Like others we were looking for a small hotel with 5 star amenities and service, with not a lot of tourists, and not to far from outside shops and restaurants. Khaolak Paradise Resort met all of this. Guests are however predominantly Swiss and German. We arranged a taxi pick-up though the hotel from the airport at Baht 2500. Well worth it as hotel is an hour's journey with a proper car from Phuket airport. Very pleasant with lots to see. The reception is simple in design but very welcoming. To get to the main part of the resort (i.e rooms etc) on has to go down a path with many stairs. My mother who has difficult walking (just had a foot operation) was a first very worried about this but then was pleasantly surprised that she had no troubles going up and down. The path is in fact very gradual in its cline. There are a variety of rooms to fit anyone's budget. We had a rainforest villa which is a modern suite with a spacious room, bathroom and balcony with all the amenities one needs. It doesn't have any view of the water but is not really needed as one is at the beach or pool all day - a few steps from the room.The suite was always very clean and housekeeping very quick to respond to any requests. The bed seems at first to be very hard but one got use to it. Air conditioning worked well. Suggest to keep the fan on at all times to help circulate the air. For info in regards to recharging computer equipment - the plugs by the fridge keep their power even when you are not occupying the room. Everything else turns off when remove the key from its socket. Even aircon and fan so close door quickly. We viewed out of curiosity a deluxe room, which was simpler and more basic in design but still would meet the standards of many. Price-wise all rooms seems to be very reasonable for what one gets. Hotel offers free Wifi throughout the resort. It does work everywhere and doesn't cut out but one is required to log-in often. Was sometimes slow but at times when we believe everyone was on it at the end of the day. Food and drink - available at all times- was excellent and very reasonably priced. Even the wines. The BBQ event for Baht 850 (child was free) seemed high at first but once we saw what was offered were happy to have spent the money. We did not feel ripped off in any way. Breakfast is an extensive buffet. Food variety was good and enough choices for kids (spaghetti, pizza) too. The service was good and always with a smile. Only difficult is that the personnel don't all really understand English that well but you could see they tried their best. The pool were immaculate. Clean at all times. There was enough lounge chairs for everyone - both in the sun and shade. Cushions however need replacing but am sure will be done for next season. Gardens were beautiful and one can to see a variety of animals. The beach was pristine sand and access to the water is easy. We walked down the beach coast and can gladly say we were staying at the best location at Khaolak. Kaholak center with shops and restaurant is a 5 minute tuk tuk drive away. This hotel is a gem and would highly recommend!! Can't wait to return. If the word gets around, this hotel will be continuously fully booked out.
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