Best Places to Stay in Koh Samui

by Ankit

Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand, after Phuket. Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, the island is known for its sun-kissed beaches, rainforest interior, and raucous nightlife. Travellers come from far and wide to the island, and some find it difficult to leave. But where are the best places to stay on Koh Samui? The island is awash with accommodation options from hostels and beach bungalows to high end resorts. Here’s a list of the best places to stay in Koh Samui for all tastes and budgets.

At Hostel Samui - £

Those looking to be in the heart of the nightlife should book a stay at At Hostel Samui. Situated along Chawend Beach, the hostel is close to the restaurants, bars, cafes, night markets and street food vendors along the main strip as well as the shopping opportunities. The smart hostel is clean, fresh and uses minimalist white décor. There are several rooms for mixed and female only dormitories to doubles and triples. All are ensuite and include shower rooms. The dormitory beds have curtains to maximize privacy as well as having reading lists and USB sockets. After returning from a day of exploration, there is a small swimming pool with bar and a sun deck to soak up the rays. Dorm beds start at US $15 and private doubles start from US $40 per night.

Chill Inn Beach Café & Hostel - £

The Chill Inn Beach Café & Hostel gets some incredibly good reviews online with some giving it a rating over almost 10 out of 10. Situated right on the beach south of Lamai and Chaweng, it’s located close to much of the local nightlife and restaurants. The hostel rents out kayaks to give guests to change to explore the surrounding ocean in the day. The hostel only has dormitory rooms, but these have a relatively small number of beds, and two of the bungalows are just steps away from the sandy beach. All are air-conditioned. There are some fantastic communal areas to including a bar overlooking the beach, the perfect place to sip on a cold beer and watch the melting sunset. Prices start from US $14 per night.

Ananas Samui Hostel - £

The Ananas Samui Hostel is relatively new, but is already building up a name for itself as one of the best places to stay on the island. The hostel isn’t right on the beach, but it’s only a few minutes’ walk away. There are several dormitories, both mixed and female only, as well as a private ensuite bungalow and twin rooms. All rooms are air conditioned and have toilets with hot water and toiletries. There is a wonderful swimming pool and common rooms to have a drink and meet other travelers. All the staff are multilingual and there offer a basic breakfast of toast, butter, jam and coffee. Dormitory beds start from US $15 per night and double rooms start from US $50 per night.

Ananas Samui Hostel

Ananas Samui Hostel.

Hunters Hostel - £

Another hostel that’s getting some excellent online ratings. Located in a little fishing village on the south side of the island, the hostel is a quieter option away from the main tourist crowds. There are two large mixed dormitories, each with 10 beds, as well as a private en suite double and a family apartment. Up on top of the hostel, there is a roof bar complete with Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean. The beaches and swimming areas are just a few minutes away. Dormitories start from around US $12 per night.

Dream Cat-Cher Hostel - £

Dream Cat-Cher Hostel has been designed for travelers to meet other travelers. Each of the small dormitory rooms have between four and six beds. The hostel is basic, but everything one needs for a comfortable stay. The perfect place to while away a few days – read your book, relax on the beach or enjoy a sundowner. Dormitory beds start at US $8 per night.

The Hammock Samui Beach Resort - ££

Located to the north of the island, The Hammock Samui Beach Resort is situated directly on the beautiful Maenam Beach. The resort boosts 22 bungalows, and four private rooms overlooking the beach and ocean. All are air-conditioned and have all the facilities one would expect from a modern. The beautiful restaurant looks over the sea and nearby islands and serves up Thai and international cuisine. Nearby are numerous bars, restaurants and nightlife. Double rooms start from around US $90 per night including breakfast.

Nora Chaweng Hotel - ££

The Nora Chaweng Hotel sits just next to the beach of the same name. It’s a large hotel, but well run and offering plenty of facilities including an indoor pool, a terrace and treatment rooms offering Thai massages, aroma therapy, facials and a spa. The rooms and beautifully decorated and include huge bathrooms. Some have views down over the beach and ocean. The hotel’s restaurants offer some high quality international cuisine and the restaurants and attractions are no far away. Prices start from US $130 per night for a deluxe double suite.

