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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

We spendt five nights at this hotell when we did our Open Water cert. with Koh Mak divers. It is really close to the diving center, you can walk there. We stayd at sunshine 4 which is not sea front. There is sand flies but the resort staff clean the beach every day to prevent the flies. We did'nt spend so much time at the beach but were bitten anyway. You can by coconutoil at the hotel that helps a bit.

The room is okey standard. The only thing We dident like about It was the hard bed and the ants in the bathroom.

You can get beach towels if You ask in the reception.
The hotel rent out scooters for 300bath/24hours.

The staff is very nice and pretty good at english.

Okey pool (really small and no real sunbeds)

Breakfast is okey. Not so much to choose from.
The restaurant in the hotel is okey to. But it is easy to rent a scooter and just drive to one of the other restaurants on the island. You can also walk up to main road where there is some restaurants. It only take about 10-15 min.

Stayed: April 2017
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay here so much - highly recommended. We had booked a sea view bungalow initially (called sunset, we had number 2) and they are awesome. Incredibly spacious, with mosquito wire covering the windows and a really cool rooftop with comfortable sun beds, a table / outdoor couch and a couple of bean bags. All bungalows are slightly different but very much similar layout etc.

In the sea view / sunset bungalows the rooftops are pretty private, have a beautiful view to the sea and you also get a breeze. Sunshine is the name for the pool bungalows. We had to move into one later as we decided to stay longer and no sea view was available. Still great but definitely not as good as the seafront ones as less breeze, roof tops not really private (you can look across everyone else's) and less furniture - although some had a hammock which I was slightly jealous of ;)

I prefer this side of the island generally as there is more of a sea breeze, while the Ko Mak Resort side was super hot and still.

What really made the difference for us as well is the staff at this place. Neang manages everything really well. Jenny helped me diligently with a little jellyfish accident, pouring vinegar over it and scraping it for about ten minutes. And cheeky Nat will probably run your pier transports. But all staff here is super sweet and organised - make friends with them :)

Slight downside is probably the restaurant which doesn't have enough outdoor seating in the shade and atmosphere and food are ok but could be better. There is a little beach one / cocktail bar near the entrance as well but food quality there is also pretty meh.

But overall incredibly lovely stay, one of our favourites from our entire trip through Ko Chang, Ko Kood and Ko Mak - with Ko Mak in general being our favourite.
The owner seems to be very forward thinking with lots of small details everywhere that will make your stay more pleasant.

Sand flies: everyone talks about it in reviews on Ko Mak. In reality we found them just as bad on Ko Chang and Ko Kood. I didn't believe it for a long time - and wish I had now as their bites are super itchy forever! - but covering yourself generously in coconut oil keeps them away.

Jellyfish: I got stung by one on the beach right of the restaurant when facing the sea and saw someone else getting stung there as well. We watched other people bathe there every day without an issue. Your call. More annoying than dangerous in my case although apparently there has been a fatal accident with a small child somewhere on Ko Mak.
Ao Kao White Sands is one of the few resorts on the island which offers a beach area secured by a net. And yes, staff will treat you with vinegar and scraping the invisible barbs off your skin so let them know asap. Apparently jellyfish are spreading all through Thailand and other places unpredictably now as a result of declining ocean quality worldwide.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
3  Thank SydneyTripster
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

We went there in the end of January, perfect timing for the sea. It's nice and quiet, good for relaxing and reading books. They have badminton and volleyball to play near the beach( the equipment were not in great condition but enough for us to hv fun), also has tennis court nearby.
To have sunbed on our rooftop is a plus. we can see lots of star and shooting stars at night(it's nicer if your room is near the pool bcoz it's darker so you can see stars clearly). We stayed at two type of rooms,one near the pool and one next to the beach.
The room next to the beach is convenient but has more noises from the insects on the trees and people walking by.
The staffs were friendly, picked us up and off from the pier. The food at the hotel was great( we ordered grilled fish with lime,garlic sauce and etc.) . There were some mosquitoes, just put the repellent on at night and no probs. You can rent a scooter from hotel to go round the island and it costs not much. There are lots of beaches and good places for drinks, such as cococape(very beautiful sunset).
All in all, we would love to come back again soon!

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank kuntee S
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

We immediately fell in love with this beautiful resort, the white sand beach and the lush garden! This place is so peaceful and feels like paradise on earth!!!
The garden villas are awesome and all the bungalows have an incredible rooftop with lounge chairs to relax! We enjoyed ever single minute of our stay and Koh Mak is our new favorite island in Thailand!!!
This resort offers the best breakfast buffet we had in whole Thailand and the staff was excellent! We can highly recommend the Ao Kao White Sand Beach to everybody who is planning to come to Koh Mak and we plan to come back for sure ❤️️

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Ina S
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

NO driver @ airport !!
The private driver from Bangkok airport which was organised by this resort
never appeared !! Nice with 2 kids after 24h flight ... No excuse, no refund, nothing.
Ao Kao's beach has lots of sandflies and not enough sunbeds (plus in a bad condition). The staff is friendly but doesn't speak enough english. My toilet didn't work properly ...
NOT to recommend!

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
2  Thank 504ulliv
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