Paradise in Thailand hits you form the time you arrive at the lobby entrance of the delightful Mai Khao Beach Resort and Spa. In that moment, you realise that you are in true luxury as the smiling reception staff hand over a pretty flower lei and a large coconut drink to officially welcome you to Khao Lak.
It’s a sure tale sign that your holiday in paradise has well and truly begun.
Exploring the grounds of the Mai Khao Lak Resort will be the first on the list of things to do. The size is overwhelming, but at Mai Khao Lak, time is of little issue, with plenty of time to stroll the resort and discover every restaurant, bar and hidden attraction that is on offer inside the resort grounds.
Sit down and settle back, it’s time to introduce you to this fine Mai Khao Lak resort, that is designed around a family life vacation. By the end, you’ll want to pack your bags, your swimming togs, and book a flight to Thailand, where your final destination will be waiting for your grand entrance.
It’s Mai Khao Lak, it’s Mai Kind of Resort.
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Where is Mai Khao Lak Beach Resort and Spa
Landing at Phuket International Airport in Thailand, the best way to get to Mai Khao Lak Resort is to organise a driver through the resort or by your own means. From the airport, it’s an easy one-hour drive along the western coast of mainland Thailand, with traffic of little issue, as you reach the town of Khao Lak and onwards to the Resort.
The Resort itself is situated twenty-minutes’ drive from the main town centre, not to threat however, Mai Khao Lak provide a free shuttle bus service to and from the resort throughout the day, for when you want to get out and about and see the laid-back town of Khao Lak.
Large and spacious rooms
There are a few options when it comes to rooms at Mai Khao Lak, but they all share a common theme, each individual room is large and spacious, big enough to fit a family of five.
Let’s start with the Beach Bungalows. They look magnificent from inside out, with the interior and exterior design simply amazing. There is plenty of room to move about inside the bungalow, especially in the large bathroom area and the main common room, where there are two large beds situated. In the cool evening time, sit out on the deck and enjoy Chang Beer or two and take in the refreshing weather change in temperature.
Or stay in the main resort area, with each individual room coming with two separate bedrooms, leaving in mind one bed is a King-size sofa bed, but plenty comfortable for the kids. In the adult’s room, is a another King-size bed, very comfortable indeed, with each room containing a television and entrance to the balcony, where you can admire the resort a little more.
Plenty of Dining options to feast upon
The hardest decision you’ll have to make during a single day at the resort will come in the evening time, where to go for dinner? It becomes a difficult choice when you notice that there are seven top-notch restaurants to choose from.
If a scrumptious all you can eat buffet is to your liking, then you will want to hit The Buffet Restaurant. A dining experience where you will literally eat till you drop, with plenty of choices on offer at the buffet table that has a tasty mixture of Thai/Western Cuisines, pasta, salads and a large selection of desserts that are simply delicious.
Perhaps all you want to eat is a little Thai food, after all you are in Thailand. The Talay Thai Restaurant will get those South East Asian taste buds rolling with a select range of local dishes from the popular red curry dishes, a selection of soups, and fresh Papaya Salad to name only a few of the Thai cuisines to select form on the menu.
The Green and Grilled Restaurant is situated by the beach and has a selection of Western food that is served A-la-carte style. Dine in style and listen to the sounds of the waves breaking nearby, it is the perfect set-up for a romantic evening.
It is a selection of foods that will get your taste sensations rolling and not to mention the Breakfast Buffet that is on offer each morning, and provides all you need to get the day off to a flyer in Thailand.
Lots of fun for the kids
It’s a family resort and kids are simply spoilt for options.
On offer is a range of fun activities that will get the children sleeping well at night because of the busy day they’ve just endured. For instance, they can participate in a number of sports activities that takes place on the beach, or dress up as little chefs and try their hand in pizza making, even lend a hand in their bartending skills during the mocktail making class that takes place at the Music & Wine bar.
The fun will really heat up when it’s time to hit the swimming pools, the kids will have a splashing good time in the resort’s many pools that feature amusements within the pool area and will provide the children hours of entertainment in the great outdoors.
They may even fancy the idea of taking a break from the adults, and vice versa, with a few sessions in the Mai Khao Lak kids club that’ll give the children even more adventure, activities and smiles, as they are cared for by the friendly staff. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
And the Adults are covered too
If you thought the kids were spoilt, just wait till you see the options for the adults.
Let’s start with the adults only swimming pool area where you can have a relaxing swim or sleep on the deckchairs, while also enjoying a guilt free cocktail by the pool bar or up top in the resort’s very own rooftop bar, the Sky Bar (more on that later).
Participate in a Thai Cooking Class and learn a few local Thai cuisines, but be mindful of those chilli’s, they’ll burn you. Once you have been on your feet all day, spoil yourself with a pampering at the Mind Spa and enjoy a delicious tea once your relaxation therapy has concluded.
At dinner time, let the kids chill out in the kids’ club or hire a babysitter for a couple of hours, and dine in style at one of those fabulous restaurants on hand at the resort. The choice is all yours, you’re on vacation, so spoil yourself.
The Mind Spa
A stay in Paradise requires a little time in the Resort’s Mind Spa as you calm the mind and body in peace. The professional staff and their experienced healing techniques and ointments, will provide each individual guest with a relaxation therapy and pampering to the highest of standards.
A holiday in any resort world-wide isn’t complete without a relaxing massage and The Mind Spa experience is no different.
The Mai Khao Lak Theme Park
It’s not what you would call a world major theme park, but for a resort in Khao Lak, this little boutique theme park will more than suffice.
It’s the main entertainment hub of the resort, that comes with a large swimming pool area and features a couple of water slides that will send the kids into a spin, a cool in-water playground and even a large pirate ship for those who inspire to be the next Captain Jack Sparrow.
Meanwhile, the adults can rest back on the deck chairs and watch the kids make some noise and have a few giggles. No doubt, when the adventure is finished in the water, the next stop will be at Thea’s coffee shop, that offers a selection of ice-creams, smoothies, coffee and a refreshing frappe.
Large Spacious Swimming Pools
The Mai Khao Lak Resort has one of the longest swimming pools in Southeast Asia, that stretches down the middle of the Main Resort and provides great views from the balcony of your very own room.
Space is not an issue in the swimming pools, with plenty of room for everyone to swim laps or to splash about with the kids.
There are several other swimming options when it comes to the resort pools, such as the previously mentioned theme park and their crazy water slides and playground, and not to forget, the adults only swimming pool that also comes with a swim-up pool bar, where a cocktail or two will surely come in handy.
The Sky Bar
The only rooftop bar in Khao Lak and it is situated right here at the resort. The Sky Bar is simply stunning from the moment you get off the elevator on the 6th and marvel in the surrounding resort and Khao Lak itself.
It is the perfect place to gather with your loved one and spend a special evening sipping your favourite alcohol drink, while watching the gorgeous sunset over the Andaman Sea, to end another wonderful day at Mai Khao Lak.
Fair Dinkum Traveller Verdict
It is a resort that lives up to its high standards and delivers on all levels to maintain a family friendly environment. At all times in this fabulous resort there is something going on, whether it is yoga on beach, or a Thai Cooking Class. One guarantee is that both kids and parents will leave this resort with a beaming smile on their face.
If it is a luxury escape you are craving for, then you don’t need to look any further than at the Mai Khao Lak Resort for a paradise hit.