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    Khao Lak Bayfront Resort ****


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    Khaolak Bayfront Resort Hotel's contemporary Thai style jibes with that of many other local resorts, with lots of dark wood furniture, red and orange accents, and classic terra-cotta roofs. Common areas make use of the beautiful, jungle-like surroundings, with an open-air lobby and spa, and while the property is compact, it doesn't feel closed in. Pathways wind through manicured lawns, lush with tropical plants, to the two pools and to the beach. With special packages for honeymooners, families, and the elderly, this property attracts a range of leisure travelers who prefer the peace and quiet of a slightly more secluded resort.

    Location
    The narrow property is situated on a gentle slope that extends to the sea, offering direct access to the southern end of a miles-long stretch of beach, which terminates south of the property at the edge of the National Park. The location is somewhat isolated, which means it doesn't tend to get too crowded here, but it is a bit of a hike into town, about a 15- to 20-minute walk, with more markets and restaurants a quick taxi drive away. Phuket International Airport is a 70-minute drive.

    Rooms
    The hotel's accommodations range from simple Standard Rooms to beachfront Bungalows. Decor is simple and homey, with hardwood floors, cream-colored walls, and beige drapes. Upgraded rooms tend to be more stylish, and feature attractive, paneled ceilings and upholstered chairs. All units have a private balcony or terrace, and come equipped with AC, minibars, electric kettles with free coffee and tea, safes, umbrellas, and free Wi-Fi. All rooms have TVs, but some entry-level rooms have old tube-style models. Bathrooms can feel a bit small and dated, especially with the odd trio of colorful tiling found in some, but they're tidy and well-maintained, and have walk-in showers, wide vanities, hairdryers, and toiletries. Upgraded rooms add rainfall showers or jacuzzi tubs. Rooms start at about 350 square feet, and face the pool, gardens, or sea.

    Features
    The hotel has impressive amenities for a property of its kind, with dining areas, a spa, and pools - plus direct access to a long stretch of sandy beach lined with sunbeds. There are two modestly sized outdoor pools, a narrow one at the center of the resort, and another that's more popular, which faces the beach and has a children's pool. The latter is surrounded by a wide wooden deck with lounge chairs, though in high seasons spots may only be snagged by early risers. There's also a pool bar, open from mid-morning until late, that serves drinks and light fare. The on-site restaurant offers a buffet breakfast, which often comes included, plus lunch and dinner, although the food gets mixed reviews, and some find it pricey for the area. The hotel also has a small spa with a relaxation lounge, a jacuzzi, a sauna, and two treatment rooms, but there's no on-site fitness center. Other features include a 24-hour front desk with tour and ticket assistance, room service with limited hours, laundry service, and cribs can be added to guest rooms at no extra charge. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

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ID:	1051Chongfah Beach Resort Khao Lak ****

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    Accessed via a pristine walkway lined with lush tropical plants, Chongfah’s lobby is open and airy. The sea breeze flows through partial walls and the space is covered with an enormous, vaulted wood-beam roof. Contemporary wicker chairs hang from the ceilings and wicker couches are scattered across the immaculate gray tile floor. There are bookshelves at one end where guests sit and read, as well as a laptop workstation. Outdoor wooden walkways lined with palm trees and tropical plants lead to guest rooms and bungalows. Seaborn Restaurant is also airy and open, surrounded by glass walls and a deck a that looks out over the water. There are clusters of simple dark wood tables and chairs, a full bar, and umbrella-covered tables outside. Guests - who are mostly couples on holiday plus a few families - gather around the long infinity pool that runs alongside the restaurant and is lined with lounge chairs, umbrellas, and tropical plants.

    Location
    Situated on a stretch of beach along the Andaman Sea in Khao Lak, this small resort is surrounded by larger resorts and local seafood restaurants. This is not Phuket, and guests looking for wild nightlife will want to search elsewhere. The beach is also subject to tides, and a rocky sea wall prevents the high tide from overtaking the resort, making swimming ideal only at lower tides. Khao Lak town -- with its handful of local shops selling crafts and clothing, plus money exchange offices and a few local restaurants -- is within a 15-minute walk or five-minute bike ride of the hotel. There are restaurants along the way like the popular Pinocchio Pizzeria, eight-minutes from the hotel on foot. Phuket International Airport is an hour away by car or shuttle, and the town of Phuket is an hour and a half away. Patong Beach is two hours away by car.

