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Khao Lak Merlin Resort

Khao Lak Merlin Resort

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1174 Reviews
Guide Price £929 per person
Based on 11 August 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Etihad, staying for 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Superior Room (2 adults sharing) including return transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

Beautiful rainforest retreat

An exotic Thai style haven, the Khao Lak Merlin Resort is set in lush surroundings, 190 metres from the unspoilt white sands of the beach. Here you can enjoy bicycle tours, nature-based excursions and scuba diving trips while the centre of Khao Lak is a 10 minute tuk tuk ride from the resort. Resort facilities include four large swimming pools surrounded by tropical foliage, a beach bar, lobby bar and swim up bar.

For meals Asian and international delights are served at the Tropical Garden buffet restaurant, and grill and seafood options served at the Veranda Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Andaman ocean. Additional resort facilities include a children's swimming pool and the pampering Merlin spa.  The resorts 236 rooms are tastefully decorated creating a home away from home complete with a rainfall shower and separate bathtub.

  • Four swimming pools
  • Lush tropical gardens
  • Direct access to 190 metres of sandy beach
  • Within walking distance to local restaurants

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Deluxe

Location Type

Beach

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • H&J Recommended

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Kid's Pool
Location Highlights

Khao Lak Merlin Resort

  • Beach
  • Approx. one hour drive from Phuket Airport.
1174 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 712
  • Very Good 362
  • Average 77
  • Poor 13
  • Terrible 10

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Jun 14, 2019

Thailand travels..

London, United Kingdom

Myself (29), my partner (39) and his parents travelled to Khao Lak Merlin Resort for 14 nights from Thursday 30th May. After a pleasant outbound flight/connecting flight with Thai Airways we landed safely and made our way to the hotel. The transfer was approximately 1hr from Phuket Airport. Upon arrival at the hotel we were greeted by friendly staff who welcomed us at the entrance! We were then escorted to our room that overlooked the gardens. The bed was large and very comfortable - we slept extremely well throughout our stay! Our only disappointment was the lack of storage for clothing especially for those who are planning a longer stay - I would suggest that each room should include a large chest drawer to provide adequate space (including some extra clothes hangers in the wardrobe) for shirts and dresses. We went with the all inclusive package but be aware that the mini bar in the room is not inclusive and comes at an additional charge (glass bottles of water in the fridge are all inclusive). The resort includes two large swimming pools and a jacuzzi pool. All of which are quiet pools without music - perfect if you like to read a book! The main pool also features a swim-up bar where you can purchase refreshments including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The hotel will provide local branded alcohol (premium spirits come at an additional cost) but the mixers are premium e.g. Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Schweppes Tonic. We found that there was no need to get up too early to reserve sun loungers during the low season - we were able to get sun loungers by the pool/beach front at around 09:30am in the morning. But I imagine as the resort reaches high season you would have to set your alarm! There is a huge selection of food to choose from and the overall quality is superb! You have the option of dining in two restaurants. Whether you would like to try the delicious Thai cuisine or whether you fancy traditional home cooked food - there is something for everyone! Our favourites were the Chicken Satay, Chicken and Prawn Pad Thai, Chicken Thai Green Curry and Chicken Massaman Curry, including the Fillet Steak, Spaghetti Bolognese and freshly made pizzas from the pizza oven! Our only complaints would be the speed of service (on occasion) during lunch and dinner as from our own experience you shouldn’t have to wait up to 60 minutes for your food to be served - albeit we understand that most dishes are cooked from fresh. There is a real lack of entertainment at the resort - the hotel could really do with some evening entertainment for guests who do not wish to venture out to Phuket for the nightlife. There is a band/singer in the lobby bar who play various music - however you will hear the same songs performed every night! The beach at Khao Lak is beautiful! It’s golden sands and tropical warm waters give you that real Asian experience. Unfortunately there are no sun loungers on the beach as the tide comes in very close to the hotel - although there are sun loungers situated on the grass at the edge of the resort overlooking the beach. Myself and my partner walked along the beach to the left of the hotel and had ourselves a lovely Thai massage for 300 baht - only £7.50 each! We would like to say a special thank you to all the staff who work tirelessly and cannot do enough for you to make your experience enjoyable! These staff include Winai (waiter), Max (beach bar) and Zanook (lobby bar) - very attentive and friendly! Overall we had the most enjoyable stay at Khao Lak Merlin Resort! I would recommend this hotel to those who are seeking a relaxing holiday but not to those who are looking for a lively experience as the journey from Khao Lak to Phuket Central is approximately 1hr 40 mins in a taxi..
Jun 06, 2019

Not the best

We visited 4 hotels in our 2 weeks because I like to look around and get bored easily. This one was the worst by far. Although the pools were nice and there was plenty of room the hotel is tired and dated. It needs some money spent to bring it up to date. It is very much a typical Brit’s abroad type place which wasn’t what I was looking for. The beach is nice but very off putting with the bottle of vinegar near the beach for jellyfish stings. We hired a scooter to get out for the days. The staff in comparison to other places are rude including reception and restaurant staff. Not a good welcome. We would not stay here again.
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Khao Lak Merlin Resort

Facilities

Sukko Spa

Sukko spa offers an extensive menu of face and body treatments to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. In addition, the spa also features a beauty salon, hairdressers, sauna and steam room.

