Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Central Chaweng Beach is Samui's busiest patch of sand, home to mostly midrange resorts that put you close to the nightlife. Chaweng's southern side is popular with Aussies and includes the long-running Poppies, though the budget options are rather dismal here. South of that stretches Chaweng Noi with its stylish (and pricey) resorts. Quieter Northern Chaweng is home to some elegant beach resorts mainly drawing families and couples.
At this end of Chaweng Beach, the water gets a bit rougher and the sand is far grainier -- Australians will feel right at home. The range of hotels and guesthouses are mixed, ranging from a stack of cookie cutter hotels aimed squarely at mid-range, fly-in tourists, to a few lovely top-range choices. For budget travellers, this area of the beach is quite limited, as the rustic stuff is very rustic indeed.
Traditional Thai cottages plus fine dining28/1, Moo 3 Chaweng
T: (077) 422 419; F: (077) 422 420
Poppies has been a firm Samui favourite since it opened in 1994, both for its accommodation and its fine-dining restaurant. The restaurant offers both Thai and European fare, and a full vegetarian ... Read the full review of Poppies.
This is where all the action is. Central Chaweng Beach is often very crowded, as the sand is at its finest and the waters most sparkling in this area. A wide range of guesthouses and hotels are offered, from the budget and mid-range through to top-end, break-your-budget digs. Note that the vast majority of hotels here are affected by noise from the clubs, bars and regular beach parties. Light sleepers will definitely need earplugs, particularly at the cheaper off-the-beach spots.
Traditional charm with modern comforts11/2, Moo 2 Chaweng
T: (077) 230 222; F: (077) 231 838
Buri Rasa offers an element of tranquility and sophistication amid an otherwise chaotic Chaweng. Ochre-coloured villas with aged wooden carved doors are set in tropical gardens, with dedicated quiet ... Read the full review of Buri Rasa Village.
Modern style with quirky art pieces88/8, Moo 3 Chaweng (50m past Poppies, before Samui Reshotel)
T: (077) 413 888; F: (077) 332 288
Everything about Kirikayan's decor is bold and dramatic, from the blood red patios with glass and silver chandeliers, to the black glass headboards, statues and art pieces set in the garden. The ... Read the full review of Kirikayan Boutique Resort.
Comfort and value with Architectural appeal37/97, Moo 3 Chaweng
T: (077) 915 657; F: (077) 915 697
Previously the Tana Boutique Hotel, the Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana is located on the main Chaweng road, set back from the beach by about 100 metres. The hotel houses two eateries, Fuji Japanese ... Read the full review of Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana .
Cool and calming under the trees162/8, Moo 2 Chaweng
T: (077) 231 168; F: (077) 422 265
Chaweng Garden Beach Resort offers two styles of accommodation, standard and superior rooms set in a building, and bungalow and villa-style rooms set in a garden under tall shady trees. All rooms ... Read the full review of Chaweng Garden Beach Resort.
Budget accommodation with character30/3, Moo 3 Chaweng (Opposite Grand Centara Resort, three quarters of the way down the one way road.)
T: (077) 413 420;
The Loft Samui is an excellent choice for the budget traveller. Rooms are clean, serviced daily and spacious considering the price. All rooms have hot showers, and can be either air-con or ... Read the full review of The Loft Samui.
Good value by Chaweng standards162/21 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach
T: (077) 230 751; F: (077) 230 942
By Chaweng standards, The Island Resort and Spa is reasonably priced. Their bungalows closer to the beach are more attractive, painted in white and pastel hues, with small patios and thatched roofs ... Read the full review of The Island.
Popular with the party animals159/89 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach
T: (077) 961 333; F: (077) 961 334
The Ark Bar is known as one of Samui's most happening party spots. At night resident DJs get the crowd going, and tourists and locals puff on hubbly bubblies and sip cocktails on sun loungers ... Read the full review of Ark Bar Beach Hotel.600B to 1,500B 2 votes Flashpacker
A taste of the Mediterranean14/7, Moo 2 Chaweng (halfway down the one way, next to Tropical Murphy's Irish Pub)
T: (077) 230 965; F: (077) 422 412
Baan Samui was designed with a distinctive Mediterranean feel in mind, with stucco walls, arches, iron balustrades and chandeliers. It was originally painted in earthy tones, with splashes of colour, ... Read the full review of Baan Samui Resort.
Budget contemporary rooms46/9, Moo 3, Soi Colibri, Chaweng
T: (077) 413 148; F: (077) 413 148
The three-storey Queen Boutique Place opened in 2011, and offers 15 rooms with standard, superior and deluxe options, furnished in a contemporary Asian style. The beach is a 300-metre walk away and ... Read the full review of Queen Boutique Place.
