Where to Stay in Koh Samui, in Thailand? Your total guide to Koh Samui beaches, hotels and villas plus the island's best beach-by-beach guide. Easily find your perfect Koh Samui hotel, villa resort or beach bungalow: Discover Koh Samui's best accommodation options and learn where to stay on every beach – at every budget. Click through to read more: https://www.kohsamuisunset.com/where-to-stay-koh-samui/ | #kohsamui #thailand #samui #travel
Where to Stay in Koh Samui, in Thailand? Your total guide to Koh Samui beaches, hotels and villas plus the island's best beach-by-beach guide. Easily find your perfect Koh Samui hotel, villa resort or beach bungalow: Discover Koh Samui's best accommodation options and learn where to stay on every beach – at every budget. Click through to read more: https://www.kohsamuisunset.com/where-to-stay-koh-samui/ | #kohsamui #thailand #samui #travel
Where to Stay in Koh Samui, in Thailand? Your total guide to Koh Samui beaches, hotels and villas plus the island's best beach-by-beach guide. Easily find your perfect Koh Samui hotel, villa resort or beach bungalow: Discover Koh Samui's best accommodation options and learn where to stay on every beach – at every budget. Click through to read more: https://www.kohsamuisunset.com/where-to-stay-koh-samui/ | #kohsamui #thailand #samui #travel

With over 700 hotels and resorts, and hundreds more private villas and beach bungalows – Koh Samui’s 228.7 square kilometres are nothing but choices. Trying to choose a hotel out of thin air is a recipe for brain melt-down (not to mention browser crashes). We’re going to make this very, very easy. Let’s get started!

Where to stay on Koh Samui?

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1. How to choose your beach?

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Easily decide where to stay on Koh Samui: choose your perfect hotel or private villa. Discover where to stay on every Koh Samui beach – at every budget.
Left: Flying over Koh Samui’s Bang Rak Beach, Right: The Koh Samui Guide, downloaded in 92 countries!

Where to stay on Koh Samui? Every Samui beach has a character of its own. Which is best? Well, you get to decide. Learn the character of each beach (pros, cons, sand texture and suitability) in The Koh Samui Guide, and find out which is the best beach for you. You’ll also find out what’s walkable and when you’ll need other forms of transport to get around, not to mention where to eat!

Use The Koh Samui Guide to learn the character of each beach (pros, cons, sand texture and suitability) Get your Koh Samui Guide

2. Decide where you want to be

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Easily decide where to stay on Koh Samui: choose your perfect hotel or private villa. Discover where to stay on every Koh Samui beach – at every budget.
Koh Samui’s Thongson Beach, home to Melati Beach Resort and Spa

Do you want to be on the beach, or near it? As a very hilly island, some of Koh Samui’s best views are to be found off the beach. Do you prefer a pool + ocean-view combination to the sand itself? If so, many of Koh Samui’s higher-end hillside properties near a beach might be just the ticket. Booking mid-range places, you’re likely to enjoy savings if you’re happy to walk, drive or scoot from your holiday home to the beach.

3. What’s your budget?

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Easily decide where to stay on Koh Samui: choose your perfect hotel or private villa. Discover where to stay on every Koh Samui beach – at every budget.
Flying over Koh Samui’s northeast corner, including Choeng Mon Beach and Plai Laem Beach

Once you’ve chosen your perfect beach and your preferred location – it’s simply a matter of deciding between a handful of great options in your desired price range. In the cheap-and-cheerful bracket, it’s just a bed, right? On Samui, 1- and 2-star hotels often come with tons of Thai charm and perfectly chilled Singha.

4. Get it booked!

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Easily decide where to stay on Koh Samui: choose your perfect hotel or private villa. Discover where to stay on every Koh Samui beach – at every budget.
Left: The Kala Samui, Right: A not-quite-to-scale map of Koh Samui

Imagine that – in no time at all, with absolutely no stress or “it all looks the same” confusion – you’ve narrowed your top choices for where to stay on Koh Samui from over 1,000 to just three or four. We said this would be painless! Once you’ve read the first chapter of The Koh Samui Guide and have a preferred beach or an area of Koh Samui in mind, use our following suggestions to whittle your top-notch short list and get your trip booked (whether you’re coming on honeymoon, with children or just a wing and a prayer).

My favourite beach:

Most popular beaches:

More Koh Samui beaches (alphabetically)

Private villas on Koh Samui

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Where to stay in Choeng Mon?

