Where to Stay on Koh Samui, Thailand: Best Hotels & Resorts

Koh Samui, Thailand: The 12 Best Hotels and Resorts on the Island

Koh Samui is an island in the Gulf of Thailand that is known for having beautiful sandy beaches, fancy resorts, and plenty of things to do on the island!

It’s also a jumping-off point for the nearby islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan as it has a small domestic island and a convenient ferry port. We would recommend spending a few nights on each of these spectacular tropical islands as they have some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Thailand!

Check out our list of the best hotels and resorts in Koh Samui, Thailand below to help you plan your vacation. Enjoy!

Koh Samui, Thailand: The 12 Best Hotels and Resorts on the Island

1. Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa

Best Hotels Koh Samui Thailand: Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa
Photos: Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa

One of our favorite hotels on Koh Samui, Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa is a small resort located on the northern end of the island, near the Fisherman’s Village. The size of the resort is the ideal place to stay for anyone who prefers a more personalized experience. You’ll be treated like royalty by the incredibly helpful and attentive staff and when it comes time to depart, you won’t want to leave!

Zazen offers both bungalows and villas that are decorated beautifully in a traditional Thai style. Rooms are large and spacious with big windows and high ceilings to let in a lot of natural light. All rooms include a flat-screen television and plenty of amenities that you’ll appreciate during your stay.

You can take advantage of the pristine outdoor pool or the luxurious spa during your stay at the Zazen. Or you can take one of the yoga classes offered. You’ll love the little extras provided by the resort including complimentary massages on the beach, sunscreen, and fresh fruit. The beachfront restaurant offers delicious Thai and international dishes or you can enjoy high tea in Le Salon de Ti.

2. Bo Phut Resort & Spa

Cool Koh Samui Hotels: Bo Phut Resort & Spa
Photos: Bo Phut Resort & Spa

Also located at the northern end of Koh Samui, Bo Phut Resort & Spa is just a short walk from the lively Fisherman’s Village. You’ll appreciate the close proximity to so many wonderful bars, restaurants, and shops.

Rooms at Bo Phut Resort are spacious and impeccably clean with beautiful dark wooden furniture. All of the rooms and villas at the resort have private balconies and satellite televisions. Bathrooms are large and include a shower and a bathtub depending on your preference. Beds are so comfortable you won’t want to get up in the morning!

The resort features a gorgeous pool for all to enjoy, or you can splurge for your own private plunge pool. You’ll love that the resort is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. And you’ll certainly want to pamper yourself in the onsite spa. It’s one of the best resorts in Koh Samui and is sure to make your stay on the island unforgettable!

3. The Coast Adults-Only Resort and Spa

Where to stay in Koh Samui Thailand: The Coast Adults-Only Resort and Spa
Photos: The Coast Adults-Only Resort and Spa

The Coast Adults-Only Resort & Spa is also located at the northern end of the island, on Mae Nam Beach. If you are a childless adult and don’t want to be bothered by other people’s children splashing you in the pool, then this resort is perhaps the best place to stay on Koh Samui! It’s adults-only so you’re guaranteed to have a calm and relaxing stay.

The base rooms are actually really reasonably priced but it’s absolutely worth upgrading to a room with a private pool if you can. All of the rooms have simple, classic decor and are incredibly clean. And each features a flat-screen television set, a minibar, and complimentary toiletries.

You can choose to spend your afternoons relaxing at the large outdoor pool where you can order refreshing cocktails all day. Or you can enjoy the private beach area just out front. The resort offers various activities for guests to enjoy during their stay including yoga, cinema night, and occasional pool parties. For a small fee you can take the hotel shuttle to the nearby Fisherman’s Village or to Chaweng Beach. You’re bound to have a great stay at The Coast!

4. SALA Samui Choengmon Beach

Best Koh Samui Hotels: SALA Samui Choengmon Beach
Photos: SALA Samui Choengmon Beach

Still wondering where to stay on Koh Samui? Then check out the SALA Samui Choengmon Beach! It’s an amazing resort located on the northeastern peninsula, near the airport and the Big Buddha. If you are looking to splurge a bit and pamper yourself during your trip, then this is one of the best hotels on Koh Samui.

The entire hotel is like a work of art, with marble bathtubs, perfectly manicured gardens, plush white fabrics, and modern decor. You’ll love having your own private balcony and the outdoor bathroom is a real unique treat! Other amenities include a television, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary toiletries. You can upgrade to a villa with a private pool and sundeck if you feel so inclined.

