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“Be part of the family”
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The Sarojin
Ranked #2 of 70 Hotels in Khao Lak
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Let's be clear: June may not be the best time to be at the Sarojin - the monsoon arrived the day after we did with impressive amounts of rainfall and many of the outdoors activities the hotel has on offer cannot be done. But the basic mantra of the Sarojin still holds true: for a week we were "part of the family" and were pampered by its wonderful staff. This was the third time we were there, and this time the emphasis shifted from the out-door activities to sampling from the range of delicious foods on offer, especially in its Thai restaurant "The Edge". Under these circumstances, a room with private plunge pool is highly recommended. And the spa attains another level of spirituality as the skies op and the water pours down while you enjoy a Professional massage. On a more practical point: being there in June makes you realize what the upkeep of a property like this entails under extreme weather conditions. So, in brief: if you don't like the rain, avoid June - but if, like us, you do enjoy tropical downpours, try it for a very special experience.

Room Tip: Room 706, with plunge pool, is closest to the beach and to restaurant The Edge
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

We have just checked out of the Sarojin today after spending 11 nights. Overall the resort was fantastic, we always prefer boutique resorts as they tend to be much more personable and able to focus on details and the Sarojin certainly lives up to this.
During our stay we tried some excursions which were well organised and the guide and driver were always super friendly and efficient. I also tried the spa for a pedicure - the spa rooms themselves were beautiful but u was disappointed that the pedicure room was really no better than the local beauty salons.

Our favourite things were:
- pick up from airport was great, Wut was welcoming and told us about different things happening in Thailand
- check in was friendly and efficient and we were in our room within 5 mins of arriving
- room (garden residence) was lovely and very comfortable though I wouldn't say it was the best hotel room, it was just a lovely, comfortable hotel room with everything needed.
- breakfast was sublime - we were greeted by the friendliest staff each morning especially Jib, and breakfast was a luxury with the most amazing banana bread I have ever eaten. The staff were even lovely enough to give me the recipe :-) my favourite breakfast was the corn fritters and sticky rice with mango, which we had most mornings.
- the pool was divine as were the staff who would continually top up iced water or provide gorgeous little glasses of fresh juice. The pool is clean and huge. There was hardly anyone around also which mad getting a bed no big deal.
- the grounds of the hotel were immaculate and the staff do such a good job in keeping it that way, despite the challenges of the weather and ocean tide which flooded part of the resort on Palme days.
- staff were always extremely friendly, always going out if their way to say hello
- seafood BBQ was fantastic, though we ate so much we could barely walk back to our room! Great value for money for the quality of food as you could have as much freshly bbqd seafood as you could eat. I also really enjoyed the desserts especially the banana fritters.
- any of the resort food we ate was delicious - especially the chocolate soufflé which was recommended by the general manager and was a real treat.

As with anywhere we stay, there are always areas for improvement:
- the bathrooms, while very pretty to look at, were not functional at all. There was poor light, the rocks were not only a waste of space but were quite dangerous to walk on, I don't know how many times I nearly fell over! I also hated that the toilet was essentially open to the room, as it had no back wall, meaning no privacy, as it could be seen into if there was someone in the shower.
- out of the 11 nights we stayed, we only had room turn down 3 times as they seemed to come after 9pm most nights and given there is not much to do in khao lak, we were back at the hotel by 9 so didn't want to wait for housekeeping. When I tried to get them to come earlier, I was told they come at 6 every night which clearly wasn't the case. It wasn't until I provided feedback to the GM that they came much earlier. In most hotels I have stayed in turn down is completed by 7pm. In the first few days the daily clean didn't happen until late the afternoon also but once I asked if they could do it earlier at 10am there was no problem and they always did a fantastic job of cleaning the room.
- there are complimentary crackers in the room which weren't great. Some freshly baked cookies would be a much better option which would be more appreciated. We have had this in other boutique resorts and it goes a long way toward the feeling of a resort. Same goes for good quality tea and coffee. The teas was ok but the coffee was ordinary. In other resorts we have also had fresh milk rather than uht and this makes a big difference. Hot chocolate would also be a nice touch.

