After a couple of days in Bangkok my wife and I moved on to Khaolak and the Sensimar Beachfront Resort. The hotel is very new, so one can't fault the standard of the place - everything was in good condition. We stayed in a Deluxe Bungalow Beachfront and we'd definitely recommend this choice, despite it being more expensive. You have great views, easy access to the bar(!) and beach and not least it feels a lot more private. Food at the Sensimar was great, and cheap! The bathroom was really nice, cleaning services very efficient (do tip!) and all the staff were genuinely friendly. Khaolak itself is very quiet - as others have noted it's not the place for partying, but that was not the reason we were there. Highly recommended!