We bought this week on an online deal, which has been re-released while we have been here and we've bought it again to come next year. Best holiday we've had! Khao Lak is quiet, relaxing and perfect. The hotel staff are fabulous. The rooms are beautiful, the grounds are stunning.
I do have a couple of criticisms (and I know it's worth putting them here because management read the reviews). The polished tiles are beautiful, but incredibly slippery when wet, my son slipped and fell coming into our room at least twice and once in reception, we have put towels in both doorways of our room to try and prevent this, maybe a door mat could be put inside the doorways of the rooms?
Breakfast in The Kitchen was lovely and typical fare, my son enjoyed being able to have croissants for breakfast everyday (wait 'til I take him to Paris!). I did order a Mocha on one morning to get a decent coffee, but found it too strong on coffee, the iced chocolate was too strong on the day we had afternoon tea too, like they're using cocoa instead of drinking chocolate.
We ate a lot of our meals in the resort, there are cheaper places, but the resort was cheap compared to home and very nice. My son loved the kids menu and he tried most of the things on it. Quite often we asked to substitute things and only once was this not done. Most of our meals in the resort were room service because it's no more expensive than in the restaurant. Kids meals are around $3, pizzas less than $10, local meals around $8.
We ate at a few of the places on the beach, but as it was so wet didn't get to all we wanted to try. The beach plaes are about half the prices of te hotel, ridiculously cheap. Tonson's (right next to the resort on the left) was good, though limited western options for kids, their crumbed fish and chicken was yummy though. My husband can recommend the Thai Green Curry, though it is incredibly hot (he likes hot food). We also went to Chung Foh (I think, right out of the resort on the beach, keep going 'til you get to a concrete wall with a wooden ladder up it), just as cheap as Tonson's and icecream for dessert!
We enjoyed happy hour round the pool, around $4 a cocktail is always good in my book! Wine is very expensive compared to Australia and I regret not bringing a couple of bottles with me.
It did rain most days just after lunch and one night we had a very impressive thunderstorm, the frogs were sensational! The biggest problem is that from where we were there is no way (that we found) or getting to reception without getting wet, if you follow the ground floor around you end up under reception and behind Mellow Bean.
We had a free massage in the resort spa and were a little disdainful after using the beach massage services (about $10), but after speaking to others we upgraded our massages to the aroma massage for $17 and loved it! My only criticism is that at home you are given a sheet to say where you'd prefer not to be massaged (eg: stomach and chest) and I'd like to be given that option. We tried to book in again for the next day (our last day) and they were fully booked, so they're very popular! I'd also like to have a brochure on what the spa offers in our room, so I can read it at my leisure, also online so I can get excited before I arrive ;)
As mentioned in a previous review the kids club is not consistent and does not reflect what is advertised, they seem to struggle to get many kids and I'm wondering if the activities were advertised in the guest books in the rooms whether there'd be more kids interested? They're also trying to compete with the pool and that's always going to be a challenge.
We didn't bring our 8 month old daughter as we weren't sure how a newly crawling babe who puts everything in her mouth would go, but she would have been fine and we will bring her next time.
There's not a lot to do in Khao Lak, we went to the markets everyday they were on (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday). We went on an elephant trekking and waterfall tour booked through the hotel, we were given a discount without asking ;) and it was great. Our guide was informative and wonderful with our son who had a broken arm, helping him over the rocks on the path to the waterfall. We were the only ones on the tour so he also took us to a small cashew factory, I'm sure it was a ploy to get more money out of us, but it wasn't much for us and made a difference to them so why not. We also went on the free tour to the turtle rehab and that was a great morning out, great work going in there.
There's a small grocery shop out the front and around the corner from the hotel, Chang beer 60 baht for a big bottle (about $2 Australian), cheaper than the seven 11 up on the main road.
We loved our week here and can't wait to come back next year! Sorry I got a bit excited and wrote lots, but I hope it's helpful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ramada Resort Khao Lak situated on the idyllic shores and pristine white sand of Khao Lak in PhangNga, Thailand, features 116 rooms and Villas, including 54 Deluxe Oasis Rooms, 22 Deluxe Lanai Rooms, 24 Deluxe Jacuzzi Rooms, 8 exclusive Ocean Front Villas and 8 Private Pool Villas.The resort features "Sassi's Beach Club " serving Thai and International Cuisine. ... more less
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