Ramada Khao Lak Resort
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... cheap (74p for a big bowl of noodle soup with all the accompaniments) although most of the youngsters seemed reluctant to try anything they didn’t recognise. One of them went off to the nearest 7 Eleven to buy more bottles of beer which they polished off on the walk back to Walkers Inn where they were all staying and where they planned to watch the England / Wales rugby match later..
The “English Camp” wasn’t starting until Tuesday and ...
... of research and ended up booking with Liquid Adventures for a 3 night stay, consisting of 9 daytime dives and 1 at night. Being Open Water (OW) Certified is the recommended minimum requirement to dive here, with many dive operators strongly preferring that one has their Advanced OW Certification. No time to get emotional, as after washing up and grabbing a quick bite, Cindy walked with me to the dive shop to get things underway – I was ...
... as usual to divide my time between the pool and the beach and to visit the market in Bang Niang on Saturday evening.
There is always something different to see at the market and this week’s new attraction was a bizarre busker with bongos and guitar, wearing a Rastafarian woolly hat. On a perch at his side was a cockerel, and in a suitcase in front of him, a large tortoise. Their function wasn’t clear but when I passed the ...
... of the road. None of these have been wild. The first one rewarded us for squeaking in surprise by urinating and defecating in what might be described as mammoth style. The next day we trekked in the rainforest a bit and Rebecca was scared by a spider, then we went on an organised trip to a nearby lake, Cheow Lan, which feels more like a small sea and is gigantic. Everybody else on the trip was very nice indeed, there was ...
... time since I have been here I was “adopted” by some other tourists in the Tarzan Bar on Thursday night. They wanted to know why I was sitting on my own and insisted that I join them which I thought was very nice. They were a middle aged Swedish couple who had been coming to Khao Lak for several years and loved it. They were actually divorced but got on well enough to take their holidays together still. She ran a haulage business with their son, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ramada Khao Lak Resort
Last april I stayed at Ramada resort for 3 weeks. My first impression when I arrived was: a beautiful and quiet resort. Very friendly reception, helpful staff, lovely rooms with special kingsize beds. Everything in the room was well thought-out and nicely designed.
I had a room at the first floor with a large wooden terrace. At 7 in the morning I made myself a cup of coffee, took coffee and my book outside and settled in the reclining chair to wait for the sun to rise. This was a my special moment of the day. A visit at the spa was a very nice experience. I had a honey-sesameseed bodyscrub, a facial and a swedish massage twice. The ladies at the spa treated me like a queen and they were very friendly. I lost all my stress. Lit torches, the sound of the see at the background and good food, served at the Ramada restaurant, this is a feeling of the holiday you dream of when you are at home, where it is cold and rainy.
Ms Verwaaijen, Holland
Arriving in a brand new resort, with a appealing modern style we enjoyed every second.
The rooms are big, a nice plasma tv, good assortement in the minibar. The pool is amazing and everything is very spacious and wide spread. Breakfast perfect and excellent service, same as during lunch.
We regret that we only stayed one night, but definitely return again to try the spa and the rest of the facilities. Good work Ramada Team!
Vom Augenblick unserer Ankunft hat dieses brandneue Resort durch modernen Stil beeindruckt.
Die Zimmer sind groß, es gibt einen schönen Plasma TV und die Minibar ist reichlich bestückt. Der Pool ist top und alles ist weitläufig angelegen. Das Frühstück war perfekt und der Service ausgezeichnet, genau wie beim Mittagessen auch.
Wir waren leider nur eine Nacht hier, werden aber sicherlich bald wiederkommen und dann den Spa und die restlichen Anlagen ausprobieren. Ein Lob an das Ramada Team!
Pampered at the Ramada
Getting back to the Ramada felt like coming home for my wife and I. They remembered our names and even though it had been several months, they remembered what I liked, so my beers were ice cold every time I sat down at the bar and my the therapists at the spa knew that I needed some serious work done on my shoulders.
After 2 days with occasional showers, the skies opened and we had sun like I never imagined, it being the rainy season. Later we found out that what my agent called the rainy season is locally referred to as the "green season" because there's usually a shower in the morning and a shower in afternoon, with plenty of sun in between. And that at great prices, without having to fight over sunbeds added up to a relaxing vacation without breaking the bank.
The place was nice & quiet and other than some Australian volunteers, who were building a school near by during the day time, we got all the attention. The prices at their restaurant Sassi's are great value for money and after having tried some of the local restaurants (within walking distance) we decided to eat in on a regular basis. The wines are not cheap, but when I asked the restaurant manager why, he told me that there was a hefty import tax being slapped on each bottle, something like a 100%. Me being a beer drinker I couldn't be bothered that much, but my wife was happy to find that the housewine was actually quite OK.
The complimentary wireless Internet was up & running and allowed me to stay in touch with our kids and my business. No greater luxury than checking your e-mail on a beach chair on the beach...
We had a lanai ocean view room, because we of the big terrace and the easy garden access, as we had a deluxe ocean view room last Feb, which was fine, but didn't have the private sunloungers that the lanai rooms have. Housekeeping did a pretty good job of keeping them clean and we checked out their villa's for our next stay. Stunning...
We stayed there 2 weeks and just couldn't fault the hotel. The staff were all lovely and they went out of their way to keep us happy. One day the waiter brought my wife some mangosteen fruit (a purple sweet fruit) that he just picked up from the local market, because he knew how much she liked it.
Can't wait to go back next January.
Ok when its fifnished
Stayed at the Ramada for 7 nights from 6 March 2007 in Deluxe Lanai Ocean View room. We were very disappointed to find that many of the facilities and services mentioned in various websites (including Ramada's own) simply did not exist. For example, there is no gym/fitness room, shop, beach facilities/water sports, kids club or coffee shop. While these are in still in the construction phase, there appears no urgency or will to actually provide them. It would appear to us that the intention is to have the hotel completely open for next high season.
The room itself was clean and bright, as you would expect from a new hotel, with comfortable bed and nice bathroom. Everywhere was very clean and the room cleaning staff were excellent. Oddly, there is only one chair in the room, and with no patio/terrace seats, the only place to sit is on the bed or on a sun-bed. The room itself, like most if not all of this category is NOT ocean view, but garden view. From the room and the small terrace the view is of the garden and the rooms opposite. From the lanai, one can catch a small glimpse of the sea between the trees and beach umbrellas by looking to the extreme right. This is certainly not an "ocean view" and the hotel should be ashamed of itself for selling it as such. The beach area is very disappointing. Because (quite rightly) hotels cannot put sun beds on the public beach, the hotel has created a small private beach between the beach and pool area. This is crammed with sunbeds and umbrellas, tightly packed, but still not enough to cater for all the guests, resulting in a dawn towel rush to reserve a place. There is an overspill sunbed area on decking behind the pool.
Breakfast is provided in the "kitchen" in the main hotel block, offering a good and varied selection of hot and cold dishes, with sensibly sized coffee mugs! All other meals are provided at Sassi's, which provides drinks and meals during the day, and incorporates the Ocean Grill and Thai restaurant in its evening menu. Prices are reasonable for a hotel, and the food was good.
Even though the hotel is not yet completed, they could do a lot more to provide guests with services. For example, there is no beach life guard or safety flag, no pool lifeguard, the pool bar is finished but not opening until next season. While we were there we spent six days around the pool, but only once during that time did a waiter come around asking if anyone wanted drinks etc.
The staff were all friendly, polite and helpful and when fully open should be a great hotel, perhaps not in the same class as the La Flora or the Mukdara next door. There are several bars and restaurants within walking distance.
We stayed here for 6 nights in a Deluxe Lanai Ocean View room.
Lovelly hotel and staff are very friendly. Spa was great and was cheap due to 50% discount. Not much around hotel but you dont need it. Would recommend hotel.
Wir waren für 6 Nächte in einem Deluxe Lanai Open Ocean View Zimmer.
Das Hotel ist sehr schön und die Belegschaft freundlich. Der Spa war klasse und billig, denn wir hatten einen Rabatt zum halben Preis. Es gibt um das Hotel herum nicht viel, aber man braucht das auch gar nicht.
Ich empfehle dieses Hotel weiter.
Good now, Great when it's finished
We stayed 2 nights in the Ramada at Khao Lak in one of their Deluxe Lanai Ocean View rooms. We got a great price on Wotif and we knew it was an 'Opening Special Rate' so guessed it wouldn't be all together.
