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Plubpla Koh Mak Retreat
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Ko Mak
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 October 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed 3 nights in the low seasons there. But it was still awesome. We were picked up by the hotelmanager at the pier and got a great service during our whole stay. There was no breakfast buffet I guess because of the small amount of guest but you could order american, english, club sandwich, burger, muesli+fruits etc. and all in good nice and clean quality.
The rooms are clean and beautiful as shown on the pictures. We rent a motorbike and explored the whole island. After we had a look at nearly all resorts we thought we got definitely choose the best. It is very private, nice small clean beach, clean and well designed rooms, very nice garden and a extensive menu. I would only sleep there on Koh Mak!

TIP: From Coconana Resort with a small boat to KOH KHAM for 300 Baht. WHITE SAND ...perfect paradise

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights. It was so great to visit this quietly hidden paradise after 2 weeks bizzy Cambodia. Laidback atmosphere at the retreat. Great pool to swim in. Friendly helpfull staff & loved their food. We had a nice villa on the second row and very clean!

You can rent a scooter of Plubpla if you want to explore the island. White sand beach is nice to go.

I hope to visit this retreat again someday!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Cindy H
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

We booked here for 7 days but increased it to 10 days,what a place just like their website.From the minute we arrived it was luxury and peace the infinity pool is great so it didh't matter that the sea was not very good to swim in.July is the best time anywhere in Thailand it is very quiet and it is cheaper ie.total relax.The staff were great nothing was to much trouble you can see why they won the Trip Advisor award for 2012.We are planning already to go back with friends in 2014 we need to share Plubpla with others,

Room Tip: Seaview room No.6 or any in the middle row.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

The Plub Pla resort is situated on the island of Koh Mak. This island is remote, tranquil and although(quiet) construction is evident, the "island feeling" appears to be there to stay. The resort itself is a beautiful and short 15 minute van drive across the island ( arranged by resort) passing the obligatory coconut palms and an abundance of rubber tree Plantations aswell as a couple of humourous suprises. Walking into the resort is like walking into a postcard, you are immediately at calm due to friendly service and the atmosphere which envelopes you. The light, minimalist and airy dining area is perfect for absorbing the sea views and despite the restaurant closing at 9pm, the deep sense of relaxation ensures a perfect nights sleep or retirement to your villa balcony to watch the waves and stars with a reasonably priced mini bar. The villas are extremely clean, modern, spacious and well maintained. I personally would recommend the beach villa which houses a jacuzzi on the balcony ( unfortunately not all the jets worked in ours and the plug was malfunctioning but these inconveniences are surpassed by the stunning views and powerful jets which are functioning) The beach offers an alternative to the usual Thailand white, pebble free manicured private beaches,with rock pools and over hanging trees in vast quantities. Apart from moonlit or dawnbreak walks the beach is not needed however as the large infinity pool surrounded by decking and luscious grass, is perfect to while away the hours. Overall, this little haven is perfect for achieving your inner peace, with reasonably priced food within an extensive menu, beautiful surroundings and stunning scenery with pleasant and friendly service.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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1  Thank Tigs82
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

We booked into PlubPla wanting to chill out and relax. This was the perfect place to do that.

Whilst not formally 5-star, the service was fantastic. Especially the 2 boys at the front desk. They couldnt be more helpful or sweet. Same with the manager, Somsri, he did his best to make sure we were comfortable, without being intrusive.

Whilst we got the spa rooms on the beach, the spa wasn't really necessary (and took too long to fill) but the location was amazing.

It rained most the time being monsoon season but it was still warm enough to swim in the pool in a thunderstorm.

The food was OK. They could probably spice that up a little but that is the only criticism.

If you are looking for a bit of luxury with a chilled out vibe then this is your place. If you are looking for a party and 'things' to do, then this is not for you. Saying that most the island was shut, so I am sure there are 'things' to do when it is high season.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank VanRin
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

I never write reviews but it honestly would be a crime not to share the experience that my wife and i had at what can only be described as absolute genuine gem of a resort that i found in Thailand.

I've been to Thailand many times over the last decade, for me personally the western islands of Koh Phi Phi and Phuket have become too commercial and sadly lost some of the true Thai feel that this part of the world is known for.

The last few visits i have ventured over to the Eastern islands of Koh kood and Koh Mak in search of tranquil and more natural surroundings, this is where i have been lucky to find Koh Mak retreat.

Koh Mak retreat delivered on every level from stunning sunsets, food to die for and a service by the resort staff that really was above and beyond anywhere else i had previously visited in Thailand. On arrival i was greeted at the pier and escorted back to the retreat where we were served a complimentary drink before being shown our villa that was situated directly on the beach front. The view was amazing, looking out onto blue skies and blue sea.. The only noise i heard in the whole time of my 10 day stay was the sound of the water breaking in front of the villa...If you want peace and need quiet like myself to read a good book without disturbance then this is the place to be.. The only distraction will be the heat and that problem was easily solved by moving into the chilled jacuzzi in the villa.

Inside the villas the decor is to a high standard and the choice of showering inside or outside under the stars was a great touch but not more than the huge beds that i struggled daily to get out of.

The food was fresh and cooked perfectly. Dishes from traditional Thai to western are all served, pad thai is a must..

The staff always had a smile and nothing was too much to ask for and the manager has a great sense of humour and daily taught me more and more thai which we had a great laugh about as i always got it wrong.

I really am struggling to find a negative about this place so i'm not going to try, it truly was a great experience and if you are looking for somewhere to just get away from the hectic western world then look no further because this place really delivers.

Room Tip: All are great but villa no1 has the best view..
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank WinnieRichards
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

We stayed at Plubpla for 4 nights in March and it was the best four nights of our whole trip all things considered. We stayed in Bungalow 1 right on the beach, which appeared to be the best bungalow of the lot. The room was clean, contemporary and comfortable. The jacuzzi bath outside didnt work but that was ok because to be honest it just attracts the midgies anyway. The grounds are immaculate and the beach is well kept. The pool is beautiful. Being able to look out to the beach and the sea from the infinity pool was very cool. The pool area itself was in need of some TLC and if you're taking kids there I'd be cautious as they could catch their feet on the poorly maintained decking. As other reviewers have said, the beach is disappointing, but if you hire mopeds from the hotel you can explore the entire island in a day and head to amazing places like Ao Prao. Beautiful.

The food was good, but be prepared that they dont serve quickly and you may not be served together. When its ready, it gets served to you. The staff were lovely, couldnt be more welcoming and helpful. A couple of exceptions, but nothing to worry about.

Having spent 4 weeks all over Thailand in different accommodation, this was our favourite and the one which was certainly best value. As a stand alone I'd probably have given it 4 stars but in comparison to others its pushed its way up to 5. We wouldnt hesitate in going back.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank kelb00
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Additional Information about Plubpla Koh Mak Retreat

Address: 50 / 5 Moo 2, Ao Pai Beach, Ko Mak 23120, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Mak
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Mak
Price Range: £46 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Plubpla Koh Mak Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted the most beautiful resort on Koh Mak, even by the other resort owners on the island. All beach, sea view Villas on a serene private beach. Amazing endless swimming pool with jacuzzi seat and always enough sun chairs and tables in the restaurant. The Koh Mak Retreat is truly a place where you can get away from it all. ... more   less 
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