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Good Time Resort Koh Mak
Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Ko Mak
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Juneau, Alaska
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“A perfect mixture of a secluded setting and a walking distance to a tropical beach!”
Reviewed 15 December 2011

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.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 14 December 2011

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.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Shanghgai
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

Great houses and location. For us it was a plus, staying on the little hill and choose every day which beach to go. The pool is a gem and the staff is extremly friendly and helpful.
Koh Mak is nice, but the beaches could be a cleanded up once a while.
But the resort was very clean and well taken care of. We stayed in a smaller Thai-house and
and loved to sit on the terrace, reading our books. Excellent management and very customer-friendly. Thank you for everything.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

I am always looking for a nice and quite destination to get away from busy city-life.
Together with my son i travelled to Koh Mak in october and we both enjoyed island-life very much.
We stayed at Good Time Resort in a coszy thaistyle house, which was perfectly equipped for us - enough space to play for my son, whereas i spent time reading and relaxing on the terrace.
My son made friends easily and played at the close-by beaches and islands till sundown.
We liked the very friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere in the resort - every guest can enjoy privacy or meet for a talk or playtime in the restaurant area.
For sure we will come back - all the best and warm greetings to the good time team.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Klaipeda
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

All I can say everything was just perfect! We had a great holiday in great place. We got much more than expected and it says something. Friendly staff, clean, nice and big room, peaceful atmosphere, breakfast nice and more than enough, excellent service, tell me when to stop!
Oh, one fail, WIFI did not work in the room and we had to go to reception area. On the other hand you don't need WIFI when you are in paradise...

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

I stayed at Good Time Resort recently and had a great stay. The staff treated me like family which was nice since I was travelling alone. The beaches are deserted and the sunsets are spectacular. This hotel is far from cookie cutter- I was given a thai style villa all to myself. The remoteness of the island and friendly hospitality were exactly what I was hoping for. Thanks again and I hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

We had a great time, rested and relaxed. We loved sitting out on the decking. The staff are friendly and very helpful. Thank you all for making our stay so great. A must for those wanting to see the real Thailand.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Good Time Resort Koh Mak
Address: 68 Moo 2, Ko Mak 23120, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Mak
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Mak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Good Time Resort Koh Mak 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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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