Koh Samui with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Update: January 21, 2016

Koh Samui with Children – Songkran Festival in Chaweng

Tips and Recommendations

  • The best towns for families are Chaweng (great beach, lots of shopping, restaurants, nightlife), Choeng Mon (quiet town with a handful of restaurants, great beach with shallow water), Bophut (good beach, night market, hip shops and restaurants).
  • Chaweng has the most nightclubs and beach bars but it never feels inappropriate for kids. The Ark Bar and neighboring clubs on the beach pound out the music until the early morning but that scene is easy to avoid and even that area is fairly kid-friendly through the day and early evening. Walk 5 minutes north or south from Ark Bar and Chaweng is very family-friendly.
  • Best Restaurants for Families: Prego (Italian restaurant in Chaweng) and H Bistro (French and Western food in Bophut) are two great restaurants that are still kid-friendly.
  • The best time to visit Koh Samui is from mid-December until late September. The driest and sunniest weather is from January until March or April.
  • The best family resort on Koh Samui is the Four Seasons – the only caveat is that it’s secluded and somewhat isolated. If you want luxury that’s walking distance to shops and restaurants then go with the Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui.
  • If you’re on a budget then World Resort Bungalows in Bophut are great value and sit right on the beach.

The Best Kid-Friendly Hotels on 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

More Hotels with Large Family Rooms

  • Hansar Samui Resort & Spa – Bophut
    My favorite hotel on beautiful Bophut beach. Awesome restaurant and close to Fisherman’s Village.
  • Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa – Bophut
    Next door to the Hansar. More kids and families here.
  • Smile House Resort Koh Samui – Bophut
    2-bedroom family bungalows. Right in the heart of Fisherman’s Village. 2 great pools.
  • Ibis Bophut Samui Hotel – Bophut
    Family Rooms have bunk beds for 2 kids. Nice pools, quiet location right on the beach, small playground.
  • Poppies Samui – Chaweng
    After Centara, this is probably the best hotel for families on Chaweng. Great beach and location. Stand alone cottages feel luxurious and charming.
  • Chaweng Beachcomber – Chaweng
    Beach front villas and large family suites are great value and the best “budget” choice on Chaweng beach.
  • Blue Lagoon Hotel – Chaweng
    Large bungalows, nice pool with kids pool.
  • KC Resort And Over Water Villas Koh Samui – Chaweng
    A wonderful resort on the northern edge of Chaweng (but not on the beach). Good value but not walking distance to very much.
  • Sheraton Samui Resort – Chaweng Noi
    1 and 2-bedroom suites right on the beach. Brand new hotel. Great pools, kids club, quiet beach.
  • Cocopalm Beach Resort – Mae Nam
    Large family Bungalows with private pool. Cheap for what you get. A few restaurants within walking distance but otherwise a little isolated.
  • Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort – Lamai
    The super-luxurious Beach Front Pool Residence is huge (sleeps 9), has 3 bedrooms, and private pool.
  • Zara Beach Resort – Lamai
    Great value for what you get. Wonderful villas with private pool are awesome for families. Only downside: They’re in Lamai (not my favorite place).

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14 questions and comments

  1. Bophut or Lamai with Kids

    Hi David,

    Love your blog. We are planning to go to koh samui for 10 nights early May this year along with our 3 year old daughter. We thought we would split it up and stay at 2 different locations. From your recommendation we thought we would stay at the Centara at Chaweng Beach and we were looking at Manathai at Lamai. We thought we would go to Lamai as the beach is better for kids but due to your comments about Lamai I’m having doubts and I am thinking of Bophut instead. What don’t you like about Lamai and do u think we are better off to go to Bophut.
    Thank you

    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Bophut is much nicer than Lamai. The beach at Lamai is nice but otherwise the town doesn’t have a lot to offer and has a slightly seedy feel (not awful but not relaxing either). Bophut has a great vibe and is fun to walk around at night. Lots of family-friendly places to eat. The beach at Bophut is a mix of sand quality (it gets nicer the farther west you go). In any case, Manathai Hotel is not really in Lamai. It’s a 10 to 15 minute walk along a busy road from town. And the hotel is not on the beach but on the opposite side of the road. There are far better places to stay than this area.

  2. Villa for Large Group in Koh Samui

    Hi David

    I have a group of 12 adults and 3 children under 9 and we are looking for places to stay where there are 2,3 & 1 bedrooms for the whole group we want to go to Koh Samui around 20th December 2016 until 3rd January 2017. Can you suggest places where we all can be together?


