10 Best Beach Clubs & Beachfront Restaurants in Samui
Beach Dining in Koh Samui
Beach clubs and beachfront bars & restaurants abound on Koh Samui, which remains among the favourite holiday destinations in Thailand. Beach dining is certainly the most popular activity of any vacationer visiting the island, as it is relaxing and gives a sensation of privilege to enjoy delicious food and drink with your feet in the sand.
Our selection of the best beach dining venues in Samui features a cool choice of establishments located all around the island, each of them with its own assets. Whether you are looking for a laid-back or lively atmosphere, rustic or hip setting, Thai or western delicacies, you will surely find a Samui beachfront restaurant for your taste in our selection.
1Ark Bar Beach Club Chaweng – Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ark Bar Beach Club is the favourite place of those looking for a lively and festive holiday in Samui. Occupying a 150m-wide beachfront location in Chaweng, this establishment features all the facilities required to spend a great time right on the beach from morning to evening. Ark Bar Beach Resort features 300 rooms, two restaurants, three swimming pools, two swim-up pool bars, and hosts energetic beach parties every night, featuring live music, DJs, and fireworks at Ark Bar Beach Club. The restaurants’ menu count 26 pages filled with Thai and international delicacies, finger food, and no less than 60 cocktails! If you want to party right on the beach, Ark Bar Beach Club and Resort should undoubtedly be your next holiday destination in Samui.
2Baobab Restaurant Lamai
- Open: daily from 07:00 – 02:00
- Telephone: 077 961 334
Baobab is a quaint beach restaurant located just south of Ammatara Pura Pool Villas on Lamai Beach. Featuring a beach club atmosphere, rustic yet comfortable setting, friendly staff, and a thick menu hosting a great choice of delicious Thai, French and western dishes, Baobab is decidedly the right place to spend a relaxing day on Lamai Beach. Run by a Franco-Thai couple, Baobab leaves no place to wonder why it became one of the most popular beachfront venues in Lamai.
3Nikki Beach Samui Lipa Noi
- Open: 09:00 – 18:00 daily
- Telephone: 084 838 3040
Nikki Beach Samui humbly describes itself as the “sexiest place on Earth”. Located in Lipa Noi, on the western coast of Samui, this state-of-the-art resort and trendy beach club brought to the popular island of Samui its long experience in entertaining jet-setter crowds on the beachfront with expansive buffets, live performances, beach barbecues, film screenings and more. Featuring chic settings, festive atmosphere, top-notch catering, and deliciously potent cocktails, Nikki Beach Samui is a fashionable venue that has all the assets for a memorable day (and night) on a cool tropical beachfront.
4Beach Republic Lamai
- Open: daily from 09:00 - late
- Telephone: 077 914 500
Beach Republic is an elegant and stylish beachfront venue located in the northern area of Lamai. Featuring impressive modern architecture, the resort’s restaurant features both indoor and outdoor areas set on the swimming pool deck, with direct access to the beach. Beach Republic’s menu specialises in a modern Thai and international cuisine characterised by a subtle mix of flavours. Special events are organised on a daily basis and, on occasion, live music performances are rocked by national and international artists and DJs. Beach Republic also hosts a great choice of entertaining options, from Escapology (a real-life escape game) to Whisgars (fine whisky and cigar lounge) to wedding ceremonies to Sunday brunches; there is always something happening in this chic and trendy venue.
5Eat Sense Chaweng
- Open: 08:00 – 23:00
- Telephone: 077 458 100
Eat Sense Beach Restaurant is almost an institution on Chaweng’s dining scene. Serving only top-notch quality dishes prepared with organic ingredients, Eat Sense’s cuisine is genuine, delectable and, above all, healthy. Featuring a nice choice of Thai and international classics, this beachfront venue’s menu could satisfy the most demanding customers. Open for lunch and dinner – their candle-lit dinners are especially renowned. Eat Sense comprises no less than six dining areas, including two that are air-conditioned. The restaurant can also hosts private dinners and parties for weddings and birthdays.
6Coast Beach Bar & Grill Chaweng
- Open: 11:00 – 00:00
- Telephone: 077 414 242
Coast is a superb beachfront venue specialising in steak and seafood, located on the grounds of the stylish Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui in Chaweng - the prime holiday destination in Koh Samui. Designed and furnished in an elegant and chic Bohemian style associating natural and vivid colours, Coast is a cosy and comfortable beach club and restaurant. Coast’s lunch menu features all the classic dishes of such a venue - from salad to burgers, to pasta - while its dinner menu is definitely in phase with contemporary trends regarding beach dining as it features a great choice of seafood delights such as US scallops, Tasmanian salmon steak, tuna and salmon ceviche (a delicious South America cold lemon soup), and more, as well as meats grilled to perfection on the barbecue.
- Open: 12:00 – 23:00
- Telephone: 077 230 500 Ext 595
Zenzibar is a cool restaurant set right on Maenam Beach, between Ampha Place Hotel and Hutcha Resort, in the north of Samui Island. The perfect place for a laid-back lunch or dinner with your toes in the sand, this unpretentious family-run restaurant serves a great choice of traditional Thai dishes, international delicacies, and seafood fare. Even though the restaurant is facing north, with great views to Koh Phangan lying 12km away, Zenzibar is a reputed sundowner spot renowned for the quality of its cocktails (try out their Mojito!). Relaxed and friendly, Zenzibar would please any vacationer in search of a genuine exotic beachside dining in Koh Samui.
8Swing Bar & Restaurant Lamai
- Open: 11:00 – 23:00
- Telephone: 086 268 8178
Swing Bar & Restaurant is one of the liveliest venues on the Lamai beachfront. Belonging to Rich Resort Beachside Hotel, Swing is located a stroll away from Lamai centre. Featuring both indoor and outdoor areas, Swing is the largest beachfront venue in Lamai; at the same time a bar, restaurant, beach club, and nightclub. Serving excellent and reasonably-priced Thai and European fare, Swing is mostly renowned for its animated parties featuring fire shows and DJs every night, at which punters can enjoy themselves with potent cocktails or ‘buckets’ (alcohol plus energy drink plus soft drink mixed in a bucket). Read More...
9The Island View Restaurant Taling Ngam
- Open: 07:30 – late
- Telephone: 077 424 208
The Island View is a tropical restaurant dream come true. Situated in Taling Ngam, on the southwestern coast of Koh Samui, this quaint venue is set right on the beach, under the shade of coconut trees. Serving a good range of Thai and international favourites, The Island View’s main speciality is seafood, prepared in style by a talented chef and his team, all of them immaculately dressed in white. The climax of the day at The Island View is sunset time: a relaxing moment at which customers can enjoy special prices for cocktails, most of them just 100 baht.
10Hacienda Beach Restaurant Maenam
- Open: 11:00 – 21:00
- Telephone: 093 575 8209
Named after the resort to which it belongs, Hacienda Beach Restaurant is a lovely exotic venue set on the white powdered sand of Maenam Beach, in the north of Samui Island. Featuring an open-sided contemporary-style dining room and a beachfront deck, it is definitely a cool place to sip a fresh drink and enjoy a hearty meal. Opened only for lunch, Hacienda Beach Restaurant serves a cool choice of beach club classics – salads, sandwiches, and finger food – as well as delicious Thai specialties, meat and seafood. The perfect place to spend a cool day on the beach with family, the restaurant has sun loungers and umbrellas on offer for its customers.
- Open: 11:00 – 16:00
- Telephone: 077 427 036