In Koh Samui Beachfront resorts are so numerous that come time to choose which one the book the sheer numbers can be daunting. It is probably the one island with the largest percentage of its hotels directly on the beach. On most other islands in Thailand a large portion of accommodation cling to hillside slopes and rocky outcrops, or at least have a road separating them from the sand, but not in Koh Samui.
This may lead you to believe, and it is indeed claimed by some travel articles, that the island is overly busy with too many resorts lining its shores, but this is a distorted reality. While locations such as Chaweng do feature a high concentration of venues, streets with a cosmopolitan buzz and rocking nightlife scene, you will even here find secluded spots, especially in more chilled-out Chaweng Noi.
That said we list below our most popular hotels from the almost 1 000 properties featured in Samui island to give you a head start. These range from extravagant luxury to affordable beachfront accommodation in Chaweng with a pulsating vibe to atmospheric Lamai, charming Bophut featuring quaint Fisherman's Village to laid-back Maenem and the secluded west coast where you might feel you have it all to yourself.
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This luxurious seaside oasis showcase Thai elegance in garden and sea view suites wrapped in a tropical landscape on Bophut Beach. Step onto a wooden walkway to enjoy dinner under your own sala floating in a Lilly pond, soak in a free standing bath tub or relish the views from the private pool of your beachfront villa.
Located in north Chaweng away from crowds and noise Anantara Lawana offers casual seaside luxury. Thai styled suites with furnished terraces face the sea, dinners for 2 with enchanting settings on the sand or in the tree tops overlooking the moon and stars reflecting on the water and the spa is a journey into sensory bliss.
With child minding services and kids entertainment, and rooms offering inter-connecting facilities the resort creates space and convenience if you are traveling with children. It is located in a quiet spot in Chaweng, approximately 5 minutes from the lively town centre and conveniently near Central Festival Mall.
When you and your partner want no interference Centra Coconut offers an intimate hideaway against a backdrop of lush hills. It is situated along tranquil Thong Tanote Beach which offers a welcome reprieve from busier locations featuring affordable accommodation in rooms one step from the pool.
Situated in a quiet corner of Chaweng you are close enough to the action for convenience, yet far enough to feel secluded. Villas with wooden terraces and large glass doors opening straight onto a fluffy ribbon of sand and because the property only accepts guests 18 and older you don't have to content with over-active children. .
Near the heart of entertainment Ozo Samui offers trendy beachfront living at prices that won't break the bank. Its designer rooms are modern and tasteful and many face the sea, it has the coolest outdoor dining venues and a pool meters from the lapping waves.
Settling amid towering palms trees Peace Resort is situated in laid-back Bophut. If offers larger than usual bungalows with separated showers and bath tubs next to a window opening to tropical gardens with exotic birds, a lovely spa and seaside dining.
Close to Lamai and Chaweng Renaissance cascades down a jungle covered hill right to the water's edge. Ocean facing rooms are romantic sanctuaries featuring four poster wooden beds with your own pool just outside a glass sliding door.
This decadent Thai styled retreat in Choengmon featuring 2 seaside pools, a wine cellar and heavenly spa offers balances family holidays with 2 bedroom accommodation and a romantic escape for couples in villas with enclosed garden courtyards featuring sexy outdoor bathrooms complete with your own pool.
Located in up-market Choengmon Tongsai Bay offers unhindered relaxation on a 200 meter beach you have all to yourself to enjoy on-site water sports. Set against a backdrop of verdant hills cottages with wooden terraces have their own pool overlooking the ocean.
In the picture you see here is where cushy day beds await in the shade of palm trees right on the beach for the exclusive use of W Retreat guests. The fashionable resort's luxury villas featuring infinity edge pools offer total privacy between Maenam and Bophut.