My boyfriend and I stayed at the Sarojin for the first half of our Khao Lak trip in March. In one word: phenomenal! Impeccable grounds, amazing food, comfortable rooms, indoor/outdoor feel bathroom, enormous hotel pool, and the best service I've experienced anywhere. And the BEACH!!!! I was surprised that they don't show how gorgeous the beach is in many pictures. We were honestly shocked when we saw it. If you're looking for a luxurious hotel that stays true to the Thai aesthetic where you will be treated like royalty- you cannot go wrong with the Sarojin.
the rooms: if you can afford it definitely get a pool residence. We had the one closest to the beach and were in love! The staff takes great care of cleaning your room (I swear that the restaurant communicates with them when you arrive at breakfast because every time we returned to the room right afterwards it was always clean!) and of cleaning the pool. We spent many nights sitting on the lanai drinking wine and taking a dip. And it's enormous! [The 2nd hotel we stayed at we also booked a pool room and we were underwhelmed: cold, shallow, and no privacy.] The wine that is offered for purchase in the room is the same price as in the restaurant- but it is pricey. Side note- if you buy a bottle in the restaurant and don't finish it you are allowed to take it with you (so don't leave any to waste!) You might want to stop at the liquor store in Khao Lak town (about 10 minutes away) on the way in and pick up a few of your own. This saved us quite a bit of money. The bed is very comfortable, there's plenty of storage, and the bathroom is to die for! A huge limestone soaking tub with two separate showers (one rain shower) in an enormous room. It was awesome! [If you are someone who likes a lot of tv I'd suggest you bring an ipad or something with movies on it. I'm a reader so I was content with my books, but I do recall the channel selection being limited. Might have been an issue if it rained and we were trapped indoors, but that never happened!]
the food: Their staff is probably the best of anywhere I've ever traveled. They greet you with a smile every day, remember where you like to sit, and within 1 minute of being seated you are greeted with a tray of every fresh fruit juice you can think of (pineapple! guava! papapya!) and sparkling wine. A minute later someone else arrives with fresh croissants and pastries. A minute later someone arrives to take your order. Every meal we had at the Sarojin has flawless service. Not to mention- the breakfast is included in the price (we took full advantage of this because the food/drinks can be pricey)! And they cater to every nationality: there were grits, hardboiled eggs, pastries, multiple fresh fruit options, yogurt, breakfast meats, baked beans, even thai breakfasts. And all of it is made to order. We had dinner at the Ficus and the Beach Bar. Loved both!
The beach: paradise. The Sarojin has a long private beach with private chairs. There weren't more than 15 people on it the entire time we were there. They give you fresh towels, set up your chairs and umbrella wherever you like. Then they come around with aromatherapy cold face towels and watermelon. And you can order drinks from the beach bar/restaurant to be delivered. The water is calm and tropical (nice and lukewarm even in March). If you hit the beach later in the day like we did- make sure to stick around for the sunset. It was our favorite part of the day.
Wifi: free in the room and at the restaurants, and the lobby, and the pool. So we went social media crazy uploading pics and checking in with friends and family. Internet worked great too!
The spa: go. Just go. We had a couples Thai massage and were both very pleased. And it's also indoor/outdoor: nothing beats getting a massage while listening to the real sounds of the jungle!
Excursions: we booked all our excursions in advance through Khao Lak Vista (not the hotel, although it seems they do offer similar tours at higher prices). Khao Lak Vista is FANTASTIC! We did three excursions with them 1) Elephant Trek and Bathing (right around the corner from the hotel), 2) Similan Islands (do NOT miss the day long snorkeling trip- I've never seen such blue water in my life!) and 3) Ko PhiPhi/James Bond Island/long boat/canoeing. They were on time for pick up, the guide spoke English and was hilarious! And they're really flexible. They even threw in a few quick stops to show us a rubber farm to see how the sap is harvested to make rubber (a huge export item from Thailand) and at a local school where we got to help some young children practice speaking English. We cannot speak highly enough of this tour company!
If you are thinking about Thailand and you want the perfect balance of beach, jungle, tranquility, relaxation, spa, delicious food, and outstanding customer service, you really can't go wrong with the Sarojin. My boyfriend and I agreed- we will most definitely be back as soon as possible!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Multi award winning luxurious boutique beach resort, just 55 minutes from Phuket on a stunning, secluded white sand beach in Khao Lak. Exceptional personal services, top class facilities. Ideal for couples, romantic breaks, honeymoons, weddings and adult family groups. Designed in a contemporary Asian style with just 56 luxurious guest residences. Wide range of activities and facilities - cruise on a luxury boat, jungle adventures complete with champagne, glimpse authentic Thai local life in association with responsible and sustainable tourism commitment, rejuvenating spa massages lulled by the sounds of the Andaman sea, Thai cooking classes, lazy gourmet lunches, romantic diners on a secluded beach or by a candlelit jungle waterfall ...The limits are only your imagination. No children under 10 years permitted to stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Sarojin Hotel Khao Lak
- Sarojin Hotel Khao Lak