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Ao Suan Yai Beach and Ao Pra Beach – Resorts and Bungalows – Koh Mak

On the north west coast of Koh Mak, the beaches at Ao Suan Yai and Ao Pra offer accommodation in a combination of boutique and 2/3 star resorts, a small boutique hotel and some large family villas.


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Ao Suan Yai Beach Resorts and Bungalows

Starting our resorts round-up on Ao Suan Yai Beach, the principal places to stay on this lovely stretch of beach are Seavana Beach Resort and Koh Mak Resort, which between them stretch all the way from the central wooden pier to the southern end.

Seavana Resort, one of Koh Mak’s very best resorts, offers 4 types of room with their deluxe seaview starting at 3,000bt, their seafront suite at 4,500bt per night. Koh Mak Resort, next door, has bungalows from 1,800bt, through 3,500bt for standard beachfront and up to 6,900bt for its deluxe family suite.

Heading the other way from the pier, Prompakdee Koh Mak Resort offers a nice choice of a/c rooms at 2,500bt for a double, whilst still further north from them, Happy Days, has its own selection of larger a/c bungalows, all uniquely constructed from coconut tree wood, again at around 2,500bt a night.

Carrying on down the sand, the beach remains undeveloped, great for a peaceful walk as the sun sets or also to seek out that track to the remote and untouched Turtle Beach in the far north.

Due to the pandemic, resorts and hotels are showing reduced prices in peak season at the moment – these may yet go up in late 21/22 depending on the global situation for international travel.

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;

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Seavana Beach Resort

Per Night: BBBB

Sea-side

At the southern end, 22 sea facing rooms, mixture of suites, jacuzzi deluxe and superior rooms. Restaurant (Day Beds), sunset bar, swimming pool, kayaks, bicycle hire. Great location and the upmarket choice on this beach. Very private, highly recommended.

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Prompakdee Koh Mak Resort

Per Night: BBB

Sea-side

Set back from the beach, selection of stylish a/c ensuite bungalows, either with lake view or seaview. Good chill-out restaurant and Thai Sabai Bar netres from the sea. A great central location, helpful staff, very relaxed.

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Koh Mak Resort

Per Night: BBB – BBBB

Sea-side

Long established resort in prime position along the southern half of Ao Suan Yai beach with its large selection of standard and family bungalows, small swimming pool, I Talay sunset bar and restaurant, Pineapple Dessert Cafe, Information Point, ticket office and pier. Still a popular 3 star choice.

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Happy Days

Per Night: BBB

Sea-side

Located at the northern end of Ao Suan Yai beach, neat resort constructed from coconut trees of 10 fan rooms with bathroom attached. Restaurant. Ideally suited for Turtle Beach (Ao Tao Kai) in the far north and for walks on the trails. Quiet, escapist.

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Resorts on The Central Hill above Ao Suan Yai Beach

The small road behind Koh Mak Resort and Seavana Beach Resort heads off across the island via a central hill to the south west beach at Ao Kao or onto the Ao Pra Beach and ultimately Laem Tookata.

This central hill is home to a few holiday houses and Islanda Hotel Resort, all with magnificent views over the bay below and out to Koh Kham in the distance. Islanda Hotel Resort offers rooms from 4,000bt to 8,000bt set around its central swimming pool. Thaidaho Vista has now closed.

Good Time Resort is opposite them, with its accommodation in bungalows, rooms in a three storey building and a villa hidden away among the trees in a shaded garden – prices in their site show from 4,400bt for the bungalow, 5,500bt for the suites, villa at 8,700bt.


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Islanda Resort Hotel

Per Night: BBBB

Inland

On the hill above Ao Suan Yai Beach, 18 rooms and suites, standard and deluxe, lovely feature swimming pool, restaurant and terrace bar, with amazing views out over the bay towards Koh Kham. A 10 to 15 minute walk to the beach in either direction. Very private and understated, a selling point.

