Khaolak Laguna Resort
What We Love
- A luxury Thai beach escape on the stunning Andaman Coast, including breakfast and extrasThe enviable location right on the beautiful sands of Khao Lak beach
- The authentic architecture, which makes for a traditional Thai experience
- Enjoying an invigorating Thai massage by the pool
What To Know
- There are plenty of sunbeds by the pool and beach so there's no need to campout for a spot
- The resort is within walking distance of town but if you're looking to go any further, you can easily find a cab
- Free WiFi works well
Live the Thai life at a magical resort on Khao Lak Beach, overlooking the Andaman Sea, in southern Thailand. Greeting you like a Thai temple, Khaolak Laguna is designed in a classic style, with slanting roofs, white pillars, colorful floor tiles and oversized pottery in the semi-open lobby area. It backs onto the beautiful beach, so you can stroll through lush tropical gardens directly to the sands beyond – this is one of the most enviable locations in the region.
The experience here is supremely peaceful and relaxing. Numerous thatched and tiled shelters blend in seamlessly with the palms. Chalets, tucked away in the grounds, pay homage to local artistry and handicrafts. The Asian restaurant serves beautifully presented buffet breakfasts, and the Sundowner Terrace is the place to sip pre-dinner cocktails as the jewel-like sunset lights up the sea. The free-form swimming pool has a thatched swim-up bar, and a poolside massage or a visit to the Chiva Spa are just the thing to ease you further into chill-out mode. And, because this is a seaside paradise in every sense of the word, there are even offshore islands you can explore on a boat trip.
Traditional by design, each luxurious chalet features beautiful carved woodwork. Measuring in at nearly 600 square feet, spacious Siam chalets are scattered among the grounds and have verdant garden views from a private terrace.
Amenities- Complimentary Wi-Fi- Flat-screen satellite TV- Minibar (fees apply)- Air conditioning- Hair dryer- Tea/coffee facilities
The Asian restaurant serves a lavish buffet breakfast, while for lunch and dinner, you can expect both local and international choices. You can also order a private beachfront dinner.
The full-service Chiva Spa has a sauna, steam room, fitness center and four treatment rooms.
The hotel is in a quiet location, surrounded by trees and backed by rainforest. It overlooks the gently sloping beach, which is ideal for swimming. It lies on the edge of the village, and you can easily easily walk to numerous restaurants.
How to Get There
I cannot stop thinking about the wonderful and gracious time I spent at this gorgeous resort in March, 2019. I flew there for a destination wedding and was wonderfully surprised by the entire experience.
From the stunning decor to the comfortable bed and great water pressure in the showers. It was a win win for me.
I arrived at the property later on the Friday night after flying in from Canada. When I had arrived, they had been waiting for me as I was the last person in the group to show up. I was informed that I had be upgraded from a single room to a beautiful villa. This was a surprise and much needed after flying 32 hours.
Everything about the resort was great! The staff were welcoming and engaging, the food was delicious and fresh and the loungers on the side of the ocean were heavenly. I am very much a huge fan of this resort and the size is quaint but large. Lots to do, many different outlets and offers and in a great area of the highway where it is safe to cross to go shopping up the street or to grab a taxi and go to the next little town.
Booked with Secret Escapes 486 Eur for 7 days B&B which included a one way transfer from Phucket airport (usually 56 Eur or 2000 baht) and one dinner in the restaurant which was 40 Eur so well worth it for that. We opted for the pick up which I am glad we did as it was a bit chaotic at the airport, but we found a guy holding our sign and we were soon on our way, the minibus was air conditioned with a cold towel and bottle of water waiting and also free WiFi which was well worth it. You should definitely arrange transport if not included, it takes an hour.
When we arrived at night the hotel looked lovely all lit up with wildlife sounds all around, you are surrounded by vegetation and feel like you are in a rain forest. We were given room 216 which was called a Siam Chalet, it was not a separate building but formed part a block of six. The room is massive with king size bed, great mattress and really cool air-con which you needed on all the time in 35-40 deg humid heat. Nice bathroom a bit dark but separate shower and bath. Large 43 inch TV in room and free water every day, there is also a fridge so you can buy your own drinks and store them. We did not buy and booze at the airport and wished we did because a 70cl bottle of gin is 28 Eur in the shop. Breakfast was plentiful and lots of choice but very hot and humid as open to the elements as are all the common areas at night. A cooled enclosed restaurant area would have been a bonus. After breakfast we headed for the pool area and gardens which are amazing with views out to sea and lots of sunbeds, no reserving was necessary but the Germans still did and guests where mainly German with some Russians and the odd Italian couple. This is a very chilled place not much goes on in the evening, you chill during the day have dinner and go bed. On TV there is Fox Movie channel in English which can be useful in the evening. Would definitely give this place 4*plus and would recommend to anyone.
