That’s enough to send anyone’s heart racing—that is if you’ve seen the preliminary slide presentations of the retreat. As in most W properties, the Retreat Koh Samui is built to impress. The hotel is slated to open on November 1, 2010. Because we’re all excited, we still think this can’t be soon enough. Can’t it open next week?

The first thing you’ll love about it is the sheer size of the private pools. The pool of the guest villa is almost as big as the guest house itself. For average New York Hotels, pools that size are meant to be used by all hotel guests. When you book your stay at one of the guest villas of the W Retreat Koh Samui, you have the whole pool to yourself.

The E-WOW suites also have something to be proud about. Their bathrooms feature what’s probably the grown-up counterpart of Disney’s spinning teacups. The circular tubs in the E-WOW Suites are interior design breakthroughs, certainly. We’re more thankful, though, that they look like so much fun.

The only downside to this hotel is that the WiFi isn’t free. You need to pay an equivalent of $16.50 in Thai money to access the internet. The question is, why would you want to pay THB 495 per day for internet access when you can go to the retreat’s spa?

aWay Spa is simply spectacular. The facilities and treatments here are unique. Aptly named Thaimazical, the spa combines Mexican tribal techniques into their treatments with oils, mudpacks and more making use of Thai ingredients. You’re already in Thailand, right, so why skimp on the good stuff?

The room rates, we’ve found out with much prodding, start at $539 a night. That’s a bit pricy, buy hey, it’s a W property and it’s in Thailand. If you like what you see so far, you might also think of pushing that stay so you’ll be there during the New Year’s. Kom Samui is hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and they’ve labeled it “compulsory” (meaning guest must attend).

Now, how could you not like a hotel which makes parties compulsory? Then again, we’ve found out that the hotel is hosting the party but guest will be asked to pay. For the gala, you’ll have to shell out TBH 12,000 or $400 USD, and that doesn’t include the service fees and taxes yet. With that price, spectacular details for the gala are definitely expected.



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