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“The Perfect 'Budget' Resort” 5 of 5 stars
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The Leaf on The Sands
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   40 Moo 6, Kukkak | Takuapa, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand (Formerly Andaburi Resort)   |  
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Ranked #31 of 60 Hotels in Khao Lak
Zhengzhou, China
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“The Perfect 'Budget' Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I stayed in a Villa room (7127) for four weeks during July/Aug. 2014.

Here is a map of The Leaf -
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It is fairly accurate but not exactly 'to scale'. South is top, north bottom, east left and west right.

All room types have basically the same decor/furnishings. The Chalet rooms, being newly constructed, have all new fixtures, and more natural light (more windows) than the other room types. The Superior, Deluxe & Villa (ex-Andaburi) rooms have built-in air conditioning units that some people may find a little noisy (it didn't bother me). The Chalet rooms have wall-mounted air con units (that I think) would be 'whisper quiet'. The Chalet rooms are grouped around the Leaf Pool. This 'upper' area of the resort is more open - not as much vegetation - and for lack of a better word... stark. The 'centre' of the resort is the Fun Pool with it's swim-up pool bar in the 'lower' (ex-Andaburi) area to which most people gravitate. That being said, it is a small resort, and only a matter of a few yards (meters) between the 'upper' and 'lower' areas of the resort. There is not much difference between the Superior and Deluxe rooms except the Deluxe rooms are slightly larger (2 sq. m.) and have better, in-room chairs (padded). The bathrooms in Superior & Deluxe rooms are exactly the same. The Chalet rooms have a bigger shower, and Villa rooms have a huge shower. Villa and Chalet room showers have skylights. Lighting in the bathroom was good with lights on each side of the mirror. The five, Deluxe rooms are located on the far corners of the two, 2 & 3-story 'blocks' north of the Fun Pool. The verandas on the 1st floor rooms in these blocks have access to the grounds. The verandas on the 1st floor rooms in the three 'blocks' (all Superior rooms) south of the Fun Pool are not open to the grounds (you must go out the door and 'around').

While some of the Villas immediately alongside the Fun Pool are physically closer to the pool than ones located at the ends, you have slightly farther to walk to the pool (and can't really see the pool) because of the gardens and layout of the paths. From my veranda, I could see almost the whole 'pool area'; and it is about 15m to the swim-up Pool Bar & the 0.60m-deep Children's Pool (not pictured) south end of the Fun Pool. Most (3/4) of the pool is 1.20m deep and a quarter (north west corner - bottom right of the pool on the map) is 1.80m deep. Access to the pool is from either end or the Sila Spa side - you cannot access the pool from the 'villa side' because of the bushes and trees.

The Leaf Pool is uniformly 1.24m deep with a black-tiled 'wading area' (0.36m deep) on the east side.

The Rice Barn restaurant can be accessed from the resort 'end'... or the main road (I never used the lobby/reception entrance to go in & out of the resort... unless I was coming back late at night and the road entrance was shut & locked). It offers Thai and Western food. You can order food at the Pool Bar and have it delivered to to the Fun Pool during the day. The breakfast buffet (food and service) is very good; and it has everything a 'normal' person could possibly want including an egg station - cooked to order.
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The Sila Spa currently (July/Aug 2014) has 'specials'. Among others, a 60-minute Thai Massage is 350 baht (buy 5, get a 6th 'free'); and a 60-minute Oil Massage is 1000 baht (buy 1, get 1 'free'). I never used the spa, so can't comment on the services. There is a small exercise room in the Spa with four (if I remember correctly... I didn't use it), new machines.

Unless you're a Luddite, bring a multi-outlet electrical plug/extension cord. There is only one (universal) outlet at the desk (at least in The Villas) and no outlet in the bathroom. In a pinch, you can unplug the 'table lamps' (under the bedside tables) on either side of the bed. There is a USB jack on the side of the TV (above the desk and fridge cabinet) that you can use to charge a cell phone etc. Also bring a washcloth / face cloth if you use one. Housekeeping does fantastic job and supplies daily: bar soap, shower gel, shampoo, ear buds/Q-tips, shower caps, 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, a bathmat and 2 pool towels (no idiotic 'sign out')... but no washcloths.

The room fridge is empty (no exorbitantly-priced minibar items). Melon Minimart (with coin-op laundry), a 7/11 and Khao Lak Supermart are all located within a block of the resort on the main road. As is: a pharmacy, clinic, dentists a book store and souvenir & scooter rental shops. There are several restaurants in the immediate vicinity. For really good, fresh, inexpensive Thai food and 45 baht beer (Singha, Leo & Chang), I recommend DDee Coffee House (next to Raya Divers) about 7 meters south of the Rice Barn entrance.

I could find NO fault with The Leaf. The rooms, pools and grounds are... immaculate. Service from ALL staff was excellent. They are friendly (but not familiar) and obviously well trained – they remember guests' individual idiosyncrasies... and never once did I see anyone 'playing' with their cell phone (that drives me crazy).

