Khaolak Emerald Beach Resort & Spa is located in Khao Lak on the private beach of Khao Lak Phang-nga facing the Andaman Sea. The resort is built in a Thai style and offers rooms in four-storey houses (without lifts) and villas. It is around 50-60 minutes away from Phuket Int. Airport and 10 min taxi ride from the Khao Lak town centre. I made my booking for “Superior Garden View Room” through Agoda.com website (total USD155.07; upgraded to “Grand Family Room” in the hotel) and stayed there (Sun 16 Oct, 2011 – Wed 19 Oct, 2011) with my family for 3 nights during my business trip on Congress being held in same Resort. Khaolak Emerald Beach Resort is ideal retreat for older couples and families with children allowing for a tranquil vacation. Our room has been kept clean and staff has all been very friendly and considerate towards clients. The drawback was that we were accommodated on the 4th floor and it was quite difficult to climb with our 1.8-year-old baby on the top-floor room without lift facilities. Another problem was the electricity. It happened several times, once in the afternoon and lasted a few hours and again at the evening time. During the evening time generators were switched up for maintaining electricity in the hotel and it was too noisy in our room!
There are two swimming pools: one on the beach and the second with rotational tube water slide near the lagoon (“family lagoon pool”). There is also small sandy playground with slide and children's outdoor toys for small babies. My baby really loved to play there and it was quite difficult to pull her away afterwards. Baby sitting services for younger children can be also arranged. They also have small football ground for children and table tennis facilities.
The beach was not really suitable for bathing because of off-season that time.
There are two restaurants: “Beach Club Ocean Grill & Bar” on the beach front and “Lagoon Restaurant & Bar” serving Western-style and Asian breakfast buffet. Our breakfast was included in the booking but need to say without much variety. However lunch that was served in “Lagoon Restaurant” on behalf of organizing committee of Congress was really excellent. Especially I would like to mention amazing dinner on Monday (17 Oct, 2011) with Thai style seafood cuisine (crabs, shrimp, squid, and mussels) served on the beach area during sunset time and Thai cultural show organized by organizing committee of Congress.
Taxi from Phuket Int. Airport to Khaolak Emerald Beach Resort & Spa charges around 1600 Thai Baht and more; from Khaolak Emerald Beach Resort & Spa to Phuket Int. Airport is 1000 Thai Baht. Book transport in advance in “Khaolak Travel & Tours Center” that is just 2 min walking distance from hotel. Hotel transfer service is more expensive, although they have free shuttle-bus to Khao Lak town centre. We also used service of “Khaolak Travel & Tours Center” for our tour to Phang-Nga Bay (Sea kayaking in the limestone caves (“Hongs”), Panyi Island with Muslim floating fishing village, James Bond (Ko Tapu) Island, Wat Tham Suwan Khuha cave with reclining Buddha). They provide discount for group tour.
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- Also Known As:
- Khao Lak Emerald Beach Resort And Spa
- Khao Lak Emerald Beach Hotel Khao Lak