Like I said in my last Thailand post, Christina and I extended our stay on Koh Samui, by nearly two weeks! This gave us the opportunity to experience all different sides of the island, including plenty of Koh Samui hotels.
One of the most common questions I get about trips is: where do I stay? Well there is no easy answer to that because it really depends on what you’re looking for out of it and what your budget is. Will you be spending much time there or just to sleep? Are you more of a luxury type of person or no frills? Is it a romantic getaway/honeymoon or just a solo adventure? The questions and options are endless. I had the opportunity to experience 4 different types of accommodations on the island. So if you’re planning a trip to this sunny lil’ paradise you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get to four of the best Koh Samui hotels.
The W Koh Samui
This was the first place we stayed on the island, so there was a lot to live up to after this. The W is located right on the Gulf of Thailand, yep it has a beach! Just a quick 15 minute drive from the airport and 5 minutes to the very popular area known as Fisherman’s Village. This property is tranquil by day and livens up as the sun begins to set. Perfect for the younger crowd in my opinion. The property is huge and boasts 74 villas, but it honestly doesn’t feel like there are that many people there. I’d know firsthand because they were nearly at full capacity when I stayed!
The W had all of the key amenities I like to have when staying in a hotel: airport shuttle service, buggy service (because yes, the property is that big), full service spa, fitness center and pool. Plus, depending on the room type you opt for you’ll have a kitchen/kitchenette. Another great thing about The W is that they use Bliss products in all of the rooms. If I hadn’t planned on traveling for a month and was just staying in one place, I would have taken full advantage of this. Also, the snack bar game was on point mainly because they had plenty of gluten free options and dark chocolate. It’s the little things.
But one of the things I really loved about this property is that it actually gets a sunset! The best spot to watch it is down on the beach laying in one of the ocean front hammocks.
Right now, rooms range from $465USD a night to $4,992USD a night. I’d consider this a splurge accommodation for sure.
Six Senses Koh Samui
Words to describe this place: rustic, wild, tranquil. Six Senses properties are known across the world for being properties that are in tune with the nature that surrounds them. This holds true for Six Senses Koh Samui. Located on the northern tip of the island, it’s made up of 66 private villas landscaped within the natural vegetation that surrounds them- and that’s what I mean when I describe it as wild. Much of the property is open air, meaning the only walls to protect you from the elements are plastic shades. But don’t worry, the rooms are fully enclosed!
Rooms + Amenities
There are 5 different villa types on this property, the most basic being the Hideaway Villa, which is the villa I stayed in. Most basic meaning without a pool which is just a minor detail. Although there isn’t a pool, guests can enjoy a private deck complete with loungers which doubles as the perfect setting for alfresco dining. There is one bedroom with a sitting area and spacious bathroom. And a glorious bathtub with window that open to the wilderness. Oh, and the outdoor shower too!
Six Senses Koh Samui is known for having some of the best food on the island. They use the freshest herbs, vegetables, and organic greens from the resort’s own gardens. I personally loved the breakfast spread, complete with heaps of fresh juices, fruits, pastries and plenty of gluten free and dairy free options. Their most notable dining experience is the award winning, Dining on the Rocks. Just on the tip of the headland, providing 270 degree views of the surrounding islands. I had the opportunity to enjoy dinner here and it was the best dining experience I had on the island mostly because of the innovative food concepts and the way the dishes were presented. It’s as if the flavors matched the surroundings.
Right now, when booking a month out, room rates range from $403USD a night to $1,630USD a night.
Banyan Tree Koh Samui
First impressions are everything, they say. And Banyan Tree Samui left a lasting one. The day I arrived it was sunny and there was blue sky for miles. Walking into the lobby my eyes were glued to the turquoise waters below and the villas that looked like treehouses scattered on the hillside. This is the most luxurious property I stayed at while on the island. Hello Honeymoooners!
