Wondering where the best place to stay in Koh Samui is?
Koh Samui is a magical island tucked inside of the Chumphon Archipelago, which is in the Gulf of Thailand. This island resonates with natural beauty and its untouched beaches are all decorated with thousands of palms. Koh Samui is known for its secluded beaches full of soft sand and it is the second largest island in the whole country.
A lot of tourists also come here for amazing Thai food, given the fact that there are so many good restaurants, Thai markets, vivid and exciting nightlife, and interesting natural diving spots. At dusk, all the beaches get filled with amazing dining as the sea gets illuminated by all the lanterns restaurants put up.
This is a truly vivid place that has a lot to offer. Everyone can find something to enjoy, no matter if you are single, a coupe, a whole family or you are looking for a destination for your honeymoon. For all travelers who enjoy water activities, this is an amazing place. There are so many water sports, diving, snorkeling, and swimming opportunities to catch here.
All the biggest tourist attractions in Koh Samui are near the small town of Lamain. This gives you the opportunity to explore the fishing village of Hua Thanon, go hiking through amazing green nature and capture amazing photos, or try some typical roadside cuisine on the go for a cheap price. In this post, we will talk about the best places to stay while you are in this magical place.
First, let’s see the areas which should be your primary focus when looking for a place to stay in Koh Samui. In my opinion, the best three beaches you can possibly find on this island are Lamai, Choeng Mon, Bophut and Chaweng. Although you can easily get around the island either on foot or by using some transportation it’s still a good idea to find accommodation close or on these beaches.
Some of the beaches on Koh Samui can be found stretching from the coast in the north called Mae Nam in the northeast corner and all the way to the east coast towards Lamai. Both the west and the south coasts have secluded beaches which are quiet, cozy and don’t have a lot of people on them. Still, they are rocky and during low tide they can easily become mudflats.
Additionally, a lot of the beaches on Koh Samui become quite shallow during the period from the end of April until late May and this means that certain areas are simply impossible to swim in. The further a beach is to the west, the higher the chances are it probably has very shallow water. However, Choengmon, Chaweng, Bophut and Lamai are beaches that don’t have this problem and they are swimmable during the whole year.
There are a lot of apartments to rent in Koh Samui, hotels, hostels, and villas you can rent while staying here. No matter if you’re looking for luxury, or a cheap solution, there is something for everybody here.
Even though Lamai is the second most popular beach on Koh Samui, it could keep a “village status” and atmosphere, but it grew and improved over time for giving maximum pleasure to tourists. Lamai beach now has an amazing 35 km long strip filled with white sand. Along its whole length, it’s bordered by waters from the gulf.
The whole resort town is quite vivid and it has a huge choice of bars, stores, restaurants, and a famous street market. Lamai has a friendly family atmosphere, which is probably better than on any other beach. A very attractive thing about getting accommodations here is that most of them offer complete beachfront and there is not a single person who doesn’t like that.
This is a secluded resort that offers a lot of villas and bungalows for tourists. The whole resort is on a private part of the beach, located in the southern part of Lamai. The resort has a total of 47 bungalows, as well as 3 luxurious villas with pools.
All the accommodations with rooms have fixtures and furniture made from rustic wood and they also have private balconies that overlook the sea or the garden. This resort also has a beachfront restaurant, which is an amazing venue for romantic occasions.
Ammatara Pura Pool Villas are astonishing luxurious pool villas with a dose of Thai heritage that comes with amazing style and elegance. There is a total of 18 villas and all of them offer absolute intimacy in the whole complex of Thai architecture.
These accommodations are located 20km from Samui Airport to the south. Ammatara Pura faces the east, and because of this the whole place has amazing sunrises and is one of the most luxurious residential areas in all Lamai, giving tourists various pleasures that they can only experience at this place.
These villas are located just a step from the beach and you can literally walk to Lamai downtown in minutes. Accommodation at these villas includes Jacuzzi, desktop computers and built-in kitchens. The Ammatara restaurant located nearby has some of the best dishes from various cuisines of the world such as Japan, China, India, Europe, and of course, Thailand. All the foods are prepared with organic ingredients.
The Coconut Beach Resort in Lamai is in the central area of Lamai beachfront, which is a walk away from the center. They offer five types of accommodation in their bungalows, which all have nice amenities including television, Wi-Fi, fridges etc.
These accommodations are suitable for guests that look for something more affordable. Tourists that stay here can grab a meal at their restaurant or get a genuine Thai massage, reflexology, or aromatherapy treatment. The complex includes a beach bar and an outdoor pool as well.
It’s a family friendly resort with big rooms and the restaurant’s floor is completely out of sand.
