We took 2 bedroom villa on 2nd floor for extended family under 3 night referral offer by a friend. Quality of the property in unquestionable, cleanliness is uncompromising and facilities (in & out room both) excellent. Loved the kids room with caretaker - its a place designed for a family vacation. Wow factor was the baby elephant which visits the common area twice a day. The villas are equipped with all amenities including cooking and washing facilities. Resort Food seemed quite expensive though - there is a small convenience store next door, but prices are 40-50% higher than other stores.
We were aware that the place is far from the city centre and Patong, and we hired a car to drive however it was a real pain to travel that long in reality - waste of 45-60min one-side travel. All activity (phi phi trip) charge 200 baht per person for additional transportation charge (basically a people carrier for 1200-1800 baht reverse trip).
The Mai Khao beach is amazingly quite and serene, but only accessible through their sister concern property - JW Mariott next door for which one can travel thru buggy - but sometimes the walk and wait becomes too long.
The sales presentation (if you are on a referral trip) is mandatory and they do try to hardsell (buy-now or loose offer type). We did not take it up (though its worth the lifestyle - assuming all resorts are not located such far from city) and they did seem a little miffed.
Another downside to their property was the check-in time at 4pm which is unusually late when check-out was 10am. We waited 6 long hours to get a room as flight reaches early, we informed in advance for early arrival but 8 other families were also waiting. But once you enter the room - you forget all misery as it is worth the wait.
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- Marriotts Mai Khao
- Mai Khao Marriotts
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