Moracea by Khao Lak Resort
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Located on a 400-meter-long stretch of private beach
- All the spacious rooms come with a private balcony
- The hotel can arrange canoeing trips with local boatmen through mangrove forests
- Dine on the catch of the day at the Kumpun beach restaurant
What To Know
- A 7.7 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Due to its size and hilly location, the resort is dotted with steps and slopes, which make it tricky for those with mobility issues
- The local market is a great place to try Thai street food
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
There’s much to love about the Moracea by Khao Lak, a hillside hideaway near Khao Lak–Lam Ru National Park, from the cosseting guestrooms, which are decked out with silks and intricate woodwork, to the sea-facing swimming pools and direct access to the quarter-mile-long beach. Hibiscus Rooms (the smallest is 592 square feet) have been designed by a Sino-Portuguese architect, and all feature a sunset-friendly balcony overlooking the ocean, the pool or the jungle. Dine on classic Thai dishes at the beachfront Malila restaurant, or watch the chefs at work at Kumpun, which serves fresh seafood from an open kitchen. The property champions the area’s natural assets, from the locally grown ingredients used in treatments at the spa to promoting trips with Khao Lak boatmen through mangrove forests.
In the Area
Khao Lak is very beach-centric, but there’s plenty of life beyond the dive centers and loungers. The best local street food can be found at Go Pong (on Th Phetkasem; no website), where the chefs whip up fresh noodles and satisfyingly spicy rice dishes nightly. Khao Lak–Lam Ru National Park is a glorious mix of sea cliffs and mangrove marshes, a place where wildlife spotters might see hornbills, gibbons and Asiatic black bears. Khao Lak was also, sadly, one of the worst-hit areas during the 2004 tsunami; a small museum has recently opened to tell the story.
How to Get There
We stayed on a 8 night webjet deal...fantastic...low season so not a lot of people around - probably wouldn't enjoy high season...room was big clean..perfect with a swim up pool!...4 dinners were included - only excellent, as well as all breakfasts...with the cocktails as well we both put on multi kilos. We visited neighbouring resorts and Moracea had the best natural features by far. This resort is built on a 13 acre hill and has retained the tropical rainforest character. Staff are friendly and accommodating. We stayed in rooms 600+ (ground floor) with pool access...there were about 8, 3 storey 6 room complexes in this part of resort...first and second floor overlook the pool and have sea views. We saw and met the resort Manager who dined every morning with the guests at breakfast - he was a very humble, friendly and polite individual. Early last year we stayed at The Haven (further north, swim up pool) and I thought that resort was one of the best but the Moracea gets the money and an extra star.
Note: take your country's own currency and change it in Thailand as there are money changers everywhere...ATM's charge 220Baht per withdrawal plus whatever your bank charges....its about 1km walk to town, taxi is 100Baht
Left the resort yesterday after 7 nights. We went in the low season which is monsoon means rain. Had 3 fine days which were very humid. First visit to this area and hotel. Would highly recommend. So peaceful and this resort suited us perfectly. Great breakfast buffet. A few birds do come in but that's nature and worldwide. Room great. We were upstairs enjoyed the exercise after all the great food. Meals in restaurant of superior quality with presentation plus. We booked thru Webjet so 4 dinners included as well as complimentary cocktail each day. Easy walk into the town and lots of eating places our fav. Mojo $25 nz for lunch. Good coffee at the eighth room. Various pools around the complex and bars attached. If you want a relaxing break away from hustle of phuket we would recommend. One of our most relaxing ever holidays. Saw one mosquito (funny whilst in the shower). Cleaners leave an oil burner each day so suggest trying to address the issue. Unfortunately with weather only did one trip being the green bike 50km daytrip which would recommend. If you want nightlife khao lak not the place for you.
