The popular Thai island Koh Samui is jam-packed with hotel options – which is why we’ve crafted a list of the very best. Book with Culture Trip, and you’ll be in holiday heaven at these hideaways.
Golden sands, glistening palms, forests laced with waterfalls – Koh Samui’s lush landscapes have been luring tourists for decades. Once upon a time, places to stay were limited to simple beachside shacks, but, now, Samui has some of the sleekest accommodations in Southeast Asia. You’ll find strings of classy boutique properties lining the half-moon bays and coconut-palm-filled coves or dotting the island’s steep, forested hills. Here are the best hotels to book on Koh Samui – easily done via Culture Trip.
A hotel on a private island? That’s Cape Fahn – occupying an entire islet in Koh Samui’s far north. Villas with glass walls and sundecks are open to nature, and all have either full or partial sea views. Best of all are the Horizon Pools – these are positioned higher than the others, with big plunge pools and magical sunset or sunrise views you can enjoy while in bed. The beach here is a slip of a thing, but Choengmon Bay, across the water on the Koh Samui mainland, is so close you can almost jump across.
With so many hotels squeezed in behind the white sand, Choengmoen Beach can feel crowded. But staying at Sala is serene: duplex villas lurk behind high walls in a garden dotted with lily ponds. With separate bedrooms and lounge areas (bathed in light from wall-high windows) as well as big plunge pools and sundecks, these are rooms you won’t ever want to leave. But there’s a huge choice of restaurants and bars nearby if you fancy shaking a leg, too.
Looking for somewhere different? Book into one of the best hotels on Koh Samui, or opt for a hostel across the water on Koh Pha Ngan. For more inspiration, check out all the must-visit attractions on Koh Samui, and find out how to spend the perfect week on this island.
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