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“"Beyond your wildest Dreams"” 5 of 5 stars
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Beyond Resort Khaolak
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9 / 69 Moo 1, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand   |  
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“"Beyond your wildest Dreams"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

After spending a couple of days in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok with some colleagues, we took a short flight to Phuket and then a 1.5 hour drive to the mystical hills of Western Thailand. We arrived in the small coastal village of Khoa Lak, and just a few minutes out of town we found ourselves being welcomed at The Beyond Resort. The Director, Robert Frei has a great eye for detail, which includes spoiling his guests. The villas are luxurious and being nestled comfortably amongst beautifully kept gardens, with fish filled lakes and ponds, you're treated to a feeling of peace and tranquillity. From the moment we arrived, the staff were always happy to help in any way. The pool area is amazing with plenty of room so that you don't feel over crowded. There are several dining areas within the Resort, and the menus are spectacular. The spa is serene and opulent, with a beauty menu to suit every guest, the nice surprise is how affordable everything is, so a visit is a definite must to help ease away the stresses of travel. For those wanting a little bit of adventure, there is plenty to do, from kayaking to elephant treks, and then there are a few good markets in town for those who need some retail therapy. I cannot recommend The Beyond Resort in Khoa Lak highly enough. If its total relaxation you're looking for then this is definitely the place to go.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Robertthai1, General Manager at Beyond Resort Khaolak, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Dear Merey C.,

Many thanks for your fine report. We are very happy to see that you have enjoyed your stay to the fullest, and we are confident that by your next visit we will have refined our services even more. We try not to rest on compliments but seeks guests information and suggestions in our never-ending efforts to improve our operational standards to provide our customers with the "ultimate " holiday.

Wishing you and your family fantastic Festive Days and a healthy New Year 2013

Robert Frei, GM & The BRKL Team
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Stayed at the Beyond for 7 nights and it was the most chilled out, relaxing holiday that I have ever been on.

Upgraded to the Premier Palm Villa and were given a Villa literally a few steps away from the pool area - you could literally crawl out of bed to the pool. The Villa itself was faultless. Large, spacious and well designed throughout. Really lovely. I have stayed in several similar villas in Thailand but this was by far the nicest I have come across.

The pool/beach area was fantastic and plenty of sunbeds available. The location right on the beach was just beautiful and I am missing it already!

We did experience a few challenges with the staff not speaking perfect English which at the time seemed frustrating but in reality this is such a small thing and had no negative impact on our holiday and would certainly not stop me from returning. All of the staff were lovely & very friendly.

Most days we ate at one of the many restaurants on the beach. My favourite being Rim Lay which was about a 15 minute walk from the hotel (just after the Le Meridian Hotel). Great food, amazing view and friendly staff.

One thing at the hotel that I would have liked was a waiter drinks service at the pool. Sometimes the staff would bring the drinks to your sunbed if you ordered at the bar but there was no pro-active drinks service (except during happy hour). This would have been a nice touch.

It is very rare that I return to the same hotel a second time, but there is no doubt that I will be back to the Beyond!

Room Tip: Upgrade to a Premier Palm Villa for the better locations.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Robertthai1, General Manager at Beyond Resort Khaolak, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Dear Iantojones,

Thanks for your great information of your recent stay with us and I really appreciate your suggestions about the pool service. I shall have a little meeting with the staff concerned. Hope to see again soon and all the best for the upcoming holidays

Robert Frei, GM & the BRKL Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

I have just returned from Beyond Resort in Khao Lak and I must say what a gem of a place! the Villas are amazing, the food and beverage are great quality and reasonably priced and the staff are so friendly and eager to please making this a very well run and truly appealling resort. I had 54 delegates from all over Austrailia for a conference and most have vowed to return next year! Robert Frei has certainly trained his staff and management to run Beyond in an extremely professional mannger. From daily fresh fruit in our rooms to complimentary massages - its the little touches that make this resort stand out from the rest. The Spa certainly was used by me during my down time and whilst the quality was high, the prices were very reasonable. The Coconut Salt Scrub was amazing! Thank you Robert, we are returning in December and I can't wait to bring another group of people to experience Beyond! Our Australian group will be back....

Room Tip: All rooms are a generous 62 Sq Metres and beautifully appointed. The Villas on the end on the right...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Robertthai1, General Manager at Beyond Resort Khaolak, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Dear Karen C

I trust the Beyond Resort Khaolak and your Australian Group " Beyond Success" are a match made in heaven. Can't wait to have all of them back next year, was so much fun for the management and staff to have you here.

Wishing you a merry christmas

Robert Frei, GM & the BRKL Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

Just returned from an amazing week at the Beyond.

It was the most relaxing week ever!

