EDITOR’S INDEPENDENT REVIEW:Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa lies at the quiet west end of Samui's Bophut Beach. A small, elegant resort with fine design elements drawn from Thai and other inspirations, Zazen is the culmination of its Thai owner's passion. The 26 rooms and public buildings are built into lush tropical gardens and green lawns, with verandas enjoying either beach or garden views. There is a spa, two restaurants, beach bar, health club and fitness area plus massage in cool -salas- on the beach. The swimming pool is rather small, but beautifully enclosed with tropical foliage, where it offers a shallow pool for toddlers.

The outstanding feature of Zazen is undoubtedly the subtle manner in which design elements from traditional Asia, the colonial era and even old Europe have been blended into a cool, tropical melange that is distinctly its own. All buildings are eased into the surrounding tropical foliage, where elements of Balinese and Islamic traditions intermingle with those of old Siam and Europe to create a distinct version of the new Tropical Asian style.

The ocean view rooms on Zazen’s beachfront certainly enjoy the prime location, while another coterie of luxury bungalows surrounds an especially private garden hidden at the back. A waterway with a ‘waterfall gate’ runs between the two. Each location has its own advantages. As an alternative to air-conditioning, all rooms have insect screens, windows that open and fans, allowing those who wish to sleep with the natural breezes to do so in comfort.

The main Zazen Restaurant directly overlooks the beach, and has a casual, breezy ambience that provides relaxation through the heat of the day. Sun lounges and massage salas wait on the sand, while the wall between beach and resort – generally a negative attribute in a beachfront resort – has seen clever imagination infuse it with shady alcoves into which couples can retire for privacy or fun. What might be an ugly wall in an ordinary resort is transformed into colourful, fun feature at Zazen.

The evening surprise at Zazen is the elegant Le Salon de Ti restaurant. This white table cloth abode rides above the beach terrace, giving it elevated ocean views. The decor is decidedly chic, employing chandeliers, flowing curtains and Louis XVI style furniture to imbue a romantic, black-tie charm of the kind that is not often seen on Koh Samui.

The west end of Bophut Beach is relatively quiet, with the road far behind. The beach is quite pretty, if narrow. The sand runs down quite a steep angle into water that becomes relatively deep, giving it some of the best swimming conditions on Samui.

This especially creative little resort was named Thailand’s No 1 Beautiful Boutique Beachfront Resort in the 2015 Thailand Beachfront Awards.


Zazen Resort Boutique & Spa is located on the glorious white sands of Bophut Beach on Koh Samui’s northern coast, where tranquility shines.


sandy beach

beach surface

white sand, waterfront


natural, luxurious, romantic

swimming suitability

yes, always

recreation activities

thai cooking class, spa, tour of the island, private events, yoga

nearby attractions

golf, tennis, snorkling, karting, elephant trekking, quad trekking, shopping

environment friendly activities

gardens, swimming
star rating
price range
year built 2000
check-in / check-out 14:00/12:00
width of hotel at beach 80
total Nº of rooms 26
non-smoking rooms
Nº restaurants 1
Nº bars 1
Nº of swimming pools 1
spa & treatments
fitness center
satellite TV
internet access complimentary high speed wireless internet access
disabled friendly
beachfront gardens
airport transfers
24 hour security
24 hour room service

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Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa on Bophut Beach is one of Koh Samui's most attractive and creative boutique resorts. The video shows how it blends different structures and elements into lush tropical gardens. The beachfront of this cosy resort is especially attractive ΓÇô again the result of good design.
Zazen offers three styles of villas and bungalows; premium Garden Villas and Garden Deluxe Bungalows in a peaceful lush garden at the back of the resort, and Beachfront Deluxe Bungalows overlooking the beach.

Both beach-side and garden bungalows at Zazen display lively Mediterranean colours below red-tiles roofs surrounded by tropical green. All have modern amenities discreetly incorporated to create a traditional Thai-style ambiance.
The first extra bed for children : 2,000 Baht with breakfast and 2,500 Baht in peak season.

A second extra bed for kids in the Garden Villas: 1,300 Baht with breakfast, and 1,500 in peak season. Payable directly at the hotel.
balcony / terrace
writing desk
silk dressing gown
silk indoor slippers
outdoor flip-flops
digital weighing scale
in room parlor games
air conditioning and ceiling fans
television (viewing 30 channels) with DVD player
flat screen 32 '' LCD
International Direct Dial telephone
complimentary high speed wireless internet access
in room electronic safe
adaptor free international electric outlet
fully stocked mini bar and fridge
coffee and tea making facilities
in-room spa service
nightly turndown service
room service from 6.30am to 10pm
hair dryer
complimentary drinking water

Beachfront Deluxe Bungalows

45 m2

Tropical Private & Luxurious45 square meters of living space, an idyllic Located On the sands of Samui, exclusive Beachfront bungalows of Zazen Your lounge sits nestled in a front corner of the balcony, a playful alcove of cushions and comfort in which the young at heart love to laze, an ideal spot for an extra bed for the children. The Balinese open air bathrooms with beautiful wooden parquet floors are amazingly beautiful. Large mirrors and carefully designed lighting create the atmosphere of your choice, and especially selected amenities make this a room for pampering a pleasure. These rooms feature a wealth of modern amenities, TV, DVD player, wireless internet: your entertainment paradise.

