39 Best Hotels in Koh Samui, The Gulf Coast Beaches

Absolute Sanctuary

$$$ | 88 Moo 5, Tambol, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

If you're on vacation to detox, this is the spot—and if you aren't, well, it probably isn't. This hotel offers three different programs of varying intensity: a cleansing program that includes some vegetarian food for newbies; a mostly raw-foods program; and a fasting regime for the truly committed. Rooms are simple, cute, and relaxing.

Pros

  • Prime yoga facilities
  • Unique concept
  • Terrific massage treatments

Cons

  • No fun if you're not detoxing
  • Doesn't quite live up to its star rating
  • Lacks the luxe feel of other properties
88 Moo 5, Tambol, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-601190
hotel Details
38 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Aloha Resort

$$ | 128 Moo 3 Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, 84130, Thailand

All the rooms at this oceanfront resort have private terraces or balconies that face in the general direction of the beach. Choose between rooms and suites in the main building and the attractive bungalows, which lack a view but are closer to the beach and pool. The popular restaurant serves Thai, Chinese, and European food.

Pros

  • Can accommodate larger groups
  • Reasonable price
  • Family-friendly

Cons

  • Some rooms defiitely not as nice
  • Outdated decor
  • Small beach
128 Moo 3 Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, 84130, Thailand
66-077-424014
hotel Details
74 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Amari Koh Samui

$$$ | 14/3 Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

This luxurious resort faces a beach where the water's too shallow for swimming—which can be an advantage, as it keeps the crowds away. The bungalows all have gleaming wood floors, teak furnishings, and huge beds on raised platforms that make you feel like royalty. Some rooms are on the opposite side of the road from the beach and a considerable distance from it. The dining room is one floor up to take advantage of the views.

Pros

  • Local touches to the rooms
  • Lovely views
  • On the beach

Cons

  • Inconsistent service
  • Overrun with raucous families
  • Garden wing can't compete with the beach one
14/3 Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-300--3069
hotel Details
187 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Anantara Bophut Resort and Spa

$$$ | 99/9 Bophut Bay, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

Anantara captures the essence of Samui: coconut trees dot the grounds, monkey statues and sculptures decorate the interior, and, of course, there's a beautiful beach. All rooms have ocean views from their large patios and are designed in a modern Lanna style. Each also has a tank with several colorful Thai fighting fish. You'll feel like a rock star performing on stage when dining at the Full Moon—the dining room is a large open platform beside the swimming pool. The Eclipse Thai restaurant allows you to interact with your chef, who is working near your table and will alter any dish to your specifications. Booking a treatment at the stylish spa is a must.

Pros

  • Decent dining
  • Pretty place
  • Prime vantage points

Cons

  • Feels quite big
  • Not for young party crowd
  • Cleanliness is inconsistent
99/9 Bophut Bay, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-428300
hotel Details
106 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort

$$$ | 92/1 Moo 2, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

Hidden away at the quiet northern end of Chaweng, this refuge stands apart while remaining close to the action. Accommodations are spread out amidst beautifully landscaped tropical gardens that unfold towards the ocean. The architecture of the resort draws on traditional Thai heritage with Chinese-inspired design touches. Pool villas are the standout category, with private salas providing the ultimate in tropical seclusion. Dining highlight is Tree Tops restaurant, which specializes in Mediterranean and French cuisine. 

Pros

  • Convenient location, yet removed from the crowds
  • Gorgeous pool villas
  • Four-poster beds provide added class

Cons

  • Beach can be rocky at low tide
  • Some might find it too quiet
  • Not the most extensive breakfast
92/1 Moo 2, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-960333
hotel Details
122 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Baan Talay Resort

$$ | 17/36 Moo 3 Chawaeng Beach Rd., Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

Bungalows huddled around a shimmering pool are the focal point at Baan Talay, but the real reasons to stay here are the few rooms just a stone's throw from the beach. All the resort's accommodations—including additional ones scattered around the gardens—are minimalist in design, but are furnished with the expected modern conveniences. The open-front restaurant and bar, both facing the surf, are prime places to unwind after a day of water sports.

