The Sarojin Khao Lak Resort Review
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The Sarojin, open since 2004, is a leader in upper-range, medium sized resort accommodation. Featuring 56 guest residences in 10 acres of lushly appointed grounds, the resort never feels crowded.
The Sarojin comes with excellent credentials: it was ‘Asia’s Leading Boutique Resort’ at the World Travel Awards in 2006 and repeated the feat in 2007. It was also on Conde Naste’s Traveler Hot List Hotels and Spas and also featured on the DestinAsian Luxe List 2006. In 2008 The Sarojin was accepted as a member of Virtuoso, one of the travel industry’s leading exclusive leisure networks.
- Phi Phi Island Speedboat Excursion
- Ao Phang Nga National Park Kayak Adventure
- Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- Coral & Racha Islands Full-Day Tour
- Introduction to City Tour
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
- Morning Sino Heritage Walk
- Koh Yao Noi Full-Day Bike Tour
Some eight kilometers north of Khao Lak on Phang Nga’s coastline – one hour’s drive north of Phuket International Airport, The Sarojin is conveniently located for local waterfall and discovery tours as well as excursions out to the Similan Islands.
The wonders of Phang Nga Bay ares also within easy reach of the resort. Khao Lak Centre itself has a capable selection of international restaurants, reasonable souvenir and textile shopping and a free-and-easy nightlife. See a Location Map...
There are 56 guest residences situated in seven separate two-storey buildings. Each guest residence is entered by crossing a ‘stream’ and through a garden terrace. There are 14 one-bed 150sqm suites situated on the upper floor of each building that offer partial sea views, an outdoor relaxation bath-pool and a garden terrace.
Alternatively, guests can stay at one of the 14 pool villas situated on the ground floor of each building with a 3.5sqm pool, a sun garden and terrace, all in 120sqm of space. The garden residences are 95sqm and there are 28 of them. All residences feature king-size beds.
All accommodation is wooden floored except for the spacious bathroom facilities to the rear of the rooms which are very well presented with an ovoid-shaped bath, separate standard and rain shower with wonderful bathroom accessories and an appealingly designed twin vanity basin.
The living/sleeping area has plenty of mood lighting, twin dressing areas, separate toilet, stereo, TV and DVD, IDD telephone, broadband wireless internet connection, robe and slipper sets, coffee and tea-making facilities with a generous choice of teas as well as a minibar and an in-room wine selection.
The rooms are tastefully appointed with optimum comfort and lighting schemes but none feels overdone with the result that there’s a tangible ‘home-away-from-home’ feel to each accommodation. Guests can also make use of the in-garden sun lounger and ‘sala’. The Sarojin has one specific disabled garden residence that features access through the rear and removable ramps for in-room mobility.
Restaurants and Bars
The culinary heartbeat of Sarojin is the centrally located Ficus Restaurant situated under the hanging roots and distinctive leaves of a large and well-aged fig tree (a tree pivotal in Islam, Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism). There is seating for 58 (32 inside, 26 outside).
Here standards are excellent with a team of experienced and well-trained chefs along with a professional wait staff. An a la carte breakfast is also served here from 6:30 to 10:30 every day and, along with all-day dining, dinner is served from 18:00 to 22:00. Read a review of Ficus Restaurant.
Beachside dining features at the spectacularly located The Edge restaurant on Khao Lak Beach itself (featuring year-round swimming) and Thai cooking classes are also available here. Beachgoers can also order drinks and food from this outlet.
The Sarojin has a spacious lounge-cum-reception area where afternoon drinks can be taken and this is found adjacent to the library and boutique. The library has an extensive selection of newspapers, books, magazines with broadband internet connections as well as two computers and a good selection of movies (VCD and DVD) to borrow along with audio CD’s.
An important and extremely appealing aspect to the choice of activities at The Sarojin is the presence of Jowell, the Martinique-born 'imagineer' who will tailor a tour, a day out or pretty much anything guests have the vision and desire to do.
The resort’s spa, Pathways, is a lesson in creative interior and exterior design and is open from 10:00 to 22:00. The spa menu is broad in scope and massage can also be taken in guest residences.
Central to the resort’s design is the 25sqm infinity edge swimming pool with a Jacuzzi lounge area and three draped pool island pavilions. A fitness centre is also available from 07:00 to 22:00. There is complimentary petanque, sailing boats, catamarans, sea kayaks, windsurf boards, mountain bikes and beach volleyball. Lady Sarojin – a 38ft luxury power boat is also for hire by guests or by private charter for excursions to nearby islands and beaches.
Due to extremely competent management and a highly motivated and happy staff, Sarojin is successful in delivering personal and friendly service at a premium professional standard.
This is not a resort to take your business with you and children (under 12) are not allowed so the absolute onus is on unwinding in style. If this is what you seek then The Sarojin is just the ticket.
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