Merlin Beach was great. Everything from front desk to house keeping, service was amazing.
Having 3 different pools was great, pictures definitely do the place justice as everything you see online is exactly what you get.
Swim-up bar is great, having a drink or food whenever you want and being able to charge back to the room is a great idea.
Happy hour at the bar inside the hotel lobby near reception is what I would say to anyone who asked for advice! There are 2 happy hours (from memory 5-7 and then 9-11) which make the drinks dirt cheap! And they are more than happy for you to order numerous so that you can have happy hour.
Recommend this place to anybody looking a great hotel in a great location away from the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach strip.
Will definitely be back!!!