Where to Stay on Koh Samui for Families? Part 2

Where to stay on Koh Samui for families?

Part 2 of our colossal series: Where to stay on Koh Samui with kids?

Belmond Napasai

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Why should you stay at Belmond Napasai? For family relaxation with a bit of quirk, plus lots to do. Belmond Napasai the even-better reinvention of ‘Napasai by Orient-Express’.

  • Location: Maenam, right on the beach
  • 5-star, large resort (69 villas and residences)
  • Babysitting? Yes
  • Free WiFi? Yes

Beach + location?

Directly on Maenam Beach, the resort is built on the flat so you can walk around and explore the gardens at leisure. Rent a car to give yourself the option of eating outside of the hotel. The resort environment is totally unpretentious, and a little rustic.

Best room for families?

Book a Villa Suite for a family of four – they offer 92 m²/990ft² of space. The even bigger Residences have their own pools and full kitchens.

Kids’ club?

Not exactly, but a “Secret Countryside” for kids includes goats, pigs, geese, chicks, rabbits and water buffalo! Free kids’ tennis lessons every Friday morning.

Children’s pool?

Yes. There’s a small children’s pool and an adjacent infinity-edge freshwater pool (the resort’s main pool), which overlooks the ocean. The kiddie pool has steps around the sides for parents, while the range of furniture around the entire pool area provides lots of options (read? sleep? chat? play?) and offers a great deal of shade when you need it.

Other fun stuff + goodies?

Great range of complimentary guest activities (schedule changes daily) includes tai chi, cooking Thai sweets, abs fitness classes, muay Thai, yoga, pilates, Thai massage classes, windsurfing, fruit & veggie carving. SCUBA lessons at an additional charge. Two tennis courts. Pool table. Kayaks and stand-up paddling. Beach croquet. “Angel Bliss” massages for children.

Kids’ food?

Kids’ menus are available and lots of produce is grown on site. Better still? Homemade ice cream.

See more photos and check availability: Belmond Napasai

Poppies Samui

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Why should you stay at Poppies Samui? For total R&R, and a ‘do anything’ vacation in and out of the resort. Poppies is an independent boutique hotel, and boasts a 3:1 staff:guest ratio!

  • Location: Chaweng Noi, right on the beach
  • 4-star, small boutique resort (24 cottages)
  • Babysitting? Yes
  • Free WiFi? Yes

Beach + location?

At the very southern end of Chaweng Noi, on a beautiful stretch of soft, white beach. Water is very swimmable and shallow for some distance. Very walkable to shops and restaurants in the busier part of Chaweng (but sidewalks are not stroller-friendly).

Best room for families?

24 private cottages are all double occupancy, with an extra day bed available for an older child. Baby cots are also available. Unusually, doors and windows have mosquito screens if you like open-air living.

Kids’ club?

No

Children’s pool?

No, but the resort’s main (only) pool has a shallow end for children, with a pool attendant on duty during the day.

Other fun stuff + goodies?

Kayaks, boogie boards and beach volleyball are available for guest use. Movie library and in-room DVD players.

See more photos and check availability: Poppies Samui

Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa

Why should you stay at Anantara Lawana? For dipping your toe near, not quite in, Samui’s action (+ sunrises). Like many resorts built on Samui’s steep hills, you won’t get far with a stroller. Plan to carry babies and toddlers around the resort.

  • Location: Chaweng
  • 5-star, large resort (122 rooms)
  • Babysitting? Yes
  • Free WiFi? Yes

Beach + location?

Tucked on its own bay, so a very quiet experience (the busier part of Chaweng is a 10-minute walk). *See its sister property on Bophut beach – Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa – you might love both!

Best room for families?

Anantara Lawana offers really big rooms (the smallest is 52 m²/559ft²), all with big soaker bath tubs. To get the most space, book a Two Bedroom Lawana Pool Villa (includes a small private pool). Add extra beds to any room or villa for a small nightly charge (cots are free).

Kids’ club?

No

Children’s pool?

No, though you can book a villa with a private pool. The main resort pool is beach-front, infinity and very big.

