Khaolak Merlin Resort

Khao Lak, Thailand

The hotel

A deluxe resort, inspired by Thailand’s rich culture, Khaolak Merlin Resort also enjoys a divine rainforest location on a gently sloping hillside and is surrounded by well-manicured, lush gardens. Guests enjoy direct access to a private stretch of beach, perfect for relaxing in the afternoon sun. The facilities are great and will please all the family. As well as four swimming pools, there’s a kids' pool complete with water slide and a kids' playground. When it comes to dining, the aptly-named Tropical Garden is open all-day and serves International favourites as well as local fare. For something a little more romantic, head to Veranda, a beachside restaurant serving delicious seafood. The village centre is just a stroll away and offers more eating options, alternatively, take a taxi to the centre of Khao Lak for a wider choice. If shopping appeals check out Bang Niang Market, there are plenty of souvenirs to stock up on!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Children’s Playground
  • Children's Pool
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis

Where is it

In Khao Lak, overlooking the beach and a short walk from the village centre. Transfer time from Phuket Airport: 1 hour.

Hotel information

236 rooms. All with air-conditioning, balcony or terrace, satellite TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi, mini-bar*, slippers, safe and hairdryer. Superior Rooms have garden and resort views, with either 1 king-size bed, 2 single beds or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive option: Is available May-Oct and includes: buffet breakfast, set menu à la carte lunch from Tropical Forest Restaurant or Veranda and set menu à la carte dinner at set outlets (these may change depending on day) and themed buffets three times a week on the Beach Lawn. Drinks include house wine, local beer, local spirits, juice, soft drinks, coffee/tea and drinking water in the Pool Bar, Veranda Bar, Beach Bar and Lobby Lounge (11:00am-11:00pm).

Half Board Plus/Full Board Plus options: Half Board Plus includes à la carte set menu dinner at Tropical Garden and Veranda or buffet outlets. Full Board Plus also includes lunch from à la carte set menu at Tropical Garden and Veranda or buffet outlets (including theme nights). Both include up to two drinks per person per meal (choose from house wines, local beers, juices, soft drinks and drinking water).

Deluxe Rooms with 1 king-size bed or twin beds and separate bath and shower, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Pool Access Rooms with direct access to the swimming pool and 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults (children under 14 years are not permitted in this room type).

Family Superior Rooms (interconnecting Superior Rooms) are also available, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 3 children.

The Tropical Garden (open for breakfast and dinner; International and Asian cuisine), Veranda (lunch and dinner), Beach Bar (billiards and table tennis), lobby lounge (nightly live music). 4 swimming pools and kids' pool with slide. Sukko Spa*. Fitness room. Tennis court. Kids' playground. Souvenir shop. Beauty salon*. Babysitting*. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Room service*. Complimentary WiFi throughout the resort.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Extremely unfriendly

Aug 27, 2020 joe8391

Hotel was for 99% empty. Still the extremely unfriendly arrogant and rude staff at reception put us after 3 nights out of our room because they wanted a friend to go in. We protested. This hotel has 236 rooms and was almost COMPLETELY EMPTY. Still they insisted us to move to another room. We checked out.
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Apr 27, 2020 Jane H Salisbury, England, United Kingdom

We returned to the Merlin again this year( our 4th visit. ) We always said we would not return to the same place twice as it's a big world out there and so much to see but this hotel is amazing and as usual were not disappointed. It really is the best, the most beautiful surroundings, comfortable rooms, fantastic pools and fabulous food. The staff… Read more
We returned to the Merlin again this year( our 4th visit. ) We always said we would not return to the same place twice as it's a big world out there and so much to see but this hotel is amazing and as usual were not disappointed. It really is the best, the most beautiful surroundings, comfortable rooms, fantastic pools and fabulous food. The staff are all outstanding going above and beyond to ensure that the guests have a wonderful stay. We are so lucky to have been able to have our holiday as the lock down started while we were away. Some restrictions had started in Thailand by the time we left but the very high standards of the hotel remained at all times. We hope everyone is keeping safe and well. Be warned we have booked to return next year and are already counting the days. Read less
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Apr 12, 2020 NESSIEV24 CALNE UK

This was our first visit to Thailand and it was fantastic. The hotel is in a rainforest and the most amazing place I have ever been, it even beats the Maldives, except for the calm sea. We were fortunate to go as UK went into lock down while we were away. The hotel and staff were brilliant and considering towards the end of our holiday they were… Read more
This was our first visit to Thailand and it was fantastic. The hotel is in a rainforest and the most amazing place I have ever been, it even beats the Maldives, except for the calm sea. We were fortunate to go as UK went into lock down while we were away. The hotel and staff were brilliant and considering towards the end of our holiday they were going to be unsure of their jobs, they all continued to have a smile on their faces and still very professional, this I commented on to the Managers on our last day. Ours was the last Tui flight out of Thailand and they sent an empty plane to get us. In Thailand we had our temperature checked wherever we went but unfortunately not when we got back to London Gatwick. If you are considering this hotel and you enjoy good food, service and a safe environment then you can be sure to get this hear. We hope to return to the Merlin kao lak as soon as we can and hope that every one will be safe there in these trying times. Thank you so much for your help and kindness while we were there. You know how to look after your guests. Vanessa and George 7218 Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Another fabulous stay

Mar 31, 2020 scooterfran Portsmouth, United Kingdom

We stayed at the Merlin from 8th March for 13 nights. This is our 5th return to this hotel and it never disappoints. The rooms, the food (we stay Bed and breakfast), the location, close to bars and restaurants is just perfect for us. We struggle to not return every year. The beach is gorgeous and the jungle surroundings are just wonderful. We saw… Read more
We stayed at the Merlin from 8th March for 13 nights. This is our 5th return to this hotel and it never disappoints. The rooms, the food (we stay Bed and breakfast), the location, close to bars and restaurants is just perfect for us. We struggle to not return every year. The beach is gorgeous and the jungle surroundings are just wonderful. We saw lots of wildlife this time including the resident water monitor. We even made it down early evening to see the sun set from the beach bar and enjoyed a cocktail. I cannot tell you how special this hotel is, go see for yourself. Read less
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Mar 22, 2020 jamesrE1631NM

Thank you so very much for the holiday that your resort and your staff gave us. Was our first time to Thailand and will not be our last. Every staff member is a credit to the company and are amazing. 🙏 James and Kim 4243 🙏