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
- 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
I am sure that by reading the reviews you get the message that this is a 5 star place to stay but its not a 5 star de luxe resort either, as the rooms, whilst quite large are getting a bit dated for the prices being charged. Toilet is open on one side which may not suit everybody and is very odd. Reasonable small gym, and pleasant spa, but not international standard by comparison to other resorts in the Far East. Beachside seating is nice but limited in size as the beach is public. No seating on the beach provided by the hotel.Very nice pool area with plenty of places to sit and well staffed. 2 good restaurants both overpriced and both not busy as most guests seem to go out, Ficus which is amazing for all day breakfast,seemed dead at night serving [ why?] European continental food. Beach restaurant and bar is also nice and well run nice for sunset happy hour, only seemed busy on their Thai seafood and specials nights again probably way too expensive compared to local places.
many places within walking distance especially for drinks under half price charged here. Many local places will send a free taxi to take you out. Hotel has a shuttle to town but its not free and the timings dont really work for dinner. Wifi is zoned around the hotel and frequently dropped.
Yes its a beautiful place to stay friendly and helpful staff and manager but its very very expensive for what it offers. The rooms with private pool are the best, rooms near the swimming pool and beach are quieter. Good for honeymooners.its about 1 hour 20 minutes from Phuket airport traffic permitting.
First of all the good points. The staff are great, the design of the rooms is interesting and spacious, the food was delicious.The beach is beautiful. The bar is cool and chilled right by the water.
Things that could be better , hence the rating. The distance from the airport is closer to 2 hours not 1 as they state on the website. Not important if you are there for a week or 2, but incredibly relevant if you are there for a few days. We would have chosen somewhere in Phuket if we had realised. The gym is very small and very hot. There were frequent queues for the machines - 1 treadmill, 1 bike, 1 stepper. Overall the resort could be more ‘polished”. If you like rustic 5 star instead of pristine 5 star then it’s ok. Finally, price. This resort has higher price points than the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok. Therefore it doesn’t feel great value for money. The place was dead at night because everyone went out. If it was a little More reasonable the perhaps guests would stay in and create a little more atmosphere. My wife booked it based upon the strength of the tripadvisor ratings. Either we booked too close to the time and got a high price or we had too high expectations- but my assessment is that it’s too expensive for what it is and somewhere we would not return.
I truly don’t know where to start. The hotel is absolutely ideal if you want a relaxing holiday in the most beautiful surroundings. We were on our honeymoon and that was exactly what we were looking for. From the minute we arrived we were treated like royalty. The grounds and the attention to detail is just astounding. We had a pool residence and it was beautiful. Everything you need is there (except an ironing and board) this they will deliver to the room though. The staff are without a doubt the hotels biggest asset. They are so friendly and helpful that I’ve truly never experienced service like it. Normally I would never eat in a hotel as I like to experience the local fare but on this occasion we broke with tradition. Albeit expensive compared to local restaurants the food was outstanding, especially the beach BBQ,s. On the beach during the day the staff constantly top you up with iced water and are on hand for moving sun beds etc. We booked the trip to the Similan Islands on the lady Sarojin but due to issues with visiting licence they couldn’t take that boat but provided a different licensed boat. Although a little disappointed the staff on board made it a fantastic day to remember. It really is a fantastic resort and one I’d highly recommend. On reflection there is nothing that I could say that wasn’t a 10/10
A big thank you to the Sarojin....
We spent 6 wonderful days at the Sarojin after a busy trip in the North of Thailand. Our plan was to relax and switch off and that’s exactly what happened! As many other reviews have highlighted, this is a high quality hotel and first impressions were good. We were picked up from Phuket airport and it is about an hour and 15 minutes to the hotel. Check in was easy and quick and we were in our room in no time.
Room: We stayed in a garden residence. The room was large, clean and the bed was comfortable. Air conditioning worked well. The bath/shower area is open to the room and the toilet only has three walls. The toilet was my only minor issue, and we felt it could have been closed off from the room (I arrived with a bad stomach from Chiang Mai) and could have done with a bit of privacy. There is a well stocked mini bar and complementary water and fruit.
Food: Breakfast is a triumph. One of the best I’ve had at any hotel - all served a la carte but with many choices and you could order as much or as little as you like. Juice was freshly squeezed, the banana bread was particularly excellent as well as many savoury, beautifully presented dishes. It is available until about 5pm but we ate at “normal” breakfast time - and what a lovely start to the day. We ate at the Edge restaurant three times during our stay. The food was modern Thai and delicious. There was a Thai evening on our last night and this was excellent, with food cooked from fresh and the opportunity to release a lantern at the end.
Service: Service was excellent throughout. We met the general manager when we checked in and again a few times at breakfast. We could easily have raised any issues with him. The staff in the Fictus restaurant at breakfast were particularly good. The room was serviced daily and there was a turn down service.
Facilities: The hotel has a reasonable gym with a running machine, bike and cross trainer. The have dumbbells to 50lbs and a cable machine. The pool is 25m so allows for lap swimming and also relaxing. There are a number of sun loungers at the pool, many of these in the shade but the beach allows sun worshipers more sun! Complimentary water is provided all day. There are three “pool pavilions” which are very popular. While there are clear signs that these will be cleared if left for 15 minutes we did not observe this being carried out and there was a degree of “hogging” going on. I had a massage at the spa, this was amazing and one of the best hotel spas I have come across. The toilets at the Edge restaurant are like something from a design magazine!
Area: There are a number of places to eat along the beach offering a cheaper option than eating in the hotel restaurants and without the need to get the shuttle bus into town. The hotel is around 10km from the town - we didn’t visit as there was no need.
The hotel offers trips on their private boat which we did not do. There are also other beach/sea activities available, which we did not utilise.
This is a special hotel and we would love to return some day. If you want to relax in beautiful surroundings and feel refreshed when you check out this is the place for you.
We stayed here for four nights for a relaxing time at the end of a multi centre trip to Thailand. It was a great decision as the hotel has everything you need for a peaceful relaxing time. We had a standard room which was beautiful and well equipped and we did not miss having our own pool as the hotel main pool was always fairly quiet so we always got a sun bed and the pool staff brought cold drinks and flannels and pool towels. The beach was also lovely with plenty of sun beds. All of the staff were efficent, professional and helpful. We ate in both restaurants twice and they were excellent, the the set meal in The Ficus is good value and one of the best meals I have ever eaten anywhere in the world. The all day breakfast is also brilliant and very useful if you have a late airport pick up as we did because you can check out of the room then go for a late breakfast to so you do not have to try and get a meal later. The choice was amazing and all freshly cooked to order. If you do want to explore further afield you can walk down the beach to several other bars and restaurants or get the shuttle into Khao Lak where there are lots of shops and restaurants. We also did the Similan Islands boat trip which was an amazing experience, 3 lots of snorkelling in different areas seeing an amazing variety of fish and a turtle and also a stop off at a beautiful beach and a fabulous lunch on board. It is not cheap but we felt it was definitely worth it. This is one of the best hotels we have stayed in and hope to return one day.