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“A bit disappointing” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Plubpla Koh Mak Retreat

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Plubpla Koh Mak Retreat
Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Ko Mak
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Doha
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81 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“A bit disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

The hotel does not live up to the presentation shown on its website. This is quite common in Thailand where a couple of seasons of hot sunshine and sea weather can turn a sparkling new compound into quite a drab looking one. We went in August which is off-season so fortunately the hotel was not busy. The pool and surrounding area was a bit dirty and the room had gaps in the doors so insects found it easy to wander in! The staff are friendly enough but we had to ask rather than them knowing what was required. The hotel is located on a poor beach for Koh Mak as it is very rocky, limiting the chance to walk etc. Other resorts on the island have far better beaches. The only redeeming feature was the restaurant which is one of the best for the hotels on the island.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Surin, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

My holiday during songkran day ( Thai New year ) for 3 days 2 Night was very nice with plubpla Koh mak. Food here i really love it. Staff here very helpful. Room clean every day. Very nice view of swimming pool. Definitely will be back here again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bangkok
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105 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

We spent 3 days and 2 nights here. It was truly a hideaway; very quiet and peaceful. The room was big enough with spacious bathroom. Everything was clean and neat. The staffs were friendly. The food was delicious. I will definitely come back here again.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Park City, Utah
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

This was a great place to end our trip through SE Asia. Very nice villas and infinity pool. The breakfast was pretty good and the hotel provided us with a cheap, albeit sorta beat up scooter rental. We can't wait to come back next year.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

We've literally left Plubpla today and all I can say is our 4 nights here were world class! The service was exceptional as was the food - my partner agrees with the comment further down about it being the best massaman curry shes ever had! We stayed in villa 1 with the private plunge pool that we sat in at nights looking at the starry sky. The staff couldnt do anymore for you from the considerate gardening to the front of house staff all are amazing. This was our final stop of three weeks in Thailand and we wanted luxury and style I havent been dissapointed at all. Definatly go on a boat trip, its less of a free for all than other trips on the southern islands. Hire one of the on site motorbikes and go and track down smugglers cove the most beautiful beach i've found yet. And walk out onto thw rocks directly in front of the hotel and watch the sunset breathtaking! If I could rate Plupla higher I would. Thankyou for an amazing conclusion to our Thailand adventure.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

We stayed on Koh Mak at the Plubpla Beach Resort for 4 nights after 3 nights on Koh Kood (at the Koh Kood Beach Resort which I highly recommend) I liked the walkways in between rooms (would be dangerous if you had too many drinks ;-) and the room itself was fantastic. Very clean, the most comfortable bed we had in Thailand and very nicely decorated in the bedroom and bathroom. Our room had a sitting bench along our back window and our room looked to the beach between to other bungalows. The bedroom had 2 showers so you had your option to shower inside or outside however the outside shower had very very low water pressure so we didn't really use it. The room overall was fantastic.
The grounds are very manicured and pretty - one night we heard a little knock on our door and we opened the door to find two little girls (i think other guests) who handed us a little bowl of jasmine flowers and the perfume was beautiful in our room. The pool was very clean and very pretty if you got there early enough to get a seat. there did not seem to be enough seats for everyone which was a little disappointing so one day we went down to the beach but found it had a ton of sand fleas so we couldn't really sit there. The ocean water seemed quite murky so it also wasn't the best swimming spot. we rented a moped from the hotel and most days we went to other beach locations on the island and came back to the hotel for an afternoon swim which was nice.
The restaurant was pretty good - there are a few small items available for you to help yourself but you have a choice of 3 or so breakfast options in the included breakfast which were quite nice. We had lunch and a dinner there and all items we ordered were very tasty.
The staff are very friendly but not overly engaged. I guess overall i found the feeling of this hotel more "formal" than is my preferred style so the staff seem to be there more to "serve" you vs engage with you.
Overall, it was formal but not unfriendly, the pool was great, very pretty and clean, but not enough deck space or seats (and some were broken), and the beach was undesirable…. Overall I liked the resort and we had a great stay but there are a few small things to consider depending on what you are looking for.
extra note - we took a snorkelling trip with Koh Mak Divers that we really enjoyed. I chatted a lot with owner Steve from England but has been on Koh Mak for 18 years - he is a wealth of knowledge about the island and we really enjoyed our trip and recommend their service.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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27 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

Other reviewers were very positive tribute on Plub Pla. I certainly agree with them. Fine bungalows, nice swimming pool, beautiful surroundings. The staff is very helpful.
However, I would choose another location for subsequent stays. Indeed, there are other beaches like Ao Kao, where the opportunities for hiking, swimming, kayaking are greater. And even more restaurants in the area can be found.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: 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:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Mak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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