Although it’s close by the ever-popular, crowded Chaweng Beach with its girlie bars, pubs, clubs and all-night raves, Lamai Beach gives a more peaceful, relaxed atmosphere with its upscale boutique resorts dedicated to Lamai leisure and pleasure.
The curved beach itself is smaller than Chaweng, but hardly ever seems crowded, and most of the resorts are set right on the sands within steps of the warm, azure waters. A good selection of beachside seafood eateries is found, and water sports are the favourite activities for holidaymakers seeking leisure options other than just lazing and dozing on the sands.
Leisure in Lamai implies relaxed activities such as fishing, boat trips around the island or to deserted offshore islets, as well as strolls along the sand and evenings spent watching the sunset form a beachside bar or restaurant. Tropical Samui is one of the world’s best destinations for leisurely activities due to the warmth of its peoples and its glorious weather, and luxury goes hand-in-hand with leisure at the pretty, private spa resorts of Lamai.
Golf is known word-wide as a premier leisure activity based on its unhurried strolls between greens and its mostly friendly rivalry between players. Set on the slopes of the hills backing Chaweng and Lamai beaches, the Royal Samui Golf Club is golfers’ paradise with its nine-hole course offering spectacular views of the coastline and offshore islands. For a full 18-hole international standard course, the Santiburi Golf and Country Club is unbeatable.
Exploring outside the main tourism centres is a favourite leisure activity for visitors to Lamai, and local guides can take you to the least developed areas in the south of the island. Here you’ll find unspoiled agricultural scenery and small Muslim villages set amidst coconut plantations. This is traditional Samui, with life going on as it has for centuries. Another treat for the eyes is the undeveloped northern peninsula around Choeng Mon beach, an easy drive from Lamai and made up of tiny, secluded, white-sand bays lapped by the azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
Closer to your resort, Lamai town is sleepy during the day and good for an after-lunch wander around its small stores and charming Buddhist temples. For ultimate Lamai leisure and relaxation, choose to stay at a resort which has its own luxury spa, and enjoy hours of sheer pleasure filled with a traditional Thai full-body massage, beauty treatments and rejuvenating herbal therapies.