Our top pick in Choeng Mon

SALA Samui Resort & Spa ()

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – SALA Samui Resort & Spa
Left: The family pool and beach bar at SALA Samui, Right: Canopied daybeds at the adults-only (quiet) pool

SALA Samui means five-star everything, without a hint of pretension. Just. Utter. Magic. Rooms are private villas and many have their own plunge pools. A serene adults-only pool offers canopied day beds, while sofas surround the family pool. SALA is comfy. Breakfast is spectacular; sunset Happy Hour more so.

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Choeng Mon with children

Melati Beach Resort & Spa ()

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Melati Beach Resort & Spa
The supremely-hidden-away quiet pool at Melati Beach Resort & Spa. The main family pool is right on the beach, with a swim-up bar.

Stay at Melati for: A cast-away beach holiday, in beautiful surroundings. Melati is near, not on, Choeng Mon Beach but you definitely won’t care.

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Most romantic spot in Choeng Mon?

The Tongsai Bay ()

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – The Tongsai Bay
Dusk at The Tongsai Bay, a tremendously romantic spot that’s ideal for quiet, nature-loving couples

Tongsai has many aspects to its ‘secret sauce’ – but its serenity and seclusion are chief amongst them. For thirty-plus years, Tongsai has blended into natural surroundings in its own bay – a bay in which all motorised watersports are banned to ensure your total peace and quiet. Tongsai just was renovated for its big birthday and is beautiful, secluded, with great food and facilities. We especially love the Tongsai Bay for its environmental aspects (and animal-loving ethos in particular). It’s located a minute’s drive to Choeng Mon, but you’re unlikely to want to leave the resort. Stay here for: Fantastic staff, amazing wildlife, tennis and an enormous beach-front pool.

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Readers’ favourite hotels on (and near) Choeng Mon Beach

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Six Senses Samui
Six Senses Samui is totally tucked away and has its own resort beach

Private villas in Choeng Mon

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – The Pool on the Hill
Like The Tongsai Bay, The Pool on the Hill gets our vote for its eco features: a freshwater (chlorine-free) infinity pool, solar-heated rainwater showers and more. [Photo source: The Pool on the Hill]

Where to stay near Choeng Mon Beach

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Sea Dance Resort
Find the super-sweet Sea Dance Resort a few minutes’ drive from Choeng Mon Beach

In the general Choeng Mon vicinity, both your high- and low-end options widen considerably. To go five-star, booking into a resort tucked into one of the area’s many little bays means greater privacy. To stretch your budget in the manner of a 1970s backpacker, just add a scooter or songthaew ride to your Choeng Mon Beach commute. For near-beach proximity at attractive rates, Baywater Resort is less than 5 minutes’ walk to the beach, opposite SALA Samui. A short drive or approximately thirty minutes’ walk from Choeng Mon is Outrigger – on a small, very quiet beach with just a few other hotels.

The best budget options on Choeng Mon Beach

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Honey Cottages
The view from Honey Cottages includes Koh Phangan and The Tongsai Bay (hidden into the hillside at the left)
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Where to stay in Chaweng?

Our top choice in Chaweng

Poppies ()

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Poppies, Koh Samui
Left: Poppies is on Chaweng’s quieter southern portion of beach. Right: Flying over Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach.

Poppies is small and sweet, with every chance that your favourite staff will know your name (and drink) by your second day. This boutique hotel ticks a number of boxes – it has gorgeous gardens, a gem of a pool, and sits on a quieter stretch of southern Chaweng Beach. Rooms are discrete little bungalows, giving you a great sense of “home”.

Poppies turns 24 years old in 2018 and for a little guy to remain #1 in Chaweng (according to TripAdvisor and many others) – with hundreds of competitors – they’re clearly doing ‘boutique’ justice. See for yourself! A romantic little spot that’s just as suitable for honeymooners and a family happy to entertain itself (no kids club but children are very welcome).

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Readers’ favourite hotels in Chaweng

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Casa De Mar
Casa de Mar is on the north end of Chaweng Beach, with an infinity pool, good breakfast and a small gym

Most romantic hotels in Chaweng/Chaweng Noi?

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
Chaweng Regent is the sister hotel of Melati Beach Resort & Spa

Chaweng with children

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Centara Grand Beach Resort
Centara Grand is an enormous resort property with endless choices for pools, dining and activities

#1. Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa ()
Stay here for: Dipping your toe near, not quite in, Samui’s action (+ sunrises).

