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迟暮网红——苏梅岛W酒店(W Retreat, Koh Samui)入住体验

随着香港旅行禁令的解除,Alex和身边的人也开始逐渐在全球各地浪了起来。这次因为预定比较晚,外加航班仍然非常有限的原因,Alex就选择了去泰国过圣诞节了。行程第一站,就是Alex种草很久的苏梅岛;而苏梅岛的第一站,就是初代网红酒店,苏梅岛W酒店。 早在小红书还没有火热的年代,苏梅岛W由于周杰伦蜜月和各种KOL的年度,就已经火遍国内外社交媒体。在疫情前,题图的莲花座酒吧更是夸张到需要排队入座拍照的地步。从Alex的照片也可以看出来,确实是非常漂亮的。 然而除此意外,疫情后的苏梅W究竟状况如何呢?先说结论:酒店肉眼可见得由于疫情破败很多,在人力、硬件等方面都表现比较一般甚至是不如意。在价格相对高昂(旺季3-500美元起跳)的条件下Alex觉得性价比非常一般,短期内并不是很建议入住。 预定信息 Alex这次总共住了3晚,前2晚请纽约的旅游代理帮忙定的STARS rate,合计约3万泰铢;第3晚用了85K免房券兑换。前两晚送100美元的消费额度,前台确认了酒店任意消费,包括mini bar等,都可以抵扣。 房型Alex定的是基础房丛林绿洲(Jungle Oasis),其中前两晚酒店主动升级到了海景幽居(Ocean View Escape),第三晚Alex嫌麻烦就用万豪的套房券升级到了同一个房型。 酒店是全别墅(Villa)酒店,房间主要分为两个区域:海滩区和山坡区。除了几个惊喜大别墅外,基础房丛林绿洲和海景幽居都在山坡区,而热带绿洲和海洋天堂则位于沙滩区。这4种房型室内完全一致,户外的话,前两者只有一个小平台,而沙滩区的别墅会大点儿有个小花园。根据Flyertalk的说法,海滩区蚊虫问题很严重,而且几乎完全没有海景;但是Alex个人实测下来好处在于可以很方便走到酒店大堂和各类设施。山坡区的房间由于地势的缘故,出入必须叫电瓶车,而且海景也比较一般;但是胜在比较清静。 入住办理 从苏梅岛机场出发,打车大约30分钟可以到W。相对曼谷而言,苏梅岛打车非常贵,机场单程500泰铢不讲价。 去酒店沿线都挺破破烂烂的,从大路拐上小路后两边更加感人,但是一路开上去到达大堂后就豁然开朗:酒店建筑群依山而建,连绵到海边;而大堂位于最高点,所以自然有无敌海景。进入大堂最直接的就是苏梅岛W的最网红位置莲花池和茶座。 回头看在下车处也有个闪光的W。不得不说苏梅岛W完全符合小红书上“好拍”、“出片”的各种要求,不愧是第一代网红酒店。 我们到达酒店的时候大约是下午1点半左右,酒店很主动送上特色饮料,但是味道很Hmm。。。虽然我有提前联系,但是酒店房间还是没有准备好。于是Alex只能在Lobby和周围晃荡一下等房间。不得不说乍一看酒店修得还是很好看的,五颜六色非常两眼,也很符合W一贯的气质。 网红莲花池里面这个泰国夜店风的雕塑也是很W了…… 前台也这样非常五彩缤纷。 在晚上大堂又是另一个样子,就几乎完全是夜店的调调了。话说这个躺椅巨!好!坐! 在晃荡的过程中,Alex明显感觉到酒店不少硬件已经显示出了岁月的痕迹:虽然照片里面看起来不错,但是完全经不起凑近看;而员工精神状态也不是很好,有点累累的感觉,不知是不是因为圣诞期间太累的缘故。 大约15分钟后小姐姐来找Alex说房间准备好了,于是Alex就跳上电瓶车去自己客房了。 海景幽居(Ocean View Escape) 前面提到的酒店别墅分布在两个区域,而Alex这次住的海景幽居别墅位于山坡区。这个区有多远呢?得从酒店大门出来再绕过去那么远…… 经过一路上各种颠簸后,Alex的小电瓶车终于停在了房前。打开房门就是一个小过道,过道尽头是通往阳台的门。可以看到景观还是有点的,但是似乎没有那么好…… 过道左墙是mini bar,大量供水,同时有很多酒精饮料,不过价格不菲就是了;咖啡机也比较老式,不是新酒店常见的Nespresso。 