Manathai Koh Samui
What We Love
- A stylish beach retreat on the island of Koh Samui, with breakfast includedLamai Beach, with its sugar-white sands and crystal-clear waters
- Savoring home-cooked breakfasts and contemporary Thai dinners
- Staying in a room with your own balcony or terrace
What To Know
- The resort is centrally located, only a 10-minute drive from the center of town
- The resort has two pools – a larger, main pool along the beach, and a smaller, courtyard pool that offers more privacy
- Free WiFi throughout
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Experience laid-back luxury at its finest at Manathai Koh Samui, a four-star sanctuary on the peaceful shores of one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands. Old-world charm is in abundance at this tranquil resort, which prides itself on colonial elegance and world-class service and features designer-led interiors and fantastic, gourmet cuisine.
The incredible beach is the real showstopper here, though. Its sugar-white sands are perfect for lounging, cocktail in hand, as you gaze at the swaying palm trees and impossibly clear waters. If you’re more of a pool person, you’re also in luck – the property also has two swimming pools, one of which overlooks the Gulf of Siam.
If you can drag yourself away from your TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning resort, there’s much to do in the surrounding area. Hit the bars and clubs in downtown Lamai, marvel at the rock formations Hin Ta and Hin Yai, get up close with wildlife at Samui Aquarium and Tiger Show, and visit Ang Thong Marine Park, the pristine archipelago of 42 islands made famous by Alex Garland’s The Beach.
This retreat has 148 rooms and suites, each of which features Thai-inspired décor; expect plenty of dark wood, a marble en-suite bathroom, crisp white bedding and wall hangings by local artisans. Deluxe Balcony rooms offer French doors that open up to your own private balcony, while the much roomier Deluxe Garden rooms offer a private terrace, overlooking the lush gardens.
Gourmet-lovers are spoiled for choice at the resort’s three restaurants. Colours serves up delicious home-cooked gourmet breakfasts with local specialties (open daily from 6:30am-10:30am), while Pad Thai servesclassic Thai fare for lunch and dinner (open daily from 11am-11pm). Waterline, a stylish spot right on Lamai Beach, with rustic wood-beamed ceilings and large windows that frame the ocean, showcases delectable seafood and local signature dishes (open daily from 12-10pm). For laid-back lounging, head to Coffee World for roasted coffee, ice-blended frappes topped with whipped cream and a good selection of light snacks. Alternatively, enjoy beers on tap and comfort food at Mulligan’s Irish Pub. In-room dining is also available.
The retreat boast an unbeatable setting on the powder-white sands of Lamai Beach, the second-largest Samui resort destination after Chaweng. Hit the bars and clubs in downtown Lamai, rent a jeep or motorbike to explore the local area, marvel at the rock formations Grandfather and Grandmother Stone (known in Thai as Hin Ta and Hin Yai), and visit Ang Thong Marine Park, the pristine archipelago of 42 islands made famous by Alex Garland’s The Beach. Other Samui attractions include Big Buddha Temple, Na Muang Waterfall, Wat Khunaram, and the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Show, where you can get up close with all sorts of wildlife.
How to Get There
This hotel looks like an old colonial house. The reception is very imposing and the staff are friendly and helpful. Our room was beautiful with a comfy four-poster bed, lovely bathroom and was very well equipped. The breakfast was delicious and beautifully presented, with meats, cheeses and yoghurts displayed in a fridge which kept them cold and fresh. The only draw back were the swimming pools which had no graduated steps or a slope to go into them, therefore I couldn't use them as I couldn't get in or out of them. There are restaurants in the hotel which served lovely food but because they were 3 times dearer then the restaurants nearby they weren't used very much by the guests. This was a shame. A minibus is provided, with a small charge, to get you to different places on the island but you have to make your own way back. It would be better for them to have a timetable for return journeys as well. Lots of other hotels throughout the world provide this service.
We stayed in the Manathai suite and for a family of four (2 adults and 2 older teenagers) the room was huge offering plenty of space and facilities for us all.
Breakfast was included and did not disappoint. Available from early to mid morning there was plenty of variety and friendly staff to assist. Freshly cooked eggs - fried, poached, scrambled or omelette - gave plenty of choice for us all. Cereal, fresh fruit juice, pastries, Thai food etc, there was plenty to choose from.
There are 2 pools, however the pool over the road (don't worry there is always a friendly and helpful crossing guard to assist) is the most popular. This is mostly due to the ready availability of food and cocktails from the Waterline restaurant. Make sure you take advantage of 2 for 1 Cocktail happy hours.
The beach is just there but don't expect a lot of sand however the water was warm and mostly clean. There are better beaches like Silver beach/Crystal bay which is a short walk from the hotel.
We booked several tours from the tour desk and Ed from Billy Samui travel was extremely helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed all the day trips (Elephant sanctuary, day trip around trip, day trip on speedboat to And Thong marine park) that we booked through the hotel.
The two restaurants, Greedy Pig and Pad Thai, were both fantastic. The Greedy pig is great for a meal, a beer and a game of pool.
The hotel is a short walk from Lamai and all that is offered - massages, variety of food, laundry, markets etc. If you don't feel like walking plenty of taxi's are available.
Overall we were all extremely happy with our stay and choice of Manathai as our hotel. Everyone is very friendly and helpful without being intrusive. The facilities are great for families and couple alike.
On the plus side: beautiful, comfortable rooms, quiet hotel, good housekeeping, several restaurants nearby and close to Lamai beach.
Unfortunately, the pool situation is a MESS! There aren't enough lounge chairs for everyone. Basically you have to drop off your towel on the chairs that you want in the morning and hope no one moves them. On the second day, we found only one empty chair when we arrived. A few minutes later a very upset woman then accused us of stealing her chair. It was unbelievable. She argued with us twice and then spent the morning glaring at us. I've never seen so many empty (but taken) seats. What a MESS!
The food and drinks are okay at pool side service, but watch out for the bills. Over the three days that we stayed, the staff brought us FOUR bills for other people. Its not like people were trying to skip on it. We watched a young family next to us order, eat their food, ask for the bill, wait and wait and finally leave. Sure enough 20-30 minutes after they left, the wait staff brought their bill to us. Nope, not mine!
As for the beach, its really not worth it. Its more of a sailing hub. But there are several other better beaches on the island.
If you are just staying at the hotel -- it is completely worth it. But if you are looking for that relaxing pool and beach (at are advertised in the pictures), keep looking.
The resort itself is amazing!Love the colonial structure and the room was spascious and lovely!the resort has 4 food outlets serving local and western cuisine..my favourite is the greedy pig restaurant with amazing food.7/11 and family mart is just beside the resort. Staffs are very helpful, efficient and friendly.Had a wonderful vacation..hope to go back soon.
Colonial styled hotel has big rooms. A the negative points are;
We were shown the rooms on the ground floor which smelled damp but asked for the rooms on the 1st floor and they were spacious and confortable.
The beach and the pool that you access after crossing the road are Ok except for one thing. There is jellyfish in this part of the sea and you are warned by a sign on the beach. However the pool was good size and enjoyable.
Breakfast again was fine with the option of omlette cooked to your taste.
Hotel is slightly out of the way from nearest centre(Limai) where there are plenty options for eating and drinking out.
Staff were good and helpful.