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
I liked our suite at the hotel. It was huge and breakfast was great! The staff was also friendly and helpful. My lower rating is due only to the location. The main pool and beach were across the street so you had the sounds and the smells from the road while at the pool. There was a crossing guard to help cross over from the hotel to the pool, which was nice (and necessary). The beach itself was a little dirty, and I wouldn’t swim there.
For the price, this hotel is great and in a decent location. 15 minute walk to the beautiful Lamai Beach or 4 minute motor bike ride. It is a family hotel, so expect lots of children. Breakfast was great and I highly recommend getting it for the convenience. Tip: don't rent a bike from the hotel, it is a lot more expensive - walk 2 min down the road to rent one.
We statens here 3 nights. We got a really good price. The room with a bedroom and a sofa area was super nice. Good bed. Nice outdoor area. The swimmingpool is on the other side of the road but that was not a problem. The pool was clean and nice. There was a gym with a playroom also right by the swimmingpool. The was also a small playground for the small children. The only negative thing was that it was not allowed to bring drinks or snacks to the pool so you have to buy from the expensive pool cafe. The beach is not good for swimming. Good breakfast! We would gladly come back!