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Moracea by Khao Lak Resort
Ranked #14 of 69 Hotels in Khao Lak
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Northwood, United Kingdom
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“Very Nice 90 out of 100”
Reviewed February 24, 2010

This is a very nice hotel which we picked after lots of research, It is spread out and the rooms are mainly bungalows of various types with standard rooms in larger buildings at the back. The grounds are full of really established trees and plants,streams and ponds and are attractive to walk around. The beach is beautiful and great for swimming and you can walk along to the next beach up. The hotel is set against a hillside so the backdrop is really nice. You get a full sunset in the evening. Rooms/bungalows are of various grades, There are two rooms with their own pools at each end of the hotel, the one at the right hand end facing the sea would be my pick as it is out in the open and in a quiet area, the other is somewhat shaded and the pool was always full of leaves. All the other bungalows along the front are Jacuzzi bungalows and are in front of the main pools. Behind the pools and in some other areas are deluxe bungalows but be warned not all are sea view, some have partial sea views through gaps between jacuzzi bungalows and some at the left hand end of the hotel ( facing the sea ) run back up into gardens where we were, with no sea view at all. We had a deluxe room which was roomy witha nice patio and large bathroom, maybe needed a little care but no complaints. However there are a few superior bungalows which are quite a bit cheaper and in nice positions which I would have been very happy with. Along the front are loads of sun loungers plus two areas for lunch and dinner and a bar. As usual you have to get up early to grab the beds you want although there were normally a few available even if you came late and even though it was high season and fully booked. There is also a bar by the big pools. Breakfast is in a covered restaurant area by a pond and would be used for evening meals if it was raining. There was plenty of choice of food for breakfast and the lunch and evening food looked good although we mainly ate out. There is a shop at the entrance to the hotel with essentials and snacks ( crisps) and soft drinks to top up your minibar cheaper, but no alcohol so you have to get that in town. Drink prices in the hotel weren`t bad and they had happy hour cocktails at about £3 ( 150 baht )( normally £4 - 200 baht). Getting around the hotel was ok for us but there are a lot of steep slopes and steps in places as it is built against a hillside and the road to town is at the top,no problem if you are fit.

Khao Lak resort has a traditional look to it but there are lots of more modern looking hotels nearby, The Laguna Resort next door looked nice but was big and The Baan Kratling is a bit different up on the side of the hill at the end of the beach with fantastic views but limited facilities adn not much of a sunbathing area. It looked nice for a romantic 2/3 days.

My negatives would be that I thought a lot of staff were not as cheerfull as you expect Thai staff to be. This could be improved I`m sure with a bit of managerial encouragement. Also, although we had e.mailed the hotel asking for a room on the quieter right hand end ( facing sea ) three or four weeks before the holiday there were no rooms available there and they could not move us there, but they had put us in the quiet garden area at the left hand end which unfortunately I wasn`t too keen on although in fairness my wife was. I couldn`t understand how they couldn`t accomodate us, maybe certain holiday companies are allocated certain rooms and if it hadn`t been for that I would have given this hotel an even better review. Sunbeds take up almost all the beachfront so you will hear your neighbours talking all day although I guess that is common to most hotels and currently this area traditionally has attracted mainly Scandinavians, Germans, etc, in fact we were the only English in the hotel, we think.

The beginning of town is a five minute walk ( downhill ) from the entrance and there is always a taxi outside, min. fare approx. £2 ( 100baht ) to town area. There is a great little cocktail bar on the other side of the raod as you go down, it doesn`t look much but the cocktails are good ( from 100 baht ) and the lady who works there who told us her name was `chinky` was really lovely with a fantastic smile. Restaurants start pretty near the hotel with big ones and small ones. After a few days we started to go into one called `Pimon` on the left going in, it was basic but obviously a Thai family affair and the Thai food was great ( why pay more for a big crowded restaurant ) and very reasonably priced ( we used to pay about £10 £15 for a meal. For a meal on the beach by the way go out of the hotel onto the beach and turn left and it is the beach restaurant of the next hotel called something like `Wannabee `and they set up a few tables on the actual beach and do very good food.

As the whole area is `National Park or Reserve` the beaches are clear of umbrellas and sunbeds during the day which means the beaches only really have peole on them which is great and makes anice view. We also went `Elephant Trekking` which wqs good and we stayed on the big lake/reservoir in some basic floating rooms, combined with some canoeing an swimming. The views there were pretty spectacular with the limestone cliffs in the lake looking like some of the Similan islands.

Due to the Tsunami a lot of the town has been re-built, it is all low rise and pretty tidy but lacks traditional buildings. There are lots of bars,shops and restaurants.

