Best Koh Tao Luxury Resorts

Are you ready for some serious pampering and relaxation in a tropical paradise? Look no further than Koh Tao, the island that's so beautiful it's often called "Paradise Island." I mean, seriously, have you ever seen water so clear and beaches so pristine? It's like a postcard come to life. And don't get me started on the luxurious resorts that dot the island, from hillside villas with stunning views to beachfront suites that will have you feeling like royalty.

Best Koh Tao, Thailand Resorts

When to go to Koh Tao, Thailand?

Ko Toa IslandKo Tao

Weather is warm and conditions are at least reasonable year round in sunny Koh Tao.  The month long monsoon can seem a bit daunting  but after the heavy downpours the sun can come out again. October and November are the hottest months. The dry cooler season in the middle of the year is great.

Average min and max temperatures in Ko Tao, Thailand
Jamahkiri Resort and SpaJamahkiri Resort and Spa

The Top Ko Toa beach resorts:

I arrived at Koh Tao after a scenic ferry ride from Koh Samui. As I stepped off the boat and took in the stunning surroundings, I knew I was in for an unforgettable adventure. I made my way to my resort, the Sensi Paradise Beach Resort, located on the island's secluded Mae Haad beach. The resort's lush tropical gardens, serene ambiance, and luxurious villas made me feel like I was in a private oasis.

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VIDEO: Each of the main beaches around Koh Tao

While there are a number of resorts on Koh Tao, it's important to note that they may not quite meet the standards of some of the world's top 5-star resorts. However, don't let that discourage you, because these resorts are still absolutely stunning and offer top-notch service in a prime location. With beautiful surroundings and a serene atmosphere, you'll feel pampered and relaxed from the moment you arrive. So don't let the lack of an official 5-star rating hold you back from experiencing all that Koh Tao's resorts have to offer.

Top Koh Tao Luxury Resorts on TripAdvisor

Jamahkiri Resort & Spa

Looking for a luxurious and serene escape on Koh Tao? Look no further than Jamahkiri Resort & Spa, one of the island's most highly rated 4-star resorts. This beautiful resort, located on the south side of the island, offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Thailand, stunning gardens, and top-notch amenities, making it one of the best Koh Tao luxury resorts around.

Jamahkiri Resort

Whether you're looking to relax by the pool, indulge in a spa treatment, or explore the vibrant underwater world, Jamahkiri Resort & Spa has got you covered. The resort's private PADI diving club is a major draw, with past guests raving about the exceptional service and expertise of the staff. And if you have dietary restrictions, fear not - the chefs at Jamahkiri are happy to cater to your needs, including gluten-free options.

But perhaps the best thing about Jamahkiri Resort & Spa is the reviews. Past guests have nothing but glowing things to say about their experience at this beautiful resort, from the stunning views to the impeccable service. So if you're looking for a luxurious and unforgettable experience on Koh Tao, look no further than Jamahkiri Resort & Spa.

More on Jamahkiri Spa & Resort. Beautiful and extremely popular. Great reviews.

The first thing I did was head to the beach to experience the turquoise waters and white sand. The sun was shining, and the warm water was perfect for swimming and snorkeling. I was amazed at the variety of marine life I saw underwater, from colorful corals to schools of fish. I felt like I was swimming in an aquarium.

What TripAdvisor has to say about resorts in Koh Tao.

Koh Tao Anankhira Boutique Resort

Looking for a unique and eco-friendly escape on Koh Tao? Look no further than Koh Tao Anankhira Boutique Resort. Located at the northern end of Sairee Beach, this resort offers a peaceful and secluded retreat amidst lush tropical gardens and beautiful natural surroundings.

Anankhira Boutique Resort is not your typical resort experience. The resort prides itself on its eco-conscious practices, and guests are encouraged to embrace the resort's earthy and sustainable atmosphere. The resort's three individual residences are designed to blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings, with boulders making up part of the living spaces and coconut palms growing through the thatched roofs. The result is a truly unique and beautiful accommodation that provides a connection to nature.

