As Thailand’s second-largest island, Koh Samui with its range of activities is a holiday dream: with sandy beaches, clear waters, award-winning cuisine, five-star hotels and spas, and more, it is a getaway that combines both paradise views with luxury. This island, which can be found in the Gulf of Thailand, has a reputation for being among the more popular attraction hot-spots in the country. So now all you have to do is browse this list of top five places to stay in Koh Samui, book your trip, and enjoy your time in paradise!
A truly luxurious stay at a beachfront hotel in Koh Samui must begin with Banyan Tree Samui. Located in Lamai Bay on the easternmost tip of the island, this is arguably the best five-star resort on the island. With an incredible spa, a library, a private infinity pool, and five dining options on-site, this is one resort that must be experienced to be believed. Each of the 88 villas that make up this resort offer private balconies with either a sea or garden view, private bathrooms, toiletries, daily housekeeping and laundry services. The property also features a business centre, concierge service, spa services, a hot tub, fitness centre, sauna, and more.
After you wake up, either take in the continental breakfast or wander into one of the on-site restaurants to have a relaxing morning. Then take a leisurely stroll or grab a taxi to Lamai City Centre, which is two miles (3.2 kilometers) away, or visit the Grandfather and Grandmother Stone, which is less than three miles (4.8 km). Or, if you’re in the mood, take the seven-minute walk down to Lamai Beach and bask in the sunny paradise you find yourself in!
Banyan Tree Samui
Address: 99/9 Moo 4, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thong Takian, 84310 Lamai, Thailand
Price: from 1,600 USD
Access: 20-minute drive from Samui International Airport
Contact: +66 77915333
To truly enjoy a luxury stay in a private accommodation while also being a stone’s throw from Choengmon Beach, look no further than Resort SALA Samui Choengmon Beach. This is a top-rated hotel that is perfect for guests who enjoy traditional Thai architecture when lounging on the 205 meter (672 feet) private beach or swimming in the beachfront pools! This resort offers villas that include private terraces, open-air bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. The grounds also include a gym, library, spa, two restaurants that serve both Thai and international cuisine, and a beach bar. Breakfast is also included for guests, and car rentals, as well as shuttle services, can be reserved at reception.
When you’re done lounging around at the resort, take a walk to Big Buddha, one of the island’s main attractions; it’s less than 1.5 miles (2.4 km) away. Also close by and accessible by a 10-minute drive is the Samui Crocodile Farm, The Green Mango Club, and Bang Rak Pier, all of which are worthy of an afternoon of your time.
Resort SALA Samui Choengmon Beach
Address: 10/9 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, 84320 Choeng Mon Beach, Thailand
Price: from 328 USD
Access: 10-minute drive from Samui Airport
Contact: +66 77245888
Resort Paradise Island Estate is a great choice for a unique stay that gives you scenic views as well as your choice of private accommodation. This hotel is located in a walled community, providing a restful getaway from the busy island, while also being just a five-minute walk from Choeng Mon Beach, one of the island’s best-known attractions. The property, along with offering suites and villas, offers all the luxury amenities you would expect to find, including grocery deliveries, laundry services, private patios and balconies, gardens, air-conditioning, a business centre, and free Wi-Fi access for all guests. There are also a variety of private and shared pools, a spa, and a fitness centre.
But you won’t want to spend all your time in the hotel, even with all the magnificent views of the sea, gardens, and mountains! You’re going to want to explore, and there are plenty of things to do, including visiting Big Buddha, which is just over a mile (1.6 km) away, taking in the nightlife, or heading down to the beach. Just make sure you make time for a massage after horseback riding or snorkelling so you can wind down in style.
Resort Paradise Island Estate
Address: 74/82 Moo 5, T. Bophut Choeng Mon Beach Koh Samui, 84320 Choeng Mon Beach, Thailand
Price: from 101 USD
Access: 15-minute drive from Samui Airport
Contact: +34 952573408
More than just a private accommodation, Baan Kao Hu Jook “Corner Apartment” offers travelers a quiet retreat with spectacular views and easy access to Chaweng Town. This is a hotel that offers you a choice: either stay in one of their beautiful studios or take advantage of the private villas. Both are great for either vacation rentals or long-term stays! The BJK-Resort, as it refers to itself, provides holiday-goers with air conditioning, private baths, Wi-Fi access, toiletries, an outdoor pool, and even a gym. Free parking is also available on-site, as are free taxi rides to the beach or the town centre.
When you’re ready to go out and explore this piece of paradise, take a short walk to the Central Festival Complex, which is 10 minutes away. You can also rent a motorbike or stroll on down to Chaweng Lake, Chaweng Beach, or Chaweng Noi Beach. It’s also just a 15-minute drive to see the island’s main attraction, Big Buddha, which is located on the Northwest side of the island.
Baan Kao Hua Jook “Corner Apartment”
Address: Koh Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani, Thailand
Price: from 52 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Access: 10-minute car ride from Samui International Airport
Situated between Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Noi Beach sits the Baan Talay Pool Villa hotel, giving you both seclusion in a residential area while being only a 10-minute walk from either beach. It is the perfect choice for couples, as each villa has room for two people. This private accommodation choice is relatively new; it opened in 2014. However, with 70 villas on the property, free breakfast, Wi-Fi, plunge pools, private pools, and a restaurant on-site, this is easily one of the best ways to relax and enjoy the scenery that Koh Samui has to offer.
Baan Talay Pool Villa will endeavour to make your stay as adventurous as you wish; the helpful staff will help you book watersports and scuba diving sessions, as well as direct you to the nearest golf course. There are also scooter and motorbike rentals available to get to Chaweng Town as well as the beach, but you might also find that the hotel’s shuttle to the beach three times a day is a better way to get spectacular views of the island as well!
Baan Talay Pool Villa
Address: Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand
Price: from 134 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Access: 20-minute taxi ride from Samui International Airport; shuttles provided upon request
Paradise can be found on Koh Samui
Thailand is a country full of beautiful island spots, all of which would be amazing for you to visit, but nowhere is paradise more apparent than on the island of Koh Samui. From boutique hotels to hidden Airbnb villas, there’s no shortage of places to stay when you’re looking to immerse yourself in the island culture. Pick your favourite hotel today and come see why Koh Samui should be on your list of paradise holidays!
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