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遲暮網紅——蘇梅島W酒店(W Retreat, Koh Samui)入住體驗

隨着香港旅行禁令的解除,Alex和身邊的人也開始逐漸在全球各地浪了起來。這次因為預定比較晚,外加航班仍然非常有限的原因,Alex就選擇了去泰國過聖誕節了。行程第一站,就是Alex種草很久的蘇梅島;而蘇梅島的第一站,就是初代網紅酒店,蘇梅島W酒店。 早在小紅書還沒有火熱的年代,蘇梅島W由於周杰倫蜜月和各種KOL的年度,就已經火遍國內外社交媒體。在疫情前,題圖的蓮花座酒吧更是誇張到需要排隊入座拍照的地步。從Alex的照片也可以看出來,確實是非常漂亮的。 然而除此意外,疫情後的蘇梅W究竟狀況如何呢?先說結論:酒店肉眼可見得由於疫情破敗很多,在人力、硬件等方面都表現比較一般甚至是不如意。在價格相對高昂(旺季3-500美元起跳)的條件下Alex覺得性價比非常一般,短期內並不是很建議入住。 預定信息 Alex這次總共住了3晚,前2晚請紐約的旅遊代理幫忙定的STARS rate,合計約3萬泰銖;第3晚用了85K免房券兌換。前兩晚送100美元的消費額度,前台確認了酒店任意消費,包括mini bar等,都可以抵扣。 房型Alex定的是基礎房叢林綠洲(Jungle Oasis),其中前兩晚酒店主動升級到了海景幽居(Ocean View Escape),第三晚Alex嫌麻煩就用萬豪的套房券升級到了同一個房型。 酒店是全別墅(Villa)酒店,房間主要分為兩個區域:海灘區和山坡區。除了幾個驚喜大別墅外,基礎房叢林綠洲和海景幽居都在山坡區,而熱帶綠洲和海洋天堂則位於沙灘區。這4種房型室內完全一致,戶外的話,前兩者只有一個小平台,而沙灘區的別墅會大點兒有個小花園。根據Flyertalk的說法,海灘區蚊蟲問題很嚴重,而且幾乎完全沒有海景;但是Alex個人實測下來好處在於可以很方便走到酒店大堂和各類設施。山坡區的房間由於地勢的緣故,出入必須叫電瓶車,而且海景也比較一般;但是勝在比較清靜。 入住辦理 從蘇梅島機場出發,打車大約30分鐘可以到W。相對曼谷而言,蘇梅島打車非常貴,機場單程500泰銖不講價。 去酒店沿線都挺破破爛爛的,從大路拐上小路後兩邊更加感人,但是一路開上去到達大堂後就豁然開朗:酒店建築群依山而建,連綿到海邊;而大堂位於最高點,所以自然有無敵海景。進入大堂最直接的就是蘇梅島W的最網紅位置蓮花池和茶座。 回頭看在下車處也有個閃光的W。不得不說蘇梅島W完全符合小紅書上「好拍」、「出片」的各種要求,不愧是第一代網紅酒店。 我們到達酒店的時候大約是下午1點半左右,酒店很主動送上特色飲料,但是味道很Hmm。。。雖然我有提前聯繫,但是酒店房間還是沒有準備好。於是Alex只能在Lobby和周圍晃蕩一下等房間。不得不說乍一看酒店修得還是很好看的,五顏六色非常兩眼,也很符合W一貫的氣質。 網紅蓮花池裏面這個泰國夜店風的雕塑也是很W了…… 前台也這樣非常五彩繽紛。 在晚上大堂又是另一個樣子,就幾乎完全是夜店的調調了。話說這個躺椅巨!好!坐! 在晃蕩的過程中,Alex明顯感覺到酒店不少硬件已經顯示出了歲月的痕迹:雖然照片裏面看起來不錯,但是完全經不起湊近看;而員工精神狀態也不是很好,有點累累的感覺,不知是不是因為聖誕期間太累的緣故。 大約15分鐘後小姐姐來找Alex說房間準備好了,於是Alex就跳上電瓶車去自己客房了。 海景幽居(Ocean View Escape) 前面提到的酒店別墅分佈在兩個區域,而Alex這次住的海景幽居別墅位於山坡區。這個區有多遠呢?得從酒店大門出來再繞過去那麼遠…… 經過一路上各種顛簸後,Alex的小電瓶車終於停在了房前。打開房門就是一個小過道,過道盡頭是通往陽台的門。可以看到景觀還是有點的,但是似乎沒有那麼好…… 過道左牆是mini bar,大量供水,同時有很多酒精飲料,不過價格不菲就是了;咖啡機也比較老式,不是新酒店常見的Nespresso。 提供的酒杯等還是挺多的,結合外面的平台和泳池可以開個不錯的Party;還有專門一個空的小冰箱供自帶的酒水使用。亞洲必備的熱水壺也帶了。 走道左邊背後是卧室。雖然說這個房型是別墅房型,但是本身卻並不是套房的設計;不過空間還是很大的。 