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Manathai Koh Samui

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

These hotel rooms are massive and very nice inside, with views of parking lot or next door. The pool and ocean are actually located across the street. There is also a 7-11 located across the street which we went to for a drink. The pool bar works out to approx $11 CAD for a drink unless you are there during happy hour. The breakfast is really good I'm glad we paid extra to have it included. There are many delicious restaurants on the street, we didn't enjoy the dinner food at the hotel. Definitely rent a scooter to get around there's so much to see. There is not much beach at this hotel but the pool chairs facing the ocean were nice to sit at. There are some really great restaurants outside of the hotel, one of our favorites was on the ocean, it was called Freedom bar, on Lamai beach its a small hut that makes drinks and food, and awesome people working there! New Hut restaurant is a hidden gem on Lamai beach, its an Ocean front restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Thoroughly enjoyable 10 days of true rest and relaxation. The resort has an intimate feel, in fact for most of the time we felt like pretty much the only guests around the pool and beach area. Rooms are stylish in a colonial-chic kinda way, and definitely provided a sound and comfortable night’s sleep. Staff are friendly and polite. I think the only downsides for us were a bit of a poor gym for a property of this size; and the food offering wasn’t particularly enticing although I couldn’t fault the quality of the few dishes we had. It’s a bit remote from Chaweng (which is a good thing as it’s a tacky hideous hole that is well worth avoiding) but there are some good places within 1km to eat at. The neighbouring steak restaurant was excellent, as was Imchai which is almost next door. All in all, a good hotel to chill out at.

We were originally due to go to Cuba for a fortnight, but hurricane Irma put paid to that one week prior to our departure. Thomas Cook refunded our money and we made a late booking with expedia to stay at the Manathai, Kho Samui. We realised it was the wet season, but we had promised our son and his wife a two week break away. We could not have chosen a better hotel and destination. Ok we have had a bit of rain,but it soon clears and we have had our fair amount of sunshine. The Manathai has been perfect for us. The rooms are fabulous, and the breakfast is one of the best breakfast's we have ever had. There is a choice of western breakfast, continental breakfast and Thai breakfast. It is quiet novel having Thai green curry with fried pineapple rice, followed by scrambled eggs from the egg station and then dragon fruit with blueberry yogurt, and then a danish pastry. There are fruit drinks, and a lovely tea coffee station. There is a daily energy drink to shake you out of your morning slumber. There are two swimming pools, for which the hotel supplies you with a beach towel. The best swimming pool is across the main road, and the staff over there are brilliant. The beach here is not brilliant, but within 15 minutes walk towards Lamai is a lovely beach. The first day when I went swimming in the sea, I had the misfortune to tread on a sea urchin. The staff at the swimming pool were absolutely brilliant, with there first aid skills. I even got a bowl of fruit left in our room wishing me a speedy recovery. It was painful at first but they soaked the foot in vinegar and lime, and then bashed the foot with a wooden bat! It worked!! We got to know the staff so well, especially Armani, who is a very friendly manager in the reception. He was so good to us, and for the second week of our two week stay, he moved us all to two lovely rooms. We were amazed at their kindness. My daughter in law celebrated her birthday whilst we was here, and they got her a beautiful chocolate birthday cake, and sang happy birthday at our breakfast table. It's these little details that make the difference. The only thing I can find to criticise is that many of the prices on site tend to be a little bit higher than outside. We did eat once in the Greedy Pig with a Sunday Roast which was really nice. We found if you bought your fruit shakes between 1pm and 2 pm they were buy one get one free, so there are ways and means. Other ideas for things to do I will list quickly. 1). Courtesy bus at 10am to Chaweng, pick up at 4pm. 2). Courtsey Bus to the Sunday night market in Lamai at 5pm 3). Use the local buses to get around, but you need to barter, rough price 50tbt to Lamai centre, or 100bht to 150bht to Bo Phut where the fishermans market is on a Friday night. 4). You can hire a small motorbike for 150bht which was not for me, but my son hired one. Be warned if you damage the bike it can cost you a lot of money. 5). Places to eat nearby Imchai one minute walk towards Lamai is a very good local restaurant and the New Hut five minutes walk away was our favourite. It over looks the beach. Good food and drinks at good prices. 6). Best beach was just 30 minutes walk or five minutes on the bus opposite direction from Lamai. The beach is fabulous,but no sunbeds so take a beach mat.

We booked 6 nights at Manathai, mostly because of the great reviews here and a cheap deal on Agoda. Unfortunately this hotel is highly overrated, and full of families with children. For them it may be a good choice but for us as a young couple it was not. The food that is served at the hotel is overpriced and flavourless (would recommend to try one of the local restaurants instead, they are much better) and the pool area and beach are separated from the hotel with an extremely busy road. The pool is nice but only if you have children, and the beach right outside is dirty, smelly and extremely shallow. We spent most of our time at the beach about a 10-15 minute walk away where it was better but still not half as nice as Mae Nam. Would recommend going there instead. Despite all this the room was lovely, and the breakfast and room service was to die for.