Stayed at the Hotel during the Christmas and New Year Period, the room was clean and spacious and the majority of the staff were friendly and helpful however the bar staff are slow to acknowledge your presence, and even longer in getting food and drinks to your table, Glad I didn't pay for full board or I would have been really annoyed. I often tip for meals and drinks but don't enjoy my waiting staff to wait for me to tip every time, (especially when waiting 40+ minutes for a drink) I even had to ask for for my change from a 1000 Baht from a 300ish Baht bar bill !!
We arrived at the hotel travel weary and tired. I was travelling with my daughter and we had two large double beds each. We booked a sea view and the rooms are in a block of four. Each block is spread out and you feel unrestricted. The beach is lovely. HOWEVER , people “pre book” sun beds and the intervention is sporadic.
The rooms are spacious but they have no drawers just hanging space.
The food and restaurant are good the staff outstanding.
Would I return ? Yes in a heartbeat.
We spent 10 nights here as part of a Scoopon package which included some free lunches/dinners, massages, daily cocktails and airport transfers.
I had a fair idea prior to getting here that it was going to be a high end resort and my high expectations were met.
Our Hibiscus Deluxe room #512 was more than nice with everything needed for a comfortable stay including TV, aircon, ceiling fan, fridge, kettle, umbrellas, balcony and a nice little reading nook. The room was tastefully furnished and the large bathroom with a large freestanding bath was a pleasure to be in. The rain shower was excellent and had strong water flow. It was housecleaned daily which included 4 bottles of water.
The resort itself is quite large and cascades down the side of a steep slope to the beach. There are a lot of massive trees and the resort is very green and lush which adds to the tropical ambience.
Reception is at the top and most of the pools, bars and eateries are at the very bottom overlooking the beach. They have little buggies that can transport you around the resort, either hop on/hop off or they’ll send one within minutes if you ring reception (handy if it’s hammering down with rain and a long walk to breakfast or dinner).
To begin with I thought I was going to have a problem with all the steep walking but as our stay progressed, my fitness steadily improved. By the time we left I was amazed at how much fitter I was. If you’re looking to get fit while you’re here, get a room at the far end (like ours) and walk around the resort 2 or 3 times everyday.
Most days we frequented the infinity pool next to Coco’s Beach Bar which was handy for food and drinks. It was shady most of the day and the pool was beautifully clean and refreshing in the Thai humidity.
Massages at Baimai spa were excellent and they finish with a lovely pot of ginger tea.
The Malila was their main restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of food that we experienced there, particularly the dinners. In fact they were the best quality meals of our whole stay both inside and outside the resort.
Breakfasts were quite good and had just about everything you’d need to start the day (except no muesli 🙁) and seemed to cater for all tastes. Not the best I’ve ever had, but very good nonetheless and more than adequate.
Being an open restaurant, the local birds would appear at breakfast time and were not shy about hopping around the restaurant and jumping on your table and pinching unattended food plates, particularly on the perimeter tables.
If you felt like a change of food, Andalea Beach Bar was 100 metres or so to the left on the beach and there were 2 nice restaurants (Gold Elephant and Everyday) a few hundred metres from the main entrance heading into town.
The beach was really lovely and the sea was surprisingly warm. Many people would gather for the sunset ritual which was always special. We never had a problem with lounge hoggers as there were plenty of lounges to go around.
Staff were always nice and friendly with big smiles all round.
Language sometimes was an issue particularly with housekeeping, but overall they were good.
If I had to criticise it would be the regarding the amount of insects, particularly mosquitoes. They conducted an insect fogging day once while we were there so they’re aware of the problem. In addition, my advice would be to supply mozzie coils for balconies and landings and perhaps supply each room with plug in repellents.
We noticed also that during room cleaning, housekeeping would leave the front doors wide open for the whole clean which would let insects in.
My final suggestion would be to consider supplying an hourly shuttle service to downtown Khao Lak.
This was our first ever trip to Thailand.
Our stay at Moracea by Khao Lak was an absolute triumph and we loved every minute of it.
If ever we return to Khao Lak, Moracea is top of our list.