Bangsak Merlin

Khao Lak, Thailand

The hotel

The Bangsak Merlin, is a contemporary style resort which lies directly on the stunning white sands of Bangsak. Ideal for couples and families, guests of the Bangsak Merlin Resort will enjoy generous accommodation with spacious balconies and leisure facilities including the Sukko spa, three signature lagoon pools, kids' club and fitness centre. There is a good selection of food and beverage outlets with two onsite restaurants and three bars; particularly recommended is the Light Full Board option available year round or All Inclusive during the summer months. Alternatively guests can jump on the complimentary shuttle service to the centre of Khao Lak to enjoy the local shops and bars.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Children’s Playground
  • Babysitting service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

Set on Bangsak beach, north of Khao Lak. Transfer time from Phuket Airport: 90 minutes.

Hotel information

275 rooms. All with individual air conditioning, private balcony, satellite channel TV, telephone, WiFi access, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar*, safe and hairdryer. Superior Rooms have 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive option (available May-October): includes buffet breakfast, à la carte or set menu lunch and à la carte, set menu or buffet dinner. Selection of drinks include house wines, local beer, juice, soft drinks, spirits, coffee/tea and local drinking water.

Half Board Plus option: includes dinner, inclusive of two drinks with meal includes house wines, local beer, fruit juice, soft drinks.

Full Board Light option: includes one-course at lunch time from a set menu with one soft drink and three-course set menu at dinner or buffet dinner with one soft drink or one beer/glass local wine both valid only in the Nest main restaurant.

Full Board Plus option: includes lunch and dinner, inclusive of two drinks with meals includes house wines, local beer, fruit juice, soft drinks.

Deluxe Rooms are more spacious and have 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (2nd child in rollaway bed).

Superior Pool Access Rooms are on the ground floor with direct access to the resorts pool and have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Premier Deluxe Rooms offer ocean views, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Nest (all-day dining restaurant) and At Sea (specialising in Thai and seafood cuisine). Pool bar. Lobby Lounge with music entertainment. 3 swimming pools. Sukko Spa* and beauty salon*. Fitness centre. Kid’s Club. Babysitting service available*. Laundry service*. Complimentary WiFi access through out the resort. Complimentary scheduled shuttle service to the centre of Khao Lak (twice a day in the afternoon).

* Denotes local charge. 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Almost perfect, but falls short.

Apr 20, 2019 akajimi Stafford, United Kingdom

My family and I are currently on our 5th night of 8 here at the resort. The hotel location is right on the beach, a little north of the main town of Khao Lak, and is very secluded and private. We paid to upgrade to a deluxe room to enjoy a sea view and large bath and I have to say that all of the room facilities are excellent, as well of the whole… Read more
My family and I are currently on our 5th night of 8 here at the resort. The hotel location is right on the beach, a little north of the main town of Khao Lak, and is very secluded and private. We paid to upgrade to a deluxe room to enjoy a sea view and large bath and I have to say that all of the room facilities are excellent, as well of the whole resort being very well maintained and incredibly clean. It is hard to find fault with this aspect of the hotel, assist has everything in place for a wonderful holiday. There are 3 good pools, as well as jacuzzi areas within each, a pool bar, beach bar, lobby bar, 2 main restaurants, a gym, tennis courts as well as kids club, bike hire, shop etc, the list goes on. Added to this, the staff are very attentive and extremely polite, very much what we have come to expect from the friendly Thai people as a whole. Where the hotel really misses out in however, and what would make it a 5 star review, would be the atmosphere in and around the hotel. Admittedly we are staying towards the end of the main holiday season but even so, at times it feels as though we are the only guests here. This morning we have one of the pools entirely to ourselves and you can hear a pin drop it is that quiet. A little peace and tranquility is certainly desired in holiday but too much can almost be boring. There is no pool side music or throughout most of the hotel which adds to the lack of atmosphere. Another area I think would be beneficial would be if the hotel offered a pool side drinks service taking orders. There is the pool bar within one of the pools but a pain to have to keep walking to it during very hot days. Surely something so simple would be both a plus for guests and for the hotels business. The food at the hotel is also excellent, with many choices for breakfast which is included with our stay. The evening food is also very good, but the restaurants are usually deserted in the evening as most diners choose to visit the many beach side restaurants and bars which also served great quality food but at vastly cheaper prices and once again offer much more atmosphere and a sense of holiday fun. This is a shame for the hotel, but no real attempt is made to try to compete with the neighbouring businesses by offered more reasonable prices or a lively buzz to keep you at the hotel in the evening. The entertainment, such as it is, consists of a soloist singer or a duo, typically in the lobby bar area which again is mostly empty all evening. We will continue to frequent the beach side bars and restaurants for dinner which often offer fire shows, amazing views across the beach and sea and equally great food and service. There are many great things to compliment this hotel for and we are enjoying our stay but it misses out on being amazing which some very simple changes could easily address. The Bangrak Merlin is still a lovely hotel, which I would happily recommend especially if you are looking for a quiet oasis away from it all. Read less
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Apr 11, 2019 Roy G

