There are no “exclusively gay” resorts on Koh Samui (and only couple of gay guesthouses listed below), but plenty have established a reputation for being exceptionally welcoming towards gay travellers.
Our hotel suggestions are divided by area:
Chaweng Beach - center of Samui entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
Lamai Beach / Hua Thanon - quieter part Chaweng, located in the south of the island.
Bo Phut / Choeng Mon - more peaceful choices in the north of Samui..
Nathon - Samui’s port and commercial hub for locals, located on the west of island.
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.
Near the gay scene.
11/2 Moo 2, Bophut, Chaweng
bar, bedroom, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, sun terrace, jacuzzi / hot pool, spa, beach, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 太阳浴, 温泉池, 温泉, 海滩, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
The Buris Rasa has a fabulous beachfront location at the quieter end of white sandy Chaweng Beach, and just a short stroll from the area popular with gay sunbathers. The spacious, air-conditioned guestrooms have aspects of both contemporary and traditional Thai styling. Room features include free WiFi, Thai bathroom amenities, flat screen TV’s with a variety of cable channels, a minibar and tea & coffee making facilities. Some rooms have their own private garden with outdoor furniture or plunge pool.
Outside, the resort has a gorgeous infinity-edge pool, plenty of cushioned sun loungers and offers an excellent ‘at seat’ beach service during the day. Buri Rasa has its own spa, but we think you will probably be more tempted to visit Mekkala Mens Spa – located just a short walk from the hotel. Or enjoy a drink at the nearby Site Bar.
Near the gay scene.
201 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road
bar, bedroom, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, sun terrace, spa, beach, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 太阳浴, 温泉, 海滩, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
The consistantly highly-ranked Banana Fan Sea Resort has an excellent beachfront location, near Buri Rasa at the quieter end of Chaweng Beach, but even closer to the area popular with gay sunbathers. The resort has a range of spacious, air-conditioned guestrooms and villas, some with fabulous sea views. Guestroom facilities include a minibar, tea & coffee making facilities and a flat screen TV’s with satellite channels.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available at the resort’s beachfront Baitong Restaurant – although there is a huge choice of cafés and restaurants within easy walking distance. The hotel has its own swimming pool and plenty of comfortable sun loungers for guests to use. Gay guests can expect the warmest of welcomes and excellent service.
100, Moo 2, Chaweng
bar, bedroom, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, gym, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 健身房, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 15% discount on Superior Room until 25th December 2013.
Located at the north end of Chaweng Beach, the gay-friendly Kulaypan hotel offers good value for money accommodation far enough away from party central to relax, but close enough a night out. All 42 rooms are uniquely designed in a minimalist Zen style and many have an inspiring view of the sea or the extensive gardens.
159/89 Moo 2, Chaweng
bedroom, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, beach, free wi-fi (卧室, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 海滩, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Friendly resort on Chaweng Beach located right in the heart of the nightlife and restaurant area and close to the Green Mango dance club. This is a lively, fun resort that has a great beachfront location. So if you are the type who likes an early night, then look elsewhere.
Ark Bar Resort offers a wide range of water sports including windsurfing, sailing and even a free dive lesson in the hotel pool. The restaurant serves tasty Thai dishes, excellent cocktails and stays open late. Great choice for party animals looking for value for money accommodation.
162/49-50 Moo 2 Chaweng Road, Bo Phut, Chaweng
bedroom, restaurant, swimming pool, steam room, massage, jacuzzi / hot pool, spa, free wi-fi (卧室, 餐厅, 游泳池, 蒸汽房, 按摩, 温泉池, 温泉, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 60% discount on Deluxe Room until 15th July 2013.
Modern, clean hotel located just across the road from the beach, and only steps away from all the shopping and dining options on Chaweng Beach Road. Nora Chaweng offers comfortable, contemporary rooms with facilities that include a flat screen TV, an electronic safe, minibar, coffee & tea makers and free WiFi. The hotel has its own swimming pool, a spa and lounge bar.
90/ 1 Moo 2, Bophut, Chaweng
bedroom, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, massage, jacuzzi / hot pool, spa (卧室, 餐厅, 网际, 游泳池, 按摩, 温泉池, 温泉) Updated: 05-02-2013
Agoda - stay 5 nights, get 10% discount on Superior Bungalow until 14th July 2013.
Centrally located beachfront resort managed by a team who fully understand the gay market. Baan Chaweng’s spacious guestrooms are traditionally Thai-styled with plenty of beautiful wood furnishes. Some rooms have partial sea views. Each room has a safety deposit box, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities and a private balcony. WiFi is available in public areas.
Whilst the beach is just a few steps from your room, the resort does have its own swimming pool, sun terrace and spa. The onsite Leelavadee Restaurant offers a comprehensive selection of Thai dishes. Recommended.
111 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach
bar, bedroom, cafe, internet access (酒吧, 卧室, 咖啡馆, 网际) Updated: 04-04-2013
Great value for money bungalows located on a fine white sandy beach (albeit the water is very shallow at this point along the beach). The bungalow accommodation is simply furnished but comfortable and clean. OP has a very good Thai/Chinese beach restaurant that serves up tasty food all day long at very reasonable prices.
