Great value cheaper rooms
173/41 Moo 4, Rob Koh Rd, Lamai (look for Coffee World at the pedestrian crossing) T: (077) 458 560-4 F: (077) 458 555
Formerly known as Buddy Oriental Samui Resort, Manathai re-opened with its new name in July 2015 and boasts friendly staff and great service.
It has kept the same basic structure and the old architecture it was known for. You can't miss it if you try: a pedestrian crossing with a security guard to help you cross joins what looks like a massive concrete wall on the beach side of the road to what looks like a shopping mall with Coffee World, Mulligan’s Irish Pub, Italian restaurant, Thai restaurant and more on the other. Past the wall is a large swimming pool with sun lounges, a fitness centre and a bar all spilling onto the beach. Across the road through the mall/carpark is a lush and manicured garden filled with frangipani trees, 149 rooms, four restaurants and a swimming pool. Manathai caters to a range of travellers, thanks to them offering meeting packages, wedding parties, a kids' club with a vast variety of activities. Four air-con room types are available, all featuring dark timber, spotless white walls, feature colour walls and crisp new linen on the four-poster beds. The attention to detail here is high, with all the amenities you'd expect for the price point – tea- and coffee-making facilities, water, minibar, WiFi, hair dryer and flatscreen TV – but also thoughtful touches such as traditional hand fans, beach bag, bathrobe, slippers, a bowl of apples and vases of flowers. The rooms really do feel like a breath of fresh air. Check online for a good deal – prices below are far from set in stone.
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Superior double room, low season: 2,300 baht, high season 3,500 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 4,500 baht, high season 5,700 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: 5,300 baht, high season 6,800 baht. Notes:
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