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Where to Stay in Chaweng

Editor's Guide to Recommended Hotels in Chaweng Beach

Chaweng is the prime resort town in Samui where you can find action and activities any time, day or night. This lively town, settled on the side of almost seven kilometres of beach interspersed with small rocky capes, houses all that is required to spend a memorable holiday in Samui. Chaweng is a hive of activity featuring all that vacationers could be looking for from small convenient stores to restaurants of practically all world cuisines, along with the imposing Central Festival shopping mall located on the beach road in the town centre.

The beach itself is pretty much the busiest place in Samui from 07:00 until late. You can spend the whole day on the sand, simply sunbathing on a sun lounger, or enjoying exciting activities such as jet-skiing or splashing away at the Aquapark. Beach vendors roam the beach all day long with refreshments and snacks so you even do not need to move from your spot to get freshly cut fruit or a cold, frosty beer.

What is 'Editor's Pick':
Editor’s Picks are the hotels we personally reviewed and liked the most, ones we recommend to our friends and family when they come to Samui and are looking for the best places to stay according to their budget or location preferences.

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Hotels Right on the Beach in Chaweng

Great 4.4/5
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With just 49 Villas and Suites, Sareeraya specialises in quality rather than quantity. A five-star level of service, fittings and attitude is what makes Sareeraya stand out from the crowd. Suites start at 70sqm while Pool Villas are a generous 100sqm and you can really push the boat out in the beachfront 300sqm Presidential Villa with its private pool. Why not go for healthy gold in the Raya Spa following a workout at the fitness centre? For a chic, stylish stay at a top-of-the-line beachside resort in a prime position, just think Sareeraya Villas & Suites.

What we loved:

  • Great location right on the beach and at short distance from both the airport (15mn away) and Chaweng town centre (10 minutes’ walk)
  • Pool villas offer the ultimate privacy as well as all the amenities to spend a very comfortable stay
  • Excellent choice of facilities, from fitness centre to Thai cooking classes to a large choice of excursions
  • Raya Spa is the perfect place to sooth away worries and relax between the hands of skilled therapists

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Superb 4.6/5
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Buri Rasa Village provides a stylish residential choice, right in the centre of the most popular and most frequented resort town in Koh Samui: Chaweng Beach. Set right on the beach, the hotel offers easy access to what makes Chaweng so popular: its four-kilometre-long beach which hosts romantic dining every evening, and on the other side, the hurly-burly atmosphere of a city that seems to never sleep with its myriad of dining, shopping and nightlife entertainment opportunities. Like the eye of a typhoon, Buri Rasa Village offers a peaceful haven in the middle of Chaweng, with its 32 elegantly appointed rooms available in five types: Deluxe, Premium Deluxe, Deluxe Garden Court with Dip Pool, Deluxe Studio, and Family Suite.

What we loved:

  • Perfect location on Chaweng’s beachfront and right next to the centre of town
  • Splendid Thai-style resort and very pleasant hotel grounds filled with tropical flora giving the impression of rural seclusion
  • Four types of room are available yet our favourite one is the Deluxe Garden Court with dip pool
  • Good choice of activities at hand on the hotel’s grounds including water sports, massages, and Thai cooking lessons
  • The romantic private dining experience right on the beach is a not-to-be-missed option

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The Library

Koh Samui
Superb 4.5/5
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As far as concepts go, The Library is way ahead of the pack. White-themed throughout, chic and trend setting, this pioneering resort has ground-floor suites and first-floor studios. Beachside with one of the island’s most distinctive swimming pools, The Library is for young, groovy and fun-loving guests. Dining at the Library is another occasion in itself. The Page Restaurant has new takes on Thai and international dishes with a great angle on presentation. Located right downtown on absolute beachfront you’re smack bang in the centre of where it’s all happening.

What we loved:

  • Stunning contemporary design of the hotel - Top-notch location on Chaweng Beach and right next to a great choice of restaurants, shops and bars
  • Excellent choice of books and DVDs at The Library’s library
  • The reasonable size of the resort (only 20 rooms) and the commitment of all the staff makes it very personal
  • The Page Restaurant and adjacent Beach Bar offer the perfect place to spend an evening filled with delicious food, great cocktails and live music entertainment

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Luxury Hotels in Chaweng

These hotels have it all! You will get the complete resort experience in Chaweng at these five-star stunners. The prices are high but the range of leisure facilities, stylish rooms and well-oiled efficiency that you will find surely makes it worth the cost for those who expect the best.

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Just steps away from the north end of Chaweng Beach, Anantara Lawana lavishes breezy, seaside space on you with rooms starting at a whopping 61sqm as well as villas sized up to 160sqm. Enjoy the great location, state-of-the-art amenities and facilities that include Thai cooking classes, a whole raft of water-based activities including deep-sea fishing, a full menu of world-class spa treatments, five food & beverage outlets (including a treetop fine dining restaurant) and that special Thai hospitality that is justly famous all over the world.

