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Monkey Island Resort
Ranked #13 of 15 Hotels in Ko Mak
Cornwall
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Second time around and still great!”
Reviewed 16 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed here 2 years ago and enjoyed our stay so decided to come back.
This time we chose a Gorilla Hut well worth the extra money, fabulous position on the beachfront and very peaceful. The hut is a good size with a large shower room with hot water. The day bed outside is great to chill out on for lazy afternoons watching the sea and sunsets.
The staff are all really friendly and willing to help with anything you need.
The beach and swimming is super and quiet not too many people around making Monkey Island a great place to relax and unwind.
Just a few steps out of the resort and there are plenty of restaurants and bars, although the food here was also great.
I am sure we will come back to Koh Mak sometime and will definitely be looking to stay here.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

I stayed in low (rainy) season so it was very quiet at Monkey Island (and the whole of Koh Mak) - there were only a handful of us staying there. Be aware if you go in low season that a lot of places are shut - there was not a lot of choice of restaurants and dive shops etc were closed.

Because it was low season I got a great deal on one of the baboon huts (fan and shared bathroom). The bar and restaurant were only open until 8pm and there was no live entertainment or music playing until late, which, as I was there to relax suited me fine.

The staff were friendly and attentive, and the food in the restaurant was good. The resort is right on the beach and the island is really easy to get around - I walked to most places but you can hire bikes too. The guys at Monkey Island picked me up and dropped me off at the pier which was really handy.

I can imagine this being a really fun place to stay when it is high season, and very popular as it is on one of the best beaches in the island. I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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129 reviews
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

The beach at this resort is one of the best on the island. I rented a bike and travelled the entire island over and over again, (its easily done many times in one day). The restaurant food is pretty good especially when they have a BBQ on an evening. It is a nice place.

The staff need to learn to smile though! A smile can go a long way. The beach huts are average for this price range; complete with a bed, shower toilet etc. If you are a beach lover then I recommend staying here, but if you need comfort and good quality sleep then I recommend a resort further east or west, mainly because the huts aren't air-conditioned and they seem to think its a good idea to blast out loud music until 2am at the bar, which can be heard on nearly every other resort on the entire island! Crazy!

There is a kids pool but it's small and therefore not really for anyone over the age of about 10.

Its important to understand that the main reason I score this as 4/5 is because this beach (in my opinion) is amongst the most beautiful, of the many beaches and resorts I've visited or stayed at on Ko Mak. The most expensive resorts on this island don't necessarily have the most attractive beaches.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

This was my second stay at Monkey. The first was in November 2012. The staff are friendly, the location is my favourite on the beach PLUS they have their own dive school. Unbeatable value. I'll be back for sure.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Yorkshire
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Reviewed 22 February 2013 via mobile

Great location and restaurant/facilities. Staff could do with cheering up a bit! 600B for fan room, was alright but there are cheaper rooms in other resorts. Very noisy at night, the island's night bar was right outside our hut which we discovered when trying to get an early night after being poorly! Stay elsewhere and socialise/dine here.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed 4 February 2013 via mobile

We had simpanzee hut. Pillows hard as rock but otherwise okay. Been in better places with same money but maybe Koh Mak is more expensive. Fan, cold shower, mosquito net, free wifi, small terrace with hammock and sea view. Friendly staff.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Lauf an der Pegnitz, Germany
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

You get what you pay for...and sometimes even more :-) Micky is the perfect artist, musician, beach boy and entertainer to run this place very well and make your stay there a special one!
If you are out for social life his nearby Monkey Bar is the perfect spot to meet other people or just jam with him and his band. The restaurant is nice decorated and the beach invites for sunset walks and relaxing. Worth a stay for sure!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Monkey Island Resort
Address: 63/6 Tumbol, Ko Mak, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Mak
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #13 of 15 Hotels in Ko Mak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 285
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