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Good Time Resort

Per Night: BBBB

Inland

On the same hill but facing the other bay of Ao Kao, the resort, laid out in sloping landscaped gardens, comprises sea view or garden view rooms in the main 2 storey building (Koh Mak Suites), tropical bungalows or a huge Thai style wooden villa. Swimming pool, restaurant, yoga and fitness in-house, Muay Thai and tennis easily arranged. 10 minute walk to Ao Kao beach.

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Coconut Villa

Per Night: BBBB

Inland

Set in the grounds of Good Time Resort, sleeps up to six persons in 3 a/c ensuite bedrooms, fully fitted kitchen, patio & terraces on ground, first & second floors with sun loungers, dining areas. Excellent views, 10 minutes walk to the beach, can use resort swimming pool.

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Pickle House

Per Night: BBBB

Inland

One more, villa set within the Good Time Resort, this itme with three storeys sleeping 8 – 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room and fully fitted kitchen. Terrace, landscaped gardens, short walk to the beach, can use the resort pool.

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Resorts on Ao Pra Beach

Shortly after these resorts on the central hill, another turning drops sharply down to Cococape Resort, which sits all on its own on the headland between Ao Suan Yai and Ao Pra Beach, a bit of a walk back along the rocks to the beach at Ao Suan Yai.

Cococape Resort has all manner of themed rooms and villas ranging from 2,500bt to 10,000bt per night in peak season.

One of Koh Mak’s best luxury boutique resorts, Mira Montra Resort, is the only resort on Ao Pra beach itself, about 10 minutes walk along the sand from Cococape. Through booking sites, their hillside rooms start at 2,200bt, a deluxe villa is available at 4,750bt, their beachfront family villa at 11,000bt.


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Mira Montra Resort

Per Night: BBBB

By The Sea

Luxurious boutique resort on Ao Pra Beach, with large selection of hilltop rooms, deluxe garden villas, beachside villas and family villas on this very quiet and undeveloped beach. All a/c, ensuite, tastefully finished with polished wood floors, rush matt ceilings, designer touches, light and airy. Central restaurant, feature swimming pool. Activities and transfers organised. Motorbike and bicycle rental. Wi-Fi.

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Cococape Resort

Per Night: BBB- BBBB

By The Sea

On the cape at the southern end of the beach, large selection of fan and a/c bungalows and villas, even a converted boat, on the seafront and around a tiered swimming pool. Restaurant with western food, own pier with bar, boat trips to Koh Pii for excellent snorkelling. Can walk around the corner to Ao Pra beach or if tide in your favout, to Ao Suan Yai. Ao Pra Beach next door. Charges 200bt entry fee (includes 80bt drink) for non-guests.

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Ao Suan Yai and Ao Pra – The Area

By the pier on Ao Suan Yai, Koh Mak Resort has its I Talay restaurant and bar and there’s a small ticket office and minimart. The western style Pineapple Cafe sits at the back behind I Talay, with the Thai Sabai Bar, in front of Prompakdee, great for drinks and snacks on the beach.

Without transport in Ao Suan Yai, you will probably hang out where you stay and if booking either Koh Mak Resort or Seavana Beach Resort, this would be part of its attraction, peace, quiet and privacy. The walk to Ao Kao Beach is about 15 to 20 minutes.

You can find a good minimart on the bend at the start of the large villas of Good Time Resort before you reach Islanda Resort and on the hill down to Ao Kao Beach, Art House offers live music most nights.

If you choose the hill for accommodation, it’s an easy walk from there to the restaurant strip on Ao Kao for more dining choices and a bit more action, though do take a torch. There is also a Japanese diner, 12 Bars, within 100 metres of the minimart above.

Ao Pra Beach is on its own, so if staying at Mira Montra Resort, do note there are no other restaurants or bars nearby. It is walkable at night over to Ao Kao, 15 to 20 minutes or you can use a taxi. After 22.00, please note that the taxi charge increases from 50bt to 100bt per person.


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