Travel Blogs from Khao Lak
... to my next liveaboard, wherever that may be.
This was my first liveaboard and it is basically a scuba marathon. Whenever you aren’t actually diving, you are in one way or another preparing for the next dive. In between dives I usually would go to my room to nap or lay on the sun deck on top of the boat (and end up sleeping). If ...
... and found it quite embarrassing as the pupils were so much better at pronouncing the names than I was. Today I simply left it to Sunny.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and the children too were warming to us as they got to know us all. At lunchtime a group of girls came to practice their English with us and then, after whispering together for a minute, told us to stay where we were, they had a surprise for us. They returned a few minutes later ...
... time of morning waking up, but because of my back issues. At this point I can feel my hips are out of alignment, with my left side protruding further than the right. Since I re-injured myself at Inle Lake in Myanmar, I've been waking up every morning to extremely painful muscle tightness in my left buttock and gradually “heavier” feelings of sciatica down my left leg. The meds I got from Canada don't seem to do squat, and I'm having ...
... tsunami and, depending on who is telling the story, the arm waving is him trying to push back the wave or alternatively telling people to run away as fast as they can.
Tuesday at Wat Muang Pratcharam school was hard going. In recent weeks there had been signs of an improvement in their behaviour but today, for some reason, there was a relapse and a return to the bad old days. But even in the naughtiest class there were some lovely pupils. Josh ...
... next is difficult to determine as, due to the opposition’s boycott the government will not have a quorum to take power.
By the time I had caught up on the news dusk had arrived, one of my favourite times of day here. The heat of the day subsides slowly, the lights on the palm trees flicker on and the noise of the birds, the frogs, the geckos, the crickets and innumerable other unidentifiable creatures rises to a crescendo. Then suddenly it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Sarojin Khao Lak
Excellent in every way!
We stayed in Sarojin for a week in February. The hotel totally exceeded our expectations. It is a beautiful boutique hotel in a perfect setting.
We stayed in a Garden Residence - a very spacious room with a superb bathroom (it is one of the most spectacular bathrooms I have ever come across in hotels - with two showers: rainfall one and a usual one, his/hers sinks, etc..), large and comfortable bed, TV (which we actually haven't watched once), wireless internet in the room (as we did have to work sometimes and had a laptop with us it was really handy)
A few people mentioned the staff at the hotel not being able to understand English very well - well we didn't have any problems with anything throughout our stay and the staff was very helpful and friendly!
Food - also absolutely amazing! Really nice restaurant right by the beach serving Thai food and also an Italian restaurant with a good choice of regular and unusual Italian dishes (we had a lobster lasagne and it was really delicious). A really good selection for breakfast (they made fresh juices from I think any fruit you wanted: we had a strawberry juice a few times!)
The hotel can organise excursions so there is a lot you can do (trips to Phuket which is about an hour away, jungle trips, diving, Temple excursions, snorkelling) We went cycling (in the afternoon so it wasnt hot at all!!), went on long walks on the beach (spectacular beach, with no signs of tsunami). We also went on a Sunset Cruise - which is worth doing if you want a nice boat trip - as you do see a lot: fishing villages, local life and of course the sunset
Overall this hotel has become one of our favourite ones and we will definitely go back in the nearest future.
Deserves the accolades
I would completely agree with the previous '5 star relaxation' review. Andrew and Kate have done a fantastic job and their commitment to their staff is being repaid by their commitment to guests. The food is wonderful and so is the presentation but the highlight of my stay was the trip on the Saraojin boat to the Similan islands. I've tried snorkelling at sites in Koh Samui and Hawaii but this was awesome. Settle back and chill out.
5 star relaxation
Just got back from The Sarojin and had a fantastic week of relaxation in this lovely hotel. The staff could not be more helpful, the rooms and bathrooms are fantastic (and better than their website shows you) and the food is very good. I would recommend going on the boat trip to the islands nearby - its a full day with some great snorkelling/diving and a delicious lunch on the beach, our guide for the day, Michael, was very knowledgeable, caring and enthusiastic (and good fun!).
Very nice touches abound the whole place, the pool is simply wonderful - and warm - and I would also recommend the pool residences if you can afford that little bit more. The local town, Khoa Lak is worth visiting for a night for something a bit different and the whole place is full of some amazing stories as they continue to recover from the Tsunami. There is not a sign of damage in the actual hotel itself.
The Sarojin is not a party hotel, however if you are looking for some well deserved rest and relaxation it will most certainly tick all the boxes for you and the staff could not be more welcoming. They even pick you up from the Aiport in your own large comfy private car with cold drinks and face towels on arrival.
The Sarojin, the place to relax in Thailand!
The Sarojin at Koh Lak, Thailand, is exactly as it reads on the website and is the most relaxing, sensual and peaceful retreat tucked away on the pearl white sandy shores of Koh Lak. It is perfect for anyone who is looking to chill! And what makes it such a top class resort, is not just the luxury and quality of this boutique 5 star resort, but its ability to be flexible to your every needs. So you do feel as if you are staying on a friends private estate and your every wish is catered for! It is this flexibility that gives The Sarojin the edge other its competitors.
The Sarojin will be inprinted on your memory as a place of very special memories - go and enjoy!!!
We stayed just a couple of days at The Sarojin during the Christmas break and it was simply unbelievable.
