Famed for its stunning palm-fringed beaches and crystal-clear waters, Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations. Its tourist scene is highly developed and therefore features The Gulf of Thailand’s most impressive and majestic accommodation options. From vibrant open-air boutiques to eclectic five-star resorts, here are the best cool and unique hotels in Koh Samui, Thailand…
SocialTel Samui-Party Hotel
Nestled in the vibrant heart of Koh Samui, SocialTel Samui emerges as a beacon of modernity and social vibrancy. This hotel is a paradise for those seeking a lively, yet comfortable retreat. With its chic design and contemporary amenities, it offers an inviting atmosphere that blends seamlessly with the island’s tropical charm.
The rooms, though compact, are smartly furnished, providing a cozy haven after a day of adventure. SocialTel’s standout feature is its dynamic social scene, highlighted by an inviting pool area and an eclectic bar, making it a hub for travelers to connect and unwind.
Ideal for young and sociable travelers, SocialTel Samui is a gem that captures the essence of Koh Samui’s spirited lifestyle.
The hybrid Bar/caption even makes the check-in experience a memorable one! Whether you opt for a dorm bed or a private room, your stay will be graced with top-notch facilities and a vibrant atmosphere.
Playful & lively ambiance
Funky outdoor pool
Cool bar plus reception
Onsite restaurant with varied menu
Not child friendly
Lively vibe might not suit everyone
The Secret Pool Villas By The Library Koh Samui
Embodying the unique design crux of The Library’s special curation, The Secret Pool Villas are carefully crafted to exude a sense of unmitigated barefoot luxury, and are perfectly catered to discerning couples and honeymooners.
These sprawling havens are teeming with mysteries to uncover and ‘secrets’ waiting to be revealed. Inside, you can benefit from a dining area with a pantry, a full-size fridge, a sound bar with outdoor speakers, an oversized Jacuzzi bathtub, and ‘his-and-hers’ walk-in closets, among many more amenities.
Adding an intimate and playful touch to the hospitality experience, these villas are characterized by a mood lighting system that enhances the sense of mystery.
Unique and sleek architecture
Spacious rooms with pool views
Bathrooms with oversized jacuzzi bathtubs
Scrumptious breakfast buffet
Not pet friendly
No pool views in some rooms
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Koh Samui
Take a step into paradise at Nikki Beach, and surround yourself with almost 60 Gulf islands as you press pause and celebrate a coalescence of life and vitality.
This dazzling oasis blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings and enhances its sleek look with modern elements and local aesthetics.
A unique fusion of traditional and contemporary, Nikki Beach offers a stunning pool dotted by private cabanas and sun loungers, as well as an indoor and outdoor restaurant.
Throughout the property, you are invited to immerse yourself in a cool and glamorous lifestyle experience, notably in the calming wellness center which is situated mere steps from the ocean.
Oasis vibes with beachfront
Indoor and outdoor dining options
Beachfront pool with cabanas
Rejuvenating spa & wellness center
Food and drinks are a little pricey
No pets allowed
Ultra-modern vibe might not suit everyone
The Library – SHA Extra Plus
Ready to embrace a calm slice of minimalism? The bustling pristine shores of Chaweng Beach play host to this intimate hotel, housed in a leafy complex of smart rooms, an exquisite restaurant, and a unique bright-red swimming pool.
Clean lines, white-on-white spaces, and an assemblage of modernist sculptures set between coconut and frangipani trees set a bold artsy vibe, radiating into the guestrooms which are designed in a gallery-like style.
Functional, luxe, and beaming with eccentricity, these private havens invite you to sleep in splendor amid plush mattresses and lofty ceilings, while the downstairs rooms have garden terraces and whirlpool bathtubs.
Mode sculptures give artsy vibes
Luxe gallery-themed rooms
Insta-worthy bright red pool
Delicious a la carte breakfast
No parking available
Can get booked up
Drinks are a little pricey
Nestled in a hillside garden overlooking Samui’s northeast coast, a cool movie-star ambiance permeates the Samujana Villas.
Here, large terraces, infinity pools, and a dedicated butler service create memorable moments, while sunken seating areas and expansive terrace dining tables enhance a sense of luxury.
The villas, which lie widely spaced in a neatly manicured garden, blend the essences of traditional and contemporary and are all brightly furnished with brash modern paintings.
Every unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen, and lunch and dinner can be ordered on-site. A private spa features in each villa, while others boast a gym and a private cinema.
