We stayed at Plubpla for two nights in January. This was the beginning of our trip to Koh Mak and Koh Chang. Overall, I think it was a great start to the holiday. First thing to note - Plubpla kindly picked us up from the Koh Mak Resort pier after our 45 min speedboat ride to the island. Do request a pick up as it makes everything a lot easier when you arrive. We originally booked the beach front villa with jacuzzi through bookings.com but later received an email from Plubpla to say it had already been booked.. we were disappointed but accepted the most "basic" room which was the superior sea view villa. The room was the furthest away from the beach, but it didn't really matter as we could still see the sea and we were close to the pool and bar/restaurant. The room was good, but it felt like there were a few things missing bearing in mind this is a five star resort. The decor was quite plain, there were no tea and coffee facilities, no phone (therefore no room service) and no welcome pack of any kind. Additionally there were gaps between the front door and windows but luckily we had no problem with mosquitos/bugs. The staff were very kind and helpful but there was sometimes a bit of a language barrier. We rented what we thought was a "car" to tour the island which ended up being a golf buggy! At first we were a little embarrassed but in the end we had a lot of fun driving around the island - there is a wonderful remote beach on the North East tip of the island - ask reception for a map of the island and ensure you visit! The pool area was great, we spent most of our time here and the beach was OK. We ate in the hotel restaurant both nights we were there and the food was good but perhaps not the most memorable. They do make a good Pina Colada and G&T though! All in all, we had a lovely relaxing stay here - a great introduction to the island. I would recommend the hotel but only for a few nights of R&R as it is quite far away from anything on the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted the most beautiful resort on Koh Mak, even by the other resort owners on the island. All beach, sea view Villas on a serene private beach. Amazing endless swimming pool with jacuzzi seat and always enough sun chairs and tables in the restaurant. The Koh Mak Retreat is truly a place where you can get away from it all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plubpla Koh Mak Retreat Hotel Koh Mak