All in all, we had a fantastic stay and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this resort to others.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

The Sarojon was a great place to spend out penumtimate stop in our 3 week custom luxury trip round the region with Andaman Sky, who did a great job of shoeing us the creme de la creme of the region. What we particularly liked about the Sarojin was the high standard of the accommodation for the price we paid, plus the friendly staff, plus we also found the food to be more than satisfactory. All in all a most satisfactory stay at a great resort, thanks so much to everyone at the Sarojin for making our stay so enjoyable and to our agent for putting it all together.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

I had the privilege to stay in many good hotels like Shangri-la, Four Seasons, many of the Hilton Hotels, Amari, Palace or the Mandarin but have never felt so "close to Paradise" as here in 'The Sarojin'. The magic of this hotel is the perfect educated staff, unbelievable warm hearted and always focused to make your stay an unforgettable experience. Everyone, from the General Manager to the reception staff or the waitress is taking care of you in an incredibly positive manner. The rooms are super clean, large and extraordinary designed. I travel nearby 20 years to Asia but I have never experienced the quality that the cuisine of The Sarojin provides. The Food is simply superbe - fresh & delicious. The surrounding with Pool and Garden is so peaceful and perfect for relaxation. Let me point out the Path Ways Spa which is the most beautiful Spa I have ever enjoyed, the therapists are highly skilled and courteous.

That is definitely the best stay I have ever had - and if you choose The Sarojin and your experience will not be as good as my one, please come to Zurich and I am happy to offer you a glas of Champagne.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

I could go on for days about how perfect this place is but I'll just keep it simple: staff is absolutely wonderful, the food is sublime, the rooms are gorgeous. Go! It's perfect and worth every single cent. Oh, and you will never have a better breakfast in your life.

Room Tip: We had the Komson pool residence, it was amazing. Get this room!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Tegan B
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

We recently stayed at the Sarojin for six nights.

Sarojin transfer to hotel - our flight arrived quite late so we were glad our transfer was pre-arranged. Our driver was very welcoming and friendly, and provided cold drinks and towels.

Room - We stayed in a Pool Residence room (room 706 - highly recommended, especially for privacy) which was spacious, clean, and had a great range of amenities, a reasonably priced mini bar, complimentary water and fruit (restocked each day), and a nice firm bed. We also regularly used our plunge pool and sala, and enjoyed the privacy it offered, although we did venture out to use the main pool on a couple of days. Our room was serviced daily, and there was a turn down service each night. We celebrated our anniversary while we stayed, and were surprised when we returned to our room that night as the staff decorated our bed with flowers, and the bath with candles and flowers.

Staff - All staff were friendly, welcoming and helpful. We did not experience any communication issues as all staff had a good understanding of English - the same can definitely not be said for our Thai!

Food - There was a good variety of food available at all restaurants, and we were happy with all of our meals (which were also reasonably priced). Particular highlights include the all day al a carte breakfast, the wine tasting dinner, and our private dinner on the beach (highly recommended!). The staff were also very accommodating with my food allergy (by amending dishes etc) and made sure that all staff were informed.

Insects - While there are some mosquitos and other little bugs/insects around, we generally found that we were fine after applying a bit of insect repellant.

Bang Niang - We took the hotel shuttle (100 baht per person) to visit the markets (food and souvenirs) and the Tsunami Memorial. There are also a number of bars and restaurants to choose from (but we didn't end up trying any). We didn't want to wait for the return shuttle so caught a taxi back (300 baht).

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our time and will definitely be back to this beautiful, well maintained, peaceful, relaxing place to stay. It is well worth the travel time from the airport, and it will be difficult to find another place that meets our expectations after our time there!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We have stayed at The Sarojin three times and we will be back for a forth stay for sure.

Just go for the bubbles at breakfast time, the freshest smelling cold towels, the stunning swimming pool, the feeling of pure relaxation as you indulge in a spa treatment, the genuine welcoming staff, the private and comfortable rooms, the delicious Thai flavours that are offered for your eating pleasure and so much more, just go.

A happy place for us this is and we are yet to find another resort where we feel the same level of sadness when our stay comes to an end.

Just go.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Melp71
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Additional Information about The Sarojin

Address: 60 Moo 2 Kukkak | Takuapa, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Khao Lak
#1 Spa Hotel in Khao Lak
#2 Luxury Hotel in Khao Lak
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Khao Lak
#2 Romantic Hotel in Khao Lak
#3 Family Hotel in Khao Lak
Price Range: £150 - £539 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sarojin 5*
Number of rooms: 56
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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