Trendy & sleek interiors
Luxurious villas overlook sea
Onsite infinity pool & private cinema
Spacious terrace dining area
Noisy Air Con
Pets are not allowed
Not located right on the beach
The Flow Samui Beach Resort
Situated in the heart of Maenam, this elegant resort is the perfect choice for families and couples. A vibrant lighting system and lavish oriental lampshades set its romantic atmosphere. Positioned in the backdrop of a gorgeous beach, you can take advantage of cozy lounging areas where the refreshing ocean rhythms are sure to soothe the soul.
The guestrooms are located around a graceful outdoor pool, which receives the sun for the vast majority of the day, while a handful of private pool villas are also offered. The hotel is adorned with traditional artwork sharing a nod to the local culture, blended beautifully with modern décor and opulent tapestries.
Vibrant romantic vibes
Beachfront chic rooms
Relaxing infinity pool
Flavourful breakfast with sea views
No cots are available
A little far from the main city
Conrad Koh Samui Residences
Boasting some of Samui’s most iridescent sunset views, The Conrad clings onto a steep, forested slope on the South West coast, and offers three restaurants, a large pool and spa, and a private strip of beach.
This 25-acre resort is designed in a contemporary Thai style, with brown colors and soothing beige interspersed with framed tapestries and Buddhism-inspired statuary.
This elegant aesthetic complements the stunning backdrop, with craggy island rocks and shimmering horizons as far as the eye can see.
Dotted around this steep hillside haven are 66 one-bedroom villas that feature white walls clad with dark wood and beautiful Thai décor, offering couples the most tranquil hideaway.
Contemporary hotel on private beach
Varied menu at onsite restaurants
Tranquil villas with balconies
Food and drinks are a little pricey
Not for the budget-friendly crowd
W Koh Samui
A strong pop identity is at work at W Samui, a bold and stylish resort along a fine white stretch of sand. An Instagrammable setting beckons energetic travelers to an environment filled with dance music, where a large infinity pool and a great Japanese restaurant provide plenty of selfie spots and draw in a young crowd.
The pop art aesthetics captivate you immediately upon arrival, snapping you straight into holiday mode. The pool is complete with sunken seating cocoons with 270-degree views across the Gulf of Thailand, and the trendy Woo Bar is one of the island’s most popular hangouts.
Energetic pop and party vibe
Luxe villa with large deck & pool
Vibrant bar with signature cocktails
Thai & Japanese cuisine at onsite restaurants
A pricey option
Lively vibe might not suit everyone
Architecturally driven and simply gorgeous, Code is one of the favored gems on the island’s tropical palm-fringed coast. This bright design condotel welcomes style-savvy guests in pursuit of exceptional service in a chilled-out atmosphere and invites you to wake each morning with direct access to a glistening infinity pool.
A spacious private terrace with an oversized daybed graces each unit, while Egyptian cottons and LCD TVs guarantee the comforts of home.
A beautiful living area in each suite boasts a frosted glass partition allowing you to switch off with ease, with custom-made white leather sofas set in the backdrop of the crystal blue waters.
Deluxe apartment with private terrace
Relaxing spa & sauna activities
Gorgeous outdoor infinity pool
All day open on-site restaurant
Wifi is a little weak
Kimpton Kitalay Samui, an IHG Hotel
Think sparkling sea views, tropical island charm, and a communal spirit inspired by the sea. Kimpton Kitalay is the perfect spot to feel energized, with five bold and inventive restaurants and bars, a Thai wellness spa with a modern twist, and relaxed, palm-shaded pools.
The hotel is located at the center of Samui’s social events, surrounded by vibrant modernity and lush greenery.
This village-like island enclave boasts 138 guestrooms, suites, and villas, where the gorgeous landscape unfurls into understated beauty and a serene blend of sensory contrasts, including contemporary design and traditional accents.
The resort is nestled beside an unspoilt beach, which can be relished from almost every angle of the property.
Relaxing Thai spa & wellness center
Beautiful palm-shaded pool
Mouthwatering Mediterranean & Spanish cuisines
Higher price bracket
The Sea Koh Samui Resort and Residences by Tolani
Relax to the sound of the waves crashing into shore at this gorgeous boutique property, set against the pristine sands and clear ocean azures of Koh Samui.
