APSARA Beachfront Resort and Villa
What We Love
- A stylish resort in Thailand's beachfront paradise of Khao Lak – includes breakfast The picturesque crystal-blue waters and white-sand beaches of Khao Lak
- Opting for the Pool villa and enjoying a relaxing, private dip
- Dining barefoot at Zeus Beach Bar, with a cocktail in hand and a platter of grilled seafood on the table
What To Know
- The resort arranges day trips to the Phi Phi islands and local market excursions
- Pool Villas come with beach bags filled with essentials like flashlights, flip flops, umbrellas, and towels
- Free WiFi works really well
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Unwind at the impossibly chic Apsara Beachfront Resort and Villa, a four-star beachfront right on the glistening white sands of Khao Lak’s Pakarang Beach. Here you can spend hours gazing at the stretch of blue that is the Andaman Sea, sip cocktails by the infinity pool, book Thai massages in gorgeous outdoor pavilions and crash out in your fabulously sleek room or villa with luxury touches aplenty.
Rather than sport a traditional tropical resort appearance, this luxury destination took a contemporary approach. It is all clean lines, full floor-to-ceiling glass windows, sleek furnishings and stylish minimalism here. The generously sized rooms and private pool villas are beyond spacious with bright light flooding in thanks to the modern aesthetics of the space.
A family-friendly resort, there are plenty of activities to keep the little ones occupied while you get your tan on or sneak off to the spa for a pampering session. Exceeding expectations, the resort has also bagged a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
How to Get There
We only stayed here for a week, not sure we could have stayed too much longer.
Positives: Food in the beach bar / restaurant was great. Lots of choice and very generous portions.
Most of the staff were friendly. There were one or two male staff who seemed to have a bit of a chip on their shoulder though.
Negatives: It's 90 minutes from the airport, which we knew, but still a jaunt.
It's 20 minutes outside of Khao Lak and Bang Niang. There were plenty of restaurants and bars in both of those places, where the prices are half of the hotels prices.
The hotel run a shuttle bus 3 times a day to these places. Whilst that is a good idea, you have to pay for it. It's only 100thb per person per journey, but other hotels give this service for free.
We had a 'room upgrade' on arrival. It was ok but a little bit tatty inside. The patio door to the terrace was not very secure. One lock and with a bit of rattling, this would drop away leaving the door open. More substantial locks at the top and bottom would be better.
We arrived during the rainy season, again, we knew this. We lost a couple of days to heavy rain but there was nothing to do whilst it was raining. No entertainment team. The only entertainment was a couple singing each night.
Overall, it was a bit of a disappointment.
Very friendly staff attending to guests in a very large Resort. We were greeted at the main complex which is right on the beachfront and were firstly booked in a reasonably spaced room on level 1. Once we walked out on the balcony & saw the private pool directly below us, we went back to the Reception Counter & asked if we could be re-located to a ground floor room. They were very helpful & explained that this would incur an additional cost (of course) which we thought was very reasonable and agreed to. The Resort also has separate Villa's which are accessed from a bridge over a canal, with just as many facilities as the main complex. These would be more suited to Families or couples that would prefer to be more Secluded/Private
Only disappointment is that there is no swim up bar.
As we knew we were holidaying on their off season, many of the surrounding areas/local open air restaurants like Coconut Beach & White Sands Beach were closed for maintenance/upgrades in readiness for the start of the new season which starts around October.
Overall we had a very pleasant Holiday and would recommend the Apsara as a place to Relax, do nothing & sit by the pool/beach
According to one of the waiters 200 staff work at this motel, really good service, rooms were large with a really big king bed, located right on the beach with a great swimming pool and three restaurants within the complex, buffet breakfast was also great
Me and my boyfriend stayed here for just short of 2 weeks in July. I’ve been hesitant to write a review as our time in Thailand was not great mainly because of the weather and location of the hotel - it took 2 hours in a taxi to the hotel from the airport.. once arriving at the hotel complex we were met by Golf the manager who sorted out our payment for the villa we stayed in etc, during this time he mentioned about a meal under a cabana on the beach - we were under the impression that he had thrown this in free as both of us thought he had said this. Sadly this was not the case we learnt when checking out. I have since emailed the hotel and they have tried to explain why it wasn’t ‘free’ but yet we were told it would be.. doesn’t quite match up??
Anyway, Emee on the desk was fantastic throughout our stay and couldn’t have done enough for us, aswell as her other colleagues. In fact all the staff were brilliant and very attentive.
The villa - when we arrive late at night we were driven to and shown our villa. We had a large lizard in our toilet which wasn’t ideal but hey! We’re in Thailand, I have to admit the villa wasn’t all it was hyped up to be on this site. I didn’t feel very safe with having an unlocked double door (the outdoor shower) luckily I’d seen tips on here saying take a belt to wrap around the handles which i did but I still didn’t feel very safe. It was nice to have our own pool but probably not worth the amount the hotel charge for this. maybe time to rethink the outdoor shower business as I haven’t seen many positive things?
The food - the food at Napali was incredible, this off set the price of the villa for us. The food in the buffet restaurant on the hotel side was poor. That bad that one night we left without eating, luckily we were able to eat at napali due to staying in a villa.
Location - first choice didn’t point out quite how remote the hotel was when we bought this holiday, the hotel is about a 20 minutes drive from Khao Lak city, there’s a market there and some tsunami museums (be warned! when looking through some of the photo albums there are pictures of the deceased before they were moved following the disaster) sadly there’s not much going on on an evening. I can imagine if you aren’t bothered about this or go to bed early this wouldn’t bother you!! I really think the hotel could do more entertainment during the day and in the evening.
We ended up leaving 2 nights early from Apsars because we were so bored and even looked for flights home, we went to stay at Patong Beach near Phuket and that was an experience! there was much more going on there.
Sadly I wouldn’t return to Apsara this is mainly because of the mix up with the unexpected charge for the meal which made me feel slightly violated and robbed as it wasn’t explained clearly to us.. especially after a full day and night travelling. The majority of the staff were fab, and the bar tenders and waitresses are brill.
V booked a 2 bedroom pool Villa for our family holiday for 3 nights here. The room is what I expected, spacious, lovely pool, well equipped & simple modern designed furniture.
It’s very close to the white sand beach which is really a gorgeous place for relax and surfing. Apsara is a big resort. Our villa is located in an area with its own main swimming pool and restaurant. Everything is easily accessible. So it’s quite convenient for guests. The golf car was required only when we wanted to go to the main lobby, at the time we were leaving or coming back our room.
Although we experienced 2 incidents during our stay : black out for 2 hours at night time and 1 false alarm ring in middle night. I think we had a really good time in our room.
I would like to give compliments to those ladies & gentlemen working in Nepalai restaurant. We felt we were always welcomed. Thank you for the room cleaning service team and golf car drivers, they did have pleasant smile all the time.
The only disappointed point was the lady in reception, who led us to the villa on our arrival day. She did a basic introduction, but no further helpful information could be given upon my request. For example, I would like to have a hotel map and wanted to explore the place for bicycle renting or water sport etc. Finally she just asked me to take a look on the simple evacuation map mounted on the wall in the room.
Her attitude was nice but not helpful and professional enough.
In conclusion, this hotel is recommended.