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Experience Thailand’s Best-Kept Secret Islands at These Magical Beachfront Hotels

Thailand is home to an array of tropical islands rich in beauty and culture. However, there are some islands more hidden than others just several kilometres off the coast. These quiet getaways offer tranquillity and solitude, where you can spend your holiday sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling in crystal-clear waters far away from the tourist crowds.

With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve uncovered the most alluring secret islands in Thailand and hotels nearby where you can truly unwind. The Wi-Fi signal might be weak, but these hotels make up for it with private infinity pools, direct beachfront access, luxury spas and gourmet restaurants.

Why You Should Stay on Koh Kood

With some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand, Koh Kood is noted for its crystal-clear waters, soft sand and surprising lack of tourists. Its pristine shoreline is often compared to those in the South Pacific, while lush rainforest, coconut and rubber plantations and sleepy fishing villages make up the rest of its landscape.

Must-Do Koh Kood Experiences

● Cool off in the turquoise waters of Klong Hin Beach.
● Stroll the horseshoe-shaped bay and snorkel at Bang Bao Beach.
● Swim under the cascading waters of Klong Chao waterfall.

Top Hotels on Koh Kood

Koh Kood Beach Resort

Koh Kood Beach Resort

Koh Kood Beach Resort is a tropical paradise with island-style accommodations, which range from a typical Bali cottage-style house to beachfront bungalows. The Bali House features a private terrace, king-size bed and open-air bathroom, while the Sunset House includes apartment-style rooms with a separate living room. 

Treat yourself to a traditional Thai massage or a refreshing dip in the beachfront swimming pool, then dine on fresh seafood at the on-site restaurant. There’s also a kids’ pool, fins for snorkelling and bicycle and motorbike rentals.

Nearby Attractions

● Nang Yai Beach (2.2 kilometres)
● King Seafood Restaurant (750 metres)
● Klong Chao Waterfall (5.3 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 97 – USD 179
Guest Rating: 8.7
Address: 121 Moo 1 Baan Klongmat, Koh Kood, Thailand

High Season Pool Villa & Spa

High Season Pool Villa & Spa

High Season Pool Villa & Spa boasts stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand with its prime location on Klong Chao Beach. Luxurious pool villas invite you to relax with their private plunge pools, large terraces and separate living rooms. The Beachfront Suite Pool Villa is the ultimate in luxury with floor-to-ceiling windows, a private pool and sun deck and direct beach access.

Dine on Thai cuisine at Beach Front Restaurant or gourmet pizzas at Italian Restaurant, while The Bird’s Nest offers a romantic locale for sunset. Enjoy an in-villa massage, relax at the sauna or toast champagne at the beachfront Season Bar.

Nearby Attractions

● Koh Kood Divers (210 metres)
● Khlong Yai Ki Waterfall (9.8 kilometres)
● Tawan Eco Bar (650 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 339 – USD 766
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 117 Moo 2, Trat, Koh Kood, Thailand

Hotel Location

Ko Yao Noi

Why You Should Stay on Ko Yao Noi

Ko Yao Noi is set halfway between Phuket and Krabi, offering a paradise-like setting and eco-minded philosophy without the crowds of tourists. Days can be spent swimming and snorkelling in crystal-clear waters, rock climbing, admiring waterfalls and napping in a hammock under the shade of a swaying palm tree.

Must-Do Ko Yao Noi Experiences

● Take a longtail boat to Koh Yao Yai to discover untouched sandbar beaches.
● Drive around the island’s quiet roads to soak up its serene atmosphere and rice paddy views.
● Visit the small restaurants along the coastline serving fresh seafood.

Top Hotels on Ko Yao Noi

Six Senses Yao Noi

Six Senses Yao Noi

Luxury abounds at Six Senses Yao Noi, an ideal destination for honeymooners and couples. Pool Villas boast private infinity-edge pools with pool decks, wine fridges and beachfront access. Admire Phang Nga Bay views in the split-level Ocean Deluxe Pool Villa and cool off in the outdoor shower.

Arrive in style with a helicopter service from Phuket International Airport or charter a private yacht, then get pampered at the on-site spa or sign up for an Island Sunset BBQ or Mangrove Kayak Tour. Recharge with in-villa dining or Thai cuisine at the exclusive Hilltop Reserve.

Nearby Attractions

● Rice Paddy Restaurant (4.8 kilometres)
● Pizzeria La Luna (550 metres)
● The Khao Bay View Restaurant (1.6 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 452 – USD 1,029
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: 56 Moo 5 Tambol Koh Yao Noi, Ko Yao Noi, Thailand

Paradise KohYao

Paradise KohYao

With its own private bay, Paradise KohYao is nestled within a national reserve tropical rainforest in a remote corner of Koh Yao Noi. Pool Villas are directly on the beach and include a private pool, outdoor living area and private bar. For a touch of romance, the open-air Jacuzzi Studio has a private Jacuzzi.

Relax at the infinity-edge pool, sign up for a Thai Cooking Class or get active with a kayaking or mountain biking adventure. Enjoy sunset views over the bay at Sundowners Bar, get a beachfront massage or sample seafood specialties at Seafood Terrace.