‘The Sea’ Resort is a tropical escape hidden between swaying palms, featuring a scenic garden of flowers that cast sweet scents along the sea breeze.
This serene gulf haven is ideal for families, groups of friends, or couples in pursuit of a beautiful space to unwind and soak up a peaceful island charm.
Bridging the gap between elegance and affordability, comfort and convenience, the resort offers villas set in the backdrop of the verdant mountains, where the ultimate ‘cocooning’ experience awaits.
Peaceful homey vibes
Palm gardens with refreshing sea scents
Rooms with indoor/outdoor hot tubs
No smart TV
Room service is for a limited time
Explorar Koh Samui
Home to Samui’s famed Fisherman’s Village, the surrounding locale of Bo Phut offers a vibrant area in which to dive into Thai culture.
Explorar offers a peaceful escape in an adult-only environment, topped with breathtaking views, stylish suites and villas, tranquil sunset poolside experiences, and delicious regional and local cuisine.
Vivid colors and state-of-the-art amenities ornate the 125 rooms, suites, and villas, while the all-day dining restaurant is the idyllic spot to unwind in authentic Thai style after a beautiful day out on the island.
The resort also offers bountiful cultural activities to keep you entertained without the need to leave, from cooking classes to yoga sessions, to couples’ spa treatments.
Stylish accommodation with scenic views
All day onsite lavish dining
Onsite spa; yoga classes; fitness centre and couples massage
Poolside bar to chill
Limited sun loungers
Food and drink a little pricey
Need a taxi to get to outside restaurants
Enjoying a prime location in the vicinity of Laem Yai Beach, The Mud boasts 23 thatched-roofed villas boasting electric kettles, coffee/tea makers, and refrigerators.
A graceful pool area is separated from the white sand beach by a thin stretch of soaring palms, and a gorgeous tree-lined pathway guides you through the resort’s lush, manicured grounds.
The on-site restaurant offers a delicious buffet breakfast, while the bar features a spacious terrace and lounge and is a melting pot of backpackers and holidaymakers.
Canoeing and cycling trips can be arranged by the hotel, as well as vehicle hire, allowing you to explore the island with ease.
Eco hut-themed villas with hammocks
Pool with gorgeous palm trees
On-site restaurant serving fresh breakfast
Cool spacious terrace bar
Vibe might not suit everyone
Can get booked up at peak times
Lub d Koh Samui Chaweng Beach
Inviting you to step out of the ordinary in extraordinary ways, Lub d is your destination for incredible experiences amid a social atmosphere.
A variety of food and drink choices is brought to you, whether you prefer to lounge on the beach or relax around the pool. Catering to a cool, trendy, and youthful crowd, the social spaces provide a refreshing hub to mingle with like-minded travelers
. If you’re a budget-conscious traveler, you can choose to stay in a cozy, well-appointed dorm room, however, if you’re in search of more privacy you can choose either a deluxe room or a family room.
All are topped with private en-suites and are enhanced with a first-rate service.
Supercool and hip vibe
Groovy poolside bar
Mixed dorms and private rooms
Fitness classes with personal trainers
Not enough sunbeds by the pool
Vibe might not suit everyone
Some noise at night
B House Samui
A colonial twist on mid-century Asian design greets guests with a unique welcome at B House, an accommodation option rooted in architectural elegance and traditional trappings.
The suites evoke a sense of lean luxury and include a large terrace overlooking the dazzling beachfront. As you return to this island oasis, you can sink into a tub full of bubbles in the backdrop of the sea, and indulge in high-end amenities designed to soothe the soul.
Guests at B House can enjoy an open-air dining experience in one of 2 restaurants, offering both local and Western dishes alongside a variety of crafted beverages.
Beautiful colonial Asian-inspired interior
Lush outdoor swimming pool
Luxury suites with sea views
Harmoniously blending into the lush natural landscape, Magic Suites is an ultra-modern option that grabs attraction through its unrivaled aesthetic design, brimming with majesty and sophistication.
The 3-story villas offer spectacular sunrise views, comfortable sitting areas, 2 Jacuzzis, and a top-floor pool, offering both an outdoor living experience and a lavish indoor spot of respite. Thoughtfully selected colors complement this architectural masterpiece, as do the exceptional services on offer.
Guests can take advantage of a motorbike or car rental, a stunning breakfast in the intimacy of their own paradise, a laundry service, and an airport pick-up and drop-off service.
