Koh Samui is the second-largest island in Thailand in a spectacular enclave of the Gulf of Thailand in the south of the country. Fondly known as coconut island, there are swaying palm trees along the beaches and in the plantations peppered across the isle. The island is ideal for families with the right ingredients for a perfect holiday; white sandy beaches, almost daily sunshine, the clearest blue skies, and calm twinkling turquoise waters.
Expect lazy days, enchanting beach clubs, bustling markets, and gorgeous villas or hotel accommodation. Koh Samui is synonymous with tropical luxury and is easy to navigate; it takes just an hour to circumnavigate the freshly-laid beach ring road. Ang Thong National Marine Park is a mere stone’s throw away, a protected archipelago of 42 islands, towering limestone karsts, waterfall-filled jungles, and white-sandy beaches with hidden coves to explore.
With the most extraordinary beaches, there are plenty of beach clubs to choose from. Little Steps has rounded up its favorites so you can experience delicious cuisine, divine cocktails, and a smiley welcome.
Based at Kimpton Kitalay on the beautiful Bophut Beach with views over Koh Fan Yai, Shades Ocean Bar & Lounge is perfect for families wanting to enjoy inimitable luxury at one of the newest resorts on the island. Discover waterside fun with delicious retro and tiki-inspired cocktails, including the all-time favorite, a frozen margarita. Shades has a comprehensive menu that includes sharing plates, light bites, sandwiches, pizzas, and even a picnic hamper if you want to find a shady spot in their gardens. Plan a long day of sun, sea, and swimming with the resort's refreshing take on a beach club with fun extras such as reflexology treatments, prosecco service, and pool cabanas. The bar is made from reclaimed wood from a traditional long-tail fishing boat, and there's an ice cream cart for the kids! Enjoy the tunes spun by the resident DJ who effortlessly reads the crowds and keeps the good mood going all day. If you stay overnight, the kids can use Junio, their club for little people that encourages creative, analog play. Take turns watching the little ones and restore your balance with a 14-step spa ritual created by HARNN using only natural ingredients. Children from four to 12 are welcome. Children over 12 are considered adults.
Shades Ocean Bar & Lounge, Kimpton Kitalay Samui 10/79 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, +66 77 951 999, email@example.com, https://www.kimptonkitalaysamui.com/koh-samui-restaurants/shades-ocean-lounge-and-bar/
On the north of the island, Tembo, Swahili for elephant, the all-white, colonial-inspired beach club exudes island glamour with its vibrant bar, open-air dining space, and perfect-view swimming pool. It is ideal for families wanting to chill out to Balearic beats on a sun-shiny day. Graze on delicious breakfast favorites, including smashed avo with poached eggs, Thai-inspired dishes, sandwiches and burgers, homemade flatbreads, and, of course, seafood. They source all of their ingredients from local suppliers, including daily catches from the island's fishermen. With gorgeous sunset views, ever-changing skies, and hugely varied entertainment, you'll want to return more than once during your holiday. Tembo has a fabulous boutique selling all sorts of beautiful home items, beachwear, and pretty treats. The onsite deli is perfect for selecting scrummy delicacies for picnics or boat trips to the outlying islands. Step through the carved antique doors into Tembo Spa, an inner sanctum of utter peace and a well-curated massage menu with oils made from the finest essential extracts. The beach club resort has a smattering of gorgeous seaside rooms with hand-carved beach-white furniture and silky-soft bedding set amidst the tropical gardens. Children of all ages are very welcome.
One of Samui's favorite local haunts, established in 2018, Chi is an upscale beach bar and restaurant ideal for families and groups of friends. Graze on their delicious cold cuts, cheese boards, and other artisanal treats from the menu as you soak up the Samui sunshine and sip their creative hand-crafted cocktails or a glass or two of bubbles. Expect a swimming pool, swim-up bar, comfy bean bags, sunbeds, love seats, swings, and sun loungers so you can chill out your way. You may even recognize the beach club from the popular television series 'The only way is Essex'! Chi has a busy program of entertainment to keep you coming back for more, with cinema nights on Tuesdays, oysters and wine on Wednesdays, and traditional roast lunches on Sundays. Chi dedicates every second Friday to kids with a bouncy castle and games. Join Jon Sa Trinxa, the Ibiza legend, on the decks every weekend. If your timing is right, you might see an international performance from Goldie, Graham Gold, or Jason Scheff from the band CHICAGO! The founding group Kalara also has a range of accommodation to suit your needs. Chi welcomes children of all ages and even has a kid’s area in their swimming pool.
With views over the five islands and mainland Surat Thani, Nikki Beach is one of the ultimate destinations for a sunset beach club in Koh Samui. Dubbed as one of the most glam resorts on the island, you can chill out in the temperature-controlled pool or on the beach with your toes in the deliciously temperate waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Sip signature cocktails and enjoy dishes from their globally-inspired menu, including highlights from each country that boasts a Nikki Beach club or resort, such as healthy salads, creative sushi rolls, the freshest seafood, and slow-roasted free-range rotisserie chicken. The coconut ginger shrimp ceviche is otherworldly. You just need to press pause, relax and allow the Nikki Beach team to look after your every whim. Relax in the heavenly spa with an aromatherapy massage as the waves lap at the shore. The kids will love splashing around in the pool or chasing unsuspecting crabs along the beach. Pop into the shop for branded swimsuits, beach coverups, and polo shirts. Nikki Beach welcomes supervised children of all ages; they can also attend the kid’s club for THB 100 and enjoy an array of super-fun activities throughout the day while mom and dad relax by the pool.