We arrived here after spending an amazing few days in Phuket at a 4* hotel. We arrived in reception, first impressions it looked a bit tired for a 4.5 * hotel. We were told when we booked that this hotel was a higher standard and more expensive than the one we stayed in Phuket. We were shown to our room which as soon as you walked in it smelt very strongly of damp. There was mould all around the air conditioning unit. The room it’s self was very shabby, floor all scratched, lamp shade dirty, wood discoloured, scuff marks all over the wall.
We complained and were shown another room which also smelt very damp. Eventually we were moved to a villa which didn’t smell, but still scruffy. Chipped tiles in the bathroom, very old looking shower, discoloured wood work. Room very dark even with all the blinds open/lights on.
Breakfast was awful. In an open air restaurant area and some food was uncovered. Found insects in the fruit numerous times. We ended up only eating food that was covered. Birds were flying around in the breakfast area and were on the surfaces where the food was. Saw a member of staff eating while working in the breakfast area. The other hotels we went to in Thailand the breakfast was in an air conditioned room and the food covered.
The grounds has numerous half filled pools with murky water in with lots of mosquitoes surrounding, not nice to look at.
Pool bar very shabby, and food not great.
Location was nice right on the beach, and by the shops restaurants thankfully as could eat out every lunchtime and evening.
Reception staff were nice and very apologetic about the room.
I could see that this hotel was beautiful when it was first built 12 years ago, but doesn’t look like any refurbishment/ work has been done on it since. Breakfast definitely needs to be improved. A 4.5* hotel shouldn’t have insects in the food. Compared to the other 4* hotels we stayed at in Thailand this hotel was not up to the same standard. Massive disappointment to our holiday, couldn’t wait to leave.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay here in a spacious Oriental Villa.
The hotel lobby is absolutely beautiful, and designed in a classic Thai style. In the evenings they have live music played on a grand piano which makes for a very tranquil ‘night in’ at the hotel bar.
On arrival we received a very warm welcome with cold towels and a complementary drink. We were then shown straight to our room.
The villa was by the beach, which made for the most spectacular views on the walk down to the pool and restaurant. The room was spacious with a good standard of air conditioning, a comfortable bed, pleasant bathroom and an outdoor veranda area.
We do also have a few criticisms of the room. The WiFi was very weak in the rooms (was reasonable in the rest of the hotel), and only available in very limited spots. The bed linen had holes in which is not acceptable for a hotel of this standard. Also, only 2 fairly small bottles of complementary water were provided per day, with further water from the mini-bar charged at around £3.60 for a 500ml bottle and circa £5.00 for a 1.25L bottle. Water was available cheaply from local shops, but we did get caught out on the first night.
There were lots of cultural activities within the hotel on offer at a reasonable price. We took part in a free Tai Chi lesson, as well as paid (although not expensive) Thai Boxing lessons, Yoga lessons and Thai Cooking lessons. All of these were 1on1 with the instructor. Free Pilates were also on offer but we did not take part.
The various classes really were the highlight of our stay. The Tai Chi, Yoga and Thai Boxing were in a studio room with very enthusiastic coaches. The cooking class was in the restaurant with a very knowledgeable team of chefs, and we were served the meals we had made as a free lunch immediately afterwards.
The restaurant had a sea view and the food was to a good standard. The service was a little inattentive.
The staff in the hotel were very friendly and helpful.
Despite a few little criticisms, we had a lovely time and would recommend this hotel. In particular we would recommend taking part in the activities on offer which were excellent value for money.
This hotel is amazing. It was everything we had hoped for when booking the holiday through Emirates. The room was very spacious and at 55sqm accommodated 2 adults and 2 pre-teenagers comfortably. The facilities are spotless, as are the grounds and staff. My only criticism is the cost of the evening meal if your booked on a B&B basis, we were shattered after the travel there so lazily went for the buffet. Be warned, this is not representative of the cost of Thai food elsewhere in Khao Lak. I can't fault the quality, the breakfasts were superb as well. However, £125 for 4 people including drinks is European capital city territory. Make the effort and go to the local restaurants and you'll pay more like £30 (very often less) for a family of 4 including a couple of drinks for the adults - make no mistake though, there is no issue with the quality or service, including the Sundowners bar for the Thai lunches - my only criticism of this aspect is that is closes before you can sit there and enjoy a sunset on what has to be the best stretch of beach in Khao Lak. I would have no hesitation in staying here again although I'd eat out in the evening.