It is described as a 'boutique' resort but I call it paradise. Located (literally) on a beautiful beach (where we had dinner by torch light, with the ocean gently lapping the shore) the Sarojin is a place to kick back, relax and let the worries of the world slip off your shoulders and out of your mind.
The setting establishes the relaxing tone of your visit. From the beautifully furnished and spacious suites (I have got to get one of those rain showers - in fact the bathroom was almost worth the cost on its own) to the infinity pool, everything was perfect. I felt cocooned in my own world of care free luxury where my every whim was answered by pleasant yet discrete staff. The food and wine list were simply wonderful. The service matches the relaxed yet luxurious nature of the resort. It's simply impossible to be in a hurry.
Although good for families it is perhaps most suited to those with slightly older children or couples wanting the freedom to relax and be pampered. This said my children are nine and seven years old and had a blast. Sea kayaks, catamarans and other seagoing vehicles are all included in the price which helped keep everyone active when the mood took us (which wasn't often). There are trips via luxury powerboat and a host of other activities available but we didn't sample them - to be honest we were loath to leave the resort.
It's not cheap, one could say it is deliciously expensive, but dollar-for-dollar it has got to be best I've ever experienced. Recommended? Absolutely. Down side? Leaving!
Khao Lak is Back
We thought The Sarojin was terrific and would recommend it unhesitatingly to friends. Front Desk, recreation, and dining staff were excellent. The room was great as well. I wish I could have taken the bathroom home with me. The breakfast service was a little weak, but that is a small criticism in an otherwise flawless performance by the hotel staff. There are also some neat rides to do on the complimentary hotel bicycles. One cannot but think about what happened at Khao Lak, but the local staff and Thai people are friendly and welcoming as ever and want people to return.
It's the finer details that make the difference
We were lucky enough to spend 4 nights at the Sarojin for our recent December honeymoon.
We had a room with a pool, which although not as private as our previous hotel, was superb...comfortable, clean, spacious, well equipped.
The thing that stuck out for us most about the Sarojin was the fabulous service that we received...NOTHING was too much trouble for any of the staff and the attention to detail at this hotel, made it stand out head and shoulders above the others that we stayed at.
For example Mosquito repellent being offered to you when sitting outside in the evenings (a minor thing, but what a thoughful touch?!).
Kate and Andrew (the owners) made sure they spoke to every guest - how many hotel owners actually do this?
Truly impressed by the whole experience and the private dinner on the beach is an absolute MUST DO! Fantastic value for money for the amount of food you get!!!
Our stay in Khao Lak was a very humbling experience...it's amazing what this hotel, as well as the resort, have done in the last 12 months to re-build their lives.
We have been fortunate enough to stay at a lot of beautiful hotels over the years and this one will always stand out for it's attention to detail.
Wonderful hotel...onlythe service is not at its best
We stayed in sarojin in december. Overall, a truly excellent boutique hotel.
- food is excellent and wide selection. Chef is impressive. we ate at the hotel all the time and was more than happy.
- best minibar offerings I've ever seen in a 5 star hotel incuding fresh selection of italian charcuterie, goat cheese, fresh salad, complimentary freshly made variety of chips...very acceptable wine selection
- room was very nice, private pool very nice...
- amenities highest standards
- service is fair: many staff do not speak adequate english...which is tiring having to repeat things several times before someone understands you...please...we were there to relax...did not want to make any effort
- spa is not highest standard: products used are excellent, massage a heaven but they do not yet master several offerings...and a bit noisy compared to other spa I've been to in thailand
- the pool in the residences do not offer the privacy a honeymoon couple might want...the vegetation is still growing so that will happen but not yet at the moment
Verdict: a wonderful experience, excellent hotel they should address the minuses to truly live to a 5 star standards
What a treat
I recently stayed at the Sarojin Hotel in Khao Lak, near Phuket in Thailand. It is a brand new hotel, and I considered not writing a review at all for fear of it becoming too popular! It was truly fantastic. Set on a beautiful estate by the beach over looking the Andaman Sea, the Sarojin offers the best service I've ever had in Thailand, and I've always had better service in Thailand than anywhere else. The hotel's low-key elegance is echoed inside and out, from the beautiful grounds with its lotus ponds and palms, to the sophisticated and modern rooms. The rooms are imaginative spacious and comfortable, blending natural elements such as stones on the bathroom floor and waterfall showers, with large egg-shaped couples' baths. The rooms and the hotel are open-plan, giving it a sense of space and light. The Sarojin strikes the perfect balance between luxury, comfort, attention to detail and harmony with its surroundings. First-class hotels in Southern Thailand should be very worried by this impressive newcomer. Visitors will be delighted as I was.
A piece of heaven on earth
We stayed here in November 2005. The Sarojin is probably one of the most amazing most serene places I have ever stayed in. The owners had quite an imagination when it came to the design of this boutique hotel. There are just over 50 rooms yet it seems like you have the place to yourself. From the wonderful pool to the freshwater pond (it is big) with water lillies, palm trees, frogs everywhere, quite amazing. Then there is the beach, you are pretty much all alone and the sea rivals that of the Seychelles. It is a new hotel, the staff are great exceptionally polite - food is excellent- and overall a truly wonderful experience. We unfortunetly live in NYC, so a wee bit difficult to get back to, but if we lived in Europe would be visiting here 2/3 times a year! A.Behan and B.King