Four Swimming Pools

The hotel features four pools, one with a swim up bar and one specifically for children complete with a water slide. Another pool is the spa pool which comes with a Jacuzzi.

Sports & Entertainment

There are tennis courts available at the hotel along with table tennis and billiards. You can also find within the hotel a library and internet corner, and a very child friendly pool.

Fitness Centre

There is a fitness centre available for you to use at the resort offering exercise and weight training equipment.

Khao Lak Merlin Resort

Room Types

Superior Room

Superior rooms come with 30 square metres of living space and are tastefully decorated. Here you can relax on your private seven square metre balcony complete with table and chairs and enjoy views of the resort. Featuring authentic Thai furnishings these rooms provide a Thai style haven and spacious bathrooms comes with a bathtub and shower.

Superior rooms are available with either one king sized bed or two queen sized beds.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Shower over bath
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Deluxe Room

Deluxe rooms come with 35 square metres of modern living space and feature a nine square metre balcony where you can relax at your table and chairs and admire resort views. Your bathroom comes with a walk in rain shower and a separate bathtub.

Deluxe rooms are available with either one king sized bed or two queen sized beds.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Shower over bath
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Pool Access

Pool Access rooms come with 35 square metres of modern living space and feature an 11 square metre balcony along with table and chairs where you can admire the pool views. Your bathroom comes with a walk-in rain shower and separate bathtub, while bedrooms are fitted with a king-sized bed. Children 12 years and under are not allowed in this room category.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Shower over bath
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Interconnecting Superior Room

Interconnecting Superior rooms come with 30 square metres of tastefully decorated living space and feature a seven square metre balcony complete with table and chairs where you can admire the resort views. Here you will have two of these rooms interconnecting via a door normally found within the bedroom. These rooms are perfect for a family of two adults and two children looking for that extra space.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Shower over bath
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
Deluxe Room

Interconnectiong Deluxe Room

Deluxe Rooms come with 35 square metres of modern living space and feature a nine square metre balcony where you can relax at your table and chairs and admire resort views. Your bathroom comes with a walk in rain shower and a separate bathtub. Here you will have two of these rooms interconnecting via a door normally found within the bedroom.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Shower over bath
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

One Bedroom Pool Villa

The room facilities at Khao Lak Merlin include everything to make your stay peaceful and hassle-free. The One Bedroom Pool villas are perfect for couples or smaller families. There is ample indoor and outdoor living areas, and a refreshing 25 square metre private swimming pool. These rooms are located on the beachfront, so you won’t have to go far to feel the sand between your toes.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Shower over bath
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Two Bedroom Pool Villa

The room facilities at Khao Lak Merlin include everything to make your stay peaceful and hassle-free. The Two Bedroom Pool villas are perfect for families who want lots of space to relax in. The main bedroom has a king size bed, while the second bedroom has twin beds. Each bedroom has it's own bathroom for added privacy. There is ample indoor and outdoor living areas, and a refreshing 25 square metre private swimming pool. These rooms are the closest to the beach, so you won’t have to go far to feel the sand between your toes.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Internet
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Shower over bath
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
Khao Lak Merlin Resort

Food & Drink

Beach Bar

The Beach bar offers the best location to feel the fresh sea breeze while enjoying the fabulous sea views and your favourite drink.

Veranda Restaurant

Veranda Beachside Restaurant

The Veranda Beachside restaurant serves an exotic selection of seafood dishes which can be enjoyed on the airy terrace in front of the beach, an ideal location for a romantic dinner.

Tropical Garden Restaurant

Serving international dishes and a wide selection of authentic Thai dishes, this is your main restaurant at the hotel where breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed.

Lounge

Lobby Lounge

An ideal place to meet up with friends, the Lobby Lounge provides live entertainment in the evenings. An internet corner is also available and wireless internet access is free of charge.

Board Basis Options

Half board plus

Inclusive of two drinks, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic including house wines, local beer, fruit juice, soft drinks.

Full Board Plus

Inclusive of two drinks, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic including house wines, local beer, fruit juice, soft drinks.

All Inclusive

All inclusive is valid from May - October only and includes the following: 

Breakfast - buffet breakfast 6.30 - 10.30 hrs.

Lunch - A la carte or set menu 12.00 - 15.00 hrs.

Dinner - A la carte, set menu or buffet 18.30 - 22.00 hrs.

Beverages - free flow of house wines, local beer, juice, soft drink, spirits, coffee or tea and local drinking water between 11.00 - 23.00 hrs.

Khao Lak Merlin Resort

Family Friendly Facilities

Family facilities

A children's menu is available in the restaurants, while a kid's playground and babysitting service keep little ones out of trouble. The babysitting service is subject to availability and charges locally.

Khao Lak Merlin Resort

Special Offers

Honeymoon offer

Honeymoon Offer

Honeymooners will receive:

Guaranteed king size bed.

Fruit basket and flower decoration in room on arrival.

25% discount on spa treatments ( not applicable to promotional packages).

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