I stayed (family 2+1 and some friends) at the Merlin Resort for a week just at the begining of the season. The hotel staff was working on preparing the premisses for the tourists that were about to come.
Hotel is located outside Khao Lak in the rain forrest. It cosists of several bulidings (mostly with two floors) hidden in the trees and bushes. It has an exotic Asian atmosphere. If you leave your balcony door open at night you will hear a concert of cicadas and frogs all night long and birds singing in the morning - just if you were sleeping in the middle on a jungle. Unforgettable.
The room was very nice, Asian- Thai cozy style (some rooms were refuribished and have a more modern design) with a pool view. The only few little things I didn't like about the room were: noisy aircon and two giant roaches I had to chase (but I understand that it is hard to keep them out in such a place) and dampness in the room itself. We had two geckos living with us and helping us get rid of mosquitos.
Food served at the hotel is outstanding - especially Thai cuisine. As the hotel was not very occupied we had a chance to experience preset Thai menu at dinners for a few days which was absolutelu delicious, Buffet set up was opened in the middle of our stay and it was also great. Every other night dinner was served by the beach.
Merlin Resort alos offers European food such as pizza, spaghetti etc at the restaurants by the beach. Prices are not high compering to hotel prices all over the world.
Wifi connection is available only as the lobby bar which nowadays is quite unusual but on the other hand it was a great experience to be unplugged most of the time.
There is a number of pools at the hotel. The pool our room was located at was empty for the whole week we stayed at the Merlin Resort.
Hotel staff is very helpful and welcoming.
I recommed to try a real Thai "restaurant" located two minutes away on the beach outside the hotel (going left). Food prices are extremely low, great welcoming staff. It was our favourite lunch spot.