First of all, the location is a good 20 min drive from civilization, restaurants, shopping. Shuttle buses are not free. Also bike rental comes with a price tag.
Secondly, I found the beach disappointing : at low tide (which was most of the day) the sea was quite a walk away. There are 2 pools. One is plain rectangular, the other has a small bar, but no place around to put your sunbed.
The rooms are ok, but not up to theusual beautifully exotic traditional Thai decor. Except for the beach restaurant, the dining areas are big, canteen like. The cocktail bar is far from cozy (though I was told that they were going to make some alterations) and bar personnel not trained at all. We had to wait a long time for our drinks, only to discover that they were being prepared at the other end of the hotel.
Front desk personnel is friendly, but the other staff is untrained.
The spa, on the other hand, is beautiful and staff was professional.
I would not go there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Superior room Deluxe room Pool Access room Garden Villa room Pool Villa room Discover the natural beauty of Thailand at the tranquil and romantic Apsara Beachfront Resort and Villa, Khaolak, located on a secluded beachfront in Khao Lak, Phang Nga province, just 95 kilometres from Phuket International Airport. Phang Nga offers a myriad of stunning natural attractions including Phang Nga Bay with hundreds of islets rising from calm emerald waters and the popular James Bond Island. Apsara Beachfront Resort and Villa, Khaolak is a nature lovers' hideaway boasting white sands, azure blue Andaman Sea, tropical gardens and picturesque lagoon. Perfect for honeymoons and weddings, the serene resort offers a range of luxury accommodation from rooms and suites to private villas. With a rejuvenating spa, delicious dining venues and superior leisure facilities and services, guests will find all they need for a wonderfully relaxing holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apsaras Beach Hotel Khao Lak
- Apsaras Beach Resort