In the evening, the gay scene comes to you at OP Bungalows, with beach volleyball being played by local guys. The sport is taken very seriously and is fun to watch. The resort is within walking distance of the nightlife along Chaweng Beach road. No pool, no frills, but good service and low cost.
119/21 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach
bar, bedroom, cafe, restaurant, shop, internet access, massage (酒吧, 卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 铺子, 网际, 按摩) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 15% discount on Standard Fan Bungalow until 31st December 2013.
Backpackers’ favorite resort. Your Place offers comfortable, value for money bungalows with a bathroom, desk, fan and a terrace. The resort’s restaurant is right on the beach and serves good seafood and Thai dishes. Massage service available.
159/86 Moo 2, Bophut, Chaweng Beach
bar, bedroom, restaurant, internet access, massage (酒吧, 卧室, 餐厅, 网际, 按摩) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 60% discount on Bungalow (air-con with breakfast) until 31st October 2013.
Value for money, beachfront accommodation in the heart of Chaweng. Al’s Hut has 32 bungalows (20 with fans and 12 with air conditioning). The bungalows are just moments from the beach, surrounded by mature tropical and just a short walk from all the nightlife and restaurants in the area. Internet is available for a fee. Al’s restaurant serves Thai and international cuisine, BBQ, and grilled seafood. Good value for money.
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.
bar, bedroom, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, sun terrace, spa, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 太阳浴, 温泉, 免费无线上网) Updated: 05-07-2013
The Beluga Boutique Hotel is an adults-only boutique hotel located on a secluded part of Lamai Beach, directly behind a rock formation that forms a beautiful natural pool and quasi private beach.
The hotel is ‘child free’ and located on a secluded beach, protected by huge rocks. Guests can swim in a giant natural aquarium, sip a cocktail at sunset at the bar, enjoy a meal in the restaurant, a massage on the private roof terrace overlooking the bay or just relax on the comfortable sunbeds.
69/6 Moo 4 T. Na Mueang, Na Mueang
bedroom, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, massage, jacuzzi / hot pool, gym, spa (卧室, 餐厅, 网际, 游泳池, 按摩, 温泉池, 健身房, 温泉) Updated: 05-02-2013
Agoda - 50% discount on Superior Room until 15th July 2013.
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 is a good choice for those wanting 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.
51/4 Moo 4, Big Buddha Beach, Bo Phut
bedroom, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, jacuzzi / hot pool, spa, free wi-fi (卧室, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 温泉池, 温泉, 免费无线上网) Updated: 05-02-2013
Agoda - 35% discount on Suite Room until 30th June 2013.
Gay-managed and gay-friendly boutique resort located 5 minutes from Fisherman’s Village and 15 minutes from the busy Chaweng Beach. Saboey offers 18 spacious villas and suites that are tastefully designed in contemporary Thai style. The resort is set in private, lush tropical gardens and features an infinity pool and cascading jacuzzi allowing seamless view onto the sea. Even more fabulous – Saboey can arrange for gay massage, gay cruise, gay wedding, gay diving, etc.
117 Moo 1,Tambon Bophut, Bo Phut
bar, bedroom, cafe, restaurant, shop, swimming pool, steam room, massage, sauna, sun terrace, jacuzzi / hot pool, gym, spa, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 铺子, 游泳池, 蒸汽房, 按摩, 桑拿, 太阳浴, 温泉池, 健身房, 温泉, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
We think there are lots of very good reasons to choose the award winning Zazen. Location – on a pristine beach front. Accommodation - just 26 private garden and beachfront bungalows, each of which are individually styled and luxuriously furnished. Food – the fabulous Zazen restaurant with its ‘East Meets West’ cuisine from master chef, Cyrille Keyse, is one of our favourites on the island.
Zazen really is a distinctive resort with its own unique design offering great service and a warm welcome to all.
165/88 Moo 1, Bophut
bedroom, shop, swimming pool, jacuzzi / hot pool, gym, free wi-fi (卧室, 铺子, 游泳池, 温泉池, 健身房, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Gay-friendly condo-hotel in a quiet area of Bophut that is popular with long-stay gay clientele. Arisara Place features modern air-conditioned rooms with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area, flat screen cable TV, DVD player and free WiFi. The property also has a small gym and an outdoor pool. There is no restaurant onsite, but the numerous dining options in Fisherman’s Village are just minutes away.
178 Moo 1, Bophut
bedroom, restaurant, shop, internet access, swimming pool, massage, jacuzzi / hot pool (卧室, 餐厅, 铺子, 网际, 游泳池, 按摩, 温泉池) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - stay 3 nights, get 20% discount on Bungalow until 15th July 2013.
Lovely 4-star property in Bophut with easy access to Fisherman’s Village and many dining choices. The bungalows and villas at Peace Resort are spacious and feature a private terrace with sea or garden views, air conditioning, flat screen TV, DVD player, tea & coffee making facilities and minibar. WiFi is available for a fee. The Sea Wrap restaurant offers French and Thai cuisine, with the option of dining outdoors right on the beach! Excellent breakfast and service.
