Top 5 dining experiences in Koh Samui

Visiting the island of Koh Samui is becoming more popular for more than just honeymooners and as more people travel to the area, there has been a boom in the tourist industry. Thousands flock to the exotic isle which means there is more demand for quality cuisine and luxury dining experiences. Below are five indulgent, exclusive dining experiences for visitors to Koh Samui in Thailand.

Zazen’s Restaurant

Zazen’s Restaurant in Bophut has won awards for the quality of its cuisine and service. They offer diners traditional Thai dishes, specific to the region with the addition of fine dining touches to help them stand out from the crowd. The care and consideration put into each dish is evident as soon as your meal reaches your table and although the costs are high, it’s clear the quality is worth it. The chef and kitchen staff even grow their own herbs.

Dining on the Rocks

Dine on the rocks under the starlit sky at the restaurant of the same name; Dining on the Rocks at Choeng Mon Beach. You can relax on the terraces as you enjoy what the restaurant describes as ‘New Asian cuisine with a cross over accent’. Take in the natural beauty of your surrounds as you try dishes like nothing you’ve ever seen or tasted before.

Dining on the Rocks

Shabash Restaurant

Shabash Restaurant is on Big Buddha Beach and is renowned for its culinary diversity. They offer a diverse range of dishes due to the fusion of cultures involved in the restaurant’s management and menu. The restaurant offers a fantastic mixture of Thai, Indian, Singaporean and Indonesian cuisines so diners can really experience the true taste of Asia.

Chaweng Beach dining

Chaweng Beach is over six kilometres long and is coated in that soft white sand that beach holiday dreams are made of. As well as relaxing on the beach however Chaweng has a range of boutique beach front restaurants giving you the opportunity to lounge on a cushion, dip your toes into the sand and enjoy a traditional Thai dining experience.

Zico’s

Zico’s is one of those venues that everyone who visits Koh Samui should experience. It’s a legendary venue that combines the most succulent meats and meals alongside top quality entertainment you won’t want to miss. The food is served up on skewers and you’ve got the choice to eat all you can with access to a fresh salad bar and thirst-quenching cocktails.

Zico's

Visting Koh Samui can be as memorable as you want to make it. Book into your luxury villa, visit some of the sights and dine under the stars and you’ll surely enjoy the whole experience.

Mark Cox is Director at Samui Island Villas.

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  1. Charlie says:

    Dining on the Rocks at the Six Senses looks amazing. Definitely on my list of restaurants to experience.

  2. Wow, this would have been a hard article to write. I am a writer on Koh Samui and I often get to interview hotels, resorts and restaurants around the island and I would have a very tough time choosing my Top 5. I think it would change on a weekly basis…
    The W retreat would have to be in there somewhere because their bar has what I feel is the best view on the island, the Conrad also has a spectacular view and Poppies or Rockys have a great atmosphere.

    Yup, very hard indeed.

  3. John says:

    Zazen restaurant is one of my favourite. Dine on the terrace overlooking the sea or choose the exclusive panoramic floor with the Chef’s Table, and enjoy the very best of Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. The presentation is wonderfully artistic and the staff go out of their way to make you feel at home.

  4. Risabh says:

    Zazen & Dining on the Rocks definitely for us. We haven’t tried the rest so can’t comment. Conrad as mentioned above was highly recommended when we had been there.

  5. John says:

    very nice list and I definitely agree on the quality of Zazen restaurant as the food is simply exquisite!

  6. Paisit says:

    Very useful list, Thank you. If you prefer romantic dinner in Samui, Dining on The Rocks & Zazen is definitely the place you should visit.

  7. simon conway says:

    the cliff between chaweng and Lamai is awesome. great view, good food and service. a little like the cliff in St James barbados. i loved in samui 3 years any questions feel free to ask.

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