Koh Samui, Thailand

Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa

Rates from (inc tax)$150.20

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21THB), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Chinese whispers


Nocturnal northern Chaweng

Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa in Koh Samui honours the island’s first settlers with its Chinese design: birdcages in reception, shophouse architecture and calligraphy art. The setting is all Samui, though: Chaweng’s blissful beaches and buzzing nightlife, just a stroll away from the quiet hotel.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A welcome drink and fruit basket, 15-minute head and shoulder massage, premium internet access and 10 per cent off at the spa, restaurant and bar


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Need to know


122, including 44 suites.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $150.20 (THB5,271), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (THB6,256.86), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include buffet breakfast and free WiFi.


The spa has nine treatment rooms, six of which are for couples. Unless you're allergic to coconuts, try the signature Coconut Paradise therapy, which lasts for 200 blissful minutes and includes a floral foot ritual, a coconut scrub, a coconut body wrap and a coconut massage.

At the hotel

Beach, spa, library, CDs and DVDs for guests to borrow, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD player, minibar, slippers, bathrobes, Anantara bath products.

Our favourite rooms

At 52sq m, and with their own private balcony with outside seating, it's hard to believe that the Deluxe Lawana rooms are the hotel's lead-in room category. Grey wood-panelled walls, Chinese paintings, hurricane lamps and beds with billowing white mosquito nets up the ante. If your budget permits, splash out on an Anantara Pool Villa. They're worth the price hike for their generously sized private pool set amid lush greenery, their big outdoor bath tub and the unusual ceiling, which mimics an inverted Chinese roof. These villas are massive, at 160sq m.


You’re going to have certain expectations from a beachside pool in Samui and Anantara Lawana won’t disappoint – picture swaying palms, soft white sand and a peaceful turquoise infinity pool. Twice a day, staff complete a circuit of the pool and beach, doling out fresh fruit skewers or ice lollies.

Packing tips

Shoes you can dance in (on a beach).


Smokers: only light up in the resort’s designated smoking areas.


Welcome. Extra beds (THB445 a night) and cots (free) can be added to all rooms except Deluxe Plunge Pools. Babysitting is available (THB335 an hour; minimum three hours).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Wannabe Tarzans and Janes: book that treehouse, quick. Talk to staff about Dining by Design, which will see you dining practically anywhere on the resort – private beachside table for two, perhaps?

Dress Code

Spruce up for Tree Tops (and leave your flip flops by the bed). Anything goes at Ocean Kiss.

Hotel restaurant

Ocean Kiss offers all-day dining by the beach and pool. Breakfast is a generous, crowd-pleasing spread; lunch and dinner are both à la carte. Try one of the local Samui dishes: chef's signature crispy white snapper with Thai herbs and green mango, for example. Tree Tops is the hotel's award-winning fine dining restaurant, with just eight tables, each one occupying its own private treehouse amid the tree canopy. The menu is concise and considered, with dishes such as scallops on crab meat, lamb with truffled couscous and snow fish steamed in lemongrass with champagne foam and mango relish. When your main course arrives, a salt selection will come with it, talked through by your own personal salt guru – try Hawaiian bamboo jade salt, or black-truffle salt.

Hotel bar

Cocktails are served at the Pool Bar throughout the day (we liked the Lawana Sling, a muddle of pineapple juice, lime, orange, ginger ale, vodka and Campari). The hotel is rightfully proud of its award-winning wine list. Let the resident wine expert talk you through the best grapes to match your meal (Tree Tops' seven-course degustation menu includes carefully matched wine).

Last orders

Ocean Kiss serves food until 11pm; Tree Tops until 11.30pm. The last drinks are mixed around 11.30pm.

Room service

Available 24 hours, room service spans the full restaurant menu while Ocean Kiss is open (plus the children’s menu, too); a smaller selection is available later.


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Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa
92/1 Moo 2, Bophut, Surat Thani
Koh Samui

You need a transfer to reach this hotel. For approximate costs, see location information


Koh Samui Airport (www.samuiairportonline.com) is 6km away (a 10-minute drive). Alternatively, fly into Surat Thani Airport (www.suratthaniairport.com), serviced by daily flights from Bangkok on Thai Airways and Orient Thai Airlines, on the mainland. From there, you’ll need to hop on a boat.


