Ko Samui is so big, we've split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Samui as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don't know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Samui's different areas.
Choeng Mon Beach and its neighbour, Laem Samrong, host mostly upscale resorts with a few spots in the flashpacker range. Nearby Plai Laem and Thongson offer similarly priced digs with a more isolated feel.
Choeng Mon Beach is a rather pretty beach with a fair stretch at each end that isn't totally developed -- most of the resorts, from luxury digs to the cheapies run from the centre to the northern end of the bay. The quietest part of the beach remains at the far south-eastern end close to opposite Ko Farn Noi which sits just offshore.
Absolute Sanctuary is a serene Morocco-meets-Asia wellness retreat, suited to those with a little extra cash to spend who are looking to truly unwind by following one of their yoga, wellness, detox or fitness programmes. Detox is tough. The resort is positioned against a hill, overlooking Choeng Mon bay about a kilometre into Choeng Mon village itself and two kilometres in the other direction... Read our full review of Absolute Sanctuary .
Akaryn Samui on Ko Samui’s Choeng Mon Beach offers pool suites and villas that give you a lot for your dollar, pound or euro if you’ve got extra to spend and are looking for a modern, splurge-y place to stay. Located midway between Choeng Mon proper and Chaweng, the position is ideal for those wanting peace and quiet away from busy Chaweng, but close enough to enjoy the nightlife should you... Read our full review of Akaryn Samui.
Sala Samui, located towards the western end of Choeng Mon beach, offers contemporary luxury in the way of pool villas or spacious rooms in the main buildings. Four-poster beds with mosquito nets, oversized, cushion-filled day beds, huge sandstone bathtubs in spa-style bathrooms and mood lighting, all add up to give Sala a relaxed, romantic ambience. All facilities one would expect from a resort... Read our full review of Sala Samui.
Honey Cottages on Ko Samui’s Choeng Mon beach lies on an expansive garden-filled property shaded by large trees. The beach at the eastern end where the cottages are located has shallow waters, and at low tide, a short walk takes you to a small island not much more than a rocky outcrop called Ko Fan Noi. Those preferring deeper water for swimming can stroll about 100 metres along the beach for a... Read our full review of Samui Honey Cottages.
The White House is quite unusual in its architecture, with modern features such as aluminium sliding doors mixed with traditional Thai features. This aside, the resort has a lot to offer. The superior rooms are on the ground floor, and deluxe rooms on the upper level of small buildings hidden behind lush tall trees and creepers. Statues, sandstone carvings and huge vats of water plants decorate... Read our full review of White House Beach Resort.
Choeng Mon Beach Hotel consists of rooms in a four-storey building, as well as bungalows closer to the beach. The accommodation, although nondescript in style, is clean and spacious, and offers TV, air-con and WiFi in public areas. The best part of this hotel is its restaurant, located on the beachfront. Open from breakfast until dinner, the menu is vast containing both Thai and Western options,... Read our full review of Choeng Mon Beach Hotel.
PS Thana offers basic but comfortable accommodation on Choeng Mon beach. Rooms are either in the main building, or bungalows, set in the garden or on the beachfront. The restaurant is on the beachfront, and offers consistently good Thai and Western food; try the burgers. There is no swimming pool, but the resort is located on a good swimming section of Choeng Mon. Rooms offer WiFi, air-con, cable... Read our full review of PS Thana Resort.
The Imperial Boat House Beach Resort is by no means quaint or intimate. It consists of 210 rooms, in various categories, ranging from rooms in three-storey buildings, to old rice barges that have been converted into double-storey bungalow-type accommodation. The barges are more of a novelty than anything else, and for the price one would do better staying in one of the building rooms. Good deals... Read our full review of The Imperial Boat House.
Just to the north of Choeng Mon Beach are two small bays which are home to some of the most expensive resorts on Ko Samui.
With a breathtaking setting on the western headland overlooking Samrong Bay, Six Senses Samui (previously Sila Evason Hideaway) is certainly up to their five-star standards. The majority of the rooms have private pools -- more plunge poolish than swimming pools -- and all rooms are two-storey. Many have stunning positions, with the pools seemingly dropping off into the ocean while others are... Read our full review of Six Senses Samui.
Family-owned The Tongsai Bai opened in 1987 and is one of Samui's original luxury hideaways. The resort sits on 25 acres of spectacular land, with the accommodation ideally positioned on the hillside and along the beach to make the most of the views, while blending into the natural surroundings. Accommodation ranges from the much photographed beachfront suites, located in a building, to large... Read our full review of The Tongsai Bay.
Arayaburi is a fairly large resort, but bungalows are positioned in the well-established gardens to still offer a sense of space and privacy. The bungalows are a little dated in decor style, but they are spacious, and well equipped with facilities such as air-con, satellite TV, WiFi, minibar, safety boxes and tea- and coffee-making facilities. The resort is ideal for families, boasting two... Read our full review of Arayaburi Boutique Resort.
Idyllic Samui consists of 13 villas, each with three to four bedrooms, sleeping six to nine people. The villas are fully equipped, with kitchens, dining rooms and indoor and outdoor living areas, making them a true home-from-home experience, and ideal for families or groups of friends. The villas are designed in Balinese style, each with a central living area, and separate bedroom buildings. Each... Read our full review of Idyllic Samui.
Water is a distinct feature of this resort, with a cascading waterfall that drops into pools and winds its way through the villas and vast manicured gardens and down to the beach. The accommodation is in the form of rooms, suites and villas, some of which have private swimming pools. There are two large swimming pools on the grounds, one large Roman-bath style rectangular one, designated as... Read our full review of Melati Beach Resort.
Thongson Bay Bungalows is perched on the rocks overlooking Tongson Bay. Some with two bedrooms, and none have air-con, but fans are provided. The bungalows are simple, but more spacious than the average backpacker accommodation. The seafront units have been built around the rocks, and in some rooms, large boulders protrude from the walls. These seafront bungalows offer privacy, and have to be... Read our full review of Thongson Bay Bungalows.
Tango Luxe opened in September 2011 and consists of 15 luxury villas. All villas irrespective of grade have their own private swimming pool with Jacuzzi. This resort has a real wow factor, right from when you wander down the wooden walkway connecting the villas to the restaurant and the large seafront swimming pool with pool bar, ideal for sunset cocktails. Careful planning has gone into the... Read our full review of Tango Luxe Beach Villa.
Grandma's House is ideally located only about 200 metres from Samui's iconic Big Buddha. Owned and managed by the vibrant Khun Nui and her husband, these bungalows offer a home-from-home atmosphere, and are ideal for longer stays with a less touristy atmosphere. Both one- and two-bedroom bungalows are available, with the larger ones positioned by the water's edge, and you can expect spectacular... Read our full review of Grandma's House.