Yes, it's a 500m walk to the beach (but it's almost as far – 400m - from the 'cheap' rooms at the back of The Sands). However, you are not paying beachfront prices.

To 'sum it up', The Leaf offers quality (everything), with great service and fantastic value for the money. I will certainly be back.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We have just spent 12 nights at the Leaf for a family holiday which included 7 adults and a 6 month old baby.
We could not have chosen a better place to spend our holiday together.
This property is ideally situated a few minutes walk to many restaurants, supermarkets/ 7/11 stores, massage places, laundry facilities, transport and about a 5-7 minute walk to the beach through a private path beside its sister resort, the Sands.
We booked 3 villa units which were situated near the main pool and provided us with a relaxed area to sleep and also to gather for evening drinks on the deck outside the room.
The villas are basic but include a huge king bed, bar fridge, good size bathroom and adequate space for clothes.we did not use the TV but reception didn't look great
Amenities provided in the room are also basic but adequate and 2 bottles of water are included daily. Some tea and coffee and milk would be great in the rooms but easy enough to fix at the supermarkets nearby.
Air conditioners work very well but are really noisy. Free wifi works well in the rooms .
The cleaning staff do a fantastic job each day and also spent plenty of time with baby Ollie.
Guests tend to mix well around the pool and pool bar.
The staff however are the draw card.
In particular, the staff in the restaurant area every morning at breakfast were brilliant and their service went over and above what you would expect.
Every morning out table for 7 including a baby seat were ready for us on arrival
Our baby Ollie was whisked away and shared by the wonderful staff Til (Kanjana) and Pakamas ,
Sririporn, Chusri and Preecha as we enjoyed our breakfast .
These guys were amazing and we left them feeling like we were leaving family behind.
The Leaf is amazing value for money and compared to its much larger sister property, the Sands, ticked all the boxes for us.
We all enjoyed the spa facilities at the resort and agreed it was money well spent.
We probably wouldn't come back here in the low season again as we didn't see a lot of sun but all agree that a return visit in peak season would be a goal. The beach was pretty well unusable at this time which was unfortunate
If you are looking for a friendly, relaxed, easy to pass the day away resort with exceptional staff, check out the Leaf by Kathani in khao lak
Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable
And if you are looking for great nearby restaurants, try Smile and Petes bar along the beach to the right as you enter the beach

Room Tip: The villas were great
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We stayed here as we were going to a wedding at the 'sands hotel' so this was more than handy. The staff were very friendly and the rooms were nice and all with a balcony. The pool is just fantastic and you can relax with a drink in there. The grounds are peaceful and tropical giving that chilled factor! We love the value for money here and would easily stay again!

The beach is minutes away down a lane way but if you do go down to the beach make sure you find Peter Bar......there you will get a real relaxed chilled out bar with staff too match and great food!

Room Tip: My daughter went back to stay at the leaf and got a ground villa which she said was new and really n...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Brilliant resort, with incredible value for money, highly recommend, Katathani resorts are among the best in Thailand. Rooms are modern, grounds are beautiful, 2pools are awesome, pool bar is great, rice barn restaurant great for all 3 meals free breakfast is also fantastic

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

we stayed in June 2014 for 10 days in one of the villas which are quite spacious, nice quiet relaxing resort. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Ideal resort if you are wanting to just relax, just 2 mins from the main road and about 5mins to the beach. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yzerfontein, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We stayed here in May 2014 for 3 nights. Lovely room, comfortable bed, quality bathroom towels. Good breakfast served with lovely Thai food, but Western food choice available. Friendly staff. Enjoyed the pool and just lounging under umbrellas. Comfortable walk to the beach. Not too far. Only problem experienced were ample mosquitoes. Please take precaution! Gardens are beautiful and well kept. Did not make use of Spa, but loved the calming music when we passing by. Will certainly return to this hotel and recommend it to all friends and family back home.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mt gambier
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The Leaf offers good size rooms two pools and great location. Recently refurbished set amoungst tropical grounds and adequate buffet breakfast, you want be disappointed as this is true value for money.
Paul Chuck

Room Tip: Depends what you want to spend all good, near peace pool with no children or near family pool with c...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: 40 Moo 6, Kukkak | Takuapa, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand (Formerly Andaburi Resort)
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 60 Hotels in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Leaf on The Sands 3*
Number of rooms: 92
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you're a nature lover looking to relax at a budget resort within a convenient location, Khao Lak's The Leaf on The Sands is the perfect place for you! On a flatland embraced by hundreds of tropical trees and plant species, this resort is suitable for travelers of all ages.Enjoy the sounds of exotic birdsongs while cooling off in the sparkling pool as you soak up the sun. Relax all day with an ice cold drink at hand; enjoy a nature walk to the beach-- what holiday can be better?The Leaf is located in Khao Lak center, 5 minutes from Nang Thong beach ... more   less 
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