We also visited The Sands after purchasing a "too good to be true" package voucher. What we found was that The Sands provided everything promised and so much more. Every member of the staff were friendly and welcoming, always with a smile and a greeting. Rooms were spotlessly clean and the food plentiful and delicious. Happy hour (AU$3.50) cocktails were a winner as were the two for one (due to 'low' season) spa treatments. Our daily massage (included in our package) was always amazing, whether under the beach pavilion listening to the waves crashing or in the spa (during the few but inevitable wet monsoon days). We took the option of the 'health walk' with Dom which is 3km down to and through Lamru National Park - well worth the hot, sweaty walk but we were even happier to score a one way lift back to the Resort! There are many other resort activities too - something for everyone, including plenty of options for if the weather is not ideal. Everything promised on the package deal was delivered willingly and happily by the team at The Sands. In the end we did very little sightseeing as we just enjoyed the atmosphere of The Sands so much and it was a wonderful place to rejuvenate and relax. We unwound so much that it felt we were away far longer than 8 days. We travelled as a couple and found The Sands to be very suitable for a romantic getaway. However, the resort is also very family friendly and seems to have plenty of space for everyone to 'do their thing' without any interference to others. Rooms were very quiet too, so we could easily sleep-in, even though there were kids playing in the pool just downstairs from us. We couldn't hear them at all until we opened our balcony door. I also thought it was a really nice touch that the 'Peace Pool' (kids free zone) is child friendly during Happy Hour at the Coconut Bar - best of both worlds! I have to mention the sunsets too - WOW! The Sands is a large resort, so not your thing if you are looking for a grassroots, authentic Thai experience. But for everyone else - you will love it!