Koh Samui

What was once a Thai fishing community and a destination that drew backpackers and ravers for its sensational beaches with cheap huts and full-moon parties, is now a grown up, smartened up, not-so-rustic beach destination with some of the best luxury beach resorts anywhere in the world. This Thailand's second largest island with its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense mountainous rainforest is also known as a wellness destination with hundreds of spas.

Today, Koh Samui has places to offer both the upscale resort goers, as well as adventurous backpackers. An island-wide law states that no building may be taller than the nearest coconut palm could be a reason why this tropical destination is so different to any other in Thailand and remains to keep its charm.



Best places to stuff your bellies after a long day at a beach or on a yacht.


Koh Thai Kitchen & Bar

7-11am breakfast, 12 noon - 5pm lunch, 6-10pm dinner, bar opens at noon, FOUR SEASONS RESORT
Bar Menu, Lunch Menu, Dinner Menu, Sunday Brunch, Afternoon Tea

One of the most amazing breakfast buffets of all times, not only in Samui, but anywhere. For lunch and dinner, this place serves authentic Thai flavours as well as great cocktails at the bar. Afternoon tea and Sunday brunch are another highlights here.



10am - 12 midnight, FOUR SEASONS RESORT
Drinks MenuLunch Menu, Dinner Menu

Part of the Four Seasons Resort, this pool/restaurant serves Latin-American food in a great atmosphere with cozy lounge beds. Try their ceviche and prawn tacos!


Coco Tam's X Peppina

Everyday from 11am, BOPHUT

Samui’s Coco Tam, known for refining the cabana bar look, has joined hands with Italian pizza purveyor Peppina for the beachfront dining spot Coco Tam’s x Peppina.


Gusto Italian Restaurant

Menu, Wine List

Located in Fisherman’s Village. Nice Italian place with imported ingredients. Our favourites are pizza with burrata and the oven-baked eggplant melanzane. Stick to pizza or pasta as that is what they do best.


Bar Baguette

8am - 10pm, CHAWENG BEACH (Menu)
8am - 11.30pm, BOPHUT (

This place has two branches and serves all day breakfast (yes!), pastries with a really good coffee. They also have a decaffeinated coffee which is hard to find in coffee shops on the island.


Zazen Restaurant

Lunch Menu, Dinner Menu, Tapas Menu, Afternoon Tea Menu, Wine List, Cocktails Menu

Moroccan decorated, French fine dining restaurant is one of our favourites on the island. They also have an extensive Thai cuisine menu.

Nikki BeacH CLUB

11am - 11pm, LIPA NOI

Beach club concept from Miami and New York, great for lunch, dinner or just sipping on cocktails in the pool while enjying the DJ’s lively tunes. Menu items include international and Thai dishes, sushi rolls and seafood.




Experience a culinary journey through contemporary Thai cuisine in a luxury environment at Jahn. This candle-lit dining room provides a stunning view of the moonlit resort and overlooks the Gulf of Thailand.



7am - 10pm, CONRAD KOH SAMUI

Zest restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining with an ocean view of the Gulf of Thailand. This place serves a generous breakfast buffet, and is also great for lunch or dinner serving Thai as well as international dishes.


Air BAr


This outdoor bar on the top of the hill, part of the Intercontinental hotel offers stunning views of the Five Islands (yes, there are five islands and yes they are called that) whilst sipping on classical or trying some new tropical cocktails.



6.30-10.30am breakfast, 12-5pm lunch, 6.30-10.30pm dinner, INTERCONTINENTAL SAMUI RESORT

After sunset drinks at the Air Bar, move just a few steps away to this Thai restaurant that offers classic Thai dishes from all regions of the country with a contemporary twist. Special dinner buffets are usually served on Monday (Japanese & seafood), Wednesday (Indian) and Thursday (Thai).



11am - 5pm lunch, 6-11pm dinner, INTERCONTINENTAL SAMUI RESORT

Seafood and fresh cuts of meat are grilled and this casual open-plan beachside restaurant. They offer great choice of items from both modern European and Thai cuisines. All you can eat selection of prime cuts and seafood is offered in a form of buffet on certain nights.


Crystal Bay Beach Club

7am - 10pm, LAMAI
Lunch Menu, Dinner Menu, Drinks Menu

Set on the nicest beach on the island, also called the Silver Beach. This restaurant serves international food, drinks and sometimes has a nice live music. You are welcome to use the beach as well as their swimming pool. Perfect for a relaxing lunch and a day on the beach.

Dr Frogs Bar & Grill

12 noon - late (kitchen closes 10.30pm), BOPHUT
Italian Menu, Thai Menu, Drinks & Desserts Menu

High up on the edge of the hill overlooking Chaweng Beach. This restaurant offers classic Italian and traditional Thai cousines.