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Great family accommodation on Ko Samui

Great options kids will love

Great family accommodation on Ko Samui

When it comes to picking the right place for a family holiday on Ko Samui, it can be easy to get waylaid by the larger resorts with their wealth of facilities – and wallet-busting prices – but it need not be that way. Samui is no slouch when it comes to interesting, memorable and mid-priced options. Here are our top picks for family-friendly resorts and guesthouses on Ko Samui.

A few points should be kept in mind when looking for family accommodation on Samui. Watch out for extra bed charges, which can range from as little as 200 baht through to as much as 1,500 baht per night. Also keep an eye on mandatory Christmas and New Year gala dinners, a greedy practice popular with fancy hotels across the Thai islands. Children should be half price (or exempt), but you may want to try to avoid altogether. Also, be wary of booking a double room with an extra bed and hoping to sneak two kids in— some hotels will throw a hissy fit at this. If your kids are older, consider booking two adjoining rooms rather than one family room, as this can sometimes be cheaper.

All in a row at By Beach.

All in a row at By Beach. Photo: David Luekens

Bang Po Beach: By Beach Resort
Families on a budget will be well served at By Beach, a charming bungalow spot fronting a quiet stretch of eastern Bang Po Beach. An air-con family bungalow with two double beds and two single beds fetches just 2,600 baht in high season. Mattresses are laid out on the floor, making it feel like a big family sleepover. Over on Mae Nam Beach, Moonhut is a similar option with some family bungalows of its own.
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Poolside at Paradise.

Poolside at Paradise. Photo: David Luekens

Mae Nam Beach: Paradise Beach Resort
Operated by one of the friendliest and most helpful staffs that we came across on Samui, Paradise Beach has several spacious room options in the 2,000 to 6,000 baht range with extra beds costing 600 baht. Kids can explore the sprawling grounds before jumping in either of two huge swimming pools, while adults can enjoy a spa treatment or watersports. The location on eastern Mae Nam Beach is a bit isolated, but this is the kind of place that you’ll never really need to leave.
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Lodgings at Mae Nam Beach Resort.

Lodgings at Mae Nam Beach Resort. Photo: David Luekens

Mae Nam Beach: Mae Nam Resort
Family-run resorts are often the best options for families, and Mae Nam Resort drives this point home. Spacious beachfront bungalows go for just over 2,000 baht while a designated family bungalow offers excellent value at around 3,000 baht. Many of the staffers are life-long islanders who haven’t forgotten that Samui locals once had a reputation for being among the most hospitable in Thailand. There’s no pool, but the 250 metres of beachfront are ideal for building sandcastle cities.
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Plenty of space at Smile House.

Plenty of space at Smile House. Photo: David Luekens

Bophut Beach: Smile House
Perhaps no resort on Samui has been set up so pointedly for families as Smile House, a large resort with easy access to both Bophut Beach and the eating and shopping of Fisherman’s Village. A wide variety of classy and comfortable rooms in the 1,500 to 5,000 baht range are available for families of all sizes, with a couple of large swimming pools to keep the kids entertained.
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Pool views at Villa Tanamera.

Pool views at Villa Tanamera. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Bang Rak Beach: Villa Tanamera
Set towards the eastern end of Bang Rak proper, Villa Tanamera offers well-appointed, family-orientated suites in a lovely shady strip running down past the pool to the beach. With especially friendly staff, you'll feel more like you're staying at a friend's retreat than a modern hotel and we liked it here immediately. All the suites are two bedrooms, and they emphasise home-away-from-home living, with kitchenettes as well as a living area with soft furnishings and a dining area. The sala villas have a rooftop deck boasting views to Ko Pha Ngan, while the beachfront villas have a terrace leading down to the beach. From 3,100 baht.
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You won't forget Varinda Resort.

You won't forget Varinda Resort. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Lamai Beach: Varinda Resort
More than 30 years old, family-run Varinda Resort sits atop the hill at the southern end of Lamai Beach, offering impressive views across the entirety of Lamai and out to sea. We say views as there are many vantage points within the magical gardens of this rambling and eclectic property, be it from one of the swimming pool decks, a thoughtfully placed terrace hammock or a veranda table setting. Kids will love it, though it is a bit of a walk to the beach. Varinda will appeal to those looking for something a bit different, meaning if you're in the market for horizon pools and minimalist architecture, this isn't the place for you, but if you're after somewhere a little unusual, with an artistic tilt, and you're willing to pay a bit of a premium for it, then this could be what the doctor ordered. From 2,400 baht.
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Pool, then beach, then ocean. At Lamai Wanta.

Pool, then beach, then ocean. At Lamai Wanta. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Lamai Beach: Lamai Wanta
Overlooking an excellent stretch of beach, long-running Lamai Wanta remains one of our favourites for central Lamai, with smart hotel-style rooms towards the rear of the resort and excellent value family chalets scattered through the garden. Inside, each spacious chalet has two bedrooms, the master room with a double bed and the smaller room off to the side with twin beds. While the decor is minimal, this is a great deal for absolute beachfront in central Lamai. From 2,800 baht.
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Plenty of space to roam at Lipa Lodge,

Plenty of space to roam at Lipa Lodge, Photo: Stuart McDonald

Lipa Noi: Lipa Lodge
Set at the end of a trail at the northern end of Lipa Noi "village", Lipa Lodge is a large, absolute beachfront property boasting a lawn garden strung with lanterns and dotted with palm trees, plus a couple of right-by-the-sand salas, taking in terrific views down the full length of Lipa Noi beach. This hideaway is going to appeal to travellers looking for some peace and quiet and an atmosphere largely gone from much of Ko Samui. We especially liked the spacious grounds, and families with younger children will most likely feel right at home here. From 2,750 baht.
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Last updated on 4th October, 2016.

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