Distinctive rooms, atmospheric setting
Ao Suan Yai, Ko Maak T: (081) 810 2679, (039) 501 003
Cococape isn't the cheapest place to stay on Ko Maak, but it's unquestionably one of the most interesting.
Accessed by raised wooden walkways, the least expensive bamboo bungalows look out to sea from front decks placed on stilts amid a cluster of mangroves. These rely on shared hot water bathrooms and are overpriced, even if the setting is memorable. The many other room types all come with air-con and most amenities apart from TVs. Some are perched over the shore in converted wooden boats, while others are built into the hillside with big curvy balconies overlooking the small but gorgeous lagoon-style pool. The rooms generally employ a tasteful mix of white walls, bamboo, rattan, thatch and wood to go with Thai silk cushions and minimalist black-and-white artwork. All rooms are themed and individually priced, so the best idea is to check out the options on the website and book ahead -- the prices listed below are a general guide only. Along with a pricey but quality restaurant and bar, there's a small private beach and a long wooden chill pier with a thatch-roofed bar at the end. The aquamarine water here is clear and beautiful, and some excellent snorkelling opportunities are found right off the coast.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.