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Le Meridein, Merlin Resort or Suwan Palm resort?

Perth, Australia
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Le Meridein, Merlin Resort or Suwan Palm resort?

Hi

cant decide which resort? this is for a 3 day stay on Jan 6th for part honeymoon holiday after being in Phuket for 9 days for my son and wife

Le Meridein -- are there any resturants, bars and shops close by (walking) and how far to main shops? it seems a long way up the coast, is it nice beach?

Merlin Beach and Suwan beach, same question, bars, resturants walking distance (know its about 10 min taxi to main shops from Merlin) Suwan looks closer to main part

which resort has the nicest beach area

are there enough taxis outside all resorts, and cost to bang la on?

and Turtles, we read they come in between Nov and Feb to lay eggs? which beach? would be great to see

thanks for any info :)

Poulton Le Fylde...
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1. Re: Le Meridein, Merlin Resort or Suwan Palm resort?

Just to put the 3 resorts in context:

Le Meridien is a large 5* resort with excellent facilities and choice of accommodation on in most people's eyes, the best beach in Khao Lak, the beautiful Pak Weeb Beach. There are several beach restaurants nearby, to the left the Rim Lay, then 3 more around the headland (take care not to be stranded if tide comes in) on White Sand Beach with the excellent Boatyard further along past the Sarojin. To the right from Le M are 3 more restaurants, the furthest being Ma-Ma/Mr.Leks which IMHO is currently the best beach restaurant in Khao Lak (closely followed by Ma-Ma's sister's restaurant, Ma-Ma Greetings on Khuk Khak Beach just past the J W Marriott. Other than that it's a 10-15 minute shuttle or taxi (plenty of them book through Rim Lay or outside main gate, cost 100 baht per person each way shuttle I think but only in evening and about 300 baht each way for a taxi) to either Bang Niang or Bang La On for most restaurants and shops.

The Merlin is a large, older 4* resort (probably in need of modernisation soon) on the lovely Khao Lak (South) Beach, which is the first beach you reach coming from Phuket. The Pool Access rooms are particularly good. The beach is a crescent bay shared by just a handful of resorts with equally just a handful of beach restaurants nearby, just off the beach or up on the highway. Again plenty of taxis, similar cost and time to Bang La On.

The Suwan Palm is a medium sized 3* resort on Nang Thong Beach within easy walking distance of the centre of Bang La On but no independent restaurants on the beach, which has more of a rugged appearance with some rocks offshore but is not as pretty, I don't think, as the other two you are considering, especially for a honeymoon.

Turtles come in to lay their eggs on Thai Mueang beach which is about 25km south of Khao Lak but not easy to predict when. However, you can view Turtles, BIG (and O mean BIG ) groupers, Clown fish of all sizes from tiny to very tiny, other fish and beautiful anemones at the Turtle Conservation Unit also on the beach road at Thai Mueang throughout the year. Closer to KL, about 10-15 minutes, though is the Thai Royal Navy Turtle Conservation Unit which is on the Navy base near the golf course at Tab Lamu (the road from the highway takes you down to the pier for departures to the Similan Islands and its first on your right going down, check in at the guardhouse and ask for directions). Here baby turtles hatched on one of the Similan Islands are brought and reared in tanks until they are about a year old, then taken back and released. This increases their chance of survival from less than 5% to more than 80% . You can even handle the baby ones but not any of the beautiful 3 to 5 year olds they have there. Again, open all year.

Hope this has been useful.

Perth, Australia
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2. Re: Le Meridein, Merlin Resort or Suwan Palm resort?

hi arandora

thanks heaps thats all a big help, do you know much about the rooms in Le Meridien, have price for a garden view room for $968 (australian $) for 3 nights compared to $918 for Merlin in delux room? Suwan palm looks nice and local to everything but beach not so nice so maybe now between Merlin and LM

great info on turtles too thanks

Poulton Le Fylde...
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3. Re: Le Meridein, Merlin Resort or Suwan Palm resort?

Hi,

The upper floor (1st and 2nd Floor) pool view rooms at Le Meridien are better & worth the extra compared to the garden view rooms which are in the same Le Spa block. The ground floor rooms tend to be a bit buggy and too shaded because of the foliage. The upper floors, top floor facing the ocean in particular, are better, especially for that cocktail or G & T at sunset.

Similarly the pool access rooms at the Merlin are much nicer and "special" compared to the de-luxe rooms,

Perth, Australia
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4. Re: Le Meridein, Merlin Resort or Suwan Palm resort?

thanks heaps, i will check out prices for the better rooms for them, it has to be a bit special for a honeymoon and we are getting it for them as a present after their stay in patong, trying to introduce them to somewhere else they only ever stay in Patong, we are coming to Khao Lak in Sept ourselves for the first time and can't wait, want to book theirs before that though as they are going in a busy time thanks your info has helped a lot

Khaolak, Phang Nga
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5. Re: Le Meridein, Merlin Resort or Suwan Palm resort?

Le Meridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort is situated 12 KM from Khao Lak Centre in a peaceful environment and on a tranquil 13 Km sandy beach. You can easily access Khao Lak town by Kara C shuttle bus, which operates from 5:30pm until 10:pm at THB 100 (US$3) per preson per way. There are shops, pubs and restaurants available in town. There are also six restaurants at the resort for your choices and the cuisine ranges from Thai, Italian, Indian, Korean, Japanese and seafood, apart from that there are also a few local restaurants avaialble on the beach. You may visit our website www.lemeridien.com/khaolak to find out more about the resort.

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