The resort was so-so, gave it 3 in my review here on TA, but the horrible part to me was Khao Lak.
I do realize there's loads of people who cross the world to spend their holiday by a pool, that's not me though. I'm a beach & sea lover, and while the beach was long, sandy and fairly immaculate the sea was horrible to say the very least. Brown water, loads of dead fish, long tail boats and men fishing in the swimming area of the hotel.. and the weather was disgraceful despite being March high season.
Sadly it was prepaid otherwise I would have rushed back to Phuket.
From various photos of the Meridien I see that the sea doesn't get a lot better than what I got. Is it different in other areas?