Pros

  • Close to beach
  • Quieter side of Chaweng
  • Clean and comfortable rooms

Cons

  • Outdated decor
  • Noise from nearby road
  • Forgettable breakfast
17/36 Moo 3 Chawaeng Beach Rd., Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-413555
hotel Details
54 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Bandara Resort and Spa

$$$ | 178/2 Moo 1, Tambol, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

Bandara gets high marks for its location on the nicest stretch of Bophut Beach. Deluxe rooms all have decks with daybeds and smell great; aromas are piped in, and fresh flowers sometimes await you. Private villas have gardens complete with outside tubs and showers, and shady daybeds are perfect for massages. Well-qualified practitioners provide facials, massages, aqua therapy, and other treatments at the spa. The seaside restaurant serves seafood and Thai dishes.

Pros

  • <PRO>ideal location</PRO>
  • <PRO>attentive staff</PRO>
  • <PRO>Fisherman's Village is a short walk away</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>pool not inviting</CON>
  • <CON>decor lost its luster</CON>
  • <CON>deluxe rooms aren't that deluxe</CON>
178/2 Moo 1, Tambol, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
077-245795
hotel Details
151 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Belmond Napasai

$$$ | 65/10 Baan Tai, Koh Samui, 84330, Thailand

If you book a beachfront room here you can enjoy views of both the sky and sea from your outdoor terrace, room, or bathtub. Garden spa rooms make up for their lack of views with large living rooms and spacious showers and bathrooms, both adjacent to an outdoor waterfall. Multilevel private pool villas are the epitome of luxury: the bedrooms, living rooms, and swimming pools are on different floors. The staff is attentive, and if you should happen to be here on a rainy day, someone will arrange an impromptu bridge game or other activity in the library or bar to help you pass the time.

Pros

  • Great views
  • Superb staff
  • Stable Wi-Fi speed

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Some rooms starting to show their age
  • Food and drinks not as good as some other resorts
65/10 Baan Tai, Koh Samui, 84330, Thailand
66-077-429200
hotel Details
69 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Bo Phut Resort and Spa

$$ | 12/12 Moo 1, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

Not every beach hotel that claims to be a "resort and spa" measures up, which is why the massages, scrubs, and herbal steam therapies here are such a pleasant surprise and make this a resort worth visiting. Rooms are tasteful and cheery, with bright colors and pretty views, and some have cozy balconies. The restaurant, Sala Thai, offers a reasonably priced set menu. Don't be surprised to see a lot of Germans here; the restaurant's sister location is in Hamburg.

Pros

  • Spectacular spa
  • Nice restaurant
  • Rather calm atmosphere

Cons

  • A bit overpriced
  • Not the most happening location
  • Sand around here is rough
12/12 Moo 1, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-430212
hotel Details
61 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Cactus Bungalows

$ | 175/7 Moo 1, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

This laid-back place caters mostly to the budget backpacker crowd. Colorful, funky huts are set in an unmanicured, natural environment. Instead of clunky bedsteads, mattresses rest on rounded platforms, giving rooms an organic feel. The restaurant-bar by the beach serves basic Thai and Western dishes, and it has a pool table.

Pros

  • Interesting decor
  • Good vibes
  • Peace and quiet

Cons

  • Some rooms lack air-conditioning
  • Not luxurious
  • Poorly maintained
175/7 Moo 1, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-245565
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Cape Fahn Hotel

$$$$ | 24/269, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

The very image of an idyllic tropical island escape, Cape Fahn offers 22 gorgeous pool villas, two excellent restaurants (one, Long Dtai, by celebrity chef David Thompson), and a spa on a private island. Other highlights include a saltwater main swimming pool and a host of on-site activities including stand-up paddleboarding, Thai cooking classes, and Muay Thai lessons. Packages including all meals are available.

