What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
Everything about or stay at the Sarojin was perfect. The room, the restaurants, the a la carte breakfast (served until 18hs), the amazing staff, wonderful spa and lovely setting. There is a free shuttle everyday to go downtown, which is aprox 15 min drive from the hotel.
Everything about this hotel was amazing, the gardens were lovely, the pool was lovey and the hotel went straight out on to the beach was a great. We ate in The Edge and The Ficus and both restaurants served amazing food and drinks. The staff were really nice, friendly and attentive but not in your face which was nice. I would recommend this hotel.
The Sarojin is about 89km north of Phuket international airport and about 70km from the Sarasin bridge connecting Phuket island to the mainland. The journey takes about 1 to 1.5 hours by car, depending on your speed. The road is a dual-carriageway highway and flat almost 2/3's of the way, before it reverts to a single carriageway and winds up and down a hilly section before dropping into the start of Khao Lak.
Khao Lak is actually made up of several villages and beaches that stretches for up to 25km along the coast on flat land sandwiched between a mountain range and the Andaman Sea. We passed the villages of Nang Thong, Bang Niang, Khuk Kak before we turned off the main road towards the Sarojin. We did not go further north to Bang Sak or Koh Kho Khao. Instead the narrow back roads after the turn-off led us pass the greenery and village houses before reaching the Sarojin at White Sand Beach.
You are immediately warmly received at reception by the friendly staff with a welcome drink and check-in is a breeze. You are even given flowers to be places in your room and asked if you have food allergies. You are then brought to your room and shown around and given a brief explanation of the amenities in your room.
You have well and truly been sucked and immersed into the Sarojin experience!
At the Sarojin, you have a choice of staying at the Garden Residence, the Pool Residence, the Jacuzzi Pool Suite or the 2-Bedroom Pool Residence. There are only about 56 residences in total in this boutique resort, so you are assured of an intimate and private retreat.
We chose to stay in the Garden Residence, which is basically the most numerous type of residence with apparently 28 residences to choose from. Each residence is situated in the garden like environment of the resort. You go up steps and enter into the front "sun terrace" of your residence which has your own thai sala pavillion in front and two high privacy walls separating you from the two adjoining residences.
A high front door opens up into the 95 square metre residence. You enter into the main bedroom area which has a large king-sized bed in the centre, a pair of lounge chairs and flat screen television and bluetooth speaker. The whole space has a full height glazing facade which allows a lot of natural light into the space. For privacy, you can also draw the full height curtains if you wish.
Behind the headboard of the bed, one step higher than the floor of the front space, is a long writing desk, with ample working space. Both the bed and the writing desk face the front of the house, allowing you to look outside through the glass facade. There are ample thai-style plug points (2 flat prongs) on the desk, so you will need an adaptor, but there are also 2 international sockets lower down, at least there was in our room. The in-room safe is also located here, in its own cabinet. There are also wine bottles here and snacks which you can purchase.
Behind the desk, a full height screen wall separates you from the en-suite bathroom. And what a fantastic and luxurious bathroom it is! To one side is a cabinet and a chest of drawers, containing the fridge and hair dryer. The top of the cabinet is your kettle and complimentary tea or coffee making facilities. Even ice cubes are provided. On the opposite side is a large open wardrobe, with more than enough space to store your luggage.
A long solid surface counter top spans the length of the bathroom between the two, on the back of the screen wall. Ample space for him and her and quality product from Juku, L'Occitane and Laneige are provided for your bathing and cleansing needs. A cubicle for the water closet area is located to one side, the only place in the residence with its own door. The rest of the bathroom is done up like a Balinese style outdoor bathroom, with river stones lining the floor to simulate the outdoors, although in this case, the area is still roofed with timber slats and glass panels for security, maintenance and privacy. The star of the bathroom is the oval shaped freestanding long bath in the centre of the bathroom, which was drawn with water and decorated with pandan leaves and flowers on the first night we arrived. An open rainshower and conventional wall mounted shower are also located to one side, giving you many options for you to bathe.