Ultra-modern aesthetic interior
Lavish top-floor pool
Villas with stunning sunset views
Two relaxing jacuzzis
Steep hill to get to some rooms
Quiet location might not suit everyone
The Humble Villas
Set in the dazzling backdrop of Bang Makham Beach, The Humble Villas is the perfect destination for sunset chasers, ocean lovers, and tropical enthusiasts. The 10 units open up to private turquoise plunge pools, as well as secluded balconies offering a spectacular hangout space overlooking the stunning coastline.
The property also provides a sun terrace and a cocktail bar, where modern furnishings and an open-air ambiance set the tone for a memorable Samui stay. Each villa is embellished with soft woods and modern hues pointing to a sense of understated luxury, and elegant bathrooms adorned with a touch of local flair.
Stylish rooms overlooking coastline
Well-furnished sunny terrace
Chill bar serving delish cocktails
Outdoor pool with ocean views
Limited choices in the restaurant
Location is a little far from the city
Limited amount of sunbeds
With a fresh new vibe, P10 is a chic addition to the Samui hotel scene and is located on the beautiful white sands of Bangrak Beach. Surrounded by local villages and a range of fun nightlife venues, the hotel caters to the cool crowd, while promoting interaction with local neighbors.
Along with its premium location, high-quality facilities and modern Thai décor combine to create an enchanting island experience. The 18 custom-made duplex guestrooms rest along the central pool and are tastefully decorated with a soft natural color palette.
A unique feature of P10 is its in-house tech-savvy application, which offers direct interaction with reception, services, and information on tours directly from your smartphone or tablet.
Close to main city attractions
Duplex rooms with direct pool access
Chic outdoor showers
WiFi is bit slow
Some steep stairs
Best Hotels in Koh Samui Compared
We have compared the top 18 cool and unique hotels in Koh Samui in the table.
Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
SocialTel Samui-Party Hotel 168/62 Moo 2, Bo Pud, Koh Samui District, Surat Thani, 84320 Chaweng $38_$99 Yes 0.3 12
The Secret Pool Villas By The Library Koh Samui 14/1 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach, Bophut, 84330 Chaweng $681-$1403 Yes 0.1 7
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Koh Samui 96/3 Moo2 Lipa Noi Koh Samui Suratthani, 84140 Lipa No $196-$864 Yes 0.1 7
The Library 14/1 Moo.2 Chaweng Beach, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Suratthani, 84320 Chaweng, $309-$1403 Yes 0.1 6
Samujana Villas 63 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem Koh Samui, 84320 Choeng Mon Beach $1819-$9431 ( 2 night stay) Yes 1.1 4
The Flow Samui Beach Resort 49/35 M. 1 Maenam $151-$223 No 0.1 5
Conrad Koh Samui Residences 49/8-9 Moo. 4, Hillcrest Road, 84140 Taling Ngam Beach $913-$1178 Yes 0.4 6
W Koh Samui 4/1 Moo1 Tambol Maenam $458-$950 Yes 0.1 5
Code 55/13 Moo 6, Bang Por Soi 5, Maenam $62-$139 Yes 0.7 3
Kimpton Kitalay Samui, an IHG Hotel 10/78 Moo 5. Bophut, 84320 Choeng Mon Beach $271-$2980 Yes 0.1 8
The Sea Koh Samui Resort and Residences by Tolani 7/64 Moo 5, Mae Nam Sub-District, Mae Nam Beach $206-$926 Yes 0.1 4
Explorar Koh Samui 44/133 Moo 1, Ko Samui, Surat Thani, 84330 Mae Nam $200-$486 Yes 0.1 10
The Mud 57/1 Moo 5 angthong, 84140 Ban Bang Po $64-$163 Yes 0.1 2
Lub d Koh Samui Chaweng Beach 159/88 Moo 2 Bophut, 84320 Chaweng $24-$157 Yes 0.1 9
B House Samui 58/1 M. 4, Bophut, Bangrak Beach, Koh Samui, 84320 Bangrak Beach $88-$152 Yes 0.8 6
Magic suites Plai Laem Soi 8 51/140 moo 5, 84320 Choeng Mon Beach $114-$613 Yes 0.8 9
The Humble Villas 57/87 Moo.5 Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84140 Ban Bang Po, $164-$200 No 0.1 4
P10 Samui 30/21 Moo 4 Bophut , Suratthani, 84320 Bangrak Beach, $74 No 0.1 7
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