Mai Samui Beach Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Traditional Thai design at a luxury beach resort, with breakfast, discounts and more
- The knockout location, right on the powder-white sands of Laem Yai Beach
- The indulgent pampering treatments in the tranquil Mai Samunprai Spa
- The daily breakfast, dining and spa-treatment discounts and perks for longer stays
- Hitting the poolside bar for light lunches, but mostly for ice-cold cocktails
What To Know
- Make time for a Thai cooking class with the resort's head chef; you'll go to a local market to buy ingredients, return to the resort to prepare your meal and then eat it afterwords
- Drinks can be pricey but daily happy hour at the pool's swim up bar means cheap cocktails from 1pm to 6pm
- There are two pools, one of which looks out on the Andaman Sea
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
This luxurious hideaway is right on the sugar-white sands of Laem Yai Beach, on Koh Samui’s west coast – a 1.8-mile stretch, backed by glittering turquoise waters. Designed to delight sun-seeking heavyweights, it is deserving of its five-star status, not least for its three come-hither outdoor pools, well-supervised kids club and fitness center.
Most alluring is the Mai Samunprai Spa, a Zen-like wellness destination, complete with sea-facing treatment rooms, a double spa room with a Jacuzzi and an extensive spa menu for top-to-toe pampering. Equally impressive is the selection of signature restaurants showcasing Thai and international fare, plus the laid-back spots that serve tapas, light bites and cocktails.
For style-savvy guests, the Thai-inspired exteriors set the tone for the chic design that follows in the rooms. All accommodation is suitably spacious, with pleasingly on-trend décor; expect lots of dark wood and rich tones. Luxurious extras include en-suite bathrooms with spa baths and separate walk-in showers, plus private balconies for day-to-night lounging.
Adorned with stylish Thai design touches, each of the rooms features dark wood, contemporary fittings and wonderfully rich colors. Deluxe rooms feature a king-sized bed with scatter cushions, a private balcony and a sumptuous en-suite bathroom with a spa bath and separate walk-in shower. Thoughtful touches include a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV with satellite and cable channels and nightly turndown service.
You’ll be spoiled for culinary choice, thanks to several restaurants, all of which focus on well-presented Thai and international cuisine. Wake up to buffet-style breakfast spreads and spend the remainder of the day savoring seafood, specialty salads and fine wines at The Fine Dining Sala or sharing plates of tapas at the laid-back MAI Pub & Restaurant. For light bites, drinks and cocktails, head to the Beach BBQ Club, Sand Bar and Pool Bar – all of which open daily from 11am to 8pm. There is also an excellent in-room dining menu that offers Thai dishes served with steamed rice, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and more.
Mai Samunprai Spa is a soothing sanctuary, complete with sea-facing treatment rooms and a double spa room with a Jacuzzi. Signature treatments include aromatherapy and ancient Thai massages, coffee and aromatic salt scrubs and purifying facials. Hairdressing, manicures, pedicures and special couple’s treatments with his-and-hers massages and facials are also available. The spa opens daily from 11am to 8pm.
The hotel is set on the white sands of Laem Yai Beach on Koh Samui’s west coast. You’ll be perfectly placed to check out the area’s star attractions, marvel at the unusual and rather suggestive rock formations Grandfather and Grandmother Stone (known in Thai as Hin Ta and Hin Yai), be awed by the Big Buddha Temple and visit Ang Thong Marine Park – the pristine archipelago of 42 islands made famous by Alex Garland’s The Beach.Other musts include Mummy Monk at Wat Khunaram, Na Muang Waterfall, Wat Khunaram and the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Show, where you can get up close with all sorts of marine life and wildlife.
How to Get There
Staff made this stay, very nice, helpful and friendly. Booked a twin but needed it in the deep pool due to mobiity issues and difficulty in getting into pool. Despite several emails got told when we got there that twin only in shallow pool. Would have upgraded to a private pool room but they were upstairs so accessability difficult. Eventually took a big pool swim out with king bed - holiday was with my sister so we made that work. This is definitely not a place to go if you have mobility issues. So many stairs and difficult paths and low lighting at night with uneven paths in dark spots. Stairs have no rails and mini bridges have only knee high 'rails' so very unsteady to cross. Food was OK, not much variety esp for 5* and ifyou have vouchers for food/drink the menus are even more severely restricted. Room was quite large and kept clean and air con was good. Pool step outs again had no rails, and we asked for some no slip mats for the outside area which were essential and they were happy to provide, but which should be standard. A nice place to stay if mobility not an issue, you dont mind being away from the main towns (although shuttle good) and not into beach swimming - so a nice quiet relaxing place to stay.
This was an unknown trip for me. as i am not one for beachy holidays. But it turns out that I quite enjoy lazing around and enjoying the time to do nothing. Although we did go and walk along the beach and also got taken to the Chenwa beach which was amazing.
Mai samui resort is wonderful. The staff could not be accommodating enough, to us.
The massages they provide are brilliant and the staff who provide this service are great.
I would go back to this venue and recommend this to others.
Mai Samui was fantastic. The resort, food and peopl are great. The people especially make the resort, they are very friendly and just beautiful people. Very, very special mention to the Chef Kamnuan who is absolutely fantastic. He made the stay very special and looked after us. Another special mention to Onuma Petcharin (Tick) - assistant to Executive Assistant Manager. She is great. Made sure we were looked after. This was our second time here and we will come again, many years to come.
We arrived late at night after pick up from the airport. The entry to the reception is very attractive, although large stairs with no handrails. Difficult when one has a mobility issue. We were shown to our room, more stairs to climb. Not happy with this, too difficult for me to negotiate several times a day. In the morning g we got an upgrade to a pool side access room, extra fee. This was really good until I snagged my new swimming costume on a jaggered tile on pool seat. Management reimbursed less depreciation. The main pool is large, meandering and we really enjoyed it. Bar at pool and happy hour. The beach is dirty, rubbish strewn on beach. Not good. Breakfast was nice with good options and gluten. Free bread and muffins were provided for me. The staff are very friendly but language difficulties between us make things a bit tricky. There's a family restaurant down the lane way which serves good Thai food and is cheap. We got 45min shuttle to main town. Long trip and the heat so intense whilst out that we got a taxi back instead of waiting a couple of hours for the shuttle. The room service was I consiste t. One evening our order never arrived, one evening g we waited a very long time for it. The food at the restaurant was nice with nice ambiance in the restaurant. I did a serviette and towel folding class which was fun.
My first impression of when I arrived at the hotel was that I should have chosen another hotel deal. There was no one to receive me when I arrived at the hotel and the driver of my transfer from the airport made a very hasty exit living me in the limbo. I'm sure that the staff at reception heard me talking to the driver when I arrived but still no one came to my assistance.
However, the whole situation changed when I walked up a few stairs to the reception. The staff were overly welcoming, friendly and wanting to make my check in absolutely smooth and pleasant.
ALL the staff at reception, breakfast lounge and the 2 dinner areas were more than eager to see to any of my needs.
I can't compliment enough all the staff at reception - everyone was just absolutely helpful and brilliant, the breakfast lounge - especially Mr. Kamnuan and his team who were always there to go beyond our daily needs, all the staff at the restaurants, the bar and everyone at the Spa Centre and the ever so always present Assistant to Executive Assistant Manager, Onuma Petcharin.
My sincere thanks to you all for making my holiday in Koh Samui such a great experience.
On leaving, just a couple of constructive observations - the hotel well due for a renovation - though still pleasant in its current state AND ALL THE STAFF need to have management run classes in English so that they can communicate with the guests better. I and many guests that I spoke to found that communication was a barrier to taking our experience to the next level.