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Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most popular island resorts, which is why it is surprising that it manages to preserve its unspoilt, serene charm. Life on the island is spread around the coastline, with the busiest area surrounding Chaweng beach.
Chaweng is the tourist heart of Samui, where the island’s best nightlife, restaurants, and shopping are concentrated. Even so, you’ll find many quiet resorts here, with direct access to the powdery white sand beaches and peaceful, relaxing facilities. If parties and booze buckets are more your thing, there are also some top-notch party resorts that perfectly blend fun and comfort.
But if you are not looking to party hard every night then you widen your search to the full island. From stunning cliff slide pool villas in the south to the peaceful beaches on Koh Samui’s north edge so are so many options to explore. Samui’s gay-friendly luxury hotels are spread out across the island and you’ll find better value outside of Chaweng.
♥ Super-convenient Bophut beach location, a short drive from the airport and near local attractions like Fisherman’s Village and Big Buddha Temple
♥ Stunning architecture and design with lush tropical gardens
♥ Range of luxurious rooms and suites
If you’re looking for a relaxing island getaway on Koh Samui but don’t want to be too far from the action, Anantara Bophut has everything you want. The resort’s beautiful design, exceptional wellness facilities, and gorgeous gardens create a quiet sense of calm; meanwhile, a convenient location on trendy Bophut beach and easy access to the airport and the bustling Chaweng nightlife means you are never too far away from everything Samui has to offer.
♥ Incredible villas and paradise views
♥ A truly private pool villa
♥ That signature bath tub
♥ One of Koh Samui most luxurious resorts
Located on 25 forested acres of secluded hillside facing the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Thailand the Conrad Koh Samui comprises a stunning collection of 81 individual luxury villas, each with private pool and terrace, and a choice of one, two and three bedrooms. Each luxury villa enjoys full or partial ocean views with stunning sunsets.
Conrad Koh Samui offers an incredible choice of culinary delights that are designed to satisfy the most demanding of appetites. Each restaurant uses fresh, local organic produce and ingredients – including herbs, vegetables and spices cultivated in the hotel’s on-site kitchen garden. Your options range from a relaxing meal by the infinity pool at Azure Bar and Grill to traditional Thai cuisine at Zest and a choice of three tasting menus for your memorable culinary journey at the award-winning Jahn.
♥ Stunning beachfront villas in a variety of sizes
♥ Complete residences with full kitchens available
♥ Outstanding range of on-site activities
This impeccably designed beach resort has some of the most spectacular scenery on the island and some of the most beautiful luxury villas, all while feeling laid-back and unassuming. It’s a beautiful and laid-back place, but there is no real nightlife to speak of. Chaweng, the main nightlife area of the island, is about half an hour away by taxi.
The gay-friendly resort has direct beachfront access, where you can lounge on a Balinese bed directly overlooking the ocean. There are two restaurants and a bar, all with an upmarket yet unpretentious ambiance.
♥ Convenient location that still feels remote
♥ Accomodation options to suit all budgets
♥ Top-class facilities
The resort offers classic Thai elegance, with glossy wooden paneling contrasting with crisp white walls and linens. It sits among perfectly landscaped tropical gardens and facing west on the Gulf of Thailand, making for perfect sunsets from the private beach.
Renaissance Samui is located a short distance away from Lamai, but it feels isolated and peaceful. Here, you will find everything you need for an unforgettable Thai island stay, from indulgent spa treatments to pristine sand, stunning sunsets, and quality local food.
♥ Gorgeous private luxury villas
♥ Options for large groups of friends
♥ Exceptional hotel facilities with iconic W style
Perennial gay-favorite hotel chain W brings its usual blend of high-concept contemporary design and laid-back luxury in this resort along peaceful Mae Nam Beach. Mae Nam Beach sits on the northern end of Koh Samui, about a half-hour car ride from the nightlife hub of Chaweng. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to Chaweng at regular hours throughout the day.
W Hotels are known for their youthful, fun approach to design, and this is no exception. In the villas, you will find a more understated beachy style, but with unique custom furniture and quirky decorative touches to keep things interesting. For large groups of friends, the sprawling Seascape Escape villa houses up to 10 people and is filled to the brim with party-ready tech and features.
As well as every villa having its own pool, the hotel boasts a large resort pool with elevated sea views. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center, which includes classes like yoga and Muay Thai, and an equally state-of-the-art spa.
♥ Large rooms + gorgeous private luxury villas
♥ Options for large groups of friends
♥ Exceptional hotel facilities across the board
♥ Free boat transfer to nearby Koh Madsum
Avani+ Samui is a small, intimate resort located in a secluded corner of the island. With its relaxing blue and white decor and its unbeatable sunsets, this is the place to come if you want to unwind away from the neon and the buckets of booze.
♥ Wide range of room, suite, and villa options
♥ Heavenly oceanfront pool villas
♥ Excellent range of restaurants and bars
Seeming to rise out of the island jungle and directly facing the Gulf of Thailand, Silavadee reflects the spectacular natural beauty of Koh Samui. There is everything you need to completely unwind, but the Koh Samui nightlife in Lamai and Chaweng is just a taxi ride away.