Stayed at the resort AL in Room 1404 top floor with sea and pool view. All the staff gave 6 star service in the restaurant, bar, house keeping, reception.Hotel spotlessly clean and bedroom with en-suite very modern with wet room with rain and power shower. Very large bath with shower attachment also. Part of en- suite included dressing style area… Read more
Stayed at the resort AL in Room 1404 top floor with sea and pool view. All the staff gave 6 star service in the restaurant, bar, house keeping, reception.Hotel spotlessly clean and bedroom with en-suite very modern with wet room with rain and power shower. Very large bath with shower attachment also. Part of en- suite included dressing style area with seat large mirrors and plenty of shelf space, Toiletries supplied each day with fresh white towels and face flannels. Room with plenty of wardrobe space umbrellas torch and free safe. Fridge well stocked with drinks which you are charged for at end of holiday, Clean pool towels delivered to your room each evening, Two restaurants The Nest and The Beach The Nest for breakfast lunch and evening dinner The Beach for lunch and evening dinner. Good selection of meals in The Nest wide selection of Thia and western food. Eggs bacon cooked fresh including omelettes Buffet or your choice from the menu. Try surf and turf in The Beach restaurant for dinner. Drinks local but strength the same ask for doubles. Three pools and beach so quite and peaceful try the bamboo bar for a lunch time drink and watch the sea. O/A a great holiday relaxing and peaceful. Limited low key entertainment in the evening either a trio or solo singer in the reception area bar or Thia dancers music in The Nest restaurant. If I was younger I would visit again but the flights times at 76 years of age a bit to far. Well worth a visit. Read less
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Apr 3, 2019 Ashleigh C

Me and my girlfriend visited this hotel a year ago and it was the most incredible hotel we’ve ever visited, the rooms were spotless, the staff were amazing, the beach is beautiful, everything is perfect from the staff, food, rooms and beach. I would definitely recommend for anyone. We are returning again in April 2020 and wouldn’t stay at any… Read more
Me and my girlfriend visited this hotel a year ago and it was the most incredible hotel we’ve ever visited, the rooms were spotless, the staff were amazing, the beach is beautiful, everything is perfect from the staff, food, rooms and beach. I would definitely recommend for anyone. We are returning again in April 2020 and wouldn’t stay at any other hotel! Thank you :) Read less
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Apr 2, 2019 susan g

let's start with the good, fantastic position near bars etc. Spotless room, same beautiful, wished I could of picked the bathroom up and brought it home, ground's kept lovely, swimming pools fab, breakfast lovely, food to suit every taste, fantastic soft boiled eggs, yes silly but never come across such perfect eggs in any hotel. Not so good… Read more
let's start with the good, fantastic position near bars etc. Spotless room, same beautiful, wished I could of picked the bathroom up and brought it home, ground's kept lovely, swimming pools fab, breakfast lovely, food to suit every taste, fantastic soft boiled eggs, yes silly but never come across such perfect eggs in any hotel. Not so good drinks very expensive, compared to bars, Booked a delux pool room, yes had a pool view but basically had to look over the balcony to see the same, view really was a very large car park. Would return Read less
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Apr 2, 2019 lynda l Derby, United Kingdom

This hotel has lovely rooms and gardens. The staff are great and the food is Fabulous! But there are drawbacks. It is very remote, you can't walk anywhere and the biggest drawback is the lack of entertainment. There is one table tennis table and one dartboard. Then pool table and table football have to be paid for. No entertainment staff day or… Read more
This hotel has lovely rooms and gardens. The staff are great and the food is Fabulous! But there are drawbacks. It is very remote, you can't walk anywhere and the biggest drawback is the lack of entertainment. There is one table tennis table and one dartboard. Then pool table and table football have to be paid for. No entertainment staff day or night but a dance troupe brought in while you have an evening meal. After 9.30 pm most people seemed to go back to their rooms. The beach is nice but the sea is plagued with jelly fish. Some people might wish to know that it is non smoking except for about 5 bins placed at various points round the grounds where you have to stand. Read less