This Koh Samui resort boasts a state-of-the-art spa facility, a fitness center, two pools, a delicious restaurant, a beachfront bar, and amazing views of the sea. You can even select your pillow style for the ultimate night’s sleep. There are plenty of bars and restaurants around, but you may fall in love with this gorgeous hotel and never even want to step foot outside!

5. Rocky’s Boutique Resort

Unique Hotels Koh Samui Thailand: Rocky’s Boutique Resort
Photos: Rocky’s Boutique Resort

If you want to stay closer to the famous Lamai Beach in Koh Samui, then Rocky’s Boutique Resort is one of the best of Koh Samui’s hotels to choose! It’s a darling little boutique resort with really reasonable prices especially considering the amenities and the location.

Rooms at this boutique Koh Samui resort are decorated in a Thai style with dark wooden furniture and traditional accent pieces and fabrics. You can enjoy a view of either the garden or the sea from your own private balcony. Rooms are quite large, as are the incredibly comfortable beds. The delicious breakfast spread will get your day started off just right!

Guests can take advantage of the free shuttle to Lamai Beach for a change of scenery. But the resort pool is absolutely stunning and there is a peaceful beach right out front, you may not want to venture off the property! If you’re craving some adventure the resort has mountain bikes, motorbikes and jeeps available for hire and kayaks are available to borrow.

6. Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

Koh Samui Boutique Hotels: Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
Photos: Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

If you really want to indulge yourself during your tropical vacation, there’s no better place to stay on Koh Samui than at the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui. This beautiful resort sits on Laem Yai Bay on the northwestern tip of the island and it’s the perfect place to get some rest and relaxation while the friendly staff goes out of their way to make sure you have everything you could ever need.

The Four Seasons is situated on a beautiful beach and surrounded by lush vegetation so the view from your room is sure to be incredible. Every room at this luxury Koh Samui hotel has a private infinity pool, a private bar, and a private deck off the bathroom so you will feel like you’re bathing in nature!

Guests can enjoy windsurfing in the sea, a game of tennis, or a round of golf during their stay at the Four Seasons. The idyllic spa is the perfect way to relax and indulge yourself during your stay. A variety of ocean sports are available, as are a fitness center and even a library to keep you entertained. It’s definitely one of the most expensive resorts on the island, but you’ll have an experience that you’ll never forget!

7. The Beach Samui

Cool Hotels Koh Samui Thailand: The Beach Samui
Photos: The Beach Samui

The Beach Samui is located further away from the main attractions of the island, on the southernmost tip. But it’s a great place to stay in Koh Samui if you’re looking for a tranquil and relaxing vacation away from the crowds. You’ll feel as though you have this little piece of paradise all to yourself!

Suites at The Beach Samui are very large and comfortable with stark white furniture and beautiful views through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Beds have luxuriously comfortable bedding and you’ll appreciate having your own personal balcony and kitchenette. A seating area, television, and complimentary toiletries are standard in every room as well.

Spend your days lounging on this luxury resort’s private beach in a cabana, or by the gorgeous outdoor pool. Or opt for a relaxing massage on the beach. Even though this resort is in a more remote area of the island, you’ll be close to plenty of local restaurants and shops.

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8. The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui

Cool Koh Samui Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
Photos: The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui

Stay in a paradise within a paradise at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui. This exceptional 5-star hotel is located at Choeng Mon Beach on the north coast of the island, right between Chaweng and Mae Nam.

The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui is the very definition of luxury. There are three pools on-site, and one of them is a spectacular saltwater pool. All the amenities you could ask for are here: a fitness club, spa and massage facilities, private bathrooms with premium toiletries, and even barbecue facilities if you’re in the mood to grill your fresh catch.

Of course, the highlight of any stay at The Ritz-Carlton is the incredible ocean views found around every corner. The white sand beach and azure waters are just steps away and make for the perfect place to spend a lazy day in the sun. You can choose between terrace views and sea views, but guest rooms with the latter usually book up pretty fast!

Plus, the Ritz-Carlton staff is always ready to help you make the most of your stay in Koh Samui. They’ll help with tour bookings, restaurant reservations, special celebrations, and so much more. 

9. Conrad Koh Samui Residences

Cool Hotels Koh Samui Thailand: Conrad Koh Samui Residences
Photos: Conrad Koh Samui Residences

If peace and quiet are what you’re looking for on your vacation, Conrad Koh Samui Residences is one of the best resorts in Koh Samui. It’s located on its own private beach area, so you won’t have to share the sand with anyone but your fellow guests.