Nearby Attractions

● Kian Bay (1.2 kilometres)
● Mankei Bay (1 kilometre)
● Big Tree Park (1.2 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 79 – USD 586
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 24 Moo 4, T. Koh Yao Noi, Ko Yao Noi, Thailand

Hotel Location

Why You Should Stay on Koh Phra Thong

Koh Phra Thong translates to “Golden Buddha Island” in Thai and this small spec of land features unique landscapes that have been compared to the savannahs of Africa. Time stands still on this quiet island, where its brilliant white sandy dunes offer the chance to spot over 100 species of birds as well as deer and sea turtles.

Must-Do Koh Phra Thong Experiences

● Go on an adventurous diving trip with Blue Guru Diving.
● Sunbathe on the shoreline or sign up for snorkelling or kayaking.
● Bring your hiking shoes and take a scenic walk to spot the island’s rare species of birds.

Top Hotels on Koh Phra Thong

The Moken Eco Village

The Moken Eco Village

Escape from city life at The Moken Eco Village, which showcases the natural surroundings of Koh Phra Throng with its eco-friendly practices. Relax on the private beach or enjoy an afternoon snorkelling in the calm waters outside your room, while nature lovers will delight in observing the exotic birds that are known to flitter by. 

Designed to highlight the islands natural wonders, the charming collection of beach bungalows are fitted with solar panels and include 24-hour electricity, mosquito nets and daily housekeeping. The hotel also offers access to complimentary Wi-Fi in the lobby and a scenic restaurant with food and beverages.

Nearby Islands

● Koh Pling Lek
● Koh Pling Yai
● Ko Ra

Star Rating: No Rating
Price: USD 78 – USD 117
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: 170, Moo 2, T.Ko Phrathong, A.Khuraburi, Phang-nga, Khura Buri, Thailand

Golden Buddha Beach Resort

Golden Buddha Beach Resort

Located on a deserted 12-kilometre-long beach, Golden Buddha Beach Resort is a luxury eco resort home to secluded beach cottages. Nestled on 20 hectares of coastal forest, seafront baans boast a traditional Thai wood design, solar installations, beachfront access and Andaman Sea views. Travelling with a loved one? Baan Bougainvillea is ultra-romantic with a furnished deck, king-size bed and floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views.

Yoga classes are held twice daily, while Thai, aromatherapy and foot massages are available throughout the day. Sign up for a Savannah, snorkelling or jungle trekking tour, but don’t miss the festive Saturday Barbecue and homemade pizzas at Bay Beach Club.

Nearby Islands

● Surin Islands
● Ko Ra
● Ping Islands

Star Rating: No Rating
Price: USD 300 – USD 898
Guest Rating: 10
Address: 131 Moo 2, T. Koh Phra Thong, Khura Buri, Thailand

Hotel Location

Why You Should Stay on Koh Muk

Remaining largely untapped by tourism, Koh Muk is a stunning island framed by jungle-draped limestone karsts. Outdoor adventures on this remote oasis include exploring stalactite-lined caves, kayaking around emerald bays and visiting the uninhabited Ao Sabai beach that gives an off-the-grid, tropical vibe with its dramatic bluffs.

Must-Do Koh Muk Experiences

● Enjoy the gentle, kid-friendly waters of Farang Beach.
● Rent a sea kayak and paddle around Tham Morakot (Emerald Cave).
● Sip ice-cold Chang beer at the aptly-named Ko Yao Viewpoint restaurant.

Top Hotels on Koh Muk

Koh Mook Sivalai Beach Resort

Koh Mook Sivalai Beach Resort

Koh Mook Sivalai Beach Resort is set on a stunning cape of palm-fringed white sand. Standard Villas include terraces overlooking the beach, cable TV, air conditioning and a mini bar, while Beachfront Villas offer direct access to the beach. Family Villas add a single bed for kids.

Sunbathe, stroll or hop on a boat to explore the turquoise waters rich in marine life surrounding the resort, then savour Thai, Chinese and European dishes at the on-site restaurant or find your zen at the spa.

Nearby Attractions

● Koh Mook Pier (500 metres)
● Koh Mook Pier (500 metres)
● Miss Island Bakery (550 metres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 81 – USD 138
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 211/1 Moo2 T.Koh Libong, Kantang, Thailand

Mook Lamai Resort and Spa

Mook Lamai Resort and Spa

A 10-minute walk from Charlie Beach, Mook Lamai Resort and Spa is a family-owned and operated resort with tropical bungalows. The Family Villa offers outdoor living spaces and a king-size and single bed, while the Deluxe Upper Floor features a furnished balcony with pool views.

Families will love making a splash at the outdoor pool, then dining on authentic Thai cuisine at A Sa-biang restaurant or signing up for fishing, trekking or island-hopping adventures. There’s also a poolside bar and complimentary bikes.

