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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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
Boasting cutting-edge facilities and exquisite decor, Vane Belle is located on the scenic island of Koh Samui, one of the Gulf of Siam gems. The island is known for its pristine beaches and parties, but it is large enough to offer much more. The hotel, ensconced in a lush green locale on the semi-private Chaweng Noi. Somewhat away from the main tourist area like Chaweng and is a perfect spot for a romantic getaway and communion with nature. But it is also a place to have fun and travel to parties on private transport or even throw your own bespoke nocturnal events and benefit from an authentic island experience.
For example, every month you can go on an LGBTQ party boat tour, which will take you between pristine Silver Beach and the paradisiaque yet much more crowded beach of Chaweng.
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.
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.