We got a lovely reception at 11pm with chilled towels and fruit juice. Relaxed check in and staff that couldn't have smiled more at us. The resort was almost silent.
The room was gorgeous. Good size, great flat screen TV, lovely decor and linens and fab bathroom with stone bath and rain shower. Only issue was the bath had a big gouge down the inside which would have been uncomfortable. Would have thought they wouldn't have even installed it to be honest. Not a big problem though I would say.
Breakfast was included and was a fresh buffet that all looked great.
The pool is also beautifully designed and a good size - managed to do some lengths through the middle. Sun loungers are the nice wooden ones and beach towels are provided free of charge.
Ate in the beachfront restaurant which was again great if a little overpriced but not exactly expensive by european standards.
The best thing though was that it was only half full so it was really peaceful, the pool was nearly empty all the time, no waiting for a table for dinner, no crush at breakfast.
The down side was that it isn't finished yet so no gym, no internet access, no coffee shop, only one eatery choice, no pool bar...
If you can manage without those things then get yourself there now before it starts to fill up and enjoy the tranquility of the place.
Jetzt gut, aber richtig super, wenn es erstmal fertig ist
Wir wohnten zwei Nächte im Ramada in Khao Pak in einer ihrer Deluxe Lanai Ocean View Zimmer. Wir hatten einen super Preis bei Wotif bekommen und wußten, daß dies eine spezielle "Eröffnungsrate" war, also wußten wir, daß wohl einiges noch nich fertiggestellt sein würde.
Wir wurden sehr nett begrüßt um 11 Uhr abends mit gekühlten Handtüchern und Fruchtsäften. Entspanntes Einchecken und das Personal hätte wohl nicht freundlicher sein können. Das Resort war fast mucksmäuschenstill zu dieser Uhrzeit.
Das Zimmer war fantastisch. Gute Größe, tolle Flachbildschirmfernseher, nettes Dekor und Bettzeug, fabelhaftes Badezimmer mit Steinwanne und Regendusche. Das einzige Problem war, daß das Bad ein große Furche innen am Boden hatte, die sich als unangenehm heraustellte. Ich dachte, daß sie ganz ehrlich ein Konstruktionsfehler war. Kein großes Problem würde ich aber sagen.
Das Frühstück war im Preis eingeschlossen und war ein frisches Büffet, alles darauf sah super aus.
Das Pool hat auch ein schönes Design und eine gute Größe - konnte ein paar Bahnen in der Mitte schwimmen. Sie haben die schönen hölzernen Sonnenbetten und Strandhandtücher werden kostenfrei zur Verfügung gestellt.
Habe im Strandlokal gegessen, welches auch super war, wenn auch ein bisschen überteuert, aber nicht unbedingt verglichen mit europäischem Standard.
Das Beste war aber, daß es nur halbvoll war und deshalb wirklich friedlich, das Pool war fast immer leer, keine Wartezeit für einen Tisch beim Abendessen, kein Massenandrang beim Frühstück.
Die Kehrseite der Medallie war aber, daß es noch nicht fertiggestellt war, deshalb kein Gym, kein Internetzugang, kein Cafe, nur ein Esslokal zur Auswahl, keine Poolbar...
Wenn Sie ohne diese Dinge auskommen, dann machen Sie jetzt sofort dort Urlaub, bevor es ausgebucht sein wird und genießen Sie die Ruhe dieses Ortes.
The hotel opened January 16th and we stayed for three nights in February in a Deluxe room.
Hotel quality overall is excellent. The hotel is built in a large arc around the spacious lawn and pool right next to the beach. The rooms are large, nicely furnished with rainfall showers and stone baths. Each room has a private terrace in front with sun loungers and easy access to the amazing infinity pool.
There is a restaurant on the beach at the hotel (Sassi's) which does great Thai and Western food. The surrounding area is clearly developing all the time but there is no 'village' feel.
You can walk about ten minutes to a range of restauarants and internet places near the main road or 20 minutes along the beach to Khao Lak. We found that the nicest places to eat were along the beach by the hotel (we had a superb meal at Chong Fah which was recommended to us by the manager at the Ramada).
Overall, it is a wonderful hotel if you just want to relax, swim and do very little. If you want a bit more action then keep heading south to Phuket.