Up on the remote north west coast of Koh Kood in the areas known locally as Klong Yai Kee and Klong Han, you’ll find some excellent and very secluded resorts.
Shortly after the Klong Yai Kee waterfall, Bann Makok the Getaway, is hidden away deep in the mangroves, 8 rooms only, all in the 3,000bt to 3,500bt range, blissfully peaceful.
A short kayak away to the sea, the exquisite Captain Hook Resort, accessible only by boat, sits on a secluded cape, with rooms starting at 5,000bt but going far higher. The two resorts share the tiny white sand Palm Beach, with another equally beautiful one just around the corner.
Continuing further north, you reach Klong Han, where Klong Han Secret is opening for the 22/23 high season. It will be joined in 2023 by Moana, currently under construction. Their cafe/restaurant, MuEi, is open so you can have a mooch about to see what’s in store.
At the very far end of the area and indeed the road, the luxurious Soneva Kiri straddles the hill and the coast for the next few bays along. The resort prides itself on its exclusivity, especially given the A-List standing of some of their guests, so you cannot go inside without prior appointment. Rooms are from 45,000bt a night. If you come by speedboat to Koh Kood, the yellow livery of the rooms and buildings are clearly visible on the hillside as you shoot down the coast.
Recommended Klong Yai Kee and Klong Han Resorts
Pricing Code/Per night in Baht (B):
B= under 500; BB= 500 to 1,500; BBB= 1,500 to 3,000; BBBB= over 3,000;
Bann Makok The Getaway
Per Night: BBBB
On the river in Klong Yai Kee
Unique boutique resort nestling among the mangroves on the canal running from the Klong Yai Kee waterfall. Eight fan or a/c rooms in charming sprawling house made from reclaimed wood, with lots of chill-out areas. Restaurant on site, kayak down to the beach in under 10 minutes. Motorbike rental. WiFi.
Captain Hook Resort
Per Night: BBBB++
By the Ocean in Klong Yai Kee
On the cape where the river from the waterfall meets the sea, stylish 4 star resort. Accommodation in wooden villas down by the water or mini pool or pool suite villas up on the hillside, complete with their great views out over the ocean. 1 minute kayak across to Palm Beach, the small strand opposite or around the cape to the next one along. Restaurant. Swimming pool, massage. Accessed by sea only so a 5 minute free shuttle boat runs you to and from their pier on the island.
Klong Han Secret
Per Night: BBBB
By the Ocean in Klong Han
Opening for the 22/23 high season, new resort from the Analay (Ao Ngamkho) group, offering a/c ensuite rooms with small terraces in several rows by the sea. Large swimming pool, restaurant, kayaks, motorbike rental. WiFi.
Moana Resort, also on Klong Han is scheduled to open in 2023 but you can eat at their cafe MuEi which is already a fixture on the lagoon at the southern end.
Soneva Kiri Resort
Per Night: BBBB+++++
By the Ocean, Hillside – far end of Klong Han
Ultra exclusive luxurious resort on its own beach and sprawling area in the north west of the island, comprising 33 pool villas with options including suites, 2 bedroom up to 5 bedroom complexes. Personal butler, own buggy, restaurant in the trees, swimming pools, cinema on a lake, kids’ adventure playground, spa, isolated coves and more. Option to fly in by Cessna to a private airstrip on nearby island and speedboat across the resorts.
UPDATED July 22 for 22/23 High Season
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