Nearby Attractions

● Kooh Mook Seabeach Restaurant (500 metres)
● Zircon Beach (1.7 kilometres)
● Morakot Cave (1.8 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 73 – USD 195
Guest Rating: 10
Address: 65/5 Moo 2 T. Koh Libong, A. Kantang, Trang Province, Kantang, Thailand

Hotel Location

Why You Should Stay on Koh Pu

Just 30 minutes by boat from Krabi mainland, Koh Pu offers a remote location for those seeking peace and quiet. Covered in lush jungle, the island has postcard-perfect beaches and beach bungalows, offering a sense of rugged, raw beauty untouched by tourism.

Must-Do Koh Pu Experiences

● Grab a cold beverage at the legendary Fu Bar on Golden Pearl Beach.
● Swim and sunbathe on Ao Si Beach.
● Rent a scooter and drive past small villages to see local life on Koh Pu.

Top Hotels on Koh Pu

Koh Jum Resort

Koh Jum Resort

Nestled on a private beach, Koh Jum Resort features thatched-roof wooden cottages that blend in with the natural surroundings. Stay in the Seaview Bamboo Cottage for a private balcony with sun loungers or upgrade to a Beach Front Villa for a private sun deck with beach views.

Gaze out at the ocean in the outdoor pool or cool off with a tropical beverage at Star View Beach Bar, while Sunset restaurant serves classic Thai and seafood dishes. Snorkelling, hiking and sea kayaking excursions are also available. 

Nearby Attractions

● Magic Beach (700 metres)
● Magic Beach (700 metres)
● Ao Si Beach (850 metres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 24 – USD 96
Guest Rating: 8
Address: 237 Moo 5 Kohsriboya Nuaklong, Ko Lanta, Krabi Province, Southern Thailand, Thailand

Koh Jum Beach Villas

Koh Jum Beach Villas

Koh Jum Beach Villas epitomizes island resort living with its luxury villas nestled on a 700-metre-long beach. Overlooking the Phi Phi National Marine Park, the one to five-bedroom villas include private pools, kitchens and direct beach access.

Fill your days with traditional Thai massages at the spa, rock climbing or learning how to cook traditional Thai cuisine. HotelsCombined visitors rave about the on-site restaurant and bar, where you can sample ingredients from the organic gardens that are used to create its dishes and try the signature “Koh Jum Sunset” drink at sunset.

Nearby Attractions

● Wood Don Bar & Shop (1 kilometre)
● FU Bar (1.2 kilometres)
● Koh Jum Seafood Restaurant (4 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 192 – USD 804
Guest Rating: 10
Address: 320 M3 T. Koh Sriboya Nua Klong, Ko Lanta, Krabi Province, Southern Thailand, Thailand

Hotel Location

Why You Should Stay on Koh Larn

A small island off the coast of Pattaya, Ko Larn is a pristine paradise known for its white-sand beaches and azure waters. With a picturesque backdrop of wooded hills, five main beaches serve as a launching point for a sun-drenched holiday enjoying parasailing, water skiing, jet skiing and snorkelling.

Must-Do Koh Larn Experiences

● Visit local shops and seafood restaurants near Tawaen Beach.
● Observe resident monkeys that inhabit the hills around the coral-ringed Nual Beach.
● Catch a sunset from the quiet shoreline of Tien Beach.

Top Hotels on Koh Larn

Sealey Resort

Sealey Resort

Located on Tawaen Beach, Sealey Resort boasts elegant rooms that come in two categories: Superior and Deluxe. All rooms include air conditioning, cable TV and bath amenities, while the Superior room adds a private balcony and two single beds.

Start your day at the on-site restaurant and enjoy the sea views from its outdoor seating area, then stroll the hotel’s tranquil outdoor garden. Stroll the picturesque coastline, just steps from your room, or sign up for a sunset boat excursion.

Nearby Attractions

● Tien Beach (2.5 kilometres)
● Same Beach (2.3 kilometres)
● Tawaen Beach Pier (140 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 61 – USD 153
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: 203/49-51 M.7 Naklua Banglamung, Chonburi Thailand 20150, Ko Lan, Thailand

Lareena Resort Koh Larn Pattaya

Lareena Resort Koh Larn Pattaya

Lareena Resort Koh Larn Pattaya is just a short ferry ride from the mainland, but it feels like a world away with its colourful collection of bungalows. Relaxation comes easy at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, which features a terrace overlooking the water as well as a cocktail bar and lounge with hammocks.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, cable TV and sea-view balconies. Celebrating something special? Upgrade to the Suite on Sea Room for extra space, a four-poster bed with mosquito net and sofa bed.

Nearby Attractions

● Guanyin Temple (1.7 kilometres)
● Tong Lang Beach (1.3 kilometres)
● Pizza & Coffee @ Koh Larn (160 metres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 39 – USD 113
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: 61/1 Moo 7 Naklua Banglamung, Ko Lan, Thailand

Hotel Location

Discover Paradise in Thailand’s Stunning Beachfront Hotels

Thailand is full of remote island getaways where you can escape the tourist crowds and bask in an untouched paradise. With beautiful beaches and water-based adventures nearby, its easy to get off the grid and embrace island-style living. Enjoy Thailand’s natural beauty at one of these secluded hotels with infinity-edge pools, luxury day spas and beachfront villas and suites.

Where will you stay in Thailand? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Charity De Souza

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.

Charity De Souza
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.
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