With a wealth of luxurious resorts among its white beaches and verdant greenery, the island of Koh Samui off the coast of Thailand offers a wealth of fine dining establishments to discerning visitors.
These restaurants combine the local ingredients and traditions of traditional Thai cuisine with modern culinary techniques and some of the island’s most picturesque sites.
These are the best seven restaurants in Koh Samui, according to Elite Traveler.
Owing its name to its dramatic setting on the rocks overlooking the coastline and sea, The Height is celebrated for the panoramic views it boasts, with a glass-walled dining room and outdoor terrace making the most of its elevated position. But the food here is equally as impressive, with authentic Thai cuisine on the menu.
The Journey Bar & Restaurant
The stunning resort Casa De Mar, which is in North Chaweng, has The Journey Bar on the seaside. It offers stunning sea views, mouthwatering food, and a peaceful retreat and is situated right on the ocean.
The wide and airy Journey Bar & Restaurant delivers only the best and freshest ingredients in its internationalized versions of traditional Thai cuisine. In addition, the Journey Terrace offers another place to eat and drink while admiring the beach panorama.
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Located within Banyan Tree Koh Samui in Lamai Bay, Saffron focuses on bringing together a blend of Southeast Asian flavors, fusing authentic Thai specialties with avant-garde culinary inspiration. In the restaurant’s elegant dining room, diners are treated to dishes like glazed and roasted duck.
Salefino Koh Samui
A typical Italian eatery with one of the island’s best sea views is called Salefino. Its “shabby chic” interior decor is one of its defining characteristics, which may be enjoyed while watching the sun set on the beach and sipping an Aperol Spritz.
Salefino just has six tables, so the ambiance is cozy and laid-back. Only the freshest ingredients, mostly seafood from nearby sellers, are used to produce traditional Mediterranean cuisine.
This award-winning restaurant at the Conrad Koh Samui excels for the ambiance of its contemporary Thai-style, lantern-lit dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing far reaching ocean views, and for its contemporary Thai cuisine. Here, executive chef Amporn Choeng-Ngam creates innovative dishes that are best experienced in a degustation menu such as the Tasting of Jahn.
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The Cliff Bar & Grill
Another recipient of awards for both its food and wine, The Cliff Bar & Grill is one of the island’s steadfast fine dining favorites, serving up Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in its cliff-side setting overlooking the turquoise sea. Seafood in particular makes an impression here, having been caught off the coast by the local fishermen.
Kiree the Bistro
This fine dining spot at Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui sits on a hillside amid forest with an outdoor terrace that commands views over the Gulf of Thailand. It’s here that Asian and international cuisine is served, showcasing seasonal ingredients and a variety of cooking styles. The brunch is celebrated for its lobster and champagne offering.
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