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JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa or Burasari? Please help

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JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa or Burasari? Please help

Please I need you advise for our last minute booking....Should I book JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa or Burasari Patong Hotel for a 7 day family holiday with our actice 2 year old daughter?

The Burasari is situated in a great location for day trips, shopping and eating out .......But is Patong beach busy and too much of a party town?

The marriott seems like its pretty far away from everything but gives you more of a 5 star stay. can we do day trips fromg the Marriott? Are the restaurants pricey? Is the kids pool and playground good?

Does anyone have any advise? Have you stayed at either places?

Cheers,

Nia

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1. Re: JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa or Burasari? Please help

We have stayed at the Burasari before. Perfect location, great place but wouldn't really say it was suitable for kids. We thought that It is more suited for couples as the rooms didn't seem to be that big.

Alot of people rave about the Holiday Inn which is just accross the road from the Burasari and sounds like they cater for kids better.

Hope this may help.

Cheers

Rob

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2. Re: JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa or Burasari? Please help

Don't know the Burasari but I know Khao Lak ans the JWM very well. First off Patong and Khao Lak are exact opposites. Patong is very much more full on and Patong beach is VERY busy and Patong is VERY commercial. Khao Lak on the other hand is much less commercialised, has 25km of beautiful beaches with the JWM being located on Khuk Khak beach which is one of the best. Although a bit remote, there are several beach restaurants/bars and massage places either side of it within easy walking distance, the beach is lovely and wide in front of the resort and shelves quite gently into the ocean. The main townships of Bang Niang and Bang La On are 10 and 15 minutes away respectively by hotel shuttle or taxis which are plentiful outside the main entrance.

The rooms are very well furnished and equipped and the hotel's facilities are excellent. Pool access rooms are particularly good as you can enter directly into the "rivers" that give you access by swimming or floating to the swim up bar and huge main pool right down to the beach.

As you would expect of a 5* resort the 3 restaurants are more expensive than eating locally but the breakfasts (included in most deals) are extensive and excellent.

Pics of Khuk Khak beach at …google.com/CousinKL/KhukKhakBeach02…

and here including some of JWM here picasaweb.google.com/CousinKL/KhukKhakBeach…

There are plenty of day trips from Khao Lak including Khao Sok National Park to the north, Phang Nga Bay, the Similan and Surin Islands or Koh Tachai for snorkelling, elephant trekking and river rafting.

Plenty of information on the Khao Lak Forum and especially the Top Questions and FAQs on the top right at tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g297914-i10908-K…

By the way, it will take you about the same time to get to the JWM as it will to Patong from Phuket Airport - just turn left instead of turning right!

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3. Re: JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa or Burasari? Please help

To add to Andora

The JWM Khao Lak has plenty of activities - they sent me a program of what they offer. Also you can do many day trips from there.

I think you really need to consider what you want to do. If you want to be in a busy area with lots of tourist shops etc then stay at Patong (or close too) If you want a relaxed time go for Khao Lak. I also don't know the Burasari- but looks nice.

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4. Re: JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa or Burasari? Please help

Thank you Thank you!! Ive booked the Marriott, sounds like just what we need for our family holiday!

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5. Re: JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa or Burasari? Please help

Hi Nia

Both hotels and locations are like chalk and cheese, just TOTALY different in every aspect, and can't just give you a straight answer without a rundown on both

Khao Lak is beautiful and so much more relaxing, better beaches than Patong, no tuk tuks, timeshare scammers, jetskis and pesky tailors haselling you, no crazy nightlife either, KL still have taxi's and tailors but none of them bother you at all, everyone is more friendly

Arandora has given you lots of great info re Marriott and Khao Lak and i would agree that it is a perfect destination for you and your family

it seems far away as you stated, but is only 1 hour drive north from Phuket airport, and still plenty to do and see, have a look at this link on Khao Lak www.khaolaklovers.com for more info and hotels etc

Patong is very busy, it is the main tourist spot on Phuket, the main nightlife and party scene mostly only happens after dark and main area being Bangla Rd for that, but you will be back at your resort having a 2 year old with you so no need to worry much about that side of it, and it is easily avoided, the daytime is fine for walking around markets and shops and doing day tours, so it all depends really on what you want out of your holiday? busy or relaxing?

if you choose to stay in Patong choose a hotel away from Bangla Rd area,

Burasari is a good location and a nice smaller boutique hotel but not a real family hotel it's more suited for couples

Merlin Beach Resort is great for families, you will have to get a hotel shuttle and/or taxi into town 5 min ride, beautiful resort though, close enough to go into town when you want to and far enough away to not even know you are in Patong, 3 great pool areas and on a private small beach, it is a bit rocky at low tide so not good for swimming but a nice little bay with beach massage and a great Thai restaurant up on the hill, there is a lovely quiet and safe calm beach over the road Tri-Trang beach, www.merlinphuket.com (4 resorts on there, and also the Khao Lak Merlin too)

Kata or Karon beach areas would be better places to stay if you choose Phuket, lovely beaches way better than Patong beach(which is busy with jetskis, parasailing etc) Moevenpick Resort, Hilton Arcadia and Kata or Karon Beach resorts that are both beach front, www.Katagroup.com also on that website Orchid resort and spa is a good family resort also, 100mt to the beach, plenty of restaurants, bars, shops and markets in Kata and Karon without all the full on nightlife of Patong

www.mapjack.com have a walk around and a look at Patong and Karon/Kata

Of course the JWM in Khao Lak (or the one in Phuket) take a lot of beating, they are great resorts :-)

like i said it all depends what you want out of your holiday and the 2 places are soooo different, if you can manage it split your stay between the two, 3 Phuket and 4 KL Marriot

all the best

Mossy :-)

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6. Re: JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa or Burasari? Please help

Hi Nia

Good choice, just went back into the thread and saw that you have booked Marriot, you won't be disapointed, have a great time :-)

we are turning left from the airport too in Sept after such a wonderful stay last year, can't wait :-)

all the best

Mossy

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