Garden Deluxe Bungalows

50 m2

50 square meters of living space, an idyllic garden setting, Located just five meters from the beach and even closer to the pool, these homes represent a highly dreamed of and rarely found place in paradise, the perfect location for unrivalled holiday of endless pleasure. Your king sized, supportive mattress dominates as a regal centerpiece of a majestic room. The bathrooms are open-air, Balinese and magnificent. With healing spa rain showers and an abundance of amenities, the rooms are a breath of fresh air. These rooms feature a wealth of modern amenities, TV, DVD player, wireless internet: your entertainment paradise.

Garden Villas

65 m2

65 square meters of living Amid the greenery of beautifully lush gardens and the Garden Villas are the most luxurious, and spacious, rooms at Zazen. The wide open living rooms, easily accommodating as many as three adults and two children, are blessed with an array of cushions, the perfect escape in which to relax during the day, and recline in the evening enjoying a complementary DVD. These rooms feature a wealth of modern amenities, TV, DVD player, wireless internet: your entertainment paradise.


Zazen offers two distinct styles of dining; casual daytime meals by the beach in famous Zazen Restaurant, and elegant evening dining in the classy Le Salon de Ti.Both enjoy magnificent ocean views.
Zazen Restaurant Samui has earned wide-spread fame and a reputation as one of the best dinging places on Koh Samui for its superior menu, invigorating beachfront location, and dreamily romantic ambience.

Le Salon de Ti

This new venue welcomes you in an intimate space decorated with a perfect blend of new & old world. Louis XVI style furniture, chandeliers and breathtaking views over the bay of Bophut provide guests with an elegant yet relaxed home atmosphere.

Hours Open for Lunch, Open for Dinner

Zazen Restaurant

Zazen Restaurant Samui has earned wide spread fame and praise as one of the best restaurants on Koh Samui for its superior menu, invigorating beachfront location, and dreamily romantic ambience.

Hours Open for Breakfast, Open for Lunch, Open for Dinner

lounges and bars

Le Rouge Lounge bar is a relaxing area, with a beachfront terasse, comfortable couches to enjoy one of our Signature Cocktail between the dinner, or during the day.

Le Rouge Lounge

The Rouge Lounge invites guests for pre and post dinner drinks, wines with an extensive wine list numbering over one hundred wines, on display in a freshly created glass cellar and cocktails from a range including exclusive surprises and many specialties.

Hours Open for Dinner

Wine Cellar

The Wine Cellar of Zazen Restaurant is located underground at the entrance of the restaurant. The ceiling of the cellar is made of glass, so that guests can look into the cellar from above.

Hours Open for Lunch, Open for Dinner

services and facilities

Zazen is an intimate boutique resort hidden away at the end of Bophut Beach where it invites its guests to relax and rediscover themselves in a romantic, natural environment.

The resort provides free high speed internet connections in an internet lounge plus a business centre for other business-related needs.

Our beautiful, outdoor spa is ideal for relaxing and enjoying a wide range of body and beauty treatments. Relax in our beautiful pool or Jacuzzi in a lush tropical setting. Chill out in the library, express yourself in parlour games or unwind and read in one of our open lounges hidden in the gardens.

Zazen’s intimate ambience is ideal for romantic beach weddings, for which we are pleased to cater.

Airport transfer can be arrange depending on availability.
concierge desk
currency exchange
laundry / dry cleaning
room service
spa service
wedding services
banquet facilities
beauty services
luggage storage
baby-sitting/child care
fitness center
valet parking
wedding services
free parking
tour information
spa services
internet lounge
postal/parcel services
private beach
outdoor pool
beach service
airport shuttle
safety deposit boxes
gift shops/newstand
car park


177, Moo 1, Tambon Bophut 84320 Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand
email address
phone number
+66 (0) 77 425 085

locations and attractions

Bo Phut Beach


Nearby airports:Koh Samui Airport (USM). This airport is only 15 min away from the hotel.

Area description:
Set on the west side of Bophut Beach, Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, on the Northern coast of Koh Samui Island. Zazen stands amid lush gardens, facing its own palm-shaded beach.

6 km to the City Centre

distances & transport

distance to airport: 7.4 km

distance to nearest town: 1 km

distance to shopping centre: 1 km

car and bike rentals: Bycicles for free, car provided if reserved in advance and if availabilities.