Bophut is the best location in Samui for people who want to combine tranquillity and liveliness. It’s located in the north and it has a 3-km long strand that faces Koh Phangan, which is 12 km away. In the center of it all is Bophut’s Fisherman Village, a throwback to the older times of Samui filled with wooden houses, restaurants and waterfronts. The area around it is full of beachside resorts and hotels.
This is a modern accommodation that has 4 stars and is located straight on the center of Bophut beach. The iconic center is just steps away and it features include four types of room accommodation and villas, which all come with the current standard amenities. This is a very comfortable resort for all types of guests.
It has four restaurants, many bars, four swimming pools with separate areas for children, a large spa, many water activities, and a fitness center. Badara is fully equipped to provide its guests with an amazing experience. All the villas have private pools and the whole resort, even those common areas are secluded and intimate.
The Zazen Resort is an establishment that truly represents a tropical image in all its glory. It’s located right on the beautiful Bophut beach and it gives its guests complete indulgence at a maximum level.
It’s also close to the Fisherman Village, which is the best shopping and dining area near Bophut beach. It’s a spacious, air conditioned place and offers a lot of comfort. It has 26 villas and bungalows total and the whole complex is perfectly designed so that it blends into the surroundings completely.
The interior is stylish with a combination of wood and soft fabrics. It also has high quality tech gadgets such as HD television, DVD players, Wi-Fi internet and Balinese bathrooms.
The Samui Diving Resort is placed just in front of the Fisherman Village. It’s a minute walk to the beach. For all the guests that love water activities, there is a scuba diving club nearby. The resort offers benefits such as daily continental meals, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, premium bedrooms, and LCD television.
All the rooms have modest space, and on top of that, this is a diving resort that has everything an active guest needs. One of the things that amazes all the guests is the level of hospitality that the staff and management have and everyone said they felt like this was their home for their time spent there.
The Samui Dreams Villa Resort is near the Bophut beach on a hill above it. To get to the Fisherman Village you would have to take a short ride. This is an exceptional resort that has capable staff and management. It’s a bit distanced from all the commotion and if you want a private calm atmosphere, this is the right place for you.
The whole resort has a total of 10 stylish villas which are taken care of on daily basis. There is a pool for all the guests, there are many tropical gardens around the area and the whole place is simply made for relaxation.
All villas are completely equipped and have kitchens, two bedrooms each, bathrooms, king size beds and two single-person beds with a private balcony, satellite TV and air conditioning. This is a perfect resort for families that want to enjoy some private time and feel relaxed away from all the commotion.
Chaweng is the main resort town of the whole island and here you can find the most interesting activities and action at any part of the day. This is a vivid town located on the beach that runs 7 km along it.
The whole town offers everything you could possibly look for, from various activities tourists can enjoy to small shops, restaurants and large shopping malls located in the center of the town, it has everything you want.
The beach is very crowded and from the early morning you can see people sunbathing, swimming, jet-skiing, snorkeling etc. If you want to be where the action is, Chaweng is the place for you.
You might think that a place with 49 suites and villas would be sloppy and messy, but Sareeraya is famous for its top-quality service, and their quantity is just the product of their amazing service.
They offer 5-star service and their whole attitude towards their guests shows why they are one of the most popular hosts on the whole island. The suites they offer are minimum 70 square meters and their pool villas stretch across 100 square meters. It’s truly a top stylish, chic and great all-around beach resort that offers healthy food and a fitness center.
When you look at the concept of certain accommodations, The Library really stands out. This is truly trendy, chic, white-themed resort that has suites on the ground floor and studios on the first floor.
It’s beachside accommodation that has one of the most characteristic and memorable swimming pools on the whole island. This place was built for young-spirited, fun, and groovy guests that love excitement and adventure. Eating a meal at The Library is something else.
Their restaurant has different approaches to Thai food and other national dishes and each meal comes with a special presentation. It’s located in heart of all the happenings right on the beachfront and you won’t miss anything if you’re staying here.
Just on the doorstep of the northern part of Chaweng Beach, there is an amazing complex called Anantara Lawana, which is basically on the seaside with many rooms that start at 61 squares per meter, to large Villas that stretch to 160 square meters.
The location is simply great, with state of the art facilities and equipment including cooking classes, various spa treatments, 5 restaurants and bars, water activities, Wi-Fi, TVs etc. No other place on the island offers amazing treetop beverage and dining options that have such unique menus. Water activities include diving, kayaking, deep sea fishing, boat charters and snorkeling.
These are our best accommodation picks for you to choose from. There are many other accommodation options to find around the island, but if you want the best, choosing either of these places would be the right thing to do.
In the end, I would like to mention that Koh Samui is an amazing place where anyone can find what they are looking for. No matter if you are traveling with your family, looking for a nice, relaxed vacation or you are looking to find action and excitement, this island has it all.