Lamai is a beach community that sits south of Chaweng district. It’s a popular holiday destination on Koh Samui, with a range of water sport facilities, restaurants and shops. Accommodation in Lamai features several four-star resorts with comfortable rooms and great service.
This area tends to attract more mature travelers, while the younger party crowd stays at Chaweng Beach. Most of the facilities are mid-range, though there’s been a recent trend toward luxury. Upmarket hotels and fine-dining restaurants are today much more common than they were even five years ago.
The white-sand beach is crescent-shaped and fringed by coconut palms. The resorts here provide deck chairs for their guests and offer full service including drinks, snacks and any sundries. Beachside cafés put tables right on the sand after the heat of the day passes. Candlelight dinners are popular after sunset.
Some of the hotels in Lamai operate luxury spas, and it’s possible to book packages that include wellness treatments, yoga instruction, massage and meditation. The serene beach environment makes the experience even more rejuvenating.
While there are several outlying resorts in Lawai, most of the commercial offerings congregate at the center of the beach. Fashion boutiques and a few open-air markets are available by day, while international seafood restaurants and lounges take over in the evening.