The villas at the Conrad Koh Samui Residences are absolutely stunning. White marble, dark wooden accents, and large glass windows give each villa a luxurious and modern feel. Amenities include a fully-equipped kitchenette and dining area, a large flat-screen TV, a soaking tub, and a private balcony or patio. There’s also a wellness center in the resort, including a spa and outdoor pool.

The Conrad Koh Samui is also a fantastic option for families, thanks to its indoor play area, collection of board games, kid-friendly buffets, and babysitting services. 

While the resort is on private land, you’re never too far from the action. It’s a quick drive to local attractions like Namuang Waterfalls, the mummified monk, and the Lamai viewpoint. Although, with so many cool amenities, you might never want to leave this incredible resort! 

10. Riviera Beach Hotel

Best Koh Samui Hotels: Riviera Beach Hotel
Photos: Riviera Beach Hotel

Another Bo Phut Beach beauty is the Riviera Beach Hotel, which is right on the beachfront. Staying here puts you in the perfect position to enjoy all that Bo Phut has to offer. For instance, the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street is only a quick stroll away!

The Riviera Beach Hotel boasts beautiful gardens, an outdoor pool, sea view rooms with terraces, a private beach area, and free Wi-Fi. There’s also a golf course less than two miles away if you’re looking to hit the links. If you want to go snorkeling, fishing, canoeing, or go on a local tour, the Riviera Beach Hotel staff will be more than happy to help you make arrangements.

Aside from the awesome amenities and service, the Riviera Beach Hotel has some pretty cool features, too. For instance, you can book a hypoallergenic room if you have allergies. The hotel is also eco-friendly and takes measures to reduce its carbon footprint. Plus, the Riviera is pet-friendly, so you can feel free to bring your furry friend along on your vacation at no extra charge. 

11. Centara Reserve Samui

Where to stay in Koh Samui Thailand: Centara Reserve Samui
Photos: Centara Reserve Samui

The Centara Reserve Samui is more of a luxurious sanctuary than just an average hotel. Everything here is designed to make your Koh Samui vacation as stress-free as possible. 

The 24-hour check-in/check-out process means you can come and go as you please without having to worry about strict timetables. Plus, if you want to go on a date without worrying about the kids, you can arrange for babysitting services so you can have a wonderful night out.

When it comes to accommodation options, you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you want the most premium experience possible, book one of the exclusive suites or villas that face the pool or ocean. These come complete with your very own “Reserve Host,” who is essentially a personal butler.

There are four restaurants onsite serving international fare, Thai cuisine, and fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. You can also request a special diet menu if you have specific dietary needs. And when you’re ready to relax, head to the holistic spa for a massage, facial, or body treatment.

The Centara Reserve Samui is located at Chaweng Beach’s tranquil end, which means you won’t have to deal with the hustle and bustle of central Chaweng. But if you do want to be in the middle of the action, attractions like the Chaweng Walking Street are a walk or short drive away. 

12. Samui Bayside Luxury Villas

Where to stay in Koh Samui Thailand: Samui Bayside Luxury Villas
Photos: Samui Bayside Luxury Villas

On the north end of Plai Laem Beach and right on a sloping hill, you’ll find the Samui Bayside Luxury Villas. Thanks to its unique location, this place offers some of the best sunset and ocean views on the entire island.

The property is also just a few steps away from Samrong Beach, which is perfect if you want to spend a day working on your tan or swimming in the beautiful turquoise waters.

Each luxury villa comes with its own private infinity pool, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, flat-screen TV, and air-conditioning. You can also book villas with an oven, dishwasher, and barbecue facilities if you’re planning on cooking during your stay. 

With Koh Samui’s unbelievably fresh seafood, we recommend grilling up some prawns or squid! Or, if you really want to pamper yourself, the Samui Bayside also offers private chef services.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, so you can stay connected even while on vacation. If that’s not enough, you can also book activities and order meals through Samui Bayside’s mobile app if you don’t feel like leaving your villa! 

We hope you have a wonderful stay on Koh Samui Island!

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  • Valerie Wheatley

    Val grew up in Portland, Oregon but moved to Oahu on a whim back in 2013. She sold her house and all of her belongings and bought a one-way ticket. Since then she’s taken two around-the-world trips and has visited 60-ish countries while living out of a duffel bag.

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