Pros

  • Uninterrupted Gulf views
  • Perfectly proportioned private pools
  • Elegant spa with invigorating Thai treatments

Cons

  • Resort dining can be pricey without a dining package
  • Gym is rather small
  • You are confined to the resort
24/269, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-602301
hotel Details
22 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Centara Grand Beach Resort

$$$$ | 38/2 Samui Ring Rd., Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

This spacious resort has more amenities than any other resort on Chawaeng Beach. The main building is set back behind a large field separating it from the beach. Badminton, basketball (the hoop is hung from a coconut tree), and Ping-Pong cover one side of the field; a sunbathing area, which runs from the grass to the pool, occupies the other. Multiple happy hours run at different times at the indoor bar, the pool, and the beach. And there's an excellent Japanese restaurant, as well as two others serving Thai and Chinese dishes.

Pros

  • <PRO>plenty of activities</PRO>
  • <PRO>good for families</PRO>
  • <PRO>cordoned-off swimming area keeps Jet Skis away</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>may feel big and impersonal</CON>
  • <CON>you pay a lot for what you get</CON>
  • <CON>poorly maintained in parts</CON>
38/2 Samui Ring Rd., Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
077-230500
hotel Details
208 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Four Seasons Koh Samui

$$$$ | 219 Moo 5, Angthong, Koh Samui, 84330, Thailand Fodor's Choice

This is easily one of the most spectacular hotels in the world. Its natural surroundings are breathtaking: turquoise waters, tall palm trees, and not a hint of development in the immediate area. Rooms, too, are impeccably designed, with state-of-the-art amenities. Most have private infinity pools; there's another pool with a bar down by the water if you want to be closer to the action. The only downside is that you'll never want to leave the hotel and explore the island.

Pros

  • Ultimate luxury and relaxation
  • Cool room design
  • Excellent food on-site

Cons

  • Rates might break the bank
  • Golf carts necessary to get around
  • Can feel isolated
219 Moo 5, Angthong, Koh Samui, 84330, Thailand
66-077-243000
hotel Details
74 villas
Rate Includes: No Meals

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InterContinental Koh Samui Resort

$$$ | 295 Moo 3 Taling Ngam Beach, Koh Samui, 84140, Thailand

Most of the rooms at this outstanding resort are built into a 200-foot cliff, and the beachside villas are even more amazing. The swimming pool is a magnificent trompe l'oeil, looking as if it's part of the ocean far below. There's a second pool by the beach, too, where you'll find an activities center. The southeast corner of the island is also closest to the Angthong National Marine Park, making this the best base for exploring that island chain. You can dine on sumptuous Asian fare at Amber, with a perch looking over the ocean; seafood and prime cuts are grilled to perfection at the more casual Flames.

Pros

  • Beautiful views
  • Plenty of activities
  • Perfect jumping-off point for Marine Park

Cons

  • Can't lounge on narrow beach
  • Somewhat isolated
  • Not quite five-star service
295 Moo 3 Taling Ngam Beach, Koh Samui, 84140, Thailand
66-02-656--0400
hotel Details
70 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Kamalaya Koh Samui

$$$ | 102/9 Laem-Set Rd., Koh Samui, 84140, Thailand

In our stressful world respite is often necessary, and this well-regarded wellness and spa resort on the paradise island of Koh Samui provides it. While Kamalaya’s programs have been specifically designed to aid mind, body, and soul, the contemporary design of the resort, as well as its immaculate location, are equally inspiring. Stylish suites and vast villas sit amongst the tropical undergrowth alongside steam rooms, rock pools, and yoga pavilions. There’s even a monk’s cave for meditation purposes.

