10 Most Popular Resorts in Koh Samui
In the heart of Surat Thani Province is Koh Samui, one of Thailand's best gems. Second only to Phuket as one of the country’s largest island, Koh Samui’s expanse is a stunning mix of palm-fringed beaches and densely cloaked rainforests. Everything is inviting. With its cheerful, sun-kissed weather, powdery sand and glorious natural landscapes, travelers are easily enticed to take a jaunt by sea or air and partake in the Samui experience in the most spectacular ways possible.
If you’re planning to visit Koh Samui, choosing from among all of its highly acclaimed venues can be confusing. Luckily, here are some of the best rounded up for you.
Four Seasons Resort: Perched on a hillside venue, this luxury accommodation features modern villas, pools and a spa facility set against pristine tropical gardens. It is home to Lan Tania, a fine dining restaurant that offers al fresco with a view of the coastline from its 328-feet elevation. The resort is also adjacent to Santiburi Samui, a 6,880-yard golf course that stretches along the island's northern coastline.
Banyan Tree Resort: This boutique hotel is set in a private hill cove overlooking the Lamai Bay. Guests can enjoy the wide variety of restaurants — from the posh dining at Saffron, to the barbecue party at Sands, or the Thai-themed Banana Leaf. There are fitness and spa facilities for those who wants to rejuvenate, as well as seaside escapes for the adventurous guests.
Anantara Bo Phut Spa & Resort: A short drive from the Samui Airport leads to Anantara Bo Phut Resort, which affords easy access to the nightlife scene of Chaweng just beside the resort. The location is perfect for guests who want to try kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and other water sports. A 98-feet infinity swimming pool is installed right on the beach, while a tennis court by the entrance offers other athletic alternatives.
Santiburi Resort: This Condé Nast Traveler award-winning resort spans 23 acres of tropical gardens and more than 980 feet of the serene shores of the Mae Nam beach. It comes with a fully equipped gym, sailing facility, tennis pavilion and marine adventure options like diving and snorkeling. It also features four restaurants offering Thai and more exotic Mediterranean cuisine to suit a range of .
Conrad Koh Samui: Nestled in the Phang Ka Peninsula, Conrad Koh Resort is a classic L made up of 80 private villas, each with its own infinity pool overlooking Aow Thai beach. Guests can enjoy on-site water sports and other recreation activities, including the 24-hour fitness center and yoga class area on a deck.
Vana Belle: For those who want to try something different — say, cultural immersion — this resort is just right. Vana Belle offers Thai cooking classes and Buddhist temple excursions to guests. And foodies will enjoy the wide array of gourmet offerings, including Italian, southern Thai and international cuisines.
Six Senses Samui: A 10-minute drive from Samui International Airport, Six Senses Samui is a tourist favorite, with 66 private villas — some of which have their own infinity pools — and a series of boating and hiking trips. Its outdoor spa facility offers pilates and yoga, and the saunas and steam rooms invite guests to break a relaxing sweat.
The Library: This book-themed boutique resort invites guests to finish a book during their stay, as well as fine dining options, spa treatments, a red outdoor pool and a glorious view of Chaweng Beach.
Belmond Napasai: A hillside hotel that overlooks Baan Tai beach, Belmond Napasai offers a peaceful getaway from the island's daily bustle. Fifty-five Thai-style cottages are perched on the white sand beach and guests can lounge around and enjoy the lush vegetation opposite the crystal blue waters of the sea.
W Retreat: Tastefully decorated lounges and stylish indoor spaces are the pride of W Retreat. This 75-room resort features an indoor spa and fitness facility, as well as savory meals in the excellent gourmet restaurants. The Santiburi Samui Golf Club is located nearby and other recreation options include sailing, scuba diving and boating.
During the day, guests can freely lounge by the shore, take in the beautiful landscape or set off on a seaside adventure. At nightfall, they can join a lively, colorful party with locals. Whether travelers arrive to unwind, discover the culture or explore the sea, these well-loved resorts will make a stay very special.