Koh Samet is one of the most accessible islands from Pattaya with ferries leaving from Ban Phe Pier in Rayong province, just over an hour’s car journey from the city. The island is renowned for its long white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and tree-lined hills. It is a great place to get away from the hectic life of Pattaya, although it can become quite crowded with tourists in the high-season. You can find hotels to suit any budget with all being either beachfront or very close to the beach. Here are seven of the top hotels on the island.
1. Paradee Resort
Paradee Resort is the only 5-star hotel on the island and has some genuinely outstanding villas available. It is situated on the secluded Ao Koi Beach and has some fabulous amenities including a gym, spa and massage and a selection of onsite bars and a restaurant. This 40 villa resort also caters for weddings if you are looking for something that extra bit special.
2. Samed Villa Resort
Samed Villa Resort is located on the idyllic Ao Phai Beach. It is one of the most well-established hotels on the island and was even rebuilt as far back as 1987. The bungalows have a simple but tasteful design and are hugely appealing, making the Samed Villa Resort amongst the best on Koh Samet. It is also home to one of the most popular beach restaurants.
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3. Sai Kaew Beach Resort
As the name would suggest, the resort is located directly on Sai Kaew Beach and is a relaxing resort with excellent amenities. It is aimed more at families than perhaps others on our list, which can be appealing. Again, they have their own restaurants and bars onsite and can cater for weddings. Here you can leave all your stresses behind and relax regardless of how long you stay.
4. Samed Grandview Resort
Samed Grandview Resort is a 3-star hotel on Sai Kaew Beach with all rooms having impressive wooden balconies or verandas where you can take in the stunning views. There is an onsite restaurant as well as a bar where you can sit and enjoy a relaxing meal or contemplate participating in one of the many activities available such as a ride on a banana boat or game of beach volleyball.
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5. Miss Hong House
Miss Hong House is a budget 2-star hotel but is better than its rating suggests and is close to Sai Kaew Beach. The rooms are clean and simple, and although the facilities are a little limited, there is plenty nearby to keep you occupied. All rooms have free WiFi with barbeques being available if you enjoy cooking for yourself. Miss Hong House is a particularly popular hotel with backpackers and those on a budget.
6. Ao Prao Resort
Ao Prao Resort is a boutique hotel on one of the quieter beaches on the island with more dramatic features thanks to the rugged rocks and jungle-like surroundings. Here you will stay in Thai-style cottages and enjoy a fining dining experience along with a typically warm welcome from the service team. The facilities are again excellent meaning that you really can just lay back and relax.
7. Le Vimarn Cottages & Spa
Located at the heart of the unspoilt Ao Prao Beach, Le Vimarn is an exclusive boutique hotel with Thai Bali thatched cottages and tropical gardens. The resort has a swimming pool as well as spa and massage facilities along with several other activities that guests can participate in. It is another hotel that caters for weddings and has an excellent restaurant and bar.