Koh Samui was once known as the ultimate backpacker’s haven but is now a world-class leisure destination for global travelers of every kind.Words Nikki Beach Global
An island surrounded by sapphire blue expanse between Indonesia and Indochina, Samui is a true tropical treasure — an isle filled with villages built entirely of bamboo, lush jungle interiors, turquoise-fringed beaches and glorious sunshine all year round. When visiting the serene Koh Samui, you may be tempted to spend your trip draped over a chaise longue at one of the island’s top resorts; however, there is much to be explored outside the comfortable hotels.
The island is a neighbor to more than 60 other islands such as Koh Phangan, notorious for its Full Moon parties; Koh Tao, a diver’s heaven; and Koh Nang Yuan, with its picture postcard sandbar.
For those nervous about straying too far from the beaten track, wherever your exploration takes you, you’re never far from one of Samui’s soft sandy beaches.
With Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Koh Samui offering complimentary shuttle services, exploring Samui’s best beaches has never been so simple. For action, the busiest strip of sand in town is Chaweng Beach, offering the island’s best nightlife. Second in terms of popularity is Lamai Beach, which is better for families who want to be in the thick of the action but without the wild nights.
The most fascinating beaches in the area, however, can be visited during an excursion to the archipelago of 42 islands at the Angthong National Marine Park. This national reserve is roughly 45-90 minutes away from Koh Samui depending on your method of transport. Here, you’ll take in the wonders of these unspoiled islands which are home to a wide range of primates. Take advantage of the surroundings to hike, swim, kayak, snorkel, and dive.
ABOVE: Wherever your exploration takes you, you’ll never be far from one of Samui’s soft, sandy beaches
The park was the setting to Alex Garland’s novel The Beach and is a remarkable, jaw-dropping experience.
Samui’s amazing landscapes are just a fraction of the appeal; the local culture gives you a taste of the region’s Asian traditions and a unique heritage preserved in hidden Buddhist temples. Despite the 21st century influence which has seen a rise in Western cuisine and modern hotels, traditional properties can still be found, as can family-owned Thai restaurants which offer an authentic taste of Southeast Asian cuisine.
When To Go
Koh Samui, like the rest of Thailand, has a wet season marked by heavy rains and tropical storms, typically from September/October to mid-December. Because of this, prices are normally extremely attractive through these months, where storms descend and then clear, giving visitors at least a few hours of sunshine each day.
February and March are the sunniest months and traveling here in June is great, as it’s perfectly dry, with daytime temperatures around 86°F. It’s also right before tourists begin arriving in droves from July to August.
Koh Samui is one of the best places to enjoy not one, but two New Year’s celebrations. January 1 marks the New Year’s celebrations for the West, and April 13 is the official first day of the Thai calendar (Songkran). This is marked by the tradition of sat nam, or throwing chilled water on unsuspecting pedestrians — but at least you’ll stay cool!
- Season Year Round
- Airport Samui Airport (USM)
- Boat Coordinates N 9° 31′ 19.331” N E 99° 56′ 5.647” W
- Time Zone GMT+7
- Currency Thai Baht
- Language Thai, English, Chinese, Spanish and French
- Electrics 220-240 Volt
What We’ve Got
Blue skies, sandy beaches, and crystal clear seas — there is nothing not to love about the paradise island of Koh Samui. Dining is another one of Samui’s top indulgences. From delicious Thai dishes to scorching regional curries on seaside tables, you will always be spoiled for choice.
Further inland, the island has some of the world’s most luxurious hospitality. Each with its own style, the hotels not only showcase a different type of sleep and spa experience, they also offer their own cuisine.
Wellness is also a big part of life in Koh Samui; cleansing fasts, yoga, tai-chi, herbal steam treatments, healing massages and chakra-balancing restore you, while a good dose of healthy food and sunshine helps release stress.
ABOVE: Koh Samui has some of the best viewpoints on the planet. Many are hidden away off the beaten paths and jungle roads, which means if you can drag yourself from your sunbed, you’ll witness something spectacular with few people around.
Where To Stay
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Koh Samui
This boutique hotel accommodation takes luxury to a new level. Travel to a whole new experience with Nikki Beach Resort Koh Samui.
Situated on a serene and peaceful plot in the heart of Koh Samui, the luxury resort seamlessly combines privacy, chic design, delectable cuisine, and Nikki Beach’s classic approach to entertainment.
For the ultimate experience, book into the Penthouse suite overlooking the ocean and the sprawling 75m long swimming pool. This spacious accommodation has a huge living room, a king-size circular bed, circular wooden bathtub, aromatherapy bath products and two private balconies with sweeping views of Angthong National Marine Park.
When it comes to food, there are plenty of spectacular choices. Join us every morning at Café Nikki for a delicious buffet breakfast featuring hot stations (American-style breakfast), eggs station (made-to-order omelets and eggs), fresh local Thai fruit, crisp vegetables, Asian dishes, natural honey, freshly baked pastries and amazing coffee.
At Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Koh Samui, you’ll find people from all parts of the globe sharing unforgettable afternoons and top-rated cuisine poolside. Revered for its surreal beauty and unmatched ambience, it is one of the best places in Thailand, where guests can sip Champagne and cocktails at noon, accompanied by live music and world-class entertainment.
Nikki Beach Koh Samui
96/3 Moo2, Tambon Lipa Noi
Amphoe Koh Samui
Chang Wat Surat Thani 84140