All in all though I would come back and I would recommend the hotel and the area and we had a very nice holiday. My wife has left a review and some pictures plus a video of the hotel which should be really helpfull but so far doesn`t seem to be loaded although tripadvisor say it has. ( Review by Cookietin)

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2010

If you like a hotel nestled into it's natural settings then you would have to travel along way to beat this. The resort is very, very pretty and the views out to sea, especially at sunset will stay with you for along time.
We stayed in a garden cottage at the back of the resort, so no sea view, but the sounds of the frogs in the pond, the birds in the trees and the visits from the large monitor lizards made up for not seeing the sea. The room was fine, no finishes touches, but it was clean, cool and practical.
The hotel staff were friendly, not as friendly as some other hotels we've stayed in Thailand, but certainly nobody was rude. Service at the beach bar was a little slow but maybe that's our fault for wanting everything yesterday!
There was a good choice of food for breakfast and room service was good too but other than these times we always ate out.
The beach is breath takingly beautiful - aquamarine sea, yellow sand and stunning views. Very, very nice.
We had a couple of massages at the spa which were very good and so cheap compared to English prices.
The town centre is full of restaurants, bars and shops so you're never stuck for some where new to go but following the tsunami I guess most places were rebuilt so there's no old Thai architecture - not that that's a criticism, it's just all a bit samie and a bit new for me, and the town was quite commercialised.
It would have been nice if there had been some Brits staying there, if only to share the joke of the mad morning dash to reserve sun-beds!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2010

Stayed for two weeks in Khao Lak resort right after Christmas 2009.
We had a room in the hotel building, could not get a bungalow. The room was ok size for three people, but nothing fancy. Didn't really see the sea from the balcony because of the trees. It was clean but could use a little renovating.
Service in the hotel was slow, but friendly. The breakfast was ok, lots of choices, although not much variation. Internet was out-of-order for several days. Good library with books in several languages.
The location is good - a walking distance from the "center" but has several restaurants & massage places nearby.
The beach is absolutely beautiful, really peaceful, clear water, clean - just perfect.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 15, 2009

Thanks to the wonderful surprise upgrade to a Beachfront Jacuzzi Suite courtesy of the assistant manager, we had a very quiet and relaxing stay in a very spacious and luxurious bungalow. The advantage of this resort in Khao Lak is that it occupies a very spread out beach-front position with many of the bungalows situated on the beach side, not tucked behind the restaurant, as is the case at most of the other resorts in the area.

Service was immaculate, and we were given complimentary drinks vouchers, as we arrived a little early to check-in.

The beach itself is very picturesque, strewn at intervals with smooth granite boulders, against a backdrop of jungle-clad National Park hillside. The NP status means that those dreaded noisy longtails are kept out of earshot, too. We walked as far as Chong Fah to compare the beach and layout of the other resorts, and we spent a day at Pak Weeb (White Sand Beach). Can't believe that The Sarojin has that ghastly orange plastic floating jetty completely annihilating what could be gorgeous beach view there ! And I loathed that all those plastic loungers and umbrellas are on the sand at that end of Khao Lak.

Khao Lak town is an easy 1 km walk, or 150baht tuk tuk ride away, but the meals and drinks in-house are not overpriced, by resort standards (cheaper than Koh Naka, where we had stayed for the previous 4 nights) so it is worth dining-in. There is a small shop at the main entrance for snacks and drinks, too. We didn't think the Thai Party night was worth the money at 650 baht each'....but that could have been down to our bad luck with a wet night and the event was moved to an inside events room which somehow lacked the atmosphere of the expected beachfront.

There are so many swimming pools to choose from, and during our stay they were all empty ! And....Oh Joy ! No noisy children !

Gripes ? Not much to complain about really , but I do wish they would make the restaurants non-smoking....although they say that 'upstairs' is non-smoking, we had chainsmokers to contend with for the entire length of our one night at dinner 'upstairs'.

We had a couple of items of clothing come back from the laundry in a pretty crushed state, and late, but this was rectified immediately.

As almost all the other guests were German, and not particularly sociable or maybe just didn't speak English, we missed out on one of the pleasures of travelling....meeting other travellers....which was a pity.

If we visit Khao Lak again we would certainly stay here .

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Moracea by Khao Lak Resort
Address: 26/20 M.7 Petchkasem Rd | T. Khukkhak, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand (Formerly Khao Lak Resort)
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Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Spa Hotel in Khao Lak
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Khao Lak
#13 Luxury Hotel in Khao Lak
#18 Romantic Hotel in Khao Lak
#24 Family Hotel in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Moracea by Khao Lak Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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