I jetted in from NYC to bring in the New Years in Khao Lak, with the purpose of diving the Similans again and to pursue my foodie passion. Motive served as the base during my stay. I have to say that Motive is one of my favorite places to stay when in Khao Lak. I’ve stayed at several places in the area, most on the high-end side, but I keep coming back to Motive because it’s such a nice place with great rooms and a great staff. Located a couple min’s by motorbike from the center of town, it’s far enough from the crowds (or what crowds there are in Khao Lak, as it’s not like Phuket, thank goodness), and is nice and quiet, and yet you are still close to everything (like the main beach, which is across the street and down the road a bit).
The rooms are really nice. Not any kind of ultra luxury or even ‘Thai style’, per se, but just nice and comfy, with lots of exposed brick and a nice seating area with a great balcony. WiFi is available, and the signal is quite strong with no dropouts. They do have a nice little pool, which is a blessing after being out all day. Breakfast is included, which is nice, and you do have some decent options on the menu, all of which I thought were quite fine. Be aware though that unfortunately the menu caters to the large number of Germans who are there, but it’s only breakfast and for dinner at least you’re close to some awesome Thai places, like Hill Tribe which is about 1 min away. Additionally, you can rent a motorbike at the store next door or the bike rental place on the other side of the hotel.
Overall, I love Motive, and have stayed there some 4 or 5 times, and will definitely stay there again the next time I dive Thailand.
Hope this helps.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Motive Cottage Resort is decorated in motive oriental Thai style. It provides 29 elegant and comfortable rooms that include deluxe rooms and deluxe suite cottages. All rooms are fully furnished and facilitated with everything you would wish for on your happiness and relaxing day off. Even lying cozy, reading your favorite book, in your day bed, you can get in touch with natural peaceful scenery and glittering blue swimming pool view at a glaze from your private balcony. ... more less
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