Other fun stuff + goodies?

Free kayaking and DVD library. Your fresh towels turn into animals every day. Sit around the pool or on the beach long enough and a fresh fruit skewer or popsicle might just appear….

Kids’ food?

The resort has a (fairly fancy) treehouse restaurant, plus 24-hour room service. Kids menus available. Banana crumble pops up on the dessert menu!

See more photos and check availability: Anantara Lawana

Six Senses Samui

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Why should you stay at Six Senses Samui? For a total get-away, becoming ‘one with nature’ and relishing peace and quiet. Six Senses Samui has just been completely renovated and reopened – all shiny new – in July 2015.

  • Location, near Choeng Mon on its own quiet bay
  • True 5-star, large resort – with impressive green resort credentials (66 villas)
  • Babysitting? Yes. 350 THB (approx US$11) per hour.
  • Free WiFi? Yes

Beach + location?

Like Banyan Tree and Vana Belle, Six Senses is built into a steep hillside and boasts the privacy of its own bay and quiet beach – shared with no other hotels. Six Senses’s ethos is seclusion – the outside world (other restaurants, amenities, signs of life) is meant to seem far-away. To explore elsewhere you’re car-dependent. The beach, though very secluded, isn’t a paddling beach. At low tide it can be rocky, so pack beach shoes or a pair of Crocs.

Best room for families?

52 of the 66 villas have private pools, and many are split-level so you have more space and privacy. Both the villa pools and main resort pools are infinity-edge, requiring extra-close supervision. Extra beds are available for 2,100 THB per night (approx US$65) and cots are free.

Kids’ club?

No. You’ll enjoy Six Senses most if your kids (A) can swim – in their own private pool and (B) they can entertain themselves while you read or sun-bathe. Pack pool toys like diving sticks!

Children’s pool?

No. In addition to private villa pools, there’s one main resort pool (large, infinity edge). It’s a popular honeymoon spot… do your kids come with reliable volume control?

Other fun stuff + goodies?

In-room DVD/CD player, iPod dock

Kids’ food?

There’s a children’s menu available and 24-hour room service.

See more photos and check availability: Six Senses Samui

InterContinental Samui

Why should you stay at InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort? It’s a very family-friendly resort. Christmas 2014, Santa arrived by jet-ski. Stay here for sunsets and near-total seclusion.

  • Location: Taling Ngam, in Koh Samui’s sleep southwest
  • 5-star, large resort (79 rooms)
  • Babysitting? Yes
  • Free WiFi? Yes

Beach + location?

One of the most remote parts of the island. Expect a 45+ minute drive from the airport. A beautiful beach you’ll share only with other hotel guests. Swim shoes are recommended as sea urchins are occasionally seen in this part of the island. Great sand for sandcastles and beach soccer, plus hours of shell-hunting.

Best room for families?

For tons of space, book a brand new

Family Room

: bunk beds, bean bags, a toy chest and colouring books feature in large rooms (the smallest is 65 square metres or 699 square feet). All rooms offer parents wine fridges (be sure to bring a few bottles from home – wine is really pricey in Thailand).

Kids’ club?

Yes. First-rate! Caters to two age groups: 4-7s and 8-12s. Planet Trekkers kids’ club operates from a thoughtfully designed play centre beside the beach pool, so kids can easily come and go to their poolside parents. A mixture of free and paid activities include indoor (arts and crafts) and outdoor (sports) activities, such as a resort eco-tour, beach soccer, cooking classes, hair braiding and tennis camp.

Children’s pool?

Yes, there’s a small children’s paddling pool beside one of the resort’s two large infinity pools. In addition, there are five more pools dotted around the resort’s hillside – all in vibrant Skittles colours: purple, yellow, orange, blue and red pools make 7 total (plus the small kiddie pool). More options, in more interesting colours, than any other Samui resort.

Other fun stuff?

A certain highlight is the big wood ‘rope’ bridge connecting hillside villas to main hotel building/restaurants – truly a Tarzan experience for little kids! Two flood-lit tennis courts, plus mini beach soccer, table tennis, mountain biking, Muay Thai, beach volleyball and a Water Sports Centre offering: Hobie Cat catamarans, sailing, stand-up-paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling. Children 12+ are welcome to join the professional cooking class (additional charge).

