The Hotel: Manathai Khao Lak
Tucked amongst swaying coconut palms, amidst a breathtaking backdrop of lush mountains, on the peaceful sand of Bangsak Beach, the Manathai Khao Lak is the ideal tropical getaway. Located on a long stretch of unadulterated coastline, with uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea, it’s a one-hour drive North from Phuket International Airport. With a swimming pool, and fitness centre located onsite, the resort also offers cooking classes, Muay Thai training, and fruit carving for guests to immerse themselves in the local culture.
The Deluxe Balcony Room provides a contemporary haven for busy travellers, with hints of Thai-inspired décor and sleek, modern design. Thai textiles and rattan birdcage lamps give each room a uniquely lived-in feel. Guests will enjoy amenities such as air conditioning, satellite TV, and an IDD telephone, and enjoy the relaxation of their home away from home.
When it comes to dining, hotel guests are spoiled for choice with three different options as well as in-room dining. The oceanfront Pad Thai restaurant features uniquely designed authentic Thai stir-fry dishes and offers guests a variety of twists on this favourite Thai meal. The Colours restaurant offers a vast array of breakfast treats and other delicacies throughout the day with flavours inspired from the East. Lastly, the Pool Bar offers easily accessible cocktails in the most relaxed setting possible as you indulge yourself on your Thai vacation.
Deluxe Balcony Room
- King or twin-size bed
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
The Area: Khao Lak
A series of white, sandy beaches backed by lush, verdant hills, the area known as Khao Lak lies about 70km North of Phuket. The area is a central location for kick-starting trips to the Similan and Surin Islands, as well as national parks, and even Phuket itself, and ideal for exploring the northern Andaman. Nearby, you’ll find Hat Nang Thong, a resort-town less glitzy than Phuket, but still chock-full of amenities.
Khao Lak town is a small collection of restaurants, tourist markets, and low-rise hotels located nearby. To feel like you’ve really escaped it all, venture a bit further afield to areas such as Hat Bang Niang, Hat Pakarang, and Hat Bang Sak. You’ll uncover sleepy, rolling hills, thick mangroves, and rubber-tree plantations forming a wide buffer between the coast and the highway.