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Reviewed July 18, 2012

A small hotel where Hong and family treat you like family. Our visit was in low season, so things were quiet. On arrival we were upgraded to Beach Front, where we sat on the verandah and watched the waves lapping the shore. The restaurant was technically closed, but as we were tired from traveling, Hong asked us what we would like and produced a delicious, authentic meal for us. We were plied with fresh fruit and treats during the day and on leaving, delicious cake. We felt incredibly welcome and special. Rooms were fresh, beds and pillows comfortable. At the moment you need to walk about 1k for outside restaurants. If you want a small, casual hotel in a peaceful area, then this is a beauty.

Room tip: Beach front is the go. There are only six of these.
Date of stay: July 2012
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4  Thank GrammiShan
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We stayed 3 nights right on the beach at the Shambhala Khaolak Resort in march 2012 and loved every minute of our time there. Our beach bungalow room was very comfortable and we had a good-sized patio. All the amenities were new. Although the hotel service is a bit informal (reception, etc is in the hotel's restaurant, Sabai Sabai - but they come to your room to check you in) all the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. For example, when the staff heard i had a sunburn, one of the staff went out and purchased aloe vera and brought it right to our room. Totally unexpected but much appreciated. Everyone was very sweet and treated us wonderfully. We loved the pool and the fact that the beach was right outside our doorstep. The food at the restaurant was very good and very affordable. I would definitely stay there again - this cute little hotel was a wonderful way to end our 3 week trip in Southeast Asia.

Room tip: The beach bungalows are wonderful - just steps from the infiniti pool, the restaurant, an dthe beach.
Date of stay: March 2012
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3  Thank OutoftheBay
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

We wanted a small hotel with character, away from the noise of the city and this is what we got at Shambhala . As advertised Shambhala is a three star hotel/resort. If you are looking for an impressive reception area, pool side bar, huge pool, multiple restaurants, conference rooms, staff with matching uniforms and themed dinners- look elsewhere. . It is a family run hotel with Hong, her husband and sister leading the team. There is no pretenses here. It is small, very clean and friendly. The rooms are set in a secluded garden area with direct access to the beach. The rooms are a good size with the the usual hard Asian bed, an adequate clean bathroom, AC, small safe, wifi access and a TV with poor reception and limited channels (but that’s not what you are there for!!) It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the main street with restaurants and massage places, although there are some along the beach road worth trying. We had a beach front room close to the pool which was great but may not be so in high season. Breakfast is made to order eggs, fruit and Asian offerings. We had one other meal at the restaurant which was fine. Hong will help you organise tours, transfers to Phuket airport and give you information about the local area and its recent history. Some extras like fresh fruit some afternoons, a vase of flowers one evening and banana muffins one night were nice. We had a late check out (6.30pm) without additional charges. We will be returning.

Date of stay: April 2012
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4  Thank jvhs
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

My husband and I only stayed in this hotel for one night prior to picking up a liveaboard dive boat. When we arrived after a delayed flight the staff gave us a very warm welcome. There isn't a reception area as such so the staff take you straight to your room and check you in there, which is much appreciated after a long journey. As we were only staying one night we had only booked a basic room but had been upgraded to a garden bungalow, which was lovely.

The beach infront of the hotel is very quiet and there are sunbeds which we weren't sure were part of the hotel but we used them without question. The pool area is small but beautiful. Gazing out over the infinity pool looking out at the beach was heaven.

The location is little tucked away, but worth it to be on a prime spot on the beach. We are people who usually stay in the heart of activity and that was probably only around 500 metres away, so fine unless you are being really lazy, and you can always get a taxi for next to nothing if you are. We didn't feel the need, but there were plenty driving around.

We didn't get up until reasonably late the following day and not being ones for breakfast just headed out for an hour or so at the pool. We then went to the restaurant for some lunch, just a simple club sandwich. When we went to pay they said there was no charge as we hadn't been down for breakfast. Such a lovely touch could only come from a familiy resort which cares about it's customers as individuals. They also brought us some bottles of water whilst we were waiting for our pick up and offered us a late check out at no charge. You rarely get service like that a larger chain resorts and we would definitely stay there again.

Date of stay: March 2012
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4  Thank 860CarolineM
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

This place is so fantastic and the price is reasonable. The room was very clean and comfortable. All staffs are so friendly and very kind. I spent my vacation here for 2 weeks and I would like to come back here again.

Room tip: Front beach rooms are sunny and can see a sea view
Date of stay: December 2011
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3  Thank Pichit B
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