Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)
Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)
Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)
Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)
Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)
Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)
Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)

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8.8

Excellent

384 reviews

384 reviews

Beach2
Food & Dining1
Breakfast1

Great breakfasts.

Peter
- Jun 17, 2022
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8.5

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park 1.8 km
Similan National Park 4.0 km
Ton Chong Fa Waterfall 7.3 km
White Sand Beach 13.7 km
Coral Cape 13.9 km
Bangsak Beach 16.7 km
Lamru Waterfall 24.4 km
Koh Tapu 47.0 km
Nearby landmarks
Khaolak Jaroenthong mauy Thai Gym 510 m
Ton Pring Waterfall 860 m
Ton Pling 860 m
Khaolak Tourist Information Centre 1.3 km
Tsunami Memorial 1.6 km
Family Mart 1.7 km
Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park 1.8 km
Lamru National Park Viewpoint 1.9 km
Nang Thong Beach 2.2 km
Andaman View Point 2.5 km
Newly renovated

Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)

7/7 Phetkasem Raod, Lumkaen, Thaimuang District, Khaolak Beach, Khao Lak, Thailand, 82210 - See map

In addition to the standard of SHA Plus, all guests get free Wi-Fi in all rooms and free parking if arriving by car. Conveniently situated in the Khaolak Beach part of Khao Lak, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park. Rated with 4 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and hot tub on-site.

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Highlights

Sparkling clean

Check-in [24-hour]

Excellent room comfort & quality

Airport transfer

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

SHA Plus Certified

More than 70% of SHA-certified establishment employees have been vaccinated.

Staff Vaccination
Hygiene Plus
Wellness
100% of staff fully vaccinated

100% of on-site staff have received all necessary vaccination shots for COVID-19.

Facilities

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transfer

Car park

Shuttle service

Fitness center

Sauna

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Luggage storage

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Khao Lak every 12 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.4
Location rating8.5
Nearest airportPhuket International Airport (HKT)
Distance to airport56.0 km

Rooms available at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.4

Deluxe Room
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  • Room size: 52 m²/560 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed or 2 single be...
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Superior Room
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  • Room size: 41 m²/441 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed or 2 single be...
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Pool Access Room
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  • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
  • Pool view
  • 1 double bed
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One-Bedroom Villa
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  • Room size: 131 m²/1410 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 1 king bed
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Poolside Room with Terrace
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  • Room size: 38 m²/409 ft²
  • Pool view
  • 1 double bed or 2 single be...
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Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Pool Access
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  • Room size: 46 m²/495 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 1 king bed
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Twin Room with Terrace
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  • Room size: 37 m²/398 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 2 single beds
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One Bedrooms Pool Villa
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  • Room size: 103 m²/1109 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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1 Bedroom Pool Villa
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  • Room size: 103 m²/1109 ft²
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Superior Family 2 Rooms
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The resort offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)?

Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus) is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 1800 THB. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the resort know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus) also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the resort. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus) has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. Self-parking is conveniently available at the resort. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Khao Lak with private transportation, the resort can arrange both taxis or car rental.

Is breakfast offered at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)?

Wake up to a great buffet breakfast at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus). Full american breakfast is available for guests. Children can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 500 THB if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the resort.

What are my dining options at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)?

Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus) features 2 on-site restaurants for your dining convenience. You can pick and choose from a wide array of cuisines including international and asian. Dishes are served in a la carte and buffet during opening hours. Light meal like soup, coffee or tea, desserts and salad are served using only quality ingredients. To meet any special dietary requirements, vegetarian diet is prepared with the utmost care and attention.

Can special events be hosted at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)?

Your special occasion or event can be hosted at one of the 2 versatile venues. Both indoor and outdoor venues are available to choose for your special gathering. Large events and gatherings such as weddings, private events and engagements can be hosted at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus). Small or intimate events like birthday parties, entertainment events, honeymoons and graduation parties can also be accomodated. Services for in-house catering, event decoration, audio-visual equipment and music entertainment are offered to help your event go smoothly. End your big event day with special turn-down services to celebrate your special occasion. Services including room decorations and flower petals are available upon request.

Can business events be hosted at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)?

On-site venues and convenient event services make Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus) an ideal choice for hosting events such as seminars, corporate events, conferences and meetings. The 2 venues can accommodate up to 400 people. An extensive range of facilities and services including projector or LED display, free Wi-Fi, meeting stationery and audio-visual equipment is available to help your business meeting or event a successful one.

