Partying, sundowners or seaside dining – whatever’s on your itinerary, you’re sure to find a suitable venue dotted along one of Samui’s scenic coasts. Here’s a roundup of our favourite beachfront hangouts:
Elephant Beach Club
Elephant Beach Club checks off all the right boxes for a hip beachfront venue: uninterrupted ocean views, lively hip-hop and RnB tunes, fun-filled events through the week and an extensive food and beverage menu. The party schedule is fairly busy here, with pool, hip-hop and deep house parties every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – and when visitors aren’t letting their hair down at a party, they’re likely to be enjoying one of the many fashion or music events held at this trendy venue.
Elephant Beach Club is located at 159/75 moo 2, Bophut, p. +66 91 034 5261. Open 10:00am – 12:30am daily.
Nikki Beach Samui
Fine and fancy Nikki Beach Samui occupies a prime location along Lipa Noi Beach. This chic beach club boasts a pretty setting – guests will find an array of daybeds, stylish sun umbrellas and a sparkling pool within a vast and spacious compound. Apart from a gorgeous setting, Nikki Beach Samui also dishes up a diverse array of tasty treats, such as crisp salads, sushi, seafood side dishes and refreshing beverages. Spice up your weekdays by joining the fun-filled events held at the venue.
Nikki Beach Samui is located at 96/3 Moo 2 Lipa Noi, p. +66 77 914 500.
Ocean Club at Beach Republic
The picturesque shores of Lamai Beach are just a few footsteps away for guests hanging out at Ocean Club at Beach Republic. Splashes of red, found in the furnishings and ornaments of this beachside lounge enliven its chic setting. The glistening infinity pool provides an undeniable attraction for sun seekers in the heat of the tropics. After taking a cool respite in its refreshing waters, climb out of the pool for a feast of delectable tapas, cocktails and mocktails. Beachside lounging does not get better than this!
Ocean Club at Beach Republic is located at 176/34 Moo 4,Tambon Maret, Lamai Beach, p. +66 77 458 100.
Tropics Beach Club
Tropics Beach Club is part of the Lub d Koh Samui Hostel Complex. The amenities this beach club offers is top notch. A swimming pool with floaties? Check. Net hammocks overlooking the ocean? Check. Music and live entertainment? Check. On top of that, Tropics Beach Club provides great food and drinks at very reasonable prices. Happy hour is between 5 pm to 6 pm. At night, the club comes alive, with awesome light shows. Be on the lookout for night discounts, as the place gives a lot of those, too.
Tropics Beach Club is located at 159/88 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road, Bophut, p. +66 65 009 9803. Open 7am-midnight, daily.
The Beach Club at Shiva Samui
Enjoying a quiet location along the shores of Laem Set, The Beach Club will make you feel like you’re worlds away from the crowds. This enviable seafront venue offers plentiful perks, like a swim-up bar, access to a wide array of beach toys, freeform pool, numerous sun loungers and a thatched-roof beach bar, making the perfect hangout from day till night.
The Beach Club at Shiva Samui is located at 443/3, Moo 1, Laem Set, p. +66 93 294 4750.
Armando’s Beach Restaurant
The dual Swiss-Thai flag by the door might confuse you at first, but give this eatery a chance, because you won’t regret it. As the flags suggest, Armando’s is a Swiss-Thai fusion restaurant, serving authentic food of each country. In the Thai menu, the favourites are the papaya salad, any of the curry dishes, prawns and whole snapper. In the Swiss corner, the pork schnitzel is the best-seller. The place serves a range of cocktails, too. It is best to come during late afternoon and nighttime, as it offers a different atmosphere than during the day.
Armando’s Beach Restaurant is located at 52/22 Moo 6, Bang Por, Mae Nam, p. +66 80 536 7506. Open Tuesdays-Sundays, 11:30am-10pm.
The Beach House
Part of the Santiburi Resort, The Beach House offers Thai dishes, as well as international ones. Whether you sit by the bar or by the sand, you are guaranteed a great dining experience. Surf and turf dishes are always a winner here, as they are freshly made. Between the phenomenal view, the exceptional service, and the cracking cocktails, you will keep coming back to this establishment, located by the quiet northern coast of Koh Samui island.
