This resort gives me mixed feelings. There are as many good things as there are areas to improve.
+ On-shore parking facility is available next to the pier.
+ The ride on spacious slow boat ride is pleasurable, unlike bumpy speedboats used by most operators in Thailand.
+ Beach is amazing, given that this is not southern Thailand, and very clean and clear water.
+ Overall setting is very peaceful unless there is a large group sharing the resort same days as you.
+ Canopies are built here and there along the beach for use by guests.
+ The water around the island is safe for kayaking (if you know how to swim and kayak!)
+ In-room electricity is available round the clock.
+ Island staffs are polite and attentive.
- Map to pier is useless. Pier staff also failed to answer simple questions regarding directions. I had to seek help of Google Map in the end.
- No towel. You need to bring one from home. This was almost a dealbreaker for me as I felt this is unreasonable for the price they asked.
- Bottled water is very expensive. One can live without pricey ice-cream or beer. But water? It’s not as if profit wasn’t made from room rate already.
- Included meals are mediocre except for breakfast. Ingredients are fresh but not very well executed. The items ordered outside of the package are much better and quite reasonably priced, unlike water, ice-cream and alcoholic beverage.
- Seafood by the kilograms is expensive when you consider the resort’s proximity to the sources.
- Bathroom is too “naked”. Only a bamboo screen separates your shower from anyone walking outside. This possibly applies to beachfront villas only.
Please note that, at the time of my stay, the name Epikurean was nowhere to be seen. I don’t know anything about the Epikurean connection, whether they are hired by the original resort owner to manage the place or whether they are a new owner. I can only hope that they will improve those small details that make the difference.
This is the resort’s web site before my trip in January 2014 (http://www.munnorkislandresort.com/index-eng.html) and this is the one after immediately after (http://munnorkprivateisland.com). If you try to access the former at the root (without “index-eng.html”), you will be automatically redirected to the latter.
It is not a bad place to stay at all. Give it a chance and see if things have improved by now. I may visit this place again a couple of years from now if they don't price me out by then.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All Arrivals Must Contact the Resort for Boat Transfers which leaves at 1300 every day Koh Munnork , a small and private island hideaway in the Gulf of Siam, 3 hours drive from Bangkok is one of the most extraordinary resorts in Thailand. This is the ultimate in privacy, rest & relaxation, romance, and views of one of the most stunning locations on earth. Among locals "in the know" who seek excitement with absolute privacy, Koh Munnork's reputation is unrivalled - for starters, A fantastic beach to only the dwellers of this small island with only 24 cottages, Crystal blue seas, Snorkeling and right outside your door ! And not far away from Bangkok, Koh Samet and the rest of the North of the Gulf of Siam's unforgettable activities that are absolutely beyond compare. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koh Munnork Private Island Resort By Epikurean Lifestyle Rayong Province, Thailand - Klaeng