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Lazy Day The Resort
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Ko Mak
Certificate of Excellence
Leeds, UK
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Still great”
Reviewed 2 February 2014

We last stayed at the Lazy Day resort in Feb 2012. We decided to return here because we wanted to totally relax and do very little. We were so pleased to find that very little had changed since we last visited two years ago. Fortunately unlike a lot of places I have been back to in Thailand, the rate of development here is very slow because the island is primarily owned by only 5 families. Apart from a few small shops opening, there have been no further resorts built. This really appeals to us because the island has maintained its laid back charm. The service at Lazy Day remains excellent, all the staff are attentive and so friendly and cannot be faulted. We stayed longer at Lazy Day resort this time rather than choosing to split our beach time between Koh Mak and Koh Kood, so we spent more time exploring the island and what it has to offer. It was interesting to speak with the owner about life on the island and the island's history.

The bungalows and the gardens are still very well maintained and we loved to hear the sound of the waves whilst we laid in bed. The beds are very hard and I can't say that i get the best nights sleep; although my husband thought the beds were comfy, i suppose its down to personal preference.

We spent most of our time chilling out and eating, mainly at the resorts restaurant and we ate out twice locally. Whilst i note that some reviewers have mentioned that Lazy Day is a little more expensive than other places, we don't find the difference significant. For us the fact that we only had to walk a short distance for a guarenteed good meal was a big bonus. We stayed 8 nights and our food and drinks bill, which you pay at the end was £180.00. This included one or two course lunches, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and two or three course evening meals. Breakfast is included in the room rate. The nightly rate also hasn't changed since we last stayed, it was actually cheaper for us this time due to the weakness of the Baht against pound sterling. We did tend to stock up with drinks from the local shops because they are cheaper.

The slight issue we had during our stay was one of the other resorts was playing loud music on three nights. Fortunately it stopped early on (10pm), but it was a bit annoying when the resort is usually so tranquil. I don't know if there is much the owner could do about this, or even if it is a regular occurrence.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kelowna, Canada
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

Lazy Day Resort was for us one of our favourite spots in Thailand. Ann and his staff were very attentive and the bungalows and grounds of the resort were ideal for a very relaxing and pleasant vacation. Koh Mak is not an island for party goers but for people who enjoy uncrowded beaches and peaceful surroundings. The food at the restaurant was always delicious. We would highly recommend Lazy Day Resort!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tokyo
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

Had stayed at the resort twice before. This trip the resort was still beautiful and the staff and management were wonderful but big groups of families and big groups of friends with families unfortunately meant the resort was more crowded and noisier.
One of the large friends and family groups in particular really did not consider the atmosphere of the resort and was completely inconsiderate to other guests. They were nearly twenty of them and they acted as though they owned the resort and yet it seemed they were staying in (and thus only paying for) just three bungalows. They let off fireworks late at night on New Year's Eve on the beach a few meters from our bungalow. I understand that it was new Year's Eve but there are only 12 bungalows here where people go to enjoy peace and quiet. These guests smoked around the resort leaving their cigarette butts all over the resort - on the beach and on tables meant for all the guests to use - and left empty beer bottles and coke cans around the resort too. They shouted at each other from their bungalows (in the second row!) to the beach. I believe they were Swedish. Had not seen a group of people behave so rudely before.
There were no bicycles for rent at the resort this year. We were advised to go to a nearby resort to rent bicycles but they didn't have any in working condition either.
Several people were stung by jellyfish this year. There were nets on the beach but they had big holes in them. Most people were actually stung in the netted area.
As mentioned above, some things hadn't changed - the gardens were beautiful, the staff were polite and helpful, and the food was still very good. But the atmosphere was completely different. Hope the resort can manage to return to being peaceful and relaxing!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2014 via mobile

Had a perfect week in paradise here! The staff were so friendly and helpful and the food amazing! Even the gardeners and cleaners were happy and welcoming. The accommodation is semi basic but clean and comfortable with a lovely deck with recliners, we took the canoes out for the day and found a great snorkeling spot and on the way back called in to the banana sunset bar! This place has so much character! Free pool darts and Foose ball a must go with free transportation to and from "by road" ended up going for dinner as well as lunch that day!

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We stayed at Lazy Day early January for 5 nights after 2 busy weeks travelling around Laos and were hoping to relax and enjoy the beaches and island in a small, low key, bungalow style resort. As soon as Ann picked us up from the ferry we knew that we were going to love it there, he was so warm and friendly and so was his lovely wife who welcomed us on arrival. My Husband, 8 year old and I stayed in a family beachfront bungalow, and Daughter and Sister-In-Law stayed in a bungalow next to us. The bungalows were spotlessly clean and the cleaning staff made beautiful shapes out of the towels to decorate our beds each day which was a lovely gesture. All of the staff at the resort were so genuinely friendly and welcoming, a credit to the owners. Breakfast, which was included in the room rate, was fantastic - fresh fruit, choice of eggs along with bacon, toast, juice, lovely coffee and frothy milk. The location was great with a lovely sandy beach, clear water, very quiet but near other resorts in case you want to go elsewhere for dinner. We used the complimentary kayaks one day and paddled around to a secluded area and found some really good snorkelling, but there are also fish to see out from the resort. We were extremely happy with our choice of accommodation and couldn't have asked for more, a perfect way to finish our 3 week holiday in Asia.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Manama, Bahrain
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Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

This hotel is wonderful. Secluded and a nice getaway from the typical busy resort. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly. There isn't much to do around the island but if you are looking for a quiet relaxing getaway this is the place to go. Definitely recommend this resort!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

We had the best stay at Lazy Day! Planned for one night, but ended up with 5 nights.
Friendly staff, nice calm-atmosphere, good food, beautifull beach and the total absence of unpleasant and drunk Russians made our holiday.

Perfect place!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lazy Day The Resort
Address: 49/6 Suttitanakool Rd | Trad, Ko Mak 23120, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Mak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Mak
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Mak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Lazy Day The Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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