Despite its emphasis on sustainability, Anankhira Boutique Resort still offers all the modern amenities you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Each of the resort's three residences is unique and in its own space, with great views of the Gulf of Thailand and complimentary Wi-Fi. And with its location near Sairee village, you'll have easy access to a range of restaurants and shopping options.

Perhaps the best thing about Anankhira Boutique Resort is the staff. Guests consistently praise the resort's friendly and helpful staff, who are always happy to help with anything you need. While there is no on-site restaurant, the staff are more than happy to organize meals for you, making for a truly personalized and enjoyable experience.

In general, Anankhira Boutique Resort gets excellent reviews from past guests, with many commenting on the seclusion and peaceful atmosphere of the resort. While it may not be for everyone, those who are looking for a unique and sustainable escape on Koh Tao will certainly find a lot to love at Anankhira Boutique Resort.

Koh Tao AnankhiraOne of the villas at Anankhira

This private eco-conscious resort is not a typical resort. They let you know that if you're looking for the typical resort experience, you won't get it here. 

What you find here is more of a retreat among tropical gardens. It has a peaceful, earthy atmosphere where you have a lot of privacy.
It's located at the northern end of Sairee Beach. Close to restaurants and shopping in Sairee village.

There are 3 individual residences. They have great views of the gulf of Thailand, a small pool, each is unique and in its own space.

The villas have allowed for nature. They have boulders making up part of the living space and coconut palms growing through the thatched roofs. Complimentary wireless is available.

Reviewers say that the staff are very helpful in organizing meals (as there is no restaurant here), it's very secluded, fair price, some say it's better than staying on the beach. In general, this place gets excellent reviews but it does have it's flaws now and then. 

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Koh Tao Cabana Resort

? Koh Tao Cabana Resort is the perfect choice for you. This stunning resort is located on the southern end of Chalok Baan Kao Bay and offers breathtaking views of the crystal-clear waters and lush tropical gardens that Koh Tao is known for.

Koh Tao CabanaBeach at Koh Tao Cabana

Located on the secluded island of Koh Tao on Sai Ree Beach. This resort is luxury at shoestring prices. It emphasizes being an "escape resort" and it's natural tropical setting. Relaxing and the beach are the main activities here.

There are a number of different villas available - including one round one (30 in all). They have air conditioning, cable TV, king size beds and are set among tropical gardens. They look out onto the sea. 

The open air restaurant looks out onto the seashore. It has a large wine list and serves Thai-fusion dishes and seafood.

Reviewers say it's totally different from a normal hotel. It's a five minute walk to the main strip, there's a variety of food on the island, it's close to bars, it's a quiet setting and fantastic location.

Get more information and reviews for Koh Tao Cabana.

 Top Ko Toa Beach Resorts

Charm Churee Village Rustic Dive Resort and Spa

Charm Churee Village Rustic Dive Resort and Spa offers a unique and authentic experience on Koh Tao. With beachfront bungalows and hillside villas blending seamlessly with the natural surroundings, the resort is perfect for those seeking a rustic and laid-back retreat. From diving to yoga to Thai cooking classes, Charm Churee Village Rustic Dive Resort and Spa offers a range of activities to enjoy. And when it's time to relax, the resort's spa is the perfect place to unwind.

Charm Churee VillageKoh Tao Luxury Resorts - Charm Churee Village

This resort is located in the southwest section of Koh Tao, on Jansom Bay. It's said to be one of Koh Tao's most beautiful and private beaches. The beach is lined with coconut trees, has soft sand and interesting rock formations. 

There are 2 restaurants that service Thai, Western and other tropical food. There are a number of different cocktails available here also. Thai massage is available to relieve sore muscles, relax and rejuvenate you.

Accommodations are decorated in Thai and Balinese style. They range from guest rooms to 3-bedroom villas.

Reviewers say the beach is nice but small. The resort is set on a steep hill and that means you will be climbing a lot of steps. One reviewer recommends you don't book the basic rooms as the superior ones are much better. There are quite a few mixed reviews and it would be best to take a look at what's being said at the time you are reading this.

