Did we mention the views?
Sea Breeze’s clean and comfy concrete cottages sit on a hill that forms Ao Nid’s northern rim, offering great views south over the bay and out towards Ko Kut.
All rooms lack pizazz but we like the unpretentious design relying on tile floors, crimson metal roofs, several tinted windows and sliding glass doors. Set near the top of the hill, standard rooms come in duplexes and these are fine for couples and solo travellers, but perhaps best suited to families renting both rooms in a building.
The digs are cool and spacious with some traditional Thai tapestries hung from white walls. Most bathrooms were done in a typical tiled Asian style with hot water, but the high-end digs bag you rain showerheads separated from sinks by brushed concrete partitions. Thick concrete walls and a location just east of Ao Nid village result in peace and quiet.
Pricier digs come in freestanding bungalows and these have safes, kettles and great views from bed, but all rooms are equipped with air-con, desk, flatscreen TV and fridges. Our favourites are the “Panoramic Sea View” rooms built high atop the hill for the grandest views—expect plenty of privacy if going for one of these.
Rooms are staggered along the hillside and guests staying near the foot of the hill should expect a fairly long climb up the stairs to the restaurant and car park. On the hilltop you’ll also find a good-size infinity pool with loungers and a terrific outlook. We’ve only had good experiences when approaching the Thai family staffers who offer motorbike rental and free WiFi in the restaurant.
It’s a pleasure strolling the grassy grounds with some hammocks and little zebra statues, but don’t expect any sand to lounge on. A walk down to the seafront takes you to a rock-and-gravel shore with nothing but an unfinished pier. Though Ao Nid village and its restaurants are within walking distance, Sea Breeze is best suited to those renting some wheels to get around.
Several similar options on Ko Mak include Lazy Day, a smaller resort with similarly clean concrete rooms and some beachfront, but no pool, over in the far eastern corner of Ao Kao and accessible only by a long lane cutting through a coconut grove from Ao Nid. If you want to go more remote, head further east to check out Buri Hut, Bamboo Hideaway and Little Moon Villa.
Address: Ao Nid, Ko Mak
T: (081) 782 8242 ; (087) 835 3092;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º29'9.76" E, 11º48'35.77" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,500 baht||1,800 baht|
|Superior double room||1,800 baht||2,500 baht|
|Deluxe bungalow||2,500 baht||2,800 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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