SINGAPORE — After acquiring the Mantra Samui Resort in January, hospitality and building solutions company Louis T Collection recently concluded a full-scale review of the boutique hotel and has unveiled a comprehensive reconstruction plan to substantially improve its facilities and grounds.
From tripling the size of the pool decking area to building a new spa and health center to creating an outdoor yoga deck with idyllic Gulf of Thailand views, the property will undergo a complete facelift over the coming 12 months.
“Our objective in carrying out this redesign is to make optimum use of the land and existing structures while not being afraid to make bold changes in layout and design,” said Akira Park, the hotel’s general manager. “With a nod to the collection’s namesake Louis T. Leonowens, we want Mantra Samui Resort to embody and showcase the best in Thai hospitality for the benefit of our guests.”
Leonowens was a revered 19th-century hotelier in Thailand and a pioneer in the country’s timber industry. This connection to wood will be apparent in the redesign. The arrival lobby, for example, will be crafted into a more intimate, contemporary space with a tiered, high-peak wooden roof inspired by traditional Thai Buddhist aesthetics.
The Louis T team will collaborate with local manufacturers on the upgrades, while also tapping the knowledge and resources of The Getz Group member companies. William Montague, which specializes in custom furnishings for the hospitality industry, will be one such partner.
The hotel will remain open, although major renovation work will be done during off-peak periods to minimize disruption to guests.