    Rooms
    There are 30 rooms at Chongfah include 14 bungalows, eight of which have gorgeous sea views. All rooms are spacious and modern, with super-comfortable beds, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen satellite TV with several English channels, a minibar, and coffee machine. Decor is tasteful and minimal, with large floral canvases hung on sage-green walls, and warm wooden floors with dark, Ikea-style furniture throughout. Hanging lanterns add a bit of local, tropical flair, and all rooms are large, with Deluxe Rooms starting at 59 square meters (or 635 square feet). Bungalows are especially spacious (75 square meters, or 807 square feet), and have wall-to-wall glass doors leading onto a private, shaded patio with ample furniture to relax. In addition to the modern bathrooms throughout the property -- which have with contemporary bucket sinks and enormous glass showers -- the bungalows also have private outdoor showers and two-person hot tubs.

    Features
    For a boutique-sized hotel, this place offers a good deal of freebies and on-site features, including the scenic beachfront set with lounge chairs underneath palm trees. Breakfast is free and offers an ample selection of fresh fruit, breads, yogurts, eggs and meat. Seaborn Restaurant, which faces the Andaman Sea, also has a full bar and serves a variety of local and western dishes for lunch and dinner. The infinity pool is adjacent to the restaurant and the bar is easily accessed from the pool deck, plus there is a smaller, shallower section of the pool with built-in lounge chairs on a lower deck that's better suited for children. Thai massages are available, as are airport transfers and laundry service -- all for a fee. There are free bike rentals and a welcome drink upon arrival. It's worth noting the level of service here, which is on par with much more luxurious resorts and receives almost universal praise.
    Last edited by Tripadvisor; 08-29-2021, 05:27 PM.

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      Moracea by Khao Lak Resorts ****


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      The Moracea by Khao Lak Resort is designed in a contemporary Thai style and offers relative privacy thanks to its hillside location amid a jungle setting. The two restaurants make the most of open-air sea views, such as the Malila's imposing grand-stand-style pavilion, with a fountain centerpiece. And the wet-edge, infinity pool is fringed by grassy areas and traversed by a wooden bridge. The lobby uses the resort’s characteristic high-beamed ceilings to good effect. Its black-and-white checked floor tiling and black and dark-wood furnishings are spruced up with bright upholstery and cushions in shades of yellow that match the exterior of the villas; the lobby’s large pillar structures add more grandeur to the space. As expected, the Moracea seems to draw a lot of couples on a romantic getaway. It's worth mentioning again that the low-season sandbagging does detract from the otherwise pleasant views here, and the beach also gets somewhat dirty in the rainy months, making swimming impossible.

      Location
      The Moracea is a 10-minute walk to Khao Lak town’s restaurants and shops, and a short taxi ride away from nearby markets, though the setting is somewhat isolated. The resort offers a beachfront location, though swimming is not possible during the off-peak wet season. Phuket Airport is about a 70-minute taxi ride away.

      Rooms
      Allamanda Pool Villa Rooms are elegant and spacious, and make the most of plentiful natural light, with white walls, crisp white linens, and navy-blue upholstered furnishings. Rooms come with flat-screen TVs, and elevated daybed seating reached via steps. Hanging lanterns, decorative tile, and headboards with Asian latticework add attractive regional touches. In the bathrooms, dual vessel sinks are topped with Venetian-style mirrors, and massive freestanding tubs and roomy walk-in showers complete the look. On the balconies, another navy-blue sofa sits in the shade with a low table, and there are sunbeds too; steps from the balcony provide access to private infinity pools. Hibiscus Deluxe Rooms are much like the Allamanda Pool Villas, but offer more space, and the bathroom doors open fully to create one attractive large space. There is corner day seating by the window, while the balconies have small tables and chairs, but no pool. Terra-cotta tile flooring adds to the muted tones of the Jasmine Superior Rooms, where triptych artworks and bamboo furnishings bring in warm regional touches. Bathrooms are less attractive and less modern than in other rooms, with built-in bathtubs and overhead showers, and single sinks and the toilets are in the same space. Balconies are the same as those in the Hibiscus Deluxe Rooms, with a mix of garden, sea, and pool views. The Zeavola Deluxe Bungalows blend neutral walls with plenty of dark wood on the ceilings. The built-in concrete wardrobes are also more design-conscious than the closets in the resort’s other rooms. Terra-cotta floor tiling complements the white linens and the cream sofa that fits snugly into an alcove by the window. The overall feel is something akin to that of a country cottage. Bathrooms have built-in corner bathtubs with handheld showerheads, plus chic, modern walk-in rainfall showers - though toilets aren't separated from the rest of the space. But large vintage-style mirrors, vessel sinks, attractive tiling, and windows with garden views give the space a sense of elegance. The bungalows are set in lush gardens along a path to the sea, with balconies similar to those in the Hibiscus and Jasmine Rooms, though from the exterior the dark-wood doors and tinted glass admittedly look dated. That said, these rooms offer great sunset views. All rooms come with safes, mini-fridges, tea kettles, but on our inspection, only the Allamanda Pool Villas had a coffee machine. Note that loud wildlife noises can be heard from some of the hillside rooms - meaning a beachfront location might be preferable for light sleepers. Guests also complain about a lack of storage space in rooms and towel rails in the bathrooms.

