Lovely - My partner and I spent two weeks here back in the end of April – which is possible not the best time to go as some of the bars were closed and there were not many people around, we often were the only couple in the bars and restaurants.
Hotel settings are gorgeous with a lot of trees and vegetation and situated right on the beach. As it is a forest setting remember the insect repellents and take as many precautions as possible – from the market you can get coiled incense things which are used in the bars and really really help keep the mossies away but still use the normal sprays.
The beach is very long and sandy and has magnificent sunsets, thoroughly enjoyed breakfasts and we had no issues with sun beds. The pools are always clean as was the room. The room was plenty big enough for two and could have done with more storage for clothes but was not really a problem the air con and fan in the room kept as cool.
Apart from breakfast we did not eat in the hotel but drink prices are acceptable and the hotel does supply two bottles of water per day. There are about a dozen bar/restaurants and a couple of shops just outside of the hotel with more at the end of the beach. For a more varied selection the hotel is within a short taxi cab of the centre and a further ten minutes ride you can find the market with more choices. A Visit to the market is a must but as it is inland it does not benefit for a sea breeze.
Would recommend the hotel, it is ideal for relaxing holiday with easy options for varied entertainment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Khaolak Merlin Resort is a deluxe resort with style inspired by Thailand's rich culture, situated approximately 50 minutes away from Phuket International Airport yet set amongst peaceful tropical forest landscape and tranquil beaches. It has direct access to 190 meters of Khao Lak Beach front and is surrounded by 15 acres of lush tropical gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Khaolak Merlin Khao Lak
- Khaolak Merlin Hotel Khao Lak