We are a family of four (kids ages 5 and 7) interested in staying in khao lak in December. We are trying to decide between the Le Meridien, JW Marriott and The Sands. Can anyone offer any advice on these hotels? We were also told that White Sands Beach is lovely. Are any of these hotels on this beach or are there any hotels in the above class on this beach? One last question: is it easy to do a. Day trip to the Similan Islands from khao lak?