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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
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Stayed for 8 nights and had a wonderful time. Staff were very attentive and friendly without being a nusiance. All facilities and food were very good. Only things I would suggest/recommend would be; (a) slightly softer matresses - ours was very hard, and, (b) offer free shuttles to and from the local town.
Have stayed here a couple of times for a romantic break with my wife, and I can find nothing to complain about at all.
The Suites are just fantastic, and great value. Love the layout, the space, the decor and specially the enormous bath.
Breakfast buffet is worth spending time over, and the Greedy Pig has a wonderful pub grub menu, in a terrific atmosphere.
The two pools are unbeatable, specially the beachside pool overlooking Lamai.
Location means you’re only a short distance to Lamai or Chaweng, and Crystal Bay, five minutes away, has to be one of the best beaches I’ve ever seen.
Highlight of the resort has to be the genuine smiling service. Difficult to single anyone out, but Ms Por and her team at reception do all they can to ensure everything is good about your stay. Thai service at its best.
Thanks everyone at Manathai Samui, and I really look forward to my next visit.
We have been very pleased with the quality of service. Suit we stayed was big with good working air-conditioning and king size bed. Very good food. All Staff members are very friendly and helpful. Beach and pool are very nice.
Hotel was clean and tidy
Beds were comfortable
Breakfast was ok, plenty of choice.
Pool was across a busy road witch was a bit of downside. Beach wasn’t great to be fair. Staff were very friendly.
The greedy pig pub on site was very good
Though the hotel itself was beautiful, the room cleanliness was sub par. The pillows were damp and our bathroom was filled with insects. We were refused a room change, but instead a hotel employee turned up with bug spray, expecting us to stay in the room with the fumes. Even though they cleaned out the insects in the evening, they turned up again in the morning.