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Khaolak Merlin Resort

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We booked this hotel for 10 nights and were really looking forward to our holiday after reading all the reviews. First the good bits, the grounds/pool and rooms were all really nice, the beach is beautiful and there are lots of showers at the beach entrances. The problem with the resort is it’s a bit sole less. I think due to the half all inclusive the other B&B rates most people go out in the evening and I didn’t see anything to keep me I the resort in the evening, no entertainment, the other issue is the drinks are far more expensive than outside the resort. The breakfast was also fun, not sure what it was, a bit of everything really, breakfast, lunch and dinner!! A great little place on the beach is Nana’s, the people are lovely and food good at reasonable prices. There is a little street of shops/bars a short walk from the Merlin, which will keep you going for a week or so. Would I go back, maybe but there are a lot of other places in Thailand to try first. All in all a nice relaxing holiday.

We loved this hotel, with lush green grounds and lots of wildlife, like staying in the rain forest. It is on many levels so lots of steps or slopes up and down and no lifts, but we appreciated this as it worked off some of the food and it's not really aimed at the family market. We had upgraded the room so had a freestanding bath and walk in shower, comfortable bed and lots of storage plus 2 bottles of water each day. Staff are friendly and helpful always saying Sawasdee and smiling. The food is a real asset especially the evening buffets outside at the Verandah with Thai musicians and dancers. Less choice at lunch time as only a small menu with mainly western options and only about 4 Thai choices which would become repetitive if you stayed for more than a week. Cocktails were lovely. Plenty of loungers around the pools or in the grounds. The pools are beautiful, warm and clean but the concrete edges are not comfortable to walk or sit on. The beach is uncrowded with clear shallow water and the beach bar is a great place to watch the sun set. As others have said, not much going on in the evening, we played cards in the lobby bar and listened to a Thai guitarist playing UK pop covers and we were often the only people there other than the bar staff. The restaurant and bars are open sided with no air conditioning so it was very warm and humid even in the late evening. There are a few shops and restaurants outside the hotel and we can recommend the "Lovely" massage place. We visited the Seaside Retreat elephant sanctuary, and did a day trip involving a bamboo raft, turtle sanctuary, waterfall and almost deserted beach. Lovely and tranquil. Khao Lak is lovely and much less spoilt and touristy than Phuket which where we stayed for our second week.

Great hotel ! Service was amazing, everyone was really helpful. Room was nice and modern with balcony overlooking one of the 5-6 pools they have. All rooms seem to have a good pool close. Restaurant was nice for breakfast serving the usually, dinner changed each night but was a little expensive compared to some of the places 5 min walk from the hotel. The location is quite so not a lot to do at night other than bars and restaurants. About a 2 hour drive to Phuket. There are cabs near by or at the hotel which take you in to Khao lak town where there is more to do. The hotel backs up to the beach so really nice to walk along after dinner, but some of the other hotels were having work done.

We arrived around 10am and wasn't ment to check in at 2pm. We thought we would have to wait til we could have get our room. Went we got there they asked us to sit in a waiting area while they went to sort out our room. Reception soon came back and handed us some cool drinks which said welcome and cold towel for us. They then returned to us 5 minutes later and said they have up grade our room and gave us the cards. Of course we were extremely happy after over 24 hours of no sleep and some long flights. We had some one bring our bags to our room and he showed us around the room and how every thing worked. He was very helpful. Of course after a quick walk on the beach we had a little nap. We were planning to stay awake but I made the mistake of lying down so by partner and son also followed suit. We were asleep with in minutes. The bed are extremely comfortable. That night once we woke we had dinner in the hotel for jungle night buffet. The food was amazing with a huge selection to choose from. There was also loads of puddings. The cocktails are also amazing. Recommend khoalak sunset. The next day we got on the free shuttle to khoalak at 12 noon. This was a great bonus. There are restraunts and ship down the road but not a huge selection. The staff are always happy and welcoming. Room service was excellent and took a good amount of time cleaning the room. There are a lot of pools and a swim up bar, I shall be trying that soon. Only 2nd day here but love the place. Breakfast yet again had a huge selection of food and drinks and was great. Staff very happy and efficient. Food and drinks are a but more expansive than out side the hotel but not that bad that you don't want to spend with them. There are hissing cockroaches but they don't hiss for to long but are amazing to hear. We found loads of crabs this evening on the beach hiding and running around on the sand. We even got to see a water monitor who was beautiful. Don't think there's many around. Do believe we chose the best hotel for us as we love nature and that's the feel you get here but with clean modern and airy room. Couldn't be happier. There is also a gym. Not really for me but some one said they can't find pictures so hopefully these will up load to the end.

