Set on lovely Lamai Beach, Samui’s more laid-back, peaceful answer to nearby Chaweng, a Lamai villa is the perfect tropical hideaway for your dream holiday in the sun. Lamai’s numerous beachside boutique resorts offer a selection of villas sleeping up to eight persons in a traditionally Thai setting and often including private pools well as stunning ocean views.
Your chosen villa in Lamai can be anything from charming and quaint to ultra-modern, although the styles of architecture and décor always remind you that you’re in southeast Asia, where the beautifully handcrafted home décor and furnishings are very different to those in Europe or America. Craftsmanship and traditional design is highly valued here, and adds much to the tropical Thai experience.
Until a few decades ago, Lamai was a Muslim fishing village, and a tourist villa wasn’t to be found anywhere. The small, beachside town was the first to be developed, and has kept its laid-back, almost bohemian ambience along with a few of its traditional wooden shophouses. It’s a quieter version of neighbouring Chaweng with its noisy nightlife and all-night clubs, and is the perfect family destination as a result.
If you’re considering booking a Lamai villa for your tropical holiday, it’s best to search online for more modern, better-kept accommodation options in recently built boutique resorts along the sands. Many of the upscale resorts have their own websites, allowing you to choose between a more traditional or ultra-modern villa and select one with the amenities and space you require. Most have between one and four separate bedrooms, with ensuite facilities as well as fully-equipped kitchens.
There’s a good choice of luxury boutique resorts at the lower end of the northern part of the beach, with a Lamai villa here a good choice for families with younger children as there’s immediate access to the shallower waters along this area of the beach. Luxury accommodation in Lamai is a bargain compared to Western prices in popular Mediterranean resorts of the same standard, and the renowned Thai service with a smile makes for a perfect break from the norm.
A luxury holiday villa set right on the white-sand beach in Lamai and equipped with huge, comfortable double beds, cosy indoor seating facing a flat-screen satellite TV and a furnished terrace with ocean or garden views can be had at a surprisingly low rate, especially out of season. Your own private swimming pool and Jacuzzi completes the picture, and high-end resorts offer fine dining in their onsite restaurants.