We are planning a trip to Thailand next year, and at this stage looking at a week in Koh Samui and a week in Koh Phangan. We are a couple with two young girls, aged 7 and 10.
I'm so confused with where to stay on Koh Samui. Our first priority is a good beach, and we would also like somewhere with local restaurants within walking distance. We don't like large resorts and would prefer a resort that makes us feel like we are in Thailand. My husband and I have been to Koh Samui but that was about 10 years ago so I imagine alot has changed. We stayed on the northern end of Chaweng when we went but I remember the beach down south was much nicer. After checking out the reviews on TA I've narrowed it down to Tongsai Bay Cottages but I'm worried that might be a bit isolated? Amari Palm Reef looks lovely but wrong end of Chaweng? The other resort I quite fancied was Bophut Resort & Spa but many reviews say the beach isn't very nice for swimming. Centara Grand also looks nice but I think may be too large and busy for what we are after. HELP!!!
Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated.