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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 #9 of 60 hotels in Khao Lak
Stockholm, Sweden
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“A wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Where do I begin? I can only repeat what has been said several times before by previous reviewers.

This hotel is modern, clean, has great food, great staff, and lies in a nice, convenient, and especially quiet location.

First of all, there's absolutely no reason to upgrade to a more expensive room. We are quite seasoned travelers, and our standard room had everything we could ever want (and then some more). Very modern and clean with a huge bed that was one of the most comfortable hotel beds we've ever slept in. We slept very good every single night. The AC worked well and provided a wonderful relief from the heat and the humidity. Lot's of space to put all of your stuff as well.

The staff was very positive and helpful, always ready to greet you with a friendly smile. There was always plenty of staff at hand, so you never had to wait to get help.

The food was very very good (especially the Thai food during lunch time). Not that much more expensive than eating out either.

The hotel grounds are well kept. There was never any problems finding two free sunbeds next to each other, and the swimming pools were all clean and comfortable.

If I have to point out something negative, it would be that there were quite a lot of insects, both in the corridors (not at all surprising since there are no doors to the corridors), and in our room itself, even though we made sure to never leave any of the doors open more than absolutely necessary. This is of course something that really can't be avoided in Thailand.

Also, in-room internet access is something that I feel should be included in the price.

In conclusion - if you're looking for somewhere to stay in Khao Lak, look no further!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ciaran M, General Manager at Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Dear Henrik85,

Thank you very much for review on TripAdvisor. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.

In relation to insects at the resort - as you say it is something that you can expect when you visit a hotel beside a national park. We of course do our best to counter this by regularly spraying to regulate mosquitoes etc. The best advice i always give people is to keep your doors closed and never leave food sitting out as this will attract ants.

Once again thank you for your review. We hope that you will return to visit us at some point in the future.

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
Resort Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I was actually in Phuket at that period of time. But because we were going to have snorkeling trips in Phang Nga tow days in a row. So I decided to stay at Khao Lak where everybody knew it was very beautiful. Yes, it is very beautiful and I was impressed about the service there as well. The staff were very nice and had the great service mind. The location is also pretty good because you could go to some places within walking distance. Some nice hotels or resort this way make you feel like you are trapped in the place but not this one. Only thing I wish I could have was free wifi at least in the room for up to 4 devices including to the room.

We were there for dinner and breakfast as we were already tired to go to anywhere for food. Their menus were PRETTY big with tons of selection of food both of Thai and international kind. I am so happy about the food there so much and again I am sorry if I can't resist to talk about food in my every single review, haha... But if you are the foodie you will like this hotel more than just the view. :)

  • Stayed April 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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Ciaran M, General Manager at Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Dear Sweetie Joanna A,

Greetings from Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort.

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Your comments are most valued.

I am very happy to hear you enjoyed the food at the resort - so is the chef i might add.

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

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights. We had a good and relaxing time at the sensimar hotel. Our room was close to the main pool and beach. The room was huge and the bed was extremely big 2x2m though very comfortable, two minor things...there was no Thai flavour and the room was quite dark though very cool.
The breakfast was average, choice of eggs, Asian breakfast and fresh fruit...unfortunately didn't notice any fresh mango and the 'juices' are not fresh and full of sugar...hard to find any healthy things as almost everything contains sugar also the yoghurt.
The pools and beach were perfect!

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ciaran M, General Manager at Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
Dear Laono,

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

We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.

In relation to our breakfast buffet we serve a wide and varied breakfast each morning consisting of European and Thai hot dishes, fresh fruit, hams and deli meats and cheeses, fresh salads, yogurts, various types of breads and pastries, a live egg station cooking freshly prepared omelettes and much much more. I certainly think their is enough for people with different tastes.

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

Kind Regards,

Ciaran McNeill
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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
Resort Manager
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

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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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 #9 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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