The Ao Kao White Sand Beach Resort at Ao Kao Beach is one of those places that never seems to stop improving itself. In recent years the addition of several stylish new villas and bungalows, as well as a swimming pool, have made the resort even more attractive to the upscale travel market. In addition, the team have also opened two new F&B outlets in the past few years—namely Koh Mak Pizza, an Italian-style wood-fired pizza oven eatery where customers can choose their own toppings, and The Coco Bar, which offers a taste of Europe in the form of real Italian espresso, draft beer, classic cocktails, and fine wine.
However, one thing that has never needed improving here is the beach and the views. The resort is situated on the beautiful south side of the island, where shallow waters caress long stretches of fine white sand. It’s idyllic in so many senses of the word.
For visiting guests, the resort offers a variety of comfortable, modern accommodations, set amidst towering palm trees. There are 25 bungalows in total, and guests can choose between the Sunset Villa Beach Front, Sunshine Villa Pool View, or the Sun Sweet bungalows. All the units come with a spacious bedroom, a bathroom with a rain shower, and a private roof terrace. And while the accommodations have a laid-back tropical feel, they also boast many modern amenities—such as free Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, in-room safe, and fridge.
When it comes to activities there’s lots to keep travellers busy, including a Muay Thai camp, beach volleyball, tennis, and kayaking. There’s also mountain bikes available for rent to explore this car-free island. Of course, for many vacationers nothing beats simply relaxing by the beach, and the resort’s excellent Good View Beach Restaurant—built on a wooden terrace with stunning views over the ocean—serves up excellent Thai, international, and vegetarian dishes, as well as fresh seafood (supplied by local fishermen).
Finally, to enjoy the spectacular sunsets, The Beach Bar lets you put your toes in the sand while enjoying great Happy Hour (or any hour) cocktails.
By Bruce Scott
Ao Kao Beach Resort
60/1, Moo 1, Sudhidhanakul Rd.
Tel: 083 152 6564
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