#2. Centara Grand Beach Resort ()
Tons of facilities including an enormous pool and 9 restaurants

Private villas in Chaweng

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Villa Mia
Villa Mia is directly beach-front on Chaweng Beach [Photo source: Booking.com]

For a party in Chaweng

Ark Bar Beach Resort ()

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ark Bar is famous for its fire shows

Ark Bar offers a full schedule of daytime pool parties and nighttime fire shows, with on-site accommodation.

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The most unique pool in Chaweng

The Library (). Its pool is blood red.

The best views of Chaweng

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – The Jungle Club

The Jungle Club (, way up in the hills)

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Where to stay in Bophut?

Our top pick in Bophut

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Hansar Samui

Hansar Samui ()
Hansar’s location on Bophut beach and in immediate walking distance to Fisherman’s Village cannot be topped. Stay here for: Incredible food and an enormous, saltwater ocean-view pool. A romantic spot with lots to offer families.

Readers’ favourite hotels on Bophut Beach

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – The Waterfront Boutique Hotel

Bophut with children

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Anantara Bophut

#1. Bo Phut Resort & Spa ()
Stay here for: The best of all worlds location, with a private pool to boot.

#2. Anantara Bophut ()
Stay here for: A very walkable location and beautiful, beach-front pool.

Most romantic spot on Bophut?

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Zazen Boutique Resort

Zazen Boutique Resort ()
Stay here for: “Boutique bliss, with incredible food”

Private villas in Bophut

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Anantara Bophut

Best views in Bophut

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Mantra Samui Resort

Mantra Samui Resort ( )

Where to stay in Fisherman’s Village

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Where to stay in Fisherman’s Village

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Where to stay in Lamai?

Our top choice in Lamai

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – The Kala

The Kala ()
The Kala isn’t fussy, it’s not pretentious and it’s not walking distance to anything – except its own beach. Its location, on a winding hillside (plus steep steps within the resort), deters many. This is your gain: You, Happy Couple, won’t believe its view. Daily happy hours and a big pool provide every reason to stay put for your whole stay. How to get to its beach? (pictured, below) Two choices: hop into a kayak or stroll the garden boardwalk. Fantastic.

Readers’ favourite hotels in Lamai

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa

Where to stay on Lamai Beach? Lamai Beach is a long and relatively straight stretch of beach with hotels, resorts and bungalows for all tastes. If you like what you see, consider the options above.

Lamai’s most romantic spot (+ best views)

Sandalwood Luxury Villas ()
Stay here for: “A ‘do nothing’, total get-away vacation (hillside, with views, views, views)”

Lamai with children

Banyan Tree Samui (, on its own bay)
Stay here for: Fantastic service, a big (separate) kids’ pool and stand-up paddling.

Private villas in Lamai

Where to stay near Lamai Beach

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Where to stay near Lamai Beach

The Lamai area has lots of small coves and little bays – many of which feature prominently on Koh Samui travel brochures. It’s very pretty down this way! For higher end hotel choices, “near, not on” Lamai locations likely mean much quieter beaches than the main stretch of Lamai, shared with just your hotel or a few others. In other cases, it puts you cliff-top for incredible views. To stretch your budget, choose more basic digs in Lamai town and plan for just a short walk or scoot to the beach.

The best budget options in Lamai

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Where to stay in Bang Rak and Plai Laem?

Our top choice in Bang Rak

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Tango Luxe Beach Villa

Tango Luxe Beach Villa ()
Technically on Plai Laem Beach (just to the east of Bang Rak, with Big Buddha in between), our top choice in this area – for couples especially – is Tango Luxe. This fairly secret, perfect spot allows you to do all of the following, at once: lie in a hammock, drinking a mango daiquiri, eating bacon, watching planes land over Big Buddha … while the sun sets. It’s the mic drop of Koh Samui’s boutique hotels.

Readers’ favourite hotels in Bang Rak and Plai Laem

Most romantic spot in Bang Rak?

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – The Scent Hotel

The Scent Hotel (, boutique on the beach)

Private villas in Bang Rak

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Where to stay in Maenam?

Our top pick in Maenam

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Belmond Napasai

Belmond Napasai ()
Napasai is perfect for an ‘escape from the real world’ resort vacation. It offers villa accommodations, an enormous infinity pool (and pool-side pool table) and the chance to try everything from Muay Thai to lychee mojitos. Forgot a beach book? Paperbacks are tucked on driftwood shelves in the sand. Stay here for: “Nonstop relaxation with a bit of quirk, plus lots to do” … *see full details on staying at Napasai

Most romantic spots in Maenam?

