There's a reason why Khao Lak Riversie Resort and Spa is currently rated number one for hotels in Khao Lak. By far the value for money was spectacular and more than expected.
We stayed here during low season and our party took up three rooms. Only one other person was staying at the hotel so we felt pretty special. Bruno greeted us upon arrival and walked us through every aspect of check-in with ease and kindness.
For me, breakfast is everything and the resort hit it with flying colors. Breakfast is served a la cart from a menu and all you can eat. If you see something on the menu you like, just ask for it and it will be prepared for you. Our table was set up for us each morning and we never waited long for service or food. Everything tasted great and the waitress never made a mistake with our order(s). I especially liked the muesli with plain yoghurt, fruit salad with plain yoghurt, pancakes, orange juice and coffee; made fresh from an espresso machine. Although I like my coffee very strong, the potency of this coffee was not too strong and definitely not weak. I wish I could have tried everything on the menu, but each time I got too full trying. Such a simple but awesome idea.
We also enjoyed a one-hour massage from the spa. Since it was low season, we had to book the day ahead as Bruno had to bring in two masseurs just for us. The spa is split in two levels. The third floor has the massage room, which can cater two people at a time. The fourth floor has the sauna, which our friends tried and said they enjoyed. The massage room has a large picture window overlooking the pool so the morning light was part of the ambiance. I’m guessing it would have a totally different if we had the massage in the evening, which some may prefer, but for us, the not so dim room was just fine.
The swimming pool also impressed us. The entire hotel grounds are pretty much showcasing this large outdoor swimming pool and landscaping. Every room has a pool view, river view and ocean view. We love water so this concept scored well with us, and the higher your room the better the view. Since it was low season, swimming in the ocean wasn’t a good idea with the strong currents, so the pool was a fantastic alternative. Normally we don’t spend much time in any hotel swimming pool, but we couldn’t keep out of this one. The water was 29 C or higher and we could have swam in it all day. The pool lights are also set on a timer to turn off at 10 pm, but Bruno was nice enough to turn them back on when he noticed we were still in there. He even left then on until we finally dragged ourselves away around midnight.
I can only guess the hotel strives to deliver the same quality service during high season, but if you choose this hotel like we did in the low season, you'll see why it's King! It really felt like we owned the place for two fortunate days. We were also blessed with high season weather. It didn't rain a single drop while we were there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Khao Lak Riverside Resort & Spa is located along Thailand’s beautiful west coast, 90 km from Phuket International Airport. Situated next to Bang Niang River, overlooking the unspoiled Bang Niang Bay and the sapphire Andaman sea just 80 meter from the golden sandy beach. A total of 27 rooms designed and built in Asian-style, are spaciously positioned on 7200 m2 that guarantees private and quiet atmosphere. All elegant deluxe double rooms are fully air conditioned with individual climate control, mini bar, Satellite television, in-room safe, bedroom with king size or twin beds, outdoor balcony with a splendid panoramic view over Bang Niang River and the Andaman Sea.Private washroom, bathroom amenities, hair dryer, shower cabin, hot and cold water, toilet and washbasin, bathtub with stunning river and ocean view. ... more less
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