What is the smoking policy at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)?

Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus) does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

What restaurants are nearby Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)?

Restaurants including Rasoi Restaurant, Khaolak Yaya Restaurant & Bar and JoJo Bar Khaolak are popular in Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)’s neighborhood which is known as Khaolak Beach.

What popular shopping places are close to Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)?

Shopping options in Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)’s Khaolak Beach neighborhood include VIKING TAILOR HOUSE and Merino Khaolak Tailor House.

What are popular attractions near Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)?

Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)’s location in the Khaolak Beach neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Tsunami Memorial, Andaman View Point and Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet Turtle Nursery.

What popular beaches are close to Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)?

Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)’s Khaolak Beach neighborhood also includes Nang Thong Beach.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)?

Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)’s nearby natural sights include Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park, Ton Pring Waterfall and Ton Pling located in the same Khaolak Beach area.

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What people love about Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Breakfast

    "Great breakfasts."

    Peter

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    June 17, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "The best hotel in Khao Lak area"

    Uthen

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    June 1, 2022

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "We stayed 4 nights and the whole family loved it."

    Florian

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    April 18, 2022

Property ranking|Compared to 222 Khao Lak properties
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Room comfort score
8.4/10
Cheapest price score
Cleanliness score
8.8/10
Location score
8.5/10
Better than
80
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Better than
75
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Better than
74
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Overall rating:

8.8

Excellent
384 reviews
Cleanliness
8.8
Facilities
8.5
Location
8.5
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More about Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)

More about Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)

Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus)

Put yourself into a special and relaxing space near to Khao Lak city center at the atmospheric Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus).
Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus) provides a range services and amenities to help make your stay more comfortable. Never be out of touch with your contacts, with free Wi-Fi offered throughout your stay. If you need a ride from or to the airport, the resort can arrange it before your check-in date. Taxi, car hire and shuttle services provided by the resort make it easy to plan your day trips, sightseeing, and more around Khao Lak.
If you plan to arrive by car, you'll appreciate the resort's free parking, right on-site. The resort provides front desk services such as luggage storage and safety deposit boxes for guests' convenience. If you need, the tours can even help you book tickets and reservations at all the best shows and programs nearby. Staying for a long time, or just need clean clothes? dry cleaning service and laundry service offered at the resort will keep your favorite travel outfits clean and available.
For lazy days and nights, in-room conveniences like room service and daily housekeeping let you make the most of your room. Smoking is limited to designated areas only, for the health and well-being of all guests and staff.
Feel right at home during your stay at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus). Some rooms are equipped with linen service and air conditioning for your convenience. Some rooms at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus) include special design features like a balcony or terrace. In-room entertainment such as television and cable TV is provided for guests in some selected rooms.
The resort also offers a refrigerator, bottled water, a coffee or tea maker, instant coffee, instant tea and mini bar in some rooms for when you feel like it is needed. Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus) also provides a hair dryer, toiletries and towels in bathrooms for select rooms.


Dining and things to do

Nothing starts a morning better than a delicious breakfast, which you can always enjoy in-house at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus). Everyone loves a good cup of coffee! A coffee shop on-site means you can enjoy a cup of real, freshly brewed coffee every morning -- or anytime you feel like it. If you don't feel like going out to eat, you can always opt for the delicious dining options at the resort. A night in at the resort's bar can be as fun as a night out with your travel companions.
Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus) lets you make the most of your time! Once there, you can enjoy countless recreational facilities offered to all guests. Don't forget to explore the resort's easily accessible beach. Finish your vacation days right by dropping in at the massage, hot tub, spa and sauna. Start your vacation off right with a dip in the pool.
Skip the dress code and opt for a casual cocktail or beer at the resort's poolside bar. Fitness lovers who want to keep up their routine on vacation can drop in at the resort's fitness facility. Get wet in the best way on sunny days by joining water-world activities like snorkeling, non-motorized water sports and diving. If you like water sports, you'll appreciate the convenience of watersports equipment rentals and canoes provided by Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus).
Have fun without traveling far, by taking advantage of the dart board, ping-pong table and tennis court at Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus). Have fun with your friends or family, or even meet new people at the library and shared lounge and TV area.


Around the property

Take advantage of the opportunity to explore Khao Lak while in the city. Keep your vacation simple, with a visit to Pak Weep Beach just 16.4 km away, where the ocean breeze makes you instantly feel relaxed.


Reasons to stay here

Know you'll get excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated onsite or nearby dining above 83% of the city's accommodation.

