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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 #20 of 60 Hotels in Khao Lak
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Adelaide, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Very nice modern resort in a great location. My wife and I stayed here for 6 nights in a pool access room which was very clean, large and well appointed.
After staying there though, would have probably have preferred to have stayed in one of the beach bungalows, as they seem to have a bit more privacy which can be a small issue with the pool access rooms.
The resort itself is great, staff fantastic, nice pools (although I did find the water a bit warm!), brilliant beachfront and beautiful gardens.
Apart from breakfast, which was very good, we only tried the restaurant once and it was nice, with a good choice of Thai or western food. The reason we only ate here once though, is because directly across the road from the resort is the FANTASTIC 'Everyday" restaurant. I urge everybody to try it, the best Thai food bar none!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, May 5, 2014
Dear Matthew H,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor.

The team are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We do hope we will get the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dorset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Stayed here Bed and Breakfast for seven nights at the end of April. The hotel is spice and span and the staff and gardeners are always on the go keeping things tidy. All the staff are friendly and very happy to help although the language barrier can be problematic at times. That said we always managed to sort out minor problems. The pools and beach are lovely and there was never any difficulty getting a sunbed. We only had breakfast in the main restaurant, the quality is fine although the fruit juices are cordial rather than fresh fruit. As the hotel is so handy for the main centre of Koh Lak we ate out almost every night, many good quality restaurants are right on the doorstep. We did eat in at the hotels "Kulinarium" and found that although it was little more expensive than eating out the quality of the food was excellent. While staying in Koh Lak consider booking excursions while you are out for a meal in the evening EcoKohlak is a short walk away from the hotel (turn left out of the drive) they are very friendly and their pricing is competitive. Another tour company have a desk in the lobby but we found them a bit less flexible and a bit more expensive.
Our room was a double delux on the third floor in the block closest to reception(3133) the room was very new and was spacious with a balcony overlooking the three pools and we also had sea glimpses. The only down side to the balcony is that although the whole hotel is no smoking inside it does mean that smokers take refuge on their balconies and as a non smoker it is almost impossible to use yours without finding one of you neighbours outside smoking..
In summary a very nice hotel in a nice area, with a nice beach. Would recommend.

  • Stayed April 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, May 7, 2014
Dear DwynG,

Many thanks for your recent review. I am delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay with us.

In relation to smoking at the resort - smoking is not allowed in any of our guest rooms however guests are free to smoke outside. This does include the balconies.

I am glad you tried our Kulinarium Restaurant and the delicious our chefs serve up each and every evening.

We certainly appreciate your comments and business and we hope we will get the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
Resort Manager
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

2 of us have just got back from a 7 night stay at this hotel and we are so glad we chose this hotel, it was the perfect holiday. The rooms were modern, spacious and cleaned to a high standard every day, the whole resort was spotless and very relaxing and quiet, there is no loud entertainment during the day allowing you to relax by the pool or hotels beach without any of the usual distracting and cringeworthy entertainment which goes on at many other hotels. The staff are all very polite and although the language was a bit of a barrier (some struggled with English) they really tried their best and most did understand the basics. We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis and the food on offer was varied giving the opinion of cooked breakfast, cereals, pancakes, fresh fruit etc. It was lovely to sit out on the veranda for our breakfast at the restaurant which overlooked the beach, very idyllic.

The location of the hotel is great, just a short walk down the road to lots of shops and restaurants. We ate at many of these for our lunch and evening meals and was not disappointed, lovely food and at such a good price too.

We found sun beds were always available throughout the day whether we wanted one by the beach or pool.

The reception lobby offers free WiFi (which does tend to go on and off rather frequently) but other than that we have no complaints, a lovely stay and would definitely return.

  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We stayed here for a total of 8 days in April 2014-couldn't have chosen a better place. Great beach, great pool and great service.

The resort is new and probably not as 'Thai' as it could be but the location, service, rooms and pools are all awesome.

I recommend staying here!

  • Stayed April 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 23, 2014
Dear Redgoal77,

Thank you for your review.

It is very satisfying to know you enjoyed your time with us at Sensimar.

Your comments in relation to the Thainess of our hotel will definitely be taken on board.

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
Resort Manager
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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We've just returned from a wonderful holiday in Khao Lak staying at the Sensimar, which we booked through bookings.com. On arrival we decided to upgrade to a beach bungalow and we're so glad we did. Room 5411 is in a peaceful corner at the edge of the property, perfect for soaking up the sun or for accessing the fantastic beach. The rooms are spacious, super clean and very comfortable indeed, with huge, comfortable beds.

Staff are friendly and helpful, and go the extra mile to make sure you have an enjoyable holiday. It was my birthday during our stay and while we were out one of the housekeeping team spotted the cards and arranged for a cake and sparkling wine to be delivered to the room. I gather other guests have experienced similar on anniversaries etc, and it really is a nice touch on the part of the hotel. I'm afraid to say that the cake didn't last long and due to that and all the other fab food we ate, both my hubby and I are now on diets!