  3. Peace Resort in Bophut

    Hi Dave,
    Spending hours and hours researching where to stay in Koh Samui and always find myself back on your site. Looking at staying at the Peace Resort at Bo Phut. Would be grateful if you could give me any feedback if you know of the hotel. Also looking at hotels around Crystal bay and Lamai.

    Our budget is around £80.00 per night or less! on the beach if poss too.

    We have a 11 year old son who’ll be travelling with us, so not too much nightlife!

    Much appreciated

    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Peace Resort is wonderful and in a great position on the beach. Far enough west so that you get really great sand but still close enough to Fisherman’s Village (to the east) so that it’s not a long walk along the beach to get to town at night. Crystal Bay is nice. Lamai less so. Both are a little isolated. I would recommend south Chaweng or Chaweng Noi instead. Quiet beaches with great sand but much closer to the shops and restaurants of Chaweng. (It’s walking distance from south Chaweng to central Chaweng. From Chaweng Noi you’ll likely take a taxi most of the time.)

  4. Amari Samui / Weather in June

    Hi Dave
    Thank you for providing so much information.
    We (myself, husband, children 6 & 3) are looking at the Amari Koh Samui for the first 2 weeks in June.
    Do you think this hotel is in a good location? We want to be near the restaurants (been to Thailand pre children – love the food). Also I have read on here that June is great weather…. Can we expect lots of blue skies and sunshine?

    Thank you xxx

    1. DavidDavid Post author

      The Amari Samui is a great hotel. It’s currently being refurbished and everything will be brand new when you visit in June. It’s on a nice stretch of beach north of the beach clubs. It’s about a 10 to 15 minute walk along the beach to central Chaweng. Many good restaurants are nearby on the beach. Across the road from the hotel (not on the beach) is one of Koh Samui’s best Italian restaurants, Prego.

      There are never any guarantees with weather on Koh Samui, but June is pretty consistently a good time to visit – though be prepared for some short-lived rain storms.

  5. Choeng Mon or Bophut

    Thank you for this site. It has been invaluable in planning our holiday in Thailand. We hope to spend 6 nights in Koh Samui and have decided on Choeng Mon for the beach. On our budget our choice is between the Imperial Boat House and the Bay Water Resort. The latter is not mentioned on your site. Would you be able to advise which one of the two to go for? Thanks so much!

    We are also tempted by Bhoput but is the sand/beach that much worse than Choeng Mon? Can’t decide. Your advice would be much appreciated!


    1. DavidDavid Post author

      The Bay Water is a new hotel and very nice – but not right on Choeng Mon beach (it’s about a 3 minute walk to the beach). The Imperial Boat House is on the beach with wonderful pools. For full-on resort, choose the Bay Water. For a beach vibe, the Boat House.

      I prefer Bophut to Choeng Mon (far more places to eat and drink) but both are very nice.

  6. Chaweng with Kids – or Bophut or Choeng Mon?

    Hi Dave, great blog thanks. You recommend a lot of properties in Cheweng but so many people on forums say stay well clear – its the Benidorm of the East! Is there a good and bad bit to Chaweng? We were looking at either BoPhut or Choeng Mon beach instead, perhaps staying 3 nights at each (one budget and one luxury to balance the books!).

    Our girls are 6 and 10.

    Tracy G

    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Bophut is my favorite beach town on Koh Samui, so I will heartily recommend it. Choeng Mon has the most calm and kid-friendly beach but it’s pretty quiet, with just a handful of places to eat. Chaweng is wonderful too. Especially along the beach, where you can walk for 30+ minutes from north to south with lots of different places to eat and drink. The party scene is a very small stretch and not near the hotels I listed above. There are no big hotels or buildings taller than 2 (maybe 3) floors. (Very unlike Benidorm.)

  7. When Is The Best Time for a Family Vacation on Koh Samui

    What months are best for a family trip to Koh Samui. Would also like to spend time in Bangkok – when is it nicest there? We are thinking some time between late December and June, 2016. We are a family of 4 that will be flying from Sydney to Bangkok and plan on 2 weeks in Thailand.

    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Those are all good months for visiting Koh Samui. The worst months are October and November and outside of those it’s consistently nice with the best months on Koh Samui being from late December until mid-April. As you move into April and May the weather gets progressively hot. Not so bad if you’re just hanging by the pool all day but if you have kids it can start to feel stultifying and just too darn hot to do anything. For Bangkok the heat starts a little earlier and is more intense, so the best months there are from early December until late March.


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