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Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8.5

Most talked about facilities

Beach

8 mentions

Swimming Pool

5 mentions

Breakfast

4 mentions

Food & Dining

2 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Thai

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Billiards
  • Canoeing
  • Dart board
  • Diving
  • Fitness center
  • Garden
  • Hot tub
  • Massage
  • On-site entertainment
  • Pool with view
  • Sauna
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Tours
  • Watersport equipment rentals
  • Water sports (non-motorized)
  • Yoga room

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Body thermometer
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Individually-wrapped food options
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Professional-grade sanitizing services
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Sterilizing equipment
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Happy hour
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurants
  • Room service

Services and conveniences

  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Currency exchange
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Food delivery
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Postal service
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

For the kids

  • Babysitting service
  • Family room
  • Kids meal
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool [kids]

Land sports

  • Golf course (within 3 km)

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Check-in [24-hour]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Safety/security feature
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Bicycle parking
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Rental car
  • Shuttle service
  • Taxi service

Available in all rooms

  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/terrace
  • Bathtub
  • Closet
  • Clothes rack
  • Desk
  • Free bottled water
  • Hair dryer
  • Individual air conditioning
  • In-room safe box
  • Linens
  • Mini bar
  • Non-smoking
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Shower
  • Slippers
  • Smoke detector
  • Socket near the bed
  • Telephone
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Trash cans
  • Wake-up service
  • Wi-Fi [free]
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • American
  • Buffet
Restaurants on site

Tropical Garden

  • Cuisine: Asian, International
  • Menu: Buffet, A-la-carte

Veranda

  • Cuisine: Asian, International, Grill/BBQ
  • Menu: Buffet, A-la-carte
Location
7/7 Phetkasem Raod, Lumkaen, Thaimuang District, Khaolak Beach, Khao Lak, Thailand, 82210
Excellent
Location

8.5

Airports

  • Phuket International Airport (HKT)
    56.0 km
  • Krabi International Airport (KBV)
    99.5 km

Public transportation

  • Khao Lak Bus Station
    8.8 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Rakya Pharmacy
    3.9 km
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park
    1.8 km
  • Similan National Park
    4.0 km
  • Ton Chong Fa Waterfall
    7.3 km
  • White Sand Beach
    13.7 km
  • Coral Cape
    13.9 km
  • Bangsak Beach
    16.7 km
  • Lamru Waterfall
    24.4 km
  • Koh Tapu
    47.0 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Khaolak Jaroenthong mauy Thai Gym
    510 m
  • Ton Pring Waterfall
    860 m
  • Ton Pling
    860 m
  • Khaolak Tourist Information Centre
    1.3 km
  • Tsunami Memorial
    1.6 km
  • Family Mart
    1.7 km
  • Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park
    1.8 km
  • Lamru National Park Viewpoint
    1.9 km
  • Nang Thong Beach
    2.2 km
  • Andaman View Point
    2.5 km
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Others
  • Please note that children under 12 stay free if using existing bedding (maximum 1 child per room). In addition, there is a compulsory breakfast charge of 550 THB per night per child which is to be paid directly at the hotel.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-out until12:00

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee1800 THB
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)60

Extras

  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 THB

The property

  • Local Tax ID/ Rental LicenseDPK, SPK

Parking

  • Daily parking fee0 THB

Reviews of Khaolak Merlin Resort (SHA Extra Plus) from real guests

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8.5
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Cleanliness8.8
Facilities8.5
Location8.5
Room comfort and quality8.4
Service8.5
Value for money8.4
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7-8 Very Good (21)
6-7 Good (10)
<6 Below Expectation (9)
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10.0
Exceptional
Anne from New Zealand
Solo traveler
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in October 2012

Lovely hotel, with excellent service”

location, beach, lots of different swimming pools, plenty of places to sit and relax in the shade, felt intimate, but really quite large

i loved my stay at khaolak merlin resort and would come back and stay if i ever get another opportunity. it was easy to find, the staff were all positive and friendly and welcoming and accommodating, which was just lovely. i loved the way the resort was in blocks which were easy to navigate and focusing towards the various pools, which were surrounded by lovely mature trees and birds, lizards, and squirrels. the pools each offered a different attmosphere, some with waterfalls, some with jets, some with rocks, some with bridges, all unique. the beach was incredible for walking and splashing. we enjoyed a massage while listening to the waves on the beach, and the sea breeze. the breakfast and lunch restaurant was lovely down by the beach, and the lounge upstairs with wifi was very welcoming and comfortable to socialize in. the beach chairs on the grass by the beach was lovely because of the grass, the shade, and the view. all in all..... wonderful, and i will recommend your resort to my friends!!!

