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“Lovely relaxing hotel in a great location.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Khaolak Merlin Resort

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Khaolak Merlin Resort
Ranked #14 of 64 Hotels in Khao Lak
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lovely relaxing hotel in a great location.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Lovely - My partner and I spent two weeks here back in the end of April – which is possible not the best time to go as some of the bars were closed and there were not many people around, we often were the only couple in the bars and restaurants.
Hotel settings are gorgeous with a lot of trees and vegetation and situated right on the beach. As it is a forest setting remember the insect repellents and take as many precautions as possible – from the market you can get coiled incense things which are used in the bars and really really help keep the mossies away but still use the normal sprays.
The beach is very long and sandy and has magnificent sunsets, thoroughly enjoyed breakfasts and we had no issues with sun beds. The pools are always clean as was the room. The room was plenty big enough for two and could have done with more storage for clothes but was not really a problem the air con and fan in the room kept as cool.
Apart from breakfast we did not eat in the hotel but drink prices are acceptable and the hotel does supply two bottles of water per day. There are about a dozen bar/restaurants and a couple of shops just outside of the hotel with more at the end of the beach. For a more varied selection the hotel is within a short taxi cab of the centre and a further ten minutes ride you can find the market with more choices. A Visit to the market is a must but as it is inland it does not benefit for a sea breeze.
Would recommend the hotel, it is ideal for relaxing holiday with easy options for varied entertainment.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Just spent 10 nights at this hotel, the grounds were lovely, set in a forest, with grassy area near the sea.The hotel has lots of steps and ramps, and as been said not suitable for people with mobility problems. The rooms were spacious, with all amenities, except we only had one bar of soap, so had to remember to take it into the shower, and out again, we did ask for another one, but to no avail..We did ask for extra coffee, being coffee fiends, and we were given that straight away, maybe a soap shortage. Breakfast was fine an assortment of different things to choose from, some we wouldn,t have thought of for breakfast, like cottage pie, spinach with cheese etc, but enjoyed the change, and very nice they were to. The lobby area was large, and seemed very lonely, in fact the loneliest lobby I have ever been in on all my travels. I know it was low season, but there is usually activity, we sat there on our own, and just chilled out in silence sometimes or with a book on comfy seats. The one thing we noticed was people on the sun lounges had to go to the Veranda bar to get drinks. The staff in there never walked around to see if they could take orders. They were not overworked, and appeared to be doing nothing most of the time. Is it hotel policy not to have drinks on the lawn I don,t know. This is a nice hotel, and staff are friendly, and like I said the grounds are great, so give it a go. Some nice restaurants nearby, our favorite was Maleevan, its over the main road from the slip road that leads down to the Merlin, Emerald etc, and can be overlooked. My husband had a fantastic steak, which can be hit and miss sometimes. and great tiger prawns. Prices were cheaper than on the slip road. Its run by David and Ann ( both Thais). There was a bus load of Chinese leaving one day, so must have been recommended by their tour company, food IS good there.To sum up, it was a relaxing holiday in lovely surroundings.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

With two teenage daughters the adjoining rooms were excellent. Spacious with pool view.
pros
good rooms
Nice and quiet
good pools
a few cheap restaurants nearby
cons
worst breakfast. Limited choice and always in limited amounts. Do not pay extra for breakfast as disappointing.
Staff seem bored

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank pieface66
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Harwich
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Just come home from a two week stay at the Khao Lak Merlin Resort. The hotel lives up to the previous ratings by other guests. Rooms are modern, spacious and have everything you need. Only a few appeared to have sea views but the rainforest setting and multiple swimming pools give a variety of positions and pleasant enough views. We loved the architecture with the hotel walkways going between trees and over little bridges that made walking back and forth to our room and reception that little bit more interesting. Saving a bread roll from dinner or breakfast to feed the fish in the little river was fun. The resort seemed very quiet during our stay and we never had a problem with tables in the restaurant or sun loungers.

A big bonus for us was being able to use our half-board dinner vouchers either at lunchtime or in the evening - depending on how we planned to spend the day. The food was nothing short of fantastic. Rather than an institutionalised buffet, all our lunches and evening meals were a la carte. The menu had all the things that our three teenage children could wish for and plenty of specialist Thai options as well. My husband and I have travelled widely and are real lovers of Thai food - in our opinion some of the meals that we enjoyed at the Merlin were without a doubt amongst the best we have ever had. The chef is nothing short of outstanding and although we tried a number of other local restaurants nothing was as good as the hotel restaurant. A big thank you also to the Merlin staff who were unfailingly courteous and efficient. Our only suggestion for improvement would be to please vary the evening entertainment in the bar. It was the same singer and the same songs every night which over two weeks became pretty unbearable and meant that we ended up just avoiding the bar.

We enjoyed walking on the beach although swimming or snorkeling in the sea was impossible as the sea was rough the whole time. Trips out for us included the elephant riding, ATV driving, white water rafting, diving in Phang Nga Bay, Phuket waterpark and go-karting as well as local sights including the Police Boat and Tsunami museum. We enjoyed it all. We also made several trips along to the Bang Niang night market which had some reasonable bargains. Staying during July made the weather a bit of a challenge. We only experienced one day of solid rain followed by a week of almost unbroken sunshine. We then had mixed sunshine and showers but none of it really got in the way. Disappointingly the time of year did mean that the Similian Islands were out of reach. Having experienced Phuket on two occasions just for the day we were so glad to be staying in the much quieter and all together classier Khao Lak. This was our first visit to Thailand and I don't think it will be our last.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Stayed in a deluxe pool view room, triple share for three adults with kingbed plus a rollaway which was very comfortable. Large room with all the usual amenities expected for a hotel in this category. Spacious grounds with plenty of space for everyone whether families or couples.
A few minutes walk from some shops and restaurants. Breakfast was the usual buffet with a good selection.
Staff were helpful and accommodating. An abundance of Mosquitos was a problem but other than that, a great stay and recommended.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Stayed 5 nights with adult family.
Much quieter than Patong and much better for it.
Set on a long beautiful beach with nearby massage and bar.
Stayed on b&b basis. Breakfast good.
Rooms very spacious, overlooking main pool and beach. Air con worked well and was quiet. 2 bottles of water every day plus fresh pool and bath towels. Very clean.
Staff very friendly and courteous.
Had lunch in Verandah restaurant which has really good menu.
Dinner was taken in the many nearby great-value, restaurants, one of which we thought served the best meal we'd had during the whole two weeks of our holiday.
We stayed in May, which is low season and the hotel was virtually empty. Suited us fine. The only downside was the nightly 10pm curfew imposed as a result of the military coup

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank MrNewstead
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Lovely hotel and grounds spotlessly clean everywhere, only stayed on B&B package and breakfast was very good. 2 bottles of water in room each day clean sheets and towels daily. Plenty of restaurants within 5-10 mins walk also a couple of small supermarkets. My only gripe was we left the cleaner 100+ baht each day and on our last day she knocked the door and said "you leaving today will you leave me a big tip" which we would have done because she did a good job but we thought it was rude of her to ask so we left nothing. Would definitely stay here again .

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Khaolak Merlin Resort
Address: 7/7 Phetkasem Road, Khao Lak 82210, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Khao Lak
#11 Spa Hotel in Khao Lak
#13 Luxury Hotel in Khao Lak
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Khao Lak
#14 Romantic Hotel in Khao Lak
#15 Family Hotel in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Khaolak Merlin Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 236
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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