As always, this review is brutally honest, designed to provide constructive criticism rather than negativity.
Check-In/Check-out was very swift and smooth, with a welcome drink and lots of personal attention from the staff.
Our pool access room was very comfortable, spacious and functional.
The huge king bed was very comfortable, fitted with a pillow top mattress.
Separate bathroom, toilet and hand basin areas made the room very flexible and practical. There was ample storage areas for suitcases; a mid size (larger than normal) refrigerator, a large workspace with plenty of room for a lap-top, recharge area for phones etc., a lounge and coffee table.
The only downside of our room was the air-con, which was positioned high on the wall next to the bed. It blew across the bed, making it a little too cold, even with the direction set to blow as high as possible over the bed. The fan was also noisy, but it only took one night and we got used to it.
We chose a ‘Pool Access’ room, and we weren’t disappointed. Walking out our sliding glass doors directly onto a covered/shady verandah with a table, two chairs plus two sun beds was divine. Cushion tops for the sun beds would have improved my opinion of the resort.
There are three pools associated with the pool access rooms, and a main pool located a short walk away, in the central part of the grounds. It is a large free-form pool, with a swim up bar and large shade areas provided by the surrounding trees. The water was a little cooler and more refreshing (to my tastes) than the water in our warmer sun drenched pool.
The buffet breakfast was very good, with lots of choice. We read a few negative comments about the breakfast, and our conclusion was that the people who made these comments must have had a one-off bad experience, or they are simply very hard to please. Either way, we enjoyed the breakfast.
The service throughout the hotel and all restaurants was outstanding, even on Asian tourist resort standards. The staff seemed to genuinely enjoy their work.
We ate lunch at the beach bar or beach front restaurant on most days, and found the food more than adequate and quite well priced, even on resort standards. Probably due to being here in the low season, there was no service/sales from around the pool, but that was a minor issue.
As several other reviewers stated previously, prices at the restaurants and bars of the Sensimar are very reasonable. They don’t have a 10% service charge, and base food and alcohol prices are very competitive with outside restaurants, although you will still save by going ‘out the gate’ to eat if that is your style.
This resort has magnificent, immaculately maintained grounds, adjoining the rainforest. The resort is run extremely well by the resort management and staff, - they were even cleaning up the beach area while we were there.
The gym is very well fitted out and a pleasure to use.
We don’t normally return to resorts, preferring to experience new places each visit, however we will return to the Sensimar, and I highly recommend it to travellers looking for a quiet, peaceful holiday to recharge their batteries.
If you want to party all night and sleep all day – go to Patong where all the other party go’ers are.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on one of the finest beach front locations in Khaolak, Khao lak beach. Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort is an extraordinary exclusive retreat, perfect for the discerning travelers who like to spend a tropical vacation in a relaxed and child-free environment. Its natural elegance, classic tropical beach charm and Malays-inspired Thai style set this resort apart from the rest.It is not just in vogue with couples or people on their honeymoon but also is a great option for parents looking for a romantic getaway and adult singles who seek to make new friends.Enjoy a well-earned, kid-free retreat amid the tropical beach landscape of Khaolak, or spice things up a little for shopping and nightlife of Khaolak Center (Bang La On). Everything you could possibly want in a tropical getaway is just a stone's throw away. ... more less
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