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“LOOKS LIKE A NICE RESORT” 4 of 5 stars
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Wanaburee Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   26/11 Moo 7 Petchasem Rd. | Khuk Khak Takuapa, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #33 of 60 hotels in Khao Lak
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“LOOKS LIKE A NICE RESORT”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Whilst we stayed next door to this resort, we did pop over a couple of times and have lunch
staff were very welcoming, and food was of a very good standard, and similar in price to the other hotels in the area. The new beach front rooms/villas looked nice, but pool was very small.
It is on the beach, so no real problem there, although you are not allowed sun beds from hotels on the beach in Khao Lak. easily overcome, just take your own Lilo's with you as we did

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stumbled across Wanaburee after deciding to move from the busier Khao Lak resort next door due to noisy children in the rooms around us at night. We were after a more romantic, peaceful experience and Wanaburee ticked all the boxes for us. The resort is a beautiful jungle retreat with abundant wildlife, a small lagoon and well placed estates/bungalows. The resort has a boutique feel and was only at 30% capacity when we were there so we felt like we were on our own in this hidden paradise! So much so that we became good friends with Salinee one of the hotel managers who was a delight! Nothing was too much trouble and she was always smiling and full of good tips and advice. This place suited us perfectly, and i will miss having a massage on the beach listening to the waves.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Overall, very good. All staffs was very very nice, some of them don't understand english but it did not bother me. Nice buffet breakfast. I stayed 2 nights in Estate Room top floor. Wish i could stay longer. Only wifi signal was poor from my room. In front of the beach, beach bar, massage, got everything to offer.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We did not stay here but went through the hotel which is quite narrow and long going down to the beach. The rooms looked very nice from the outside and the gardens are very tropical as the hotel is on a slope town from the hills at one end of Khao Lak. We went for a meal that I booked on the beach as a repeat of the same that we did 4 years ago. We were staying at the other end of town this time and I emailed Wanaburee to see if they still did tables on the beach and could we book if they did and this was all handled very well and we were booked.

There is a restaurant next to the pool overlooking the beach and they had laid out two tables for us and another couple out on the beach itself ( no extra cost ) near where they had a display of seafood and a barbecue. The service was really nice and friendly and we had a great meal under the stars with the waves lapping, very romantic. I think the other couple may have been honeymooners as they were a lot younger and asked us to take a photo etc. and they also seemed very happy. So, I cannot review the rooms and what it is like to stay there and this restaurant is not on the Khao Lak restaurant list as in a hotel but is is worth a visit if you want a quiet meal on the beach. Wanaburee is right next to Khao Lak Resort so if staying there you can pop along.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

Second leg of a relaxing break having stayed a week at the rest detail in hua hin. Upon arrival we were greeted with drinks and cold towel. We were then told we had been upgraded. Service was very good and always with a smile.

Upon arrival in the caurasina suite we were instantly disappointed. The room was ok but rather dark and dingy, especially the bathroom which also smelt musty. The back of the villa had an outside area with a outside jacuzzi. This sounded nice but when we saw it it was not! It looked dirty and with closer inspection we noticed the water had tadpoles in it! Given my wife was 3 months pregnant I went straight to reception to complain and seriously considered phoning our kuoni rep to demand a transfer. After speaking to Sally (who was excellent and got poached from a rival hotel) she immediately got the jacuzzi drained scabbed and cleaned. Despite this we were not keen to use as the area was very closed and dark, the complete opposite of our private jacuzzi at the rest detail in hua hin. Khoa lak is full of wildlife and the frogs came out every evening to use the jacuzzi so it was completely impractical.

We stayed in the caurasina for 3 nights and they eventually got us in a rendezvous villa, number 5. What a difference! More open, nice outside shower and more natural light.

The food and service at the wanaburee was excellent, with the team friendly and attentive. Nick was a great host and the team were always smiling. Prices were very reasonable and included service charge and tax. Khoa lak is a short taxi (100bht) from the hotel or a 15 min walk. There is wifi zone at reception which was free, it would have been nice if they had it on the beachfront, I think they are planning to do this.

The 2 pools were disappointing but the beach was beautiful so this isn't a problem. Massages were good value at 300 baht and it was beautiful having a cocktail watching the sunset. There is also a nice bar/cafe next to the hotel on the beach which has a massage area again for just 300 baht.

Whilst there I would recommend the sea kayak trip exploring the caves near James bond island, great day out.

In summary, hotel accomo was about 3 and a half star, food 4 star and service 5 star. Enjoyed our stay there but the first 3 days in the caurasina suite did tarnish it slightly.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011 via mobile

On arrival at the hotel we were given towels and a welcome drink
We were shown to our room by Sally who also gave us a tour of the resort.
We stayed at the manor room which included a balcony main bed room and a bath room area , this area only had a shower. The room was clean and tidy.
The resort is set in the rain forest and the resort reflect this with trees,plants bushes and wild live all around you. 
We were given  a free evening meal the first night as part of the deal with Kuoni  it was just great service with a smile and good thai food.
The town of khoa lak is some 15 min walk it nothing like the main resorts like Phuket  just a sleepy village with shops 7/11 ,yes the tailors pain! restaurants massage palors.
On that note the hotel massages are only 300 Bart the same as the town and are okay.
We upgraded our room from a manor to the rendezvous room which was on the beach at a cost of £400 (10days).
The main benefit was that you  had a toilet you could use while on the beach  as there are no toilets at the beach or at the beach restaurant.
If you do not mind a walk do not upgrade,I would not if I had the choice again.
The bed you had to climb up a wooden platform which would not suit an older couple with walking problems.

The last day . We asked if we could hold the room for an extra 3 hours as we were informed that nobody had booked the room.The management decided that they would allow us to stay in in the room at a cost of 1000bart per hour this is how they treat you after staying with them for 17days ,yes it is a business , but they! What about customer relations!!!!!!!

In conclusion the staff where happy helpful and always had a smile for their customers. Having said that we did not see one of the senior managers of this small complex of 38 rooms in our stay of 17nights.
Improvements should include toilets at the beach area, tables with the sun lounges at the beach and to add a small touch bring around cold water to the sun beds during the day.

The send off from the team was good and a number of them saw us the taxi.
Now the long journey home

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

We have just had 19 days of pure relaxation, the staff could not have been more helpful they would go that extra mile to make our holiday one to remember. We stayed in the beach front Rendevous villas very spacious, the fridge was empty so you have the choice to stock yourself or have the hotel stock it.
The hotel food was of a very good quality, reasonably priced, and many restaurants within walking distance in particular Sand and Sea 2

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 26/11 Moo 7 Petchasem Rd. | Khuk Khak Takuapa, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#22 Luxury Hotel in Khao Lak
#24 On the Beach Hotel in Khao Lak
#31 Romantic Hotel in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Wanaburee Resort 4*
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