Journaling The Journey

Koh Samui

We flew on Air Bangkok from Phuket to Koh Samui and took a Grab from the airport to the Sheraton Samui.  We booked a basic room knowing that with our Platinum SPG status we would get a nice upgrade and we did!  We paid for the stay with the Citi Prestige card which automatically deducts the 4th nights stay cost.  All in we were only paying $135/night for this incredible hotel.  The ocean view suite was amazing.  We had  a living room, reading room, small kitchen and huge bedroom and bathroom along with a double deck overlooking the ocean.  With the status we also received a free breakfast every morning which was spectacular – more like a Sunday brunch at a 5 star restaurant than a regular breakfast.  All the amenities were well thought through – 2 large pools, a great beach and a well stocked fitness room.  The prices for food in the hotel were hotel prices so we took advantage of the nearby restaurants and dined like kings for pauper prices.  Our favorite restaurant was just outside of the hotel and is called Mamas – great flavorful food at very good prices.  We could have stayed for weeks!

We transitioned to the Intercontinental Samui – we used our 2 free nights that we receive annually by each having a Chase IHG Mastercard.  The cost of the card is $49 annually and the hotel that we stayed in starts at $250 a night.  Because we have Ambassador status with the IHG chain we receive an automatic upgrade and late check out as just some of the perks.  This 5 star hotel is spectacular – my jaw dropped when the Grab dropped us off and we walked onto the reception deck overlooking the ocean.  Cant say enough about this hotel, but as always the costs for food and drinks in these types of places are pretty high, so we found a small restaurant on the beach just a 2 minute walk away from the Intercontinental restaurant).  We would eat  breakfast, lunch and dinner there– hip beach vibe, freshly baked pizzas, tasty Thai food and great Happy Hour prices for drinks – they even have bungalows with private bath, air conditioner and television ( a few meters from the beach) for $23/night.  The Intercontinental also had free bicycles which we used to ride to the nearby 7-11 to pick up beer and other staples.

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