♥ Impeccable contemporary design
♥ Multiple four-person villa styles
♥ Awesome infinity pool
♥ Healthy and tasty food
The X2 brand specialises in stunning modern hotels with impeccable design and unmatched locations, and this Samui hotel does not disappoint. The whole resort is supremely well laid-out, featuring a clean, minimalist aesthetic. The villas are especially worth checking out, and there are several different options for groups. If you don’t splash out on your own pool villa (pun intended), the gorgeous sea-facing infinity pool – the deepest on the whole island – will satisfy all your swimming and splashing needs. The hotel restaurant serves delicious and healthy food, and the spa is heavenly.
♥ Beachfront, Spacious, welcoming rooms
♥ Four fantastic swimming pools
♥ Stunning gardens and greenery
♥ Striking modern Thai design
This beautiful hotel is located on high-end Bo Phut, an area famed for its traditional Thai Fishermen’s Village and it’s luxury resorts. Bandara Resort stands out thanks to its gorgeous expanse of tropical greenery, as well as its unique contemporary Thai architecture. The rooms are super stylish, with a warm and relaxing palette and spacious, pleasant layouts – splash out on a pool villa if you can. There are four spectacular outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, a beautiful beachside restaurant, and a lovely spa with a range of wellness and beauty treatments.
♥ Stunning contemporary Thai design
♥ Luxurious outdoor bathrooms
♥ Full-sized outdoor daybeds in every room
♥ Outstanding facilities and activities
This resort takes a sleek contemporary approach to traditional Thai architecture, with an overall effect that feels fresh and authentically Thai. The rooms are spacious and indulgent, each with a full-sized outdoor daybed and an oversized bath, but the suites and villas are the main attraction. These beautifully designed residences include unique touches like outdoor bathrooms and private pools. All feature all-white decor for a fresh and relaxing ambiance. As well as the two beachfront pools and direct beach access, guests get complimentary access to yoga classes, kayaking, paddle boarding, a fully-equipped gym, and an outdoor cinema.
♥ Sumptuous private villas
♥ Beachfront, exclusive and intimate
♥ Breathtaking location and estate
♥ Incredible range of facilities & activities
The InterContinental Samui is an exceptional luxury resort, located on the secluded Western coast of the island. It is set across a sprawling estate that stretches from the green cliffs to the clear-blue ocean, surrounded by a vast coconut plantation. There are 7 swimming pools, 4 bars and restaurants, two tennis courts, a clifftop spa, and a vast array of activities to choose from, such as yoga, Thai Boxing, traditional spiritual ceremonies, and Thai classes. All of this is designed to serve a relatively small number of guests – there are only 79 rooms in the whole huge resort. These are of course impeccably decorated and appointed, with spacious layouts and private balconies – the private villas are outstanding.
♥ Gorgeously designed
♥ Relaxing literary theme
♥ Unique red swimming pool
♥ Incredible private pool villas
This spectacular resort is completely one-of-a-kind, with a carefully curated literary theme and an immersive, supremely relaxing atmosphere. Every space is impeccably designed with a minimalist, ultra-contemporary style, from the iconic red swimming pool to the sleek interiors in every room. There are only 46 studios and suites in all, all sparsely distributed among vast grounds. The studios are beautiful, spacious, and wonderfully appointed, but the pool villas take things to the next level. These feature incredible custom-made 11-feet-wide double beds, saltwater pools, stylish dining areas and, if you can swing the ultra-luxurious Writer suite, a private outdoor cinema. It goes without saying that the food and drink on-site is equally incredible, and bookworms will fall in love with the eponymous library, packed with over 1,400 books.
♥ Beautiful modern Sino-Thai design
♥ Incredible 6-person villa available
♥ Unique dining experiences
♥ Excellent range of activities and facilities
This luxurious resort is made up of a selection of elegant rooms and private villas, all with a contemporary take on traditional Sino-Thai design. Private pool rooms are available, and all the villas have their own pool. The 6-person Lawana Villa is an unbeatable luxury option for a large group of friends, with a sprawling layout and stunning sea views. The food is fantastic, and the treetop restaurant and bespoke romantic beach dinner are both unforgettable experiences. Activities on offer include yoga, Thai boxing, snorkelling, and cooking classes, and both the gym and the spa are first-rate.
♥ Commentary resort design
♥ Prime beachfront location
♥ Five-minute walk from downtown Samui
♥ Rooms come with huge bathtubs or private pools
If there is one thing that SALA excels at, its pool villa resorts. Minimal, commentary design with a luna theme with crip white tones throughout. Location wise, SALA Samui Chaweng sits on a prime beachfront location, quiet and peaceful but still only five-minutes walk to the nightlight and heart of downtown Chanweng. The complex is almost two separate resorts, the beachfront wing and the garden wing which are split on either side of Chanweng road. Each wing has distinctive vibes and has different breakfast locations, so be sure to pay attention to your room choice.
♥ Old-school colonial feel
♥ Quiet yet convenient location
♥ Beachfront & top-notch facilities
♥ Extensive selection of activities
Centara Grand Beach Resort is located on the quieter side of Chaweng, about a 20-minute walk or 10-minute drive to the main nightlife area. This allows you to stay close to the action, while still getting to wind down and relax. The resort is decorated in a traditional colonial style, ideal for people who like their luxury hotels more old-fashioned. A range of spacious rooms and suites is on offer, some with top-rate extras like private plunge pools and sea-facing balconies. Guests can enjoy direct beachfront access and a large central pool with a swim-up bar, as well as countless activities such as yoga (complimentary), tennis, kayaking, volleyball, Thai boxing, sailing, and more.