Travel News: Koh Samui
As the number of remote workers swell and portable careers replace traditional desk jobs, one Koh Samui Resort is leveraging its stunning ocean views and opening the island’s first dedicated co-working space.
On June 30, Mantra Samui Resort is opening the new ‘Work | Lounge’, a dedicated 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.
More than just an office, the Mantra team aim to cultivate community.
“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.
Guests on the island for an extended period can book one of the resort’s new ‘Work | Stay | Play’ offerings, opting for plans that stretch from two weeks to three months. Rates for these packages start from USD 82 per night per person or USD 91 for two people sharing a room, when staying a minimum of 31 days. For 22-30 days packages prices start at USD 97 per night per person (or USD 109 a night for two people sharing). Stays between 14-21 days begin at USD 118 per night per person or USD 133 for two people. The package includes access to the Work | Lounge and daily breakfast.
The resort’s latest move comes as the demand for non-fixed work environments soars in Thailand. The Bangkok Post, reported last month that the market for co-working space in Thailand is increasing 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.
Work | Lounge is open from 9am – 9pm seven days a week and is available for both in-house guests and day visitors. For more information visit https://mantrasamui.com/en/work-lounge.html
About Louis T Collection
Singapore-based Louis T Collection is a technology-driven hospitality management and building solutions company that draws upon a deep and diverse range of expertise to enable independent boutique, lifestyle hotels and small hotel groups to accelerate growth, market share and profitability.
The company believes strongly in delivering both ‘Soul and Systems’ as an equation for success. Through an extensive suite of fully-customisable services, including hotel management; cutting edge technology alliances; repositioning expertise; asset management; renovation, technical and project services, Louis T improves processes while maintaining each property’s unique charm and ensures that each hotel in the collection retains its essence of location while optimising operational performance.
Louis T draws its inspiration from Louis T Leonowens, one of the most revered and well-travelled foreign characters in Thailand during the 19th century. Leonowens came to Bangkok as a child and spent five years of his youth as a resident in Thailand’s Royal Palace. Later, after criss-crossing the globe, he returned to Thailand where he became a Siamese royal military captain, private timber trading magnate and eccentric hotelier.
Louis T Collection followed in its namesake’s footsteps by acquiring its first hotel in Thailand after the group formed in 2014. A member of the Getz Group of Companies, a global, marketing and services company with offices around the world, Louis T Collection currently owns and/or manages hotels in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Australia. For more information, visit www.louistcollection.com.