Stayed here for 2 weeks and enjoyed every second, we hired a motorbike and toured the whole island finding many special places, the hotel is lovely and clean and staff very helpful and welcoming, breakfast is fine, the restaurants close by are good and if not hiring a bike would recommend a 15 walk into lamai for many more places and more social activities, I would return to this hotel for sure, the pool across the road is nice and do t be afraid of the reviews that state a busy road as they have staff to help you cross, 711 supermarket and pharmacy just next door also to purchase anything you may need

We have just had a lovely stay at the Manathai. We stretched our budget to get one of the suites and it was fantastic; it comes with extra little perks, which makes you feel a little bit spoilt. The room was huge, and our two girls (2 and 8 months) enjoyed having that little extra freedom. The breakfast was delicious and the staff were so helpful and friendly. We didn't mind one bit having the pool over the road, and there was always someone there to ensure you crossed the road safely. If we were being picky, we found the restaurants expensive compared to others nearby (hence we didn't use them), and also felt that the area around the pool could do with a good jet wash, as there was a lot of sharp stones/shell around the edge, that was just being constantly transferred to the pool. I realise that this is an uphill struggle though, being next to the beach! However, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel, based on our experience and very pleasant stay.

I had the great pleasure of staying for four days at this excellent resort hotel. From our welcome to check out, the staff where excellent. The room quality was super. Location and value for money, is to be recommended, I'm sure to make as reurn visit!

We were a group of friends and family staying here for our daughters wedding that was held at another venue. We found the hotel overall lacking personality - the reception staff were pleasant and efficient but certainly not warm and smiling. No one was ever rude or unhelpful. The rooms looked lovely on the Internet but the standard balcony rooms we had were very small (much smaller than they appear on the net) and had limited outdoor seating space. We love two chairs and a small table outside our room. Sometimes it's really nice to sit outside in the evening away from the air con when the temps aren't so hot. Instead the hotel provides communal lounge areas on each floor. We never saw any groups use them, only the occasional smoker. They seemed large and impersonal. The rooms of the next grade up appear to be much bigger. The outlook from the rooms isn't great either unless you ask for a room overlooking the back pool. The rooms at ground level would be by far the best but also the most expensive. Breakfast we thought was very good, a great selection and the staff warm & friendly. The lollipop men who helped you cross the busy ring road were also super friendly. The pool that's not beachside but where all the accommodation is has 10 plastic loungers with blue squabs to lay on. In the time we were here for 12 nights not once were they brought in or cared for. Towels were not provided here and it came to light on day 9 you need to go to reception to get them - sign them out and in. The blue squabs were consistently full of water. I hear some say but if you're wet from swimming who cares but lay your towel down and that became soaked through with water as soon as you lay or sat on it, making it useless to dry yourself next time round. It's a nice spot to relax even if you don't want to swim. But there's nothing to sit on except wet squabs on the loungers. There are no umbrellas either although you can chase the different shady spots at different times of the day. If they maintained the back pool better I'm sure more people would use it even though it has no bar or restaurant facilities. The beachside pool was always chocker and at many different times we arrived at the pool we could never find a lounger much less one with a sun umbrella. There is a kiddies pool connected to the big pool. Our group consisted of 5 women all being approx. 5' 3" - not one of us could touch the bottom of the pool without our heads going underwater to our eye level. This meant treading water the whole time you were in the pool, clinging to the side, sitting in an inflatable of some sort if you had one or sitting on the step. There is only one depth for the entire pool. The beach; pretty to look over and around the bay but not a nice swimming area at all!!! One member of our party, a hardened sea swimmer tried a swim in the sea once but was in and out in less than a minute - he never went in again. Speaking of ring road this was another surprise to us and probably our own fault by not checking reviews more carefully because I'm sure someone would have mentioned this. Strictly speaking this is not a beachfront hotel. The busy road runs between the accommodation sector and the restaurant bar and pool that are on the beachfront. Location wise we prefer to be closer to the action. We like a choice of restaurants and bars to pop into along the beachfront or the adjacent road - Manathai is quite a distance from the main beach area of Lamai. A tuk tuk or taxi is really the best way to get to Lamai beach area. 100BHT per person return per day soon adds up. The hotel runs a shuttle to Chaweng once a day at 10.00am with a pick up at 4.00pm. This is better than nothing but for value of accommodation overall we felt at least one more option could have been made available. In summary - the place was clean and okay and maybe we're a bit picky but if asked would we stay here again for the price we paid? Definitely not. The whole time here which was 12 nights prepaid otherwise we would have moved we felt disappointed.

Lovely hotel...true 5 star! Highly recommend the massages...The Lamai suite is a real spoil... if you are looking for a beach resort this is not it!! Not much in close vicinity either...its a pity about the location as the hotel facilities are fantastic. Great breakfast!!!

Was expecting more. Our garden view apartment was a good size but it wasn't a garden views, there was no grass, just pebbles and a table and chairs. You have to cross the busy road to get to the main pool which wasn't expected. The pool and beach across the road was average, nothing like the views and beaches at other resorts on the island. Head to Crystal Bay to make the most of Lamai. The buffet breakfast was good. The staff were friendly and accommodating.

173/41 Moo. 4 Robkoh Road Koh Samui Surat Thani

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • 2 outdoor pools

Located in Maret, Manathai Koh Samui is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as Silver Beach and Coco Splash Waterpark. This 148-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with 2 outdoor pools, 2 restaurants, and free in-room WiFi. It's on the beach and also 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Hin Ta and Hin Yai.


This hotel is home to 2 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


All 148 individually decorated rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and free bottled water. LED TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Safes, phones, and desks are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests staying at Manathai Koh Samui enjoy access to 2 outdoor pools, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for THB 900 per vehicle one way. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include 3 meeting rooms, a free kid's club, and free newspapers.

Room options

Deluxe Lamai Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Lamai Suite

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Manathai Suite

Full 2 | Sleeps 6

Deluxe Garden

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

79% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 413 reviews