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Chaweng beach is one of the biggest and best on Samui. The area has a huge choice of hotels and is the epicenter of Samui nightlife (gay and straight) with numerous bars, restaurants and shops for all tastes, ages and budget.
8.6 Very Good - based on 511 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Best seller. Beachfront location. Great value.
The beachfront OZO Chaweng Samui has stylish rooms, modern technology, great services and facilities to match.
Located on the popular Chaweng Beach Road, the hotel is ideal for days on the beach and nights at the local gay bars.
Each contemporary-styled room features a flat screen cable TV, refrigerator, air conditioning, electric kettle, safe, free WiFi and a balcony with excellent views.
The hotel has its own restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, gym and tour desk.
7.9 Good - based on 2343 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Great for partying. Popular bar. Near the nightlife.
This great-value beachfront resort is located right in the heart of Samui’s busy nightlife and restaurant area on Chaweng Beach, near the Green Mango dance club – a perfect option for party animals, straight or gay.
ARK Bar Resort features 3 outdoor pools with 4 bars and offers a range of activities such as windsurfing, sailing and even free dive lessons.
Guest rooms are in modern Thai style, each with wooden floors, flat screen TV, free WiFi and safety deposit box.
The onsite ARK Bar beach club & restaurant is a destination in its own right, serving tasty Thai food and excellent cocktails.
9.1 Fantastic - based on 477 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Walk to the bars & clubs. Beachfront location.
Beautiful beachfront resort at the quieter end of the gay-popular Chaweng Beach. The large, air-conditioned rooms have aspects of both contemporary and traditional Thai styling.
Features include free WiFi, flat screen cable TV, minibar and tea & coffee making facilities. Some rooms have a private garden with outdoor furniture or plunge pool.
The resort has a gorgeous infinity-edge pool with plenty of cushioned sun loungers and offers an ‘at seat’ beach service during the day.
Buri Rasa has its own spa, but you will probably be more tempted to visit Mekkala Men’s Spa – located just a short walk away.
8.3 Very Good - based on 697 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: On Chaweng Beach. Fabulous views & facilities.
Located on the famous Chaweng Beach, the great-value Samui Resotel offers beautiful rooms with garden or ocean views, a fabulous pool, a well-equipped gym, an Italian/Thai restaurant, 3 bars and a dive centre.
The rooms have comfortable beds, flat screen TV, tea & coffee maker and free WiFi. Massage and room service are available.
The resort’s tour desk can help organise day trips, transports and excursions.
Why this hotel: Beachfront location. Near gay nightlife & town centre.
The highly-rated Banana Fan Sea enjoys an excellent beachfront location at the quieter part of Chaweng Beach and just a short walk from the gay nightlife.
The hotel offers a range of spacious, air-conditioned rooms and villas, some with fabulous sea views.
Facilities include flat screen satellite TV, minibar and tea & coffee making facilities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at the beachfront Baitong restaurant, although many cafés and eateries are within easy walking distance.
The hotel has its own swimming pool and plenty of comfortable sun loungers.
Gay guests can expect the warmest of welcomes and excellent service.
8.2 Very Good - based on 662 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Near the beach Excellent value. Free WiFi.
This smart-value Mercure Samui is just a few minutes’ walk from the quieter end of the sandy Chaweng beach – an area that is generally popular with the gay community.
Th hotel is also equally close to many shops and restaurants along Chaweng beach road.
The stylish, modern air-conditioned rooms feature a flat screen satellite TV, free WiFi, tea & coffee making facilities, free bottled water and an in-room safe.
3 Star - Last Minute Special Superior Bungalow. Breakfast Included, Free WiFi access$58.77 / $52.89
Samui Island Resort
3 Star - Limited Time Offer. Deluxe Garden View. Breakfast Included, Free WiFi access$38.32 / $36.4
Chaweng Beachcomber Hotel
3 Star - Limited Time Offer. Superior with Breakfast. Breakfast Included, Free WiFi access$152.32 / $137.09
Buri Rasa Village Hotel
4 Star - Walk to the bars & clubs. Beachfront location. Deluxe Hot Deal. Breakfast Included, Free WiFi access$176.3 / $123.41
Tango Luxe Samui Beach Villa
4 Star - Limited Time Offer. Junior Suite Pool Villa. Breakfast Included, Free WiFi access$71.51 / $64.36
Manathai Koh Samui
4 Star - Limited Time Offer. Deluxe Balcony . Breakfast Included, Free WiFi accessSee all offers and discounts in SamuiIn partnership with Agoda.com
7.9 Good - based on 459 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Near the gay nightlife. Stylish design. Great value.
Located at the north end of Chaweng Beach, the gay-friendly Muang Kulaypan offers good value for money accommodation – far enough away from party central to relax, but close enough for a night out.
