Golden Sands and Golf at Gorgeous Maenam Beach
On the north-east coast of Koh Samui is the tranquil beach of Maenam (pronounced May-nam). The vibe is relaxed and quiet on these beautiful golden sands and the turquoise sea is clean and inviting. This place feels a thousand miles away from the lively, happening beaches at Chaweng and Lamai yet, like so many locations on this island, it is not far from the airport or fantastic restaurants and other amenities. Tucked away along the beach and amongst the adjoining lush tropical jungle, you’ll find some elegant properties for sale, all of which would make a wonderful holiday home or a sound investment.
Judging by the traveler ratings and the long list of positive comments on TripAdvisor, the beach at Maenam appears to be one of the most loved on Koh Samui. Couples and families adore this beautiful bay so it’s a mystery why it remains so quiet! As well as total tranquility, you’ll find super soft sands and few rocks. The sea itself shelves quite steeply to waist height which it ideal for swimming and watersports. Wander up and down the shoreline – roughly 5-7 km (3 to 4.3 miles) long – and you’ll always find your own bit of beach far away from other bathers. And, when the day gets too hot, there are plenty of shady palm trees for crashing out under. Anywhere you go, you’re guaranteed stunning views of the northern coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Sunrise and sunset are magical times when the hustle and bustle of the modern world just melts away...
Maenam really is a peaceful place and you’ll find just few vendors on the beach, maybe just a handful selling fresh fish, juicy mango and corn. There are a few beach cafes and a few high-end restaurants to try. The cool, contemporary five-star hotel W has excellent bars and restaurants and an infinity pool of your dreams – the perfect place to enjoy cocktails at sundown. Angela’s Diner and Bakery is far more down-to-earth with its mouth-watering sausage rolls. However, it’s good to know that Bo Phut and Fisherman’s Village are just a five-minute drive away and you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice for fine food and dining in these places. 
The village is tiny – it has one set of traffic lights! – and everything is shut well before midnight. There’s a handful of shops but you will find some excellent spas at some of the resorts beside the beach. There are a few Thai temples and a small Chinese temple but that’s pretty much it... However, if golf is your thing then Maenam is your place. The Santiburi Country Club has an 18-hole championship golf course set within a conserved coconut plantation. You can tee off amongst the palm trees and rolling greens marked out with painted coconuts and enjoy the views over to Koh Phangan Island. So, you can par in paradise, and you can get pampered at the club’s excellent health spa too. And, if that’s not enough you’ll get use of the club’s loungers or hammocks on the beach.
Maenam remains relatively undeveloped compared to other areas on the island. If you like the sound of this tranquil place or you just love the idea of having an international golf course amid such lush settings on your doorstep, then there are some fabulous properties to consider.