cocktail bar, plus they also have the Splash Bar poolside where you can keep a cocktail handy while watching a poolside movie.
Coming soon to the beautiful island of Koh Samui, Thailand: the luxury Park Hyatt Koh Samui, a joint venture between First Oriental and the wealthy Liptapanlop family.
With a plan to open sometime in 2009, the Park Hyatt Koh Samui will include 90 hotel villas, plus 24 residential villas available for purchase. The hotel villas will be mostly suites with just one bedroom, although a few with two or three bedrooms will be available. The villas for sale are all two or three bedroom deals.
As well as a private pool, sun deck and terrace for every villa, the result will include several restaurants and cafes plus a spa and wellness center.
The exact location of the Park Hyatt will be along Thong Krut Bay, on the south side of Koh Samui. There's another island nearby--co-owned by the resort owners--where guests will be able to access a private beach, and tie up their yacht if that's their preferred mode of travel. Nice.
· Park Hyatt Koh Samui to Open in 2009 [Hotel Newsire]
· Koh Samui Hotels [HotelChatter]