Cheap but clean, hotel style168/7, Moo 2 Chaweng (opposite Chaweng Garden Beach Resort, in a shopping mall complex)
T: (077) 914 100; F: (077) 914 110
Stay at Xin City, and you could be anywhere in the world. There is nothing that gives you the feeling of being in Thailand, until you step out of the building into the heart of Chaweng's party ... Read the full review of Xin City Samui.
Clean, cheap but lacking in atmosphere17/4, Moo 3 Chaweng (opposite Chaweng Cove Resotel)
T: (077) 422 703; F: (077) 422 705
Chaweng Budget Hotel lacks character and appeal. On a positive note, guests may use all the facilities of their sister establishment, the Chaweng Cove Resotel across the road, making it a good option ... Read the full review of Chaweng Budget Hotel.
Budget digs Chaweng style159/86 Moo 2, Chaweng (next to the Island Resort Resort and Spa)
T: (077) 230 761; F: (077) 230 763
Al's Huts are literally that: small whitewashed bungalows with rustic thatched roofs. This long-time favourite of budget travellers to Chaweng is set under tall trees and its bungalows are simply ... Read the full review of Al's Hut.1,500B to 4,000B 2 votes Midrange
Some of Chaweng's top hotels are dotted from the northern tip of the beach down to around O.P. Bungalow opposite Ko Matlang, a stretch of fine sand that's not too noisy at night, though the beach is sheltered by an offshore reef and is very shallow and prone to mudflats at low tide. It's a great spot for families, but a poor choice if you plan to do a lot of swimming.
Japanese elegance with simple comfort99/9, Moo 2 Chaweng
T: (077) 915 100; F: (077) 915 111
Akyra opened in mid 2011, and is the epitome of Japanese style. Soft grays and neutral tones, linen, simple artwork, screens, wood and screed floors, bamboo and slanted roofs all add to the Zen feel. ... Read the full review of The Akyra.
T: (077) 247 982;
Banyan House is one of the few bed and breakfast establishments on Ko Samui, where most accommodation is in the form of resorts, bungalows or apartments. The giant coffee cup outside invites you to ... Read the full review of Banyan House bed & breakfast.
Elegant rooms in a peaceful garden setting154, Moo 2 Chaweng
T: (077) 231 500; F: (077) 231 520
Baan Haad Ngam is located in the northern end of Chaweng and offers three types of accommodation. The well-priced superior rooms are set into the main building, and the deluxe villas are positioned ... Read the full review of Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort.
Simple bungalows, good value111 Moo 2 Chaweng
T: (077) 422 424; F: (077) 422 425
O.P. Bungalow is located towards the northern end of Chaweng beach. The 30 simple bungalows have small verandahs, and are set in well-maintained gardens. The rooms lack style, but are clean and ... Read the full review of O.P. Bungalow.
Chaweng Noi (little Chaweng) is a small beach just to the south of Chaweng proper. Home primarily to mid-range and above resorts, it's still worth visiting on a day trip, particularly if you're staying on nearby Chaweng, as the beach is mostly uncrowded and shaded and there is good swimming. The road is a long way back from the beach, so there's little traffic noise. As the resorts take up all the property, however, the only eating choices are at hotels.
Picturesque, eclectic210/8, Moo 3 Chaweng Noi
T: (077) 422 671; F: (077) 422 672
The Kala is perched on top of giant granite boulders overlooking the ocean, on a picturesque section of coastline between Chaweng Noi and Coral Cove (a small bay just before Lamai proper). The ... Read the full review of The Kala.
OutstandingOpposite Imperial Samui Hotel, Chaweng Noi Beach
T: (081) 894 2327;
At the top of one of Samui's most appalling dirt roads, the Jungle Club is a superb find. With arguably the finest views on the entire island, and a horizon pool straight out of Vogue, once you ... Read the full review of Jungle Club.600B to 1,500B 5 votes Flashpacker
Stylish accommodation on a perfect beach84/1, Moo 3 Chaweng Noi
T: (077) 422 407; F: (077) 422 325
New Star Beach Resort offers several types of accommodation. The Palm rooms are relatively good value for money, whereas the beachfront and pool villas are overpriced compared to similar beachfront ... Read the full review of New Star Beach Resort.
Rolling lawns lead to a perfect beach124/2, Moo 3 Chaweng Noi
T: (077) 422 255; F: (077) 422 373
Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel is the sister establishment to Fair House Villas & Spa in Mae Nam. The resort is set on a vast estate, with coconut groves, rolling lawns, hills, established gardens ... Read the full review of Fair House Beach Resort.
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