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Finding Zen at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Koh Samui

Nothing gets the kinks out like a traditional Thai massage.

At Zazen Boutique Resort, Koh Samui, the expert massage in the open-air garden spa – birds chirping in the trees outside – twisted and stretched us into a state of bliss.

With Murano chandeliers and ruby-red velvet cushions, Le Spa Zen evokes a Moorish fantasy, but the pleasure it dispenses is quite real.

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Waiting for a spa treatment in the spa’s reception area

Indeed, the spa is one very good reason to book Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa.

Zazen Boutique Resort

Located on the north coast of Thailand’s Koh Samui, Zazen prides itself on offering guests a peaceful, rejuvenating stay (Zazen means “to find inner peace” in Japanese).

Its 26 terracotta stone bungalows are scattered about koi-filled lagoons and gardens lush with exotic flowers and Buddhist statues.

Garden villa, Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, Koh Samui
The patio entrance to our garden villa

The largest are the “garden villas.”

At 700 square feet in size, these Koh Samui bungalows have plenty of room for a couple, or even parents with a child, to spread out comfortably.

Glass doors from a terrace open into a living room with painted concrete floors, bench-style couches, gold silk blinds and a flat-screen TV.

The raised bedroom has a comfy, low, king-size bed on polished wood floors. Thai-style wooden sculptures and art works abound.

Bedroom of garden villa at Zazen Boutique Resort, Koh Samui
The bedroom of our garden villa at Zazen Boutique Resort in Koh Samui

Behind the bedroom, the semi-outdoor bathroom is a treat with pebbled floors and an open rainshower.

Relaxing in our garden villa, we felt quite royal in the silk bathrobes and slippers provided – though we had to pull down the blinds for privacy from passing guests.

Breakfast sets you up for the day

Daily breakfast is complimentary

Rates include a lovely buffet breakfast overlooking the sea – and there’s complimentary bubbly to mix with your OJ.

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Zazen’s restaurant overlooks the sea

The path to the beachfront restaurant leads past Zen ponds, Buddhist statues and a bridge with a handmade yin-yang mosaic.

Interested in exploring the rest of Thailand? See our travel guide to the best places to visit in Thailand (for luxury lovers, of course!)

What to do at Zazen Boutique Resort?

Beach at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, Koh Samui
Zazen’s beach is perfect for lounging and relaxing…

Most guests come to chill, and cushioned teak loungers under red umbrellas by the narrow beach and around the pool are the place to be during the day.

The pool at Zazen Boutique Resort, Koh Samui, is a very Zen place to chill
The pool is also a very Zen place to chill

Feel like exploring?

The funky restaurants and bars of Fisherman’s Village are a five-minute taxi ride (or 20-minute walk) away. Visiting Fisherman’s Village is one of the best things to do in Koh Samui.

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Zazen Boutique Resort is one of the best places to stay in Koh Samui

Zazen Boutique Resort review in brief


Zazen Boutique Resort is located on the quiet end of Bo Phut on the north side of Samui Island, conveniently close to the Samui airport (15 minutes away).


We didn’t try the resort’s elegant restaurant for dinner. Serving high-class Thai cuisine, it’s reputed to be excellent (though expensive).


If you’re nit-picky about your beaches, you might say that the beach in front of Zazen Boutique Resort isn’t large. And the water was a bit murky when we were there. (For a “better” place to swim, zip on over to Chaweng Beach; it’s “public” though and busier.)

We were Zen-happy, however, as a quiet, shady, comfortable place to read on the beach was more important to us. When we felt like swimming, we enjoyed the pool.

Who should go?

Couples who like stylish boutique hotels and want a peaceful beach getaway will feel right at home in these Koh Samui bungalows.

Zazen is definitely one of the best boutique hotels in Koh Samui!

Zazen Boutique Resort, Bophut

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Where else to stay? The Tongsai Bay is another luxury Koh Samui resort – and it has private pool villas!

Experience more of Thailand!

Read our posts on:

Phang Nga Bay | See stalactites and stalagmites. And squeeze through narrow tunnels to enter wondrous sea caves. Sea canoeing in Phang Nga Bay is a day trip of a lifetime!

Koh Tao | The snorkeling in Koh Tao is renowned. So what do you see on a full day’s snorkeling tour?

Bangkok | The Shangri-La Bangkok offers great views of thelongtail boats and rice barges plying the Chao Praya River. And we love its Horizon Club Lounge.

Our top travel tips and resources

Hotels: is great for scoring a “wow” hotel – or at least a decent one. (We especially like their flexible cancellation policy!)

Vacation homes, condos and rentals: We prefer and use Vrbo (Vacation Rentals by Owner).

Tours: For the best local food, walking and other guided tours, plus skip-the-line tickets to attractions, check out Viator (a TripAdvisor company) and GetYourGuide.

Car rental: Renting a car is often one of the best ways to explore off the beaten path. Discover Cars searches car rental companies so you get the best rates.

Travel insurance: SafetyWing is designed for frequent travelers, long-term adventurers and digital nomads. It covers medical expenses, lost checked luggage, trip interruption and more. We also have and recommend Medjet for global air medical transportation and travel security.

Travel gear: See our travel shop to find the best luggage, accessories and other travel gear. (We suggest these comfy travel sandals for city walking, the beach and kicking about.)

Need more help planning your trip? Check out our travel tips and resources guide for airline booking tips, ways to save money, how to find great hotels and other crazy useful trip planning info.

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Photo credits: 3, 4, 6, 7 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 1, 2, 5, 8 Zazen Resort

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Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa on Koh Samui

We stayed as media guests of the resort, but our review of Zazen Boutique Resort is all ours. As professional travel writers, we always write the truth as we see it, including points you should be aware of.

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Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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Thursday 29th of March 2018

Wow! This place looks amazing. What a great place to go for a few days and relax. We are hoping to visit Thailand for the first time last this year.

Janice and George

Sunday 1st of April 2018

You'll love Thailand! Your only problem is going to be trying to figure out where to go as there are so many great cultural/adventure places (up north) and tempting islands (south). The planning should be fun :-).


Wednesday 28th of March 2018

The resort looks gorgeous and the rain shower sounds dreamy! We haven't been to Thailand yet...hopefully some day.

Janice and George

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

We hope you get to Thailand in the not-too-distant-future! It's got lots to appeal to visitors -- beaches, smiling people, nature and adventure walks in the northern part of the country, culture in Chiang Mai and elsewhere...

Irene S Levine

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

What an elegant resort. If our travels bring us to Thailand, we will keep Zazen on our list!! It even has "zen" in its name:-)

Janice and George

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

It's definitely got a Zen feel to it -- our kind of place (and sounds like your kind of place too :-)).