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Renowned island

Koh Samui is an island in Thailand that’s renowned for its rocky mountainous interiors speckled with hidden waterfalls and long stretches of white-sand beaches fringed by turquoise waters. Aside from its picturesque exterior, the island is also imbued with modern luxuries in the form of beachside resorts, secluded villas, cosy bungalows and private hillside mansions. If you’d prefer to see the full range of accommodation options, you can learn more about where to stay in Koh Samui using our comparison service, this page focusses purely on 5-star accommodation.

Luxury hotel pool in Koh Samui

Luxury hotels in Koh Samui

Koh Samui luxury hotels will offer guests a unique blend of features to complement their stays, including, but not limited to; outdoor gardens, balls courts, billiard rooms, Jacuzzis, Turkish steam baths, outdoor pools, poolside bars, saunas, spas, and fitness and wellness centres.

Most Koh Samui 5-star hotels also present scenic seaside or hillside views depending on your choice of getaway. Hotel rooms will be expansive, embellished by a modern décor, en suites, private bathrooms and sometimes private balconies.

Standard services include a buffet breakfast bar, concierge and babysitting options, a tour desk and a selection of bespoke services tailored to you.

Culture and significance

Koh Samui was a relatively unknown coastal castaway until the 1980s when travellers and developers began spreading the word on the encapsulating beauty of this unspoilt corner of Thailand.

Now, the island has its own international airport, ferry network and is a centre of cultural significance. Koh Samui is home to the iconic 12-metre high golden Big Buddha of the Wat Phra Yai temple that sits atop a colourful stairwell and a few remarkable Buddhist temples like the Wat Khunaram where a mummified monk is on display.

Koh Samui big buddha

Bophut Fisherman’s Village

Bophut Fisherman’s Village

If you’re looking for a ‘taste of Thailand’ you’ll find it at Bophut Fisherman’s Village which offers a huge selection of dining options, from food stands serving Thai delicacies like banana pancakes and tempura seafood to high-end haunts dishing out haute-cuisine.

Five luxurious experiences in Koh Samui outside your hotel

 

1. Take a boat tour around the Ang Thong National Marine Park

The pristine 42-island archipelago, in the Gulf of Thailand, is a haven of unspoilt white-sand beaches, lakes, mangroves, waterfalls, hidden coves and cliffs. The marine reserve is also a popular spot for diving and snorkelling.

2. Watch the sunset in style

Koh Samui is renowned for its stylish sunset bars. What better way to enjoy a signature sundowner and fine dining than on an outdoor deck with a swimming pool, open bar, ambient music and a tropical breeze, as you watch the sun set over the horizon. The Air Bar and Woobar are top ticks for tourist looking for the most luxurious experience.

3. Get pampered at an exclusive spa

Destress, decompress and revitalise at one of Koh Samui’s luxurious spas which offer massage, beauty and grooming treatments, including Thai and aromatherapy massages, deep cleansing, natural body scrubs and facials. Your hotel may offer similar treatments from the in-house spa or wellness centre.

4. Visit the Secret Buddha Garden

This mystical world of landscaped gardens, miniature waterfalls and clusters of statues depicting scenarios and deities of Buddhist mythology, is hidden in the hills of Koh Samui but well worth the trek. Go as part of a tour and let an expert guide take you around the gardens and explain the significance of each statue formation.

5. Visit the Wat Plai Laem

This modern Buddhist temple doesn’t have ancient roots, but is a stunning example of traditional Thai-Chinese architecture, featuring mystical statues and shrines, like the giant 18-armed Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Wat Plai Laem is surrounded by a lake teeming with fish which you can feed after donating to the temple. The Big Buddha temple and Wat Phra Yai are also close by.

Koh Samui waterfall

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