Right on the beach and surrounded by rainforest, Khao Lak Merlin Beach Resort is an All Inclusive tropical retreat.
Set in 16 acres of tropical gardens, this place is a luxurious hideaway. Here, you have the best of both worlds – there’s a white-sand beach on your doorstep, but Khao Lak town centre is just a few minutes’ drive away.
Scattered throughout the lush gardens, you’ll find four pools to dip into. There’s also a seafront restaurant, a buffet place and a handful of bars tucked away in the trees. Meanwhile, secluded bedrooms are decorated in typical Thai style.
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- Direct flights from 7 UK airports
- Fly on the spacious new Dreamliner
- Experience quieter, jetlag-busting flights
- Enjoy complimentary drinks
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- UK airport lounge access for Premium Club guests
Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Snacks at set times.
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4 outdoor pools
The lagoon-style pools here take centre-stage, dotted with waterfalls and greenery.
If you're feeling thirsty you can relax in the pool and have a refreshing drink at the swim-up bar.
Sit back with a cool drink in the lobby bar and enjoy the live entertainment. You'll also be able to connect to the internet in this area.
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deluxe twin room with balcony or terrace
superior double room with balcony or terrace
These superior double rooms come with air-conditioning. There’s a king-size bed or twin beds plus 1 extra bed in the bedroom and a balcony or terrace for that extra bit of space outside. Room service is also available* and there’s a direct dial phone and hairdryer included too.
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The Magic of The Merlin!
We had a wonderful first visit to Thailand. Given that we were lucky to be there at all so soon after an op and only given permission to fly the day before we travelled, our all inclusive stay at The Merlin Hotel was perfect for us and provided all the R&R we needed. A long but excellent direct flight from Manchester on the Thomson Dreamliner, carefree transit through airport customs and security at Phuket, and an informative coach transfer, all provided the best start we could have hoped for. Our first floor deluxe modern room overlooking a quiet pool and densely planted courtyard was lovely and meticulously maintained by our maid. Quality linens on the king size comfy bed, thick fluffy towels, toiletries, and bottled water were replaced daily, and the Grohne shower top notch! Efficient air con, heavy blackout drapes and pristine nets at the windows, plus a handy mosquito proof sliding door to the balcony that allowed the air to circulate. The bed decoration, flowers, and fruit basket on our Ruby Wedding Anniversary were very touching and much appreciated too. The lush grounds were full of exotic tropical plants, trees and palms, with hibiscus, orchids, agapanthus and prolific birds of paradise in full flower everywhere. Several pools to sit beside, as well as a vast lawn overlooking the virgin beach, and always a sunbed available somewhere in sun or shade. The pools and sea were a lovely temperature, and we enjoyed frequent swims throughout the day, as well as a stroll along the beach to Komol's Corner for refreshments in the shade. The wildlife of the surrounding rainforest setting was breathtaking, from the streams meandering around the grounds teaming with fish, the frequent glimpses of electric blue kingfishers and chattering parrots overhead, large monitor lizards underfoot, chameleons in the trees, and even a praying mantis sitting on my hand. After dusk, to the music of the night (a chorus of loud bullfrogs residing in the ponds dotted here and there and the deafening buzz of wave after wave of cicadas), numerous bats skimmed the attractive low lit pools as we took our evening walk along the beachfront to watch the fishing boats take to sea. Magical! Food was excellent, from the busy breakfast service with every item imaginable, to lunchtime meals and snacks, evening buffet, or a la carte selection from the comprehensive menu, brimful of Thai specialities and international options. Every dish beautifully prepared and presented with great attention to detail, and meticulous food handling by a multitude of professional, uniformed chefs. Never a moment's doubt about the quality or cooking of the fresh ingredients, or any upset of my timid tummy, such that I chose a Thai meal at least once a day and often twice - including breakfast. As wonderful as all the fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, noodles, rice and salad options of the local cuisine were, I was equally impressed that international dishes were also expertly prepared, and similarly enjoyed beef stroganoff, fillet mignon, lamb chops, and crisp beer battered fish and chips - just once mind - but oh so good! Huge featherlight Tempura prawns also a must, an