Forget wheels – this is an island getaway.

Worth getting out of bed for

If you’re gaga for golf, swing into action at the nearby Santiburi Country Club (www.santiburi.com; +66 (0) 7742 1700-8), a par-72 course with 18 hard-to-hit holes. The hotel can organise cultural and historic tours of the island: the beach temple tour uncovers two of the island’s most amazing Buddhist temples. Be taken for a spin around the island in a Land Rover, or borrow mountain bikes and explore at your own pace. If you’re in need of a retail fix, stroll into nearby Chaweng and stock up on beachwear (or get a tattoo, perhaps?). Have a cheap massage on the beach while you’re here.

Local restaurants

The Cliff Bar & Grill (+66 (0) 7744 8508; www.thecliffsamui.com), located loftily on the cliff between Chaweng and Lamai, offers up dazzling views and delicious dishes with a Mediterranean influence. The design of Spirit House Restaurant (+ 66 (0) 7741 4101; www.spirithousesamui.com) mimics a traditional Thai village: there’s a central temple, surrounding Thai villas, outbuildings, courtyards, canals and exotic spice gardens. The dining room, set in the temple, is decorated with teak wood furnishings; there’s also a cocktail bar with wall drawings and silk curtains. The Larder Samui (+66 (0) 7760 1259; www.thelardersamui.com/) is just opposite the hotel, at the top of Chaweng Beach Road. The menu betrays chef’s love of simplicity (as well as his suspect sense of humour); try ‘bellyful’ – confit pork belly with roasted carrots, bread sauce and parsnip purèe – or ‘ninja roll’: crisp-skinned salmon with nori, roe and wasabi foam. Rockpool at Kanda Residences Samui (+66 (0) 7723 4500; http://kandaresidences.com) has earned a solid reputation as one of Samui’s best dining spots. Eat here and you’ll soon see why.

Local bars

Have a fruity concoction (or three) at Bar Solo (+66 (0) 7741 4012-5; http://barsolosamui.com/) on Chaweng Beach.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this fun-loving hotel in northern Chaweng and unpacked their beads and beachwear, a full account of their luxury island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa in Koh Samui…

It would be easy to visit Koh Samui and know nothing of the Chinese fishermen and traders who first settled here. You would never guess that Koh Samui was first drawn on a Chinese map dated 1687, or that its first immigrants hailed from Hainan in the late Ayutthaya era (1350–1767). Anantara Lawana honours this forgotten past with its Chinese styling: rooms are tucked away in buildings designed like two-storey shophouses, and decorated with calligraphy, hurricane lamps and Chinese paintings.

History is all well and good, but you’re here for a holiday, too. Anantara Lawana won’t let you down on that front. Its infinity pool will have you horizontal in beachwear within minutes of arrival (if you’re not already splashing about in your private pool, that is), Tree Tops promises gastronomic highs, the spa will spoil you and the beach will relax you. If all that idling around begins to take its toll, Chaweng’s vibrant nightlife awaits, just a 15-minute beach stagger away…

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The setting is lovely, the rooms are well appointed and the service was excellent. We arrived and were initially given a twin room (I think that this was my booking error!) but the concierge immediately offered us a new room and also gave us the choice of quickly converting our original room into a double. We asked for his recommendation and he advised that we remain in the same room and convert it - the other room didn't have a sea view and was closer to some renovation work so he thought that there could be some noise pollution. We also loved Tree Tops (their signature restaurant). I'd advise booking before you arrive as they only have 10 tables in the place. The food and the ambiance was fantastic. There is a lot more about the place that we loved - the breakfast (always important!) was fantastic, the pool was lovely as was the bar near the pool.

Don’t expect

A kicking nightlife in the hotel - that's not the vibe. If you want that it's a short taxi ride down to the main Chaweng nightspots.


Stayed on 16 Jul 2015

We loved

Everything! The room was amazing and we had dinner in Tree Tops one night - highly recommended.

Don’t expect

Cheap Thailand prices. Drinks by the pool cost the same as a cocktail in central london!


Stayed on 15 Jun 2015

We loved

I loved the decor of hotel, pool, bar, food, breakfast, staff, everything.


Stayed on 12 Nov 2014