Makathanee Resort

Makathanee Resort

Makathanee Resort on Ao Kao Beach has expanded rapidly from the original eight beach bungalows a few years ago to a fully fledged beach resort complete with pool, hotel block and a wide range of rooms to suit couples and families in search comfort by the beach.

Makathanee Resort should be one of the best beachfront resorts, however although the location is ideal, the resort has relied on that, rather than training staff or renovating rooms in order to gain guests. This is reflected in the reviews. The resort offers several types of rooms. These comprise the  original beach bungalows which open onto a grassy lawn leading down to the sand. 

The two storey blocks housing pool view rooms on the ground floor and pool & sea view rooms on the upper floor.  And the new hotel block which houses the Deluxe rooms plus the spacious Queen suites which come complete with jacuzzi and the even larger family suites that comprise two bedrooms and a living room.

Rooms are all bright and tiled floors and light colours are used throughout.  They are also well equipped and include all the  amenities you’d expect in a luxury resort i.e. air conditioning, a refrigerator, a TV, hot water shower,  safe and tea & coffee  making facilities.  

On the beachfront the resort’s restaurant is open from early morning until late night and down on the beach a night-time BBQ restaurant and cocktail bar opens up allowing guests to dine under the stars on the sand.

Makathanee Resort has it’s own pier where speedboats from the mainland, Koh Chang and Koh Kood moor . From  getting off the boat to walking into reception is less than 100 metres.

The resort also has it’s own mini-mart and tour agency so buying snacks or sun lotion or arranging onward travel is a breeze.  There are several other resorts close by and the main road at the rear of the resort also has numerous small restaurants so you never have to venture far for a good meal.

The downside is that maintenance, staff training and cleanliness of the rooms are often mentioned negatively by guests in reviews.  It could and should be rated much higher than it currently is.

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Sky Beach Resort

sky beach resort

Sky Beach Resort ( which used to be known as Bene Resort )  opened in late 2013 and is located on the southwest facing beach on Koh Mak. 

With only a handful of ensuite, air-conditioned bungalows it is easy to miss this cosy, small resort as you walk along the beach.  This friendly, small resort used offers some of the best value,  absolute beachfront bungalows on the island – for around 2,500 Baht per night.

There is no pool at the resort, but you don’t really need one with the sea only 20 metres away but there is a breezy beachfront restaurant where you can while away the days. A few minutes walk along the beach brings you to the busier area where there is a variety of shops and restaurants.

A great spot for a holiday and the beachfront bungalows, really are beachfront.  Just step outside and you’re on the sand.  The resort also has a very good restaurant which attracts diners staying elsewhere on the island. 

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Ao Kao White Sand Beach Resort

Ao Kao Resort

Ao Kao White Sand Beach Resort is a small family-run resort that lies on, and is named after, one of most beautiful beaches on Koh Mak.

They are one of the pioneers in tourism on Koh Mak and the owner of Ao Kao White Sand Beach Resort established the first ever resort on the island many years ago. There is a 5 km long sandy beach right in front of the resort. The 25 bungalows are built among a lush decades old coconut plantation. There is a restaurant and a internet cafe and various outdoor sports are possible.

The resort has been welcoming travelers from all over the world for the past 17 years. It is especially liked by European travelers (Scandinavian, German etc). Families and privacy lovers in particular enjoy our large, safe and natural surroundings. That’s why it’s some times not easy to find the resort, as it is not located in the immediate proximity of any pier, but don’t worry the resort staff will pick you up when you arrive on the island.

Ao Kao White Sand Beach Resort is well known for the variety of sports and activities that are provided for guests – eg. Indoor badminton Court, Tennis Court, Trampolining, Kayaking, Mountainbike Hire, Kid’s playground, Table Football etc.  To help you stay in contact with the outside world there is also free wifi internet at the resort.

Accommodation is in a variety of bungalows some more traditional Thai style, others modern concrete bungalows.  All have a balcony, AC and bathroom with hot water shower plus TV, DVD, minibar etc. to the restaurant and beach. They have a small balcony, AC and bathroom with hot water shower plus TV, minibar etc.

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Thaidaho Vista Resort

Thaidaho Vista Resort , formally Koh Mak Villa, may be Koh Mak’s only true non-smoking vacation retreat. Vista offers five king rooms each with en-suite bath & western toilet, hot water shower, fan & A/C, and high speed WiFi. Two of the rooms can be converted to two twin beds for individual travelers. All of the rooms share use of a fully equipped common guest kitchen and oceanfront dining/sitting area, as well as a landscaped private oceanfront courtyard with numerous lawn chairs and hammocks.

The island’s two largest beaches–complete with lounge chairs and beach bars–are no more than a 200 to 300 meter walk down the hill, as are numerous wonderful restaurants and pubs serving both Western and Thai food.  Add to all this Thaidaho Vista’s eco sustainability initiatives and you have a uniquely fun, clean, green, eco & health friendly escape for families, friends, couples, small groups and single travelers.

Thaidaho Vista is a completely non-smoking property which offers just four rooms that range in price from 1,000 to 2,500 Baht per night. They also have, long-stay (14 days) rates, monthly rates, off-season rates and fringe season rates.