Reviewed October 13, 2012

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9.7
Exceptional
Glenn from Australia
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 5 nights in May 2011

Luxurious stay right from the start. ”

The pools and setting right on the beach. Even though resort was busy for low season, we had plenty of time and space to ourselves exploring the numerous pools throughout the estate

We arrived late as the aircraft broke down and we had to be rescheduled nearly two hours. Arriving in the dark by car was daunting but the Merlin is well signposted from Phuket Airport. We were welcomed in the lobby and a drink and cool towel were just the right thing after our hour plus drive. Our room was to a very high standard and clean. It was clear after the first nih\ght that my wife was not handling the 17 steps to the second floor well, so we asked for a room change to a ground floor unit. We were offered two immediately and assisted to move across. In all we stayed for five nights and found the service and breaksfast great. We had a car but there was ample SongTheow transport to Khaolak if you needed it. There are restuarants and shops, minimart nearby. We tried a first for us... late night room service and it was prompt and delicious.

Reviewed May 10, 2011

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8.7
Excellent
melvin from United States
Couple
Stayed 6 nights in July 2006

One of our favorites”

Great rooms, cool bathrooms
Not in the center of town for those who want quick easy access to many restaurants and shopping.

We loved the Khao Lak Merlin. We visited during the low season and they were repairing one of the pools but we had two more to choose from so it was no problem. Our rooms were great!! Nice, spacious, and great bathrooms. If you are looking for a quite place to get away from it all, please book the Merlin during the low season. It was ideal for a relaxing getaway. However, being away from it all, it was not as easy to get in to town for a variety of food options and shopping. The village area is several miles from the hotel. Still, we loved the hotel and had a wonderful stay.

Reviewed September 03, 2008

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7.3
Very good
Lynsay from United Kingdom
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 2 nights in June 2013

Nice clean hotel”

Clean, good food, great swimming pools

Just returned from a long weekend at the Khaolak Merlin Resort with very mixed feelings, on arrival we were very impressed by the quick friendly service by the front desk staff that checked us in. We were given an upgrade to a deluxe room which yes very spacious and clean with a beautiful bathroom. Throughout the weekend we really enjoyed the food, drink and service on offer until we received a message to go to reception to see the manager who then proceeded to inform us that we had more drink in our room mini bar than was there the day before therefore we must of stolen it from another room! This manager was very rude, abrupt and unprofessional. Although we were very unhappy and upset by this situation and the way the manager had treated us we continued to enjoy our holiday. We used the hotel taxi service to go to Phuket for the evening, the driver was really good he waited for us until 11.30pm and drove very safe. When it came to checking out yesterday we settled our room charges bill after breakfast although we stayed at the hotel until we left for the airport at 7pm, before departing we were confronted by the front desk supervisor who was extremely rude and aggressive towards us. She was shouting at my because she said we did not pay our bill despite the fact I had the receipt include my credit card receipt which clearly stated everything had been paid for. This hotel is really nice and enjoyable place but unfortunately the management really let it down, after a lovely stay we left with a very bitter taste! Would not go back here again purely for this reason, very disappointed.

Reviewed June 10, 2013

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8.0
Excellent
Dilok from Thailand
Family with young children
Deluxe Room
Stayed 2 nights in August 2013

Love it, would come back again!”

1. Good price thru booking with Agoda. 2. Big comfortable bedroom. 3. Relaxing atmosphere

Taking a break from work, my family and I had a great weekend at Khaolak Merlin Resort. The room where we stayed has great ocean and pool view. I can see from the balcony my daughter enjoying herself with young children friend playing at the pool. And I have a relaxing and peaceful time either doing nothing or some reading. I would come back again for a longer stay.

Reviewed August 15, 2013

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10.0
Exceptional
Stephen from Australia
Family with teens
Deluxe Room
Stayed 4 nights in December 2009

Luxury at a cut-rate price”

Beautiful beachside location (I'm an Aussie, so I know beaches) and pools, quiet, beautiful landscaping, friendly staff, superb room, wonderful breakfast.
Pricey add-ons (tennis, spa, drinks, lunch, dinner, taxi service), but you can buy these things much cheaper in the nearby village, so no big deal.

