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This library is too cool for school. The entire resort is a sparkling white mirage accented with black trimming and slatted curtains...
Find a taste (and scent if you light your complimentary incense) of Indochine at this resort that recreates the elegance of 1940s and '50s colonial Asia...
Simple whites, lacquered teak and blazing red accents set the colour scheme at this small, hip address along Hat Chaweng’s southern sands...
Thai-style wooden doors lead to private villa patios and simple yet elegant rooms...
Tango features a string of bungalows arranged along a teak boardwalk that meanders away from an excellent but busy stretch of beach...
Mae Nam Beach
If Apple computers designed a hotel, this is what it would look like – all sleek modern lines, white and not a hint of dust...
Choeng Mon Beach
For serious pampering, head to this secluded luxury gem. Expansive and impeccably maintained, the hilly grounds make the cluster of bungalows look more like a small village...
Smack dab in the middle of Hat Lamai, varnished-teak yet frilly Samui Jasmine is a great deal. Go for the lower-priced rooms – most have excellent views of the ocean and the crystal-coloured lap pool.
After passing through the marble lobby, a small staircase suddenly opens onto a tropical paradise that feels miles away from busy Chaweng...
3 star hotel
Nora Chaweng is not on the beach, but this newer addition to the Chaweng bustle has swankily designed rooms, an inviting on-site pool and a relaxing spa studio.
If penny-pinching is your game, you won’t find anything cheaper than Green, although there isn’t much in the way of atmosphere…
Although the views of McDonald’s across the street are far from charming, this central cheapie has freshly refurbished rooms that are well-priced and pull off ‘minimal-chic’ instead of feeling spartan.
4 star hotel
Across the river from the TAT office, Wangtai tries its best to provide a corporate hotel atmosphere...
The Lodge feels like a colonial hunting chalet with pale walls and dark wooden beams jutting across the ceiling, except it all looks out over blue-green sea...
New owners have spiffed up this small hotel with teak windows aplenty, which let in lovely muted light. Decor is a tasteful mix of Thai and a touch of Ikea thanks to the Swedish half of the British/Swede ownership...
Hua Thanon Beach
Villa Nalinnadda’s exterior walls are swathed in undulating waves of white adobe that mimic the bubbling water in the rectangular plunge pool...
Although expensive, this small hotel is worth the splurge. The rooms are fastidiously clean and they all feature floor-to-ceiling windows that face the cerulean bay.
A two-minute walk to the beach, this excellent-value small hotel has two storeys of big, tastefully furnished, tiled rooms encircling the lobby and an incongruous dipping pool.
2 star hotel
The row house doubles and deluxe rooms in the new building have a warm, butter-yellow, near-Mexican style, but avoid the darker, mustier bungalows across from reception...
2.5 star hotel
This spiffed-up Chinese hotel has surprising touches like bright paint, colourful throw cushions and modern art on the walls. It's clean, very central and the best bargain in town.
This beautiful property with stilted bamboo bungalows is set below the jagged cliffs and is removed from Khao Sok’s budget huddle. If you need air-con, come here.
Clean, tiled, fan-cooled bungalows all have balconies or patios, and are set in split-level duplex style blocks. The most expensive overlook the river.
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