Nora Chaweng Hotel

Nora Chaweng Hotel

Lazy Days Samui Beach Resort - ££

The Lazy Days Beach Resort is made up of 20 beach bungalows surrounding the well-maintained gardens and overlooking the beach and ocean. Situated in a quiet spot in the south-east of Koh Samui, the hotel enjoys secluded area away from the tourist crowds, allowing for peace and quiet. Each of the bungalows is air-conditioned, en suite and have little terraces just outside the front door. The hotel features a pool, and an open-air restaurant serving top-notch Thai cuisine. Enjoy a cold beer or cocktail in the bar overlooking the sunset. On the roof, Thai massages are offered, the perfect way to unwind after a day of island exploration. Tours and activities including kayak rental can be made at the reception. The price for a double room starts from US $130 per night including breakfast.

The Fair House Beach Resort - ££

The Fair House Beach Resort is located in a quiet corner of Chaweng Beach surrounded by coconut palms and tropical gardens. Each of the rooms and bungalows are beautifully decorated with fine carved Thai decorations and furniture. Other facilities include an outdoor pool, a spa offering Thai massages, a jacuzzi and a bar and restaurant offering live music most nights. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, snorkeling in the turquoise waters or reading a book in the shade of the palms. Prices start from US $180 per night.

Floral Hotel Pool Villa Koh Samui - ££

Another beautiful hotel located within a coconut grove near Chaweng Beach. This quiet spot is still close to the restaurants, night markets and nightlife of Chaweng. Each of the villas is fully air-conditioned and features a lounge and kitchenette. There is an excellent outdoor pool and a lounge pool to cool down in the midday Thai heat. Tours out to the islands and activities can be booked at the hotel reception. The hotel offers excellent Thai classics in the restaurant. Prices for a private villa with en suite bathroom costs around US $140 per night.

Four Seasons Koh Samui - £££

Nestled in Yai Bay in the north of the island, the Four Seasons Koh Samui is pure luxury. One of the highlights of the hotel is the spectacular private beach, only available to the guests. It’s not hard to find a secluded spot. The restaurants and bars of Chaweng are just a 30-minute journey away. The impressive lobby offers views over the beach and rainforest. Facilities include a huge infinity pool, tennis court, gym, yoga studio and a garden spa offering Thai massages and treatments. The hotel’s watersports centre offers kayaking, jet skis and snorkeling equipment. There are several restaurants and bars offering everything from oysters and caviar to Asian cuisine and Thai classics. Pamper yourself. Prices start from around US $1000 per night.

four seasons koh samui

Four Seasons hotel in Koh Samui

The Tongsai Bay - £££

Just down the road from the main centre of Chaweng is the Tongsai Bay Resort. Though the beach is private, it may as well be as it’s the only hotel on this stretch of sand. There are numerous villas and private suites, all decorated in dark wood Thai decorations and furniture. They surround some beautiful coconut groves and tropical gardens for guests to relax in. Kayaks, paddle boards and snorkeling equipment can be rented and tours booked at the reception. The spa boosts, a gym, a yoga studio, jacuzzi and steamrooms. There are numerous onsite restaurants offering buffet cuisine from Thai fare to sushi. Prices start from US $300 in high season.

Anantara Bophut - £££

Not many hotels measure up to the beauty of the Anantara Bophut, a luxury hotel located just minutes from the village of Bo Phut and a short taxi journey from Chaweng. Like many of Thailand’s luxury hotels, the private rooms surround beautiful tropical gardens. It features a wonderful pool and a spa with steam rooms with Thai massages and treatments. Yoga enthusiasts can join a class or practice down on the private beach. Three restaurants offering breakfast, lunch and dinner including Thai and western fare. The bar serves some excellent cocktails. Double en suite rooms start from US $500 per night.

Sala Samui Resort - £££

Situated along the quiet side of Choeng Mon, just a short distance from bustling Chaweng. There some great swimming and snorkeling in the ocean nearby. The contemporary rooms and villas are tastefully decorated and many have views overlooking the sea. There are two pools, one for adults and another for families with children. The spa offers a variety of treatments as well as a steamroom, Jacuzzi and gym. Twice weekly, movies are projected onto a screen on the beach. There are casual and fine dining restaurants as well as private barbecues available in the villas or nightly on the beach. Prices start from US $400 per night.

Sensimar Hotel - £££

The luxurious Sensimar Hotel is located along Mae Nam beach, close to the restaurants, bars, and nightlife. A short taxi ride takes guests to the bustling Chaweng. Facilities include a huge pool, gym and inhouse masseuses. The hotel puts on several classes for guests including yoga, cooking and Thai wine tasting. On the beach, kayaks and jet skis can be rented. All the spacious rooms are air-conditioned and en suite. The villas have private plunge pools and overlook the beach and ocean. There are several restaurants and bars within the complex offering some fine cuisine. Prices start from US $200 for a double room.

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