Two couples just returned from an 8 night luxury escape package. Our rooms were deluxe suites with pool access which we would highly recommend. The bed which was huge was quite firm so if you want a softer mattress request a pillow top.
Mai Khaolak is 1.5 hours from Phuket but we actually liked being away from the hustle and bustle. Only disadvantage is distance to reach major attractions because these were often near Phuket. There is a market in Khaolak on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. We used a tuk tuk, located on beachfront, to get there and back and for the 4 of us it cost 300 baht (just under $10 AUD) each way. Traders at the markets want you to barter so start low and you might score a bargain.
The resort was not heavily booked when we travelled which was great because the pool was quieter and we were able to take advantage of the inclusions we had as part of our package. The weather was still hot but we did get quite a bit of rain. We kept an eye on the weather forecast and were lucky to have clear weather when we did our tours. If you have a package that includes massages etc book your appointments as soon as you check in because Mind Spa is only open between 11:00-8:00 pm and appointments fill up very quickly - you could experience difficulty getting appointments if the resort is busy.
We booked our tours through Agent Chai on the beachfront and because our travel group was 4 we had exclusive use of his services. We did the Anda Adventure elephant trek, a trip to Patong to see the Simon Cabaret and do some shopping and the James Bond Island tour. During the low season snorkelling tours don't take place because the sea can be rough. We thoroughly enjoyed the tours we did - thank you Chai!
Food at the resort was OK but breakfast in the Mangrove restaurant was often cold so we learnt quickly to order eggs and they came out hot. We noted someone complaining about this and the next day the Bain Marie's were being heated which was a much needed improvement. Having cruised a lot we would suggest all restaurants install a anti-bacterial cleansing station to avoid cross contamination.
We had dinner twice at the beachfront restaurant left of the resort and it was fantastic and extremely affordable eg 2 courses plus 4 cocktails cost 840 baht ($27 AUD) for 2 - bargain!
Happy hour (1-6:00 pm) at both the resort and the beachfront is another bonus - 100 baht ($3.30 AUD) although we visited a 7 Eleven twice and purchased beer and spirits to have in our room which were half the price of the happy hour.
Staff at the resort were very helpful although many had limited English which sometimes proved difficult when trying to communicate.
Overall we had a wonderful relaxing time at Mai Khaolak and would highly recommend the resort. Try to travel outside of the high season because we understand it gets very busy with families from Scandinavia and Sweden during this time so if wanting a quiet break as a couple you would be disappointed.
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