The most blissful week of our lives – we didn’t want to leave.
From the moment you arrive your pace of life slows. We arrived at night and were welcomed by the sounds of frogs, cicadas and running water, and walked through waterlily gardens & palms to our beautiful residence. We immediately cancelled plans to eat out and instead had a candlelit dinner lying on the daybeds in the cabana, and relaxed and swam under the stars.
We felt like we were in our own home with total privacy. We had a large saltwater pool in a pool residence allowing us to swim, sunbake, eat at our outdoor dining setting and sleep under the cabana. It is that feel that makes Sarojin feel like a retreat not a resort.
The suites are cleverly outfitted to avoid the normal hotel feel. The bed/living area is spacious and has a small mezzanine area behind the bedhead, with many powerpoints to place laptops etc out of sight. The bathroom is huge with a large landscaped area of riverstones. It has an oval stone bath, and a large shower rose above a stone slab, where two can shower. Features include complimentary daily fruit bowl (rather than just on arrival), free wireless internet throughout the retreat, and a fantastic stereo & TV. Complimentary CDs & DVDs are excellent – we listened to their Café Del Mar CDs throughout our stay.
The food is to die for! We loved the all-day a la carte champagne breakfast (great for when you sleep in!), under the shade of a massive ficus tree. We had dinner cuddling on a couch on the beach, and our own private seafood barbeque at one of the retreat pool’s cabanas, where we swam between courses. Our only regret was we didn’t get to try everything on the menus!
The highlight was our romantic candlelit waterfall dinner where we became engaged. It was the perfect place to propose. We had fireflies follow us up the narrow jungle road to where our path, lit by red candles, crossed the river. Our chef and waiter attended to our every need, and remained discretely out of sight, to allow us to feel we were alone in paradise. The food was exquisite and to finish off swimming beneath a full moon under the waterfall was beyond ‘bucket list’ – it was spiritual!
The first night we had booked had to be cancelled due to heavy rain and we were lucky to be able to re-schedule to the following night. We would advise you to book this dinner early during your stay, to allow the possibility of rescheduling as we did.
The advantage of being there during the wet season is the waterfall is cascading at full strength and to have a massage in the day spa with a tropical downpour thundering on the thatched roof and decking is truly blissful. The disadvantage is the national parks, where you go snorkelling, are closed. We still had many sunny periods and came home with lovely tans.
We had plans to go elephant riding, out on a boat and do a Thai cooking class, but we were so busy relaxing we will have to return for another week to do them!
If you seek a romantic escape – no clocks – no timetables - to relax, recharge and be in love – you will not be disappointed.
- 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