Khao Lak is a resort beach and is the area of Thailand hardest hit by the 2004 tsunami. Most of the coastal landscape was stripped by the power of the tsunami and 10 metre waves took a toll on both human and plant life.
The resort area was just emerging as a holiday destination, but now, after a major clean-up operation and huge rebuilding process, the tourists are back and the area is on the map as one of Thailand’s best places to visit.
The Sarojin was just days off completion when disaster hit, but owners Kate and Andrew Kemp, together with their staff, managed to open the doors just eight months later.
Their property is a classic example of the new breed of luxury accommodation found in Khao Lak which has a west-facing coastline and a road running parallel with the beach.
Khao Lak is an area of outstanding beauty – it has pure white beaches, cascading waterfalls, primary forest, lagoons and loads of wildlife.
The Sarojin has a garden setting with private access to 11kms of white beach beside the Andaman Sea. The area is sheltered by Pakarang Cape, a coral cape headland, perfect for year round swimming and water sports. Inland it is surrounded by the spectacular forests of Khao Lak and Khao Sok National Parks.
It has 56 guest residences in seven separate two-storey buildings, each entered privately by crossing a stream and through a private garden terrace.
Cuisine is sublime – delicious tropical fruits, seafood from the Andaman, fresh herbs from The Sarojin’s garden and fine wines. Tables are set in interesting locations – maybe under the age-old ficus or beside the Andaman. You may wish to dine in your sala, or venture out with a picnic basket.
At The Edge you may dine under an open-air timber pavilion, on grassy areas or timber terraces under the shade of trees.
Pathways, The Sarojin spa, uses ancient therapies, wisdom and massage techniques, combined with modern comforts for the body and soul.
There is a 25 metre infinity pool, Jacuzzi lounge area and three drape-shaded island pavilions. There is also a fitness centre, croquet lawn, petanque, catamarans, kayaks, windsurfers, mountain bikes and Thai cooking classes and market visits.
Less than an hour away is the Similan Island Marine National Park, one of the world’s top ten dive sites. 40 minutes away is Phang Nga Bay, renowned for its sheer limestone rock formations, hidden caves and lagoons.
Off Thailand’s west coast.
The Sarojin has rooms starting at around $463 a double a night. A 30 minute massage for each guest is included.
Thai Airways International has return flights to Phuket.
- Perth, $883
- Melbourne, $932
- Brisbane, $945
- Sydney, $951
Valid for sale until October and for travel between October 15-November 22, 2007.
Prices correct at 02.08.2007
For more information
60, Moo 2,
Phang Nga 8219
Ph: 66 (0)76 427 900-4
Thai Airways International
Ph: 1300 651 960