提供的酒杯等还是挺多的,结合外面的平台和泳池可以开个不错的Party;还有专门一个空的小冰箱供自带的酒水使用。亚洲必备的热水壶也带了。 走道左边背后是卧室。虽然说这个房型是别墅房型,但是本身却并不是套房的设计;不过空间还是很大的。 床上摆放了欢迎词。后面这个熊倒是真的很骚…… 床尾连着沙发区。 一侧墙里面嵌着办公桌。办公桌旁边是一个移门,移开后里面就是衣柜。这个空间设计听巧妙的。从家具木纹上也可以看出岁月的痕迹,毕竟是10多年的酒店了,也没有翻新什么的。    茶几上有欢迎点心,水果干巧克力什么的无功无过。不过左边的树枝上的小花是糖霜做的可以吃,也算是小特色。 衣橱里面还给了沙滩包。办理入住的小姐姐特别提醒了沙滩包不能拿走,就很Hmm……沙滩包里面还给了两双人字拖是可以带走的。  回到走廊,右手边就是浴室。基本比较标准的配备,唯一值得说的是淋浴有两个,室内室外,添加了些许海岛氛围。 走廊到底开门就是大阳台。苏梅W的一大特色是每个别墅都有泳池,而且长度比较给力,不只是泡泡水用的。 从上面的图片可以看出来隐私比较差,泳池下面就是下面一排的别墅了。而且所谓的海景也确实非常有限…… 最值得吐槽的是房间本身的保养问题。首先是家具都有不少岁月的痕迹了——磨损什么很明显,墙面也有点斑驳。更惨的是装修本身的质量问题:有一次晚上半夜Alex想去上卫生间,发现卧室的大门居然开不开!最后只能从阳台绕道解决问题。第二天问题依旧,叫了酒店工程队伍后才知道是因为潮湿造成木门变形,卡住了……最后退房时候也没有个说法,让人心烦。 似乎W Retreat一个特色是无限吃的各类冰淇淋,苏梅W也有。在两个别墅区各有一个冰柜,无限多的和路雪可以自己随便拿——热量警告! 酒店早餐与其他餐饮 万豪白金及以上会员可以免费用酒店的自助早餐,品质就麻麻,一般泰国的水准。餐厅有室外座位,在天气合适的情况下吹着海风吃饭看看海景还是很不错的。一个特色是早饭有无限多的大椰子吃,喜欢喝椰子的不可错过! 似乎早上有免费酒精供应,喜欢booz的朋友也不可错过。 虽然W主打潮牌,但是似乎还是很欢迎带小孩的客人的。于是早餐时候就出现了小孩满场飞奔+大叫的传统节目,员工似乎也不想出面帮忙一下。如果介意的可以选择在客房早餐,但是我不是很确定万豪的福利涵盖客房早餐。 因为Alex前2晚有100美元的消费额度,所以就预定了一顿在海边的泰式烧烤火锅。到场了才发现人都没有,也是很凄凉了…… 价格属于标准的泰国旅游物价,在苏梅岛上也不属于最高。 食物素质就属于“就这样吧”的水平。如果不是特别喜欢吃的可以不吃。。。 其他设施 酒店因为每个房间都自带泳池的缘故,主游泳池反而比较清闲。当然,用小红书的说法是这个泳池也属于非常好拍的那种类型。 泳池淋浴区的养护就很Hmm。。。 至于酒店的海滩,基本上属于惨不忍睹的类型。苏梅岛本身就不是以无敌沙滩取胜,酒店的沙滩大多需要自我保养。但是Alex个人经历来看,苏梅W似乎在疫情后完全放弃了对沙滩的管理,沙滩奇脏,也很膈脚,喜欢玩沙的大可放弃…… 这张照片如果不是W的logo我觉得可以直接用来做荒野求生的背景;而这个logo漆面各种鼓起,也可以看出来基本上没有什么养护可言…… 惨就一个字,我绝不只说一次。这天是刚刚起过大风,但是这个沙滩也着实脏了点…… 当然作为网红酒店,酒店还是搞了不少网红风的设备,很适合拍拍拍(以及大量P图)。 潮人自拍必备的翅膀。不过Alex住的几天没看到打灯…… 周边玩乐以及小结 W在苏梅岛北端,湄南海滩附近。距离苏梅岛最热闹的查文海滩大概有25分钟车程,打车基本上在4-500泰铢之间;而去湄南海滩和旁边小渔村,还有Fisherman’s…
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Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card Review (2022.10 Update: 3FN Offer)