The villas are spacious, immaculate and well thought out. For example there are plug sockets next to the bed (which so many hotels fail to have), complimentary bottled water delivered daily and fresh pool towels delivered to the rooms directly rather than ridiculous voucher/deposit schemes. We upgraded to the Premier villa and loved the day bed and extra touches.

The pool area is amazing. Beautifully landscaped and a very impressive array of pools. The fixed position sunbeds initially took getting used to but by day two I loved them. For serious sunbathers a second type of sunbed was also available. Plenty of sunbeds available regardless if you have a holiday lie in.

This was our fourth time to the Thailand and the beach by the Beyond surpasses everything else we have seen! Wonderful beach and the Beyond has the best spot on it.

Some language barriers with team in the bar and restaurant, however, the smiles and friendliness of the Beyond Team make up for any difficulties! Their English million times better than my Thai so can't grumble!

We loved the restaurants on the beach near the hotel. The best ones were at the end of the beach past the Le Meriden and the first one past the wooden bridge. The one nearest the hotel was the least friendly with only average food.

Food and drink in the hotel good. Enjoyed the Happy 90 mins 1700 onwards, especially in the swim up bar.

Loved the fact the hotel was adult only and really good mix of nationalities.

This is a really special hotel. Having stayed with rival hotel groups in Thailand (Banyan Tree Phuket and Sala Samui), the Beyond Khao Lak is the one I will return to. Thanks for an amazing stay!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Robertthai1, General Manager at Beyond Resort Khaolak, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Dear Sansom1978,

Christmas came early with your comment. Many thanks for your fantastic revue. Will make it difficult for us to deliver to expectations of new guests now... :-)

We hope to have you back in the near future


Happy festive days

Robert Frei, GM & the BRKL Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We stayed at Beyond Resort Khao Lak for one week in December 2012 with a group attending a retreat. What a great choice the organiser of the retreat made! My husband daughter and I had the best holiday ever.
We had previously travelled throughout Thailand but never to Khao Lak so this was new adventure. The staff are beautiful Thai people, friendly, gentle, helpful and always had a smile. Though English is not their first language, they made a real effort to understand us and make our holiday especially memorable. The rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable.
The pools, gardens and facilities were exceptionally well maintained and the atmosphere was magic. We returned home with photos from around the resort which our family thought were postcards. Each afternoon we had drinks on the beach, while the magnificent sunsets took our breath away!
We will never forget the restaurant meals. We love Thai food and the chef at Beyond Resrt has to be congratulated as this was the best ever. Pad Thai at the beach restaurant and green chicken curry at Siam.....it is worth returning just to experience these dishes again.
During our stay all guests were invited to celebrate the resorts 1st birthday with a cocktail party on the beach. It was a double celebration as it was also the Kings birthday and we were given the opportunity to participate in releasing 'Thai' balloons. What a beautiful and unforgetable experience. The sight of 365 glowing balloons sailing through the night sky!
We would especially like to thank the manager, Robert, who went out of his way to help my daughter organise delivery of a purchase from a store in Kao Lak back to the resort. We met Robert many times around the resort during our stay.His attention to detail and friendly interaction with staff and guests ensure this resort is efficiently and effectively managed.
Another highlight of our week was the cooking class. Special thanks to Nan, Prawit Tawilpol (head chef) and the other kitchen staff. Our cooking experience was exciting, fun and very memorable. I hope to create those beautiful Thai meals at home and impress family and friends with my new culinary skills!
Did I mention the relaxing massages and treatments at the spa or by the pool? WOW!
I cannot recommend this resort highly enough. Everything was perfect.

Room Tip: All rooms are perfect!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Robertthai1, General Manager at Beyond Resort Khaolak, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Dear Heather and family,

Thanks for your great review of our Resort. Being the winner of the " Luxury Hotel Award 2012" for best new Costal resort, we try every effort to match the award with the actual experience in the Hotel.
It was such a pleasure having you and the participants of the Beyond Success group with us, i trust the fun was equally shared between you and our side...
We sincerely hope that the word in Australia will be spread a bit, and we are looking forward to welcome many " Aussi's " in the near future. Again , too bad Qantas and Flight Center are not yet on-board here, but i guess its a question of time and demand.
Cooking fun at BRKL; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-EUoSROpVs


