The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui

Oceanfront paradise with a private beach

When it comes to beach escapes, location is key and The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui delivers where it counts. Perched on a hill just 10 minutes from Samui International Airport, the luxurious resort is within arm’s reach of the island’s top attractions yet a world away from the racket.

If your goal is simply to relax by the beach without a care in the world, you won’t need to leave the island hideaway. Sprawled across 58 acres of a former coconut plantation, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui can rightfully be described as a spacious retreat. Thatched roof accommodations dot the verdant green hillside, while eight unique dining venues and an entire Spa Village cater to your every craving. Villas equipped with private pools mean you don’t have to venture beyond your room if you don’t want to, though two private beaches might just lure you away.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The Gulf of Thailand views are undoubtedly the highlight of a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui. Be sure to book an Ocean View Suite or Pool Villa to soak up the best vistas from your room.
  • With a host of dining venues from which to choose, you’ll quell any craving at this Koh Samui resort. Options ranging from Mediterranean to Thai mean that you won’t have to venture far from the hotel to find a satisfying meal.
  • Add a local twist to your workout routine with a training session in the hotel’s Muay Thai boxing ring. Those who prefer traditional cardio can take advantage of the wide range of classic equipment surrounding the ring.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui’s ocean-facing infinity pool is a picturesque spot to soak up some Thailand sun. Snag a partially submerged day bed and order up a cocktail from poolside Tides to enjoy the best of island living.
  • Those looking to go farther afield can charter an expedition on The Ritz-Carlton speedboat or Lumba-Lumba yacht. If you want to get even closer to the glistening waters, you can dip your toe into Thailand’s famed offshore diving with a guided snorkeling experience in the luxury hotel’s artificial swim reef — the only one of its kind in Southeast Asia.

The Restaurants

  • Dine on Southern Thai cuisine from the comfort of a private booth at Pak Tai. Individual dining pagodas overlooking the resort’s artificial reef become extra romantic after nightfall when illuminated by dozens of flickering candles.
  • If you’re craving a succulent steak, head for The Ranch to indulge in surf and turf fare with classic steakhouse sides, best enjoyed with a bottle of red from the restaurant’s extensive wine cellar.
  • Enjoy elevated Mediterranean fare by candlelight at The View Dining. The highlight of this white tablecloth affair is the uninterrupted ocean view made even more alluring with sea breezes that flow through the alfresco space.
  • Cantonese cuisine is the order of the day at Luk Yu, while international fare is complemented by gulf views at poolside Sea Salt. Adjacent to this relaxing eatery is Tides, a casual cocktail bar serving up refreshing sips and fresh ceviche.
  • Start your day with a bountiful breakfast buffet at Shook!, a breezy, open-air dining room flooded with natural light. Thai favorites like roasted red pork with rice or tofu seaweed soup are on offer alongside Western classics like pastries and eggs.

Getting There
9/123 Moo 5, Tamboon Bophut, Surat Thani, Koh Samui, 84320 Thailand
USM (14-20 min)  
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