床上擺放了歡迎詞。後面這個熊倒是真的很騷…… 床尾連着沙發區。 一側牆裏面嵌着辦公桌。辦公桌旁邊是一個移門,移開後裏面就是衣櫃。這個空間設計聽巧妙的。從傢具木紋上也可以看出歲月的痕迹,畢竟是10多年的酒店了,也沒有翻新什麼的。    茶几上有歡迎點心,水果乾巧克力什麼的無功無過。不過左邊的樹枝上的小花是糖霜做的可以吃,也算是小特色。 衣櫥裏面還給了沙灘包。辦理入住的小姐姐特別提醒了沙灘包不能拿走,就很Hmm……沙灘包裏面還給了兩雙人字拖是可以帶走的。  回到走廊,右手邊就是浴室。基本比較標準的配備,唯一值得說的是淋浴有兩個,室內室外,添加了些許海島氛圍。 走廊到底開門就是大陽台。蘇梅W的一大特色是每個別墅都有泳池,而且長度比較給力,不只是泡泡水用的。 從上面的圖片可以看出來隱私比較差,泳池下面就是下面一排的別墅了。而且所謂的海景也確實非常有限…… 最值得吐槽的是房間本身的保養問題。首先是傢具都有不少歲月的痕迹了——磨損什麼很明顯,牆面也有點斑駁。更慘的是裝修本身的質量問題:有一次晚上半夜Alex想去上衛生間,發現卧室的大門居然開不開!最後只能從陽台繞道解決問題。第二天問題依舊,叫了酒店工程隊伍後才知道是因為潮濕造成木門變形,卡住了……最後退房時候也沒有個說法,讓人心煩。 似乎W Retreat一個特色是無限吃的各類雪糕,蘇梅W也有。在兩個別墅區各有一個冰櫃,無限多的和路雪可以自己隨便拿——熱量警告! 酒店早餐與其他餐飲 萬豪白金及以上會員可以免費用酒店的自助早餐,品質就麻麻,一般泰國的水準。餐廳有室外座位,在天氣合適的情況下吹着海風吃飯看看海景還是很不錯的。一個特色是早飯有無限多的大椰子吃,喜歡喝椰子的不可錯過! 似乎早上有免費酒精供應,喜歡booz的朋友也不可錯過。 雖然W主打潮牌,但是似乎還是很歡迎帶小孩的客人的。於是早餐時候就出現了小孩滿場飛奔+大叫的傳統節目,員工似乎也不想出面幫忙一下。如果介意的可以選擇在客房早餐,但是我不是很確定萬豪的福利涵蓋客房早餐。 因為Alex前2晚有100美元的消費額度,所以就預定了一頓在海邊的泰式燒烤火鍋。到場了才發現人都沒有,也是很凄涼了…… 價格屬於標準的泰國旅遊物價,在蘇梅島上也不屬於最高。 食物素質就屬於「就這樣吧」的水平。如果不是特別喜歡吃的可以不吃。。。 其他設施 酒店因為每個房間都自帶泳池的緣故,主游泳池反而比較清閑。當然,用小紅書的說法是這個泳池也屬於非常好拍的那種類型。 泳池淋浴區的養護就很Hmm。。。 至於酒店的海灘,基本上屬於慘不忍睹的類型。蘇梅島本身就不是以無敵沙灘取勝,酒店的沙灘大多需要自我保養。但是Alex個人經歷來看,蘇梅W似乎在疫情後完全放棄了對沙灘的管理,沙灘奇臟,也很膈腳,喜歡玩沙的大可放棄…… 這張照片如果不是W的logo我覺得可以直接用來做荒野求生的背景;而這個logo漆面各種鼓起,也可以看出來基本上沒有什麼養護可言…… 慘就一個字,我絕不只說一次。這天是剛剛起過大風,但是這個沙灘也着實髒了點…… 當然作為網紅酒店,酒店還是搞了不少網紅風的設備,很適合拍拍拍(以及大量P圖)。 潮人自拍必備的翅膀。不過Alex住的幾天沒看到打燈…… 周邊玩樂以及小結 W在蘇梅島北端,湄南海灘附近。距離蘇梅島最熱鬧的查文海灘大概有25分鐘車程,打車基本上在4-500泰銖之間;而去湄南海灘和旁邊小漁村,還有Fisherman’s…
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Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card Review (2022.10 Update: 3FN Offer)

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AmEx Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Credit Card Review (2023.1 Update: 95k Offer)

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