All 42 guest rooms are uniquely designed in minimalist Zen style, and many have an inspiring view of the sea or the extensive gardens.
A popular choice on Travel Gay Asia.
8 Good - based on 408 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Excellent location. Walk to the beach & bars.
Great-value, modern hotel in a very convenient location, just across from the beach, and steps away from all the shops, restaurants and gay nightlife on Chaweng Beach Road.
Nora Chaweng offers comfortable, modern rooms with flat screen TV, electronic safe, minibar, coffee & tea maker and free WiFi.
The hotel has a fabulous swimming pool, a spa and a lounge bar.
8.4 Very Good - based on 681 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Value for money. Great location. Ocean views.
Centrally located, beachfront resort managed by a team who fully understand the gay market. Baan Chaweng’s spacious rooms are traditionally Thai-styled with beautiful wood furnishes.
Each room has a safe, minibar, tea & coffee maker and a private balcony. Some rooms have partial sea views.
Whilst the beach is just a few steps from your room, the resort has its own swimming pool, sun terrace and spa.
The onsite Leelavadee Restaurant offers a great selection of Thai dishes.
7.6 Good - based on 248 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Gay-popular Bungalow style. Budget choice.
Gay-popular budget resort on a white sandy beach (albeit the water is very shallow at this point along the beach).
These bungalows are simply furnished but comfortable and clean.
The resort has a very good Thai/Chinese restaurant that serves up tasty food all day long at very reasonable prices.
O.P. Bungalow is within walking distance of the nightlife along Chaweng Beach Road. No pool, no frills, but good service and low cost.
This area is located in the south Koh Samui, further down from the popular Chaweng Beach. It is generally quieter, with calmer waters and a more “chilled out” vibe at most of the resorts. Several luxury resorts can be found here.
9 Very Good - based on 103 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: On Lamai Beach. Adults only. Boutique choice.
Adults-only resort located on a secluded part of Lamai Beach, directly behind a rock formation that forms a beautiful natural pool and quasi private beach.
Formerly ‘The Dinky Rock’, the Beluga Boutique Hotel has a private beach protected by huge rocks.
You can swim in a giant natural aquarium, sip a cocktail at the bar, enjoy a meal in the restaurant, get a massage on the private roof terrace or just relax on the comfortable sun beds.
7.2 Good - based on 40 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Very gay-friendly. Large rooms. Superb dining & pool.
Gay-friendly and partly gay-owned resort, located in a very quiet area in the south of the island, just a 10-minute walk from quiet sandy beach.
Ban Kao Tropical is a good choice if you want privacy, space and reasonably-priced accommodation.
Surrounded by a beautiful coconut plantation, Ban Kao offers comfortable, modern rooms and villas, a restaurant, a club house, swimming pool, gym and spa.
Many recommended resorts are located along the beaches of Choeng Mon, Mae Nam and Bo Phut (which is also known as “Fisherman’s Village”). This area is more peaceful than Chaweng, has calmer waters protected by the Samui’s northern headland and views of the distant Koh Phangan.
8.4 Very Good - based on 72 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Award winner. Fabulous dining. Boutique choice.
The award-winning Zazen Resort has a pristine beachfront location in a quiet area of BoPhut, a 5-minute walk from Fisherman’s Village.
It features 26 uniquely styled, luxury bungalows with free WiFi.
The fabulous Zazen Restaurant with its ‘East meets West’ cuisine from master chef, Jean-Francoise.
A distinctive boutique resort with a stylish design that appeals to gay guests and offering great service and a warm welcome to all.
7.9 Good - based on 216 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Boutique option. Near Fisherman's Village. Great value.
Saboey is a small, gay-friendly boutique resort, located 5 minutes from Fisherman’s Village and 15 minutes from the popular Chaweng Beach.
It features an infinity pool and cascading jacuzzi with stunning beach and sea views.
Set in private, lush tropical gardens, each of the 18 spacious villas and suites is tastefully designed in contemporary Thai style.
All have air conditioning, king-sized bed, terrace and free WiFi.
7.9 Good - based on 48 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Apartment style. Excellent pool. Great service.
Gay-friendly condo-hotel in a quiet area of BoPhut that is popular with long-stay gay guests.
Arisara Place features modern air-conditioned rooms with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area, flat screen cable TV, DVD player and free WiFi.
The hotel has a small gym and a nice outdoor pool. There is no restaurant onsite, but numerous dining options in Fisherman’s Village are just minutes away.
8.3 Very Good - based on 429 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Fabulous views. Excellent dining. Large rooms.
Lovely 4-star hotel in BoPhut, Peace Resort is close to Fisherman’s Village and many restaurants in the area.
The spacious bungalows and villas feature a private terrace with sea or garden views, air conditioning, flat screen TV, DVD player, tea & coffee making facilities and minibar.