The Merlin is a luxury resort, and it feels like it. The resort gets all the big things right: the accommodation, the service, the food, the landscaped grounds, the beautiful pools (they really are creatively designed). If you just want to relax by the water, this is the place for you. In addition, the nearby village and family-run restaurants on the beach provide wonderful eating-out options, and mean that you don't feel trapped into buying resort-priced meals.

Reviewed December 14, 2009

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9.7
Exceptional
Allen from United States
Solo traveler
Superior Room
Stayed 3 nights in January 2010

A Delightful Stay ”

Lovely beach. Nice layout of hotel with well-maintained grounds. Excellent food, and dining facilities managed with care and efficiency.
Maids do not service the rooms until mid-afternoon. I would have thought servicing could be done earlier in the day. The hotel was not even half full during my stay.

I have been a frequent visitor to Thailand for over 25 years and have sampled almost every resort area. Merlin was one of the best, comparing very favorably to the more expensive Anantara in Hua Hien, whose layout it resembles. The hotel is very well managed. This is reflected in their dining facilities. At every meal the restaurant manager was on site monitoring and supervising, and the chef as well, checking that the buffet platters were full and well presented. I was very impressed.

Reviewed February 08, 2010

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8.7
Excellent
noraset from Thailand
Family with young children
Superior Room
Stayed 2 nights in April 2010

Good place for a family ”

The best thing about this hotel is that it actually locates right by the beach with a big space for the restaurant for you to enjoy dining and sighting the beautiful sunset. Plus it has many swiming pools as well.
the only bad thing about this hotel is that they dont provide you the transportation. So you will apparently have to pay for taxi for picking u up and dropping u off apart and back to the hotel.

I think in general, this is defenitely one of the most relaxing hotel in khaolak. The room itself is spacious and the service is quite decent. Foods are also better than some other hotels around that i've been stayed. Overall i would give 4 stars for them.

Reviewed May 09, 2010

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9.0
Exceptional
matthew from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in November 2008

merlin khao lak review”

Great pools. Great location. On a nice beach. Great staff. Really clean hotel. Spacious room. Excellent hotel.
Nightlife in khao lak.

Stayed here for 3 nights as I wanted to be close to the similan islands for a day trip. Great hotel, great location, excellent big clean pools. There is not much to do at night in khao lak but there are some nice quiet restaurants in town. The room and hotel was excellent. I would definitely recommend a day trip to similan islands.

Reviewed December 20, 2008

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8.0
Excellent
Jesse from Australia
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 5 nights in July 2011

Very Quiet and relaxing”

We had the place to ourselves

This was our first stop on our trip and stayed at the Khoa Lak Merlin for 5 nights. The staff were so polite and very afficient. Khoa Lak is a very quiet area and there isnt much to do but we were away of that and loved Khoa Lak as a chance to wind down and begin our holiday. We had massages at the spa and beers on the beach and by the pool. Because we went in the low season the was hardly anyone staying here which was great. It felt like we had the place to ourselves...so service was very prompt. The food was very cheap and really nice...i had the best Phad Thai wrap in egg and was only about 5 dollars. Great start to our thailand experience.

Reviewed August 22, 2011

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8.7
Excellent
Graham from New Zealand
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 10 nights in August 2010

Pleasant Stay”

Nice beach frontage,private,great pool complexes,great dining area by the sea,rooms well spread out and not looking at each other,friendly staff.
Nothing of note

We stayed for 10 days in the low season,so the resort was not crowded at all,which was great.The staff were very attentive and friendly,we managed to have some great conversations about each other's lives and so on.The facilities are well spread out and cater to all age groups.We particularly enjoyed having the beach frontage with the loungers on the grass looking out to sea and the pool complexes as a backup when we tired of the surf.The food was great and not overly expensive for an establishment of this type,so we ate in the resort a lot of the time and really enjoyed the surroundings.Creative rotation of a number of the breakfast dishes was a bonus as the next place we stayed after here was same-same every day and not as nice.Our congratulations to all the catering staff.Would stay here again.Not too far to pop over the hill to Kaoh Lak town for a change of scenery.You can hire a scooter for BHT200/day just outside the resort.All-in-all a very pleasant stay.

Reviewed August 31, 2010

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8.0
Excellent
Jeanne from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 5 nights in November 2008

Quiet Getaway”

Nice beach.
No other places are near for dining, shopping, etc. Need to take a taxi to Khao Lak city which is quite a bit smaller than Phuket with many fewer options.