Get more information and see the latest reviews for  Charm Churee Villa.

KoTao Resort

Ko Tao Resort, located near Chalok Baan Koa village, is one of the Koh Tao luxury resorts that has been around for a while. However, it has not been receiving great reviews lately. While it is generally recommended for young single people, its facilities may not meet the standards of other luxury resorts on the island. Nonetheless, it was one of the first resorts ever established on Koh Tao and has a rich history that's worth exploring.

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It's got great sunset views, a range of accommodation and a great pool. It has air conditioning but it doesn't have a safe in the room. Be aware that you may need to be careful with your valuables.

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More Options in Koh Tao

Koh Tao Thipwimarn Resort

If you're looking for a peaceful and secluded escape on Koh Tao, Thipwimarn Resort is a great choice. This hidden gem on the island's eastern coast offers stunning panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand, spacious and comfortable bungalows, and a tranquil atmosphere perfect for unwinding. The resort's infinity pool is a highlight, and the lush tropical gardens add to the serene ambiance. Past guests have praised the friendly and helpful staff, the delicious breakfast, and the overall beauty of the resort. Overall, Thipwimarn Resort is a highly recommended option for those seeking a peaceful and relaxing getaway on Koh Tao.

Thipwimarn Resort, Ban Ko Tao

There are numerous other Koh Toa luxury resorts worth a mention. 

Koh Tao Thipwimarn Resort is another crazily inexpensive resort also which some consider a hidden gem.

VIDEO: Koh Tao Thailand - Thipwimarn Resort

There are more resorts in Koh Tao, slightly less luxurious but still great. To take a look, click the links below.

The Haad Tien Beach Resort

For those seeking a beachfront paradise on Koh Tao, The Haad Tien Beach Resort is a top choice. Located on the island's southeastern coast, this beautiful resort boasts a stunning beachfront location, crystal-clear waters, and a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere that's perfect for unwinding.

The resort's spacious and comfortable rooms and villas offer a range of amenities, from private balconies with stunning sea views to luxurious bathtubs and outdoor rain showers. And with its range of activities, from snorkeling to paddleboarding to yoga, The Haad Tien Beach Resort is perfect for those seeking adventure and relaxation alike.

But perhaps the best thing about The Haad Tien Beach Resort is the beach itself. With its soft white sands, crystal-clear waters, and stunning views of the nearby islands, it's the perfect place to soak up the sun, take a dip in the ocean, or simply relax with a good book.

The Haad Tien Beach Resort - 4 star resort with good reviews.

Chintakiri Resort

As soon as I arrived at Chintakiri Resort, I knew I was in for a treat. The lush tropical surroundings and stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand instantly transported me to a state of total relaxation. The resort's boutique size makes it feel like a true escape from the world - a peaceful haven nestled in the hills of Chalok Baan Kao Bay.

The rooms at Chintakiri are the epitome of luxury, with all the modern amenities you could need and a private balcony to take in the breathtaking views. And let's not forget about the infinity pool - it's the perfect spot to soak up some sun and enjoy a cocktail or two.

But what really sets Chintakiri apart is the impeccable service. From the moment I arrived, the staff made me feel like royalty - always on hand to offer recommendations or make arrangements for me. And the spa? Pure bliss. A massage with a view of the sea is truly an experience I won't forget.

Chintakiri Resort - Top rated 3 star, gets fantastic reviews.

Koh Tao Simple Life Resort

Koh Tao Simple Life Resort - Great value

For those seeking a beachfront paradise on Koh Tao, The Haad Tien Beach Resort is a top choice. Located on the island's southeastern coast, this beautiful resort boasts a stunning beachfront location, crystal-clear waters, and a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere that's perfect for unwinding.

VIDEO: simple life resort koh tao

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New Heaven Resort - This resort is highly recommended by past guests, with fantastic reviews. It's located on the island's western coast and offers comfortable and spacious bungalows in a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.

