The Hotel: Manathai Koh Samui Hotel
Set on the sand of Lamai Beach within a peaceful enclave of coconut trees, Manathai Koh Samui Hotel feels a world away from everyday life, while positioning guests within each reach of the island’s best shopping and dining attractions. The resort channels colonial elegance to create an oasis of gardens, courtyards, polished teak hallways and guest quarters that echo old-world charm.
Weary travellers recline in the shade of swaying palm fronds while lapping waves offer a soothing lullaby fit to induce an indulgent afternoon nap. After cooling off in the azure ocean or the resort pools, guests have a choice of four restaurants for wining, dining and refuelling. After catching up on beauty sleep atop the antique wood four-poster bed in their Deluxe Balcony Room, Groupies step through a set of French doors to greet the morning from a private balcony overlooking lush gardens or the resort swimming pool.
Deluxe Room with Balcony
- Bed size/type: one double bed
- Standard occupancy: two people
- Maximum occupancy: two people
- The room features air conditioning, private bathroom, Wi-Fi, and a TV
The Area: Koh Samui, Thailand
From its clear, warm waters to palm tree-lined white sands, Koh Samui is a beach lover’s paradise. Brimming with awe-inspiring scenery along with seafood restaurants, coral reefs and a cultural oddity or two, the island pulses with pure fun. Whether it’s sampling the signature spicy cuisine of South Thailand or snapping a photo with the Big Buddha, travellers from all walks of life find an experience to write home about in this hub of both serenity and excitement.
Koh Samui is really all about the beaches, whether it’s the popular tourist hot spots of Chaweng or Lamai or one of the many deserted little bays. Splash about in the clean waters, relax on the sand or try the myriad water sports available from kayaking to jet skiing or snorkelling. More serious enthusiasts sign up for a diving charter, exploring the reefs around the smaller islands and meeting the array of unique marine life.
Holidaymakers eager to experience new nature sites journey to a series of waterfalls in jungle surrounds, while others meet new friends at the tiger zoo or butterfly garden. For something a bit different, measure up against the Big Buddha in the north or see a mummified monk at Wat Khunaram. Days are finished in style with a meal at one of the beachside restaurants, where tables can be set up on the sand for a romantic experience.