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
First some context, as you can see from our reviews we travel around a bit and use this platform fairly regularly. Also, this was our second time at the Moracea and last year we gave it a 4* review with issues being access to sunbeds and evening atmosphere.
This time the experience was near perfect. We have chatted at length and can say this hotel and this stay have been the best we have experienced anywhere.
Now I have also taken the time to read some recent reviews, most of which seem to share our view and some who have had some negative comments, and of course you can only judge based on your own experience but I have never seen better staff, always happy, ever helpful, the housekeeping staff in particular are excellent.
We had a different room type this year and it made the whole experience so much more relaxed as we spent the afternoons there.
I think now they offer all inclusive here it means more people stay at the resort later rather than going into town and that has helped create more buzz in the evenings which has improved things - although we just had breakfast as Khao Lak is so cheap with so many lovely restaurants although we did eat in Hotel one evening and the food was great.
Sunbed reserving is a major issue but it’s no different in any other hotel and having thought it over I really can’t see how this is stopped without very heavy handed tactics, it’s too easy to let it wind you up so we just let it go this year and laid on the beach instead if we didn’t find a bed which was perfect as it turned out.
My only suggestion for improvement would be to make more use of the “wine Bar” which has a great terrace, maybe brand it a “cocktail bar” instead and/or organize some entertainment there on the odd night, as it’s really a wasted space after 7:30pm and the hotel really needs a “bar” rather than just a restaurant....
Definitely consider the Moracea, it’s lovely, we will certainly be back....
Oh btw - recommended local restaurants....Takieng near Biang Market, Sunstar Siam near hotel
Also Captains Bar in mid town (no need to taxi you can walk it) for proper cocktails and connect 4!!
Oh and of course the fantastic Andalay Bar along beach for lunch....
All the best John & Libs
Stayed for 4 nights in a poolside Villa. We found the villa very dark inside and needed a light on to read even in daylight. The breakfast had a good choice and nice that you could have extras like eggs cooked to your liking. The swimming pool was kept quite clean but the biggest disappointment for us was that on 2 of our four days we couldn’t find a sunbed. Despite the lobby staff asking people not to reserve beds they still did. One day we saw from outside our bungalow a German couple put their things on a bed at 07.00 go off for breakfast then reserve more beds by the beach and they finally turned up to use their poolside beds at 14.00. Now to us that doesn’t seem fair and we being British did not want confrontation,we feel that the hotel should take some responsibility for this behaviour as it certainly spoiled our stay. Having asked people not to reserve beds clearly is ignored.
The hotel is in a lovely position beautiful beach which is clean. Plenty of restaurants in the short walk to town. The hotel in on a hillside but there is transport to get you from beach level to the reception at the top of the hill.
We found the staff very helpful and friendly not as written in other negative reviews.
We used a taxi company in Khao Lak town for hotel to airport transfer which takes 1-1.5 hrs from Phuket airport.The name of the company was “Cheaper Than Hotel Transfer” Very safe driver and nice car.
We stayed at the moracea in January we stayed all inclusive ,it was amazing! That’s all I said the two weeks we stayed there. The food the drinks the staff were just amazing! It was our first visit to Thailand and we definatly chose the right place to stay! It was so relaxing and was nice just to be able to walk into town in the evening to have a look around the shops. The only thing I could really say that as we were all inclusive the menu by the second week was a little repetitive .but the cocktails and drinks were great.and the staff were so friendly and couldn’t do enough for you.i highly recommend this hotel .
We stayed here for 3 nights and were blown away by the location and the quality of the room. We had incredible views and loved the space of the room. The pools are all well kept and never a problem getting a sun lounger. The beach was quiet even for high season, the breakfast offered a good range and all in a beautiful setting. We ate at the restaurant on the front a couple of times, food was good but service lacked as needed to remind them we were there.
The town in a short walk away with a variety of bars and restaurants. I did find the local taxis tried to charge you more when you said what hotel you wanted to go to. I would love to return to this hotel and stay for longer.
Just got back the Moracea a lovely hotel. We noticed that there were very few British people mostly Germans, French and Dutch. The swimming pools are kept very clean and well maintained. The breakfasts are very good, there are two egg stations, fruit, yoghurt etc. You don’t need to bring any toiletries as they have a very selection of shampoo, shower gel and body lotion. We were told that by going all inclusive it works out cheaper as the beers and lunches are quite expensive. If you like markets go to the tsunami museum and there is a market just across the road but check which days it is open. Would definitely go again if we get the chance.