Although Ko Samui is traditionally known as a backpacker's destination, the steady rise of tourism for the Thai island has made it family-friendly in recent years. When traveling to Ko Samui as a family, choosing your resort according to its priority for all ages, is a great idea. The following hotels are a few that offer family deals and activities:

  • Chaba Hotel located at Chaweng Beach is full of amenities such as a fitness center, spa, restaurants, and a children's playground
  • Rocky Resort in Amphur was the winner of the 2004 Thailand Travel Award and has everything families may desire during their stay. Pools, private beach access, and excursions to the tiger-zoo, butterfly garden, elephant trek, and island safaris. Be sure to check their website for the family packages that they offer.
  • Amari Palm Reef Resort & Spa at Chaweng Beach has great pools, a  volleyball court, and babysitting service.
  • Laem Set Inn is another popular hotel pick for families. The activities they provide will keep all ages entertained: playground, cooking classes, sailing, boating, and kayaking, bird watching, pools, and more. 

Villa holidays are also getting more popular for family holidays. The convenience of staying in your own home makes villas the ideal place to be. One of the most recommended private villas on the island is Miskawaan Luxury Beachfront Villas

Outside of your hotel there are many great excursions for family-fun. The Angthong Marine National Park is a major draw for all ages. The park is an archipelago of islands with a grand display of marine and bird life.

Treasure Island Mini-Golf near Chaweng Beach is also a draw for families, along with the monkey theater near Bophut, and the snake farm near Ban Phang Ka. A major attraction not to miss is the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo whose name speaks for itself. Most recent addition to tours and great for families is the Island Gem Picnic where you are treated to a relaxing day exploring the beautiful waters of Koh Tan and Koh Mudsum as well as a gourmet beach pinic in a secluded island.