178/2 Moo 1, Bophut
bar, bedroom, restaurant, shop, swimming pool, steam room, massage, sauna, jacuzzi / hot pool, gym, spa, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 餐厅, 铺子, 游泳池, 蒸汽房, 按摩, 桑拿, 温泉池, 健身房, 温泉, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 30% discount on Superior Room until 15th July 2013.
Another excellent choice in Bophut is the Bandara Resort & Spa. This beachfront 4-star resort features villas with private gardens and suites with private balconies overlooking extensive tropical gardens. The modern Thai-style guest rooms feature an entertainment system, refrigerator, safe and free WiFi. The Bandara has a 40-meter swimming pool and extensive sun terrace. A range of local and international dishes can be enjoyed on the beachfront or in the tropical garden. Bandara’s Chom Dao restaurant is particularly well-known for serving fresh seafood and BBQ dishes. As gay-friendly as it gets!
Location-wise, the Bandara is a 5-minute walk from Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village and a 15-minute drive from popular Chaweng Beach and Samui Airport.
95 Moo 1, Bophut
bedroom, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, beach (卧室, 餐厅, 网际, 游泳池, 海滩) Updated: 04-04-2013
Surrounded by tropical gardens and coconut trees, Smile House is a great value for money accommodation located on Bo Phut’s white sandy beach. The bungalows feature wooden furnishings, cable TV, air conditioning, a private terrace and minibar. WiFi is available but charges apply. Smile House has a beach front restaurant and an outdoor pool. A popular budget level choice with gay travelers.
180/10 Moo 1, Bo Phut
bedroom, cafe, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, massage, spa (卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 网际, 游泳池, 按摩, 温泉) Updated: 04-04-2013
Located on a quiet stretch of beach in Bophut, 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. WiFi is free in public areas. Lawana’s onsite restaurant serves Thai and international dishes as well as breakfast buffet.
98 Moo 1, Bophut
bedroom, swimming pool, free wi-fi (卧室, 游泳池, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Cute, stylish hotel in the center 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.
30/5 Moo 4, Bo Phut
bedroom, cafe, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, free wi-fi (卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Beach resort close to the pier and a short taxi ride from the more popular areas. All rooms are equipped with king-sized bed, air conditioning, minibar, safe and free WiFi. The beach is so-so, but Samui Pier is a great place to stay for those heading to the Full Moon Party. The pier next door has several ferries per day going to the surrounding islands for day tours. Helpful and friendly staff to ensure guests an enjoyable stay.
Gay-owned & managed.
19/9 Moo 1, Mae Nam
bar, bedroom, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, massage, sun terrace (酒吧, 卧室, 餐厅, 网际, 游泳池, 按摩, 太阳浴) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 50% discount on Run Of House until 30th November 2013.
Gay-owned and of course, a very gay-friendly budget level resort, set in tropical gardens on the north side of the island, about 700 meters (8 minutes walk) from the beach. 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.
130/24 Moo 1, Soi Kaopra
Bophut, Tel.+66 (0) 86 5533802
bedroom, free wi-fi (卧室, 免费无线上网) Updated: 03-17-2013
If you are looking for an exclusively gay guesthouse, then Wonderworld may be just the place for you. Wonderworld offers one apartment and two bedrooms, all with air conditioning, free tea & coffee and WiFi. Located in a quiet area between Chaweng and Bophut.
Gay-owned & managed.
221/m2 Bophut, Koh Samui Surat Thani, Choengmon
bedroom, restaurant, beach, free wi-fi (卧室, 餐厅, 海滩, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Banyan House is a gay-owned and -managed two-story contemporary Thai-styled guesthouse, located just north of Chaweng Beach. The owners and their four friendly Bassett Hounds offer gay guests a particularly warm welcome.
There are three standard en suite rooms (“Banyan Leaf”) with either a king-sized bed or twins, air conditioning and showers. There are two further deluxe guestrooms on the first floor that have bathtubs, showers and either a terrace or balcony overlooking the garden. WiFi is available throughout the property and is free. 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.
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.
Super beach club.
96/3 Moo 2 Lipa Noi, Nathon
bar, music, bedroom, cafe, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, gym, free wi-fi (酒吧, 音乐, 卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 健身房, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
One of the finest luxury resorts on the west coast of Samui. The fabulously gay-friendly Nikki Beach Resort offers 16 exclusive contemporary styled beach-front bungalows that feature a 42-inch flat-screen TV, iPod dock and free WiFi. Dubbed the world’s sexiest beach club by the London Observer newspaper, Nikki’s has a massive beach club focused around a large pool and sun terrace, and a prominent DJ booth where resident DJ spins quality tunes, specializing in house music. Nikki Beach’s onsite restaurant serves a wide range of international and signature dishes. Gay travellers will also enjoy the resort’s gym facilities and massage services.
Samui’s relatively small gay scene offers a fun, relaxed alternative to Phuket & Pattaya.
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