Over the last five years the beach club social scene has taken Thailand and Samui by storm, enticing scores of locals and visitors to the tropical water’s edge for sunbathing, swimming, and schmoozing. Often Mediterranean in style, Koh Samui’s beach clubs provide a laid-back atmosphere day and night for guests to relax and soak up the views from the blissful comfort of a daybed or cabana. Delightful food and beverage menus complement the just-as-delightful tropical vibe.
Situated on Koh Samui’s blissful Lipa Noi Beach, Nikki Beach Resort takes luxury to the next level for visitors in search of pure indulgence. A world away from the crowds of Chaweng Beach, Lipa Noi features a quiet stretch of sandy beach outlining the sweeping views of the Gulf of Thailand. As such, Nikki Beach is a fantastic venue for visitors looking to relax and soak up the views from the comfort of the plush day bed, alternating with refreshing dips in the beachfront pool. This chic beach club markets itself as ‘the sexiest place on earth’ and boasts a sophisticated a décor scheme and an alluring menu packed full of Thai and fusion dishes.
Since it opened its doors in 2008, Koh Samui’s Beach Republic has embodied a sexy cosmopolitan vibe in which Mediterranean flair intertwines with chic Asian style. Magnificent ocean views can be enjoyed from the comfort of a private cabana alongside champagne and cocktails at this beach club – the first of a handful of beach clubs that would spring up on the island in recent years. The Ocean Club, Beach Republic’s trendy seaside venue, enjoys a deserved reputation as one of the best places on the island to tuck into a decadent Sunday brunch. During the rest of the week, tapas and Thai cuisine make up an irresistible menu for guests that want to gaze over the club’s infinity pool at the clear blue ocean.
KC Beach Club
KC Beach Club is also one of Samui’s top oceanfront venues, offering fresh sea breeze and a lively atmosphere. Situated at the heart of bustling Chaweng Beach just a ten-minute drive from Samui airport, guests can make use of plush loungers and heavenly cabanas as they flit around the swimming pool. Live DJs set a soothing mellow vibe for daytime chill out sessions, while things heat up later on with club beats and live bands. Al fresco dining is one of the best ways to make the most of KC’s fabulous coastal location, and Luciano Restaurant doesn’t disappoint with its delectable selection of Italian dishes.
For those seeking a more rustic beach venue with traditional Thai vibes, the White Pearl Beach Club is nothing short of perfect. This club has everything you could wish for in an oceanside venue, from stunning views and quality service to a healthy, homemade menu and free Wi-Fi for guests that want to Instagram envy-inducing snaps of the ocean. There is even a pool table for guests in the mood to take a break from the sun on lazy tropical afternoons. Beach barbecues and live music events also tend to attract plenty of visitors to the White Pearl, which occupies a superb position on Bang Por beach.
For many holiday makers a beach club offers the perfect opportunity to intertwine a range of favourite holiday activities, including sunbathing and clubbing. Ark Bar goes down a hit with visitors in search of an electric party atmosphere, with internationally acclaimed DJs entertaining guests from 2 p.m. onwards every day. The venue is home to no less than three swimming pools, as well as several bars and two restaurants, which serve up an array of exquisite snacks for those that want to graze the day away as they absorb the vivacious atmosphere.
Updates by Wayne Hue