Ao Suan Yai, Ko Maak T: (039) 501 013, (089) 600 9597 F: (039) 501 013
The first resort to appear on Ko Maak was opened by an islander family who constructed a few modest bungalows way back in the mid 1980s.
It has expanded steadily over the years and is now the island's largest resort. The original family still owns it, but they have gone decidedly upmarket by scrapping the last of the fan rooms, undertaking major renovations and launching the luxurious Seavana Resort next-door. The bright, spacious and airy detached white cottages now boast glossy hardwood floors, wall-size windows, soft lighting and glass-basin sinks in bathrooms with distinctive red terracotta floors. Family beach houses with multiple floors, bedrooms and bathrooms are also available, and all rooms have TVs, safes, fridges and patios. The resort also recently built a small but perfectly formed infinity swimming pool to go with a spa, restaurant, bar and various chill salas. In addition to offering kayak rental and stand up paddle (SUP), this is also the home of Ko Maak's windsurfing club. The pier on Ao Suan Yai is named after the resort, which runs its own public speedboat service. If you're looking for all-out luxury and have the cash to pay for it, neighbouring Seavana offers contemporary polished concrete villas with private jacuzzis for 5,000 to 7,000 baht per night in high season.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.