We booked this hotel last year when it was top spot on the Trip Advisor ratings. Since then, it seems to have had its fair share of traumas. Firstly, Marcus, the owner, had a stroke, then the family had to get rid of the manager, Bruno, because he allegedly, drank too much and ran the hotel down. But now, Marcus's wife Ja, has taken the reins with the help of her sister and extended family and they're getting the place back on the right track. We had an airport transfer, booked through the hotel. The taxi driver was at the airport with our names on a card. We had a great welcome when we arrived, shown to our lovely rooms, which were on the 2nd floor with views of the pool and the beach. They were spacious, very clean, loads of storage space. Breakfast was lovely, as much tea, coffee, juice , toast as you wanted, with a choice of various breakfast options as well, cooked fresh. We used to sit on the terrace early evening for a couple of Singhas before we went down the town or went to eat on beach for the night. Its a shame none of the other guests used the bar as it was great quiet place for a drink , early evening. Only a short walk to the beach, but do need a torch at night, as its very dark, going across a bit of a no mans land, with a bit of rubbish to get across. The restaurants on the beach were lovely, reasonably priced, not open late, so need to be eating by about 8.30pm at the latest. One late bar on that stretch with late live music called Thai Bar. The only snag we had during our stay, was the pool. When we arrived it was green, it hadn't been cleaned for a while, but true to her word, Ja was sorting it out, which she did. Helped by her brother in law, who scrubbed it for 2 days, then they had it treated, the pool was brought back to normal, and by the last couple of days of our stay, we could swim in it. They just need to keep on top of it now. Could maybe do with a couple more decent sun umbrellas for some shade by the pool. But Ja, bless her, had got the place up and running normally again. We hope they keep up the good work, because would love to stay there again.
- 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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