Koh Samui nails that distinctive balance of world-class luxury without compromising the integrity of its laid-back island vibe. From its beachside escapes to villas peeking out from the cliffs of its immense jungle interior, this Gulf island offers incredible hotel options to satisfy any style and budget. Check out our list of Koh Samui’s best hotels to rest your sun-kissed head after a day of exploring this aquamarine-framed paradise.
While many of Koh Samui’s crown jewels rely on the beauty captured by a shoreline location, Farmer’s Boutique Resort celebrates the island’s lush, quiet interior colored by seemingly endless shades of green. Guests enjoy private, teak-style bungalows within the gorgeous rice paddy property, encased by the rolling hills that climb toward the island’s highest peaks. The resort is centered around a luxe infinity pool, with several villas equipped with their own private pools for the ultimate solitude.
This design hotel pays the strictest attention to every architectural detail, offering beautifully minimalist rooms that evoke the traditional teak style, splashed with white features and subtle pops of color. Guests have the option of garden suites or luxury penthouses, all with access to the stunning, award-winning infinity pool that seeps throughout the property’s center. The hotel has a number of on-site activities including free yoga classes, cooking classes, and weekly events featuring incredible food and local music.
The Sarann’s breathtaking location on the edge of a rocky wall on the southern tip of Chaweng Beach makes for a spectacularly romantic setting. Although the villas and suites guarantee a zen experience with harmonious, wooden furniture and a large jacuzzi, the sea-front pool villas are the shining stars of the resort. Their private infinity pools nestled just above the rocky beach offer unparalleled views over the Gulf of Thailand. The Sarann is a great spot for those seeking a luxurious getaway while enjoying convenient access to the restaurants, bars and shops of Chaweng Town, all located just a short drive away from the hotel.
A brand new bed-and-breakfast-inspired accommodation, this small resort has only five rooms to ensure ultimate guest privacy and relaxation. Each soundproofed room opens up to stunning views of the surrounding archipelago, overlooking the property’s cliffside pool and plunge pool, with on-site facilities including luxuries like daybeds, cabanas, barbecues, and a spa and wellness center.
CODE’s stunning rooms are each draped in a minimalist aura of bright white, juxtaposed by the dramatic blue hues leaking in from the panoramic balcony views. It’s the kind of place where every attention to detail has been paid in full, with all rooms designed with luxury and convenience in mind, equipped with extras like duck-down duvets to custom white leather sofas and Bluetooth iPod docking stations. The on-site infinity pool gazes out towards the surrounding Gulf islands of Phangan and Tao, while the glass-encased fitness center is shrouded in stunning sea views, and includes a steam room, sauna, a lush outdoor jacuzzi, and even a tennis court.
Right on the beach near Hin Ta and Hin Yai, this resort offers a variety of room options suited to different budgets and styles, from the standard room, complete with Sleep Number comfort mattress and beachside balcony, to a deluxe villa with a private pool. The property runs right up to the beachfront, with plenty of beach sun loungers and umbrellas available, alongside spa treatment rooms, fitness facilities, and a common area pool.
Located right on beachfront at the edge of Fisherman’s Village, this resort has every element of luxury embedded in its very design. Rooms are teak-style-inspired and dressed in local textiles, but with a modern twist, opening up to incredible sea or garden view private terraces with plush, oversized daybeds. The property revolves around its enormous saltwater pool that nearly laps against the beach, just steps away from the beachfront bar and its award-winning H Bistro. Amazing sunsets are viewable from almost everywhere on the property.
Another beachfront resort and spa, The Tongsai Bay is located on its own private beach with two outdoor pools, a tennis court, two restaurants, and two bar lounges. Guests can choose from incredibly designed suites or full cottages, complete with deep soaking bathtubs and a pillow menu for the most discerning of sleepers. Some cottages even come with their own private plunge pool overlooking lush Tongsai Bay.
Set within lush jungle above an exclusive beachfront cove along Lamai Bay, each of this property’s spacious villas include a private terrace and glass-encased private infinity pool, private sun loungers and day beds, all featuring sapphire-drenched ocean views. The on-site hydrothermal wellness center, The Rainforest, has won awards for its soothing, revitalizing treatments, and offers on-call private yoga instructors, provides complimentary marine equipment like snorkeling gear and SUP boards, and gives guests use of their private speedboat to help you build the island getaway of your dreams.
This truly secluded hideaway includes villas, suites, and private pool residences along its private white sand beach at the north tip of Koh Samui. Belmond Napasai is a complete dream for either the laid-back vacationer looking to lounge in its freshwater infinity pool, or the active traveler keen to take advantage of on-site Thai boxing classes, two flood-lit tennis courts, windsuring, kayak, and Hobie Cat rentals, and scuba diving and snorkeling excursions.