We stayed here for 4 nights late November 2012 (starting with 2 nights Singapore, 3 nights Bantak in Northern Thailand, 2 nights Chiang Mai). We had asked for a room high up = with balcony but didn't get it. Thought the reason was the hotel being full so didn't bother to complain. However, it turned out that only 11 rooms out of 39 were booked while we were there. Just too bad. Really TOO bad as none of the rooms on top of ours were occupied while we were there.
However, the room was very nice, quite big. Nice bathroom. The staff at reception and the bar was very nice and polite, well all the staff was polite but some of the restaurant staff lacked the friendliness we saw in Northern Thailand.
Breakfast quite nice, lots of fresh fruits, and choice of eggs (fried, omelettes, scrambled), bread, juice, cereals etc.
The garden really very nice. Very green and well kept.
The beach in front of the hotel wasn't that nice at this time. Buldozers were repairing it from storm damages. But you could walk 10 minutes to either side and find a beach all of your own, so no problem actually. In fact Haadson is the only hotel so far at this beach and road, though they are building a rather big resort at one end of the beach which might change things a bit.
However, right now, you only have Haadson - and then 2 small local restaurants just outside to the right and 2 other small ones 10 minutes walk to the left. Must say that the food at Haadson.... it tastes good but when getting a red curry duck and you only find 3 small pieces of duck.... it is more sauce and rice than meat. The food at the local restaurants is much better. The little Black and White Restaurant (rather new we believe) 10 minutes walk to the left is really good, and very good service! Really recommendable!
We wanted to go for a snorkel trip to either Surin or Similian Islands but our bartender told us that he had heard the corals were all dead now and the islands very touristic. Instead he recommended a small island near Surin Island, Tachai. It was the 2nd season tours were made to this island. The prices of the tours when booking from the hotel, however, were rather high, so we took the shuttle bus to Khao Lak town (nothing special there) and bought the trip for ½ the price. And we can really recommend a snorkling trip to this island. We had the most fantastic guide and yes the corals are all dead! Which is too bad. But there were loads of all kinds of fish. It was a great experience. At the island - we were only 5-6 boats each with 20-25 persons - and somehow you didn't really feel the others. We had a BQ lunch at the island and a small jungle walk:) and it was worht every bath:) (later we had snorkelling trip from Phuket to Phi Phi Islands and that was really, really a horrible experience).
Conclusion - very nice hotel and staff, nice surroundings, very quiet and not a lot of sunbeds at the beaches - actually only a few in front of the hotel - and yes, we may go back, but perhaps not for 2 weeks. We will never go back to Phuket that is for sure - but Haadson with a little more restaurants or a beach bar or two.. that would be perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Haadson is a modern Thai style retreat. Family managed and locally staffed, Haadson is simple, stylish & unpretentious with only 39 guest rooms & villas. We are situated on 19 acres of land with tropical casuarinas trees, a natural salt water lagoon, and direct access to Bangsak beach promenade. The resort's architecture compliments the natural environment & offers a truly unique setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Haadson Resort Khao Lak
- Haadson Hotel Khao Lak