Koh Samui with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Update: May, 2015

The 5 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Koh Samui

Four Seasons Koh Samui – luxury

Four Seasons Samui with Kids
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the island, the Four Seasons is the nicest resort on Koh Samui. It has an amazing swimming pool, private beach, and one of the island’s best restaurants. The kids club is great and has lots of fun and adventurous activities. One, two, three, and four bedroom villas are available. Privacy, seclusion, and luxury are the themes here but the hotel retains a very family-friendly feel. Phone: +66 (77) 243-000

Banyan Tree Samui – luxury

Banyan Tree Koh Samui with Kids
The Family Ocean Pool Villa is as stunning as it sounds and has 2 twin, 1 sofa bed, and 1 queen bed. Set on a hill a buggy helps guests get around the property. The kids’ club and spa are among the best on the island. If you’re looking for a luxurious vacation this is the place to find it. Located about halfway between Lamai and Chaweng beaches. Phone: +66 77 915 333

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui (luxury) – Chaweng

Koh Samui Centara Family Room
The best family resort on lively Chaweng Beach. A great kids’ club and fantastic swimming pool. The beach here is on Chaweng’s nicest stretch of sand. Lots to do through the day and fun day trips are easy to arrange from Chaweng. If you want a wide range of places to eat then Chaweng (or Bophut) is where you want to be and the Centara is an easy walk to many restaurants. The spa is top-notch. Phone: +66 (77) 230-500

Imperial Boat House Beach Resort (moderate) – Choeng Mon

Boathouse with Kids
A super kid-friendly resort on Koh Samui’s most kid-friendly beach (Choeng Mon). Free kayaks, snorkels, and flippers available for guests. A fun play area for kids and a great swimming pool. Rooms are large or stay at one of the converted teak rice barges. (The boats sit in the garden not the sea.) The breakfast buffet is very good and there are 2 pools (the main one is huge). Phone: +66 (77) 425-041

World Resort Bungalows (budget) – Bophut

Large triples and interconnecting rooms are great for families. Nice pool, free wi-fi, tasty breakfast. The beach is great (though it does get narrow during high tide) and the water is calm, shallow, and perfect for kids. Located in Bophut so the very fun Fisherman’s Village is a 10 minute walk down the beach. Phone: +66 (77) 42-5355-6

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5 questions and comments

  1. Ashley

    Can’t recommend the Peace Resort in Bophut enough. Perfect for families. We had a bungalow right on the beach and steps to the water. Beautiful pool that is next to the beach. Sand is a little course but makes it easier to clean off the kids, so trade-off. Loved eating dinner on the beach each night. Koh Samui doesn’t have a lot of active attractions so spent all our days swimming and sunning. Fisherman’s village is a 10 minutes walk away and there are heaps of restaurants there and they’re a little cheaper than the hotel’s. Only complaint was the coffee. Almost made the trip to Chaweng to go to Starbucks but couldn’t muster the energy.

  2. Val

    Here’s what we did: not much. Our week was filled with swimming, tanning, eating, drinking, and resting. Perfect.

    We stayed at the Four Seasons which was remarkable, of course. It has a quiet and serene setting far away from the touristy towns of Chaweng and Lamai (stayed there on a previous trip before kids). You get around the resort, set on a steep hill by golf buggy, which the kids loved. Our villa had an amazing view and private plunge pool. Our big outing was to Fisherman’s Village for shopping (not much there but enough to fill a few hours) and dinner. We also made reservations at H Bistro in Bophut, got a babysitter through the hotel, and went out for a very romantic dinner. Don’t think we’d ever done something like this before. The food at the Four Seasons was very good, but the food at H Bistro was just drop dead fantastic. We got the chef’s choice which was 5 courses and amazing. Our table was on the beach – don’t get that at home. Only complaint of the trip was the rain we had for the final two days but we’d had 5 straight days of sun so we could live with it and the weather cleared both days by late afternoon. There are mosquitoes too and we did get bitten, especially the first few nights. Then we got religious about putting spray on and only got a few bites the rest of the way.

  3. Aaron Harvey

    Tips for Samui from an old timer.

    Getting There

    As soon as you know you’ll be traveling to Samui book a flight with Bangkok Air. (Thai Air has a few flights too but not nearly as many.) BA are the main airline that flies to Samui (they own the airport) so you’re limited. If they’re sold out you have two choices. Fly to Surat Thani (many airlines fly here) and then bus and ferry over to Samui. Or overnight train to Surat Thani and then bus and ferry to Samui. Booking train tickets from outside Thailand is a hassle (though not impossible) so I only recommend it if you you’re spending a few days in Bangkok first and will be able to book the train tickets (either in person or through a travel agent).

