Mantra Samui Resort will reopen in early 2017
after extensive renovations to the lobby, spa, pool and rooms.
The bold changes for the ocean-view
property on Thailandís popular Samui island begin at arrival. The
lobby now features a lofty, tiered ceiling reminiscent of
traditional Thai house and a verdant, five-meter high vertical
garden that references the islandís natural beauty. Indigenous
trees and plants frame the road to the hotel, and a water feature
adds a new dimension of appeal to the lush surrounds.
Each 67-sqm (721-sqf) room exudes a
cool new contemporary atmosphere, with an earthy color palette
long on creams and browns, with splashes of ocean blue in the
furnishings and decor and couches. Terracing now encloses
sizable balconies in order to provide more seclusion.
A panoramic view of the Gulf of Thailand beckons
guest to the infinity edge pool which now features a swim up bar.
A new, more spacious, pool deck finished in white marble quarried
locally is now in place and a new saltwater filtration system has
The squash courts have been converted
into a new spa, Jai. With three single and one double
treatment room, and a foot reflexology treatment area, guests will
be able to indulge themselves with a range of traditional Thai
massages, facials, body scrubs and more.
At the middle level of the hillside resort, a
newly refurbished lounge area provides guests a relaxed
air-conditioned space to enjoy the views and partake in some bar
Behind the scenes, Mantra has put some more
muscle on its reputation as an environmentally sophisticated
hotel. The hotel is harvesting more rainwater for filtration and
reuse, and using more of its greywater for irrigation and
gardening. With an expectation to reduce the hotelís reliance on
deep water wells and private water suppliers by a third this will
significantly improve the efficiency of the water management
around the property. Variable Refrigerant
Flow (VRF) air-conditioning systems have been installed in the 38 ďLoveĒ rooms,
creating energy efficiency by using only seven condensers, rather
than one for each room.
ďWith such extensive changes throughout the
property, we almost feel like a brand new hotel,Ē said Akira Park,
the hotelís general manager. ďAnd with all these new efforts to
drive sustainability, we feel like weíre really moving in the
The hotel's management company, Louis T
Collection, has collaborated with three design firms on the
renovation; TIERRA Design, a Thai-based firm with 25 years in the
industry and two up-and-coming design firms, Habros Design and
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