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Khaolak Bhandari Resort and Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   26/25 Moo 7, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #8 of 60 hotels in Khao Lak
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous location, fabulous hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We stayed at The Khaolak Bhandari resort at the end of February into the first week of March and I think I can honestly say that this is probably one of the best Hotels we have stayed at in our 30 years of travelling the world. We had room 314, initially disappointed because generally we like first floor rooms, but after just a few hours we realised that the peace and quiet of the corner position looking out over the Relaxation Pavillion and Lily Pond was actually superb!
Our stay just got better and better as the days went by, breakfast in the restaurant was excellent, plenty of everything and a very good selection to suit all tastes, even proper bacon for us British who, despite being abroad, do enjoy our Bacon & Eggs!
Staff at the Hotel were without exception, brilliant, always happy to help, always smiling and with a very good command of English, rooms were cleaned / serviced twice a day and were immaculately clean, veranda's or balconies are spacious and comfortable. Gardens in The Bhandari Resort are immaculately groomed and maintained adding a really enjoyable feeling to walking around the Hotel. The Hotel has an excellent pool with plenty of sunbeds and a Poolside Bar that serves very good food at lunchtime at very reasonable prices.
The Big Tree Restaurant sited at the entrance to the Hotel grounds offers truly excellent food at reasonable prices, perfect if you don't want to walk to the main street, the bar is comfortable and the staff, as everywhere else in this Hotel, are extremely courteous, friendly and helpful.
Venturing out of the Hotel, turning left and then left again will lead to the main street with a huge variety of restaurants, shops and supermarkets, we tried somewhere different most nights, but felt drawn back to a couple in particular, MoJo's (Roast Duck in Orange Sauce - Fabulous!) again service was excellent and although it is not really fair to single out any staff, Kook Kai was our server and was really lovely, she also serves in one of our other favourites Khaolak Seafood, the third favourite, Sala Restaurant, sometimes service can be a bit slow, but the food was excellent. Throughout our stay we only had one poor meal at one of the main street restaurants, sadly I can't remember the name of it to warn others, but it sported plastic chequered table cloths and plastic patio type chairs, that should have been a hint really!
Our other let down was Indigo Restaurant, nicely situated on the beach but with prices starting at around 1500TBH (£30) per person for a main course, there are other hostelries on the beach front like Nangthong Beach Resort where prices are much more sensible. At Indigo be prepared to pay £70 - £80 per couple with drinks.
We took a couple of trips, one to the Phi Phi Islands with our tour operator and one to The Similan Islands with a local tour operator and of the two the local operator was without question the better run and operated, they leave earlier in the morning and tend to miss the huge volume of tour boats at the popular beaches where Thomson leave later, take 90 minutes to get to the Marina in Phuket and consequently arrive at the various Islands at the same time as every other boat resulting in overcrowding and limited space in which to swim because of the number of boats taking up mooring space on a relatively small beach. Having said that, the actual locations are beautiful, with white sand and crystal clear water. Our other criticism of the Thomson run Phi Phi Islands trip was the number of stops and getting on and off the boat, often into water and via a thin rung ladder, quite difficult if you have any health issues.
Our trip the the Similan Islands was a really well run experience, we went with Khao Lak Land Discovery, and would recommend this operator they are really well organised.
We also visited the Orchid & Butterfly Farm, bit of a waste of time really, very few Orchids in bloom and only about 5 or 6 different types of butterfly, perhaps this improves later in the year, I don't really know but wouldn't bother again.
Our holiday in Khaolak was without question one of the best we have ever had, certainly made all the better by our fabulous Hotel, The Bhandari Resort, when we go back to Thailand we will certainly be staying there again.

  • Stayed February 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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KhaolakBhandari, Assistant Managing Director at Khaolak Bhandari Resort and Spa, responded to this review, May 16, 2014
Dear Valued guest,

Sawasdee Kha
Warm greeting from Khaolak Bhandari Resort & Spa
Thank you very much for your review on tripadvisor and I am really enjoy reading through this. Also I am really happy to know that you had a great time in bhandari in every way. We are always looking forward to welcome you back again in Bhandari family ka :)

With my best regards,
Praire
Assistant Managing Director
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Khaolak Bhandari from the 24th until the 30th of April 2014. I have to say it is such a beautifully maintained hotel. The buildings and rooms were lovely but the hotel gardens were just amazing. Every day the gardening team were out tidying and looking after the grounds and always with a smile and a hello. Our room was a Thai style Chalet which was very nice and with an amazing view of the gardens and the hills beyond. It was quite a view and especially when we had thunder and lightning one night when we could see the whole area light up all whilst sat in the comfort of our room. The staff at the hotel are also wonderful. Nothing is too much trouble, everyone says hello and with a big smile. A credit to the Hotel and themselves. I would certainly recommend the hotel if you are staying in Khao Lak.

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  • 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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KhaolakBhandari, Assistant Managing Director at Khaolak Bhandari Resort and Spa, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Sawasdee Kha
Warm greeting from Khaolak Bhandari Resort & Spa
Thank you very much for your review on tripadvisor. I am glad to know that you really enjoyed holiday with us here in Bhandari village with our greenery garden because we know this is what our guests are dreaming for holiday :)

Thank you very much for choosing us on your recent holiday in Khao Lak and we are looking forward to welcome you back again on your next visit ka

With my best regards,
Praire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

After a long flight from Gatwick we arrived at the Bandari at 07.00, only to be told our room wouldnt be ready until 14.00(NOT happy) but all credit to the hotel, we got into our room about 09.15. We had a very relaxing time here & would return, all the staff were very freindly & polite.
Plenty of sun beds at all times of the day.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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KhaolakBhandari, Assistant Managing Director at Khaolak Bhandari Resort and Spa, responded to this review, April 27, 2014
Dear Value Guest,

Sawasdee Kha
Warm greeting from Khaolak Bhandari Resort & Spa
Thank you very much for your review on tripadvisor. I am really sorry that we cannot provide the room when you checked in early in the morning because our hotel is quite busy at this time however I am happy to hear that you have got the room later very soon and you enjoyed holiday with us until the rest of your stay.

