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“True Thai relaxation!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Shambhala Khaolak Resort
67/62 Moo 5 | Khuek Khak, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #27 of 62 Hotels in Khao Lak
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“True Thai relaxation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This was such an awesome place to stay! I almost don't want to say too many things about it so I can keep it as my best kept secret.

It is obvious that this is a wonderful place to stay by the fact that a lot of the guests we met there are "repeat guests" that come back every year.

This small hotel is owned and operated by a local family that wants to make sure each guest feels comfortable and enjoys their stay. For example; I found my bed a bit firm and they immediately got a pillow top to put on the mattress.

Beach location is awesome directly on an uncrowded swimming beach with a small infinity pool that looks right out on the Andaman sea. The food is wonderful and our stay included a breakfast that was plentiful and delicious. We ate other meals there too since the food was so tasty and there was no need to go elsewhere.

Right on the beachfront property there are two exceptional massage therapists that are true clinicians that will attend to you and make you feel truly relaxed. You should book right when you arrive, because their schedule fills up fast , even with other people that aren't even staying at the resort.

It is an easy walk to other bars, restaurants and shopping areas/markets, and if you did not want to walk there are available taxis to take you for approx $3/couple.

Hong, Aor, TukTuk , her family and ALL the staff will help you arrange any excursion you would like to make, a taxi to/from the airport, a scooter to explore with, and any other request you can imagine. We asked Hong where we could purchase a memory flash drive to store some of our photos and she went and got it for us right away. She also took my husband to the medical clinic for the doctor to attend to an insect sting that he was allergic to.

We spent 11 days at the Shambhala and I wanted to stay so much longer. It has everything you need and at the end of your stay you will feel like part of a family. It is a small enough of a hotel that you get to meet others and your stay becomes a personal experience where you leave with addresses and friends!

I look forward to becoming a repeat guest too!!

Room Tip: Stayed in a Deluxe room. #203 Liked being on the second floor and we had a little view of the water...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We booked this hotel for a week for my husband and I and our one year old son. We were a little nervous as to whether the hotel would cater for toddlers given it is so small but everything was fine, they have a cot for the room and high chairs in the restaurant. They are happy to accommodate the child's tastes too.

Positives: great location, nice beach, clean rooms, large bed, lovely pool, great massages, good food and friendly staff

Negatives: initially arranging the airport transfer from home took three phone calls and five emails but they did turn up on time as arranged, no nightlife (which didn't affect us), centre of town is not really walking distance

Would recommend this hotel to couples and families. We would definitely return here.

Room Tip: Rooms near the pool would probably be noisier. We had a deluxe ocean view room which is on the secon...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

A real Thai "home from home"! Hong, Tuk, Ou and their team make everyone so welcome, nothing is too much trouble. Fantastic food, great sea front rooms and wonderfully peaceful. Brilliant market just up the road. Thai massages are good too. Everything about Shambhala comes highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

we already miss Shambhala and khao lak, this is a winner and we realize now that we continued our travel in Thailand. the resort is family run and the owner/manager is Ms Hong a super friendly, charming, capable woman that personalizes the experience as she explains the Sabai Sabai philosophy which gives name to the restaurant, with other staff one must be more patient and understanding as their english is not great. The location is superb, right on one of the best and less transited beaches I've seen in TH. the rooms are in cabins, very adequate and have a small veranda with chairs to chill when wanted. the resort has a nice pool overlooking the ocean and the busiest massage corner in khao lak, so you must book well ahead as people from other resorts book here. food is very tasty and while it may take sometime to produce specially when busy its worth the wait. 4 thumbs up!! we will be back!!

Room Tip: this is a place to chill so all rooms are quiet although the sea view ones see more transit from the...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Friendly caring staff, limited English occasionally impacted ordering at he restaurant/booking taxi etc. rooms were clean and adequate. Pool and beach was beautiful. The food from the restaurant was delish. Very quiet area of town, no nightlife.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

We stayed for 12 nights in Nov-Dec in a Beachfront Bungalow. We loved the laid back, warm approach that Hong, Tuk and family have. You dont get hassled to do anything but if you need something they are amazingly helpful. For instance, I simply asked if I could buy English books somewhere and Hong immediately said she had to go to Lah On and would drop us off at the Book tree.

Pool is on the small side but abosultely adequate for the size of the resort and its elevated position from the beach is great. The beach was lovely and you can walk for hours on the beach particularly to the North.

An easy walk to to the many restaurants and market, its location is really quiet and uncrowded.

Rooms were clean and had all that is required. The beachfront rooms allowed us to sit and watch the sunset with a drink on our patio and was beautiful.
You could order a few different things for breakfast which were all well done and generous portions.

Its a really lovely place to relax for a while.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

I have visited Khaolak many times with family and found Shambhala Khaolak as a great and warm venue to stay. The resort is by the beach, very easy to access in Bang Niang area with many shops & restaurants in walking distance.

I visited this resort during Songkran festival, Khaolak is quite silent comparing to Phuket but it is great option to stay away from busy town.

I was upgrade to beach front bungalow, the swimming pool was just in front of the room. Thanks to khun Hong who was so kind and treated me like one of her family member. There was free wifi in the restaurant area, the speed was okay.

We had breakfast & dinner at the restaurant, requested Thai taste. The ingredient was fresh and the taste is wonderful.

The next day we booked tour with khun Hong and got a very good care taken by her team. Everything was smooth, information was well provided.

I am sure that any time I visit khaolak, I would stay with my family again, see you the Shambhala Khaolak.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 67/62 Moo 5 | Khuek Khak, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #27 of 62 Hotels in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
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