Pros

  • Healthy, tasty cuisine
  • Peaceful environment
  • Excellent fitness facilities

Cons

  • No TVs
  • Kids aren't welcome
  • Too quiet for some
102/9 Laem-Set Rd., Koh Samui, 84140, Thailand
66-077-429800
hotel Details
75 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Montien House

$$ | 5 Moo 2, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

Two rows of charming bungalows line the path leading to the beach at this comfortable little resort. Each one has a private patio surrounded by tropical foliage. Rooms are furnished in a spare yet cozy style. Penthouses in an adjacent building provide more luxurious accommodations, with separate living and dining rooms.

Pros

  • Cute rooms
  • Attentive staff and management
  • Close to Chaweng without the chaos

Cons

  • Not much pizzazz
  • Lacks creature comforts
  • Average food
5 Moo 2, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-422169
hotel Details
60 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

Quick Facts

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Muang Samui Spa Resort

$$$ | 13/1 Moo 2, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

At this tranquil resort, a meandering garden path with small bridges and stepping-stones crosses a flowing, fish-filled stream. Brick walls instead of standard concrete provide an atmosphere reminiscent of ancient Ayutthaya. The Royal Suite has two hot tubs—one indoor, one outdoor. Other guests must settle for lavishly decorated Junior Suites with teak floors and elaborate carved headboards. Even the swimming pool blends perfectly into its surroundings, with a waterfall and grassy, palm-tree islands within its waters.

Pros

  • Different sense of style
  • Well-kept grounds
  • Thai cooking classes

Cons

  • Feels sprawling
  • Expensive
  • Some rooms in need of renovation
13/1 Moo 2, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
+66-077-429700
hotel Details
53 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Nora Beach Resort and Spa

$$ | 222 Moo 2 Chawaeng Beach, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

A big plus of this hotel is that about two dozen rooms have sea views and many overlook the pool, so you're almost guaranteed an aquatic perspective. The hotel has comfortable, if unexciting furnishings. Dark woods contrast with the golden Buddha images in the guest rooms.

Pros

  • Comfortable surroundings
  • Spacious bathrooms
  • Brisk Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Unexciting furnishings
  • Not cheap
  • Lack of sun beds
222 Moo 2 Chawaeng Beach, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-413999
hotel Details
113 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi

$$ | 20 Moo 2, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

Vaguely Balinese in design, this classy boutique hotel makes use of dark woods—often as a stunning contrast against stark white or shimmering gold. A lotus pond on the grounds doesn't feel the least bit out of place, and the beachside pool almost makes up for the fact that only two rooms have sea views.

Pros

  • <PRO>aesthetically pleasing</PRO>
  • <PRO>shuttle bus to center of town</PRO>
  • <PRO>family-friendly</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>most rooms lack beach views</CON>
  • <CON>service is indifferent</CON>
  • <CON>air conditioners don't always work</CON>
20 Moo 2, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
077-428888
hotel Details
183 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast, Credit cards accepted

Quick Facts

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Pavilion

$$ | 124/24 Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

This amiable place offers a little respite from the downtown hustle and bustle. Rooms in the main building are more modern and expensive than the stand-alone thatched bungalows but are not necessarily better. The junior suites have large outdoor daybeds and hot tubs. Spa rooms have outdoor hot tubs and huge wooden-canopy beds. The stylish restaurant serves Thai and Italian dishes, as well as fresh seafood.

Pros

  • Near reputable bars and restaurants
  • Hot tubs in some rooms
  • Convenient beach location without the chaos

Cons

  • Can get expensive
  • Not the most modern hotel
  • Common areas aren't as nice as the rooms
124/24 Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-424030
hotel Details
70 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

Quick Facts

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Poppies

$$$ | 28/1 Moo 3, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

Dozens of cheerful employees are on hand to attend to your every need at this romantic beachfront resort on the quiet southern end of Chawaeng Beach. The two dozen cottages have living rooms with sofa beds, making them suitable for families or friends traveling together. The floors and trim are of handsome teak, and silk upholstery gives the place a slightly decadent feel. The bathrooms have sunken tubs and showers made of marble. There are also a spa and a pretty pool. The majority of guests are repeat visitors or word-of-mouth referrals.

