A guide to the best boutique resorts on Samui

By Dave Rudd

Boutique is the key word on this island

Boutique is the key word on this island

Tens of thousands of rooms are available in Koh Samui, including a growing number of upmarket boutique resorts near all beaches. These exclusive ‘boutique’ resorts are generally situated on landscaped, manicured grounds overlooking the beach and feature pool villas, every conceivable amenity and superb service.

The best boutique resorts on Samui can be found on the east coast of the island around the beaches of Chaweng, Lamai and the Northern beach of Bophut.

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The Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort is one of the most popular boutique resorts on Samui with its central Lamai location, luxurious bungalow-style rooms and chic public spaces. A courtyard area with jacuzzi, as well as spa and dining pavilion, are right on the beach.

In the 10,000 to 20,000 baht range a night range, Buriraya Resort and Spa is also near Lamai beach; a fairly new resort set within hills overlooking the coast. Chic rooms can be had in the large block, while larger villas lie amid lush gardens, each with private jacuzzi and pool. The communal pool and spa are also exquisite and the views are breathtaking.

Coral Bay Resort is situated away from the noise in north Chaweng and features lavishly-decorated hillside bungalows. The focus here is on peace and serenity, with TV-less rooms and spacious grounds with hidden seating. The pool overlooks the coral beach below and a spa, Jacuzzi, sauna, kids’ club, library and video lounge are just some of the facilities of this quality boutique resort.

Coral Bay has a wonderful position on Chaweng

Coral Bay has a wonderful position on Chaweng

The Imperial Boat House Hotel is a unique, more moderately-priced Samui boutique resort featuring 34 authentic teak, dry-docked, free-standing rice barges as suites. There are also less-expensive rooms on-site in three-storey buildings, and a boat-shaped swimming pool finishes off the look. Facilities include two pools and restaurants, a spa, fitness centre, jacuzzi, sauna and great room service.

Also on Choeng Mon, the Samui Peninsula Spa & Resort offers private suites and luxury pool villas with amazing views. Although a fair walk to the beach, the resort and facilities are fantastic with Thai classical style rooms, a central pool with scenic views and superb dining.

Arayabu Boutique Resort is located in the north of Samui on Samrong Bay, ‘Secret Beach’. Arayabu is perfect for getting away from it all with comfortable, private terraced villas in gorgeous surroundings.

The high season in Koh Samui follows the rest of Thailand with November to April being the busiest time. Rooms are more expensive and harder to come by at this time of year, particularly so during Christmas and New Year, which is the peak season and when supplements are common. The low season, or ‘green season’, is between May and October, when the rains are prevalent. Prices during this time at many of the boutique resorts on Samui can be as low as half the high season price. Whatever season you decide to visit in, booking ahead is strongly recommended.

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