Thai hospitality is famed worldwide and for good reason. The laidback local attitude gels well with your highest holiday expectations, whether you plump for a one-star shack or one of the five-star luxury resorts. Gravitating to the latter, here are some of the best places to stay in Koh Samui, Thailand.
1. Sareeraya Villas & Suites
Oriental chic is abundant at Sareeraya, from the waters lapping the palm tree-shaded sunlounges, past the infinity pool to the suites within. It’s on the popular Chaweng Beach but at the quiet end, so you can flip a coin between crazy or lazy and get the best of both worlds.
2. Melati Beach Resort and Spa
This private luxury resort fuses traditional tropical design elements with modern touches, giving it a character that’s locally focused but globally aware. Use this exclusive beach hideaway to get away from it all or emerge from your suite to visit nearby Choeng Mon Beach.
3. Amari Koh Samui
A recent refurbishment has upped the eye-pleasing design of this busy Chaweng hotel. The place is bursting with amenities so is a good choice for families. Located conveniently near the action although with enough going on that you need never leave the resort.
4. Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
A good location at the quiet end of Chaweng Beach means that all the sights and sounds are a short stroll away, but the resort – one of the longest-standing upmarket ones on the island – still retains some tranquillity in its tropical gardens.
5. Banyan Tree Samui
Exclusivity abounds at this resort built into the hillside near Lamai Beach. The privacy is provided by the cove which encloses the property, cocooning the residents in peaceful luxury. Fine dining here fuses the flavours of South East Asia.
6. Centara Grand Beach Samui
Colonial architecture makes this a good spot to indulge your Grahame Greene fantasies while sipping gin under the palm tree fronds. Tennis and fitness areas are for the more active guests, three bars are for the more passive, and the restaurant choices span several continents should wish to stay resort-bound.
7. Six Senses Samui
Well away from the downtown hustle on the island’s quiet northern tip, this intimate resort caters for the more well-heeled guest who appreciates style. They add yoga, pilates and reiki to their spa menu and boast one of the island’s best restaurants in Dining on the Rocks.
8. Intercontinental Samui
On the peaceful (although some would say isolated) western side of Samui sits the Intercontinental, spreading itself along a strip of golden sand. Its western aspect makes it an ideal spot for sunset watchers. While it is well-removed from the more touristy areas, there’s a shuttle service for escapees.
9. Four Seasons Resort Samui
This stunning property overlooks the ocean on the north of the island. As befits the brand, all rooms are of the highest standard and are hidden in the deep cover of the leafy hillside. Plenty of activities are thrown in to keep you entertained in the away-from-it-all location.
10. Sala Samui
This trendy resort sits on the pretty Choeng Mon Beach and has a reputation for excellent and attentive service. The nearby road has a couple of restaurants and shops but otherwise the resort has all you need. The two pools get a bit of welcome shade in the hot afternoons.
Below our some of our best Koh Samui holiday packages.