Pros

  • Snappy service
  • Immediate area not too crazy
  • Restaurant is as remarkable as the resort itself

Cons

  • A little staid
  • Not cheap
  • Long walk from busiest stretch of Chaweng Beach
28/1 Moo 3, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
077-422419
hotel Details
24 cottages
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Punnpreeda

$ | 199 Moo 1, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

Although it doesn't quite achieve the effortless cool it's striving for, Punnpreeda is still a fine place to stay. Rooms, all of which have balconies, are decked out in pretty colors and have walls that look like hardened clay. Framed by palm trees, the sparkling pool gazes out at the ocean. For those looking for nightlife, there's a shuttle to Chawaeng twice each evening.

Pros

  • Fun atmosphere
  • Convenient shuttle
  • Near the Big Buddha and Wat Plai Laem

Cons

  • Not ideal for families
  • A taxi ride away from Koh Samui's main drag
  • Trying a little too hard
199 Moo 1, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-950558
hotel Details
25 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa

$$$ | 208/1 Moo 4, T. Maret, Koh Samui, 84310, Thailand

At the far northern end of Lamai, the Renaissance sits on its own secluded beach—two small beaches to be exact. Most rooms are in multistory buildings connected by elevated walkways that pass through tropical gardens. All have outdoor hot tubs on terraces with ocean views, opulent decor, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading from the bedrooms to the terraces. Separate villas have jumbo hot tubs, daybeds, fishponds, gardens, and even miniature waterfalls within their private, gated compounds. Shuttle service is available to Chawaeng Beach.

Pros

  • Sprawling grounds
  • High-end feel
  • The epitome of a private getaway

Cons

  • Isolated location
  • Pricey
  • Road to hotel is rough
208/1 Moo 4, T. Maret, Koh Samui, 84310, Thailand
66-077-429300
hotel Details
78 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

Quick Facts

Sala Samui Chaweng Beach

$$ | 99/10 Moo 2, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

Thai hospitality brand Sala has forged a reputation for creating properties bursting with both substance and style, and this, the firm's second opening on Koh Samui, showcases its trademark flair. Rooms and villas are crisp, open affairs, which allow for plenty of natural light. Public areas are equally enticing. There's a moon-shaped pool, a spa inspired by the solar system, and an excellent open-air beachfront restaurant serving fresh-caught seafood and creative Thai and international dishes. 

Pros

  • Great tropical cocktails to tickle your palate
  • Crisp, contemporary design
  • Superb spa showcasing Thai beauty products

Cons

  • Garden block not as desirable as beachfront
  • Punchy prices for drinks
  • Beachfront pool not great for laps
99/10 Moo 2, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-905888
hotel Details
82 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

Quick Facts

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Sala Samui Choengmon Beach

$$$$ | 10/9 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

Bright, nearly all-white rooms open onto private courtyards on one side and curtain-enclosed bathrooms on the other. Only some rooms have small private pools in their courtyards, but all have large oval bathtubs, which are nearly as nice and certainly as romantic. The two-bedroom Presidential Pool Villa has a larger pool and more space to fill with equally lavish accoutrements. The restaurant, beside the pool and overlooking the beach, has a wonderful evening atmosphere.

Pros

  • Lots of privacy
  • Good dining options
  • Nice pool

Cons

  • Could use some improvements considering the cost
  • Beach views aren't the best
  • Water is cloudy and for wading, not swimming
10/9 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-245888
hotel Details
69 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Samui Honey Cottages

$ | 24/34 Moo 5, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

The cottages at this small resort on one of the island's quieter beaches have glass sliding doors and peaked roofs, and bathrooms have showers with glass ceilings. Dine alfresco under hanging gardens, or walk down the beach and enjoy fresh seafood at the beachside restaurant across the channel from Cape Fahn Hotel.

