My husband and I truly enjoyed our week-long stay at the Good Time Resort on Koh Mak Island in December of 2011!
We stayed in the two different rooms: The first one was a smaller rustic wooden bungalow with a modern private bathroom. In fact, this particular bungalow was originally built somewhere on mainland Thailand almost a 100 years ago. Later it was brought to the island and turned into a guest house with some modern upgrades. The second was a spacious room on the third floor of a large house (villa) called The Lemon Tree House. Here we also had a private bathroom and a fantastic patio with a gazebo! I love that gazebo!!! Dark treated wood, open on all four sides, ceiling fan, and a power outlet to keep my laptop going. The view is pretty nice as well!
The rooms were clean and the staff was always very polite. The resort is situated on a very large property that allows a lot of privacy for each house (villa), but I can only imagine the number of man hours needed to keep up with all those trees, palms, and numerous other plants. They do a pretty good job!
The tropical climate and the fact that absolutely everything (like furniture, building materials, linens, and any other supplies) has to be brought to the island on a boat has some undesirable effects on keeping the wear and tear at bay. However, we had no problem looking past this and give the resort credit for giving work to people who have no education or any sort of professional training in the hospitality business. It is just a nice place to get away from the ordinary, take it easy and enjoy a different way of life!
The pool always looked clean and inviting but I preferred to spend my time at the beach. It took us 5 minutes or less to walk to either beach from the resort. I preferred snorkeling off the one on the left-hand side, but that’s just me.
My husband and I were quite impressed by the breakfast at the Good Time Resort: Several varieties of fresh homemade bread, large platters of fruit (watermelon, pineapple, papaya, grapefruit, and bananas), crispy bacon, cold slices of ham, cereal, tea, coffee, and orange juice. In addition to everything listed above they make eggs to order.
Most of the time, we had our dinner at the Good Time Restaurant. The food was tasty and plentiful. The restaurant’s dinner hours are from 17:00 to 21:00 but there is (temporarily) no waiter so you just have to grab the menu and get your order to the cook.
Good Time Resort is not a multinational corporation like Hilton. Instead, they are a small family-owned resort. Like any other business operating in a developing country they are not perfect but they have themselves fully invested in what they are doing and they do everything with the best intentions in mind.
Koh Mak is an interesting small island. There are no 7/11s or ATMs. Everything has to be brought in by boat. There are only 800 people living on the island and most of the land is dedicated to coconut and rubber tree plantations.
Koh Mak is an ideal place for those who are looking to get away from the hustle-and-bustle of the modern world and escape to a laid-back island atmosphere. There are no night clubs or party scene, but there are plenty of places to chill at the beach, sample local food for dinner, or simply enjoy a beautiful sunset.
- 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.Since 2017 we have joint ventures and offer activities like tennis, yoga and Muay Thai Boxing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Good Time Hotel Koh Mak