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  • Writer's pictureEryn Gordon

8 Breathtaking Tropical Resorts in Koh Samui

Updated: Jun 1

View of the ocean from a temple on Koh Samui Thailand
Wat Phra Yai Temple on Koh Samui Thailand

Koh Samui is a tropical island and popular tourist destination located in the Gulf of Thailand. Since Thailand's reopening in 2022, Koh Samui has reemerged as one of the most visited places in the country, and offers a variety of activities and places to stay. It's home to several luxurious resorts that offer a perfect escape from bustling city life. If you're looking for Koh Samui hotels and resorts, here are 8 of the most beautiful places to stay.

Koh Samui Four Seasons Resort Hotel
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1. Koh Samui Conrad

Perched upon a secluded hill is the Koh Samui Conrad from the Hilton Hotel network. Noted for its remote location, the Conrad is best for travelers searching for a true getaway. Guests find themselves surrounded by lush jungle and panoramic ocean views with a list of activities like snorkeling the coral reef and sunset yacht rides. While some of Samui's busier town centers are a challenge to reach from here, the resort gives visitors one-on-one time with the island's natural side.

Koh Samui Conrad Resort Hotel
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2. Koh Samui Four Seasons Resort

The Four Seasons Resort features a world-class spa, a fitness center, and a range of dining options. Because it also offers some of the best Koh Samui villas fixed with private pools, lush gardens, and stunning ocean views, you might not leave your room.

3. Koh Samui Banyan Tree Hotel

Banyan Tree Samui overlooks the beautiful Lamai Bay with spacious villas and private infinity pools. The resort also features a world-class spa, a fitness center, and a range of dining options.

Koh Samui Belmond Napasai Resort
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4. Belmond Napasai

Belmond Napasai is a secluded resort located on the northern coast of Koh Samui. The resort offers luxurious villas and suites with private balconies, stunning ocean views, and lush gardens. The resort also features a spa, a fitness center, and a range of dining options.

5. InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort

The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort is a luxurious resort located on a secluded hillside overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. The resort offers spacious rooms and villas with stunning ocean views, private balconies, and vibrant gardens.

Vana Belle A Luxury Collection Resort Koh Samui
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6. Koh Samui Vana Belle

Vana Belle is located on a secluded beach along the eastern coast of Koh Samui. The resort offers luxurious suites with private plunge pools, and stunning ocean views. A short stroll from rooms to amenities will bring you through tropical, stone-lined gardens.

7. W Koh Samui

W Koh Samui is found on the northern coast where you have a clear vantage point of surrounding islands. Being on the tip-top coast of the island, you can also expect unobstructed water views. You can stay in the resort, or dive into the late night bar scene of Fisherman's Village, only about a ten-minute ride by motorbike.

Koh Samui Ritz Carlton Resort Hotel
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8. Koh Samui Ritz Carlton

The name Ritz Carlton is synonymous with luxury, so you know what you're getting into here. The Ritz on Koh Samui is no exception. The resort offers spacious villas that have private pools with stepping stones like the image above. Guests have nearby nightlife options in the bustling area of Bo Put, and Samui's golden Buddha in Wat Phra Yai.

Quarantining in a Koh Samui Resort

Thailand's COVID-19 regulations have changed since the country began accepting tourists again in 2022. It's important to check your local Thai Embassy on the most updated requirements.

At the time of this blog, visitors who have received two doses of the COVID vaccine don't need to quarantine. If you haven't received a vaccination, you may still need to quarantine at an SHA certified hotel while you await COVID test results.

What is SHA for Thai Hotels?

SHA and SHA+ are accretions given to certain hotels through the Tourism Authority of Thailand. These ratings are given for the hotel's ability to host visitors during their quarantine upon arrival to Thailand. If you're looking for where to stay in Koh Samui, luckily many of the resorts are SHA and SHA+ certified.

Koh Samui is home to several luxurious resorts that offer a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are plenty of places to stay in Koh Samui, whether you're looking for a secluded hillside retreat or a luxurious beachfront escape. Koh Samui's best resorts are ideal for visitors who wish to have sumptuous accommodations with a combination of nearby nightlife and outdoorsy activities.

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