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Completely Confused

Hi, have booked flights to Phuket. Now trying to work out where to stay. Originally was thinking of something along the lines of Marriott or Movenpick in Phuket. But the more I read about Khao Lak the more I think this might be a better option. We only have 8 nights there. Can you please help me make up my mind? Our criteria is:

Great Kids Club (not just a room with crafts and bored staff).

Great pool with water slide.

Beach massages within walking distance.

Access to outside restaurants and shopping (by taxi is fine).

Any ideas? Or would we be better off in Phuket?

Thanks

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1. Re: Completely Confused

Hi Kiwigirl.

Wife and I just spent 5 glorious nights in Khao Lak staying at the Orchid Beach Resort. Very nice indeed. We personally wouldn't entertain the thought of Phuket any more after experiencing paradise in Khao Lak.

Enjoy.

Bob & Chris.

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2. Re: Completely Confused

The Khao Lak Merlin has a waterslide but basically for smaller kids.

Not sure about kids club as we never use them - although our friends who do say the Movenpick one is great.

Everything else about the Merlin fits your list - it is a much more "Thai" resort. Not like a Marriot.

I have the program of kids activities for the JW Marriot Kao Lak if you want to PM me - not sure how to attach a link - it is supposed to have the largest pool in Thailand but no water slide.

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Hi Kiwigirl

We stayed at Khao Lak Merlin Resort last year, location is good with beach access, lovely beach safe for swimming and long walks, lots of beach massage in little huts (300bhat), and a fantastic little beach restaurant/bar just to the left of Merlin (beach end) very good food (Thai food) and cheap,

4 pools, one has a slide (not a waterpark or anything) but lots of kids around were having fun on it, they were also in and out of all the waterfalls in the pools, there is a pool bar in the main pool and a great day spa, there is a bit of a games area with pool and table tennis, tennis courts, and a playground area on the grass overlooking the beach, not sure about kids club and activities (maybe e-mail to ask about that?)

plenty of restaurants, little bars, few small shops, chemist, money exchange, laundry (60bhat kilo) etc all just outside on the street but into the main town of Khao Lak it is a taxi or hotel shuttle ride 150bhat and 10 mins

where there is a lot more shops and dining

Merlin is south of KL and the first lot of hotels you reach as you enter KL before the main town

merlinphuket.com/khaolak_merlin/index.html

to the north end, JW Marriot and Le Meridien are good family resorts too, don't think they have slides? but maybe a better kids club

how old are the kids?

Khao Lak is lovely and not commercialised like Phuket, 25km of beautiful beaches, lots of good dining, if you want more shopping you could get a day tour into Phuket to dept stores etc or maybe slpit your stay between the two places? just an idea

Edited: 03 March 2011, 08:03
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Wow thanks for your prompt replies. Our kids are aged 8 and 10 and love meeting other kids as well. So I guess the water slide is not critical but would like a great pool and pool area. We are coming in April during Aust school holidays so hoping there will be other kids around. Sounds like Khao Lak is more what we are looking for. I have been to Patong once before on a cruise (for one night) and don't feel any need to go back. Except for the shopping! Are there some nice massage places near these hotels?

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hi Kiwigirl

The Merlin is great for location and beach, but not sure as how good the kids club is?, they have a few activities and 1 pool with a slide but you would have to enquire about the kids club?, there were lots of kids around in Sept when we were there, they have a nice 2 bed pool villa facing the beach too, but and as much as we love Merlin for us i think for you

Le Meridien would be better, they have a good kids club (Penguin club open from 9am to 9pm i think?) and do have 2 waterslides in the family pool plus other pools, and located on the best beach (IMO) in Khao Lak Pakweeb, we have stayed at LM in Phuket and this one is even better still, if you walk up the beach (south) there will be massage huts and a few beach restaurants still open in April, (some of them close in wet season May to Oct)

it is a bit remote from the main townships of Khao Lak and Bang Niang so a taxi ride or LM shuttle should get you there without too much trouble and is about 10 to 15 min ride

starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien/…

(hope that link works)

all the best :-)

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I have contacted Le Meridien and they sent me their kids club program. it looks awesome. Lots of activities and very structured. Not just sitting inside watching dvds! Just wondering how easy it will be to get into town from here. Are there likely to be taxis around the hotel entrance? I'm thinking if we were to leave the kids in the club then my husband and I could go shopping for a few hours. Will we find transport to and from easily? Thanks again.

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Hi Kiwigirl

LM have a shuttle, its a nice minibus not one of those cattle trucks that a lot of resorts use, or you will get a taxi no problem, the taxis are the songthaew type vehicles, we used them and they are quite safe

10-15 min into Khao Lak town for shopping

thats great news about the kids club, i'm sure you will be happy at LM

if you need a driver for transfers to and from the airport contact Boss of Cheaper than hotel taxis: cheaper_khaolak@ymail.com he will get back to you straight away, about 1200bhat from the Phuket airport to LM, great a/c vehicles and excellent service, Boss and his team of drivers are great guys, friendly and always on time and reliable, we used him last year for transfers and day tours, also my Son used him in Jan and we booked this year again twice, i can highly recommend him

all the best

mossy :-)

Edited: 04 March 2011, 05:46
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8. Re: Completely Confused

There are shuttles in the evening provided at a charge by Le M or you can get taxis outside main entrance or book, along with tours, at the Rin Lay Restaurant 200 metres away to the left on the beach.

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9. Re: Completely Confused

Did you get the program I sent?

Ange

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10. Re: Completely Confused

Ange, yes thank you. It looks great too. Its very hard to decide...

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