Does Koh Samui still have a few quiet spots left for a chilled-out holiday? The answer is a resounding yes. The island sports a diverse choice of beaches which certainly do include outright crowded spots, but that the entire island has become too busy and built-up for an original tropical escape is far from the truth. In fact, the busy parts represent only a fraction of the island and the rest is tranquil and relaxed. If such a quiet or even secluded spot is your style we have singled out 12 great Koh Samui hotels with a private beach right in front of it.
But to not create the wrong understanding lets put things in perspective, because there is a difference between private and exclusive. While a few intimate coves are indeed exclusive to hotel guests there are not many, and private more correctly means limited access to non hotel guests, being in a location free of large crowds or busy foot traffic passing by, and definitely no noisy nightlife or restaurants as your neighbor. In fact it means no neighbours at all, because these resorts are situated in sheltered bays and out of sight of mainstream tourists.
We also except that while some prefer a high degree of privacy, they still want to be near entertainment and a cosmopolitan scene, just not directly in it. The good news is that you can find a secluded spot even in Chaweng if you head toward its northern or southern end and still be only 5 to 10 minutes from entertainment. Then there are quiet beaches like Maenam which runs for kilometers, intimate Choengmon, and Bophut near Fisherman's Village which are not exclusive, yet are super idyllic and you are unlikely to experience intrusions or hindrances.
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Banyan Tree has a privileged location in one of those exclusive coves we spoke about. This luxurious resort cascaded down a hillside with liberating ocean views and while nothing will intrude upon your slice of heaven on earth it hides between Chaweng and Lamai meaning quick access to entertainment.
This is what we mean when we say you can find absolute tranquility even in Chaweng. Chaweng is more or less 5 km long, with a busy central part while the north where Chura resort is situated is super chilled out. Moreover, this idyllic sanctuary is only for adults meaning no screaming and crying children to disturb the peace.
Four Seasons is located in Laem Yai, an utterly tranquil stretch of Samui's north-west coastline. It is not cheap, but the idyllic beachfront is private and exclusive where it seamlessly combine tropical outdoor living in rustic luxury with accommodation allowing peerless ocean views.
Melati is a swanky outfit in Tongson Bay, an exclusive enclave at the tip of a peninsula between Bophut and Choengmon. Overlooking the ocean and Phangan Island on the horizon a bar is sunken into a ocean-side pool and its exquisite suites feature spa baths on an outdoor terrace and Thai styled salas next to your personal pool.
Outrigger is ideal for couples who prefer quiet seclusion, yet still want entertainment nearby. It is located in its very own private cove in Hanuman Bay between Chaweng and Choengmon offering rooms with sweeping ocean views, oval bath tubs right next to your bed and each is equipped with a pool.
Renaissance is a quiet resort on Laem Nan Beach adjacent to Lamai. In its rooms featuring four poster beds you can wake up to ocean views right from your bed and at night only the ocean makes a sound. It has a stunning two-tier oceanfront pool and serves romantic dinners complimented with amazing sea views.
Sala Samui settles against an 80 meter ribbon of sand all to itself with 2 pools adjacent to the sun drenched surf. Situated in Choengmon its allows quick access to shopping and nightlife and while this delectable cove is not impossible to access it is unlikely you will see anyone else besides fellow hotel guests.
This is what we call exclusivity with Silvadee's own patch of sand called Secret Beach it just about says it all. The property is located on a rocky hill from where you can walk down to spread your towel in seclusion. This exclusive hideaway features luxurious accommodation with infinity edge pools teetering over the ocean.
With all-round floor to ceiling windows to guarantee views from every angle without compromising an inch of privacy villas dot the secluded headland right above an exclusive ribbon of sand. Six Senses is near Choengmon and is a peerless retreat to add spice to your love life.
The Passage is a boutique hideaway which means even more privacy. Located on an endless ribbon of sand in Laem Yai along the secluded north-west coast it has no infringing hotels nearby providing personal space to clear your mind with great outdoor past times such as yoga lessons or a bicycle ride along the coast.
Tongsai Bay Samui is a family run setup which according to guest reviews are masters at their trade. Situated in an exclusive enclave in the Bophut district near Choengmon it features hillside cottages with stunning sea views as well as seafront cottages with cotton draped four poster beds and bath tubs on an outdoor terrace.
W Retreat is a trendy resort with a 900 meter private beachfront in Maenam from where you can easily access lively restaurants at Fisherman's Village. The setting is utterly idyllic and tranquil, the inspired accommodation is stylish and modern, and the facilities are right up there for an epic island break.