Pros

  • Well located
  • Welcoming staff
  • Free kayaks

Cons

  • Not that special
  • No real nightlife nearby
  • Simple breakfast
24/34 Moo 5, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-083-646--4188
hotel Details
20 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Santiburi Resort and Spa

$$$$ | 12/12 Samui Ring Rd., Koh Samui, 84330, Thailand Fodor's Choice

The villas on this beachfront estate have the feel of a billionaire's holiday hideaway; accordingly, this is one of the most expensive lodgings on the island. The carefully chosen furnishings in the teak-floor rooms are casual yet elegant. The "less is more" philosophy extends to the huge bathrooms, which have shiny black tiles. Floor-to-ceiling French windows flood the living rooms with light. The main building, a classic Thai pavilion overlooking the oval swimming pool, has European and Thai restaurants. The private beach is ideal for water sports and has a jetty for the hotel's own cruise ship, a 60-year-old junk.

Pros

  • On a private beach
  • Elegant rooms
  • Fantastic Thai food

Cons

  • Not ideal for families
  • Decor beginning to look dated
  • Some villas are more private than others
12/12 Samui Ring Rd., Koh Samui, 84330, Thailand
66-077-425031
hotel Details
71 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Sheraton Samui Resort

$$$ | 86 Moo 3, Chawaeng Noi Beach, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

A landscaped terrace leads down to a private beach at this resort on the less crowded southern end of Chawaeng Noi. If you want to do more than catch rays, this is the place for you—the Sheraton offers every kind of beach activity imaginable. In addition, one of the two pools is filled with saltwater, a rare luxury on Koh Samui. The Long Talay beachside restaurant serves international and Thai dishes. The recently renovated rooms, some on two levels, have polished teak floors and are furnished in a distinctly contemporary fashion.

Pros

  • Great views from pool terrace
  • Good beachside restaurant
  • Lots of beach activities

Cons

  • May be too quiet for some people
  • Downhill walk to beach
  • No elevator
86 Moo 3, Chawaeng Noi Beach, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
077-422020
hotel Details
141 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Six Senses Samui

$$$$ | 9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand Fodor's Choice

From the moment that you're introduced to your private butler, you'll realize that this is not just another high-end resort—you're about to embark on an amazing experience. Your butler will escort you via electric car to your private villa. The rooms have plush bedding, tubs with flawless ocean views, separate outdoor showers, and a variety of lighting options. Don't forget to lounge at the 30-meter infinity pool on the cliff. There's an exquisite and comprehensive breakfast buffet, and the restaurant has a romantic private terrace perfect for indulging in innovative and exotic cuisine. The resort even employs consultants to make sure it's environmentally friendly.

Pros

  • Butler service
  • Excellent restaurant
  • 30-meter infinity pool on the cliff

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Sprawling property difficult to navigate
  • Location can feel isolated
9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-245678
hotel Details
66 villas
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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The Briza

$$ | 173/22 Moo 2, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

Rather than attempt yet another iteration of Thai design, this resort opted for what can best be described as a fusion of Indian and Chinese styles for its villas. The duplex ones lean more minimalist, with concrete floors, daybeds on the ground level, and spacious baths and bedrooms on the second floor. Pool villas have open-air living rooms and large, canopied beds facing small terraces with Jacuzzis. Beachfront pool villas look out over the quieter northern end of Chawaeng Beach, which is ideal for guests who want seclusion from the chaos of the main drag.

Pros

  • Unique style
  • Luxurious, secluded, and exclusive
  • Deck chairs double as massage beds

Cons

  • Villa terraces on the small side
  • Slightly jumbled architectural ethos
  • Breakfast is a bore
173/22 Moo 2, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
66-077-231997
hotel Details
57 villas
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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