      Features
      The hotel's best feature is its beautiful, open beach, although swimming isn't possible in the rainy season. As an alternative, the long and pleasant wet-edged infinity pool has plenty of chic, modern sunbeds and parasols, and also has step access into the water. The pool includes an area with whirlpool-style jets. The Baimai spa is wonderfully designed -- the lounge area alone features beautiful tile flooring, high-vaulted ceilings, and orange-upholstered seating, and it's open-air on all sides. But it gets poor reviews for its herbal treatments, whirlpool, sauna, and wet and dry rooms. The well-maintained gym is open 24 hours, and has pleasant sea views. The hotel has two restaurants - the Malila for Thai cuisine and the Kumpun for international fare with a focus on seafood - which get mixed reviews. The resort has meeting facilities for up to 220 people. Free, reliable Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
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        The Sarojin *****

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        A romantic enclave next to Khao Lak beach, this enchanting Thai hotel offers large rooms set in 10 acres of tropical gardens backed by ancient rainforest. Activities include watersports, cookery lessons and jungle forays, and there’s an onsite spa for relaxed pampering. Two restaurants include one beachside option. It’s an enchanting set-up with peaceful lotus ponds and lovely mature gardens that echo with the sound of birdsong in the morning and cheeping cicadas in the afternoon. Oversized four-poster beds billowing with white fabric are positioned around the large swimming pool and wooden pathways lead to the beach and the spa.

        Location
        Set on the sugary fringes of Khao Lak beach, surrounded by an ancient rainforest filled with sleepy lagoons, waterfalls and wildlife, The Sarojin’s location couldn’t be more romantic. Outdoor activities abound with diving in the pristine Similan and Surin islands less than an hour away by boat, and the jungle delights of Khao Sok National Park - just over an hour away by car.

        Rooms
        The 56 spacious guest rooms, housed six to a block, are generously spaced amid 10 acres of lush tropical gardens. All feel calm and private and have huge indoor garden bathrooms with sexy rainfall showers and dinosaur egg-shaped tubs – which will inevitably be decked out with flowers and candles at some point during your stay.

        Features
        The Sarojin scored top marks for allowing its guests to tuck into breakfast whenever they wake up, so no early rises required – and it’s not some naff buffet either, everything is à la carte. There are two restaurants, one wrapped around an age-old ficus tree and the other on the beach. Romantic dinners a deux can be arranged by shimmering waterfalls. There is also a cooking school and a decent selection of room service.

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          JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa ****


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          Set along a white-sand beach a 10-minute drive north of Khao Lak, the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa is one of the most stunning properties in the area. The resort is made up of a few dozen two-story buildings designed in the traditional Thai style, consisting of pitched roofs decorated with sleek ‘lamyongs’, cute balconies with wooden railings, and huge windows. A massive pool runs throughout the property, connecting all buildings and forming big, lush islands with additional swimming areas, including separate adult-only and kiddy sections. Two of the hotel’s four restaurants, as well as the spa, are built right next to the beach, while the other two dining venues are set across from each other on one of the islands. Interiors are no less gorgeous and elegant than the outdoors. Common spaces have a strong local feel, in particular the lobby, which is housed in a beautiful white building with soaring wooden ceilings, huge windows on all sides, and handsome wooden furniture with plush pillows. Although the property caters to families with many kid-friendly amenities and spacious rooms for up to six guests, the vibe is relaxing and quiet, and many couples choose the JW Marriott for their honeymoon. Rates here are high but on par with comparable properties in the region, and most guests seem to find them reasonable for the level of luxury offered.

          Location
          The hotel is located on a beautiful white-sand beach with clear waters that is a 10-minute drive north of Khao Lak town. The area is home to a few other resorts and a handful of beach bars but is otherwise quiet and secluded. Though there isn’t much to do in the immediate vicinity, this location is convenient for those wanting to go diving in the Similan Islands, which are about an hour away by boat. The famous Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park -- known for its wildlife, waterfalls, and hiking trails -- is about a 15- to 20-minute drive away. The nearest international airport is in Phuket, about an hour and 20 minutes from the hotel by car.

          Rooms
          The hotel has 297 rooms spread over a couple dozen small buildings set around the massive lagoon pool. Decor is upscale and full of local touches, including handsome wooden floors, silk-like upholstery with round pillows, and large local paintings above the bed. Top-floor rooms feature traditional pitched wooden ceilings. Furniture is elegant in all rooms, with carvings and soft lines, plus wicker accents on lamps, and an understated earth-tone palette. Some guests have reported minor wear and tear on furniture. Also on the downside, none of the rooms offer ocean vistas. Starting at 592 square feet, rooms are large and airy, with enough space for at least a small seating area with a sofa bed, coffee table, and an armchair. Huge windows open to balconies furnished with at least a couple of chairs or loungers, and some rooms offer direct access to the pool. Families and groups can choose from a range of room types, the largest of which is a 1,399-square-foot two-bedroom duplex unit with three bathrooms and a living area. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, robes, slippers, electric kettles, and DVD players. Bathrooms are big and appealing, with separate rainfall showers and soaking tubs, stone sinks over wooden vanities, and shutters that open to the bedrooms. Free water, toiletries, and hairdryers are available in all rooms, and turndown service is standard.

          Features
          Along with the beautiful beach, the hotel’s huge lagoon-style pool is a definite property highlight. It runs through the entire property and features adult-only and kiddy areas, as well as two swim-up bars and several whirlpools. Small wooden platforms hidden away behind lush greenery offer a private spot for couples to relax. Dining is also top-notch, with three a la carte restaurants that open for dinner only and an excellent beachfront buffet serving all three main meals. The a la cartes serve up Thai, Japanese, and Mediterranean cuisine, while the buffet offers a huge international spread with hot and cold options. Note that the breakfast room can get crowded at peak times.
          Wraps, scrubs, massages, hair and nail services, and steam rooms are available at the beautiful beachfront spa, while the 24-hour gym offers a wide array of machines, plus fitness classes for a fee. Bikes and water sports are also available for an extra charge, and guests can practice tennis, squash, and volleyball on-site as well. The kids’ club hosts age-appropriate activities, both indoors and outdoors, plus a computer room for older kids, a library, play areas with toys and games, and a movie room. The hotel also features nine meeting rooms, the largest of which has a maximum capacity of 260 guests.

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            The Sands by Katathani ****


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            The Khao Lak by Katathani occupies a vast, grassy property on the beach, with lovely views of hills in the distance. Three-story tan buildings hold the guest rooms, while entrance is through a low-lying concrete structure protected by a glass awning. Palm trees dot the grounds and there's plenty of space for sunbathing and relaxing in the fresh air. A massive lagoon at the center of the property is filled with koi fish and guests can help out with morning and afternoon feedings -- a nice touch for the many families that stay here. Interiors are spacious, open, and airy with plenty of natural light and trendy, modern decor. A huge centerpiece in the lobby features several dangling industrial-style black lanterns. Slim gray sofas and chic natural wood tables sit against the windows. Lattice designs decorate some walls, offering glimpses of the tropical landscape outside. While typically quiet and calm, the property can get overcrowded at breakfast and sometimes at the adult-only pool.

            Location
            The hotel has a convenient location on Nang Thong Beach in the center of Khaolak, on the west coast of Phang-Nga. This is a low key area with white sand beaches and considerably fewer crowds and development than the bigger resort towns of Phuket. The property is on a main road and there are several other hotels in the neighborhood, as well as a good number of restaurants, bars, and tourist markets within a five to 10 minutes' walk. Car rental companies are located within a five-minute drive, and families can head to a mini-golf venue about 25 minutes' drive away. The International Tsunami Museum is around 15 minutes away on foot. Most guests linger on the resort grounds and beach, but Similan Island is an easy day trip, as is Khao Sok National Park, located an hour and 15 minutes away. Phuket is around two hours' drive, and its international airport can be reached in about 90 minutes.

            Rooms
            Rooms are bright and clean with a relaxed and modern feel. An earthy palette of beige and white is accented with tropical touches and pops of light gold, pink, or turquoise. A different leaf motif decorates each building, one of which holds rooms that open directly onto a shared pool - although guests note that balconies here can lack sun. Other rooms have views of the lagoon or gardens, and there are comfy settees placed by the large windows. Family Rooms sleep four and include a separate nook for kids, separated by a sliding door. All rooms have private balconies, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, free Wi-Fi, safes, and air-conditioning. Additionally there are mini-fridges and coffee- and tea-making facilities. Bathrooms have a fresh tropical feel with bright green tile in the rainfall showers (soaking tubs in some). Toiletries and hairdryers are provided. Some guests have complained of slight odors in the rooms from cleaning supplies, as well as minor wear and tear.

            Features
            Features here are convenient and mostly focused on families and relaxing. There are two pools, including an adult-only pool and a kiddy pool - be advised that there can be a mad dash for sunbeds in the morning and that staff doesn't enforce the adult-only policy. There's also a sandy beach and spacious lawn for relaxing and catching rays on sun beds with umbrellas. The property has a bright, modern fitness center with cardio and weight-training equipment, plus a spa that offers massages on the beach or in an indoor treatment room. Additional activities are available for a fee and include tennis, Thai cooking classes, yoga, Thai boxing, and beach volleyball. The kids' club is free, and there's also an outdoor playground and a large rec room with couches, bookshelves, and billiards. Dining at the resort includes Talay Restaurant, a beachfront venue serving fresh grilled seafood throughout the day, and The Floating Market, which overlooks the lagoon and serves international buffets for breakfast (fee) and dinner. The swim-up Coconut Bar is located steps from the ocean in the adult-only pool. Mango Bar has nightly entertainment, and Pineapple Bar in front of the lobby serves drinks next to a reflecting pool.
            Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.

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              Mai Khao Lak Beach Resort & Spa ****


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              One of the largest resorts in the area, guests enter through a minimalistic set of stairs leading to a short hallway. The lobby is housed under a distinctively pitched wooden roof that soars above the grounds and is open on all sides, allowing the sea breeze to sweep through the space. Low seating with turquoise cushions surrounds a decorative arrangement of pots and pillars at the center of the space. Paths lead throughout the landscaped grounds and most of the buildings are clustered around the hotel's pools. There are three on-site restaurants, including the casual, beachy Meal, which is open to the rest of the property and set up next to a quirky van-turned-bar, the kind found all over parts of Bangkok and cities throughout Thailand. It's a cute detail. The beach lies at the back of the property. It takes a few minutes to walk to the sand from the main area of the resort, but there are several sun chairs available. Guests here are mostly couples and families on holiday, and the pool can get a bit rowdy with kids depending on the season.

              Location
              Situated at the northern end of Khao Lak, on Thailand's Andaman coast, there is not much within easy walking distance of this resort. There are a couple of other resorts nearby - Hotel Royal Bangsak to the north and Hotel Pullman to the south - along with a minimart about five minutes away by car. There are a few local restaurants about 10 minutes away by car. Sairung Waterfall is also a 10-minute drive away and Khao Lak View Point is about 15 minutes away by car. The small town of Khao Lak, which has tourist stalls, restaurants, a few bars, and shops, takes 15 minutes to reach by car. Phuket International Airport is about an hour and a half away by car or taxi and the city of Phuket about two hours.

              Rooms
              This being such a massive property, there are also a large number of room configurations and arrangements, though they break down into Deluxe Suites or Villas. All are large, with Deluxe Suites starting at 55 square meters, or 592 square feet, and Deluxe Suites have either sea, garden, or pool views, some with direct pool access. The resort's turquoise motif runs throughout all rooms, and Deluxe Suites have turquoise accent walls and outdoor furniture plus tile floors and warm hardwood accents throughout. Nature-inspired wall art hangs throughout the room and there is a separate sitting area with low, gray, contemporary sectional couches. Bathrooms are large and dimly lit, with long wooden vanities and raised sinks plus sleek modern fixtures, toiletries, and mosaic-tiled showers. All rooms feature modern comforts like flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, safes, minibars, microwaves, free Wi-Fi access, and coffee/tea-making facilities. There are also luxurious Villas, with pool, garden, and beach views. Striking hardwood ceilings hang over white granite floors and rooms are arranged so that everything faces out sweeping wall of windows. Futuristic, organic shapes are employed throughout, from the roof to the seating to the granite bed frame that melds seamlessly with the floor. Bird of Paradise plants and chic sculptural pieces of art stand throughout. These rooms feel like exclusive tropical bungalows and most have private outdoor jet tubs and showers or pools, along with the spacious indoor rainfall showers. Bonus features include yoga mats, bathrobes, and slippers.

              Features
              Mai Khao Lak Beach Resort & Spa is a large resort situated on a huge piece of land filled with every amenity for a self-contained beach vacation. There is, of course, a beach occupied almost exclusively by hotel guests and lined with lounge chairs. The resort offers free Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the property, free parking, and a large breakfast buffet (fresh fruit, eggs, meats, yogurt, juices, coffee, etc) that is included in most room prices. There are multiple outdoor pools that stretch throughout the property, though they can get noisy with kids - guests looking for a tranquil escape may want to keep that in mind. There are three restaurants serving everything from Thai dishes to Western fare and tapas for lunch and dinner, and chefs offer Thai cooking classes for guests. The resort also has coffee shops and bars throughout. There are tennis courts on the property that are free for guest use, as well as mountain bikes and kayaks available to rent. All guests have free access to the large fitness room equipped with modern treadmills, bikes, and weight machines. There is a full-service spa offering a variety of massages, beauty treatments, and facials. Yoga and Thai boxing classes are offered regularly. Babysitting is available and everything from airport transfers to car services can be arranged. The hotel also runs a shuttle to shopping centers and there is a computer station on-site for guest use.

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                The Heaven ****


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                The Haven Khao Lak mostly lives up to its name, as it's a secluded resort set on Khuk Khak -- a narrow peninsula that runs along the main coastline. As well as the sea and lagoon, the hotel has a long swimming pool that extends the length of the resort, which works with the many palm-thatched buildings to create a real tropical-island atmosphere. The lobby and bar area are filled with comfy rattan armchairs, and look out over the leafy grounds through glass screens. While it's an attractive property, some of the furniture throughout is a little old school and could use an upgrade. Steps and walkways lead down to the pools, gardens and accommodation buildings, with pools in every direction. The restaurant sits beside the palm-fringed main pool, with views over the pool and the sea beyond, and has a laid-back style, with a beamed ceiling around a bright skylight. The resort allows only children over 12, so attracts mostly couples with some family groups.

                Location
                The Haven Khao Lak is perched on a spit of land between sea and lagoon, in the center of the Khao Lak coastline. The resort provides a free shuttle twice a day to and from the main shopping center of Khao Lak in Bang La On, or it's a 15-minute trip by car. Attractions such as the moving Tsunami Museum and busy Bang Niang market are a 10-minute drive away, while Thap Lamu Pier for boats to the Similan Islands is about 30 minutes away by car. The entrance to Khao Lak Lum Ru National Park is a 15-minute drive, with treks of varying lengths inside the park's boundaries. Popular swimming spot Lampi Waterfall takes around 40 minutes to reach by car. Expect around a 90-minute drive to Phuket's airport.

                Rooms
                Rooms here are never far from the water, though most guests swoon over the sea-view bungalows and the first-floor pool access rooms. Decor is simple, but attractive, with wood flooring and hardwood furniture that's brightened with some Thai-inspired decorative pieces. These livelier patterns appear in places like upholstered headboards, that make a fine complement to additional details, like pitched wood ceilings in some room. Some of the seating, like wicker chairs, do look a little too old school for our tastes. Standard features include minibars, safes, large 42-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, air-conditioning, electric kettles, and free Wi-Fi, plus umbrellas, beach bags, and beach mats. All have a private terrace with sun loungers. Poolside rooms have direct pool access and bungalows have a private outdoor hot tub. Bungalows also have a beautiful curved window looking out onto the terrace and main pool with the beach beyond, and add Nespresso machines and pillow menus. Bathrooms are modern, with pale mosaic tiling, large rainfall showers, and counter-top basins. Private butlers can be arranged.

                Features
                The Haven Khao Lak's network of pools run the length of the resort, curling around beside the main buildings. A swim-up bar can be found at the center, and the infinity edge looks out across the beach. There's a poolside gym with a selection of cardio machines and a free weights area, and a spa on the upper levels, with beauty and relaxation treatments and superb views out to sea. Free classes including beach yoga, Tai Chi, and various Thai crafts, plus free bikes and kayaks to explore the area. A buffet breakfast is served in the Sundial restaurant with views of the sea, with lunch and dinner available in the Thai-Italian restaurant beside the main pool. Drinks are served in the pool bar and in the lobby bar, where light snacks are also on offer. Breakfast is included in rates, but food doesn't get the best response from previous guests. The resort offers room service and can arrange private dining areas, plus wedding packages. One meeting room has high-tech equipment and capacity for 100. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
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                  Mukdara Beach Resort ****


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                  Thai design dominates the Mukdara resort, creating an open-air, free-flowing ambience. Attractive lotus ponds complement the pleasant exterior, and a high-vaulted dark-wood ceiling offset by cream-colored supporting pillars, dark-wood, and rattan sofas makes for an impressive lobby. The black-and-gray granite flooring looks tired, though, as does the reception area, with a high desk backed by wooden safe-deposit boxes and world clocks. The large pool complex has fountains amid a palm-dominated setting fringed with lotus ponds, with the blue-tiled pools staggered over various levels. The gym is small but bright and cheery, with lime-green walls and two walls of windows. The dark wood-paneled ceiling give the Khao Lak Daily coffee shop and bakery a bit of a throwback look, but the open design creates an airy and bright space.

                  Location
                  Located right on Bang Niang beach, the Mukdara Beach Villa and Spa Resort is a five-minute taxi ride to Khao Lak, which has several restaurants and bars. A few restaurants -- including a pizzeria -- and bars, plus a convenience store and currency exchange, are on the small road that faces the resort. Ao Phang Nga National Park is about a 90-minute drive from the resort, as is Phuket International Airport.

                  Rooms
                  The 148 guest rooms are in the Thai style, but some of the decor lacks punch and looks a bit tired for the price tag - furnishings show some visible signs of wear and tear. All rooms include individually controlled air-conditioning, coffee- and tea-making facilities, private terraces, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi; most rooms have flat-screen TVs. Deluxe Garden Villas combine cream walls, light-wood vaulted ceilings, and olive-colored throw pillows. Settees at the foot of the large beds add a touch of elegance. Separate, elevated lounge areas have wedge-pillow daybeds surrounded by windows, and the spacious and pleasant terraces, which face lush garden palms, have sun loungers. Bathrooms are huge, with jetted bathtubs plus large outdoor rainfall showers, and the wide mirrors built into solid dark-wood frames are a nice touch. Deluxe Villas with whirlpools are similar to the Deluxe Garden Villas, but come with four-poster beds, which add a romantic look, and are a bit darker. Deluxe Royal Wing Rooms come with small tables and chairs, but have dated TVs inside cabinets. Bathrooms have full-length tubs and glass-enclosed walk-in showers. There have been isolated reports of moldy smells in some of the rooms, and some guests have complained about overhearing noise from their neighbors coming and going.

                  Features
                  The Mukdara has connected beachfront and garden pools, with plenty of parasols and sunbeds. Breakfast, served at the Touch Beach Restaurant, is included in the room rate and gets good reviews, but opinions of other meals, including the barbecue buffet, are more mixed. Khao Lak Daily serves as a coffee shop and bakery. The spa has two private steam and sauna rooms, an outdoor whirlpool, and several types of massages and scrubs available. The small fitness center, which includes a ping-pong table, has treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, weight-training machines, and free weights. Free Wi-Fi is reliable throughout the property.


                  Last edited by Tripadvisor; 08-29-2021, 11:30 PM.

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