The Briza Beach Resort Review

Khao Lak Beach - Phang Nga

Open in late 2007, The Briza with its seaside location, certainly lives up to its breezy name. The 79-room resort is intimate enough to be a family hideaway yet is open-spaced and can embrace a real holiday-by-the-sea experience.

There is a distinct Sino-Portuguese feel running through the resort design, nowhere more so than in and around the lobby area with its lacquered wood bar and Chinese décor.

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Location

The Briza is situated in Phang Nga Province, some 50 minutes north of Phuket International Airport. The popular resort town Khao Lak lies a five minute drive north and resort guests are within walking distance of Khao Lak Lam Lu National Park.

Many other day tours are available – including James Bond Island and the many beautiful waterfalls this area offers. The Briza’s beachside location means that guests can maximize by choosing from one of the four Grand Deluxe Beachfront rooms. See a location map...

Accommodation

There are 42, 38sqm deluxe rooms located on the second and third floors of the three connecting main buildings. At ground level 21 garden deluxe rooms each offer 42sqm and have a large terrace and private outdoor living area.

For those looking for even more ground-level space there are 16 grand deluxe garden rooms with 54sqm of space and interconnecting doors for each building.

Room fittings and décor are both tasteful and well done. Rooms universally feature insect screens as well as full air conditioning with a full balcony with table and chairs. 

Beds have a long headboard with a variety of lighting combinations as well as a generous 32” LCD TV and a three-quarter fridge with minibar. The bathrooms feature a walk-in shower as well as a bath, weighing scales, an in-bathroom telephone, plenty of towels and good storage space. There is a full-length mirror by the bathroom door with wardrobe space and robes/slippers as well as a safety box.

The grand deluxe beachfront rooms are 52sqm and have fabulous seaviews with tiled floors and a spacious feel to them while the grande deluxe garden rooms are the same size and design with a private boardwalk and sunbathing deck outside.

Restaurants and Bars

Panalai, the main restaurant, serves all-day food with a breakfast buffet and a la carte dinners. The atmosphere here is light hearted with piped in pop music and of course, that fresh sea breeze.

There is also a pool terrace restaurant serving a la carte light food and sandwiches and this location is attractive for sundowners and early evening cocktails. As mentioned, the lobby area features Chomtara, an Oriental drinks area that is distinctive in feel and design.

Facilities

The swimming pool area is central to The Briza’s layout as all garden and deluxe rooms face onto it. The pool is child-safe with cordoned-off shallow areas and is never deeper than 1.20m. Snorkeling and kayaking/canoeing is available on the beach and a fitness room stands just off the main building, as does a small boutique.

Thai culinary classes can be booked as well as fruit and vegetable carving classes. Several world-class golf courses are within an hour’s drive away on the mainland and on Phuket. All rooms feature wireless broadband and there are complimentary internet-connected computers in the lobby.

Throughout the grounds there is extensive landscaped gardening and the simple, clear-cut design lends the entire resort a fresh feel while direct access to the attractive beach is a definite plus point. There is a forested headland on the beach some 300 metres to the north (the beginning of the National Park) and the southern view is of an untouched strand with fishermen tending to their nets and crafts. 

Overall

Attractive and appealingly designed, The Briza achieves its simple objective in that it supplies good quality accommodation in an ideal location for a seaside break.

With the town of Khao Lak (La On Village) just a few minutes’ drive away one does not feel too isolated and The Briza does have a few satellite businesses close by. Never too crowded and big enough to absorb large families in style, The Briza is a good deal for couples and families. 

 

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