South West Thailand
JW Marriott Khao Lak
Set on a stunning white sand beach, in a secluded position on the dramatically beautiful province of Phang Nga, this award-winning hotel is surrounded by lush greenery, and boasts the longest lagoon pool in South East Asia. With impressive design features throughout, the resort oozes luxury and yet all ages are very welcome here and there is plenty to keep everyone occupied – if you can pull yourself away from the poolside sun-loungers that is!
Whether it’s reading a book on your inviting private balcony and dipping your toes into the pool below, being pampered at the spa, feasting on local Thai delicacies or sailing the azure blue waters off the beach this is the perfect place to re-charge your batteries.
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It’s all about the pool here; the lagoon waters wind around the entire resort with most villas having direct access, so there’s plenty of opportunity for competitive swimmers to race each other! Surrounded by lush green gardens, it would take you days to explore.
The pristine beach is just steps away and it really does appear as if straight from a picture postcard; from the swaying palms, white sands and aqua waters to the lovely bar that serves up vibrant juices and cocktails whenever you feel like indulging. The resort offers plenty of activities to keep everyone busy; from diving, to sailing, to kayaking, to ball sports to excursions in the local area and of course, there’s the beautiful spa for those in search of a restorative pamper. There are some lovely additional touches, such as a lively local market that sets up in the resort once a week and some small boutique shops that are open daily. With an ATM on site, there’s every excuse for a little retail therapy. Our top tip – send the kids off to movie night so the grown ups can enjoy every colourful minute of the spectacular sunsets that are your nightly backdrop here.
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There is a huge amount of choice here with a total of eight restaurants and bars serving up exotic treats from local Thai dishes, to Japanese, Mediterranean and European dishes. The live Teppanyaki station offers evening entertainment and creates sumptuous dishes to sample, along with theme nights most evenings. If moving from your sun-lounger seems a little arduous, then summon the little rowing boats that will deliver a drink and snack to you or enjoy a refreshing sundowner at the swim-up bars dotted around the resort.
There are wide variety of room, suite and villa choices here, all beautifully decorated in a contemporary Thai style, with stunning hand-painted pictures, individually created for each room.
Most of the rooms are located beside the meandering lagoon pool and have direct access to it from their balconies but you can choose whether you want a glass-sided balcony or a small garden in front for extra privacy. Alternatively, there are Pool View options that are not water-based but still enjoy spacious private balconies with lovely views.
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The resort is an excellent choice for families of all ages. It’s split into two different sections with one side dedicated completely to families, offering a great children’s pool. However, it is spacious enough to retain a quiet and peaceful feel. Children will love exploring the extraordinary lagoon pool and the beach is great for families and easily accessible. There are activities galore on offer to complement the great kid’s club which runs from 9am-7pm and has play and activity spaces for toddlers to teens.
The Family Pool Access Studios offer welcome space for families, with a sofa-bed that sleeps two children and the option of rollaways for other little ones. These can also interconnect on request. Whilst these open out onto the lagoon, you can choose a glass-sided balcony for additional safety, whilst still enjoying that poolside feel.
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The resort is in the Phang Nga province of Khao Lak, North of the island of Phuket. An easy drive from the Airport (it takes about an hour and 20 minutes) and you are just steps from Khuk Khuk beach, surrounded by National Parks and within easy reach of the Similian Islands -one of the best dive spots in the world.
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