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Hilton Worldwide and Hillcrest Resorts join hands to open the new Conrad Hotels & Resorts property in Koh Samui, Thailand

November 20, 2011  |  This information originated in U.K. English.

KOH SAMUI, Thailand - Hilton Worldwide and Hillcrest Resorts (Samui) Co. Ltd., the developer of Conrad Koh Samui, celebrated the official grand opening of the resort in Thailand this weekend with a high profile schedule of events and ceremonies featuring several VIPs to commemorate full operation of the iconic resort.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop and Former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban cut the ribbons to commemorate the official grand opening of the Conrad Koh Samui Resort and the Conrad Koh Samui Residences at the ceremony held at the resort along with several other guests of honour and officials from the two companies on Sunday afternoon.

"Having worked tirelessly for the last five years to bring this project to fruition, we are delighted to have partnered with Hillcrest Resorts (Samui) Co. Ltd. in what we believe will become the jewel in the crown of Thailand resorts. I specifically would like to thank the efforts of Hillcrest for their leadership and bold vision, without which, we would not be standing here in celebration of the opening of this amazing resort today," said Martin Rinck, President, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide.

Powered by a wonderful team of local hospitality professionals trained to offer service with a smile that Thailand has become renown for, the Conrad Koh Samui officially opened 1st September, 2011 and has been receiving a reputation of delivering excellent guest experiences that follow suit to the vision of the founder, Conrad Hilton, to "fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality."

"After a year of extensive planning and design, plus four years of construction and development, and thanks to the combined efforts of our partners and associations, today that vision has become a stunning reality," said Lyon Lau, Executive Director of Hillcrest Resorts (Samui) Co. Ltd.

The event consisted of a vibrant cocktail reception on Saturday night complete with live music, traditional Thai entertainment, and displays that showcased both the resort's features and selling points as well as the history and project completion of the monumental building project. Sunday's itinerary consisted of a Gala lunch celebration and a ribbon cutting ceremony with several top VIPs from throughout Thailand and a host of media and journalists. 

With six operating properties in Thailand, Hilton Worldwide continues to expand its strong presence in the region by opening the second Conrad property in Thailand following the Conrad Bangkok, both of which cater towards the luxury traveller seeking a world of style, service, and connection that personifies the Conrad brand.

Located 28 kilometres from the airport, Conrad Koh Samui is the only west-facing luxury resort in Koh Samui that offers guests breathtaking sunset views from every villa.

The luxurious resort features 98 freestanding villas with private plunge pools and sundecks, comprised of 65 one-bedroom villas, 32 two-bedroom and three-bedroom Residences, and a Royal Villa, integrated within 25 acres of tropical features and dramatic cliff-side landscapes.

For a unique dining experience, Conrad Koh Samui offers innovative restaurant concepts: private in-cellar dining at The Cellar, fine Thai-influenced dining at the cliff-side specialty restaurant, Jahn, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine cooked from live action stations in the all-day dining restaurant, Zest, and a casual pool bar Azure. Guests can also enjoy the beautiful sunset views while sipping on cocktails at Glow | Lounge.

Other resort features include an on-site diving and sailing centre, a 120-metre floating jetty, a sea view fitness centre and an outdoor yoga pavilion.

For further information on the resort, visit

Audrey Wong
Hilton Worldwide, Asia Pacific
+65 6833 9763

About Conrad Koh Samui
Conrad Koh Samui Resort and Spa is a luxury villa property that sets new standards on the ever popular Thai island of Koh Samui. Comprising 80 villas, the resort is located on a secluded hill on the South West tip of the island. The 25-acre luxurious resort offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand's stunning sunsets, outlying islands and the surrounding landscape of lush coconut plantations.

About Hillcrest Resorts (Samui) Co. Ltd.
Hillcrest Resorts (Samui) Co. Ltd. is a Thailand-incorporated company and a sister company of Hong Kong based Hillcrest Capital Ltd.  Established in 2006, Hillcrest Capital Ltd specializes in property development and investment across Asia-Pacific. Hillcrest seeks to develop high-end and unique properties that encapsulate the affluent lifestyle for high-end customers seeking a memorable living or working environment reflecting elegant and contemporary design elements.

About Conrad Hotels & Resorts Spanning more than five continents with nearly 35 properties, Conrad Hotels & Resorts has created a seamless connection between contemporary design, leading innovation and curated art to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of the globally connected traveler. Guests can manage their stay through the Conrad Concierge service in the Hilton Honors mobile app, getting access to pre check-in and room selection, to ordering in-room dining and mobile checkout, all from their own mobile device. Conrad is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Connect with Conrad by booking at or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn more about the brand by visiting and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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