How to plan a perfect holiday for two? If you’re starting the dreaded where-to-stay research for a romantic Koh Samui vacation, I can promise two things: (1) we’ll help you to make the hotel choice as easy as possible and (2) Samui’s passionfruit mojitos are a hard habit to break.
I’ve spent lots of time (and money!) at every one of the Samui hotels below and they’re genuine recommendations to be read with a “!!!!!!!” level of enthusiasm. Grab fistfuls of rose petals and let’s find your most romantic hotel…
Koh Samui’s top 9 most romantic hotels
A boutique resort on Bophut Beach. Zazen’s aesthetic ethos: there’s no flat surface on earth that couldn’t benefit from a thousand candles. Romantic ambiance? Take a look – they’re nailing it. You’ll find one of – if not the – biggest wine cellars on the island at Zazen and its French-influenced food is exceptional. Best of all, if you’ll allow me to lose myself for a minute – the spaaaaaaa.
A Choeng Mon Beach resort with villa accommodations + private pools. Unsurprisingly, SALA – like Four Seasons Resort, #5, follows below – was a triple winner in this year’s Traveller’s Choice Awards. How about #7 Top Hotels in Thailand, #9 Luxury Hotels in Thailand and #21 Hotels for Service in Thailand for proof-in-the-pudding?
On a secluded part of Maenam Beach, with villa accommodations. If you’re all about the beach, Napasai might become your favourite happy place on earth. It’s probably ours. And that’s before they wheel out the passionfruit mojitos….
A small boutique hotel on Bang Rak Beach) Exquisite, refined and quite the little secret. I know exactly where The Scent Hotel is and yet still manage to miss it and drive past two or three times each visit. If your ideal vacation means discreet and charming staff, superb food and total calm – hunt down the front door and enter another world. (*We’ve just noticed that The Scent Hotel’s restaurant, Le Jaroen, describes itself as a ‘secret world’ on its own sign – job done!)
The best of the best … but you didn’t need me to tell you that!) Further indication you’re headed to happy? Four Seasons bagged three 2016 Travellers’ Choice trophies: #7 Luxury Hotels in Thailand, #19 Top Hotels in Thailand, #20 Hotels for Service in Thailand. Toast their success at the beach-front bar (you might be there awhile)….
Get to know Koh Samui: Does romantic mean hammocks and tiki torches, or fine dining and dressy clothes? Find your perfect area of Samui, first getting to know the island’s varied beaches, views, nooks and crannies. You can truly choose your own formula, and any kind of budget to match, so start with my ‘Island 101’
Romantic hotels with no kids allowed
A boutique resort on quieter north end of Chaweng beach. An ideal choice if your modern-world trappings are integral to your R&R: a child-free lifestyle resort for trendy couples with a minimalist bent. Also ideal for lazy people: beach chairs have ‘push-for-cocktail’ buttons.
A boutique little spot on a Koh Tao hillside. The Place won every award going in 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards – and pretty much cleaned up in 2016 too: #1 Small Hotels in Asia, #1 Small Hotels in Thailand and #5 Small Hotels in the World. Worth the boat ride to Koh Tao? I’m convinced.
Romantic eco-resorts on Koh Samui
If you like to glow with goodness and save the planet in the process, two of Koh Samui’s most tucked-away and relaxing resorts have impressive green credentials (some of which you get to drink in home-grown cocktails or enjoy at the spa):
A large resort property on its own beach near Choeng Mon. Find out how and why it’s so green and ogle its recent Travellers’ Choice awards:
- #13 Hotels for Service in Thailand
- #17 Top Hotels in Thailand
- #22 Luxury Hotels in Thailand
A pricey piece of paradise on its own beach. Six Senses is newly renovated – get to know its best bits.