After a trip to Thailand this year and absolutly falling in love with the place myself and the hubby have decided to return in 2010. We stayed at the Merlin Beach resort this year in a pool access room and would love to find some thing of the same quality but closer to Patong beach. The pool access rooms at Merlin beach were fantastic and private, it also did not matter what time of the night you got back to the room and went for a quite swim . A couple of the hotels we have looked at that have Pool access rooms are the Banthai and the La flora. Has anyone stayed at any one of these or others that could be recommended.