Lamai pool villa
In the three decades since Koh Samui has evolved from backpacker destination extraordinaire to one of the planet’s top holiday islands, it has garnered an outstanding collection of accommodation options. Visitors will find their choices range from cheap and cheerful bungalow complexes right through to swanky resorts which pamper their guests throughout their holidays.
Most of the resort areas are situated on the northeast coast of Samui. Chaweng Beach is the hub of the entertainment and nightlife. Lamai Beach is about eight kilometres south and a much more peaceful spot. Lamai pool villa resorts outside the main tourist area are hidden amid verdant trees, yet only a few minutes’ walk from a fabulous three-kilometre long stretch of soft sands.
Resorts with pool villas in Lamai are usually a more economical choice than those in Chaweng. People visiting Lamai outside the main December to March holiday season can make even more savings as even the boutique resorts are rarely full. The best resorts are almost next to the beach and it is an easy task to walk along the beach and pick one that looks suitable during off-peak periods.
A good proportion of the Lamai beachside resorts have their own restaurants which offer diners magnificent vistas over the aquamarine seas of the Gulf of Thailand. The resort’s main swimming pools are usually close to the restaurants. Tree lined paths lead to the various villas, bungalows and suites in the resorts.
Lamai pool villas come in various different sizes and sizes. The smaller ones tend to be a spacious 60 square metres and boast king-sized beds. They also feature four-metre private pools with hydro facilities and private sundecks. The larger villas have two or three bedrooms and are suitable for extended families and groups of friends. Some Lamai resorts offer beachfront pool villas.
The villas are elegantly furnished and come with every convenience imaginable for the comfort of guests. Modern air-conditioners, internet access and large-screen televisions are among the bonuses. Complimentary tea and coffee as well as toiletries make sure that guests want for nothing.
Although Lamai is quieter than Chaweng, it offers a diverse collection of eateries and low-key bars and cafés. At the bottom end of Lamai Beach a landmark called Hin Ta and Hin Yai is an unusual rock formation which bears an uncanny resemblance to human genitalia. Lamai boutique resorts, including those with pool villas also offer tour services to other island highlights such as the Big Buddha Statue and Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo.