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Luxury hotels in Khao Lak, Thailand

Bob Mortimore, a Travel Consultant here at Ultimate Destinations, recently travelled to Thailand and explored a range of luxury hotels and resorts in Phuket, Khao Lak and Bangkok. Bob throughly enjoyed his trip which was made possible by the Thai Tourist Board and Chic Locations. Here are his notes on the places he visited in Khao Lak.

Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa, Khao Lak

The search is over….”Paradise Found” is a phrase to describe this intimate and luxurious property with its completely individual style and spectacular setting.

Set in a peaceful and tranquil setting on 15 acres, The Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa offers an escape from the outside world, while still preserving a true Thai style of comfort, relaxation and seclusion. The resort is located on a quiet stretch of beach, some 40 minutes drive from Phuket Airport and only 20 minutes from Khao Lak.

Accommodation

  • There are just 14 freestanding private Pool Villas scattered around the tropical grounds, each with their own spacious indoor and outdoor living space, a luxurious roomy bathroom, a good sized pool and bedroom and living area. Each Pool Villa has a generous 165 metres of floor space, its own jacuzzi and indoor/outside showers.
  • There is also the magnificent Grand Ocean Villa  – 890 square metres of floor space with two Ocean view Master Bedrooms, en suite bathrooms, a large living room, kitchenette, guest powder room, jacuzzi bath tub, outdoor shower with large terrace and pool of 17.5 by 4.5 metres. With a private service entrance and many additional facilities, this villa has a air of complete privacy and spaciousness.

Bars and Restaurants

  • The Lobby Bar and Pool Bar both offer a complete and wonderful choice of all day beverages and tasty snacks.
  • You will enjoy fine gourmet and semi-casual in and outdoor dining, with an exclusive choice of high quality wine, in the resort’s restaurants.
  • The Thai fusion style food is outstanding – cooked by an award winning Executive Chef, it is delicious, mouth-watering and exceptional.

The more energetic visitor will be more than satisfied by a choice of two beaches, a 38 x 10m Infinity Pool, a Wellness Centre and a state of the art gym and tennis court. For those seeking some quality down time, the well-known Sukko Spa offers a full range of original and exotic therapies and treatments in a quiet and relaxed way. The resort also has a Business Centre, souvenir shop and medical centre. Motorised sports and bike hire can also be arranged.

The Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa is a hidden piece of paradise. Its service, food and ambiance are of the highest standard and its beautiful, tropical location offers exclusive luxury and complete style.

Casa De La Flora, Khao Lak

Located about an hour from Phuket and only five minutes’ drive from Khao Lak, Case De La Flora is of a modernist design, based on a futurist idea of uniqueness.

Accommodation

  • The design of its’ Cubic Villas and Suites is very different, with clear glass huge windows and private sun decks, a private pool and a free mini bar with chilled beers, soft drinks and snacks.
  • Beachfront Suites have a separate living area while the Duplex ones have a downstairs living room and elevated bedroom.
  • At the rear of the Casa De La Flora is the Casa Presidential Suite with a stunning ocean view, spacious pool, en-suite bedroom and living room.
  • The Casa Pool Suite is next to the Presidential one and has a huge bedroom, a bathroom with a two-person bath tub, an outdoor pool and a roof terrace.
  • The Beachfront villas enjoy ocean views have a luxury bedroom, two-person bath tub, decking area and pool.
  • The Beachfront Grand Pool Villa also has ocean views and has two bedrooms and bathrooms with a  private pool and decking area.

Bars and Restaurants

The La Aranya Restaurant is located in a lovely setting by the beach and serves an international menu with an original Thai twist. Alongside a huge Infinity Pool is a very good pool bar which offers every kind of beverage.

Spa La Casa takes a holistic approach to its unique treatment collection which combines an ingenious blend of aromatic essential oils, trace elements and marine ingredients with “Ancient Oriental” techniques. Casa De La Flora also has a good fitness centre For those looking for adventure outside the resort, it has its own fleet of speed boats and can easily arrange diving and snorkelling trips as well as jungle treks and elephant rides.

The Casa De La Flora is very different in design and is an ideal resort for couples. Located in a lovely setting, it offers a unique style of holiday.

La Flora Resort and Spa, Khao Lak

La Flora Resort and Spa is the sister hotel to the Casa De La Flora. Much more traditionally designed, this first class property offers families and couples alike a wide appeal of activities and rooms in a beachfront location, a short walk into town. It has 138 rooms and villas and is situated on the main beach at Khao Lak which is a great location both for the beach and town. Khao Lak is one of the upcoming Thailand destinations and whilst it is not too busy, there is enough going on to suit all.

Accommodation

  • De Luxe rooms are located in separate Asian-style low rise buildings dotted throughout the garden and each has a with private terrace.
  • The De Luxe Studio rooms are positioned on the ground floor, offering 48sqm of space with walk-in closets and a large bathroom with separate bath tub and shower.
  • The ground floor Pool Rooms have direct access to the pool from the patios, are of a good size and have a luxurious bathroom.
  • Garden, Sea View and Beachfront Villas are very spacious, offering 55sqm of space, with verandas, a Master Bedroom and a separate living area.

Bars and Restaurants

  • Located directly on the beach and with spectacular views of the Andaman Sea, The View 59 offers a good choice of menu from International and Thai cuisine, specialising freshly caught seafood and with special buffet evenings.
  • An excellent choice of wine and cocktails are served from here and also the bar.
  • There is also the option of separate dining in Khao Lak itself.

With two swimming pools, a children’s pool, Fitness Centre and Flora Spa there are always plenty of things to do at the La Flora Resort and Spa. Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton, Water Sports and Thai cookery classes can also be arranged.

La Flora Resort and Spa is located in a great beach front location. It offers both families and couples a good all-round standard of comfort and facilities.

The Sarojin, Khao Lak

A luxurious gem located in a beautiful setting and tropical gardens, The five-star Sarojin has a romantic and ambient setting. Set in 10 acres of gardens and only just over an hour from Phuket Airport,   the hotel is designed in a contemporary Asian Style and has an excellent range of facilities, including the excellent Spa, large swimming pool, fitness centre and a croquet lawn. Guests have access to a secluded white beach and the hotel can arrange water sports and mountain biking on request.

It is really only suited to couples although it could work for families with children over 10 years of age.

Accommodation

Each luxurious residence has been well thought out and enjoys a romantic ambience. Surrounded by tropical nature, each of the 56 Guest Residences are situated in seven separate two storey buildings. Elegantly designed, spacious with private gardens and sun deck, each one is entered by crossing a stream in the grounds of the hotel through a private garden terrace.

  • There are 28 ground floor Garden Residences offering 95sqm of floor space.
  • The 14 one bedroom Pool Residences are all finely situated on the ground floor corners of the two storey buildings and offer a spacious 120sqm of space.
  • The 14 Sarojin One Bedroom Suites are all situated on the upper floors of the seven buildings and have separate lounge area as well as a bedroom and offer 150sqm of space.

Bars and Restaurants

The Sarojin is an award winning hotel, recognised for both its style, food and service.

  • It has two excellent restaurants, one in the garden and one on the beach.
  • There is a nightly shuttle to nearby Khao Lak for different dining options
  • Its’ Bar has an extensive wine cellar and wine tastings are a feature.

Activities on offer include speedboat charters to the Similian Islands, as well as an Elephant trek to the waterfall followed by wine tasting.

Le Meridien, Khao Lak

Le Meridien nestles in a 30 acre estate with a superb seven miles of beach, amidst lush gardens and fragrant flora. This luxury hotel is just over an hour from Phuket Airport and only 10 minutes’ drive to Khao Lak.

Accommodation

  • Consisting of 243 villas, suites and rooms, all accommodation is luxurious and spacious ranging from superior rooms in the main building with a pool or garden view to the deluxe rooms on the ground floor.
  • Pool View suites are even more spacious and then there are a selection of Villas with pools.

Bars and Restaurants

Le Meridien offers a wonderful choice of food here serving Italian, Indian, Japanese and Korean Cuisine together with an excellent choice of Western food and themed Barbeques on the glorious beach. And there is also a Kids menu in all the restaurants.

With five swimming pools, an award winning Spa and six themed restaurants, the range of facilities are endless. The excellent Spa, gym, mini golf, Kids Club, cycle hire  and a range of eco adventures mean that there is always something for everyone here. In addition, Tennis, Archery, Golf driving range and lots of water sports are on offer.

Le Meridien, Khao Lak is a superbly run resort-style hotel, particularly good for families. There is  an extensive choice of accommodation, food and facilities on offer and 24 hour room service.

 

Bob also visited luxury hotels and resorts in Phuket and Bangkok. Click here to read his report on Phuket. His report on Bangkok will be published shortly.

Bob’s trip to visit luxury hotels and resorts in Khao Lak was sponsored by the Thai Tourist Board, here in London, who also arranged for him to attend the Seminar, Gala Dinner and Lunch by the Andaman Travel Trade/Thai Tourist Board in association with the Phuket Tourist Association. Thanks to Kannika from the London Office who was his escort and made it all possible. Thanks to David Kevan of Chic Locations, who kindly arranged all the hotel visits and stays and made our trip the marvellous one that it was and was a great travelling companion with his vast knowledge and experience of Thailand. And sincere thanks to my other travelling companion, Ian Robarts of Marco Polo Travel, who was a joy to be with on this wonderful journey.


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