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.
How to Get There
Hotel is beautiful. Cannot fault the service, staff are very friendly and helpful. Rooms are clean and the breakfast is delicious. Having read some other reviews, I was really surprised by the comments re the road between the hotel and the pool/beach. It's hardly a motorway and there are staff that stop the traffic every time a guest wants to cross. The pool and bar on the beach are wonderful and we can see our room from the pool so it isn't far. We were lucky to stumble across the Rodjana cocktail bar on our first night. Turn right on the hotel beach and walk along until you see the hut and lights.....amazing cocktails on the beach. It's always our last stop before returning to the hotel. 🍹🍹🍹
We very much enjoyed our two night stay at Manathai. The location is great, with a FamilyMart and 7/11 a one minute walk away, the Sunday night market a 15 minute walk away and the beach and pool just across the road.
When we arrived, we were welcomed and the check in was easy. Shortly after we were shown to our room, our bags taken for us. The room was just fine, a good size, modern and clean. The bathroom was marble from floor to ceiling and well equipped as you would expect from a four star. The only real downside of the room was the bed quality. They were very hard and a little uncomfortable but from what we have experienced, that seems to be the norm in Thailand.
The pool and beach are on the other side of a very busy road, which can be noisy. However, this should not put you off as the man who helps you cross is always there to help and it’s really not a bit deal.
Once you cross, the pool is of a good size and clean. It was a shame that the sides of the pool were so rough and that the whole pool was the same level depth. These things made for a less enjoyable swimming experience but were minor.
The beach is nice to walk on but not worth swimming in as it’s a little bit dirty and there were lots of ocean debris washed up.
The staff down by the pool are very friendly and attentive, they even brought a fan over to us and set it up just for us. Happy hour is 4-6pm everyday and if you are there on a Monday, it’s apparently also 6-8pm, but they didn’t see to know about this, even thought there is information at breakfast saying so. This was a little disappointing.
The breakfast was great, excellent selection of hot and cold food that was replenish regularly. There is also an egg bar where you can request how you would like your eggs. The area for breakfast is a lovely open area but this does mean that there are lots of flys and birds taking every opportunity to sit on unattended food.
Arrived at hotel to be greeted warmly, checked in and was shown to our room promptly. On entering the room which was small (in comparison to the other two hotel rooms we stayed with) there was a strong pungent odour, which was damp. When we complained about the smell we were just told to put up with it and what did we expect from a building made of wood. I have stayed in many wood/timber houses, but this was the first time I had smelt it this bad. We were told to leave our air conditioning on all the time (good for us, as it was 39c) but the smell never went away. They burned incense, but that didn’t stop the smell. The shower was brilliant, powerful and easily adjustable; the toilets in our room didn’t flush properly and this lead to an embarrassing confession to reception. Breakfast was okay, it had a variety, but it didn’t hit the spot for me. One of the items, that was nice, was the glass jars with yoghurt, the only thing spoiling it was the rubber seal, which had definitely seen better days and was less then hygienic. A number of flies pitching on food, could easily be solved with covers over the cut up fruit.
Staff were nice, polite and helpful. Would I stay at the Manathai again, I doubt it.
I was dubious about this hotel after reading some of the reviews, but I was really surprised and impressed with the hotel. I liked the location, 10 min walk from Lamai Centre. Beachfront with its own Waterline Beach Club. The room were very well decorated, and the housekeepers were great.
I used the Greedy Pig Restaurant and the food was excellent, yes more expensive that street food, but worth it! And the service from Pozter was also excellent.
A lot of reviews said they had struggled getting a sunbed on the morning, that was not the case at all. It was easy everyday. There was some seaweed on the beach, but this was cleared every morning. The views over the bay were amazing.
The Beach Club is across the road, but there is a very helpful man to stop the traffic for you.
Reception helpful, staff great and the whole hotel immaculate. A definite return in the future.
Very good environment, very suitable for vacation, very intimate staff, great hotel, remote location (if the hotel can provide multiple free shuttle buses, it would be better, such as airport to hotel or hotel to downtown)