    I don’t recommend the bus – especially with kids. Long and boring and hard to move around. Not too bad if you’re coming from Phuket or Krabi as that’s only a few hours but from Bangkok it’s too far. If you do take a bus then take a bus, a real bus that the Thais take. Don’t take one of the mini-vans you’ll see advertised. These are small, cramped, and not very pleasant – even for a single backpacker, let alone a family.

    If you’re coming from Phuket or Krabi, don’t want to bus, and are unable to book air tickets then consider a taxi. From Phuket or Krabi they will not as expensive s you think.

    Best Beaches

    South Chaweng – Great sand, quiet vibe, a little ways from the restaurants, shops, and bars of Central/North Chaweng.

    North Chaweng – Generally the farther north you go the worse the beach gets. Not terrible just not as nice as the southerly section. Central Chaweng, where most of the “town” is has a nice beach, go a little farther and it’s not great and the swimming is less than ideal.

    Choeng Mon – Probably the best beach for kids. Very shallow and calm. Nice sand. Some shops and restaurants but not busy my any means.

    Bophut – Nice beach, though narrow in parts. Sand can be a little course for some. Fisherman’s Village is awesome. Great place to eat, drink, and wander about. A little town with a friendly vibe. Some hotels here but most along the beach.

    Mae Nam – Most chill-out vibe with longer term travelers. Good beach. A couple nice restaurants along the beach.

    Lamai – Very nice beach, lots of places to eat. A little seedier than other towns with girly bars, but not terrible, still family-friendly for the most part.

    Best Restaurants

    Caffé e Cucina in Mae Nam is the best restaurant on Samui.

    Bophut’s Fisherman Village is a foodie heaven. Some really good spots here and great fresh seafood.

    Best Hotels for Families

    Four Seasons – Never stayed there, but had friends who have. Awesome pool, beach, suites, restaurants – you name it. A little too quiet more my tastes but if you’re here for that idyllic “get away from it all” vacation then can’t beat it.

    Bophut has several very family-friendly hotels: Anantara Bophut (kids club), Peace Resort, and Smile House Resort (great budget spot).

    Choeng Mon is a great beach but the Boathouse is the only hotel I’d recommend for families.

    Chaweng has a lot of good hotels but they all seem the same to me. Friends don’t let friends stay in Chaweng. (Half-joking with that, it’s not terrible but do think Bophut or Choeng Mon are better for families.) If forced I’d recommend the Amari.

    In Lamai there’s a great little budget place called Orchid Suites. (Fair warning: this hotel gets terrible reviews on Tripadvisor – but I don’t get it. It’s cheap, clean, nice pool, free shuttle bus.) You get what you pay for so don’t be expecting turn-down service.

    Things To Do

    Samui does not have a lot in the way of local sites/attractions but I love Nathon, the main port. Most tourists go right through without stopping. Largest town on the island. Great Thai restaurants (and cheap), great market, good for shopping. Check it out.

    Samui is not known for it’s scuba diving so do a day trip to Koh Tao or Ang Thong Marine Park. Chaweng is the best place to organize and rent scuba trips/gear. The bay and rocks around Thongtakian Bay is the best place in Samui for snorkeling and good for kids.

    Na Muang Waterfalls – really lovely but a challenging walk so not good for young children.

    Samui Butterfly Garden – this is another place that gets ripped on TA. Don’t get it. Calm and peaceful. Small but nice for kids.

  4. Amy Toffer

    Koh Samui with 3 Kids, trip report, December & January, 2013

    We recently returned from Koh Samui and had a wonderful vacation. We stayed at the World Resort in Bophut: great place, not a “resort” just a nice hotel, perfect for a family. We had an inter-connecting family room. It was fine for our family of 5. They offered to add an extra bed but we opted for a bit more floor room and have the youngest kids share a bed. It was nice having the 2 bathrooms. Breakfast was great. Fresh fruit and they made whatever egg dish you requested. Lots of cereal, toast, juices, and sides.

    Our day was usually beach in the morning, pool in the afternoon (very nice, newly done pool), family nap, and then walk to Fisherman’s Village (about 20 minutes away) for dinner. The village is a small collection of streets filled with restaurants, low-key bars, and shops. Very nice. The first few days we taxied back as the kids were beat by 8pm but as we adjusted we started walking both ways. Very refreshing and a wonderful walk.

    We went into Chaweng for dinner on two occasions and one time mid-day to shop. I liked Chaweng but glad we didn’t stay there as it’s several times busier than Bophut. It has more of a party scene, nothing over the top, but still not what we were looking for. The beach is nicer there however. And Chaweng has a Starbucks, sorta nice.

    We did not do any day trips or adventures as this was a low-key vacation. All in all I would give Bophut and Koh Samui 5 stars, very family-friendly.


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