Owned by a native islander family, the long-running Koh Mak Resort remains a popular pick for families at the centre of Ao Suan Yai.
The resort faces a long and central beachfront extending west from a concrete pier that services a lot of the speedboat ferries. The area close to the pier gets busy with passengers, but rooms are set far enough away to enjoy the quietude that Mak is known for. The beachfront is excellent.
Set on a lawn with a good amount of space in between, the freestanding white bungalows are made of brick, concrete, wood and nearly floor-to-ceiling windows that can be propped open. They all face the sea and guests can enjoy the view from the large patios. White and teal walls join the natural light for a sea-cottage ambiance inside, even if decoration is minimal.
All rooms were full for our most recent visit but the ones we peeked into appeared bright and spacious. All are equipped with dated TVs, small safes, fridges, kettles, air-con, WiFi and hot-water bathrooms sporting tile in the cheaper digs and brushed cement in the larger villas.
The cheapest rooms come in at more than 30 square metres while the low-end family editions have two bedrooms with a queen bed in one and two twin beds in the other. The newest digs on the property are two-floor villas that sleep six and bag you duel bathrooms and large swings on the ground-floor patios. These are set closest to a swimming pool that, while not huge, is set right by the beach and was designed with small children in mind.
This is also one of Ko Mak’s best-equipped resorts, offering a bunch of activities to go with a restaurant, large beach bar, dessert cafe, gift shop and minimart. The woman working the “info point” office was exceptionally helpful to us and this is a good place to arrange a snorkeling trip, motorbike or kayak rental. We found that staffers at the restaurant and reception were not as helpful.
A relative of the owner runs neighbouring Seavana Resort with its large and cushy concrete villas designed for two—they’re painted orange and we found them rather ugly. Otherwise you could look to Cococape, another good family midrange pick set further west between Ao Suan Yai and Ao Phra.
Address: Ao Suan Yai, Ko Mak
T: (089) 600 9597;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º28'11.32" E, 11º49'29.36" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,800 baht||2,800 baht|
Add 900/1,500 baht for a deluxe family villa.
|3,300 baht||4,900 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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