Top 10 small luxury beachfront resorts among 100+ on Koh Samui
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Koh Samui has some 270+ true beachfront hotels and resorts spread over more than a dozen beaches – and all are quite small by international standards. Despite Samui’s backpacker origins, today we find the great majority of these accommodations at the mid- or up-market end of the scale, with few budget rooms remaining.
Small luxury beach hotels? Well over 100 of the island’s total must now be classified ‘luxurious’. Selecting this top 10 list was thus very difficult, and many fine resort hotels have been left out. However, we have other categories that show off the better hotels for different reasons.
Another 10 outstanding, small beach resorts have been featured in the Top 10 Beautiful Boutique Resorts. We have avoided duplicating them here. Additionally, because there are simply so many excellent luxury resorts on the island, we have also featured larger luxury resorts in Samui’s Top 10 large luxury resorts.
The criteria used in selecting these resorts have gone well beyond identifying hotels with luxurious bedrooms – which all here indeed have, in varying degrees. Also taken into account is the time guests spend outside their rooms, both within the resort and on the beach or resort environs. Beautiful beachfronts where guests can relax in the sun or shade with a view of the ocean score well here. The quality of the beach has also been taken into account, though a few, like Nikki Beach Hotel, Tango Lux and The Sarann have overcome poor beaches with exceptional resort facilities and grounds. For some variety, The Kala has no beach at all, but its location on the side of a mountain overlooking the ocean is quite outstanding, as are the resort rooms and facilities.
Future visitors to Koh Samui who really value the beach, and want to swim, should be aware of the strange tides in the Gulf of Thailand, which produce a single high tide throughout the day between November and March, and a reverse, all-day low tide from May to September. Many of the beaches are too shallow for swimming at low tide, adversely affecting many beach-lovers.
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