Thank you very much for choosing us on your recent holiday and we are really looking forward to welcome you back in Bhandari family again.

With my best regards,
Praire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

we stayed in the bungalow next to the pool, it was the best value for money during all my travels.
the bungalow has almost 2 rooms, a big bathroom with bath and showers sperated. the staff is really nice and smiling all the time, the pool is a bit salty which is great because there is no chlorine in it. the food is tasty and the surrounding area is really taken care very beautifully.
i recommend very highly.

Room Tip: the bungalows are amazing
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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KhaolakBhandari, Assistant Managing Director at Khaolak Bhandari Resort and Spa, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Valued guest,

Sawasdee Kha
Warm greeting from Khaolak Bhandari Resort & Spa
Thank you very much for your review on tripadvisor. I am happy that our staffs' services, our food, and our hotel make you feel luxury. Also you enjoyed you stay with us is always lovely to hear :)

Thank you very much for choosing us on your recent holiday and we are looking forward to welcome you back again in the near future.

With my best regards,
Praire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

My husband and I spent one night there as a little getaway during the SongKran Festival. The hotel is nice and comfortable and good value for money.

We stay in the Thai Style Chalet which is large in size and the bed is comfortable. a good night sleep.

The Swimming pool is not big but it's a water water pool so it's a nice experience.

The beach is only a short walk away. However, this part of the beach is not the best.

Breakfast selection is not extensive but more than sufficient.

  • 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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KhaolakBhandari, Assistant Managing Director at Khaolak Bhandari Resort and Spa, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Valued guest,

Sawasdee Kha
Warm greeting from Khaolak Bhandari Resort & Spa
Thank you very much for your review on tripadvisor.
I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and I hope the experience of our salt water pool is nice as well :)

Thank you very much for choosing us on your recent holiday and we are looking forward to welcome you back again in our resort

With my best regards,
Praire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Just returned from two weeks of heaven staying at the Bhandari Resort and Spa.
We stayed at room 128 Bungalow which was beautiful and clean with fresh coffee/tea/sugar etc and water provided each day, room cleaned immaculately by our lovely Room Maid Sor. We also viewed a Chalet room which was just as great as the bungalow. These rooms are all big with nice bathrooms fresh towels each day, bed linen etc.
The bhandari is perfectly located being close to all the shops and restaurants but also having a great restaurant and bar on site serving great meals and two happy hours!!!
The level of service by every single member of staff was lovely with a smile each day from everybody.When I stupidly left my jacket on the first day in reception, not only did they find it a fortnight later when I realised I had misplaced it, but had it washed and pressed for me this will give you some idea of the level of service you can expect. The swimming pool and gardens were immaculate and the smell of Jasmine down the pathways is fabulous.
Many thanks for making our first trip to Thailand so memorable.

Andy and Karan

  • Stayed March 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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KhaolakBhandari, Assistant Managing Director at Khaolak Bhandari Resort and Spa, responded to this review, April 13, 2014
Dear Andy and Karan,

Sawasdee Kha
Warm greeting from Khaolak Bhandari Resort and Spa.
Thank you very much for your review on tripadvisor. I am very happy to read through all your review about our room, our facilities and especially all our our staffs compliments from you. I am sure to pass your special compliments to them all ka.

Thank you very much for choosing us on your recent holiday to Khao Lak and we are hoping to welcome you back again in Bhandari family in the near future

With my best regards,
Praire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Had a fantastic time at this hotel, we werere in a Thai style chalet with stunning views to the hill side and over the well kept gardens of the hotel. Room was great with more than enough space with nice bathroom and balcony which was nice to sit outside in the evening as the day cooled.
The staff were helpful and always had a smile on there face and were always on hand if you had a problem(not that we encountered any).
Breakfast was nice, clean and well presented and there was enough choice for what ever you fancied, which kept us going for the day.
Pool was nice and clean and enough sunbeds for all the guests with the waiters on hand for your refreshments, my only concern about the pool was the slope into it which was quite slippy and does really need altering, but there was steps in and out so can be avoided.
Location of the hotel was spot on and easily the best located to the town and beach, the main high street was a short walk of 5 mins and the beach only a 1 minutes walk, although your close to both its still very quiet and tranquil and you dont need to be driven in like other hotels provided for there guests due to being quite a distance away.
We had a fantastic time and will be going again.
thanks
gareth

Room Tip: thai style chalet room 422, by far the best room for views
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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KhaolakBhandari, Assistant Managing Director at Khaolak Bhandari Resort and Spa, responded to this review, April 9, 2014
Dear Gareth,

Sawasdee Kha
Warm greeting from Khaoloak Bhandari Resort & Spa
Thank you very much for sharing your review on tripadvisor. I am very glad to know your feedback about you stay, also your suggestion about pool slope, our team has noted this information and we are on progress to adjust the slope in order to prevent any accidents because your safety is our primary concern. I would like to say thank you very much for your kind information.

Thank you again for choosing us on your recent holiday and we are looking forward to welcome you back again in Bhandari family
With my best regards,
Praire
Assistant Managing Director
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Address: 26/25 Moo 7, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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#5 Spa Hotel in Khao Lak
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