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“A good beach hotel that could be anywhere in the world” 4 of 5 stars
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Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   26/15 Moo 7 Petchkasem Road, Khuk Khak, Takuapa, | Khuek Khak, Takuapa, Khao Lak 82110, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #10 of 60 hotels in Khao Lak
Sale, United Kingdom
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“A good beach hotel that could be anywhere in the world”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We stayed at this hotel in March for two weeks, This was our eighth visit to Thailand and our second to Khao Lak. Our previous visit to the area being in 2004 prior to the tsunami.

This is an excellent beach hotel, very modern and up to date, all the fittings are good and everything works; and therein lies my only real issue with the hotel. It seems to have lost the essence and character of Thailand somewhere along the way. Yes everything is efficient; from the breakfasts, the bar staff, the cleaning etc. but there is no charm and peacefulness about the place. You could be in Cuba, or Cyprus or Malaysia or Florida. I appreciate that it is all new but everything is a bit sterile and too much like a concrete block. It needs some softening up with bougainvillea, orchids and lilies, anything really to make it more Thai and less European.
Whilst we were at the resort we walked down to the Khaolak Bayfront resort (Just past Peter Bar up the beach) and walked up the hill to the reception desk, the whole ambience was different with an aura of tranquillity and calm which you expect in Thailand.

That all said, we did have an excellent holiday here, as already mentioned the rooms were large and modern, everything was spotlessly clean, the staff were all brilliant (especially Da, on the beach) and the beach towel policy (no reserving of sunbeds prior to 09:30) all contributed to a good holiday experience, it just felt a bit "corporate".
The biggest gripe we actually had was the lighting in the room. Even with all the lights on we were stumbling around in the gloom and reading was impossible.

Happy hour at the pool bar was good value, but the hotel food was a bit pricey (for Thailand) and not very good so most of the time we ate at Peter Bar (lunchtimes) or one of the three restaurants just outside the hotel (evening).
As a small point of interest, while we were in Thailand we ate Thai food for every meal except one day when we had a slight case of "travellers tummy". We therefore decided to eat some western food at the hotel and ordered a ham and cheese toastie at the beach restaurant. What came out was disgusting...it was two pieces of bread (not toast) with a piece of processed ham and cheese slapped between them. I'm sorry but if you are going to put this on the menu then at least buy a toasted sandwich maker, (they are £10 from Argos for pity's sake), or don't serve them at all.

As a general observation we would not return to Khaolak as it has become too touristy for us with most of the restaurants serving a sort of westernised version of Thai food, which misses out on the wonderful vibrant flavours which should be present and all the shops selling cheap touristy junk.

In conclusion this is a good hotel in a good location, I just think it could have been better somehow.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Stayed at Sensimar Khao Lak for 14 days in march 14. Delicious, modern, well equiped and clean rooms. Very calm and quiet resort With very very comfortale beds, sleeping quality in worldclass. Fantastic breakfast and dinner buffet. Nice pool area and lovely Beach. The staff was very friendly and and serviceminded. The "towelmanagers" Ian and Tony are good ambassadeurs for the hotel, always smiling and very helpfull and Nice guys always in a good mood. Their Assistant "More Luck - the dog" was a very Nice mascot on the resort. The staff in the restaurant and the beachbar are very helpfull and profecional. A special greetings to Lek for funny comments.
The F & B manager James were in the restaurant every night, asking the guest if anything was OK or if we had any requests. Fantastic manager!
I will recoment this hotel for adult People who wants a quiet and relaxing vacation in fantastic surroundings. We will be back next year!!! Thanks to all the staff for a very very pleasant stay at the Sensimar Khao Lak!

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Ciaran M, General Manager at Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort, responded to this review, April 11, 2014
Dear Morten N,

Thank you very much for you kind review. It please us all to know you had a great stay with us.

All our staff do their best to make sure everyone has a great stay and its particularly pleasing to see some many of our staff has stood out to you.

We truly look forward to welcoming you back next year.

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
Resort Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful, and I'd like to compliment the staff and service; only problem being the karaoke bar behind being so loud our room vibrates...I haven't had much sleep the last 3 nights and not looking any more promising tonight either :(ast 3 nights and not looking any more promising tonight either :( Shame that this is spoiling an otherwise perfect stay. I'd advise you to request a room away from block 1 (we're currently in 1133 and it's the worst place you could be for noise!).

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ciaran M, General Manager at Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Dear Pesto2005,

Many thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor.

I believe you contacted reception about the incident after you posted on this site. The first we knew about this was from your post on TripAdvisor.

The music that you heard was coming from a local bar on the main street unrelated to the resort. Unfortunately we have no control over this. I do believe that the music ceased the next day and their was no more noise from there as they were celebrating a special occasion.

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
Resort Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

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!

Room Tip: Get a bungalow with a sea view - you won't regret it!
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Ciaran M, General Manager at Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort, responded to this review, March 25, 2014
Dear daddyOW,

Thank you much for your recent review.

I am delighted to see you enjoyed your stay with us. Your thoughts and comments are very important to us.

We hope that you will return at some point in the future.