Goodies?

Kids staying in suites and villas receive a children’s bathrobe, slippers, bubble bath and beach toys.

Kids’ food?

Yes, and great healthy options, too! Children up to 4 years old eat free (from any of the restaurants’ children’s menus), while children aged 4–12 receive a 50% discount from any of the restaurants’ a la carte menus (food and beverage), including buffets. Don’t miss the ice cream cart at the beach!

See more photos and check availability: InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort

The Tongsai Bay

Where to Stay on Koh Samui for Families? Part 2

Where to Stay on Koh Samui for Families? Part 2

Why should you stay at The Tongsai Bay? For its fantastic staff, amazing wildlife, tennis and a shady beach-front pool.

  • Location: Near Choeng Mon, on its own quiet bay
  • True 5-star, large resort (83 rooms) – Samui’s preeminent green resort
  • Babysitting? Yes
  • Free WiFi? Yes

Beach + location?

An island stalwart, totally secluded on its namesake bay. A very private spot (also very car-dependent for outside excursions – or kayak across the bay to eat on nearby Choeng Mon Beach). Tongsai Bay’s beach sand isn’t quite as soft as on Chaweng – but you don’t have to share it with anyone. The resort has steep steps throughout, so – as above – most transport is by chauffeured golf buggy.

Best room for families?

Tongsai Pool Villas and Seafront Pool Villas have 3.3m x 7.3m private pools and can be linked together for larger groups. These are the largest room types, at 170m²/1829ft². You also get an extra bed (a real one) free of charge for children up to aged 15. All 83 rooms have private outdoor bathtubs.

Kids’ club?

No

Children’s pool?

Yes. The main pool, at beach level, is zero slope entry in places and has tiki umbrellas actually built into the pool… so you can sit in the shade while in the pool – very novel!! A shallow children’s pool attaches to the main pool. There’s a second, adults-only pool, slightly up the hillside with an infinity edge. Children aged 15+ are welcome in this ‘Half Moon Pool’.

Other fun stuff + goodies?

As an eco resort that loves its wildlife there are no jet-skis or motorised watersports at Tongsai Bay. Instead, you’re free to use their Hobie cat, canoes, windsurfs and snorkel equipment (with staff available to help beginners). Enjoy a garden and orchard tour, plus in-room iPod docks, a recreation room with books and games & Wii, flood-lit tennis court, a pool table and ping pong. Take a free shuttle to the island animal shelter if you’d like to volunteer as a family for a few hours.

Kids’ food?

At breakfast alone there’s a choice of waffles, pancakes, smoothies – with pizza available the rest of the day. Free drinking water available throughout the resort.

See more photos and check availability: The Tongsai Bay

Kanda Residences Pool Villa

Why should you stay at Kanda Residences? For your own pool, a beach worth exploring, and a convenient location.

  • Location: North of Chaweng, towards Choeng Mon
  • 5-star, small resort (36 villas)
  • Babysitting? Yes (Repeat visitors note that their kids loved their babysitter so much they had to invent reasons to go out)
  • Free WiFi? Yes

Beach + location?

Close to the airport. The small beach is fairly rocky (not ideal for swimming) but perfect for sand castles and shell-hunting. Shuttle buses to nearby Chaweng. Beach is in its own bay so is as “private” as can be.

Best room for families?

Every villa at Kanda has its own pool, many with ocean views. Depending on your group’s size, you might book a 2-, 3- or 4-bedroom villa. To avoid needing golf cart transport (or a steep walk), book lower down and closer to the pool/beach.

Kids’ club?

No.

Children’s pool?

No, though all villas have private pools. The resort’s main pool is big and overlooks the beach.

Other fun stuff + goodies?

Junior Chef Learning Academy, Angel Bliss Massage (kids 4 -12 years old). Kayaks available.

Kids’ food?

Every villa has a full kitchen.

See more photos and check availability: Kanda Residences

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