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W Retreat Koh Samui offers fabulous privileges with its new W Disruptor Card.

W Retreat Koh Samui offers fabulous privileges with its new W Disruptor Card.W Retreat Koh Samui is known for its beautiful sunsets, its headland that allows you a choice of not just one but two palm-fringed beaches and its sheer devotion to all things food, drink and chilling. It’s set well-away from any hubbub, and once you step inside, it’s a world apart. You might think you’re in a remote part of the island, but you’re just a couple of kilometres down a country lane that angles off from the ring-road (look for the signpost just after Zazen as you head towards Maenam from Chaweng). The vibe throughout the resort is refined yet comfortable, but is equally cutting-edge chic. It’s thoroughly creative and contemporary, yet always both cool and fun. The brand is unique and is happy to be so, always seeking to please its discerning guests.


Many people living or staying on the island know about W Retreat Koh Samui. But there are some who have yet to hear the name. With its cachet for pleasure, the resort wants to offer guests from outside the chance to come and experience what it’s all about.

In addition to all the holidaymakers there are thousands of island residents who would certainly enjoy time spent at W Retreat. And that’s as well as residents up and down the country who might like to drop in or even stay as a guest. Addressing this situation, W Retreat has introduced its special privilege card for all who live in Thailand. It’s officially called the ‘W Disruptor Card’, as it ‘disrupts’ the usual prices that are applicable.W Retreat Koh Samui offers fabulous privileges with its new W Disruptor Card. The card will offer holders privileges in three main areas: food and beverage, spa services and accommodation.


The card has three tiers, each of which requires a fee. However, the fee can be redeemed using cash discount certificates and other offers (more about this later).


All tiers allow you to get 15% off restaurant bills for up to four diners. W Retreat offers first-class dining at The Kitchen Table with its all-day international fare in a chilled out setting, while Namu is one of the island’s best addresses for Japanese sushi, sashimi and other delights. If, however, you’d just like a drink, or to experience one of W Retreat’s brand new cocktails and the widest selection of quality craft beer on Samui, then you’ll find Woobar at one of the highest points of the resort – it commands panoramic views of the sea and Koh Pha-Ngan. With a W Disruptor Card you’ll find the entrance fee is waived.


The card also helps save on all Away Spa treatments and packages - a whopping 25% - which is applicable to all tiers. The only exceptions are manicure, pedicure and beauty salon treatments. Away Spa offers seven individual pavilions where you can experience a variety of luxurious treatments that will leave you re-energized and feeling healthier. There are scrubs and wraps, along with signature massage treatments as well as some unexpected treats such as a herbal sauna experience, W Retreat Koh Samui offers fabulous privileges with its new W Disruptor Card.where you’ll enjoy an extraordinary thermal bath inspired by a traditional Mexican Temazcal cleansing ritual.


When it comes to accommodation, W Retreat brings you cool and stylish rooms that are perfect for intimacy and luxury living. There’s a select range available, from hillside villas to über-opulent beachside villas. The card allows generous discounts on published rates for rooms, subject to advanced reservation and availability. These are 10%, 15% and 20%, depending on the tier of card. (For accommodation, the card holder needs to be staying in the room.)


The price tiers themselves are 5,000 baht, 10,000 baht and 20,000 baht. The difference between them is simple: with each you’ll get Food and Beverage Certificates in tranches of 1,000 baht to spend, and this will match your investment for the 5,000 baht and 10,000 baht cards. For the 20,000 baht card you’ll receive 15,000 baht worth of certificates, but you’ll also get a free night’s stay. All three cards also come with one or more all day access passes to the resort.


There are also some additional bonuses such as priority reservations and table seating, invitations to special happenings and you’ll be the first to know about what’s coming up at W Retreat. You’ll be invited to special events, dinners, cocktails and meet-the-management evenings.


By now you might want to know how to get your hands on one of these cards. Simply approach W Retreat Koh Samui via its website. Membership is valid for Thai and foreign nationals residing in Thailand only. As part of the application process you will need to show a Thai ID, or if you’re a non-Thai, evidence of residency in the form of a business card, Thai driver’s license, copy of work permit or copy of passport and visa. Please be aware that there are some restrictions when using the card and associated vouchers for special promotions.


The old question of when to splurge and where to save is always a knotty one. But thanks to the W Disruptor Card, you’re now able to have a great time and enjoy a sassy mélange of W Retreat’s amenities. Whether you choose to eat your heart out, enjoy a pampering massage or stay in some of Samui’s most exclusive accommodation, the choice is yours and it’ll be guilt-free one when it comes to budgeting.


 Dimitri Waring


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