Both resorts are adults-only and boast incredible reviews.

Readers’ favourite hotels on Maenam Beach

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Fair House Villas & Spa

Private villas in Maenam

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Belmond Napasai

Best views in Maenam

The best budget options in Maenam

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Where to stay in Bang Po?

Our top pick in Bang Po

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui ()
Widely considered the best hotel on Koh Samui, naming Four Seasons Resort as our top pick is truly stating the obvious. Time at Four Seasons Koh Samui is – officially – as good as life gets. But you don’t need telling that. Stay here for: The very best, of the best, of the best – staff, service, kiddie care.

Readers’ favourite hotels in Bang Po

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – MAI Samui Beach Resort & Spa

Private villas in Bang Po

Best views in Bang Po

Code ()

Best budget option in Bang Po

King Busch Reggae Beach ()
Old-style bamboo beach huts that don’t really exist on Koh Samui anymore. Very basic – very pretty spot!

Near-the-beach options in Bang Po

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Where to stay in Lipa Noi and Nathon?

Readers’ favourite hotels in Lipa Noi

Private villas in Lipa Noi

For a party in Lipa Noi

Nikki Beach Resort ()
Pool parties, DJs, brunches and dancing

Where to stay in Nathon

If you have an early ferry departure from Nathon, these hotels/hostels would be extremely convenient and allow a bit more sleep.

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Where to stay in Taling Ngam?

Our top pick in Taling Ngam

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Conrad Resort & Spa

Conrad Resort & Spa ()
Stay here for: Lazy days. Pull up the drawbridge for a private paradise break – with sunsets!

Taling Ngam is a large area of southwest Samui and the beach is divided in places by rocks, headlands and other topographical barriers. Taling Ngam faces west, so sunsets are the area’s biggest lure. As such, you’ll find the glitziest of branded resorts here.

Readers’ favourite hotels in Taling Ngam

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Am Samui Resort

Taling Ngam with children

InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort ()
Stay here for: Sunsets and near-total seclusion.

Private villas in Taling Ngam

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Conrad Koh Samui

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Where to stay on Samui’s south coast?

Aside from the small fishing village of Hua Thanon, the areas of Hua Thanon and Na Muang are more administrative regions than specific beach destinations. Consider them broad areas, with the small bays and beaches of Bang Kao and Laem Set within them (to add to the confusion, they’re also spelled Ban Kao and Leam Set).

Readers’ favourite hotels in the Laem Set area

Once off the few main roads, this part of Koh Samui gets very rural, very quickly. If you fancy life as a coconut farmer or a total castaway, this is your chance to try out total peace and quiet.

Private villas in Laem Set

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Shiva Samui

Koh Samui’s only all-inclusive resort

Where to Stay on Koh Samui? The Best Beach-by-Beach Samui Hotel Guide – Shiva Samui

Shiva Samui ()
Compared to Koh Samui’s other beaches, this is a very quiet part of the island – which has its pros and cons. If you’d like to set down and stay put, it’s a great choice. Minimal development means very few high-end resorts, though many private villas are tucked on quiet beaches. In the cheap and cheerful bracket, you’re encouraged to ditch your iPhone and time-travel to a simpler age….

More questions about where to stay on Koh Samui?

Variety is a wonderful thing, but we understand how stressful choosing where to stay can be! Find detailed beach information, plus accommodation advice (and 14 years of our best island expertise) in The Koh Samui Guide.

Private villas/apartments

Six-bedroom villas

Five-bedroom villas

Four-bedroom villas

Three-bedroom villas

Two-bedroom villas

A note about hotel star ratings. We’ve used the star-ratings supplied by the hotel to the booking site Agoda. Aside from ace-across-the-board five-star Samui resorts, double check what’s included in terms of 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-star services and amenities. In smaller resorts, you’re better off comparing location/age/size as well as photos, as star ratings tend to have less standardisation than in western tourist spots.

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Where to Stay in Koh Samui, in Thailand? Your total guide to Koh Samui beaches, hotels and villas plus the island's best beach-by-beach guide. Easily find your perfect Koh Samui hotel, villa resort or beach bungalow: Discover Koh Samui's best accommodation options and learn where to stay on every beach – at every budget. Click through to read more: https://www.kohsamuisunset.com/where-to-stay-koh-samui/ | #kohsamui #thailand #samui #travel