By Siree Yaviraj
Jun 23, 2020
Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort
Thai-style rooms and pool villas nestle in tropical gardens that cascade down to a quiet stretch of Chaweng Beach, within close reach of everything, yet in a world of their own.
anantara.com; doubles from Bt4,804.
This resort in southwest Samui puts you in a peaceful nook of the island where its pre-tourism fishing-village ways of life prevail. Isolate in a beachfront private pool villa and drop off the radar for a while.
avani.com; doubles from Bt2,762.
Banyan Tree Samui
Turtle hatchlings aren’t the only amazing things at this resort, though sustainability is a top priority. Villas perch high above the waterline, giving you your own private pool with far-reaching Gulf views.
banyantree.com; doubles from Bt16,411.
This SLH property is one of the island’s most exclusive stays. On its own two mini islands off Choeng Mon Beach, it’s hard to beat for privacy and pampering. Add in airy ocean-facing pool villas and a David Thompson restaurant and you have something pretty close to heaven.
capefahnhotel.com; doubles from Bt12,200.
Conrad Koh Samui
Crowd avoidance comes easily at this sprawling resort at the bottom of Samui. Scattered in 10 hectares of remote hillside, villas start from 130 square meters, with huge infinity pools and all the modcons.
conradhotels3.hilton.com; doubles from Bt16,500.
Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
This top-end all-villa resort snuggles the prime northwest corner of the island, bestowing showstopping views at all times. Hop from the seaward muay Thai ring to the forested spa; on the private beach, the rare-bottle rum vault helps fuel the all-day lounge.
fourseasons.com; doubles from Bt22,500.
This jungle-framed resort on southwest Taling Ngam Beach excels at family stays with Planet Trekker kids’ club and lots of perks for little ones. Take off from its private pier for tours of the National Marine Park and Five Islands tours.
ihg.com; doubles from Bt4,700.
Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa
On a headland to the north of upmarket Lamai Beach, Renaissance Koh Samui sequesters you away in spacious rooms with terrace Jacuzzis and villas with private pools. There’s a long stretch of beach here with shallows that are perfect for tots.
marriott.com; doubles from Bt8,800.
Private villas dot lush gardens abutting the pristine sands of Mae Nam Beach. When you’re done idling by the pool or the bay, perfect your swing at Santiburi Golf Course.
santiburisamui.com; doubles from Bt8,954.
Located on the tip of a promontory on the eastern edge of the island, this pool-villa resort boasts some of the best views on Samui. Stay in an oceanfront villa for 180-degree water views.
silavadeeresort.com; doubles from Bt5,000.
One of the most photogenic— and photographed—resorts on the island, W Samui is a perennially popular spot for cocktails with its iconic sunken lounges. Its 74 private pool villas aren’t bad, either, each with their own quirky W style.
marriott.com; doubles from Bt14,800.
The Centara Reserve brand will debut at the end of 2020 in a complete refurbishment of the old Centara Grand on Chaweng Beach. Expect an elegant new look across its 184 luxury rooms, pool suites and beachfront pool villas, with a generous helping of Thai hospitality in the form of the brand’s “Reserve Hosts,” which provide butler service to all suites and villas. centarahotelsresorts.com
The Hyatt Regency
The first Hyatt hotel to arrive on Samui is scheduled to open in December 2020. Its 140 rooms, suites, plunge-pool rooms and pool villas will claim a quiet crescent of sand on the northeast coast of Bophut district in a tranquil three-hectare plot. Fancy a dip? The resort will have not one, but four pools plus a waterfall. hyatt.com