The Khao Lak Riverside Resort is, in my opinion, not really a "resort", but definitely a serene, beautiful property.
The rooms are large, all with beautiful views and super clean and well appointed. The bed was one of the hardest I've ever slept on though, like a plank with fine linens?
The entire property is very, very well kept - almost clinical. You can see that from the photos, I think.
As alluded to in other reviews, interactions with the owner Markus can be ... awkward. You get the sense that Markus is managing you, but not in a positive way. Bruno was sweet enough to offer to drive me to the doctor's office when I arrived sick, which I really appreciated as a single traveller. Also, I had an evening flight and Markus was kind enough to give me a late check out - I really appreciated that too :)
It doesn't front the nicest beach in the area, so I was told when I asked around. I thought the beach was dirty - twigs and rocks and stuff. Not white sand or soft, not clear blue/green water. If you are there for a week or more, and have time to walk or take a taxi or shuttle to other beaches, it shouldn't be an issue. I also had to take a 150 baht taxi to the town when I wanted to do anything off property (eat, shop, be out and about with other people). The cost wasn't a big deal though, and the taxis are everywhere and friendly. It's just a little removed from main areas. Frankly, I found it way too hot to walk that far!
I would recommend this resort for older couples who love the pool and just want to relax on their own.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Khao Lak Riverside Resort & Spa is located along Thailand’s beautiful west coast, 90 km from Phuket International Airport. Situated next to Bang Niang River, overlooking the unspoiled Bang Niang Bay and the sapphire Andaman sea just 80 meter from the golden sandy beach. A total of 27 rooms designed and built in Asian-style, are spaciously positioned on 7200 m2 that guarantees private and quiet atmosphere. All elegant deluxe double rooms are fully air conditioned with individual climate control, mini bar, Satellite television, in-room safe, bedroom with king size or twin beds, outdoor balcony with a splendid panoramic view over Bang Niang River and the Andaman Sea.Private washroom, bathroom amenities, hair dryer, shower cabin, hot and cold water, toilet and washbasin, bathtub with stunning river and ocean view. ... more less
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