The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani is newly built, modern and lovely hotel. It has perfect location right on the beach. It is located in Khao Lak, Thailand, 1,5 hour drive from Phuket International Airport. Khao Lak is approximately 60 kilometers north of the island of Phuket and it differs from tourist destinations like Phuket by its uncrowded beaches, tranquility, family-friendly environment and beautiful nature. From the hotel to main street with many local shops, restaurants, massage studios... is only 5 minute walk.
Check in was fast and very welcoming and staff are very friendly. Welcome drink and refreshing towel were offered during check in.
Hotel is very clean and garden is immaculately maintained.
The Sands Khao Lak offers different types of rooms from sands rooms, family rooms, pool access suites to sea suites. Especially if you have small children pool access rooms are very convenient because of easy and private access to the water. Otherwise all rooms are very clean and spacious and overlooking beautiful lagoon or ocean. Hotel offers free Wi-Fi but in busy time Wi-Fi is very slow. In the room DVD player is also available.
The most beautiful feature of the hotel is certainly amazing hotel garden with pools and beach. Hotel garden full of palm trees with perfectly cut grass offers paradise view. Sun loungers are available in the garden near the beautiful sandy beach and at the pools.
The Sands Khao Lak offers two main restaurants; The Floating Market and Talay Restaurant. In Floating Market we had breakfast but restaurant also offers dinner and lunch. Talay restaurant is located in front of the beach and it has stunning view. It offers seafood and Thai dishes, but prices are much higher than in local restaurants. Food is more delicious in Talay restaurant than in Floating Market. Breakfast had great selection of food but it was very much the same.
For the refreshments three bars are available. Coconut swim-up pool bar is located at the pool and near the beach. Mango Bar and Pineapple Bar also offer all kind of drinks during the day and evening. In all bars there is a happy hour with reduced prices.
Hotel has several swimming pools; two main pools and room access pools. Pool near the beach is especially nice because of its view over the ocean. Hotel has fitness center, kid’s club, shop, game room… and offers all kind of activities from Thai cooking classes to Yoga lessons.
The most important and the most visited is certainly spa. Spa is situated next to the lagoon but on the beach there are Thai massage pavilions overlooking the ocean. It is so enjoyable having Thai massage on the beach feeling tropical breeze and hearing the sounds of ocean. It is not surprising that these Thai massages are always fully booked. Price for one hour Thai massage is 450 Thai Baht (13 USD).
Hotel offers transfer from and to Phuket International Airport; one way drive costs 2.000 Thai Baht (60 USD). But you can take local taxi for lower price and test your negotiating skills. In front of the hotel tuk-tuk is always available to take you to locations nearby; for example 150 Thai Baht (5 USD) to local market in town.
The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani is wonderful resort in Khao Lak. We have spent the most relaxing and enjoyable time there. Hotel and region of Khao Lak are suitable for couples or families who want to enjoy in Thailand and not be surrounded with many tourists. Would we recommend it? By all means.