Discover the gateway to Thailand’s most popular island archipelago staying in Koh Samui Resorts selected by Secret Retreats and enjoy some of the best places to stay in Surat Thani. The southern Surat Thani province fringes the Gulf of Thailand and is your entry point to the stunning island destination of Koh Samui along with its smaller, but no less tantalising cousins, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao. And what better way to enjoy this beautiful region of Thailand than from the comfort of your Koh Samui boutique hotel.
Nestled in the Gulf of Thailand and once a haven for fishermen, Koh Samui is Thailand’s third-largest island. Nature abounds on what’s known as the “Coconut Island” thanks to the island’s rich interior of dense coconut plantations. Here, life is laden with white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, lush green vegetation, warm and friendly people, and myriad tropical attractions and activities to fill your holiday. Let the Secret Retreats Concierge help you choose from the many Koh Samui hotels and resorts to ensure the Koh Samui boutique hotel you select is the best place to stay in Koh Samui for your holiday.

Year after year, Koh Samui remains one of Thailand’s top tourist destinations, drawing in travellers from across the globe to its award-winning beaches, amenities and picture-perfect views. An excellent spot for the first-time traveller, this well-developed island offers world-class amenities and ease of navigation, but it’s the island’s many cultural and natural offerings also tempt the more seasoned traveller to explore even more.

Hotels in Koh Samui:

Aava Resort & Spa
Khanom Beach - By the Sea

Aava Resort & Spa

Sea Dance Resort
Bophut - By the Sea

Sea Dance Resort

Villa Ayundra

Villa Ayundra
Nathon Beach - By the Sea


Plan your dream holiday at a Surat Thani Resort

While you will surely wish to spend much of your time at your stunning Koh Samui beach resort, there are numerous attractions to explore across the Surat Thani region, which includes the island of Koh Samui. Visitors don’t want to miss seeing the revered 15-metre-tall Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai), the strangely suggestive formations known as Grandfather and Grandmother Rock (Hin Ta and Hin Yai), the sacred mummified monk at Khunaram Temple (Wat Khunaram), or stroll along the shops and boutiques of the multicultural fisherman’s village known as Bo Phut. The Khao Hua Jook Pagoda Temple Viewpoint provides the opportunity to soak in Chaweng Beach’s wonderful vistas while all around the island you’ll find long strips of white sand to spend the day in the sun on. Other fun-filled activities range from exhilarating elephant treks, golf and horseback riding on the beach, to jungle excursions in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or on a cable car, to mountain bike riding, hiking and countless water activities. Of course, throughout it all you’ll find incredible Koh Samui beachfront resorts, luxury hotels and more from which to base your stay.

World-renowned for diving and snorkelling, the smaller isles of Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan in Surat Thani province are also not to be missed. So much to explore from your Surat Thani resort, the area is home to 42 limestone islands containing secluded beaches, coral reefs, and forests filled with a wide array of flora, fauna and caves, the area’s lauded Angthong National Marine Park is highly recommended. Meanwhile, north of Samui and Surat Thani’s mainland, the island of Koh Pha Ngan plays host to more than just its infamous Full Moon parties. This idyllic destination is a popular hotspot for travellers desiring to dive deep into their yoga practice, wellbeing and spirituality.

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The Best Place to Stay in Surat Thani

Travellers escaping to the tropical islands off Thailand’s gulf coast will almost inevitably pass through Surat Thani. While many skip this port town in favour of being immediately whisked off to the islands, the scenic coast here has much to offer and Surat Thani beach hotels offer the same pristine beaches and shady palms whilst often being less crowded and more budget-friendly.

Enjoy the Best Hotels in Surat Thani Mainland

To get a more authentic taste of Thailand and escape from the norm, skip the ferry and stay on the mainland at one of the best hotels in Surat Thani. This southern Thai province offers a chance to experience life in Thailand as the locals do and you can enjoy the Chinese-influenced culture and cuisine of this port town.

Blending the best of Thai heritage and modern-Finnish design, stay in a private bungalow at an exclusive Surat Thani beach resort offering the ultimate spa escape. Here you can enjoy privacy and tranquillity as you rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit surrounded by the blissful beauty of tropical Thailand.

Explore “Coconut Island” and Stay at the Best Koh Samui Hotels

The luxury hotels of Koh Samui are in and of themselves, must-see destinations, but travellers to this area have an infinite variety of stays to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a quiet and exclusive beachfront Koh Samui boutique resort where you can laze the day away or you’d prefer a luxury hotel on Koh Samui that’s close to the action, nightlife and dining the island is known for, the best boutique hotels on Koh Samui cater specifically to your desires.

Discover an intimate boutique resort, one of the best resorts in Koh Samui for honeymooners where you can enjoy a private bungalow and pool overlooking scenic Hanuman Bay. Alternatively, you might also be tempted by a modern minimalist retreat on the south side of the island ideal for larger groups. This Koh Samui family resort caters to your every whim, be it private dinners, an onsite spa day or the most lavish party of your dreams. For an even more intimate and entirely exclusive option, on a secluded beachfront on the north side of this dreamy island, you’ll find a luxury private villa with an infinity pool that drops into the clear turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

Begin Planning Your Samui Surat Thani Journey by Booking a Koh Samui Boutique Hotel and Resort with Secret Retreats

At this popular destination, the options for accommodation are endless and can be overwhelming. Why stress about your dream holiday? Secret Retreats has the insider info to help you choose the best resort to stay in Koh Samui and other Surat Thani destinations. We’ll also help you to book the best experiences and add-ons to make your stay at your dream boutique hotel on Koh Samui truly memorable. Your dream Surat Thani and Koh Samui luxury holiday is just a click or a phone call away.
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