I stayed for a week for a post surgery recovery time. The hotel was quiet and clean, the service was good, and the staff helpful. The grounds were lush and there was not a bug problem. There is plenty of seating by the pools or near the beach (although chairs cannot be brought in the sand). The beach is clean and swimming was good all day. The water was quite warm. Some of the hotel lounges were closed due to the decreased number of visitors and the only option for lunch was the pool/beach cafe. The main drawback is the hotel is very isolated with no other options for food or shopping within walking distance. You need to take a taxi into Khao Lak city for any other options.

Reviewed January 02, 2009

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7.7
Very good
Paula from Finland
Family with young children
Stayed 12 nights in January 2009

Relaxing vacation with kids”

- great with kids: great pools, beach and playground area, enough shadow to take naps
- sun beds with plastic covers that get hot in the sun and burn if not covered - menu's at the veranda a bit limited

We stayed at Merlin Resort for almost 2 weeks. Location at the beach is very nice. we had a bigger room with a balcony on the higher floor, that worked out great for us, since there are mosquitos on the lower levels.Staff was very nice and taking a good care of us. Used also spa services, that were excellent.

Reviewed February 08, 2009

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9.0
Exceptional
Scott from Australia
Family with young children
Superior Room
Stayed 3 nights in January 2012

My daughter was very enjoyable here”

good for children

it is very nice and beautiful hotel, located with the beach front. my daughter was very enjoyable with swimming pools, kid club. good atmosphere. good for relexing with family, spending time together. the room was also clean and good. the staff were helpful. this resort is highly reccommended.

Reviewed January 09, 2012

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9.0
Exceptional
Alastair from Canada
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 3 nights in November 2014

Broken staff for a reason ”

Great location great beach broken staff

My stay was great. But the staff is burnt out with rude tourists. As I interacted with staff soon I realized that they were broken and impatient with rude Europeans. They soon warmed up to us as we spoken broken Thai to them. Soon their smiles and helpfulness emerged and they were so helpful and pleasant. More people staying here should show respect to the staff and not think they as servants but equals their holiday would be for sure more pleasant. May be a Canadian thing. All in all a great place to stay. Food was great. Prices fair. Wonderful clean beach. Pay for what you get.

Reviewed November 23, 2014

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8.0
Excellent
Anh from Switzerland
Couple
Deluxe Room
Stayed 5 nights in December 2009

First time in Khao Lak”

Resort with all the pools Helful and friendly staffs Location
Nothing

The resort is well displayed and located with the beach front. We did enjoyed our stay there and the staffs are very friendly and helpful. The breakfast offers a lot of choices to pick. The spa is also worth a visit. The view from our room is super. We would recommend this resort to our friends.

Reviewed April 12, 2010

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8.7
Excellent
Julia from Germany
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 2 nights in November 2009

Slick holiday resort”

Staff, Pools, beach, layout of hotel, breakfast (huge variety)
the food options in the hotel are not very varied

Staff is lovely, in particular bell-staff and restaurant/room service, pool-scape of the hotel is lovely and well laid-out. Beach is a definite plus. The variety at breakfast is wonderful, but there is a lack of variety in the general a-la-carte menu for lunch as well as for dinner.

Reviewed November 17, 2009

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9.7
Exceptional
cynthia from Australia
Family with young children
Stayed 1 night in June 2008

A Top Resort”

I'm surprised this resort isn't raved about more. Certainly exceeded our expectations and is beautifully appointed. Surprisingly low rates considering the work that has gone into the resort.

Reviewed June 18, 2008

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9.7
Exceptional
James from New Zealand
Family with young children
Stayed 28 nights in July 2007

Khao Lak Merlin, Excellent Value.”

Use the local mini mart for your laundry. Great service at a fraction of the hotel price.Our children were never bored. The many pools and beach walks had them tired by days end.The food is great and the service excellent.The spa facilities and gym are superb.

Reviewed September 02, 2007

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6.0
Michelle from Australia
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 5 nights in June 2011

Lovely hotel but very very far from everything”

Lovely gardens

this is a lovely hotel but make sure your happy to eat all your meals in the hotel. there is nothing for miles around except for 3 restaurants that only open in high season. to get a taxi into khao lak is very expensive and sometimes not even available. lovely hotel if you plan to stay only at the hotel.

Reviewed July 26, 2011

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