Lub D Koh Samui
Best known for designer dorm digs (starting B575/night), Chaweng hostel Lub D (www.lubd.com/samui) has gone upscale with a range of private rooms (king or twin) that are a far cry from the word “hostel.”
Starting from B3,250, so are the prices, but for that you get a jazzy tropical theme, real wood furniture, a balcony, set of swing chairs and outdoor dining table.
There are 124 of the new category in total, though only eight enjoy sea views. You also gain access to Lub D’s other facilities, like a swim-up pool bar with floating DJ booth, a gaming area, cabanas, plus a beachfront bar and restaurant. Samui flights with Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com) cost around B8,380 for a round-trip.