As part of our trip to Thailand, we went to Koh Samui for eight days to ensure that we were able to get a relaxing break with beach, sunshine and lots of relaxation. Whilst the island itself offered a lot of this, our resort, the relatively new Mantra Samui was a fantastic contribution.
I had arranged that our group of six adults would stay in 3 x Love Jacuzzi Oasis rooms. As we were travelling as three couples, it is fair to expect that we would each be wanting a luxurious and memorable stay – the Mantra Samui offered exactly this.
As soon as we arrived at the resort, we sensed that we were in for a real treat. Whilst seated in the reception area (not your typical one by any means) we sipped fresh fruit juice before being shown to our rooms in chauffeured golf carts. To quote one of my travel companions “this is literally what dreams are made of – I can’t believe that we have such a magnificent place to stay”. Yes, he was that impressed.
The rooms are all immaculately presented with some well thought out extras ensuring that your stay is nothing short of perfect.
The Love Jacuzzi Oasis rooms feature:
- Entertainment area: Desktop PC (connected wirelessly via the TV) for internet browsing – all free of charge. There is also a music suite with songs preloaded from a vast collection.
- Free international phone calls from the landline. Yes, that’s right. Free.
- Mini-bar – not at all overpriced. That late night snack doesn’t need to break the bank.
- Ourdoor jacuzzi for two people, optional shower curtain can be added for privacy.
- Outdoor lounger (roughly the size of a double bed) for catching rays on your private balcony.
- Seating area for watching TV etc.
- Reading materials – whether you want a fictional book or a travel guide, some are provided in the room and are changeable at the library or book shelf at breakfast time. A nice touch if like me, you packed books that were pretty poor quality.
- Twin basins in the bathroom with a spacious rainfall shower.
- A full sized gong. Above the bed. For you to use in whichever way suits you!
The motto of the Mantra Samui is that “we make you feel better than at home, even far away from home”. We left with every intention of returning (it’s already on the itinerary for next year), so it’s fair to say that the motto was well put into practice.
Not only were the rooms amazing, but the actual resort itself has some service and features that can only be embraced. Upon arrival, we were issued with a ‘passport’ which is literally your passport to the resort. It includes details about the spa (and a complimentary 15-minute massage for two), timings for the shuttle to Chaweng beach and Fishermans Village (free of charge) and dining options.
The breakfast buffet is second to none with fresh fruits, cereal, hot food and a great selection of tea and coffee. We felt that it was a really good selection to cater for all tastes and delicious every single time.
Top tip: request the pancakes with banana and maple syrup – so good that I stretched to two on our final morning!
The hotel also features a gym, open 24/7 for a health conscious which includes a steam room and sauna (if the heat of Koh Samui isn’t enough :-)). There are also daily yoga classes provided free of charge for all guests but you do need to book your attendance. The pool is a good size with sunken loungers should you wish to be partially in the water – a nice touch.
Other activities are also provided at the Mantra Samui, such as a cocktail making class (we didn’t get to attend) and a cookery class (which we loved). The cookery class was hosted in the restaurant by Jume, a sous-chef that ran through how to prepare a massaman and green curry – both Thai favourites. The classes were detailed, easy to follow and we even got samples of the food afterwards which was delicious.
The location of the hotel is up in the hills providing a fantastic view during both the day and night. We made use of the shuttle wherever possible with occasional taxis. A taxi from Chaweng beach to the hotel was around 500 baht (£10). We chose to hire a moped instead which worked out cheaper and allowed us more control over where we wanted to go and when.
Overall, I can’t fault the Mantra Samui. Nothing is too much for the staff to help with, at every turn they are ready to assist in any way necessary. When I was ill, they provided fresh ginger and hot water to make tea in my room (free of charge). Whether it is with booking transfers, getting directions or advice on places to go, the staff at Mantra make the stay simply, well, idyllic and top class.