Maenam Beach is a long stretch of clean sand along Koh Samui's north coast. Facing Phangan Island across the Thai Gulf, resorts along this beach are less concentrated, and with the generous space between them it is easy finding a secluded spot under the many palm trees. There is little in the form of nightlife, tourist numbers are thinner, and construction low-key. In short, if you prefer a more original Koh Samui and lots of privacy, Maenam will serve you well.
Despite the area's dreamy atmosphere and rural feel however, accessing shopping, restaurants and moderate evening entertainment is relatively easy. Fisherman's Village stacked with shops and vendor stalls, and a myriad restaurants and bars is only moments away in the Bophut area to the west.
Moreover, besides the Fisherman's Village shopping an dining gold mine, the area features at least 10 other great restaurants including the must-try Boudior which is a snazzy, almost burlesque style setup, Kobori Japanese Restaurants, and some cool places to graze right on the sand. If you are a golfer you can easily reach Santiburi Golf Course, ziplining through the forest with Koh Samui Canopy adventures is in the area, and it is a hot spot for kite or wind surfing.
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Although not situated on the beach, Kirikayan Villas is hidden in lush rain forest for an immersive tropical experience to write home about. It has romantic penthouses with rooftop Jacuzzis or private pools, as well as 2 and 3 bedroom villas equipped with kitchens.
Mimosa is our favourite mid-range resort in Maenam with intimate suites for couples and spacious family accommodation. Located right against the golden sand with a beachfront pool and restaurant all its affordable rooms and suites feature a Jacuzzi, plunge pool, or both.
With an open style restaurant at arms length from lazily lapping waves and three swimming pools of which 2 are seaside, this tropical style resort offers charming beachfront cottages with large wooden verandahs furnished with day beds facing the sea.
With each of its villas equipped with a pool, W Retreat is a glamorous luxury hotel along its own private beach area. Besides the usual pool with floating lounges, spa and restaurants, it also features swanky bars for trendy evening entertainment.