Hotel of the week: Manathai Khao Lak, Thailand
Manathai Khao Lak is a brand new beachfront, boutique hotel in Thailand that seeks to give guests an ideal experience and a real sense of the place. It offers luxury with stunning vistas of powder-white sands and turquoise waters.
Your authentic Thai experience starts the minute you arrive at the hotel – all guests are greeted with a Traditional Thai Water blessing. For families, there is a host of fun-filled activities are on offer such as Muay Thai for kids, Thai dancing and coconut weaving as well as kite flying and sandcastle making at its sheltered private bay setting. Other programmes include Little Bartenders when children get the chance to roll up their sleeves and make healthy juices from the local fruits in the area, along with southern Thai batik painting. There is also a treasure hunt in the gardens and kids beach yoga.
All activities are complimented by spacious, interconnecting family friendly rooms, a healthy children’s menu using the freshest local ingredients and indigenous tropical fruits, caring Thai staff and child minders. Open from 9am – 9pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 11am – 8pm on Sunday and Monday, mums and dads can have time to themselves with peace of mind that their children are being well looked after and enjoying the activities laid on for them.
The location is ideal. Just a one hour’s drive north of Phuket Int’l Airport on Bangsak Beach, Manathai Khao Lak sits on a perfect stretch of unspoiled coastline with uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea. It is also situated in one of Thailand’s most pristine and undiscovered areas, in between the mountains of Khao Sok National Park, featuring the world’s oldest evergreen forest and the world-renowned diving at the Similan Islands. Both are just over an hour away. With 158 chic and contemporary rooms, all surrounded by manicured gardens, Manthai Khao Lak offers a lovely boutique alternatives to the straining tourist resorts that take up much of the mainland. Additionally, its beachfront restaurant, Pad Thai, offers traditional Thai dishes inspired by iconic Thai street food including 22 different and delectable variations on the traditional Pad Thai.
Manathai Khao Lak’s recreation, services and facilities includes a swimming pool, a fitness centre, a 24-hour reception and concierge service, complimentary Wi-Fi, room service, in-room dining, a private airport transport service, motorbike and car rental and tour service.
How to get there: The hotel is located just a one hour’s drive north of Phuket Int’l Airport on Bangsak Beach.
Prices start from £53 per person in a Deluxe Room.
The first of November 2015 sees the latest opening from the Manathai group, Manathai Surin Phuket on the white sands at Surin Beach on Phuket’s charming west coast, the stylish and chic 66-room boutique resort lies a convenient thirty minutes from Phuket International Airport with easy access to the buzzing atmosphere of town and its range of upscale restaurants and cafes as well as shopping and entertainment venues.
Inside the property however, it’s a total sanctuary. Colourful handicrafts and plush silk fabrics contrast against smooth dark wood. Inspired by Thai passions, textures and flavours. A decadently indulgent spa and a restaurant with an array of delicious food made from recipes passed down through generations. In a very Thai touch, lotus ponds will grace Manathai Surin Phuket’s pool and outer areas, which are enclosed by three-metre high hedges, creating a calm and naturally cloistered open space that ensures absolute privacy and a peaceful retreat-like ambiance.