One thing that Khao Lak has a LOT of that is not so common on Phuket anymore is beachside bungalows. So, I would recommend a bungalow resort of some sort. The nicer bungalows these days are called "Villas".
Try www.KhaoLakLovers.com to acquaint yourself with the area.
Thanks for your help, will do some more research and hopefully get to see another part of thailand!
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