Shortlisted for Spa Hotel Award: Conrad Koh Samui designed by Wilson Associates

Wilson Associates have successfully made the Shortlist for the 2015 Hotel & Property Awards with their Hotel project ‘Conrad Koh Samui’ shortlisted for the Spa Hotel Award. Overlooking the mesmerizing Gulf of Thailand, the Conrad Koh Samui is a modern Thai resort laced with barefoot sophistication. The design brief was to create a ‘top of the world’ luxury resort experience where guests feel pampered, protected and deeply connected to the natural world and Thai culture.

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The hotel has four contemporary open-air dining venues; Jahn, The Cellar, Aura Lounge, Zest and Azure Bar|Grill. With spa-like bathrooms including steam showers and deep free-standing tubs that overlook the ocean. The spa provides 270-degree panoramic views, where each spa treatment room has its own private deck with views of the ocean.

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The Wilson Associates design team spent four years on this project, ensuring every space was authentically connected to the local Thai culture. The first week on the job, our lead designers rented bicycles and road around the entire island of Koh Samui. They stopped in local cafés, browsed through market stalls, visited temples, hiked waterfalls and essentially immersed themselves in the everyday culture of Thailand. This first-hand immersion experience equipped them with the colors, textures, patterns, and cultural essence needed to create an authentic design narrative for the Conrad Koh Samui.

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Everything from the spa to the F&B venues and guestrooms capitalizes on the relationship between the human soul and Mother Earth. Our designers beautified the juxtaposition between the lush flora and luxe furniture, fabrics, fixtures and finishes. There’s nothing more compelling than staying in a thatched roof, open-air villa laced with gold-leaf finishes. Also, the Conrad Koh Samui, which strategically sits on top of a cliff, can’t help but exude a “top of the world” kind of unpretentious grandeur. The design of each space is about showcasing the views of the crystalline ocean. The design does not distract; it enhances. When a patron is at the spa, he or she is a part of the environment. The crashing waves come to life; the setting sun floods the room with warmth.

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