I was really looking forward to our stay at the Sarojin (chosen from the reviews here) but it didn't quite meet up to expectations. The pick-up from the airport went well and on arrival we were offered a welcome drink and I was given a bunch of twisted leaves (I guess they were out of orchids!). We were quickly shown to our room, a pool residence. Things then went downhill.
The room itself was pleasantly furnished and quite large. BUT the bathroom is probably one of the worst designed I've ever had to experience. Firstly it is just a dark, dismal, partly screened back section of the bedroom. Even the toilet is partly 'open' although thankfully there is a glass partition between this and the tea/coffee making area. The floor of this 'bathroom' was concrete covered with large and uncomfortable to walk on pebbles. The whole area was dominated by a large plant urn which seeped from its base onto the floor (hullo mosquitos!). The bathroom sink was one of those slabs with a horizontal chink cut out along its length like you see in public washrooms. (Watching my husband try to wetshave in half a centimetre of water in this sink was entertaining!). The large bath had been filled with water prior to our arrival for the purpose of sprinkling leaves and petals for decorative purposes (what a waste of water). If the aim was to detract from the dank dimness of the bathroom, it didn't work. I like my bathrooms hygienic, clean looking, bright and functional - with due respect to the maids who did a wonderful job given this setup - the bathroom was definitely a matter of style over substance.
We were shown a number of price lists during our welcome tour of the room and within the hour I was given another (for the BBQ - see later) by the 'turndown service' maid. We debated checking out there and then but it was getting late so decided to stick with it.
There were good points - the restaurants were both very good and we enjoyed the sunset cocktails. The Sarojin only has a small section of beach but this is well looked after by a team of lads who kept us supplied with chilled water, towels etc. It was never too busy that we couldn't find a lounger.
The pool in the pool residence was large enough to cool off in at the end of the day although the mosquito activity and the lack of a breeze made us head for the beach in preference. We only had to retreat from the beach when they were setting up the weekly BBQ - basically they move the Edge restaurant out 100 metres closer to the shore and 'dress' the beach for the seafood BBQ. Obviously this closes the Edge for that evening and I couldn't really see the point other than it offers a buffet option for those that like that sort of thing. We don't. I must have been quizzed dozens of times as to whether I was going to the damn BBQ and there was surprise when I declined - it is very well promoted by all the staff! It also offers 'live music' i. e. a guitarist playing american rock classics. When we passed by later, I knew I'd made the right decision not to attend!
Other good points, the all day breakfast really is a winner. We were able to go off on bike rides in the cooler morning air and return for breakfast. Note to cyclists - the yellow bus stop roof for the turning to the waterfall is no longer yellow (it rusted).
The room air con was efficient and importantly quite quiet. Insect repellent and nice toiletries provided. There was a sensible size room safe, tea/coffee making stuff and good WiFi. There was even WiFi at the beach - yay!
The grounds are beautiful and maintained by an army of gardeners. The highlight of my stay was being handed a bloom by an older lady gardener as I walked by. So much more appreciated than the twisted bunch of leaves at welcome. The spa was OK but can be hot as it is open air. Again the staff were lovely.
So a long review - have tried to convey the positives - in particular, the friendly and diligent staff. We enjoyed our stay but that bathroom, oh dear!
- 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