occasional tuna sandwich very welcome, and no problem sharing a main course with my OH when our appetites began to fail - the waiters happily centre one dish on the table and provide extra plates. I love my potatoes(!) and there's a wide choice of available at The Merlin, with no two days the same. A creamy mash, dauphinoise, crispy rÃ¶sti, sautÃ©, wedges, half stuffed jackets - all delicious! Of the Thai options, my favourite Kao Pad dishes came in several varieties - seafood being my favourite - and I also liked the steamed sea bass, tiny Thai minced pork patties, fish in lemon grass sauce, and simple boiled chicken in tasty broth with jasmine rice on the side. My OH favoured hotter dishes, particularly the spicy Tom Yam soup, often with small dumplings, noodles, lots of spring onion, and always chillies. However, just be aware that when Thai dishes are described as 'hot' they are, and fresh garlic and chopped chillies abound in dipping sauces, but the chefs are happy to turn the spices up or down to suit your taste. Similarly, note that a salad is not a side dish here, it's a meal, with at least a dozen ultra fresh ingredients. Yes, you can eat a la carte every evening on AI if you wish, but it would be a shame to miss a tasting session of all the fare on offer at the delicious buffets - especially the huge selection available at the speciality Thai Night on Thursday evening at the beachfront Veranda restaurant, to the accompaniment of traditional Thai music and dancers in their beautiful costumes under a moonlit sky - very atmospheric. Lots of cocktails/spirits/beverages on the drinks menu too, strong, dark, freshly ground coffee - particularly at the Veranda - and a good imported Australian Cabernet Sauvignon house wine - one of the best AI wines I've ever had on holiday and, thankfully, never chilled! Entertainment very low key, but there were a range of activities to book in and around the hotel during the day, always a Thai partner available by the beach for table tennis, billiards, pÃ©tanque, etc, and a sweet Thai solo guitarist singing popular ballads in the background in the lounge each evening to while away an hour after dinner whilst chatting to fellow guests. And finally, the staff, all 250 of them - more than 1 per room in fact! Friendly, courteous, smiling, and seemingly only delighted to be of service to their guests, despite their long shifts. It's largely thanks to their assistance that my Thai came on a treat, and by the end of the holiday I was able to politely meet/greet/goodbye, request attention, order drinks, give my room number, enquire after the weather, the time, their health, offer my thanks and express my pleasure, all in Thai. Often, to their surprise I might add and, frequently, with a shy giggle and a timid correction when I erred! As a lover of languages, it was a joy to try throughout my holiday and receive so much help - and homework! So, not quite the holiday we planned as, due to our unforeseen medical drama, we needed lots of rest and were unable to explore as much as originally intended. Thank goodness, therefore, that we chose The Merlin and the quiet, comfortable, resort of South Khao Lak which made for a memorable trip just the same. However, we have unfinished business in Thailand, and Khao Lak in particular. The ONLY issue I struggled with in March was the intense, relentless, heat and unbelievably high humidity, preventing swimsuits from drying and wounds from healing! So, we may have to be Green Season travellers next time, but we'd be delighted to sample the magic of The Merlin and it's excellent all inclusive package once again. Highly recommended for lovers of fine food, quality and service in a stunning location. Chok Dee! Cheers â¥ï¸More
Had a great stay at this hotel, staff friendly and polite, nothing was to much trouble, even the wildlife seemed to be very friendly,beach is very quite, clean and sandy and just seems to go on wrapping around the coastline. The pools are great and it was wonderful to walk out of your room and get straight in to the poolMore
Great Hotel in Wonderful Rainforest Location
Had a wonderful stay on AI at this great hotel that lives up to its 4 star rating. Stayed in room 4216 which was a de luxe premium room that was very large, spotlessly clean, great bathroom, huge bed, good A/C and had a balcony overlooking 3 waterfalls within the amazing gardens. Its quiet incredible how the hotel has kept all the trees and plants within the gardens, even to the point where there are trees growing through some balconies and the restaurant roof. Amazing conservation! But lots of mosquitos as the only downside. The food is absolutely brilliant - the best we have ever had at an AI hotel. They rotate the buffets between the two restaurants every day and the buffets are truly superb, but if you prefer a la carte, then you can choose this option every night and the food is as close to fine dining as you can get in a holiday hotel with an amazing range from fillet steaks, lamb cutlets and