There is a small on-property coffee shop/cafe/pub that serves guests and the public breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks. Breakfast, lunch and snack prices range from 50 to 100 Baht, with the highest cost items being 120 baht. Hot and cold beverages range in price from 20 to 75 Baht. To ensure guests are provided complete flexibility and choice, breakfast is not included in any room price.

Come enjoy one of Thailand’s last remaining unspoiled islands–and help us to keep it that way. For your next holiday, take a break and enjoy the Vista!

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Koh Mak Green View Resort

Green View Resort

Koh Mak Green View Resort is another of the secluded, often unknown resorts on Koh Mak.  It is situated on the peaceful northern coast on a long stretch of red sand beach.  The water here is very shallow, so swimming is only possible at high tide, but you can literally walk for miles along the sand or follow dirt tracks inland or along the coastline through small fishing hamlets if you want to explore.

The resort provides accommodation in sturdy, but plain, wooden fan and airconditioned bungalows and has a beachfront restaurant. The resort decoration features some unusual giant sculptures of a crab and a peacocks

You’ll probably want to rent a scooter if you stay here for more than a couple of days though.  But if you just want  a cheap place to chill out and do nothing well away from the temptations of cocktails and BBQ seafood then this would suit you.  It is also a good spot to rent  a kayak from and to paddle over to Koh Kradad to see the deer herd.

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Koh Mak Buri Hut Natural Resort

Koh Mak Buri Hut

Koh Mak Buri Hut Natural Resort is built on a slope overlooking Ao Nid Bay in the southeast of the island.  The resort has a small private beach but this is more a place to stay if you just want to chill out and aren’t solely here to lie on the beach all day.

There are two distinct styles of bungalows large wooden ‘Bali’ style huts and circular concrete ‘African’ bungalows which are pretty well equipped and include a fridge and TV.  The resort also has a pool and free wi-fi for guests which are both added incentives to attract guests away from staying in the busier resorts.

And when you throw in free transport to the main beaches and a volleyball court, free kayak hire plus the fact that they guarantee there are no annoying sandflies in the vicinity and you have  pretty good value for money.  ( But they also have free karaoke which you might find yourself subjected to if a Thai or Russian tour group is staying, which is quite often.)

 

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Cinnamon Art Resort and Spa

Cinnamon Art Resort

Cinnamon Art Resort and Spa boasts 26 Thai-style boutique houses that are fully equipped with international standard facilities plus an additional 20 hotel style rooms.

The resort is set on a huge private beachfront plot with bungalows built overlooking the beach or pool.  The two storey beachfront restaurant is the centerpiece and the outdoor terrace is a great place to dine under the stars in the evening.  Inside the restaurant on the upper floor you’ll see a small art gallery with some interesting pieces.

The bungalows are similar in size to small houses with the smallest being 85sqm in size including bedroom, dressing room area, bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower areas and a balcony/sundeck with great views. As you’d expect the bungalows are very tastefully decorated with natural materials, rather than concrete used wherever practical.

The hotel rooms are at the rear of the resort but all have sea views and are spacious and modern.  They are better value for money than the bungalows.

There is no noise, the resort is located in the northeast of the island – away from the busier beaches.  The only signs of life are from a  hamlet close by which is inhabited by local fishermen. The sea here is very shallow so at low tide you can walk for several kilometres along the sand.

The resort is expensive compared to others on the island and also a long way from the busier beaches, which do have more white sand, so isn’t ideal for a two week stay or a trip with a family with young kids.  And as many reviewers note the staff aren’t as attentive as at some other similarly priced resorts plus some rooms seem to have maintenance issues.  

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Baan Koh Mak Resort

Baan Koh Mak

Baan Koh Mak is ideally situated in the centre of Ao Kao Beach on the southwest shore of Koh Mak.  The 18 bright and airy bungalows were totally renovated and remodelled in 2013 and are built around a central garden area with virtually all rooms having a view of the sea from the balcony.  The rooms are quite small, but if you plan to be out and about all day they have everything you need – a double bed, western bathroom with hot water shower and airconditioning.

On the beachfront you’ll find the resort’s ‘Beach Cafe’ which is open from early morning until late night.  In the evening an outdoor restaurant and cocktail bar  is set up on the beach.  There’s also  a beach volleyball court if you fancy some exercise in the sun. As you’d expect sea kayaks can be hired and the resort can arrange all trips, tours and motorbike rental.  The main road runs past the rear of the resort and lining it you’ll find several shops and restaurants within a few minutes walk.

If you want a mid-price AC bungalow with excellent restaurant and cheap cocktails to hand then you can’ t really go wrong here.  The bungalows are well under 2,000 Baht / night in High Season 

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Kham Nature Resort

kham nature resort

Kham Nature Resort ( formerly TK Hut ) offers comfortable, but aging bungalows set amidst causarina firs adjacent to the beach.   This is a well known and well established budget resort which receives many repeat visitors who return for it’s no-frills, laid back atmosphere.  The resort has recently been taken over, tidied up and renamed.  The old bungalows have been refurbished and, whilst not luxury, are comfortable enough for anyone on  a budget.

The beach directly outside the resort is a bit rocky at low tide, but walk to the west a couple of hundred metres and you find a better stretch of sand. 

There are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby and the resort’s beachfront restaurant is also rated highly for it’s BBQ nights.  Well worth heading there for a meal if you are staying in the vicinity.

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