Ban's Diving Resort

Ban's Diving Resort: This popular resort is perfect for those looking to explore the vibrant underwater world around Koh Tao. It offers a range of diving courses and excursions, as well as comfortable and modern accommodations and a range of other activities.

View Point Resort

Located on the southeastern coast of Koh Tao, this charming resort offers stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand and comfortable bungalows in a peaceful and serene atmosphere.

Silver Sands Beach Resort

This beachfront resort is perfect for those seeking a tropical paradise experience on Koh Tao. It offers comfortable and modern accommodations, a range of activities, and stunning views of the crystal-clear waters.

Buddha View Dive Resort

Another popular choice for those seeking to explore the underwater world of Koh Tao, this resort offers a range of diving courses and excursions, as well as comfortable and modern accommodations and a range of other activities.

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Things to do in Koh Toa

As a travel writer, I'm always looking for a peaceful and inspiring place to work, and Koh Tao did not disappoint. The island's cafes and restaurants offer excellent Wi-Fi, making it easy to work while enjoying the stunning views of the ocean. I spent my afternoons exploring the island, from the vibrant local markets to the bustling night markets, where I enjoyed delicious street food. Koh Tao is a paradise for those who love the sea and the sun.

One of the highlights of my trip was taking a scuba diving course. Koh Tao is one of the world's best dive sites, and it's easy to see why. The island's clear waters and rich marine life make it the perfect place to learn to dive. Under the guidance of my experienced instructor, I had a thrilling and unforgettable experience exploring the underwater world. I saw everything from majestic turtles to vibrant schools of fish.

Here are some things to do on Koh Tao:

As a Thailand travel writer and adventurer, I recently had the pleasure of visiting Koh Tao, and I must say, it's a true paradise for those seeking adventure, relaxation, and everything in between.

I spent most of my time on the island exploring the incredible marine life and diving spots, which did not disappoint. The crystal-clear waters and abundance of sea creatures were truly breathtaking, and I was able to check some items off my bucket list, including diving with sharks and exploring shipwrecks.

But Koh Tao has much more to offer than just diving. I spent my evenings exploring the island's lively nightlife scene, which is centered around Sairee Beach. From beach bars to nightclubs, there's something for everyone, and the parties often last until the early hours of the morning.

I also took the time to hike up to the John-Suwan Viewpoint, which was a challenging but rewarding experience. The panoramic views of the island were truly breathtaking, and I would highly recommend this hike to anyone who loves a good adventure.

And when I needed a break from all the excitement, I found the perfect escape at Koh Tao Cabana Resort. This beautiful resort offered everything I needed to unwind and recharge, from its infinity pool to its beachfront restaurant and spa.

Overall, my experience on Koh Tao was nothing short of magical. It's truly a paradise for those seeking adventure, relaxation, and everything in between, and I can't wait to go back and explore more of what this incredible island has to offer.


FAQ with Sarah about Koh Toa

Hey there, fellow travelers! As a freelance writer and self-proclaimed adventurer, I've had the pleasure of visiting Koh Tao and experiencing all it has to offer. I'm here to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this amazing island, and hopefully provide some laughs along the way.

First things first, let's talk about the best time to visit Koh Tao. While you can technically visit any time of the year, I highly recommend avoiding the rainy season if you're looking to get some sun on those pasty midwest limbs. Trust me, nobody wants to be a soggy mess while trying to soak up the island vibes.

Now, onto the important stuff. Is Koh Tao good for diving? Umm, is the sky blue? Koh Tao is one of the best diving spots in Thailand, with an abundance of marine life and crystal-clear waters that will make you feel like you're swimming in a giant aquarium. So suit up and get ready to explore the depths of the ocean!

And let's not forget about the nightlife. Koh Tao may be a small island, but it's got a big personality when it comes to partying. Whether you're looking for beach bars, nightclubs, or just a quiet spot to sip on a cocktail, there's something for everyone. Just be sure to pace yourself - those buckets of booze may seem like a good idea at the time, but trust me, the hangover is not worth it.