other European dishes to a very extensive Thai menu, and everything we tried was fantastic. Plus the staff are superb particularly if you try and speak a little Thai Very busy when we were there but only a problem getting a sun bed if you waited until after 10am - we preferred to be near the beach which is wonderful, with golden sand and the sea temperature was like a warm bath. Went on 2 excursions booked via Thompson and both were brilliant. The first was Khao Lak nature trip which included river rafting, waterfall trip and swim, great Thai lunch, trip to the turtle sanctuary and finished with a relax at the 'Small, Sandy Beach' which was heavenly. Only 1 other couple on this trip so very relaxing. The other trip was the overnight stay at Phi Phi islands which was amazing and although not cheap, I would totally recommend it. It is action packed with so many things to see and do incl, kayaking to a secret lagoon, trip to James Bond island, trip to 'The Beach' where the film was made, trip to the floating village, two snorkelling dives ( which were the best I've ever been on) and swimming with sharks, plus many trips to different white sand beaches. Two lunches, dinner, with a fantastic 'fire show'after and breakfast all included and accommodation at a decent hotel in a private bungalow on Phi Phi all part of the deal. The scenery you see on this excursion is so different to Khao Lak and unless you leave Khao Lak you will not see the kind of images you see in all the tour guides of Thailand and anyway why do some people travel 6000 miles to sit at the same sun bed round the same pool for 14 days ! might as well be in Spain or Portugal! Also went to Ban Niang market and got some real bargains - you must haggle - so when they asked for 700 Baht you counter with 300 and usually settle on 350-400- great fun. Took in the LadyBoy show at Mr Moo Moo's after the market which is a fabulous cabaret and completely free, you just buy drinks at normal prices. Great fun. I totally recommend this hotel but book some excursions and get out and see as much of Thailand as you can.More
Hotel is Bang On... Almost.
With a few tweaks this could actually be the perfect hotel. Our room was number 2112 (that's for the Rush fans.) it is classed as a deluxe room, and it really is, the bathroom is first class, the bed huge and lovely, we had French doors which opened onto the Spa pool, nice touch. the only problem with our room is that when you lock the French doors they are not actually locked, they can be opened easily from outside with no problems, probably they are old and need fixing up. The Hotel itself is really nice it is maintained at a very high standard, the staff are also of the highest order. We stayed there all inclusive through Tui UK, and the all inclusive needs work, it's hard work because they use a credit card type system to keep account of the all inclusive, so if your in the pool... you get the idea. the main bar in the lobby area only opens after 3pm so If you want a drink before 3 get ready for a long walk down to the pool/beach area, where there are two bars really close together. There are many pools, they struggle to keep them clean, mostly because of the rain forest setting, but they are also trying. There is a disused lounge are near pool 2 which is such a shame because there is a bar there, they just don't use it and they really should, because at the moment because the bar is not used, the pools in that area are not used very much. The location is excellent, the hotel is served buy a small retail/bar area just down the street, the prices are inflated for the tourist and if you use the hotel taxi desk you can travel into khao lak or bang niang (roughly 10 minutes) and enjoy much more variety and more realistic pricing. Food.. It's good, try it all. we also had a private dinner on the beach one evening to celebrate my wife's birthday and that was a really special night, the hotel staff at the veranda really pulled out all the stops to make that a special night. One thing and I have to mention it which really irritates me because it's such poor manners. when you are at dinner as a couple, when one of you finishes before the other the waiting staff will clear away the plate even if the other person is still eating. that's poor manners in any country.More
a holiday in a tropical paradise
This is really a Resort in Tropical paradise. The Merlin South Beach is in a unique aera, lovely clean sea and beach and it's quiet. No motorboat no animatioon but a wonderful Tropical paradise. The park is very well kept and you never get tired to enjoy the richness of the trees and plants. However, there are also 4 pools and there are lots of trees, this means you can put your beachcairs in the shade. The breakfast buffet offers a great choice, the eggs and the yoghurts are so delicious. The staff are very friendly. For years we have had the same bedroom. We just love everything about the Merlin Resorrt.More
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