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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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
deluxe double room with balcony or terrace
These spacious deluxe double rooms come with air-conditioning and a balcony or terrace for that bit of outside space. There’s a king-size bed or twin beds plus 1 extra bed in the bedroom. You’ll also have a direct dial phone and hairdryer and room service is also available*.
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We have just returned to the UK after spending 2 fabulous weeks at the Merlin Resort and myself, wife and our 12 year daughter have had a "wonderful" time. This resort is calming and beautiful in every way. The food from breakfast, lunches and dinner were all fantastic and the oriental buffets were amazing! The rooms and pools were spotless and the staff were lovely. This is a place to totally chill out and enjoy the tropical feel and abundance of Thailand!!! We will return in the future...touch wood!More
Paul B, 186338
Well what can I say that hasn't already been said. This place is amazing. Ok there are little things that need to be done to make it pristine but hey it's got character. We had a pool swim up room 3147 fabulous by the restaurant near the beach. It was overcast and rained much of our first week April 2nd to 8th April. But that's not the hotels fault. Great choice of food at brekki. Again for dinner the buffets were great and we weren't all inclusive. Staff are so great again eager to clear anything empty on your table but so friendly. We had our 12 year old son with us and he's fussy to say the least. But they let us have the buffet and cooked him something from the a la cart menu once or twice. So even cater for the difficult customers with a smile. Fi we miss you. The grounds are beautiful. Beach is amazing. When tides in its deep don't go expecting you little ones to paddle safely in calm clear waters. Seems the sea changes daily sometimes it's calm and sometimes it has big waves. It's so warm In The sea warmer than the pool. Not really any entertainment except some buffet shows with dancing. So don't stay here if you want lively nights it's to quiet but I like quite. Again not the hotels fault but the building work next door is noisy. It drove me mad a couple of times. But it stopped for their new year and peace reined once more. More
Hi all our first visit to Thailand and the merlin resort,couldn't have made a better choice of hotel for what we wanted , total relaxation,the hotel is superbly laid out ,very clean and tidy ,the staff are extremely friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them .the food is of the highest quality,we ate at the al a carte most nights where the menu is first class , the food is first class , the buffet is also of a very high standard.having said that if your staying half board there are plenty of really good restaurants within ten minutes walk of the hotel ,entertainment wise not a lot going on but this is what we wanted .all in all a fabulous hotel, you will not be disappointed.More
The Garden of Eden
As the title suggests this really is a tropical paradise. It is an hours drive from phuket airport along a good road offering a glimpse of the type on scenery that awaits you. The last part of the drive once you leave the main road takes you through the small high street then up a hill past stinking rubbish left out by another hotel and onto the Merlin frontage which is all rather uninspiring. You are then ushered into the main lobby of the hotel, given a cold drink and key cards etc. It is then that you leave the reception to be shown to your room that a staggering beautiful tropical paradise opens up to you. The Merlin is built on the side of a hill and the rooms are expertly built around the jungle scenery which is truly breathtaking. As you make your way down the property several pools will be found in openings in the forest. It all then opens out on to a large level and more open grassed area with all the sunbeds and a jaw dropping seafront with an immense sandy beach with the start of a forested national park to the right and miles of unspoilt beach to the left. We were in room 4217 which had jungle views from the balcony. The room was kept immaculately clean by the maid, had the most comfortable bed and pillows I have ever experienced in a hotel, good air con and fan, well equipped bathroom with hairdryer bath and shower, a small mini bar which had enough room to put few of your own drinks if you didn't want to pay for them, and great balcony to take in the amazing view and weird and wonderful jungle sounds especially at night oh and even umbreallas for the tropical rain showers. Fresh pool towels are brought to your room each evening. The rooms plug sockets accept the standard European adapters. Wifi is free, generally good and covers all areas all the way down to the beach, we could even use Spotify and YouTube etc for streaming a lot of the time. We went on the b&b basis, but they also offer half board plus, full board plus or all inclusive. On our first week we only ate breakfast in the hotel which again is exceptional offering a wide range of foods to cover for all tastes and is eaten near the top of the resort next to a pool and delightful scenery. We had our lunches