This is an absolute gem of a hotel. The bungalows open directly onto the beach, just feet from the door. The rooms are brand new and extremely comfortable. The bathrooms are marble with a full-wall mirror, a powerful shower, and an altogether modern feel. The TV -- also new -- connects to Netflix, Spotify, and a host of other apps; I didn't spend my days in front of the TV, but it was nice to be able to curl up after a day of snorkeling and lounging in the sun. All-in-all, the bungalow was absolutely perfect.
So was the service. Unlike many resorts, Mali Koh Kraden doesn't nickel and dime. They provided snorkels, kayaks, lounge chairs...everything you'd want and for no additional charge. Instead of cramming bungalows right next to one another, the hotel owners left a good amount of space between them (which they filled with plants and other greenery). Not only did this make for more privacy, it also preserved the tropical feel I expected from the island. The hotel was clearly designed by someone who cares about the quality of the guest experience and understands that a good hotel reflects the island rather than imposing on it.
I stayed for seven nights. It was far too short. The next time I come to Thailand, I'll make make a bee-line for Mali Koh Kraden. It was without question one of the best hotels I've visited in years, and I look forward to many more visits in the future. A thousand thanks to the hotel and its staff for ensuring such a wonderful visit.