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The Sarojin
Ranked #3 of 66 Hotels in Khao Lak
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Perfection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

We have just returned from 10 nights in paradise. Staying at the Sarojin is an amazing experience, with absolute attention to detail. All the staff go out of their way to ensure you are enjoying yourself and nothing is too much trouble. We were on holiday to celebrate 2 birthdays in the family, and there were 5 of us on the trip, occupying 3 rooms. The pool villas were a perfect choice, and many an afternoon was spent reading and having a dip to cool off. The main pool is huge, and the staff there (Kob and Jo) were fantastic in keeping us well hydrated with icy cold water - my glass was constantly getting refilled. Nothing is too much trouble. Breakfast was incredible, lots of choice in both hot and cold dishes - I'm so impressed they even had vegemite! All the juices are freshly squeezed, and the fruit was divine. We could not fault the food at the restaurants, tasty and delicious. We enjoyed sunset cocktails on the sand some evenings, and the entire setting truly is picture postcard beautiful - tables, loungers, umbrellas all on the sand right near the water. Khao Lak itself is about a 15 minute drive from the resort, and because it was low season, there were few other tourists and we really felt like we were experiencing true Thai culture. Make sure you visit the local market, which is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays - the food is delicious and cheap! The staff on our birthday ensured we had a memorable evening, even singing 'happy birthday' to us, it was so special. I don't know of any other hotel where the General Manager will stop and have a chat, mingle with the guests and even join you for a drink and a chat on the beach - Roland is such a friendly GM! (thank you again for my birthday card :) ). I could write pages and pages on all the dozens of little (and big) things the staff all did to make our holiday extra special, but will say that the entire time we were there, we were truly spoiled and made to feel like family - even the chef came out to see us on our farewell! We will return to the Sarojin without a doubt, as its not just 'a holiday', it's a unique experience where you will be made to feel like this is the best place on earth. Special thanks again to Kade, Alex, Yuth, Kom (who was our tour guide for the day @ James Bond Island), & every one of the staff who made our holiday into something we will never forget.

Room Tip: The pool villas are an excellent choice.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

I arrived here with my family in wet season (late june), however 90% of the time it has been hot and sunny with only a few clouds.
The rooms are luxurious and unique - i would recommend a pool residence. Although the main pool is enormous and the beach is great, it is nice to escape to your own private pool. We were in room 306 which didn't give total privacy to our private pool, as it is only protected by a row of plants and some exposure to the balcony of the room above.

Breakfast - huge variety including Thai dishes which were all delicious and filling. The poached egg, fruit and french toast were the best. Breakfast is from 6am until 6pm

Tours - i cannot recommend highly enough of the James Bond Island Tour. It was not as busy as i thought from reading other reviews (due to low season). However it was sunny and hot so may as well have been high season. The sarojin allows you to create your own adventure, where as other tourists only had limited time on the island. The sarojin provide you with cold towels and a variety of drinks wherever you go -sparkling wine, coke, diet coke, sprite, water, fanta etc.
We didn't swim at James Bond island but instead our tour guide stopped the boat at a private beach 3 mins away! Our guide was also great taking good photos of us throughout our trip.
Also visit Lampi waterfall - this was a great sight and swim.
Some tour guides have lesser english, however they have enough to communicate and describe landmarks. They are all very friendly, funny and helpful and happy to recommend things.

The Sarojin is the perfect place to escape your everyday busy life and relax. By the pool we were brought complimentary drinks such as mango juice, watermelon mint and ginger juice, pineapple etc.

My boyfriend also booked the BBQ beach dinner. I would highly recommend doing this for someone special as it was the most romantic, perfect night with candles, amazing food, the ocean by your side, a private chef and waiter and some extra special touches.


Location - not walking distance to shops or other restaurants, but that is what makes it such a great, quiet escape. there is a complimentary shuttle bus 5 times a day and taxis from Khao lak central to the sarojin is only 300 baht and less than 10 mins drive.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

