Koh Samui manages to balance luxury and a rugged island spirit, boasting world-class accommodation on the doorstep of powdery shores and azure ocean. From beach escapes to cliffside villas peeking out from jungle landscapes, you’re spoiled for choice in this corner of paradise.
Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
Find five-star luxury at the Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort | Courtesy of Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort / Hotels.com
Nestled in a secluded corner of Hanuman Bay, this five-star resort excels in island-style luxury. Each of the 52 villas comes equipped with a private plunge pool and sun deck, with expansive interiors fitted with very stylish amenities made from natural materials. If you can resist the cool comfort of your room, enjoy a gorgeous infinity pool and swim-up bar overlooking the private beach. The popular on-site Navasana Spa delivers deep relaxation that justifies the price point, while the on-site Edgewater restaurant does a mean Wednesday menu based on the flavours and produce of Koh Samui. But what leaves the most lasting impression is the little touches: breakfast in the shade of a big, beautiful sea almond tree; welcome messages spelled out with flowers; and smiling staff who always remember that you like your coffee with lots of ice.
Several villas at the Farmer's Boutique Resort are equipped with their own private pools | Courtesy of Farmer's Boutique Resort / Hotels.com
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 coloured by seemingly endless shades of green. Guests enjoy private bungalows within the gorgeous rice-paddy property, encased by the rolling hills that climb toward the island’s peaks. The resort is centred on 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 colour. Guests have the option of garden suites or luxury penthouses, all with access to the stunning, award-winning infinity pool that graces the property’s centre. 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 seafront 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.
With only five rooms, Oasis de Madame puts a premium on privacy | Courtesy of Oasis de Madame / Booking.com
A 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 centre.
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 centre 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 balconies, 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 the 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, oversize daybeds. The property revolves around its enormous saltwater pool, which 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.
Set within lush jungle above an exclusive beachfront cove along Lamai Bay, each of this property’s spacious villas includes a private terrace and glass-encased private infinity pool, private sun loungers and daybeds, all featuring sapphire-drenched ocean views. The on-site hydrothermal wellness centre, The Rainforest, has won awards for its soothing, revitalising treatments, and offers on-call private yoga instructors, provides complimentary marine equipment like snorkelling gear and SUP boards and gives guests use of a 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 traveller keen to take advantage of on-site Thai boxing classes, two floodlit tennis courts, windsurfing, kayak and Hobie Cat rentals and scuba-diving and snorkelling excursions.