Napasai, A Belmond Hotel, Koh Samui

Koh Samui’s north shore hideaway

Napasai, A Belmond Hotel is living proof that getting away from it all doesn’t have to mean forgoing luxury. Thanks to its post along Koh Samui’s north shore, the Thailand retreat enjoys extra privacy away from the crowds, while a clever elongated layout from renowned hotel architect Bill Bensley allows for Gulf of Thailand views from almost every villa.

After all, those ocean vistas are the real draw here and Napasai takes full advantage of its premium address. A private stretch of sand overlooking calm seas provides a serene spot to soak up the island sun, as does a stunning infinity pool that reflects lush tropical greenery from its still waters. An intimate spa allows for secluded relaxation while a seemingly endless array of activities keep restless travelers entertained. No matter what you’re searching for, you’re likely to find it and more at Napasai.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • An open-air pavilion welcomes you to Napasai, A Belmond Hotel with sea breezes and ocean views. A cold towel, chilled water and a scoop of coconut ice cream offer a refreshing first impression of this tropical paradise.
  • From Thai boxing to snorkeling and everything in between, the Koh Samui resort presents nearly endless ways to stay active. Cooking classes and guided excursions provide a taste of local culture.
  • Spacious villas are simple in design but thoughtful in the details. Real hardwood floors, silk brocade and stone soaking tubs elevate the beachy-chic vibe of the 660-plus-square-foot spaces while Thai-inspired tapestries add an authentic sense of place.
  • A freeform infinity-style pool anchors the property with a blend of sea views and lush palm trees that provide just enough shade from the island sun. Plenty of plush seating in the form of loungers, couches and cabanas ensures there’s ample room for everyone even during high season.
  • A private beach equipped with umbrellas, loungers and attended daybeds makes for a relaxing seaside retreat. The waters on Koh Samui’s north shore are remarkably calm, only adding to the ambiance.

The Restaurants

  • Local cuisine gets the white tablecloth treatment at signature dining venue Lai Thai Restaurant. Tuck into specialties such as a signature 10-hour sous vide massaman lamb shank, crab fried rice or super-crispy duck breast sweetened with pineapple and lychee.
  • For an extra special evening, request a sea-facing table at Lai Thai Restaurant to savor your meal with a dash of sunset views.
  • Dine with your toes in the sand beneath swaying palms and glowing paper lanterns at Beach Restaurant. Barbecue fare is the order of the day alongside the catch of the day and even a few vegan options like mushroom risotto.
  • Those with a sweet tooth can savor classic treats with a tropical twist from Beach Restaurant’s dessert menu — think chocolate and chili ganache or a sweet and tart mulberry lime cake featuring locally picked fruit.
  • After dark, Napasai, A Belmond Hotel’s pool area transforms into the uber-chic bar, Infinity. Sip on signature cocktails and light Thai bites at a table that’s being illuminated by the glow of hundreds of flickering candles.

Getting There
65/10 Baan Tai, Maenam, Surat Thani, Koh Samui, 84330 Thailand
USM (26-40 min)  
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