I stayed here for the boot camp, we were actually accommodated at their nearby village property and shuttled up and down for meals, which was a bit of a drag. The restaurant is outstanding, some of the raw vegetable dishes had me questioning whether they had slipped in some meat on the sly. A week of eating our prescribed boot camp here was a real eye-opener to how good a lean diet can be, although some of the meals served toward the end of the week were quite heavy and garnished with butter, which was counterproductive.
The village accommodation is very calm, due to its remote location. They have hourly shuttles up and down to the beach, but it would be great if they could incorporate some stops in town on the route. I wanted to spend more time at the beach and in town as, although the village has a pool and a restaurant, the pool area is shaded by the surrounding forest and the restaurant has a very limited menu. One warning, the village area is built into a very steep hill and doing anything there involves walking up and down long, steep, sometimes slippery paths, if getting about is a challenge for you, this would not be a great place to stay.
The rooms are OK, not super clean and the shower rooms are a bit dingy and depressing. I know this is normal for Thai bungalows, but I've seen it done so much better at bungalow properties in Bali and Oman that I always hope they'll up their game.
The beach accommodation is nicer at first glance, with a sunnier pool and access to the better restaurant. It is located right on the main road however and is quite noisy. The beach is shared with fishermen and there was plenty of litter on it during my stay as well as discarded boats. Lamai in general is quite a busy holiday town complete with dodgy massage parlours, girly bars and drunken tourists, it's not the idyllic spa location I was expecting.
The boot camp itself achieved its goal and I lost a couple of inches of my waist and more importantly got the jump start back into exercise that was needed after 6 months of slacking. Three weeks on and I'm still working out every day and getting into better and better shape, so it worked for me. It is still a young operation though and there are quite a few things they need to work out, mostly logistics. A lot of time was spent driving around, for meals, to yoga classes and to a beach for circuit training, which seemed strange as the beach resort had yoga classes and a beach and rooms right by the restaurant where we ate.
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