The in-house Sea Wrap restaurant offers French and Thai cuisine, with the option of dining outdoors right on the beach! Excellent breakfast and service.
8.4 Very Good - based on 466 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Close to the beach. Superb location. Fabulous pool.
Excellent beachfront villas and suites with private gardens and balconies overlooking extensive tropical gardens.
The modern Thai-style rooms at the gay-friendly Bandara Resort feature an entertainment system, refrigerator, safe and free WiFi.
The resort has a 40-metre swimming pool and sun terrace. A range of local and international cuisine can be enjoyed on the beachfront or in the garden. The onsite Chom Dao restaurant serves fresh seafood and BBQ dishes.
The resort is a 5-minute walk from Fisherman’s Village and a 15-minute drive from popular Chaweng Beach and Samui Airport.
8.4 Very Good - based on 212 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Beachfront bungalows. Great value. Budget choice.
A great-value beachside resort on BoPhut’s white sandy beach, surrounded by tropical gardens and coconut trees. Smile House has a beachfront restaurant and a great outdoor pool.
The bungalows feature wooden furnishings, cable TV, air conditioning, a private terrace and minibar. WiFi is available but charges apply.
A popular budget choice with gay travellers.
7.5 Good - based on 166 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Quiet area. Beachfront location. Great value.
Located on a quiet stretch of BoPhut beach, just 10 minutes’ walk to Fisherman’s Village. Lawana Resort has beautiful landscaped gardens, an outdoor pool and a beachfront restaurant.
The rooms and bungalows are fitted with air conditioning, cable TV, minibar and bathroom with bathtub.
Lawana’s onsite restaurant serves Thai and international dishes as well as breakfast buffet.
7.6 Good - based on 60 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Beachfront & stylish. Rooftop pool. Convenient location.
Cute, stylish hotel in the centre of Fisherman’s Village. L’Hacienda features a small rooftop pool with stunning views of the sea and the surrounding islands.
The contemporary Thai rooms offer a private terrace with beach views, en suite bathroom, minibar, safe and free WiFi.
Massage service also available.
7.1 Good - based on 78 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Gay-owned. Great bungalows. Budget option.
Gay-owned and very gay-friendly budget resort, set in tropical gardens on the north side of the island, about 700 metres (8 minutes’ walk) from the beach.
Tropical Garden Lounge offers a choice of thatched bungalows, all with air conditioning, minibar, and satellite TV.
The poolside bungalows feature recently refurbished open-air bathrooms and terraces.
8.1 Very Good - based on 37 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Gay-owned B&B. Quiet area. Great value.
This gay-owned and -managed,2-storey, contemporary Thai guesthouse is located just north of Chaweng Beach. The owners and their friendly Bassett Hounds offer gay guests a particularly warm welcome.
Banyan House has three standard en suite rooms, with either a king-sized bed or a twin, air conditioning and shower. The two deluxe rooms on the first floor have a bathtub and a balcony overlooking the garden. Free WiFi is available throughout.
Guests also have the use of a lounge and dining area. A Continental breakfast is served each morning.
A peaceful, relaxed and great value for money option.
130/24 Moo 1, BoPhut, Samui
Exclusively gay guesthouse. Wonderworld B&B offers one apartment and two bedrooms, all with air conditioning, free tea & coffee and WiFi.
Located in a quiet area between Chaweng and BoPhut.
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Nathon is the commercial hub for Samui locals, located on the west coast of the island. It remains the major port for fishing and inter-island transportation. The area is small enough to walk everywhere.
8.5 Very Good - based on 109 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Famous beach club. Luxury bungalows. Nice pool.
One of the finest resorts on the west coast of Samui. The very gay-friendly Nikki Beach offers 16 exclusive contemporary-styled beachfront bungalows that feature a 42″ flat-screen TV, iPod dock and free WiFi.
Dubbed the world’s sexiest beach club by the London Observer newspaper, Nikki has a massive beach club focused around a large pool and sun terrace, and a prominent DJ booth where resident DJ spins quality house music.
The onsite restaurant serves a wide range of international and signature dishes. Gay guests will also enjoy the resort’s gym facilities and massage services.
Located next to BoPhut along the northern coast of Samui, MaeNam Beach is a quiet, laid-back beach with a small village. The beach is well-known for its walking street market every Thursday.
7.9 Good - based on 22 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Gay-owned. Close to the beach. Budget choice.
A nice little guest house, run by a French/Thai gay couple. BeachWay is located at Maenam Beach, just 50 metres from one of the nicest beach on Samui. The gay scene is only at 6 km away, with disco, go-go bar, restaurant, massage spa and sauna.
BeachWay has been entirely renovated in 2015. All rooms are very clean and nicely decorated and feature free WiFi and private bathroom.
There is an onsite restaurant/café that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, specialising in Thai, European and Vietnamese food.