One week by the beach and what a fantastic experience. The staff were so polite and helpful, the food excellent and the 4 pools all had something different to offer. The beach bar was a great place for a few beers and the gardens immaculately maintained. Can’t praise this hotel enough- great, relaxed, spotless and a beautiful location

Thailand lived up to everything we wanted from this holiday. Hotel set in rainforest was amazing, total relaxation, no road noise just the sounds of birds and insects. Food was amazing - first holiday without one of us getting upset stomach - good choice of Asian and western food so something for everyone. Staff amazingly polite and accomodating never waiting for drinks always their as soon as you wanted something. Loads of sunbeds never a problem getting one around pool or in surrounding gardens. Unspoilt beach with no hawkers to bother you and no sunbeds to spoil the view. Our only negative was the smell of the rubbish from the Hotel next door when walking into the shops, it was disgusting, absolutely no refelction on the Merlin Resort, but other hotel should be ashamed. Would not hesitate to return here thank you Merlin for a lovely holiday with lots of happy memories.

First time for a beach holiday in Thailand. Had booked a pool access room and was not disappointed, room spacious, clean and bathroom was huge ! We booked b&b basis so ate out most nights in the village which is a short walk from the hotel. The staff were so friendly and rooms and all outside area were kept spotless. Lots of wildlife, had 2 resident frogs on our balcony for a couple of nights, chameleons, lizards and very friendly minor birds. Even spotted a couple of snakes... No problem getting a sun bed as plenty around no matter what time of day, we opted for the grass area by the beach as a little cooler with the breeze. There is little entertainment in the evening but a taxi ride into the main town can provide that as plenty of options there. The only fly in the ointment was the building work going on next door, which we were not aware of until we checked in. Unfortunately there was some pilling work the first week which did spoil the tranquility of the area but understand there is nothing the hotel could do about that. The second week was quieter Would definitely return as the setting is so beautiful

We stayed at this hotel for 11 nights during our stay to Thailand, beaut hotel,food excellent, friendly staff. Would highly recommend if staying In Thailand. Village has so much to offer as regards food, tourist trips and shopping re: supermarkets

I don’t usually write reviews but this is a great hotel. We enjoyed a relaxing week here celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary. It is a quiet resort and a great place to relax. Staff were very friendly & attentive. The food was amazing, we didn’t have any bad food (we were all inclusive). Boxed breakfast when we left at 5am was much appreciated The grounds are perfect, they are well kept and the walk around the grounds is lovely (the tropical noises were so relaxing). There is lots of room for sunbeds and we never had an issue getting 2, even when we arrived later on the first day. We preferred to sit on the grass area and enjoy the breeze from the sea. There is some noise from the building work but it’s background noise that didn’t cause us any issues, the main thing you hear is the sea (bliss) We booked the James Bond island tour via the desk at the entrance (eco Khao Lak tours) great tour and very good value for money. A lovely walk along the beach, which feels very secluded with a handful of hotels. A walk into the local shops was also good. We would definitely consider going back in the future.

Just returned from 2 weeks at the Merlin hotel. Fantastic setting, rooms set amongst the natural rainforest, pools with waterfalls leading to the large grass area with ample sunbeds leading to the lovely beach and calm warm sea. We have visited many Caribbean resorts & hotels in Europe, this is the first with more sunbeds than guests, so any time of day beds available everywhere, plenty of shade & sun areas. Nice pools, swim up bar & beach bar. Choice of food, quality & presentation great in both buffet & a la carte. Staff to guest ratio very high never have to wait for drinks or ordering food. All staff amazing, extremely polite & very efficient, some would remember your favorite drinks, special shout to Panisa at the beach bar who could recall your room number & previous drink order as you approached. Rooms very spacious, good air con, lovely shower & kept very clean with new towels daily.I heeded previous guests trip advisor advice on trips & booked with Mr tuk tuk in local street he was the cheapest, pick ups were from the hotel & all trips were great very efficient. Booked through Tui all very efficient good flight on the Dreamliner. Would definitely return.

7/7 Phetkasem Road, Lamkaen Thai Mueang Phang Nga

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Khaolak Merlin Resort is located within a 15-minute drive of Nang Thong Beach and Bang Niang Beach. This 236-room, 4-star resort welcomes business and leisure travelers with 4 outdoor pools, a full-service spa, and 2 restaurants. It's on the beach and also close to Khao Lak Beach.


Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Tropical Garden, which specializes in international cuisine. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is available for a fee.


All 236 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies, refrigerators, and minibars. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, and slippers. Coffee makers, free bottled water, and safes are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Khaolak Merlin Resort have access to a full-service spa, 4 outdoor pools, and a children's pool. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for THB 1800 per vehicle one way. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry and tours/tickets. Other amenities at this spa resort include a fitness center, an outdoor tennis court, and free WiFi in public areas.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

89.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1010 reviews