Got off to a shaky start as we had asked them to book a boat to the island (by E;mail) and followed up with a phone-call, but it didn't happen. Consequently we had to wait until the last speedboat of the day at 4pm before we could get a crossing and we arrived at port around 12.30pm (it was a Thai long-weekend) . Anyway, they were waiting to pick us up at the pier on arrival and fortunately we arrived in time to see the beautiful sunset.
We were given an amazing Thai house to stay in (at the top of the hill). It was 3 storeys, with an open-air kitchen on the second storey and our bedroom on the top, with great views and sea breezes. There were plenty of chairs to sit on the deck and admire the view (including a lovely pavillion). The room was extremely well-protected against insects (with window screens
and a net over the bed) The room has a writing desk, ok storage, a tv on which you could watch DVDs (from their library at reception), large bed with only a top sheet (could have done with a light blanket as it did get a bit cold at night),an all-in-one bathroom (which flooded when you had a shower) and a fully stocked kitchen was downstairs
The resort is spread out in a sprawling tropical garden and they seem to have many different style of houses (certainly not the usual boxy bungalows) and they were building more. There was a pretty little pool in the garden and a massage house.The people running the resort were extremely friendly and generous with their information eg: they would tell you where there were other restaurants (although they have their own).
The breakfast had a small but delicious selection, with especially good rye bread. It was only a western breakfast so asian visitors may be disappointed.
I expect it is usually very quiet but being a long weekend, the resort down the hill had loud outdoor karaoke for their Thai guests (and you could hear it all over the island). However this (mercifully) stopped by 10.30pm. This island is not the kind of place that has these noisy venues usually. I hope it is not a sign of things to come.
Note also that there are a lot of stairs and hills so it would not be a good place for the mobility impaired.
Overall a very pleasant place to stay and we hope to be back one day soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Good Time Resort on Koh Mak nestles charmingly on the ridge of a small hill between two beautiful beaches, close enough to be convenient for restaurants, shops and the longest beach on the island, but far enough away to enjoy the tranquility and refreshing breeze from the Gulf of Thailand. The message is clear: You are here to relax and not be disturbed by the masses. The Good Time Resort includes a little library with a communal office available along with free WIFI. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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