The film called The Impossible and great reviews on Trip Advisor helped me discover this hotel. We booked the 8 days 7 nights package at 23,999 BAHT. Look up their website for reasonable deals.
THE ROOM: We certainly love our large, airy room in the A block. An amazing all around views of the gorgeous Andaman Sea and the beautifully tended tropical gardens. There is a panorama of mountain scenery in the background too. It has a living area with its own TV. A tiny library stocked with English and German novels. A minibar with a good selection of teas. Fresh drinking water provided daily. Adequate power points to charge your personal electronic gadgets. Beds were large and firm. The reception provides adapters if you forget yours. The private balcony was massive with two loungers and a sun brolley. Cool in the mornings, but gets the full afternoon sun. There’s an outdoor shower and a Jacuzzi with good water pressure.
RECEPTION: Fast check in, good communication skills. Recommended us a lovely trip to Mo Surin Islands with Barracuda Diving when we were undecided with various choices.
HOUSEKEEPING: These people has our utmost gratitude. Amazing staffs. Kept our room very clean daily. Fresh towels both for bath and pool. Always with warm greetings and big smiles. Laundry came back on the same day.
FACILITIES AND THE BEACH: We spent our days catching some rays at the beach, or relaxing by one of the resort's 2 outdoor swimming pools, one is strictly for adults only and the other has a swim up bar. The staffs are very accommodating and served really great drinks and cocktails.
The pristine beach is very private and it stretches for a few kilometers. The sand is honey brown and soft. Reef shoes not needed to frolic with the waves, safe to go barefoot. The waves were huge at certain times of the day but it provided an infinity of fun for us!. No street peddlers to sell trinkets.There are no jet skis, parasailing or banana boats services here. You are in the wrong place if you are into all that. There was never a problem getting a lounger at the pool or in the garden area. You can order drinks from Verve 29 beachfront restaurant and they will happily serve it at the beach.
SHUTTLES: It is about 7 kms to the main center for shopping and restaurants. Shuttles to the Khao Lak Center are free however its 50 baht per pax for certain peak hours. Sometimes they go by Song Tiaws (an open truck) and other times by an air conditioned vans.
BREAKFAST: It was included in our package. Serves from 7 to 10 Am. Plenty of seats. The food selections were quite limited. There’s an egg station, they will whip up any choice of eggs you desire and we were very happy with the fresh mangoes they kept bringing out! They were fast, attentive and carried out their duties very well.
MASSAGES AND SPA: My only complaint so far- On our last day, before checkout I needed to relax and tried the Traditional Thai Massage in the Vanda Spa. The staffs could be friendlier, after all I was their first customer at 10 AM. No greetings, rather dour faced. I did not enjoy the massage. However, there are other options, the outdoor massage, under the traditional huts is priced only at 250 Baht.
TIPS: At the beach, don' t forget a DEET spray, the sand flies are really pesky after a rain shower.
Mozzie repellants are vital at all the times even during breakfast at the restaurant, after all this hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens. They are extremely aggressive here.
No Lifts - all stairs, pack light or get the rooms at lower levels.
Overall, we truly had a delightful stay at this gorgeous family friendly paradise. Wonderful and precious memories were created here. Thank you to Mr Jirasak and his wonderful team.