This luxury, all-pool villa resort, yes every villa has a pool, combines the best elements of the things that make a tropical getaway a memorable one. Pristine beaches, spa escapes, bespoke dining options, and local excursions and experiences are a few of the things you can expect when staying at Banyan Tree Samui.
Rooms + Amenities
From reading the above, you know that all of the villas have their own private pool. But wait, it gets better. Each villa is assigned a host. They’re there to help assist you with anything you might need during your stay. They provide you with a cell phone that you can do virtually anything from- ordering room service, making a spa appointment, calling a buggy (yes, another property that has buggy service because it’s that expansive), or request items you might have forgotten at home and SO much more! You’re always connected with your villa host no matter where you are on the property.
Also on the property is the spa, fitness and yoga center, the Rainforest (hydrotherapy), complimentary marine activities, the beach and pool, complimentary shuttle service, and a resort speedboat.
There are seven different options to choose from when dining on the Banyan Tree Samui property. Yep, SEVEN. Let me break it down for ya. Saffron is the signature authentic Thai restaurant- Christina and I dined here under the stars and the food was delicious. Next up is Sands, think beach BBQ experience serving Asian and Western dishes. The Edge is where you’ll enjoy breakfast with sweeping views of the Gulf of Thailand. Destination Dining is the perfect option for couples, you’ll dine on the beach completely secluded- such a bespoke experience. The Lobby Lounge is a great spot to grab and afternoon coffee or a snack. The Pool Bar is the spot for all day drinks, snacks and sunshine. Finally, in-villa dining- pretty self-explanatory and available 24/7.
When looking ahead to the end of October the villa prices range from $511USD a night to $4,718USD a night.
Vikasa Yoga Retreat
Vikasa Yoga Retreat is more than just another hotel with yoga. The experiences you have while staying here are transformative, inspiring and quite honestly, life changing. I should know, I stayed here for just under a week and it was one of the most transformative places I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. In fact, I credit Vikasa for getting me back into practice. The setting couldn’t be more perfect, perched on the cliffs overlooking the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand. It’s the perfect setting to return to your roots or maybe even make that life change you’ve always wanted to make.
Vikasa Yoga Academy
Vikasa is home to the Vikasa Yoga Academy which offers Yoga Teacher Training courses. If you aren’t quite there yet, you can book a yoga vacation- their signature offering filled with clean eats, transformative experiences, and of course- daily yoga. I also love the Healthy Day package option. This allows yogis that aren’t staying on the property to come and practice and enjoy all of the services Vikasa offers. You can spend the day practicing yoga, eating healthy food and enjoying the spa. The perfect girls day if you ask me.
Rooms + Amenities
Vikasa is not a luxury resort. Their rooms are modest and simple but have everything you need. If you’re looking for huge flat screen TVs, butler service, and fancy mini bars filled with alcohol and chocolate- you might want to look elsewhere (like above). While I love all of the above just as much as the next person, staying at Vikasa is more of a means to disconnect from the external world and reconnect with your internal self. It’s a yoga retreat with accommodations, not a hotel with some yoga classes. While I was visiting, most of the property was undergoing some renovations which is so exciting! I stayed in a superior beach bungalow. These rooms have the same features as the standard rooms but are much more spacious and have some of the best views on the property.
In addition to all things yoga there is also a pool, beach and spa on the property. AND in addition to that, there is the Life Café. Which honestly deserves an award. Oh wait, the chefs at Life Café are both award winning chefs- one even worked for a president in Africa and at the Ritz Paris. Life Café uses the freshest natural ingredients to come up with some of the most delicious recipes around. The focus is on food that is both delicious and healthy, and here you will not feel guilty about having dessert. Think vegan eats with gluten free options. Food that is truly fuel for the body.
Rooms at Vikasa Yoga Retreat range from $92USD a night to $211USD a night.
I hope this mini guide to Koh Samui hotels was helpful! Once you’ve got your accommodations sorted, don’t forget my other blog post on some of the can’t miss places on the island here. Now, if you could stay at any of the above properties- which would you choose!?