There can be no complaints about the room we were given. It had practically everything you would want in a room, it was spacious, the wi-fi and air-conditioning worked well, it was luxurious, well-maintained and finished to a high degree of quality. What more could you ask for?
Breakfast is served at the Ficus Restaurant, which is located at the centre of the property, adjacent to the landscaped pond. The restaurant wraps around a ficus tree in a L-shape, which is what gives the restaurant its name. There is an outdoor deck or an air-conditioned indoor area.
Breakfast is served all day, so there is no pressure for you to wake up early if you do not want to. But of course you can only do so once! Breakfast is made to order, you can choose what you like from an extensive menu. Service is attentive, and pastries and fresh fruit juices are brought to your table for you to select, which is a nice touch.
For lunch and dinner, meals here are ordered from a menu. We did partake of the menu one night. The meals are more Western than Asian, and are high quality and delicious. However it must be said that the price is not cheap; but you certainly do get what you pay for. Starters begin from THB385 and Mains from THB695, to give you an idea of prices.
The other restaurant is called the Edge, and is located on the beach. This one serves more Thai and Asian orientated dishes. Dishes range from THB240 to THB2,650 for the seafood basket, although the seafood basket price is not the norm on the menu! In fact we felt the prices at the Edge were slightly more affordable then the Ficus. The Beach Bar is also located here, where you can enjoy your alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks with light snacks as the sea breeze blows.
While staying at the resort, you can also partake of the services at the Pathways Spa. Located off to one side from the swimming pool, a boardwalk lined with orchids leads to the Spa building. Here you will be greeted with a welcome drink and cold towel, as you sit on the reclining seats facing the greenery of the plants growing alongside a small river.
You can choose the various types of massage, facials or wraps on offer. Prices are not cheap but we found the massage okay and the service excellent. The massage pavillions are open air to one side, also facing the greenery. Which is good if the outside noise is quiet and natural but not so good if you are unlucky and somebody is cutting the grass in the distance! Perhaps they can consider a closed room option in future. The session is finished off with ginger tea and a skewer of fruits diced into spheres.
In conclusion, the Sarojin is on the whole a beautiful resort that is well maintained, finished to a high degree of quality and has superb service levels from all the staff. If you are looking for a calm chilled out holiday where you just want to relax, The Sarojin at Khao Lak may just be the place for you. It has a beach, swimming pool, activity centre that arranges tours, spa, gymnasium, business centre and even an ATM machine but really all we wanted to do was slow down the pace and enjoy the resort itself.
We were so comfortable at The Sarojin, we did not even venture out to explore Khao Lak. As it is located away from the more commercial areas of Nang Thong and Bang Biang, there is nothing much located immediately outside the resort, another lower range resort on one side of the beachfront and some beach shacks and local restaurants across the stream on the other side. We were there in low season, and even these restaurants were closed for the season.
June is the low season because it is the rainy season, but we were well aware of this and even though it rained daily, we were happy with the cooler weather, which made all the vegetation lush and verdant, as our purpose was to relax. There are some mosquitoes, but being from a tropical country as well, we know all about it the mozzies and the hotel does provide liquid spray repellent.
If you are looking for an active vacation, with shopping malls, nightlife and clubbing, then perhaps the Sarojin and Khao Lak in general is not for you. But for us, the Sarojin was near perfection. We loved the place, the staff and everything about it. If you are okay with the seclusion, perhaps the one and only drawback are the prices, which will add up every time you eat, drink, go to the spa or partake in the resort activities.
But hey, that is the price of perfection! We do hope to return one day.
This hotel, This staff, This .... everything is perfect. We enjoyed the hospitality All you want you Can get there if you like to be outside the Phuket thunderstorm. We where there in rainy season but this is not a big problem still 30 degr ++. The trips offered from the hotel are perfectly organised could not be better!
If there would be a disadvantage it would be the présence of mosquito from 6 to 9 Pm but they have a feee mosquito repelaar lotion on all tables. Let This not stop you
What a gorgeous place. We went for a weekend away and had a fabulous time. The service from the staff was excellent, beyond our expectations. And the food was amazing. The 6am - 6 pm buffet breakfast was a particular bonus.