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card (Formerly Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card) Review 2022.10 Update: All previous welcome offers are expired. There’s only the usual 3FN (up to 50k) offer now. 2022.10 Update: There is a new 75k+$300 offer. It’s better than the regular 100k offer but still far lower than the previous 5FN offer. 2022.9 Update: The previous…
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One Table To Help You Understand Marriott Bonvoy Co-branded Cards Welcome Offer Eligibility

Explanations on the marks: you can’t get approved if: Now: you have this card now. Now/30: you have this card now or have had it in the past 30 days. 90: you have acquired this card in the past 90 days. “Acquired” includes card application and card conversion. 24: you have obtained a welcome offer or upgrade offer on this…
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AmEx Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Credit Card Review (2023.1 Update: 95k Offer)

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Chase Ritz-Carlton Credit Card Review (2022.9 Update: Now Gives You 85k FN Without Annual Fee Increasing!)

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Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Credit Card Review (New Card, 125k Offer)

Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Credit Card Review Application Link Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful Benefits 125k offer: Earn 125,000 Marriott points by spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. We estimate the value of a Marriott point at 0.7 cents/point, so the 125k sign-up bonus is worth about $875. Earn 6x Marriott points at Marriott hotels (including Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and SPG brands)….
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AmEx Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card Review (New Card, 125k Offer)

AmEx Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card Review Application Link AmEx Marriott Bonvoy Bevy Benefits 125k offer: Earn 125,000 Marriott points by spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. We estimate the value of a Marriott point at 0.7 cents/point, so the 125k sign-up bonus is worth about $875. Earn 6x Marriott points at Marriott hotels (including Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and SPG brands)….
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AmEx Marriott Bonvoy Business Credit Card Review (2022.9 Update: 100k Offer)

Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card (Formerly Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express) Review 2022.9 Update: The 125k offer is expired. The current offer is only 100k. 2022.7 Update: The new offer is 125k. Offer ends on 8/31. There are also a few improvement on this card: Previously you only get Marriott Silver status when you hold this…
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Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card Review (2022.10 Update: 30k Offer)

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Are dynamic Marriott points more valuable now? Yes, but with a big caveat …

The Points Guy recently published a quantitative analysis arguing that the Marriott points, even after the implementation of dynamic awards, retain its purported value of ~0.8 cent/pt. To get that conclusion, they pulled data from 50+ hotels over ~150 days. In fact, the average redemption value after the dynamic award is in place is 0.84 c/pt. They thus concluded that…
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2021.10 Update: Capital One improved the transfer ratios to be 1:1 for most partners now! Also note that starting from 10.24 Capital One will lose partner JetBlue. 2021.8 Update: Chase UR points can be transferred to Air Canada (AC) Aeroplan now! The ratio is 1:1. 2021.5 Update: El Al (LY) Matmid is no longer a transfer partner of MR points….
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ACT FAST: Le Méridien Maldives Bookable with Bonvoy Points in Peak Season (40k/Night Top)

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Summary of Points Transfer Time: Chase UR, AmEx MR, Citi TYP, Capital One Miles, Marriott Bonvoy

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