Important note! Thailand Pass registration is closed for all new Test and Go applications until further notice. Travelers who have not registered for Thailand Pass previously can now only enter Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox and AQ quarantine schemes.

Update 7 Jan 2021! Thailand Pass registration for Koh Samui Sandbox, Phang Nga Sandbox (includes Khao Lak Sandbox), and Krabi Sandbox will be ready for registration from 11 January 2022!


12 Samui Extra Plus Hotels for entering Koh Samui

Samui Extra Plus Hotels is the list of government-approved hotels that must be used for the stay on first 7 nights in Koh Samui, when entering the country under the so-called "Samui Plus Sandbox Plan" for reopening Thailand. According to this plan, Koh Samui and neighboring islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao in Surat Thani province will welcome travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, following the Phuket Sandbox Plan.

Koh Samui, the second largest island in Thailand, is located in the Gulf of Thailand near the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan (where the famous Full Moon Party is held). It is one of the most popular beach tourist destinations in Thailand. This island is full of white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and coconut trees and everything any tourist could wish for. Now travelers will be able to reach this beautiful island without quarantine.

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What is Samui Extra Plus?

Samui Extra Plus Hotels are specially assigned for travellers under the Samui Plus plan in order to differentiate from the ALQ / AQ system. It is also mentioned that these hotels are formerly Alternative Local Quarantine (ALQ) hotels (now referred to as AQ hotels). All Samui Extra Plus hotels are acknowledged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General processing of the Certificate of Entry (COE) application.

During your trip to Thailand under Samui Plus model, previously you had stay at one of Samui Extra Plus hotels on Koh Samui for the first 7 nights, after that you can move for the other 7 nights to a SHA Plus hotel on Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao, where 70% of its workforce has been fully vaccinated.

IMPORTANT UPDATE! Starting from 1 October 2021, staying 7 nights at SHA Plus hotels is sufficient. If you want to visit other destinations in Thailand, at first you need to complete a 7-night stay on these 3 islands. 

TIP! Some hotels do not accept credit card payments, others charge extra or use unsafe payment authorization methods so paying a deposit or full prepayment to hotel’s bank account might be a better option even if you don’t have a Thai bank account. For making payments to Thailand we recommend ‘Wise, formerly TransferWise’ as it uses the mid-market exchange rate and charges just a fraction of that banks charge for international transfers. We use Wise for making our monthly payments from Europe to Thailand and it saves us a lot on transfers (e.g. for a transfer of 1000 EUR from Euro to Thai Baht we pay just 6.76 EUR commission, several times less than our European bank charges).

Currently, there are 12 hotels on the list of approved Samui Extra Plus Hotels as following,

1. AVANI+ Samui

Avani+ Samui is a Samui Extra Plus hotel located on Phang Ka Bay, a peaceful beachside getaway. Tucked away on the quieter southwestern side of Samui, escape from the world in a peaceful haven surrounded by unspoiled tropical nature. Spend unlimited hours in an infinity pool. Sip cocktails at the beverage truck at the pool. Roll out of bed and into your own private pool.

At a glance:

  • 58 chic rooms and pool villas, including one- and two-bedroom beachfront pool villas
  • Two swimming pools
  • Signature treatments at AvaniSpa

AVANI+ Samui

AVANI+ Samui Plus Stay Price:

  • Avani Pool Villa (68 sq.m) 2 guests at 30,800 THB
  • Avani Beachfront Pool Villa (105 sq.m) 2 guests at 50,400 THB
  • Avani Two Bedroom Beachfront Pool Villa (227 sq.m) 4 guests at 84,000 THB

Additional Charges:

Guests arriving from abroad must book PCR tests, priced at 2,600 THB each, in advance and show proof of payment in order to secure Certificate of Entry.  2 PCR tests are required for adults (at a total of 5,200 THB) and 1 PCR test is required for children (2,600 THB).