If you and your family love breakfast together, head to Karma Beach on Bophut Beach for the most important meal of the day with spectacular offerings from around the world. The diverse menu is exotic, with delicious flavors from Thailand, the Mediterranean, and Spain, great steaks from Australia, barbeques, and healthy salads. Karma Beach has an exquisitely friendly atmosphere for families during the day. As the day turns to night, it transforms into a candlelit paradise of romance. Karma is well known as a refuge where you can relax, be pampered, and express your true self. Inspired by personal stories and tales of traveling, the beach club seamlessly blends various cultures and styles with Thailand's much-loved charms, giving a slightly bohemian tropical feel. If you are also looking for somewhere to stay, their rooms and villas are simply gorgeous. Rest easy by the pool or wander along the beautiful beach past ramshackle wooden beach huts painted in bright colors faded with the sun or dip in and out of the temperate and calm waters of the sea. Little ones are always welcome.
Take in the spectacular views under the almost constant Samui sun and Chill Different™ at Beach Republic. With one of the best beach locations on Lamai Beach, Beach Republic allows you to lounge on oversized beds and in private cabanas. Share ice creams, cocktails, and an extensive list of champagnes and wines with your family and chill out to the ambient tunes spun by the resident DJ or live performers. The Ocean Club has become an institution with glorious Sunday sessions at the Ultimate Sunday Brunch Club™, a weekly affair not to be missed. The kids can spend all day splish-splashing in the ocean-view pool. You'll find a Mediterranean-inspired beach vibe that is sophisticated, modern, and cosmopolitan. There are 42 residences with private pools and spacious suites if you choose to stay for a few days. The villas and penthouses have all the comforts of home, including a kitchen and dining area. Graze on sublime food all day, from breakfast to dinner, with a scrumptious range of Asian, Western, fusion, and sharing dishes. Health Republic is Samui's most chill wellness center, so that you can have a therapeutic massage beside the sea. Beach Republic welcomes children of all ages.
Right on Chaweng Beach, Elephant Beach Club is a lively day-turns-into-night beach club with chic Balearic décor, an expansive swimming pool, and the sparkling azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand to splash around in and keep cool. They serve great European food, from fresh salmon tartare to juicy home-cooked burgers, and over 50 cocktails and drinks. It's got a happy vibe with rhythm and blues and hip-hop music playing that gains momentum as the sun begins to set on the day and a fantastic fire show each evening. Pick your spot from 100 sun loungers with vibrant purple towels dotted around the shallow pool or white sandy beach and settle in for a relaxing day. If you are seeking a party vibe, then each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, they have one of their famous hippie-inspired pool parties with deep house tunes from the resident DJ and gorgeous dancers that perform in a cage over the pool. Elephant Beach Club also hosts various fashion shows and pageants and visiting international DJs, including Simon Templa, Love Groover, and David Poon attracting a younger crowd. Kids are of course welcome to join you.
Having just celebrated its first anniversary, Pure Beach Club has quickly become known as a haven for socializing and well-being on the white sand of Choengmon Beach in the northeastern peninsula of Koh Samui. The Thai-style hangout is perfect for those that want to lounge, spend time on the beach, and be pampered with various wellness treatments in an oasis of happiness. Enjoy a massage on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand with one of the calming therapists using aromatic oils and incense to calm your mind, join a yoga class, or practice mindfulness. Spend your day on the super-comfy sunbeds dotted along the beach and listen to Pure Music, a quality label represented by resident DJs, as you soak up the sun. The menu is a fusion feast of Thai cuisine using all-local ingredients. Pure Shop has various items you can take home as souvenirs, such as hand-crafted banana leaf bags. Children of all ages are welcomed with a great big smile.
Within walking distance from Fisherman’s Village, The Deck is a perfect blend of ethnic pleasure and modern vibes. Comfy up on colorful beanbags overlooking the sea or scattered around the pool and nibble on their comprehensive menus featuring breakfast and tapas sharing favorites, healthy bowls, the Thai and sandwich bar, and deliciously succulent fresh seafood and meats from the grill. The kids can tuck into chicken nuggets and tasty desserts while you sip on hand-crafted cocktails. Relax to chilled-out music or sets played by the resident DJs Bata Percussionist, Adam Matson, Celeste Siam, and Fred Canal. Your beach club day will only be complete with a traditional Thai massage! Bohemian vibes, a relaxed atmosphere, the warm summer sun, attentive service, and delicious food and drinks make The Deck a must-explore on Koh Samui. Kids of all ages are welcome!
If you seek somewhere with a more relaxed and peaceful atmosphere, KC Beach Club is likely to be right up your street! The resident DJ plays mellow tunes throughout the day as you relax on your comfy lounger, hide away in a beach cabana on powdery-white sands, or float around on the 250-square-meter pool with a drink in hand. Tuck into scrummy Italian cuisine for lunch or an early dinner as the sunset warms up the Samui skies. Join people from around the world or take a short stroll to the Chaweng shopping center to pick up some souvenirs. As the day draws to a close, the entertainment picks up with beatier music and hostesses serving shaken and stirred cocktails and internationally imported wines and champagnes from their well-stocked bar as saxophonists, drummers, and dancers perform. If you want to stay a night or two, there is ample simple accommodation. Your little ones will love playing on the beach!