We had a wonderful three days at the Marriott Mai Khao beach on a timeshare recommendation from friends. You do have to sit through a 90mins (or what turned out to be 2hrs for us!) presentation which is 1 on 1. Obviously this is acceptable for the deal but still quite a tiring couple of hours.
The pool is delightful and even has a swim-up bar. We had no problems with sun beds - it was quite quiet, though I guess was outside of main school holiday times so there were just a few families there with smaller kids. We had what could only be described as a palatial 2-bed apartment which was absolute heaven. Wonderfully comfortable king size bed, enormous 2-person bath tub, powerful walk in shower and his and her sinks. The kitchen had everything you could need -we did self cater for a couple of lunches (there is a mini mart on site - pricey but without a car we had no other option) and flat screen TVs and DVDs in the lounge and main bedroom - plus a flat screen TV in the second bedroom.
All the staff are attentive without being over the top, extremely polite and helpful. We had cold face towels, fresh fruit and iced water brought to us by the pool each day and free pool towels too. There's a DVD library which we made use of (bizarrely held in the kids nursery area???) and a pool table, table tennis table etc.
The only thing I would say wasn't so great (apart from the inevitable timeshare preso) was the dining options and prices. There was one main restaurant (Zest) on site which we didn't visit as other people had commented the food wasn't great - especially for the price, which is western pricing - plus 10% service and 11% tax (on top of service) for everything. Bear this in mind! The little 'delights' cafe next to it (obviously same kitchen) was nice for a breakfast or lunch, but again quite pricey. The Coffee Shop in the Turtle Village does cheaper food but we made the mistake of obviously going too late in the day. It's open until 10pm and we arrived just after 9pm but at 9:30 the waitress came over with the bill and left it open on our table, which we found a bit distasteful. 5mins later she came over and asked if we could pay our bill now as they were closing. We weren't even half way through our dinner! We asked if we could at least finish our meal, which she didn't really want, but then felt extremely hurried and at that point I just wanted to get out of there - they were literally watching us waiting for us to pay up and get out! Needless to say, we didn't go back there.
I would however recommend, like others, the Kim Dee delivery service (visit Kim Dee Restaurant.com) which though took about an hour, was really fabulous food at very reasonable prices - and free delivery to the hotel for 500baht or more.
All in all a wonderfully relaxing retreat in fabulous surroundings. Watch the taxes/service so you know the real price of a meal but otherwise sit back and enjoy the sunshine!
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