Looking forwward to have you here again soon and happy festive days

Robert Frei, GM & The BRKL Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We have just returned home from the most wonderful, relaxing & rejuvenating week at Beyond Resort Khaolak. A little over an hour from Phuket, it is nestled in a quiet, peaceful area away from the madding crowds. The resort has around 150 individual villas, all air conditioned, extremely spacious and beautifully appointed. The staff couldn't have been more help and the food was absolutely amazing, no matter where we ate. The pools and entertaining area all overlook the clean, serene beach - very very inviting. Everyone loved the services provided by the spa with many re-booking for further treatments after their initial experiences.
The resort celebrated its first birthday while we were there which also coincided with the King's birthday. All guests were invited to a special celebration of both where we enjoyed a cocktail function and had the delightful pleasure of being involved in a special Thai tradition of sending off about 365 small paper hot air balloons. It was quite an emotional experience and very touching watching them take off on mass into the night. Thank you for the chance to have this experience. Although we had seen a few set off down the beach over our evenings there, the mass experience was something very special.
It was our participation in a conference held here that originally took us to this place and I have to say the staff went well beyond all our expectations to ensure that every person felt welcome and that every need was met. Nothing was too much trouble and they went well out of their way to ensure that our experience was well above our expectations. In fact we all loved it so much, for the first time we are aware of, the company has re-booked their annual event to return here next year and most of the attendees have already re-booked too.
We live a very hectic life at home and the slow pace of life here was exactly what we needed to refresh ourselves. Although just disappearing into the resort was so inviting there was also many other options to take tours, etc if we wished. I also took a cooking class within the resort which I couldn't recommend more. Not only did we have a lot of fun learning with the resort's head chef and his team, but we also got to enjoy all we cooked in the setting of the Siam restaurant - more food than we could possibly eat and, under the watchful eye of our teachers, almost as good as what they would have cooked for us. Very highly recommend this experience.
Thank you to both you Robert and all of your team for making our stay so enjoyable. We have had a wonderful time and everything was so much more than we expected with the exception of the bill which was a delightful surprise when it came time to leave. Thank you for having us and we greatly looking forward to coming back to visit you all again next year.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Robertthai1, General Manager at Beyond Resort Khaolak, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Dear Carolyn,

Thanks for your great response. It was so much fun having your group with us, we can't wait to have you back in 2013. It's just too bad that the "BIG" boys in Australia, Flight Center and Qantas Holidays are not (yet) adding the resort in their portfolio, but i trust once the people in charge take a day or 2 break here, we will be on top of their best selling hotels in the region in no time.
Again thanks for your visit, management and staff are proud to read your comments.

very best regards from all of us

Robert Frei, GM, & The BRKL Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

beyond resort really was a fantastic holiday,we upgraded to a palm villa,which was close to the pool and beach,also we were given daily fruit and newspapers, the room was very large and comfortable.
We also enjoyed the complimentary outdoor massages and being invited to the cocktail party,s,where we met the manager of the resort Robert,who we would like to say a very special thankyou to for making our wedding anniversary very memorable by having cake and champagne delivered to our room. The staff in the resort are all very pleasant and hardworking,especially Bump and Ardy at the pool bar who tried to teach us to speak Thai,also Nong by the poolside, who looked after our belongings when it rained,we would also like to mention Kwang on the reception for all her assistance.Keep up the standards and we will be back to stay in paradise

Room Tip: choose room 1309 near pool and beach,palm villa
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robertthai1, General Manager at Beyond Resort Khaolak, responded to this review, December 8, 2012
Dear Chaucerclan,

Grateful for your response. Room 1309, by the way, is a Palm Villa "Premier", our first upgrade level from the Palm Villas and only bookable through the hotel this year. Happy to see that your Wedding Anniversary will be one to be remembered. I can assure you of the same standard of service also in our sister property, the Beyond Resort Krabi. Maybe a fifty-fifty stay the next time, minimum 5 nights in each hotel and we offer the 2 hour ride between the hotels for free too.
Anyway it was fun to have you here and hopefully back soon again in one of the properties of the Kata Group

All the best for the festive days ahead

Robert Frei, GM and the BRKL Team
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Address: 9 / 69 Moo 1, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 60 Hotels in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Beyond Resort Khaolak 4*
Number of rooms: 177
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Creating memories, in romantic location... Beyond Resort Khaolak." Unspoiled sands, untouched nature, and undisturbed relaxation; Beyond Resort Khaolak is situated an hour north from Phuket International Airport. Famed for its white beaches, slow life style, and natural surroundings Khaolak is the quieter alternative to Phuket. Jungle-clad mountains, nature-based excursions, and boat rides are activities of choice. On the beach, looking out towards the Andaman Sea nothing stands in-between you and horizon's edge. Offering 177 luxurious villas in contemporary Thai-Style, Beyond Resort Khaolak brings the finer things in life right to your villa door.For our active guests we now offer Scuba Diving all year round.Note, this is an couples resort and allow only guests age 18 and older. Please note that if you pay your hotelbill by credit Card the hotel will charge you a 2% bank processing fee ... more   less 
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