2. Fair House Villas & Spa

Fair House Villas & Spa is the ideal choice for those seeking simplicity in a modern Thai style setting, beautifully located in tropical surroundings by the sea. The hotel features a total of 72 lavishly designed Thai style villas and suites in various configurations to meet all different requirements. Enjoy personalized service, romantic atmosphere, exciting activities, fabulous gastronomy and true traditional revival. The resort is located in the close proximity from Samui International Airport and Chaweng Beach – the center of Samui, which is only 15 minutes away. 

Fair House Villas & Spa

3. The Briza Beach Resort Samui

The Briza Beach Resort Samui is located on the famous Chaweng Beach and just a 10-minute walk from the main day time attractions such as shopping, bars and restaurants and the vibrant nightlife for which Chaweng is World famous. All this within 15-minutes journey from Koh Samui’s boutique Airport.

The Briza Beach Resort Samui

4. The Lamai Samui

Overlooking a pristine beach on Koh Samui's east coast, the Lamai Samui Hotel and Resort (formerly Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa) is a Samui Extra Plus hotel situated on Lamai Beach and surrounded by lush mature gardens and backed by forested mountains. The refined 63 suites and distinctive 14 villas are designed with a contemporary Sino-Thai style and tropical ambience for the ultimate luxury.

The Lamai Samui Hotel and Resort

5. The Spa Resort Koh Samui

The Spa Resort Koh Samui is a wellness boutique resort situated on hillside overlooking Lamai beach in Koh Samui, where you leave your worries and stress behind. All units at this quarantine hotel come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

The Spa Resort Koh Samui

6. Baan Hin Sai Resort & Spa

Baan Hin Sai Resort & Spa is a Samui Extra Plus hotel set amongst natural surroundings and close to Samui Viewpoint between Chaweng and Lamai Beach, two well-known beaches of Koh Samui.

Baan Hin Sai Resort & Spa

7. Aura Samui Best Beach

Aura Samui Best Beach Hotel is a Samui Extra Plus resort on Koh Samui's Lamai beach, close to Grand Father & Grand Mother Rock. 

Aura Samui Best Beach

8. Panacea

Panacea Retreat Private Estate Koh Samui is a private luxury retreat estate surrounded by nature. The villa provides guests with a patio, pool views, a seating area, satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, and a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer.

Panacea Retreat

9. Clay Beach Samui

Clay Beach Samui is a spacious and luxurious highly styled beachfront villas set in lush tropical surroundings and on the white sandy beach at the western end of Bophut bay. Luxury Duplex lofts, 3 or 5 bedrooms beachfront villas with a butler service are available for holiday rental.

Clay Beach Samui

10. Moonstone Villa

Moonstone Samui is a private villa, perched directly on the oceanfront with sweeping sunset views over the entire North Coast of Koh Samui. This six-bedroom villa is perfect for groups both small and large, and is the ideal location for extra special family vacations. You will enjoy the perfect location on the island, with the best Samui has to offer all close by.

Moonstone Villa

11. Samui Beach Resort

Samui Beach Resort is a Samui Extra Plus hotel, offering a relaxing getaway, just steps away from the beach. The contemporary-style rooms and villas are fully furnished and equipped with modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom fitted with shower facilities. Private balcony with sea views are also available for selected room types. The open-air restaurant and beachfront restaurant serves tasty Thai and international cuisines. Snacks and refreshing drinks are also available at the pool bar.

Samui Beach Resort

12. Rocky's Boutique Resort

Rocky’s Boutique Resort is a private and secluded boutique resort that is approved as a Samui Extra Plus hotel. This luxurious accommodation features 49 rooms. The resort is situated on the beach, with unparalleled views of the Gulf of Thailand, and only a short walk to downtown Lamai. Here is the ideal place to relax and feel free to enjoy the natural beauty of this amazing Samui resort with accommodation facilities that will make your holiday a memorable one.

Rocky's Boutique Resort


Update 17 Aug 2021: Below are listed the hotels that were previously included in Samui Extra Plus Hotel list have been removed from official list.

The Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel

The Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel is a Samui Extra Plus hotel located on Chaweng Noi, this location is deservedly finest and popular with holidaymaker. The resort features a total of 172 Thai contemporary decorated rooms including bungalows offer range of Accommodation’s category to satisfy the most particular need at the standard Comfort. From the Fair House Beach, the lively center of Chaweng Beach is not more than 2 km. away, while several local beach restaurants can be reached in a few minutes.

Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel Koh Samui

So Paradise Villa

So Paradise Villa is a Samui Extra Plus hotel nestled just a few meters from the beaches, on the most popular coast of the island of Koh Samui. This spacious villa, with very large garden and sea and beach view, has everything to seduce you; close to all the attractive places for your stay, 10 minutes from the airport, Chaweng, Fisherman village, ultra easy access and a calm place in an idyllic and private setting.

So Paradise Villa

Angthong Villa

Angthong Villa is perched along 80 metres of unspoilt idyllic white-sandy beach in Plai Laem, a quiet and tranquil area in the northwest of Koh Samui. Built on two levels, this majestic contemporary villa has five bedrooms and a large living area overlooking the 19-metre pool with mesmerising views across the sparkling Gulf of Siam to the hilly interior of Samui, neighbouring islands and the iconic Big Buddha statue.

Angthong Villa

Suralai Villa

Suralai Villa is a tropical hilltop paradise, perfect for families or groups seeking the ultimate private villa vacation in Koh Samui. The villa features 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a patio with pool views. From its stunning location in the scenic Bophut Hills, this magnificent six-bedroom villa enjoys a breathtaking sunrise-to-sunset panorama of the island’s pristine northern shore and Koh Phangan.

Suralai Villa

Ban Suriya

Ban Suriya is an absolute beachfront villa next to Lipa Noi Beach on Koh Samui. The villa includes 6 bedrooms, a living room, a library and a open kitchen with breakfast bar. For entertainment, guests can enjoy the in-villa media amenities including a large flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a Blu ray player, a DVD player, Apple TV, Wii and a Play Station 2. Additionally, there's also a large chess board, table tennis and a foosball table available.

Ban Suriya

Baan Puri Villa

Baan Puri Villa is a peaceful sanctuary of Thai-inspired pavilions set in lush tropical gardens surrounding a pool on the beachfront at Lipa Noi. With six luxurious ensuite bedrooms, this spacious villa is well suited for family holidays, parties of friends or retreat groups.

Baan Puri Villa

Tawantok Beach Villa

Tawantok Beach Villa comprises twin mirror-image villas set alongside the peaceful, powder-soft, white sands of Lipa Noi Beach on Koh Samui’s mellow west coast. Connected via a gate between their private, palm-fringed gardens, the two villas have a total of 10 bedrooms, including two magnificent master suites, sleeping up to 28 guests. Luxurious living and dining space, bedrooms and breezy beachside salas are housed in individual pavilions with distinctive Thai-style peaked roofs. In the beachside gardens 11-metre infinity-edge pools merge with the island-dotted horizon. 

Tawantok Beach Villas


Samui Sha Plus Hotels

The list of certified Samui SHA Plus hotels currently is much wider so you might find there more options for the rest of your stay in Koh Samui.

Quarantine Hotels

Unvaccinated travelers arriving in Koh Samui will still be subject to quarantine and will have to stay at Koh Samui ALQ Hotels.

Traveling to Thailand

Getting the reservation of Samui Extra Plus hotel is just one of the steps when preparing to travel to Thailand during COVID-19. The whole process is quite complicated and time consuming so you might find this article useful: FAQs for Foreigners Traveling to Thailand during COVID-19

Staying at one of Samui Plus hotels is mandatory for all vaccinated travelers to Koh Samui using Samui Plus Sandbox plan, including tourists entering Thailand with the Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV)Tourist Visa (TR) or Visa Exemption.

Thailand ASQ Hotels