Mantra Samui Resort has opened a ‘Work | Lounge’
- a dedicated co-working space for people looking to work on
holiday, and visitors and locals looking for a workspace to share
with like-minded people.
Visitors, not staying at the resort, can choose
from purchasing half day access for THB 300 (less than USD 10) or
opt for as much as a monthly pass for THB 12,000 (USD 375).
In addition to an air-conditioned space
with high speed WiFi, customers will have access to a guest pantry
(stocked with a selection of drinks and snacks), a printer, an IP
telephone for free international calls, hot desks, and a
blackboard. There are also sofa areas, a billiard table, TV
screens, and a PlayStation.
“This is not just a place to catch up on your
email,” said Niklas Wagner, general manager of Mantra Samui
Resort, a member of the Louis T Collection of hotels. “We envision
this as a community gathering venue for local entrepreneurs and
travellers, a place for networking opportunities and small events.
We see Work | Lounge as a place to facilitate connections.”
For outside visitors a pool pass to the infinity
pool, an on-site gym pass, and meals at the resort’s hilltop
restaurant, can be added to their Work | Lounge package.
The resort’s latest move comes as the demand for
non-fixed work environments soars in Thailand. In May, the Bangkok
reported that the market for co-working space in Thailand is
expected to increase by 25% this year. In 2012 there were only
four co-working spaces nationwide. By the end of this year that
figure is expected to reach 150.
“Bangkok has a plethora of options and even some
of the neighboring islands have a space or two but there has been
nothing available for digital nomads wanting to spend some time on
Koh Samui that’s not a coffee shop,” said Wagner.
The Work | Lounge is open from 9am - 9pm seven
days a week and is available for both in-house guests and day
The co-working space does not entitle foreigners
to work in Thailand, and visitors to the Kingdom should make sure
they are aware of the latest visa and work permit regulations.
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