Koh Samui, Thailand

The Scent Hotel

Rates from (inc tax)$188.27

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.


Perfumed paradise


Laid-back Bangrak Beach

As fragrant as its name, The Scent Hotel in Koh Samui has frangipani blooming in its gardens, and scented oils and incense burning in its pretty rooms. Obligatory beach views provide decoration, along with some unexpected colonial-chic touches, including vintage bicycles, model boats and birdcages.

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One afternoon tea for two, served between 2.30pm and 5pm



Need to know


14 suites.


1pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $188.27 (THB6,600), excluding tax at 17 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 (THB7,722.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast (Continental, plus one à la carte dish each) and WiFi.


Caffeine addicts will appreciate the coffee machines in the Beach Front Suites.

At the hotel

Public beach, small spa with two treatment rooms; pool, library, on-loan kayaks, CDs and DVDs for guests to borrow, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, bathrobes.

Our favourite rooms

There are 11 Sea Breeze Suites (all surveying the pool) and three Beach Front Suites to choose from. Rooms are styled according to three themes: European (pale palette, dainty glass vases and Provençal furniture); Chinese (darker woods and furnishings, Chinese silks and antique wardrobes) and Local (the darkest palette of all, with lots of wood, a grey-and-green colour scheme and lanterns made from fishing nets). Our top pick is Beach Front Suite 111: this is the only suite with direct beach access; it also has its own Insta-worthy day-bed on the beach with flowing white curtains and swaying palms.


The pretty pool is the heart of the hotel, shimmering with green-blue tiles and shaded by lantern-strung trees. Elegant cream muslin-and-wood deck chairs are clustered around the water. The hotel also has a clutch of loungers on the public beach, in front of the hotel, where you can swim during high tide. At low tide, hop on the hotel’s shuttle to Bophut beach (THB300 for two; book two hours’ ahead).


Opt for a massage and choose from the following scents: coconut, roses, lavender or lemongrass.

Packing tips

Camera and cologne.


Itching to explore? The hotel will lend you a car and driver (THB2,000 for four hours).


Little Smiths aged six and above are very welcome. Extra beds (THB1,500 a night) and cots (free) can be added to rooms. The restaurant can serve up smaller portions for little mouths.

Food and Drink


Top Table

Take tables on the front row and admire the squid fishermen and Koh Phangan in the distance.

Dress Code

Your favourite fragrance. Something French and fancy for dinner.

Hotel restaurant

It is likely that you will eat your best meal in Samui at Le Jaroen; it is possible that you will eat the best meal of your life here. The brilliant food betrays European influences – French toast with crème anglaise and orange sauce for breakfast; salad Niçoise with seared yellowfin tuna for lunch, and so on – but the chef is a dab hand with Thai dishes, too. Dinner is the main event: save room for the five-course chef's degustation menu (we loved the river prawn ravioli with lobster bisque, foie gras powder, white truffle oil and beetroot chip). The setting is as attractive as the cuisine: linen-topped tables set with shining crockery, clustered on a wooden deck overlooking the beach. At night, the dining space twinkles romantically with candles.

Hotel bar

There's no formal bar area; instead, staff will bring icy libations to your preferred spot. Stake out the wooden benches overlooking the beach, next to the restaurant (by the way, the barmen rustle up killer kir royales).

Last orders

Food and drink are served until 10pm at Le Jaroen.

Room service

You can order items from the restaurant to your room between 10am and 10pm.


The Scent Hotel
58/1 Moo 4 Bangrak Beach
Koh Samui


Samui International Airport (www.samuiairportonline.com) is five km away, a 15-minute drive.


It takes 15 minutes to drive to the nearest town, Chaweng.

Worth getting out of bed for

Borrow snorkels and get familiar with the local fish life; the hotel also has a fleet of on-loan kayaks. Hop on the hotel’s shuttle (you’ll need to give staff two hours’ notice) to Bophut Beach and explore its bars and beach-shack restaurants. Get a taxi to buzzy Chaweng and pick up some bargains from the boho boutiques; stop for a meal on the beach, or at least an ice-cold cocktail or three. Indulge in a spa treatment – head and shoulder massages are unsurprisingly popular. If you feel like staying put, borrow books from the library and take them to the pool, or snuggle in with a DVD after dinner.

Local restaurants

Sample Southern Thai cooking at casual Khao Hom on Bangrak Beach. Be warned: spicy means exactly that. Fishermen drop off their daily catch at the restaurant each morning, so you can expect the freshest flavours. Samui Seafood Grill & Restaurant in Chaweng does what it says on the tin: expect succulent seafood (including toothsome lobster) plucked straight from the grill. Sea Wrap at Peace Resort (www.peaceresort.com; +66 (0) 7742 5357) occupies a prime spot on Bophut Beach, and serves up reliably tasty dishes; pick from Thai classics or Italian- and French-influenced options. Choose a low table or stake out a couple of beanbags right next to the waves.



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 beachfront hotel on Bangrak Beach and unpacked their silk pyjamas and perfume, a full account of their Thai luxury beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Scent Hotel in Koh Samui…

If only we could bottle The Scent Hotel's particular brand of magic. This pretty little hideaway on quiet Bangrak Beach woos guests with its otherworldly colonial charm and colourful Koh Samui scenery. The lobby sets the tone, tricked out with crystal vases, pale chairs with silk throws and glass jars filled with shells. Rooms maintain the elegance, especially the European suites, which have a pale palette and Provençal-style furniture.

The Scent’s immensely talented chef continues the design's deft marriage of European and Thai influences. (If you have the prawn ravioli, the scallop carpacio, the foie gras and truffle miso soup or the lemon sole with asparagus, please take a picture and send it to us.) This is a hotel for unabashed sensualists, from the eye-pleasing styling to the skin-pleasing turquoise waters of the elegant outside pool, shaded by lantern-strung palms. Inhale the Scent and, when you’re back home and missing your tropical paradise, light a frangipani-scented candle to remind you of it.

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 The Scent Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything. Our room was spacious and so nicely designed. The hotel staff are wonderful and very helpful. We felt like being at home. There's a great Italian restaurant about 5 minutes walking from the hotel. We had the best pizza, the owner is Italian so you get the real deal.

Don’t expect

A great beach and lots of things to do around the hotel.


Stayed on 26 May 2016

We loved

The staffs are very helpful and thoughtful. We did indulge ourself in this quiet, lovely and peaceful stay.

Don’t expect

Hotel is away from the crowd. not too many things to do. However, if you chose to stay in here, you would not have to do anything.


Stayed on 13 Aug 2015

We loved

Beautiful interior. The hotel private beach and aquatic activities. The smith extra afternoon tea was a surprisingly oriental touch.

Don’t expect

Hotel is relatively far from the major piers and has only one vehicle, so better arrange your local transfer in advance.


Stayed on 14 Feb 2015

We loved

Style of the decor, quality of the food ( Pina Coladas!), location, informality, friendly helpful service.

Don’t expect

Only some very minor things such as allowing diners the option of the lunch menu in the restaurant in the evening and providing more water at the table.


Stayed on 25 Jan 2015