This brings me to meals at the Sensimar. Breakfasts are great, with plenty of choice whether your preference is for continental, full english/american or spicy asian. There's lots of fresh fruit on offer and you never have to wait long for someone to fill up your tea or coffee cup, though there's also a station where you can make your own if you like it just so. Beach bar lunches are tasty, though the menu for these isn't extensive. Perhaps that's no bad thing. Better to do a few things well than a lot badly, and a variety of noodle dishes compliments the sandwich menu nicely. We ate out every evening so can't comment on the dinner menu, though I have no doubt the food will be of a high standard.

The garden and beach areas are peaceful havens in which to while away the day with a good book, and we enjoyed dipping into the pools and the sea to cool off, plus long walks along the beautiful beach. If you want to be more active there's plenty to do in the area, and the hotel offers a range of activities on site, such as wine tasting, aquarobics, canoeing.

All in all this was one of the best holidays we've had for a long time and we can't wait to return. We loved every minute of our stay.

Room Tip: Beach bungalows are great, as are swim up rooms or those on a higher floor giving great views of the...
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  • Stayed April 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 23, 2014
Dear allid64,

Greetings from Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort.

Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.

I am happy to see you enjoyed our delicious breakfast buffet and our Beach Bar Menu. At the Beach Bar we offer a somewhat limited menu that is prepared right in front of you at our live cooking station. We tend to focus on delicious Thai food and a good price for our guests.

We hope we will get the opportunity to welcome you back at some point in the future.

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
Resort Manager
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Brantford, Ontario
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I have just returned from Sensimar Khaolak and had a wonderful stay. It was great to see they enforce the no saving of chair policy before 930 am. Some tourist still try this awful selfish habit but is was good to see the staff taking the towels etc off and leaving a note to tell tourist it was not acceptable.
The rooms are beautiful, clean and modern. They have CD players for your use.
We did change rooms as the first room they gave was up the mountain and it was hard going up and down the stairs to the beach & restaurant. We were changed to the pool area at the bottom of the hill after a couple of days. They do have another pool in the mountain area, so they have 4 pools at this resort.
I do love children but when you do not have children with you it is nice not to have the noise of other peoples kids. This being an adult only resort was one of the reasons we picked it.
We never ate in the evening at the resort but the breakfast buffet has a great selection.
If I ever come to Khao Lak area again I would have no hesitation of booking this resort once more.
In closing, the staff are what makes this resort more enjoyable they are so kind, always smile and greet you. Thank you for making this a wonderful holiday. The only complaint would be that I could not stay longer.

Room Tip: Ask for a room not up the mountain.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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, April 20, 2014
Dear frankandgordon,

Greetings from Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort,

Thank you for your very positive review.

We do our best in relation to the reservation of sunbeds. Its a problem all resorts face but we try to be proactive with this issue.

Thank you very much for your compliments on the team. We have a great team here of people who there very best to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time.

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
Resort Manager
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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We stayed here for 4 days in April, booked through hotels.com and it was the third of 4 centres on a 17 night, first holiday in Thailand. The Sensimar was chosen due to its number of pools, its proximity to the beach, its age (only a year or so old) and value for money. Apart from our first night, which caught the end of Songkran, the room rate was less than GBP40 for the two of us, including breakfast, in a pool access room.
The rooms are large, spacious and cool and I very much like the modern bathroom layout, where the sink is outside of the shower/bathroom. The walk in drench shower is a dream and the bed is an enormous queen size, at least.
There is plenty of storage, a large safe and a full sized refrigerator in the room, handy for our purchases from a local 7/11.
Although we did not eat dinner here, the breakfast buffet was enormous with so much choice and the bar snacks we enjoyed were large and good value for money. Happy Hour was 4 - 5pm and it is probably the best that it was just one hour, as the range of cocktails priced at Thb100 certainly had "some kick"!
While staying in Khao Lak we wanted to see some of the local area so knew we would not be lounging around the hotel so much: but when we were here, as it is a child-free resort, it was quiet and relaxing.
The staff were friendly and hepful, with Randy helping us with our boarding passes for the next leg of our journey.
A really good choice for a 4 night stay in Khao Lak - and there is a highly rated restaurant called Everyday, right outside the gates of Sensimar, should you fancy a change with some local food in a different environment from your hotel.
Antler.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Ciaran M, General Manager at Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort, responded to this review, April 20, 2014
Dear AnthlerDubai,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us.

I am very happy to see you enjoyed your time here with us.

Thank you for your compliments on our happy hour at the Pool Bar.

We hope that we will see you in the 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 #20 of 60 Hotels in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 140
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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