The Beach House is located at 12/12 Moo 1, Mae Nam Beach Santiburi, Koh Samui, p. +66 77 425 031. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Just as its name suggests, No Stress exudes a laidback vibe that’ll set you at ease the moment you step into the venue. You’ll have everything you need for a relaxed day along the beach: sun loungers, patio umbrellas, fluffy towels, ice-cold beers, cocktails, coconuts and more. The menu throws out plenty of options for noshing too – from salads and mussel dishes, to heartier baguette sandwiches, grilled meat or seafood mains and good ol’ Thai classics like pineapple fried rice.
No Stress Beach Bar & Restaurant is located at Phongpanrat Road, Lamai Beach, Maret 84310 Thailand, p. +66 84 119 0182. Open 9:00am – 9:00pm daily.
Although the place is a little more challenging to find, Nature Bar is worth the mini treasure hunt. This family-run business is something of a hidden gem to regular visitors, owing to its delicious food. Whether you buy seafood dishes, curries, pizzas, or just a couple of cocktails, the staff treat you the same; with great care. With happy hours between 4pm–6pm, you can enjoy your cocktail while watching the sunset, with your toes in the sand.
Nature Bar is located at 76 Moo 1 Mae Nam Beach (behind the police station), Mae Nam, p. +66 94 879 1932.
Secret Garden Restaurant & Beach Bar
The family-friendly Secret Garden Beach Cafe welcomes a crowd of vacation makers and expats with its beachfront setting, relaxed vibes, well-decorated interiors and extensive menu. Apart from an ample selection of tasty Thai and European fare, guests with a hearty appetite can expect to feast on an array of beach barbecue and buffet feasts on the specials nights of the cafe.
Secret Garden Restaurant & Beach Bar is located at 22/1 Moo 4, Ban Bangrak, Big Buddha Beach, Bophut, p. +66 77 447 703. Open 8am-12am daily.
Settle down snugly into a cosy spot in the well-furnished Amaya Bar. This seaside bar is a cool and classy spot for vacation makers to chill out and catch the mesmerising tropical sunsets. Arrive just in time for the happy hour, and you can take your pick from an extensive drink menu. It may be hard to stop at one, for Amaya Bar’s selection of intriguing sundowners are sure to hit a sweet spot.
Swing Bar derives its name from its quirky setting. Guests who arrive at the bar will find swing-like seats held by sturdy ropes dangling off the ceiling, and set sight on well-appointed interiors exuding a rustic vibe. At nightfall, diners can look forward to a good playlist of dance music, as well as a selection of nibbles and drinks served in vodka baskets. This charming beachside venue has a wild side – keep your eyes peeled for the exotic fire dancers putting up a riveting performance every night.
Swing Bar is located at 109/12 Moo 3 Lamai Beach Road, Lamai Beach, Maret, p. +66 77 424 208. Open 8am-2am daily.
Holidaymakers on the search for a fancy beach bar along Bo Phut will find what they seek at Coco Tam’s. Guests are greeted by the sight of a well-landscaped garden decorated with tropical blooms and striking statues, before stepping out to a fine stretch of sandy coast splayed with low tables, gazebos and beach mats. The serene environment is perfect for an enjoyable night spiced up with a series of acoustic performances and fire shows.
Coco Tam’s is located at Fisherman’s village, Bophut Beach, Koh Samui, p. +66 91 915 5664. Open 12:00pm – 12:00am daily.
The Lava Lounge
Lovers of cocktails, Belgium beers and wines will find their slice of paradise at The Lava Lounge. With more than forty cocktails on the menu, be sure practice some level of restrain, or you may wind up downing more than just a couple of well-made concoctions. Soak up the cosy and relaxing vibes while you lay back against a comfy couch, with an icy drink in hand – this is the perfect hangout for travellers seeking a relaxing spot away from the banging beats and crowds of Samui’s bustling nightspots.
Emerald Irish Bar & Restaurant
If you’re looking for a hearty meal, this place is for you. Located right in the middle of Fisherman’s Village, it serves good Irish pub food. The clear favourite is the Sunday Roast, where you can choose between chicken, lamb, or pork for the protein. Its generous portion, coupled with a cold pint of Guinness brings a familiar homely feel away from home for Irish visitors. The beach view adds a coastal holiday flair to the homely atmosphere.
Emerald Irish Bar & Restaurant is located at Fisherman’s village, Bophut, p. +66 77 332 476. Open 11am-midnight daily.
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