After a week of roughing it at the Sanctuary, Mrs. Selfish and I packed our bags and left Koh Phangan, heading for its sister island, Koh Samui. While planning the Thailand portion of our trip, I scheduled us for 4 nights at the Conrad Koh Samui.
Three words: Private infinity pool.
The Conrad Koh Samui is known in the travel hacking community as one of the best redemptions for Hilton Honors points. Mrs. Selfish and I booked the Conrad for four nights for a total of 145,000 HHonors points, which is a steal considering it retails at $650+ a night. This deal won’t last for long, however.
Starting March 28th, the program is undergoing massive devaluations. Top end properties that are currently 50,000 points a night will soon be going for upwards of 95,000 points! If you have any Hilton points, it might be worthwhile to make some speculative bookings while you still can.
Since Mrs. Selfish and I were coming from Koh Phangan, we ended up arriving on Koh Samui by boat at the Big Buddha pier which meant we were at the mercy of the cab drivers.
From what I read on flyertalk, taxi cab drivers will charge you 3,000 baht ($100), with the only other practical alternative being to rent a car and drive yourself.
Fortunately, we stumbled on Mister Samui Samui, a local driver, who only charged us 2,200 baht for a round trip. While Mr. Samui Samui himself was unavailable, his wife, Mrs. Samui Samui, took us to and from the Conrad – stopping on the way there at the local Tesco to pick up supplies, and on the way back to eat lunch at a local noodle stand.
The Conrad is located on the South Western tip of Koh Samui, on its own private beach. Coming from Florida, the beaches were actually pretty disappointing in this part of Thailand. While nice to look at, the beach itself is more of the tiny-pebble variation than the powdery white sand type.
Fortunately, the Conrad more than made up for it in the view department. From its vantage point high atop the hill, we caught sunset after spectacular sunset for the four nights we stayed there.
While the beach by the Conrad itself is a little lackluster, the hotel offers a complimentary speedboat to a nearby private island, which was well worth the trip.
Each guest gets a “villa” which is a 1100+ square foot residence on stilts with its own private infinity pool. Mrs. Selfish and I stayed in room 214, which I would recommend due to its proximity to the Azure restaurant, where they serve breakfast. Rooms in block 208-214 also have an unobstructed view of the islands which was a huge benefit.
The room itself was pretty nice. Decorations were modern, with sleek, clean lines and espresso colored wood. Not as stylized as the Intercontinental Danang, but really nice nonetheless. In addition to a bed and a desk, the room also had a nice sitting room area. We especially enjoyed connecting our external hard drive to the TV so we would watch movies, which was an unexpected, but awesome benefit.
The bathroom comes equipped with his and hers sinks, a waterfall shower, and a huge circular-shaped bathtub. As a gold member Mrs. Selfish received a bottle of wine, which was spectacularly awful, but at least it was free. That’s gotta be worth something, right?
On the other hand, the homemade baked goods the Conrad gave as part of the turn down service every night were spectacular! On check-in we found a small bag of macarons, which had the same flavor (and nearly the same consistency) as the ones we’d eaten in Paris.
The Conrad Koh Samui is easily one of the best points redemptions on the market, but won’t be for long in the face of the current devaluations. If you have 145,000 HHonors points lying around, I’d book a trip immediately!
Interested in learning more about the Conrad Koh Samui? Check out our post on the food!