As we were celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary we were looking for somewhere special and as we had stayed at The Sarojin 4 years ago and had a fantastic time then, we decided it would be the ideal place to return to, for this special occasion. We certainly wasn't disappointed, in fact we couldn't have asked for a better setting as we were thoroughly spoilt and treated like royalty - many thanks to Roland and his marvelous and very friendly staff. We stayed for 10 nights in a Garden room which we found to be more than adequate as they are much more spacious and equipped than most other hotels in the world. The excellent breakfast (including "bubbles") has changed to an All Day Breakfast which makes it very convenient now. Both the Ficus Restaurant as well as The Edge (Thai Food) were outstanding, the Seafood BBQ was absolutely delicious. Although June was meant to be the "wettest month" in Thailand, most of the rain came during the night, so was able to relax and still enjoy many hours of sunshine around the large pool - where the service was excellent and attentive as usual with constant supply of iced water. When our special day came, we really celebrated in style with a Magnificent Banquet , which will be remembered for the rest of our lives, we were so proud of the way The Sarojin had arranged everything, the decorations including the 50 candles behind our table and the tasty menu, especially as we had to revert to Plan B due to the weather changing a few hours prior to Dinner. After having a fabulous evening we returned to our room to find the bed and bath made up with a fantastic display. We cannot thank the staff enough for their attention and help during our stay and making this so memorable for this milestone of our married life. Whilst staying here we hired a car through the local Hertz Rentals Company and was able to visit many places nearby including Phuket and area and must admit if you'll looking for a quiet and luxurious holiday The Sarojin in Khao Lak is far superior than Phuket.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

My husband and I stayed at The Sarojin as the last leg of our honeymoon for 5 nights. When we arrived we were taken to some comfy seats in the lobby, offered a cold towel (I love this about Thailand, cold towels everywhere) ad a welcome drink, while the formalities were taken care of. We were told that we had been given an upgrade at no extra cost which we were very excited about.

We had booked a Garden pool room but were upgraded to a Spa Suite. These are on the higer floors of the two storey villas and have a large bathroom, a large sitting room, a lovely beadroom, a separate toilet, a kitchen area and a large balcony with a cool spa pool on it. Private but over looking the gardens.

All staff at the hotel were very friendly, the pool is lovely, the beach a little bit of a dissapointment, a very small section is reserved for The Sarojin and there were Jelly Fish on the beach and in the sea making it unpleasant/difficult to swim. The beach can not been seen from the main part of the hotel or the rooms as it is protected by a row of trees.

The beach restaurant was lovely, serving good food everyday and a fantastic, luxury sea food buffet one nice. Not cheap but very good and not like any buffet we had ever experienced before.

The best thing about this hotel is that you can have a breakfast up until 6pm each day, with wine or sparkling wine, we took to having room service breakfast for lunch, in our room where we could enjoy the Air Conditioning.

Excursions is what this hotel does best. They are expensive, but they are fantastic and worth the cost. The staff look after your even need. We went on The Lady Sarojin to The Semilon Island for a day outing. There was a total of 10 guests on the baost and 3 staff. We were fitted with fins and snorkels before we got onto the boat and then after a 45 min journey to the islands snorkelled in the clear blue water at three different spots, the staff guided us and pointed out amazing sealife that we would not have spotted otherwise. Each time we returned to the boat there was a fresh water shower as you came out of the water and fluffy white towels. We were dropped off at a white sand beach for a wander and a sit down and swim. The islands are not like the rest of Thailand, they are even more beautiful. The sea is crystal clear and the beaches are white soft sand. Absolutly out of this world gorgeous and a real treat. Through out the day we were served sparkling wine and other drinks and lunch was served on the boat with white table cloths, real metal cutlery and glasses and was a selection of fantastic salads, seafood and meat. It was the best meal we had over the whole 16 nights that we were away, it really was that good!

The other excursion we did was a day elephant trecking and canoing in the National park. Again a fantastic trip. We wanted to do a shorter trip than was advertised and the staff amended the day and the cost to suit us. The National Park was beautiful and the trip well worth it.

I had an hours facial at the spa too which was fantastic. A lovely spa with friendly staff. The rooms are open air, but don't feel too hot they are shaded and you hear the sounds of running water and the birds which is very relaxing.

The Sarojin was a lovely relaxing hotel and we really enjoyed our stay. The rooms are lovely and the excursions the best we experienced. I love the sea, so it was a shame that the beach is out of sight from the rooms and the resort and that is is not very large or private.

Room Tip: Splash our on a Sarojin Spa Suite. Top floor, loads of room to spread out and relax and lots of priv...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bowral, Australia
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129 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Canada
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: 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
#2 Spa Hotel in Khao Lak
#2 Romantic Hotel in Khao Lak
#3 Family Hotel in Khao Lak
#3 Luxury Hotel in Khao Lak
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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