Mantra Samui Launches Island’s First Dedicated Co-Working Space
As the number of remote workers swell and portable careers replace traditional desk jobs, one Koh Samui-based resort is leveraging its stunning ocean views and opening the island’s first dedicated co-working space.
Mantra Samui Resort’s new ‘Work | Lounge’ is a dedicated space for people looking to work while on holiday as well as catering to 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 Bt300 (less than US$10) or opt for as much as a monthly pass for Bt12,000 (US$375). In addition to an air-conditioned space with high-speed Wi-Fi, customers also 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 where people can chill and let off steam as well as hold impromptu talks or meetings.
Offering more than just an office, the Mantra Samui Resort 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 as little as $82 per night per person or $91 for two people sharing a room, when staying a minimum of 31 days. For 22-30 days packages prices start at $97 per night per person (or $109 a night for two people sharing). Stays between 14-21 days begin at $118 per night per person or $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 recently reported that the market for co-working space in Thailand is set to increase by 25% in 2018. Considering that 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 neighbouring 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. The Mantra Work | Lounge is open from 9am – 9pm seven days a week and is available for both in-house guests and day visitors,” said Wagner.