Many families choose one of the gorgeous Koh Samui family resorts when planning their family holidays to Thailand. And no wonder! Koh Samui off the east coast of Thailand has so much to offer for a holiday in Thailand with kids.
Koh Samui is much quieter and more laid back than other famous Thai island destination Phuket.
The beautiful tropical island boasts stunning white sandy beaches with calm, shallow water, a good selection of excellent restaurants and some of the best family resorts in Thailand.
What is the best area to stay in Koh Samui?
The best place to stay in Koh Samui depends on what you are looking for in your Thailand family vacation.
We love Bophut beach as it is a relatively quiet Koh Samui beach, with calm shallow water and the Fisherman’s Village here has a good range of restaurants and bars to choose from.
It is a great option for a relaxed holiday in Koh Samui with kids, although the sand here is coarse and not as soft as some other beaches in Koh Samui.
If you prefer your holiday with a bit more action and nightlife, then you should choose to stay closer to Chaweng Beach, the biggest and most lively area in Koh Samui. Here you will enjoy a huge selection of restaurants, bars and shops as well as some of the best Koh Samui child friendly resorts.
Just south of Chaweng Beach you will find Lamai Beach, another popular beach with plenty of nightlife and entertainment. Mae Nam Beach, just west of Bophut Beach is a huge expansive beach and is another option for a more relaxing holiday.
Mae Nam Beach Koh Samui was traditionally associated with backpackers and budget accommodation, but today is home to several luxury Koh Samui family hotels.
If you are planning a Thailand family holiday to Koh Samui with kids, here is a selection of our favourite family resorts in Koh Samui. All of these resorts are located right on the beachfront for lots of fun beach time and all feature family-friendly swimming pools.
Anantara Bophut Koh Samui
The Anantara is a gorgeous five star hotel located on Bophut Beach Koh Samui, a quiet and family-friendly stretch of beach in the north of the island.
This family hotel in Koh Samui is simply stunning, with beautifully landscaped tropical gardens, and elegant southern Thai architecture.
The 106 rooms and suites at this Bo Phut resort are stylishly decorated and are all a short walk from the infinity pool that boasts sea views, plenty of nooks and crannies for the kids to explore, and water fountains to play in.
There’s also a tennis court, fitness centre, and other fun activities on offer, such as cooking classes, yoga and Thai boxing, free water sports such as kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding,in addition to paid watersports and boat charters for snorkeling, diving, deep sea fishing or island hopping.
The Baan Ling Noi Children’s Club has a fun outdoor area, with sandpit, trampoline and slides, as well as plenty of toys, games and DVDs in the air-conditioned comfort.
A full activities programme includes a range of arts and crafts, cooking and physical activities, including T-shirt painting, balloon art, pizza making, and Thai dancing.
There are three onsite restaurants, but most guests choose to wander along to the Fisherman’s Village just a 5-minute walk away to find a wide range of child-friendly restaurants and bars.
Click here to check prices and book the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui and read our full hotel review here.
Amari Koh Samui
At the top end of Chaweng Beach, the Amari Koh Samui is just a 10-minute ride from Koh Samui airport making this a great option for a weekend break and short Koh Samui family holidays.
The hotel is also a short walk from a good selection of restaurants, both on Chaweng main street and on the beach.
There are many family-friendly facilities here, including two free-form swimming pools and a separate kids pool, in addition to a bright and cheerful kids club with a good selection of toys and games, although activities are a bit more limited than other Koh Samui kids clubs we have visited.
There are 193 rooms and suites divided amongst three separate wings: the Garden Wing, the Thai Village Wing and the Ocean Wing. Rooms are spacious and all rooms can accommodate three people.
There are several good options for larger families, including 2-bedroom suites and 2-bedroom family duplexes.
Do note that the Garden and Thai Village wings are across the road from the main hotel and facilities, and you will need to cross a busy main road. There is always a security guard on hand to help you cross, but it is something to bear in mind if you are visiting with small children.
Another thing to note is that the beach at this end of Chaweng Beach is not the best for swimming. The water is shallow and rocky with lots of sea grass. You can still have plenty of fun playing on the beach, but this hotel is really best if you prefer swimming in the pool rather than the ocean.
