Dedicated Co-Working Space At Mantra Samui

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.


Entrepreneurs can mix business and pleasure over a game of pool at Mantra Samui.


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.”


Comfortable seating provides the perfect location for a private little chit-chat.


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.


The resort’s infinity pool offers a draw-dropping view of the Gulf of Thailand.


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.


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