The gorgeous spa, with its open-air treatment rooms overlooking the Andaman Sea
Plentiful activities on-site: free mountain bike, catamaran, sea kayak and windsurfboard rentals
The anything-is-possible attitude of the “Imagineers,” a team of personal assistants/private concierges
What To Know
A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
Children nine and under are not permitted, and most guests are adults; this isn't a family-focused resort
The laid-back vibe
Pack good bug repellent: The hotel's water features attract mosquitoes and the in-room natural repellent doesn’t always cut it
Parking on site
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A beachfront retreat in Khao Lak, with spacious suites, poolside cabanas and an open-air spa
Despite the clean lines, minimalist styling and angular structures that make up the Sarojin, this seafront retreat in Khao Lak exudes all the warmth and Thai character you’d expect in the Land of Smiles. The 10-acre grounds overflow with coconut trees, lush gardens and lily pad–filled ponds, and local woods and stones are used throughout. The pool is lined with cube-shaped cabanas, and indoor and outdoor spaces meld seamlessly, thanks to walls made entirely of glass. The whole effect is undeniably stylish, yet wonderfully romantic.
Bed and Bath
The 56 guestrooms (called Residences) are housed in low-slung buildings and are reached by crossing a small stream. They’re all equipped with giant (and supremely comfortable) platform beds and floor-to-ceiling glass walls dividing the sleeping and outdoor areas. Rather than a completely white-on-white palette (typical at many minimal beach retreats), they feature polished wooden floors and furnishings. The limestone bathrooms are especially lovely, with large egg-shaped tubs and rainfall showers on pebbled floors. All rooms have private outdoor spaces: garden terraces and Thai salas feature in the Garden Residences; Pool Residences have small plunge pools, and the second-floor Sarojin Suites have large balconies with circular soaking tubs.
The Sarojin offers private access to one of the best beaches in the region. It’s one of the area’s few white sand stretches surrounded by mangroves and lush jungle (as opposed to cement blocks and busy roads), and the aquamarine waters fronting it are calm and sheltered, thanks to a coral headland just offshore. Free water sports (windsurfing, canoeing, etc.) make it easy to take advantage of the excellent waterfront setting. Other prime spots on the property include the spa, where the treatment rooms are open-air pavilions overlooking the Andaman Sea, and the excellent restaurant Ficus features tables set romantically beside a lotus pond in the shade of the property’s ancient ficus tree and serves delicious Asian-inflected Mediterranean dishes.