Let us start by saying that any list of the top 10 hotels in Koh Samui is inherently incomplete. It is an unavoidable fact simply because there are so many places which will blow your mind on this boutique island that to suggest only 10 of them are really great hotels is unrealistic. In part this is why such a list cannot remain static and should rather be dynamic and updated every year based on the previous year's performances.
Secondly, the absolute best hotels on any island or city represent different things to people in different spheres of society. Our definition for unsurpassed quality is therefore to comply with expectations which will be different if you travel with children as apposed to someone looking for something which will add a touch of romance to their anniversary celebration, or the newly wed couple who prefer something intimate.
The way we went about producing a list of top resorts was firstly to look at online travel reviews and identified places with a maintained high level of service and the way hotels respond to a negative comment. The thing with online guest reviews is that they are not verified and if unfair are never removed from the review website. One therefore needs to see reviews in perspective. Secondly we looked at facilities and location, and finally the price and what guests thought about what they got for what the paid. So without further ado, here are our winners.
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Selected for its level of luxury, peerless views and privacy, the villas of Banyan Tree Samui dot a lush hillside merging with a delectable white cove fringed by placid turquoise water accessible only to resort guests. Cocooned in tropical surroundings its villas open to an outdoor lounge with and an infinity edge pool.
An awesome location along Chaweng Beach conveniently near entertainment, but far enough to enjoy peace and quiet, great facilities such as seaside pools, 6 restaurants, dive centre an child care centre, and achieving a balance with accommodation whether you travel duo or with children defines this colonial style hotel.
Who is going to argue when an island sanctuary such is this is the winner of a global travel award, as well as top Asian resort to come celebrate your just married status. The Conrad is situated in Taling Ngam, a quiet ribbon of sand on the south-west with views across the ocean interrupted only by islets dotting the horizon.
Seamlessly combining barefoot beachfront living, tropical bliss and accommodation with a luxurious wow factor Four Seasons Samui epitomizes idyllic island escapes. Fringed by emerald forest its villas feature exquisite interiors with satin draped four poster beds and outdoor living areas each with a pool overlooking the ocean.
On the fringes of Lamai Beach Le Meridien showcase oriental craftsmanship in suites and villas where nothing intrudes on your privacy. Imagine a room with a pool at its centre and a roof of stars, a private courtyard to live in seclusion, sleeping between 300 thread count sheets, or dining on a jetty floating in the ocean.
Situated on a quiet sandy patch near Lamai guests praise the resort's seaside BBQ's, its villas featuring a bathroom with a deep bathtub to soak in while listening to tropical rain thundering down and its private pool hidden in a courtyard. The oceanfront pool area gets a big thumbs up as does the quality of the food.
Together with facilities like its 2 pools next to the beach, oceanfront restaurants, its own wine cellar and villas which cater to couples who expect a high degree of privacy as well as to families, and each with an open-air lounge around a pool, Sala Samui's location in super idyllic Choengmon Beach puts the cherry on the cake.
Totally secluded on an exclusive headland you will find yourself transported to a parallel universe. A spa is perched above the ocean surrounded by glass panels framing exotic panoramas and wooden thatched roof villas are hidden among tropical greenery with 180 degree sea views and most feature an infinity edge pool.
From having your washed with scented water on arrival to personalized spa rituals and creating intimate moments on the beach, this first rate hotel seemingly comply with every demand. Situated on Chaweng Noi Beach you can bask in tranquility while enjoying easy access to the throbbing centre of Chaweng.
Occupying an exclusive 900 meter ribbon of sand W Retreat is situated in Maenam overlooking outlying islands. Lie back with a cocktail in a floating lounge elevated above the ocean, soak in your very own pool, or relish the atmosphere on a beach bed made up for 2 while being served Japanese cuisine under the stars.