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
Resort Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We stayed here for 6 nights at the end of a 8 night tour of Thailand. What is there not to like about this hotel, it is beautiful. Great beach location, lovely room, huge bed, walk in shower and a big bath as well. Breakfast was great, staff very helpful and always smiling. Lots and lots of restaurants nearby to try.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Ciaran M, General Manager at Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort, responded to this review, March 25, 2014
Dear Carol_A_N,

Many thanks for taking the time for reviewing us on TripAdvisor. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.

Your pictures are great and thanks for posting them.

We hope you will return at some point in the future.

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
Resort Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We stayed for 9 nights in March and loved every minute. The rooms are modern and well equipped and in a departure from the usual 'concrete' Thai mattresses, had the most comfortable beds we've ever had in Thailand.
The child free policy was a big winner for us, this is the first resort we've stayed at with the policy and normally it doesn't really bother us but don't underestimate just how peaceful things are at a pool (and generally) without kids!!
The towel policy was a great idea to stop people reserving chairs early in the morning and not occupying them until much later, people either sat in the chairs they wanted until 9:30 or the beach boys would gather up left towels and others could access the chairs.
The activities program was comprehensive and the gym was the best we've seen ( Note we only looked we were on holiday after all).
All of the staff were great, special mention to Plew in reception who competently helped us with some document printing and scanning.
Location is good, only a 10 minute walk into the main town.
Overall a really beautiful, comfortable and relaxing place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Ciaran M, General Manager at Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Dear Shoozofff,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review us here on TripAdvisor.

We are very happy to here you enjoyed your holiday and our resort.

I have passed your comments on to Khun Plew at reception and she is very appreciative.

We hope we will get the opportunity to welcome you back in the not so distant future.

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
Resort Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Having read some of the recent reviews, before, during and after our trip, the only advice i can give to the management of the sensimar is that " you can't please all of the people all of the time". Everybody will always expect something different from their holiday and after reading some reviews, i see that expectations vary wildly.
On that note, my wife and I, ( age 45, have been fortunate to have travelled well and stayed in some great hotels around the globe) had an absolutely fabulous time. We have no complaints about this hotel whatsoever.
I will however point out some observations that might help travellers make the right decision in choosing this hotel!

1. The sensimar is a German franchise and most guests are German and Scandinavian, with very few english couples, however everything is in english and all the guests converse with the thai staff in english and the staff show great effort in understanding the different nationalities.

2. The location is just perfect for the area, at the end of the "strip" so a short walk into the village for the local restaurants and shops. ( highly recommend The Gold Elephant opposite the entrance).

3. The bed and breakfast option was great for us as we really did enjoy going out and trying different restaurants. As an example, the average cost of two main meals, with rice and a bacardi & coke and a singha or chang beer was around 500 baht (£10), so very good value and the oportunity to try the local cuisine cost effectivley. However to my dislike, there is a McDonalds in the centre of town!

4. The buffet restaurant and the al a carte restaurant are great and the food selection is really good, also tastes great. However there were very few guests dining in the evening because there is very little entertainment and the the place does lack a bit of atmosphere. This I know the manager, Mr Cieran McNeil is trying hard to rectify. If you are looking for somewhere with a lively and buzzing atmosphere then you will be dissapointed.

5. The pool bar appears empty most of the day until 4pm, "Happy Hour",
100 baht (£2) for a cocktail or beer. There is no music around the pool area until this time, however i notice from past reveiws that they used to play music all the time and some guests complained about the genre of the music so Cieran was proactive and changed the format to apease some guests.

To summerise:
Even when full, this hotel is very quiet, peaceful and perfect for relaxation.
The staff make every effort to make your stay a pleasant one. Nothing is too much trouble. Very helpful and friendly staff and a lovley and clean hotel with great facilities.

Room tip: we stayed in the 3rd block on the 3rd floor, room 3331 (26th Feb - 5th March). If i had a choice of room, i would have picked this one. Central to everything and a great view from the balcony.

This was our 1st visit to Thailand and we are very glad we chose Khao Lak to experience this country and its very friendly and accomodating people.

( a marathon review i know but this hotel deserves it)

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ciaran M, General Manager at Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Dear Darren R,

Greetings from Khao Lak.

I am very happy to here you enjoyed your stay with us and your first trip to Thailand. Hopefully you will have many more.

Your thoughts, comments and observations are very important to us as a new resort.

Once again thank you for your review.

Hopefully we will get to welcome you back in the not so distant future.

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
Resort Manager
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Address: 26/15 Moo 7 Petchkasem Road, Khuk Khak, Takuapa, | Khuek Khak, Takuapa, Khao Lak 82110, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 60 hotels in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on one of the finest beach front locations in Khaolak, Khao lak beach. Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort is an extraordinary exclusive retreat, perfect for the discerning travelers who like to spend a tropical vacation in a relaxed and child-free environment. Its natural elegance, classic tropical beach charm and Malays-inspired Thai style set this resort apart from the rest.It is not just in vogue with couples or people on their honeymoon but also is a great option for parents looking for a romantic getaway and adult singles who seek to make new friends.Enjoy a well-earned, kid-free retreat amid the tropical beach landscape of Khaolak, or spice things up a little for shopping and nightlife of Khaolak Center (Bang La On). Everything you could possibly want in a tropical getaway is just a stone's throw away. ... more   less 
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