What We Loved:

  • Superb beachfront resort designed in a Thai contemporary style located in the quieter northern area of Chaweng
  • From 52 to 300sqm the six room types available at Anantara are second to none regarding comfort and well-being
  • Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar is an acclaimed restaurant which serves delicious fusion food in unique settings
  • Great choice of water sports that can be arranged by the resort: snorkelling, diving, private boat charters, sea kayaking, and deep-sea fishing
  • Anantara Spa offers a wide range of massages, body and facial treatments, and more in Chinese inspired settings

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Great 4.1/5
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Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui is an award-winning four-star accommodation located along the shores of Chaweng Beach in Samui, Thailand. This long-established beachfront accommodation choice features an impressive colonial architecture set on a huge compound housing a superb ornamental garden. Six room/suite types are available; all of them boasting a chic vintage style and provided with top-notch amenities. The catering section is as impressive as the rest of the resort; with no less than nine dining options, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui can satisfy the pickiest guests.

What We Loved:

  • Impressive grounds filled with verdant plants and flowers in the centre of Chaweng
  • Nine different dining options including the famous Zico’s Brazilian Churrascaria
  • An impressive colonial design creates a timeless ambiance
  • The guestrooms harmoniously blend colonial and contemporary styles. All of them are provided with present-day amenities
  • Located right on the beach with access to the lively shopping and nightlife

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Mid Range Hotels in Chaweng

For people who want a full set of facilities but don’t expect perfection at every turn, these mid-range hotels are for you. Sure, you get a nice pool, room service, concierge, but the price is kept lower in different ways – for example, reduced selections at breakfast or slightly smaller guestrooms.

Great 4.3/5
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King’s Garden Resort provides comfortable accommodation on a tropical beachfront in the heart of Chaweng Beach. King’s Garden Resort faces the white sandy beach and clear blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Located right in the center of Chaweng Beach amidst exotic Thai green foliage and flora, King’s Garden Resort is a tranquil oasis with its colorful lushness and peaceful ambiance. The Resort’s prime location also means that Koh Samui’s best restaurants, shopping and nightlife are just steps away. Established in 1985, this family-owned resort was one of the few first founding resorts on Koh Samui.

What We Loved:

  • Unpretentious and well thought-out design
  • Small family-run resort has a lot of character
  • Great seaside location only a few minutes’ walk from the hustle and bustle of Chaweng centre
  • Three-star hotel serves a five-star breakfast!

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Great 4.1/5
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Chaweng Cove Beach Resort is located on the lovely sandy beach of Chaweng on the east coast of Koh Samui. Covering an area of about two acres, the resort has an ideal location with lush tropical gardens and some restaurants and bars nearby or guests can walk about 15 minutes into the busier part of town. Chaweng Cove Beach Resort offers inviting rooms, bungalows and villas such as Superior Rooms, Deluxe Balcony Rooms, Superior Garden Bungalows and Superior Poolside Bungalows. There are a few good options if coming as a group or with family including Superior Poolside Bungalows that are very close to the pool and the Beachfront Pool Villas, as each villa is a well-appointed option with a private pool and is located in front of the beach.

What We Loved:

  • Great beachfront location at walking distance from many shopping and dining options
  • Family-friendly resort with kids’ pool
  • The restaurant is right on the beach which is very agreeable in the evening

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Cheaper (but good) Hotels in Chaweng

Choosing the right hotel in any budget is difficult, but getting a cheap (but good) hotel is one of the hardest of all to get right. In every destination the definition of ‘cheap’ changes, and so too does the quality of budget friendly hotels. We have spent many years trying to find the best compromise between quality and price. In this section we have selected hotels that are among the cheapest in the area yet are still sure to put a smile on your face – we only pick places we would be happy to send our families!

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First Residence Hotel is an affordable and modern three-star hotel in Chaweng, about 500 metres away from the Chaweng Town centre, on the east coast of Koh Samui. It is very easy to reach the hotel from Samui Airport (20 - 30 minutes by car) while the Samui Ferry Pier in Nathon is about 40 minutes away. Though it is not a beachfront property, it will take less than 10 minutes by foot to Chaweng Beach from First Residence Hotel. First Residence features 44 rooms and six mini family rooms that are fully equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, mini-bar, telephone, hot & cold shower, bathtub, balcony and hairdryers (on request).

What We Loved:

  • Great location toward the southern end of Chaweng at walking distance from the beach
  • Neat and clean contemporary style hotel with swimming pool
  • Family-friendly hotel

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Chalala Samui Resort is a great choice for your beach stay in Chaweng. The outdoor pool provides fun for everyone, while guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in massages. Chalala serves Thai cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A nightclub and a garden are other highlights, and rooms offer balconies and LCD TVs.

What We Loved:

  • Great beachfront location in the north of Chaweng at reasonable distance from the resort town’s shops and restaurants
  • Family-run property with only 16 bungalows allows a personal touch

 

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