Spent 12 nights here in a pool access junior suite in April/May on a bed & breakfast deal, and we did enjoy it. I do agree with most of the previous reviews regarding the rooms - nicely designed but a bit poorly finished. Breakfast was what you would expect. Great pools, with plenty of sun beds. Wonderful staff. The one evening meal we had in the restaurant was a BBQ night dinner, advertised as " the finest meat cuts, served along side traditional sauces and salads fron across the kingdom", well this was without doubt the worst meal we had on this trip to Thailand, in fact it was probably the worst meal we have ever had in 10 Thailand trips ! -( and we were not alone in thinking this way). The good news is there are plenty of good restaurants up in the town where we never had a bad meal, despite several of the places we tried having quite poor reviews on TA.
During a heavy thunderstorm one day we had water pouring through a light fitting and down the inside of our room walls( we were at the end of the block), but staff were soon there and had us in another room, along the row, in minutes. Methinks the snagging list will get considerably longer as the monsoon season kicks in.
To summarise, - we did have a great time here. It is not very Thai in style, but is well designed. I do think that the whole build was finished in a rush, and there are problems to come as a consequence. There are plenty of eating options outside the hotel, including beach bars off to the
right as you go onto the beach. Loved the pools ! Take the breakfast, but then eat out.
Another point is that Katathani are currently developing the old Andaburi resort, which is between the Sands and the road, and this is to be a "luxury, budget resort" ,whatever that is, and this is to open Nov '13. A lot of the Andaburi staff are currently working/training at the Sands.
Would return to Khao Lak, but would probably give The Sands a few seasons to sort itself out.
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