But Koh Tao isn't just about diving and partying. There are plenty of other things to do, like hiking, beach-hopping, and exploring the local culture. And if you're feeling really adventurous, why not take a Thai cooking class and learn how to make some of the delicious dishes you've been enjoying on the island?

So there you have it, folks - a quick and dirty guide to Koh Tao. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a newbie just dipping your toes in the water, this island has something for everyone. So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Now, let's talk about transportation. Getting to Koh Tao is easy peasy - just hop on a ferry from Koh Samui or the mainland and you're there in no time. And once you're on the island, renting a scooter is the most popular way to get around. But be warned - the roads can be a bit treacherous, so make sure you're comfortable on two wheels before you hit the gas.

One thing you'll notice about Koh Tao is that it's a bit of a foodie's paradise. From street vendors selling delicious pad thai and papaya salad to upscale restaurants serving up fresh seafood and fusion dishes, there's something to satisfy every palate. And if you're looking to indulge in a little R&R, the island has plenty of spas and wellness centers where you can pamper yourself with a massage or yoga class.

Of course, no trip to Koh Tao is complete without a visit to one of the island's many beaches. Whether you're looking for a party atmosphere or a quiet spot to read a book, there's a beach for everyone. And don't forget to explore some of the island's stunning viewpoints - the hike up to John-Suwan Viewpoint may be a bit challenging, but the panoramic views are totally worth it.

So there you have it, folks - a glimpse into the amazing world of Koh Tao. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie, a foodie, a beach bum, or just looking for some relaxation, this island has something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Book your ticket, pack your bags, and get ready for an adventure you'll never forget!

Pros Cons and Alternatives

As a user, I highly recommend visiting Koh Tao as it is a must-visit destination for travelers looking for a serene and adventurous getaway. As someone who has visited several tropical destinations, I can confidently say that Koh Tao's stunning beaches and clear waters make it one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to.

I am well-versed in the island's offerings, having stayed at the Sensi Paradise Beach Resort, explored the local markets, and taken a scuba diving course. I can attest that Koh Tao offers a range of activities and experiences that cater to all types of travelers, from budget-conscious backpackers to luxury seekers.

Compared to its competitors in the region, Koh Tao stands out for its vibrant marine life and diverse range of activities, from snorkeling to scuba diving, to beach hopping. It's the perfect destination for travelers who want to explore the underwater world and relax on stunning beaches while enjoying delicious cuisine and experiencing Thai culture.

The benefits of visiting Koh Tao are endless, from the stunning natural scenery to the warm and friendly locals, to the variety of accommodations and activities that cater to all budgets and preferences. However, one downside is that it can get crowded during peak season, so travelers should plan accordingly

Here are some pros and cons of Koh Tao, as well as an alternative destination to consider:


  • Beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters, perfect for diving and snorkeling.
  • Relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, with plenty of opportunities to unwind and escape the crowds.
  • Great food and nightlife, with a wide range of options to suit every taste and budget.
  • Affordable prices, especially when compared to other Thai islands.
  • Friendly locals who are always eager to share their culture and way of life with visitors.


  • The island can get quite busy during peak season, with crowds and traffic making it difficult to fully relax.
  • The ferry ride to Koh Tao can be a bit rough, especially during bad weather.
  • Some parts of the island can be a bit rough around the edges, with construction and development in progress.
  • The island's popularity has led to issues with overcrowding and environmental degradation in some areas.

Alternative: If you're looking for an alternative to Koh Tao, consider checking out Koh Lanta. Located in the Andaman Sea, Koh Lanta is known for its laid-back vibe, stunning beaches, and gorgeous sunsets. The island is home to several national parks, where you can explore the lush rainforest and spot wildlife like monkeys and lizards. And if you're a foodie, you'll love the island's delicious seafood and Thai cuisine. Overall, Koh Lanta offers a more relaxed and authentic Thai experience than some of the more popular islands, making it a great choice for those looking to get off the beaten path.

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