Santiburi Samui Beach Resort & Spa
The Santiburi Koh Samui is a huge resort set amongst 23-hectares of tropical gardens and located on a 300-metre stretch of Mae Nam beach, making it a great choice of hotel in Koh Samui for kids.
All of their Koh Samui family villas and suites were fully refurbished in 2014, and are now sleek and modern in design, and some come with a private plunge pool.
The best option for families looking for more space is a 2-bedroom duplex, which is located in the main building, close to the swimming pool.
Note that the 2-bedroom villas comprise three separate buildings: two 1-bedroom villas and one living room, arranged around a central courtyard, and therefore may not be suitable for families with small children. They could be a good option for smaller families holidaying together though.
Another reason this is one of the best family hotels in Koh Samui, is the huge range of facilities in the resort, including one of Asia’s largest free-form resort swimming pools. At 50m x 25m, there is plenty of room for adults to swim laps while kids splash around. There is also a separate shaded kids pool.
The kids activity centre has table tennis, darts and a video games room as well as plenty of other games and toys. They have a comprehensive timetable of fun workshops including Thai cooking classes, open to kids aged 3+.
Other facilities include a tennis court, a half-sized football pitch and a well-equipped water sports centre with kayaks, windsurfers, hobie cats and lasers all available free of charge. There are no motorized water sports.
Golf fans will love having the Santiburi Samui Golf Club next door with its 18-hole championship golf course.
Melati Beach Resort
Melati Koh Samui is an intimate 77-room beachfront resort in Tongsai Bay, a 15-minute drive north of Chaweng Beach. This luxury resort is fairly isolated and so might not be the best place for a family holiday in Thailand if you like to be in the heart of the action.
But for those who want a relaxing family trip to Thailand, it makes for a peaceful setting on a quiet beach. And what a beach! The white, soft sandy private beach with clear calm water is definitely the highlight.
All rooms, suites and private pool villas can easily accommodate children by making up the large daybed. The ground floor units have a small courtyard garden and would be best suited to families, while the family pool villa has a living room that can be converted into a second bedroom.
There are two swimming pools, including a lap pool – although we prefer the free-form pool with swim-up bar! The two restaurants have kids menus, and kids aged 5-11 are treated to 50% discount on the buffets.
As with other best family resorts in Koh Samui, there is a kids club where you can drop the kids off. This is handily located next to the pool so you can be close enough to keep an eye on the kids if you want.
It has a wide range of activities aimed at kids aged 3-8 (kids under 3 can still be dropped off, but you will need to book a babysitter to accompany them). Note that a couple of activities each day in the programme incur extra charges, such as the pizza making or umbrella painting.
Rocky’s Boutique Resort
Another intimate boutique resort in Koh Samui, Rocky’s is just a 5-minute drive from Lamai Beach. There are just 49-rooms at this Koh Samui family resort.
Connecting rooms are available, but we particularly love their 2-bedroom family beachfront rooms, which are just five metres from the water’s edge.
All rooms feature a day bed which can be converted into a kids bed and cots are available free of charge.
There is a supervised kids play room with daily activities, where you can leave the kids while you hit the spa, while teenagers will appreciate the games room, which features a billiard table. Babysitting is also available.
There are two swimming pools to choose from – one beachside, and one in a garden setting, which includes a separate kids pool. Both pools benefit from poolside food & beverage service. The Bistro restaurant has a kids menu.
A small Tesco supermarket is just a 3-minutes away for kids snacks and baby supplies.
Six Senses Samui
This sumptuous luxury resort in Koh Samui is surprisingly child friendly despite its intimate setting, making this an excellent choice for high-end family holidays in Thailand.
This all-villa resort has just 66 private villas, nearly all with private pool (with the exception of the Hideaway Villas), separate living area, spacious bathroom with outdoor shower, and private deck with room for both lounging and dining.
All the villas also feature a large day bed, which can be made up into a bed for children. Families looking for more space should check out the Oceanfront Pool Villa Suite, where the lounge can be converted into a second bedroom for two children.