on the beach to the left at My Friends which offers good basic Thai food cooked from a rather run down shack, but was cheap and an experience! At night we ate in the small high street or took a taxi into Khao Lak town for a couple of quid. All meals were generally of a good quality and we didn't suffer from any form of upset stomachs even though we ate all types of food including street food from the Biang Niang night market held on mon,wed and Saturday. After the first week we decided to try diner from the alacarte menu at the hotel which is more expensive than going out. All I can say is that it is worth it, because after that we ate in the hotel for the rest of the holiday because all the food is perfectly prepared including international dishes or local cuisine and we found to be of superior quality to the outside restaurants. With the vat and service charge it probably equates to about 30% more than the local restaurants. Main meals range in Khao Lak from about Â£2 to Â£14 depending where and what you eat with Thai cuisine being far the cheapest. We are not big drinkers, but if you like a tipple or wine which is Â£5 a glass at the Hotel then a more inclusive option may be the way to go. The only trips we done while there was the elephant riding, river rafting and waterfall. This is a day trip offered at the Hotel and various other places which includes lunch but which would have come to about Â£175 for myself, wife and 11 year old daughter. The Big tip here is to do all the parts independently which we did over 3 days and for less than half of the price because it is all local. If you go to the end of the high street and turn right on the main road you can walk about 200m until you come to a turning on your left. This takes you to first the elephant safari on your right which you can walk in and pay about Â£20 each for and hours ride in the jungle up steep slopes! Which is great. I checked on the elephants before paying and they all looked in good condition and well kept. If you don't think this is very pc then you can opt for elephant bathing at another local sanctuary instead of riding them. If you carry on up the road past the elephant safari you will come to the Tom Pling waterfall which is free to enter and you can swim in the pool beneath the waterfall which is refreshing!! And the small small fish nibble at your feet which is not unpleasant but makes you jump initially lol. One word of warning make sure you take mozzie repellant to the elephant and waterfall as we didn't and were bitten death. To do the river bamboo rafting which is a blast book a taxi from the hotel reception which cost only Â£6 return and which by she way is the same price as the taxi rank down the road but uses cars rather than open backed jeeps. The rafting is about 3 miles out of town and there are 2 or 3 different companies along the Khao Sok river offering rafting. We ended up using the last one furthest up the river at this was the quietest. It cost Â£10 each for about an hours rafting which was great as weren't part of the large excursions going out in 20 rafts at a time which is not a very intimate experience. The trip meanders down the slow river through the jungle with the odd bit of faster white water and we even stopped off at a deep pool for a swim and go on rope swing over the water, we even saw a couple of snakes coiled up in the tree branches. Overall we had a fantastic holiday and would definitely return to the Merlin in a heartbeat. It was our first trip to Thailand and what I haven't mentioned is the staff at the Merlin and the Thai people in general. We had the best service from the most friendly nation of people I have so far come across and is the final thumbs up from me.More
we really enjoyed our 2 weeks at Khoa Lak Merlin.check in was quick and all the staff were pleasant.The room was very nice and looking at the layout of the grounds i would imagine there is no particular advantage to any block or level the only difference would be the distance from the (lovely) beach.The accomodation and swimming pools are set amoungst trees and big leafed plants giving a 'jungle' feel which were kept very clean without an army of gardeners.The food was very good with both restaurants alternating a la Carte and buffet and themes.about 80% of the guests were German so that meant dawn patrol with the sunbed towels but no problem at the Merlin as there are plenty of sunbeds.we never rushed in the morning,casual breakfast then sunbed,always found a pair.we liked a light lunch at the beach bar tables.The lobby bar was nicely laidout but a little soul-less and under used.we were all inclusive so we've little idea of food/drink costs.no place is perfect and we look forward to going back but minor cons worth mentioning:- (1) theres a big difference in levels between the back of the grounds and the beach so guests would need a modicum of fitness/mobility (2) site is slightly isolated (3) new hotel being built right next door (finished nov 2018) but we barely heard any noise etc (4) as is often the case in Thai hotels the spirits in the bars were often nasty vietnamese/few premium brands.(5)little in the way of entertainment on site.all in all it has much going for it and i'd certainly say give it a go.More
Pauljacqui O, 1897554
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