I stayed back in February 2013 so this is just from particular memories. However we were very impressed with this smart and slightly quirky hotel which is of course cheap compared with accomodation in the UK, but also some other hotels in khao lak which were very luxurious but overpriced in my view.
You get a lovely and functional room even with the standard rooms, there is a bed and then a sofa also, then rather quirkily there is a shelving unit behind the headboard and that area contains a fridge and soe cupboards. I recall our fridge was stocked with cold drinks and they also left us two bottles of (room temperature) water each day. The bathroom was big with a separate shower and bath, however there is a window between the bathroom and bedroom which may seem a bit odd to us. However there were blinds you could pull down for some privacy!
The staff were great and had folders at the reception with trips you could book through them, and even when I was ill on the day of a trip, they were able to reschedule it at short notice so we could go another day and not lose any money. I would recommend a day trip into the national park, ours included elephant riding and a canoe trip along a river (we didn't have to row). Also at a scuba diving place on the beach near the hotel we booked a scuba/snorkelling boat trip which was pricey but amazing. There is great visibility at some islands a couple of hours from Khao Lak, I believe the Similar islands, so some of the best dive sites in the world I hear.
The reception has a couple of internet machines which are free to use and the reception runs into a lounge area then below is a large restaurant where a huge breakfast is served with lots of fruit, food from all different countries, omelette stations etc. Then the restaurant leads out onto the main pool area where there is a pool bar with nice cocktails and that also serves some thai and american/italian meals.
This area leads onto the beach so a lot of the rooms have a partial sea view. There are quite a few sunbeds on the grassy area just before the beach as well as around the pools. There is also a second pool area opposite the reception.
I found Khao Lak to be very quiet so within a short walk along the beach there were maybe only five restaurants then maybe another five hotels with restaurants which you could eat at. There were some good seafood places and a good mix of real thai food, international food and lots of cocktails. Otherwise I think there were just some booths along the beach selling trips, also some shops on the road leading onto the main road which sold trips, also also quite a few clothes shops including made-to-order clothing.
The hotel was very clean and smart and the nice touches gave it a bit or personality and a luxury feel. I personally wouldn't find it worth paying double the price for a more luxury hotel as the beach is stunning and the hotel more than smart enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Briza Beach Resort, newly deluxe resort in Khao Lak, Phang Nga located on a long stretch of unspoiled sandy of Khao Lak beach, which is only 50 minutes from Phuket International Airport and only 10minutes strolling to Khao Lak Lam Lu Natural Park. ... more less
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