Kids under 12 can stay free in a room with their parents, and are charged 50% of the breakfast rate.
Although there is no kids club are plenty of fun activities for kids at this luxury family resort in Thailand. Kids aged 4+ can take part in batik painting, cooking classes, soap carving, and even a Samui discovery trip. There is also babysitting on offer.
The ‘Experience Department’ also arrange a huge range of activities for families to enjoy together, such as sunrise kayaking to Koh Som, sightseeing tours, Thai boxing, diving and cooking classes.
There are two restaurants onsite: Dining on the Hill and the gorgeous Dining on the Rocks signature restaurant that overlooks the ocean. Both restaurants serve up organic produce from the resort’s own gardens.
Children aged 1-5 can order off the infant menu for free, while kids aged 6-11 receive a 50% discount on food.
Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
If you have cash to splash, then the Four Seasons is another contender for one of the resorts in Thailand for families. This all-pool villa resort has both villa and private residences to choose from.
The Family Pool Villa is specially designed for parents with young children (under 12s) and can accommodate two adults and three children, with a separate sleeping area for the kids.
The private residences are available from 1-bedroom to 5-bedroom and are ideal for larger families or groups.
The gorgeous infinity pool overlooks the pristine white beach, and there are also two tennis courts and a fabulous spa. The whole family will benefit from the amazing kids club, open to kids aged 4-12.
They run a comprehensive programme of fun activities and in addition, you can sign up for unique experiences such as Muay Thai for Kids classes, fishing and family cooking classes.
There’s even a Spa for kids, with specially created treatments for kids aged 6 and above.
There are three restaurants and two bars to choose from, all running fun themed nights such as Paella Night or Beach BBQ night. For fun in-villa dining with kids, we love the sound of the Bucket BBQ.
Don’t miss out on the amazing Sunday brunch (also open to non-residents), where mum and dad can tuck into a wide selection of specialties from around the world and free-flow drinks while the kids are entertained in the kids club.
Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui
The Centara Grand Koh Samui is located right on the beach, just a 15-minute drive from the airport. This Koh Samui family hotel is situated at the quieter end of Chaweng Beach, where it enjoys a tranquil setting but is in easy reach of all the bars, restaurants and shops.
This is one of the best family hotels in Koh Samui for active families who like to be on the go. The Carpe Diem entertainment team does a great job of organizing a whole range of fun activities, including beach soccer, water volleyball, aqua aerobics and yoga.
There are also many onsite facilities for the whole family, including an outdoor playground, two tennis courts and a huge swimming pool, with a separate kids pool.
The Centara also boasts one of the best kids clubs in Koh Samui, with loads of fun activities such as treasure hunts, pool parties, petanque games all organized. They also run kids pool parties on some evenings. For older kids and teenagers there is the e-zone for gaming fun.
All of the 203 rooms and suites can accommodate two adults and two kids, and there are 7 bars and restaurants to choose from. A 7-eleven across the road is handy for kids snacks.
Peace Resort Samui
The Peace Resort is one of the more affordable options of our Koh Samui kid-friendly resorts and is located on quiet Bophut Beach.
The 122 terrace rooms, bungalows and pool villas are all set amongst gorgeous tropical gardens and can all accommodate two adults and two children.
There is a large resort pool, with separate kids pool that has a selection of kids pool and beach toys. The outdoor playground has swings and slides and is located close to the restaurant. An indoor playroom takes care of rainy day fun with a selection of toys, games and colouring.
As already mentioned, Bophut beach is one of our favourite beaches in Koh Samui for families as it offers calm, shallow water for kids to play in. The Peace Resort is within walking distance of all the bars and restaurants of the Fisherman’s Village.
What is the best time to visit Koh Samui?
Koh Samui weather is hot and humid all year round, with an average temperature of around 27 degrees (centigrade). There is a rainy season that runs from September to early December, and the driest months are February and March.
Generally, any time from January to August is a good time to visit Koh Samui, although if you don’t like the heat, bear in mid the hottest months are March to April, where temperatures average over 30 degrees. Read more about Koh Samui weather here.
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