We arrived a the hotel and were given a cold cloth to freshen up and a fruit juice, which was welcome after our long journey. We were taken to our room, which was very clean, comfortable and had a king sized bed. The bathroom was amazing with a massive bath (room for 2). There was good air conditioning, however as we were there in rainy season/Monsoon there were many short power cuts and the air conditioning panel would bleep loudly when coming back on again giving me a fright during the night as I didn't know what was causing the bleeping!
The food was excellent. The breakfast buffet included fresh local fruits, cereals, hot buffet (which changed daily) and there was an egg chef who could whip you up whatever you wanted. We also tried lunch a few times and dinner one night. Both were of good quality. There was lot of staff, probably too much for low season.Sometimes they looked a bit bored. The resort is great for a peaceful retreat. The pools were lovely and we were lucky to have a pool access room. We even used the gym once, which was basic but air conditioned.
There many places to eat just a few mins walk from the hotel. if you go out the main entrance and turn left. Most of these restaurant did good quality Thai food at a cheap price. There is a few beach wear shops and supermarkets if you need anything. Also the usual annoying suit traders trying to get you to buy a suit. if you turn right at the beach path and walk a few mins you will come to a beach bar which is run by a man called Net. it is a lovely place to watch the sun go down. There you may meet Mr Moo and Cha who sell tours. They do give you the hard sell but are quite endearing and look after you well if you chose to go on a tour. If you say you are not interested they will leave you alone.
Khao Lak town itself was quiet and not much going on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Khaolak Merlin Resort is a deluxe resort with style inspired by Thailand's rich culture, situated approximately 50 minutes away from Phuket International Airport yet set amongst peaceful tropical forest landscape and tranquil beaches. It has direct access to 190 meters of Khao Lak Beach front and is surrounded by 15 acres of lush tropical gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Khaolak Merlin Khao Lak
- Khaolak Merlin Hotel Khao Lak