Stayed at the Khao Lak Merlin Resort for 7 nights late April 2013. I chose the resort as I was a solo traveller, looking for a safe, quiet resort where I could relax, it was perfect. I agree with everything everyone has said about the delicious buffet breakfast, the friendly staff, the jungle surrounds, and the beautiful beaches and pools.
I used the fitness room each morning. It is open from 8am and small towels are provided. I managed to fill in an hour with the basic equipment: treadmill, x-trainer, bike, weights. There is no music so bring your ipod or else it is really quiet.
Other than breakfast I never ate at the resort. Lunch was always fresh fruit and corn-on-the-cob from the stand to the left of the resort on the beach. It was run by a girl and two boys and you could buy delicious fresh snacks for 50baht each. I ate at the local restaurants: 999kitchen, Mali, Bamboo, Kaylana and Jos Seafood. They were all excellent, great seafood, friendly eager staff. All restaurants provided extras eg spring roll appetizers, a salad bar, plate of fruit at the end of the meal.
I went into Khao Lak twice. I found the large village to be very boring: lots of cheap souvenir shops, restaurants and massage shops. More of what is just outside of the resort. Down the Nang Thong Supermarket side street I found the Coconut Massage shop that offered a fantastic fish massage which I tried (500baht 80 mins). I also went to the Tsunami Museum and
the Bang Niang market. Both of these are worth a visit. You cannot barter a cheaper rate with the taxis, it is a set rate to/from the resort: 150baht to Khao Lak, 250 to the Bang Niang market and Museum.
I had amazing daily massages at Komol Corner cafe (up the beach to the left of the resort). 1hour for 250baht, The cafe is small, the staff friendly, the view beautiful. I also had a facial at the resort day spa. It was OK, it was advertised for 60mins, but realistically only went for 40mins.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Khaolak Merlin Resort is a deluxe resort with style inspired by Thailand's rich culture, situated approximately 50 minutes away from Phuket International Airport yet set amongst peaceful tropical forest landscape and tranquil beaches. It has direct access to 190 meters of Khao Lak Beach front and is surrounded by 15 acres of lush tropical gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Khaolak Merlin Khao Lak
- Khaolak Merlin Hotel Khao Lak