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.