Hi - another post.
The Moracea gets good reviews. Can anyone tell me how far it is to bars and restaurants? Any beach restaurants within the vicinity?Can you walk along the beach for a long walk?
The Moracea is next to Sensimar and further up the hill. We were pleased we didnt choose Moracea as walking back from town it would have been too hilly for us in the humid evenings. Walks same as Sensimar. To the left only a short walk and wouldnt take long at all.
Do you mean the walk from the sensimar was ok?
Can you walk along the beach from either of them to beach restaurants? Thank you
The walk into town from Sensimar is downhill so no problem from either hotel, but Moracea is further up the hill and, to us, would have been too much to do every evening. As far as beach front restaurants are concerned, we don't do lunch if we have breakfast, so can't comment on what food is like. There are a couple of restaurants but not sure if they are part of hotels or not. Sure someone here can let you know. There are no shacks like there are in Goa which we tend to miss on our walks, dropping in for a cold drink.
By the way, Sensimar is adults only which we love! Child carer in my home life!Edited: 15 September 2018, 21:01
The Moracea is a lovely hotel with beautiful rooms.
If you walk out onto the beach and go left, it is only a short walk, but if you go right you can walk further.
Sounds like you don't mind walking (and we do too) so we quite enjoyed the walk in and out of town every night for dinner. There are several restaurants not far from the entrance of the hotel but many more are around a 10-15 min walk away. Great restaurants and lots of choice.
The only problem with the Moracea is that it is really hilly and has lots of stairs. So if there are any mobility issues that may be a problem. Also quite annoying when you forget something in your room and have to walk back to get it!!!Edited: 16 September 2018, 03:39
We stayed at the Moracea a couple of years ago. When we stayed there they had no easy access to the beach, sandbags you had to scale (!!) but I believe they have remedied that now. After climbing same the, beach was small, pleasant. Just a little further up the hill from the Moracea is Llamru National Park. Great bush/beach walk in there, along the coast, takes about an hour. We walked a long way right along the beach to the right of Moracea. Beach restaurants? Khao Lak suffers greatly from erosion, and beach restaurants are in short supply. The hotel itself is hilly, but we found it not particularly hilly walking along the main road to restaurants etc. what we were not so keen on there, was how very quiet it was along the Main Street in the evenings - some nights we seemed to be almost the only people about. So much so we went and stayed somewhere else for one night to get a different feel (Chong Fah beachside villa, lovely and free push bikes - went to waterfall). That was in Biang Niang - lots more happening, market, restaurants. Beachfront but no real beach because of erosion. At the time, we said we wouldn't go back to the Bang La Ong (Moracea area) because it was a bit too quiet for us (in our 60's). I note however now though that one of the Moracea's nearby neighbours has a great deal going on Scoopon Travel (Australian travel website) at the moment at the Sensimar that we are thinking about (so much for never coming back because it was SO QUIET - ha!). The Moracea also frequently appears with good special deals on either Scoopon or Groupon Travel. One thing we did do in KL we really enjoyed was Khao Lak Mangrove Tours - a leisurely kayak - wonderful.Edited: 16 September 2018, 04:15
We stayed at Moracea for three weeks in August and were pleasantly surprised how easy the walk into and out of town was. The actual resort is very hilly with 54 steps and a steep road up from the beach if you are staying at the top of hill.
There is one independent restaurant on Sunset Beach.
As has been said, Sunset Beach only provides a short beach walk. If you're happy climbing over rocks then you can head north along the beach and access Nang Thong Beach which is great for a long walk.
Sensimar is immediately north of Moracea and at the bottom of the hill. A short walk up their reasonably steep driveway gives easy access to the restaurants and bars in Bang La On. It is also a lot easier to access Nang Thong Beach from Sensimar. Only one lot of rocks to clamber over rather than two!
Khao Lak Bayfront is another hotel on Sunset Beach but it isn't as far I don't think as the other 2 hotels mentioned? There are restaurants pretty much across the main road (on our faves Everyday) but heaps more in Bang La On which is about 10 minutes down the hill. When we go to Everyday we get a taxi up and walk back down, you could do the reverse.
Khao Lak Bayfront is further south than Sensimar and Moracea and so is further from Bang La On restaurants. Everyday Restaurant, the first restaurant on the Bang La On strip, is pretty well across the road from Sensimar and just a little bit south. Sun Siam Star is the restaurant immediately opposite Sensimar and Chang Thong Restaurant is a little bit north of Sun Siam Star and opposite Laguna Resort. Note that these restaurants are on the main road and not the beach.
Have stayed at Sensimar twice and would stay again but even though the rooms and staff at both resorts are lovely, we would not stay at the Moracea again simply because of the topography within the resort.