Mantra Samui Resort in Thailand has launched a Work | Lounge on its property, a dedicated workspace for digital nomads.
The air-conditioned space provides high-speed Wi-Fi, a guest pantry stocked with drinks and snacks, a printer, an IP telephone for free international calls, hot desks, and a blackboard. There are also sofa areas, a billiard table, TV screens, and a PlayStation to unwind. Work | Lounge is open from 09.00 to 21.00 seven days a week.
Guests staying on the island for an extended period can book one of the resortâ€™s new â€˜Work | Stay | Playâ€™ plans, with options stretching from two weeks to three months. Rates start from US$82 per night per person or US$91 for two people sharing a room, when staying a minimum of 31 days.
Non-resort guests can choose a half-day access for 300 baht (US$9) or opt for as much as a monthly pass for 12,000 baht. They can also purchase infinity pool access, an on-site gym pass and meals at the resortâ€™s hilltop restaurant.
The resortâ€™s latest move comes as the demand for non-fixed work environments soars in Thailand. The Bangkok Post reported last month that the market for co-working space in Thailand is increasing by 25 per cent this year. In 2012 there were only four co-working spaces nationwide. By the end of this year that figure is expected to reach 150.